My status says that I was going to clean out some dresser drawers and I did.
Stuffed in the back was an old pair of running tights.
I think I’m wearing them in my profile picture from 2006.
It’s time to throw them out, but first look at the comparison with the tights I bought 18 months ago – the same size, same manufacturer. Who knew spandex could stretch permanently like that? It was harder to get the “post weight loss” pair to lie totally flat since that waistband is still stretchy, but you get the idea.
So I have a visual record of how my clothes expanded right along with me.
It wasn’t just the hips that expanded. Look at the stitching in the leg of the old pair.
I really stressed them out didn’t I?
I’ve written before about how the sizing creep of the fashion industry and forgiving fabrics allowed me to feel good about myself during my weight gain and postpone doing anything about it.
I suppose that while you’re losing weight, clothes getting looser can be a valid and happy means of measurement. However, when in creeping weight gain mode or even maintenance mode, it can be a deceiving measure as it was for me. It’s not just tights that have a lot of “give.”
Another visual reminder made me LOL.
I found some stretched out underwear in the back of a drawer too – the same size I’m buying now, but I’ll spare you those photos as being in the TMI category. Once again, what kind of miracle fabric allows such expansion? It must be super-elastic.
Note: I still keep that old photo as my profile picture because it’s the happiest running picture anyone has ever taken of me. I’m even happier now that I’m not dragging the extra weight to the finish line.