A lot gets written by people who are losing or who have lost weight, me included, about their clothing sizes and how great/wonderful/awesome it is to get to a certain size. But I thought today, as I was working out with my hand weights: what about the jewelry?
I don’t like to wear much jewelry. On the rare occasion when I put in earrings, I develop an infection once I take them out. My wedding ring is bent out of shape because of the 25-pound weight I hold when I do a particular ab set because I always forget to take it off.
I do, however, wear a braided white gold bracelet on my right arm. My daughter gave it to me when I was 300 pounds. I couldn’t wear it then, but I’d try it on periodically, as I lost weight, and once it fit, I never took it off. Wait. I take that back. I took it off on Oprah because they asked me to. But I slipped it into my boot and put it back on as soon as the taping was over.
That bracelet is a constant reminder of where I’ve been and where I am. It dangles on my arm with every movement, like a whisper in my ear: “I will always fit your wrist if you stay the course and treat yourself with respect.”
My massage therapist moves it aside when she works my arms. I let it roll back and forth when I lift weights. It doesn’t match every outfit I wear, but I don’t care. It’s a symbol, like a tattoo, and I love how it feels rolling around on my wrist.
My wedding ring is an important symbol, too, albeit not because of weight loss, but because of love. I had it re-sized at every significant weight loss because I couldn’t be without it. I went from a size 9 finger to a 5, and the gold is probably very worn and couldn’t stand much more sizing, but I needed it there on my left hand to remind me that my best friend was always rooting for me.
Next up, I have to re-size my mother’s ring. My kids bought it for me when I weighed 260 or so, and it’s too big for my ring finger yet too small for my middle or index finger. I’m feeling a strong need to wear it, though, so one of my errands this week is to our jeweler downtown.
Do you have jewelry like that, too? Is there some significant piece you like or need to wear?
P.S. I didn’t feel as ooogie watching Oprah today as I did in November. Whew!!