Monday, March 15, 2010
For years, that word struck fear and loathing into my heart except for those few and, sadly, brief periods when I'd managed to lose 20-30 lbs (which always came back).
On Saturday I mustered up some courage and finally decided that I really did need to replace the slacks that I wear to work because for the last couple of months I've been able to remove them without unzipping them.
It always seemed like no matter how much weight I dropped, it took forever for my body to change. During the winter of 2008, I'd been wearing size 24 slacks and jeans. After emergency gallbladder surgery in July 2009 (a whole 'nother story in itself), I'd dropped about 20lbs, so the slacks that were now hanging on me were size 22s.
I got to my favorite store and thought, well, I'll start with 22s because sizes are so not standard, and those might actually fit. I didn't want to start with 20s and face disappointment and depression if they were tight.
Nope: way baggy!
So I downsized to 20s. Again, still baggy.
Imagine my shock when I put on a pair of size 18 chinos and discovered that they are almost baggy. (Unfortunately, that roll at the top of the hips still requires a size 18 waistband and hips.)
I left with black, gray, and khaki chinos in size 18!
Yes, I've been more careful about my eating, and I've been tracking my caloric intake, but I haven't starved myself. I haven't exercised regularly because of foul weather and fibromyalgia pain, but I've been slowly increasing my activity level and doing some wind-down yoga before bed. These small, gradual changes in awareness and attitude have really paid off already!
Even though I'd always known the "right way" to change my body, I'd never followed through on it before. Sparkpeople has given me the tools to stay motivated, even if I just track my food and read articles and blogs now and then. Mark me "believer" -- I'm heading for size 16s!