The Investment of Getting Healthy

Getting healthy and staying healthy is an investment in your health.

I can admit, Im like many others who has limiting belief’s of my own that used to hold me back. “I can’t do it”, “I wont loose the weight”, “I would have to give up ‘good’ food”… “I will have to spend money on me” (new clothes, bras, underwear).

Yes, getting healthy, making that healthy shift in your life is without a doubt an investment.

I’ve never been a girl who loves shopping. The crowds, fads, fashion just has never peaked a passion in me. I enjoy clothes for their purpose, much like my shoes, which I have a small collection of.

One thing I had to prepare my mindset for was the results of getting healthy, which ultimately meant losing weight, and thus having to replace clothes, multiple times. I aim to live a purposeful life, replacing clothing that is technically in great shape, was a hurdle, but one I am proud I overcame.

Investing in my health meant making vitamins, minerals and omegas a priority.

Investing time into researching, learning, listening, leaning into myself to shift.

Investing money in clothes, bras and underwear. Being bigger in the chest has been a challenge of mine my entire life, in my early college days, I remember crying on the phone to my now husband because the bras I needed were well over $100…each. All my life I can honestly say it’s been a journey in learning to love the body I was given. At 18 I had a breast reduction, not long later, they grew back. 7-8 1/2 years later I had both our children, my weight fluctuated quite a bit prior to having kids and in the years after. In the past 3 1/2 years by shifting my life naturally, I have shed and kept off 60 lbs.

So I feel the BEST I ever have in my life with my health, honestly. In these past 3 1/2 yrs, I have felt faced with this additional growth opportunity… 60lbs is significant, and within that loss I’ve had to release and purchase new clothes many times.

I am at this ‘time’ again. The bras I have limped along, the ones I bought probably 2 or even 2 1/2 years ago, are well beyond my comfort and band size. This is when these emotions get stirred up again. The investment alone is significant and the process of sizing is an emotional trigger.

Overall, would I go back to how I felt emotionally and physically 3 1/2 years ago, NO! That’s a very hard no.

I am trying out a new bra company, that also has unique sizing, wireless which is cool, anyone big busted knows wires can either provide amazing support or being a major pain! The process however and wanting to feel comfortable can be overwhelming. Many tears have been shed, with this pandemic we are currently living this has presented a whole new challenge, and reminder… to not put off what is important, that I do have time!

Not long before this pandemic was announced I was in Guelph, I had a doctor specialist appointment and drove past one lingerie place twice… I saw it, knew I should stop (being unique means any mall type lingerie stores are completely off the table for my uniqueness 😉). While driving past to head home, I looked over and said “next time, it’s fine, I will be fine”… knowing that to replace said bras I would be at minimum $90-120 each, true story and what also tends to feeds my fear.

Live and learn. I ALWAYS have more than enough time. Always!

So as I embrace this shift, I have found new appreciation for my strapless investment for my sisters wedding. Strapless and having a large chest isn’t always, no it’s not the more desirable daily situation… BUT when you remember that strapless bra came with attachable straps, that my friends is a game changer!!!

I started out yesterday wearing one of my new bras, which I will give a review once I’ve given them all a fair shot. However only made it until lunch time as I arrived home in tears. I was reminded why its OK to appreciate my bra I had invested in as it completely shifted my day. Last night I washed the other ones (30 day wash and wear guarantee) and tried them on after… they had loosened! I wasn’t feeling as squished as I felt previously. Even in the bikini top I bought, that I am totally going to embrace this summer either in this size or the next up 😉!

I am once again feeling ok, yes this is going to “cost” me, to be real, upwards of $500 or more. Which is the reality of my shift in healthiness and one I must be ok with rising above.

For years, I let this financial cost hold me back many times, trying to skimp to “save”, when really it may have saved me some $, but cost me comfort. Same goes for underwear. If I can be real again, sure alot of it looks nice but most women know true comfort, especially after kids, is 100% cotton. Another challenging hurdle Ive had as I used to get my bras and underwear from Additionelle. I highly recommend. If you are 36″ band and up with large cups! Years ago, my husband, bless him, found their collection and they were my affordable and comfortable go to for years! Rather than $90-120 per bra I was able to get them on sale for $50 or less! In the past year I’ve tried a few different brands of underwear and unfortunately none were like my 100% cotton (and just because it says the gusset is 100%… doesn’t mean jack if the fabric underneath that isn’t! So I’ve been limping through my underwear as well and am hoping these ones I found and am waiting on to come in will work. Another emotional, financial hurdle to overcome!

It’s all a growth experience and one I am thankful for, but also appreciative of. A great reminder that sometimes by scrimping and living in fear we can actually end up wasting alot more time and money than had I just invested in the first place! Also much like healthy food, I’ve noticed when I’m eating healthy food, I eat way less than if I was eating junk!

Our bodies, our health and our homes, these are what we must be investing our time and money into now. To truly BE comfortable. Whatever that means to me or you! 🙌 🥰 🙏

Stand tall, even if at times it feels like standing alone, you are unique in your own beautiful way! 💕 A photo of our beautiful apple tree in bloom in our back yard. Pamela McLellan Zmija

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