I’ve been culling my wardrobe pretty much on a continual basis for the last two years, as I’ve posted about before. Lately I’ve been quite ruthless in getting rid of things in anticipation of selling the house – no point in taking/packing things that don’t fit. So my selection of available items was getting down.
All I had left in the leg covering category were leggings, yoga pants, and two pairs of capri pants. And some weren’t suitable for anything more than the gym or mowing the lawn.
I needed a pair of dress slacks last week. So, off I went to the Mall. I was wearing size 12 black yoga pants that I’d bought back in early 2016, with high black boots. They weren’t tight.
I popped into the first women’s store I passed. I was standing there staring at the wall which had lots of black pants on it when one of the staff asked if I needed help. So I told her I needed black dress pants – slacks not leggings. Told her I was wearing a 12. So she grabbed some different pants and let me into a changing room.
Well… I think I tried on around 10 pairs. Many were more like leggings than slacks. The slacks hung badly me, sagging between the thighs and on the outer thighs. I don’t have much in the way of a butt or hips so find many women’s styles have too much material in that area to look nice on me. In casual pants I usually buy men’s, that way there isn’t all that extra material.
At that point three of the staff were looking for pants for me and I was trying on size 10s. One of them then said, “I’m going to get an eight.”
I started laughing and told them, “I used to be a size 28.”
So she got some slacks that were still boxes and not yet out on the floor, in a size eight. And you know what? They fit perfectly! No baggy thighs, comfortable, looked nice.
As she rang in the sale she said, “Welcome to the single digits!”
And in tops I’m in medium. I actually killed some time at Value Village the other evening while the house was being shown, and bought five tops in medium – all fit well.
It is very strange, STILL, to look at my new clothes and to think, THAT fits me?
Here is the visual – size 28+ jeans, and my new size 8 dress slacks.
And 2X t-shirt (I don’t have any of the 3 & 4X left) with a t-shirt that fits me now! It is a child size XL that I accidentally picked up last Fall when I was at Niagara Falls – it was too small then, but not now.
I’ve also now officially hit the lowest weight ever in my adult life. I’ve been maintaining steadily in a five-pound range since last December, with a drop of a couple of pounds every few months that lowers the range a bit.
And my blood sugar is staying in the normal range, which was the point of the change to Low Carb, High Fat.
But… wow, SIZE EIGHT!!!!!