Idiom: Burn your bridges
If you burn your bridges, you do something that makes it impossible to go back from the position you have taken.
When I say “britches” I’m referring to your pants or jeans. Where burning your “bridges” may be a negative by taking away your options. Burning your “britches” or pants because you’re losing unwanted weight, then taking away the option of putting it back on is a good thing.
“Cut off all means of retreat, so that there’s only one way to go… Forward!”
Before I found “Eat To Live” I was over 245lbs, I walked with a cane and the size 42” pants I wore were starting to get tight. I was not in a good place and I was not going in the right direction. Dr. Fuhrman’s “Eat To Live” program clicked with me immediately and I started on it the next day.
Over the first six weeks, I lost 27 lbs and over the next four months I lost 60 lbs. I went from 42” jeans to 42”… 40”… 38”…. 36”… 34”… and finally 32” jeans. In two months, all of my suits and coats were swimming on me. Good thing I didn’t need suits and dress coats for work or need them on a regular basis.
I felt so great on ETL, so in control that I knew very early that I would never go back to eating the way I did before ETL. At 180 lbs, I was wearing the same sized jeans as some of the 20-year-olds I was working with. 180 pounds and 32” jeans felt real good.
Over the holidays, I wasn’t strict on ETL and I did put on weight, about 20 pounds. The 32” jeans didn’t fit anymore and I was glad I had hung on to the 34” jeans. But, I knew I would never wear 36” and above ever again. I got rid of everything except my socks. My closet was bare, but I could not have been happier.
Fast forward to today
The last time I had on my 32” jeans was November 2013. I still followed ETL, but not as strict as I had when I first lost the weight. My weight fluctuated between 185 and 200 pounds, my 34” jeans range.
185 to 200 pounds is way too heavy for me and not where I want to be. I don’t want to wear 34” jeans, I really want to wear 30” jeans. So, I’ve got some weight to lose and that for means eating strict on ETL and getting down to a weight I was when I was in my 30’s.
I do have a plan to keep my weight in My Ideal Range.
But, today I’m wearing 32” jeans for the first time since 2013… and they Fit!! Okay, I’ve got some “Muffin Top” but it’s not the muffin top I had with my 42” jeans.
My wardrobe consists of two pairs of 34” jeans, two pairs of 34” Dockers and one suit. I have made a promise to myself never to buy anything 34” ever again.
When I get to 30” everything 34” goes. I’m Burning Those Britches Behind Me!
Some Advice If You Have A Lot Of Weight To Lose
Make a promise to yourself that if you’re moving in the right direction that you’re never going back to where you were. If you’re on ETL you know how to lose weight and how to keep it off. You live by the 90/10 Rule. You eat Clean 90% of the time and 10% of the time you can eat what you want.
You know what size you’re wearing now, decide what size you’ll be when you get to your Ideal Weight. Realistically, how long will it take you to get to that Ideal Weight?
For example, I’m at about 180 lbs today and wearing size 32” jeans. I figure I’ll have to lose 20 pounds to get into size 30” jeans. At two pounds weight loss a week that should take me about 10 weeks, or two 6 Week cycles of strict ETL. I figure I should be at my Ideal Weight by Labor Day September 7th, 2015.
I suggest that while you’re losing weight, for your good clothes find a good tailor or seamstress and have those clothes taken in. For your knock around everyday clothes, find quality, but inexpensive jeans, shorts, shirts and stuff. I do most of my shopping online since that’s where I find the best selection and prices.
While I’m still losing I don’t buy expensive clothes. I look online for the highest rated and lowest price clothes that I really need. If it’s not an immediate must have item, I’m going to wait.
When I get down to My Ideal Weight and a 30” waist, I will gladly treat myself to better and more expensive clothes knowing that they are an investment that I will get good value from. Besides if I do it right most of those new clothes will be free as a business expense.
When You Burn Your Britches Behind You it’s a positive thing to do when you are in control of what you’re doing, you know where you’re going and how you’re going to get there.
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