Day 143 - Measurements
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
I've mentioned before, I think, that Steve and I have very different body shapes. He carries all of his weight in his belly. He can gain weight and still have the skinniest legs and arms on the planet, and even 20 or 25 pounds heavier, still wear the same clothes. The pants ride a bit lower, but he can still fit into them.
I, on the other hand, can put on 5 pounds and have to move to the next size bigger in pants, shirts, and everything.
It makes my relatively small weight loss (at least by some SparkPeople's experience) look much bigger in comparison, because I went from wearing a size XL shirt and 38-inch pant down to a size Medium top and 34-inch (or smaller) waist.
Well, I mentioned today that most of my shorts (which are almost all size 36-inch waist) are too big, and with the warmer weather, I'm looking a little "droopy drawers" (as my dad would say). When I got home from work, Steve said I should try on some of his shorts (which are mostly size 32). As of last week, I now weigh less than he does, and I'm almost 4 inches taller.
Well, I tried on a couple of his shorts, and THEY FIT! Now, clothing manufacturers don't always have the same measuring tape when they create their patterns, and a size 32 in one brand may not be a true 32-inches around, while another might be exact. But to say the least, I felt PRETTY DARN HOT modeling those 32-inch waist shorts tonight!
Many of my SparkFriends are frustrated because the weight on scale isn't a number that they want. I'm in a similar boat. But here's an alternative: find a pair of "skinny clothes" (either in your own closet or go to a store and grab something off the rack that you aren't sure you'll fit into).
Does it fit? Or is it close, but you couldn't even come close to buttoning it before? Let that be an inspiration to you that you ARE getting smaller and tighter and firmer, even if the scale tries to suggest otherwise.
Find your inspiration and motivation wherever it is. Don't yearn for it where it isn't. You'll be a lot more satisfied with how you're doing. Because I know that you're doing GREAT!