This year I purchased two pair of dress pants for myself as a gift for my birthday. As I am a very impatient shopper, I didn’t try the pants on in the store. Instead, I went by the size that I thought was current for me. Dress pants are usually looser to wear anyway, aren’t they?
Well, to my shock and amazement, when I tried on the pants at home the next day, I found both pair of pants to be uncomfortably tight around the waist and the thighs. Had I really increased that much in size since the last time I was measured for pants? And, how long ago was that, anyway?
The next day, i dug out the receipt from the store and drove back to the store to return the pants, or at least exchange them for a larger size. However, upon arriving, I found I couldn’t exit the car. It dawned on me that to accept the continual increase in my waste size is to admit defeat in both my health and self-image. I could not let that continue. Size 36 is the wall, the line, the frontier that cannot be breached.
So I got back in the car, returned home, and hung the pants back on the shelf. Immediately I began to make revolutions to begin losing that belly fat. I don’t want to just say “lose weight”, because during the course of my personal program, I might become leaner, but more dense. That simple number on the scale is not always a good indicator of progress. The success factor is that I will be able to fit into those pants easily and comfortably in a matter of months. And I’m not going to stop there – after that, I want to take those pants to the tailor and ask them to take them in a bit.
So I’ve started the diet this week – I’m actually using the Nutrisystem program that Marie Osmond advertises (gosh, I still have such a crush on her!). The food is pretty good, but more importantly, it will help to control portion size, which might be one of my bigger issues. I’m going to see if I can all but cut out alcohol. And I’ll be supplementing the program with extra protein bars and shakes to be able to make it throught the accompanying gym visits. I’m using the fitness tracking apps available to me, and making a concerted effort to record calorie intake. I’ve not resorted to a personal trainer yet, but I will need to get my body-fat measured to see what can be done about that.
More to report in the near future…