I'm going to make a bold statement here: there is nothing worse than wearing tight pants. That feeling when they're digging into your gut and you have to wedge your fingers in the band to pull them above your fat roll is unrivaled by any other feeling - except MAYBE a hole in the big toe of your sock. When my pants are tight, it impacts every part of my psyche. First of all, it's just physically uncomfortable. Secondly, it makes me feel like the Michelin man. And, that's only the beginning. It leaves marks on your gut, it makes you fearful to bend over and pick up the paper clip you dropped, it makes you waste your whole day dreaming about going home and putting on leggings, it makes you snap at people, it makes you second guess every dietary choice of the day...any day you're wearing tight pants is just not a good day.
Day 6: Set Yourself up for Success
The rant above is the product of the pants I wore on Monday. If you read my previous blogs, you're aware that I've put on some weight recently. I discussed the impact that has on my self-image and attitude. On Monday, I ironed a pair of my black pants. But when I put them on, they were too tight. They buttoned. They didn't look "bad." And, I'd already spent all that time ironing them, so I was committed. I left the house in them, got in my car, and within 5 minutes of my drive, I realized my mistake. They were digging in, and I was already cranky.
It would have taken me about 7 more minutes to find my other pair of black pants, iron them, and slide on a far more comfortable set of pants. However, I went with the more convenient choice, and I set off for the day knowing full well I was already starting with a barrier between happiness and myself. I know it sounds silly, but I also know you know the exact feelings I'm describing. I went with the more convenient choice in the moment instead of sacrificing a little time at the beginning to be happier in the long run.
Your choice of pants is symbolic of your choice between happiness and glum every day. And, I do believe it is a choice. Some days, we set ourselves up for failure. We wake up ruminating over the mistakes we made yesterday. We wake up and choose to open our social media as soon as we open our eyes instead of spending 10 minutes in calm quiet. We wake up and let the fact that our children need 1000 things before we even get to pee spill over into our day at work. The difficult part is that, in the moment, it feels easier to ruminate or overstimulate or stay frustrated. It's "easier" to mindlessly scroll Facebook than to take time to sit in the calm and begin your day peacefully. It's "easier" to hold on to grudges. It's "easier" to assume that your whole day is going to be garbage because your kids made your morning difficult. Just like it's easier to keep the tight pants on because changing them would mean more work in the moment. However, you're setting yourself up for the rest of the day based on the effort you put in at the front end. Take the time and effort you need to set yourself up for success and happiness. Spending 7 extra minutes ironing a new pair of pants changes your entire day. Start peacefully, and if it's not possible, find ways to rework the way you think so you don't lose a whole day because your pants are too tight.