Saturday, December 19, 2009

Let's tighten those belts

You see it on the news and read it in the headlines. In this economy, everyone is "tightening their belts". Well today I literally had to tighten my belt.

My waist and my butt don't match. Seriously, it's like they belong to 2 different people. I have a funny story to illustrate that fact. I've always had a horrible time finding jeans to fit me well. If they fit my legs and hips, the waist is always way too big. Many years ago, Levi's came out with the "Personal Pair". Is anyone else old enough to remember these? The idea was you would go to their store and they would measure you and make a pair of jeans to fit you perfectly. My husband saw the ad for it and took me to the store to get a pair. He figured that if they actually fit, I could just order a bunch of them and stop getting so frustrated when I went shopping. At the time, I was probably about as thin as I have ever been, so it seemed like a good idea. So I go in and the clerk starts taking my measurements and when she's done, she has to put them into her computer. She has this odd look on her face and says, "I have to measure you again, apparently I have one of the numbers wrong". She measures me again and puts the numbers (which were exactly the same as the first time) into the computer. Guess what, the computer tells her that it's not possible to make me a pair of jeans that will fit correctly. The discrepancy between my hips and my waist was so big that it couldn't be done. So much for hubby's plan to not get frustrated when shopping for jeans. Hearing that it's not even possible to have jeans custom made is pretty darned frustrating! LOL! But I digress.

Anyway, today I was putting on a pair of jeans that I bought about a month ago after I had lost about 10 pounds. I've always needed a belt with them because even though they fit nicely in the hips and thighs, the waist was always too big. I guess "need" is not really the right word to use because believe me, even if they decided to slide down my waist, I've got the ultimate stopper back there. LOL! Back to my point - after I put on the belt, they still didn't feel right, so I tried the next hole in the belt and voila! They felt perfect.

I am really working on celebrating these small achievements. Finding the motivation to workout when there is so much to do for the holidays or the will power to pass up the cookies that seem to be everywhere can be hard. I find that when I let myself enjoy these little victories, it makes it that much easier to do the things I need to do to get to the next achievement. Enjoy the small stuff! It makes getting to the big stuff more fun!

1 comment:

  1. Are we related, lol?? I have the exact same problem. It's so hard to find a pair of jeans that fit good in my thighs, hips and butt, and my waist. My waist is much smaller than my hips and thighs. I thought I'd found a solution when I heard about these jeans called PZI. Well I placed my order and couldn't wait to get them. I got the jeans, and was dissapointed. They fit better than some of my other jeans, but they were low rise and when you have a lot of junk in the trunk like me, low rise is not your best friend,lol. Will I order them again?? maybe? They do fit better than most jeans. Anyway, good for you in achieving another goal!! Woohoo!