New everyday jeans! Wearing the size 10s today and they look great. A little tight in the waist, but that’s the norm when I transition into a size, as my hips and thighs always get there first. By the time they’re super comfortable in the waist, they’ll be a bit baggy in the hip and thigh area. #appleshapeproblems
The silver lining is that my body is weird–I always fit into smaller sizes than I “should” given my measurements. For example, my waist is currently around 38″ and no way should I be able to wear size 10 in these jeans, let alone the size 12s that I just ditched, that were entering pajama territory they were so comfy. Not even the 14s or 16s that would look like Hammer Pants on me right now. And they’re the same jeans–I own them in every size from 6-18. Being really tall with no hips or ass to speak of has its advantages, I guess. So it’s quite possible that I will land in a size 4 after all, despite my mind’s inability to wrap itself around the idea.
I need to remember that tag numbers are arbritrary, and change over time. Last time I weighed ~220 lbs, I was a couple of sizes higher than a 10. And I can remember borrowing a friend’s size 8 skirt in high school, when all of us were unambiguously thin (though of course we couldn’t be convinced of that then!). I thrift a lot and old clothes are tiny. No way I could fit into a pair of early 90s size 10 anything now, but I do have several size 14 items from that era in my current wardrobe.
I know my waist was 27 inches when I was measured for my majorette uniform back in the day (yes, I remember that number, because I was sad/embarrassed that it was the largest among my friends…never mind I was already 5’10” and everyone else wasn’t…sheesh). As suspected, current denim sizing considers that a 4:
Who knows where I’ll end up, but I do think I need to start acclimating myself to the possibility that I may be in a size that is “too small for me” in my head. I just need to get to a healthy, happy weight, find clothes that fit well at that goal, and let the number on the tag say what it’s gonna say!
Speaking of healthy and happy, here’s a pic I took yesterday. Finally feel that my face and neck look slim–I tend to carry a lot of weight there, so that’s a definite mark of progress! Plus I just think I look alive. And that’s after a long workday at the end of a rough work week that included a Stew-sick day off Tuesday. Losing weight and getting fit is boosting my resilience. That’s the stuff right there–smaller jeans are just gravy.
Here's to improved well-being!