Thursday, March 21, 2013

My (Sort of Indulgent and Kind of Frivolous but Totally Meaningful) Gift to Myself

I'm three weeks out from Sleeve Day, and this shit is getting real.  It wasn't until yesterday when I was sitting in the hospital doing pre-admission stuff, looking at my little barcoded plastic wristband with my name and my age and my surgeon's name on it, that it finally struck me that this is really happening. Egads!

And speaking of wrists and things you put on them...

                                                       Oooooh - shiny!!

Yesterday afternoon after work I was out running errands, and I had occasion to be in a jewelry store.  Now, I have no disposable income to be lavishing myself with even a cheap piece of jewelry, but this situation was such that I was facing a really, really great deal on something I've had my eye on for awhile.  And so...I jumped.  And this is why:

About eight years ago I wrote about the saga of my charm bracelet, and how it all finally came to fruition.  I've worn and loved said bracelet for years now, but then a few years ago I met someone who owned a Pandora bracelet.   I thought it was so beautiful, and I liked the compact, "non dangly" aspect of it.  While I love my charm bracelet (and initially found the dangly characteristic part of its appeal), it gets caught on stuff a lot and I find myself taking it off and stuffing it in my pocket on a frequent basis.  Pandora has some dangly charms, but most are like little beads that slide or clip on to the chain, and I really like that.   The charms are also interchangeable as pendants and even earrings if you buy the Pandora posts.  And so I made a mental note to get one.  Someday. Because, you know, they're not cheap - especially to someone who could make better use of that money paying, like, an electric bill or something.  But I don't have anything really nice as far as jewelry goes, and even my engagement ring was a cheap piece of crap barely worth the paper the receipt was printed on (par for the course, I suppose).  I'm 41 years old and have never owned a quality piece of jewelry. Then a few months ago I was in another jewelry store buying a gift for the aforementioned friend, and while listening to the Pandora sales lady's pitch, I was sold.  I officially wanted one of these.  I took the catalog home and flipped through it, making little dogears on the pages containing charms I liked.

Fast forward to yesterday.  I decided, "now is the time."  I bought the bracelet, but no charms.  My plan is to use this bracelet to celebrate my weight loss.  I'm going to wrap the box and put it aside, and the day I come home from the hospital I'm going to give myself the bracelet.   With every goal I achieve, I will reward myself with a new charm! Goals like hitting a certain number, or losing a target percentage, or finally fitting into that adorable dress I bought myself a few years ago with the intention of "someday" fitting into it, or reaching a particular fitness milestone, or getting to "Onederland," or whatever - I'll treat myself to another charm and when I look at that charm I will remember why I have it. 

The very nature of these bracelets is that they're supposed to be a "roadmap" of sorts; a collection of life events represented in jewelry, and so I think this is going to be my "Weight Loss Bracelet."  It'll serve as a reward for my success and a reminder when the going gets tough.  I can look at my (slimmer) wrist adorned in little baubles and look at how far I've come.

I can't wait to see what it looks like a year from now. :-)


  1. I would love to buy you a charm as you reach your goals....such a great idea

  2. I think this is a wonderful idea! What a great way to look down and see a constant reminder of your progress. (Very pretty, too!)