About 7 months ago we moved to Austin. Through the summer with all the swimming and hiking, the reduction of stress and new grounds to explore, found me dropping quite a bit of weight. I was really proud and bought new jeans for my birthday in October. I had surprisingly gone from a size 24-26 to a size 18-20. As exciting as loosing the weight has been, how much better I feel, there are still some things that we all laugh at. My recent purchase of my new favorite pair of skinny jeans has brought about a lot of laughter, mostly not on my part. The family laughs when I put on my new jeans and make the statement that I really think they are stretching in the wash. I figured that if they had some lycra in the jean fabric they would and could stretch. Until I found a pair of jeans that I had kept as one of my downsizing goals. They are not stretchy at all and I need a belt.
So I decided that I needed new underthings. I don’t want to spend good money on them because I am still fluxing so I go to Wal-mart. I pick up a multi-pack of underwear. I look at the packages and find one that is sized for a 22-24. The waist sizes seem about right. Yea!! One thing down. I am getting ready for summer exercise so I decide to get some new bras too. I look at the sports bras and the sizes on them. XL looks really small, 2X too big so I opt for the XL.
I am totally proud of myself, you should be too, I hate clothes shopping but I have both items and I am heading to the check-out. Paid for, in the sack and headed home. I head upstairs to try on the new purchases.
Oh brother!!! I slide into the new pair of panties. The waist is loose, but that was the least of my worries!! The crotch is hanging down about the middle of my knees!! The legs fit no where and if I move too much that elastic will not hold this up on my waist. Apparently size 22-24 is not the correct size. My daughter rounds the corner as I stand there trying to figure out what went wrong. She burst out laughing. “Mom? Did you find a pair of my panties?” NO! But I do give her the other three pair. Went back today and bought a package 2 sizes smaller…perfect fit.
I put on the one of the new sports bras, thinking there is no way this is going to fit. I am bigger than this. Wow! Amazing it fits perfectly. I look down at the one two sizes larger that I took off, though extremely comfortable there was really no reason to wear it.
Why is it that when you loose weight, in your mind you are still the bigger size. I am one size from my final goal. It will soon be time to set new goals and work toward them. I just hope at successfully reaching the new goals I don’t still think I am at my largest size. Come on Summer and swimming weather!!!