Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Last year, I was wearing a size 18/20 in jeans. This doesn't seem that awful big - sure, I needed to lose, but it could be worse. Thing is, because I was in such denial about my weight (268 pounds), and bought jeans almost exclusively from Old Navy (whose sizes seem a bit large), I am pretty sure I wasn't really a size 18/20. If I went anywhere other than Old Navy, size 18/20 jeans wouldn't fit. And I wouldn't try on anything other than a 20 either because of my ego or the store didn't even carry a size higher.
A better indicator of my size would probably come from my blouse. I was wearing up to a 2XL. I still squeezed into XL's (such as my Before/After picture), but it was obvious that I was wearing the wrong size. Again, I was in denial. It wasn't ME that was the problem. Oh, noooooo, it was the industry and their pesky small/inconsistent sizing!
(OK, the inconsistent sizing IS a legitimate problem, not just imagined! Still I shouldn't have been using it as an excuse to overlook my size.)
Even once I started on program, I didn't notice any real change in my clothes until almost four months in. I started my program in November, and it wasn't until mid-February that my size 18's were finally too big. I attribute this to the fact that I was simply not wearing the right size for the longest time.
Now that I've lost a considerable amount of weight (going on 90 pounds!), I'm finally figuring out how to wear jeans and what styles are best for me. I'm about a size 12/14 - an incredible change that I am still in awe of! I've learned I have a waist and where the top of my pants should lie in relation to that waist. I've learned that some pants have tighter waists and looser thighs, some pants have waists and hips about the same size, and some pants ride way lower than my body type says is good (I had to get rid of a pair of size 14 jeans because they were low-riser, and my body just can't do low-riser).
My criteria has completely changed in regards to jeans - sure, I would like to not buy a size higher than 12's (since I still am losing weight), but the size isn't the only criteria anymore. Are they mid-rise or low-rise? How much room in the hips do I have? Bootcut or skinny? Flare or boyfriend? Stone-wash or dark (I prefer dark jeans to be honest)? There are a lot more options than I ever thought possible.
And of course my favorite part: my jeans don't bisect my body anymore. They fit nicely at my waist, leaving my belly plenty of room to "breathe" while also being snug and cute.
It's only one of the many things that is great about losing weight, but whenever I wear jeans (and it's nearly every day!), I take great pleasure in it!