Time: 108 Minutes
Distance: 9.0 KM
As I have mentioned in the last few weeks, in about 1.5 weeks I am heading off to South Africa on a lovely little holiday. In preparation of this, I decided it was time to buy some new jeans, as the ones I have at the moment are massive and make me look like I have dropped a load into my pants.
However, I am slowly losing weight(5kg/10pounds in like 2 months) and considering my goal is to lose another 10kg or so(22 pounds), I didn’t want to buy a pair of jeans which would become obsolete in the next few months.
So I made the judgement call and decided to buy jeans from Kmart. I have nothing wrong with Kmart clothes by the way. But with jeans, I always feel a nice, expensive pair of jeans looks the bees knees. Jeans are one thing that I’d like to pay a reasonable amount for because you can dress them up, dress them down,… OMG I AM METROSEXUAL!
I bought the cheap jeans with the idea that it won’t cost me much and as such if I lose weight, I won’t feel like I have wasted some money.
Anyways, I headed there with the girlfriend and found a pair of black jeans. I instinctively reached for the 102cm(40 inch) easy fit jeans. At my peak I was wearing 107easy leg jeans. They were big on me but because I was so chunky I hated the way smaller jeans were too tight etc.
Anyhoo, I picked up a pair of the 102cm jeans but underneath was a pair of 97cm jeans. I paused for a second, what if they fit me?!!? I doubted it but picked it up anyway, if not to see how much more I needed to lose weight. Off I trundled to the change-rooms and I tried to pop on the 97 cm ones. They slid up my legs to my thighs fine. As I pulled them around my thighs I was nervous. I have always had massive thighs and generally I had to get a large size pants not due to waist size but due to my thighs. I had little hope for these jeans as they were also regular cut rather than loose fit(which I ALWAYS have bought in the past because of my thighs).
However, they slid over my thighs pretty nicely. I was confused at this point and said to myself “SURELY THEY WILL NOT CLOSE- they feel way too tight to close”. But as I pulled that little metal button around to the hole, it made it.
So I had just fit into a pair of 97cm, regular cut jeans. They were tighter than I was used to, but as I walked out to show my GF, she said they fit well. The tight feeling was because A) They are new jeans and are still stiff, B) They are not loose fit and instead are designed to fit my body a bit tighter. She asked if I could sit down in them, which I easily could with no discomfort, and as such, I had found my new pair of jeans.
I should have realised it anyways. When I measure my stomach with a tape, I measure around my belly button, which obviously sticks out more than under my gut where my pants sit. I have a 103cm belly and it juts out a bit so obviously my true waist would be smaller. But I seem to have never made the connection.
On weightloss shows they always say you need to have a reward set of clothes. A nice dress or suit that you want to fit into. I didn’t realise it, but yesterday, that happened to me. I fit into pants that well, people of normal sizes fit into. It’s not saying that I am not still overweight and as I mentioned above, I still want to lose around another 10kg. Instead, the jeans were simply reminding me that I am changing, I am getting fitter and I am losing weight! It made me want to run even further, lose even more weight and keep those centimetres tumbling down. It acted as a boost to my moral and in the end, all it took was a quick trip to Kmart and a pair of cheap jeans!
Funny- as I read this over after writing it, I have this feeling of warmth and a feeling of wanting to get out and run. This feeling is amazing and hopefully I can draw upon it when I am tired/sore and not wanting to exercise.