Friday, August 09, 2013
This is my version of the trip to the mall already blogged about by my friend JeffAllen. If you get a chance you should read his "32" blog, but this is my side of the story.
In the last few months, I've found myself getting a little bored with the old watch tv or a movie, play on the computer, or read a book past times that used to be all I wanted to do. Now in the evening I find I have more energy to "do" something. So Jeff and I had finished dinner and we didn't really feel like plopping down on the couch yet so we started thinking of other options. Jeff lives really close to the mall and I hadn't been in a long time so we thought we'd go take a walk around the mall for a little more exercise and see some different scenery while we walked. I was more excited about it than I expected to be. It was a little mini adventure, something we don't normally do, and I was looking forward to seeing the sights. I left my purse in the car because I really couldn't afford to spend anything until pay day and figured it would deter me. We also made a rule that we had to do a complete lap (which Jeff says is a mile) before we could stop to look at anything.
As we walked our lap (which took about 13 minutes because Jeff is fast and has really long legs) I was eyeing the clothes in the windows. Understand that I am now down 59 pounds and have only bought a couple pairs of pants and some shorts at Goodwill because I don't want to commit a lot of money to something I won't have for long. I really had no idea what size I was, but I was pretty sure I didn't have to shop only in the big girl stores anymore. I was looking and thinking about some of the outfits I thought would be fun to fit into that I might look good in now. That alone was bringing a smile to my face.
So we finished our lap and went to look at some Dr Who toys at FYE, then we went to Wilson's leather where I tried on ladies jackets. Jeff made me try on a size large in black which I could zip up but felt sort of trapped in, then an XL which fit very nicely. The black was too biker chick for my more hippie sensibilities but then I found the cutest pink leather jacket that made me look so thin. It was amazing that I would even consider something like that! That's an attention getter for sure right? But it was so cute!
Anyway, the jacket really showed that my jeans were way too big because that jacket was so slimming to my top half. I had an idea that we could go to the Levi's store and try on jeans so I could see what size I really was. When I went to Goodwill I was shocked to be a 14, so I was really curious if I could get into 12s any time soon.
Well we walked in and Jeff went one way and I went another. There were so many cuts that I was worried about finding something I liked, but ended up choosing classic regular fit. That was scary. I've always looked for terms like "loose" and "stretch". Anyway, I finally found something I thought I could try then saw Jeff heading my way, so we found the salesperson to let us in the dressing room which was unisex. We had our own little closets but were in the same general room so we could still talk to each other.
I quickly took off my too big jeans and started putting on the 12s. I really didn't think they would make it much over my knees at first, but then the bunches smoothed out and they slid right up. All the way over my thighs! Then over my butt! Then they buttoned right up!!! I couldn't believe it. I didn't have to suck in. Now they did fit like a glove, there was no extra room. My curves were all showing! It was AWESOME! I opened the door and started saying Jeff! Jeff! You have to see this! Jeff! He wasn't answering because he was having his own little moment of shock with a pair of 32s. He opened the door proudly in a pair of great looking 32s that made him look so thin, and I was twirling around in my 12s just grinning like a teenager. We were both so proud and excited that we couldn't stop looking in the mirror long enough to look at each other!
We didn't buy the jeans, and we didn't take pictures darn it! I did however tell the sales girl how excited I was and the whole weight loss story. I have been so motivated ever since! My birthday is coming up, and Christmas, and I will have a list of clothes this year!
Oh, and in case you were wondering, I was a size 20 or so. I tried to avoid looking at sizes as much as possible but I'm pretty sure that's where I got to.
Anyway, 59 pounds is a lot, but it sure is fun to try on jeans that you think are too small and find they fit! It's nice to have a non-scale victory at the mall. And besides, I couldn't have even shopped in that store before, they don't have sizes that large!