Get Dressed

When I was in my early 20s at my first real job in Atlanta, my coworkers used to compliment me on my sense of style. I made a real effort to keep up with the latest trends, and I prided myself on being one of the most put-together people in my office.

After I got married and was raising two babies, I gradually started slacking off in the wardrobe department. I eventually dumbed it down to the point that a dressy outfit for a night out with my girlfriends was a white t-shirt and jeans. I remember looking at some of the nicer tops in my closet and thinking to myself that I would save those for a really special occasion. (Not that I had one.)

I finally started realizing that I was really scraping the bottom of the barrel and that my lack of effort was affecting other areas of my life. I stopped wearing makeup, I stopped doing my hair, I stopped sitting at the table while I was eating.

It seemed that the less of a sartorial effort I made, the faster I slid into absolute apathy in everything. I had to force myself out of it, and it wasn’t easy.

I made myself put on makeup each morning, even if I wasn’t going to see another soul, and I pushed past the voice in my head telling me that it was pointless to wear such a cute top just to go to the grocery store. But I did it anyway.

And you know what? It noticeably improved almost every aspect of my life.

What you wear has an effect on your attitude and your mood and how you live each day. How you feel affects your mindset — and when it comes to food and eating, mindset is everything.

I’ve said it a thousand times, and I’ll say it again: what you eat isn’t nearly as important as the way that you eat it. And how you eat is driven by how you think.

That’s why I keep writing about these little hacks that are seemingly unrelated to dieting and weight loss. They’re actually directly related, because they have to do with your mental state. And the best part is, they’re super easy to make.

So if you’re reading this wearing yoga pants and are still stuck in the diet/lose/gain cycle, here are three ways that simply dressing up in the morning will help you change how you eat:

1. You’ll make more of an effort. Making the effort to dress up is an act of self-care that spills over into your eating habits. When you think about what you put on and carefully choose what you wear, you’re more likely to do the same with your food. You’ll pick something healthy instead of just grabbing what’s in front of you.

2. You’ll feel more confident. Feeling good about the way you look makes you hold yourself differently. It changes how you stand and how you walk. You feel strong and in control. When you feel confident like this, you’re less likely to act on the urge to binge and to mindlessly shove something down.

3. You’ll get out of a rut. When you get to the point that you’re wearing basically the same thing every day, you’re going to also eat the same foods over and over again. You get into a major rut — you keep eating the same frozen meal or grabbing some of your kids’ string cheese.

And slouching around in your sweatpants all day makes you feel gross and drained of energy. When you have no energy, you’re less likely to cook something or try something new. When you force yourself out of your clothing rut, it’s a lot easier to get out of your eating rut.

I’m not saying you have to dress like you’re going to a cocktail party or that you need to waste an hour of your day getting ready. Just do a little more than usual — put on some jewelry, fix your hair, wear a little makeup.

It’s hard to remember sometimes when you spend all day doing everything for everyone else, but you’re worth taking care of, too. And when you get yourself dressed each morning — even if you’re just working from home all day — you know you’re doing it because you truly care about yourself. And if you care about yourself, you’re going to eat better.

Try it for yourself, and see what happens. With the exception of the weight, you have nothing to lose.

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Camille Martin, RD

I wasted nearly 25 years of my life trying to lose weight. Now I spend my time running, juicing and "cooking" raw food, and laughing with my baby girls. I thoroughly enjoy growing Love To Lose, so I can teach you all I've learned along the way. I'm beyond excited to help you start your own journey, and I can't wait to meet you one day!
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  1. Gay on March 25, 2019 at 5:19 am

    Really enjoy reading your blog!!’ Thank you

    • Camille Martin on March 25, 2019 at 5:47 am

      Thank you, Gay! I’m so glad you’re enjoying it! 🙂

  2. Katherine Clarke Buckner on March 25, 2019 at 5:29 am

    Love this. So true.

  3. Myrna Smith on March 25, 2019 at 10:25 am

    This is so true and I have been in that rut, but happy to say that I changed the habit…..I know that I have changed when my husband started telling me that I look nice. Another habit that I have changed is not putting my robe on too early in the evening….My husband works late and it feels so good to be in my robe……

  4. Charlotte on March 25, 2019 at 11:35 am

    All so true! I put make up in every morning, even the mornings I go to the gym! Sometimes I get “you put on makeup for the gym “. My answer is no, I do it for ME!!
    Love your blog!!

    • Camille Martin on March 25, 2019 at 5:11 pm

      Thank you, Charlotte! I miss you! xo

  5. Erin Avery on March 25, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    GAHHH…..SO true. I used to be the same way. Dressed to 9s for work, meeting friends etc. Then, I started working at the hospital. Scrubs. And because I worked the overnight, I used to think “why get ready. Nobody’s going to see me.” Man did mybattitude go to poop. Hiw I felt about myself as well. Then working from home, same thing. I had to make that change real quick. Now, its gym, shiwer, do hair and eat off real plates. World. Of. Differences in ALL areas of my life. Plus its fun to get pretty.

    Great post!

    • Camille Martin on March 25, 2019 at 5:07 pm

      It is fun to get pretty! I agree! 🙂 Thanks for commenting, Erin!

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