Wednesday, March 04, 2009
So, as I've said in recent posts, I've been exercising a lot lately. It's been a great way of dealing with stress and stuff! (though it is really hard to find time in my 65+ hours of work a week, I'm still managing it! go me!)
The scale is moving very very slowly, but at least it is moving again, so that pleases me.
But even more so, I noticed today that my jeans are significantly looser on me. This is easy for me to tell, since I really only get to wear jeans on Wednesdays. I've reached the point with this size where I have to wear a belt to avoid the constant yanking up of my pants, but they aren't quite loose enough yet where they look oddly baggy. I'm really hoping that this means that soon, very soon, I'll be ready to head down to the 14s!!!!!
This is really exciting for me. My average size, historically (before Tony made me fat :P) was always a 13-14. There were times when I lost weight and thought I looked really good, and then I wore a size 12. When I would gain a little, I would have to move up to 16s. At my biggest I was wearing a very very tight 18. So getting close to being a 13-14 pants size means that I am finally getting back down to my typical weight. My ultimate goal would be to be somewhere between a size 10 and 12, but in my mind a 13-14 is average-overweight, where as 16s are quite overweight, and 18s+ are well, obese. The BMI chart is not as nice about this for me (please keep in mind that these are sizes for *my* body, which correspond to weight for me. I've known very thin healthy people to be a size 13-14 and weighing about 30 pounds less than me. I hold my weight well) the BMI chart pretty much as me as "overweight" in a size 12, and "obese" in 14s, and "morbidly obese" in 16s+. I disagree with them. Anyways, this is all getting very technical, and kinda boring I know. So I will paragraph jump to make my point.
Even though the scale is still saying I'm at a totally unacceptable weight (for me), I'm starting to be the size I'd like to be. I'm sure that muscle and age plays a role in the number, and this is a very good example about how the scale on the number can sometimes be meaningless. By the end of this week it's possible that my pants will be a little tighter again (as I'm going to enjoy myself this weekend and not give too much thought to "dieting") but I'm hopeful that I'll get back on track, and reach wearing a size 14 by this summer, and maybe, just maybe I'll get down to a 12 by next fall. That would make me so oober happy! Just gotta keep getting that exercise in!