Mel Greig at the Channel 9 studios. (Source: Instagram, @melgreigradio).
Health goals are notoriously difficult to achieve and so it’s understandable why Mel Greig has tried various motivators and techniques in her quest for a healthier life. She’s openly discussed her quest to lose weight and often uses Instagram to share photos of her nutritious meals and enthusiastic exercise sessions.
Recently a different photo caught my eye. It made me feel sad and reminded me of how a box of old clothes can actually become a stumbling block to a healthy mindset.
Mel Greig’s recent Instagram photo is of a cardboard box labeled “Skinny clothes… Warning: Only open when you are back down to 68kg”. She captioned the photo with: “Keeping myself motivated while packing #weightlossgoals…#healthyliving”.
I’ve been there, Mel. Only, I didn’t just have a one box of “skinny clothes” – I had a whole wardrobe-and-a-half filled with them. And sadly I have to report that holding onto too-small clothes didn’t help me to become healthier. In fact, these “skinny clothes” had an adverse effect on my health – in particular, my mental health.
In 2013, I faced one of the most confronting and personally disappointing experiences with my own body. During my pregnancy, my doctors found that I had a chronic kidney disease. This kidney disease caused me to gain a huge amount of weight, due to fluid retention.
I put on so much weight that walking was extremely difficult. I now have stretch marks all over my body. From my neck down, it’s more unusual to find an unmarked patch of skin, because there’s just so many stretch marks from when my skin strained to bear the extra weight.
Admittedly, much of the weight was also from potato chips, mini apple pies, icecream, hot chocolates and other delicious things. In summary, I put on more weight than I ever had in my whole life because I was pregnant, sick, scared and depressed.
I gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby and I thought all of the “water weight” would just disappear. But it didn’t, and I was stuck with a wardrobe full of “skinny clothes”.
Because I didn’t want to walk around naked, I bought some “in-between” clothes that were super cheap and practically disposable. They were all ugly, but I had my “skinny clothes” in my wardrobe to motivate me.
I loved everything in my old wardrobe, and I actually saw it as a collection that I’d invested in. There were vintage pieces in there from 1960s San Francisco as well as a few Aussie designer pieces. The fact that I’d spent so much money on my clothes was another motivating factor to lose that weight. (Post continues after gallery.)