6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Lucky Sevens

My usual ABC post will be up tonight, I took a rest day yesterday because I gave my ALL to Hill training. What does Tall Mom do on her rest day? SHOP!! My business trip the end of this month is a jeans and sweaters kind of event. I had $75 is gift cards to Nordstrom Rack so I went in search of JEANS.

Back story: Tall Sister has ALWAYS been more fashionable than me. She is willing to pay for higher quality items. I am more of a "buy off clearance" type of gal. A couple of years ago I was shopping with her, she was on a big designer jeans kick. As we approached the rounder I could tell that there was no way I would fit in anything. Tall Sister thought I could so we grabbed a pair of Seven Jeans and headed to the fitting room. THANK the GOOD LORD that the curtain did not fly open. I could not fit my ample thighs even part way down those jeans. I promptly returned them to the hanger and, pride hurt, headed to the Plus sized section.

Being a size 18-20, XXL and shopping in the Plus Sized stores was not in my plan (photo above when I was starting to lose weight size 14/16). Life, kids, desk job, snacks and ice cream happen. Eventually those 5 pounds a year turn to 30++ pounds, expanded waist line, and new dress sizes...

Fast-Forward: I am now a 10/12, about the size I was in high school. I went to the notorious designer jeans rounder to the 32's. Selected 4 pairs, hoping they would be long enough for my Amazon figure. Nervous I gently tugged at the dark washed Seven Jeans, fully expecting to attach them back to the hanger. ALL THE WAY UP, BUTTON!! What in the Monkey??? Yes folks, Tall Mom is now the proud owner of Seven Jeans that fit AMAZING! Success, facebook status update and a little victory dance in the dressing room.


Moral of the story: It is the easiest thing in the world to give up, to accept defeat and not be the person you know you could be. Change, any change takes effort, dedication and constant focus on the GOAL. If you start today you never know what your Lucky Seven will be. You may not be seaking to fit into designer jeans. Maybe you want to run a 5K without stopping, feel comfortable in an airplane seat, or lose those last 10 pounds. What I am saying is to throw away the fear of the "jeans not fitting" and focus on "finding what fits you," your way to become the person you know you can be. There will be sweat, tears, and blisters!! But oh how you forget when the person looking back in the mirror is the YOU that has been hiding inside.


HAPPY THURSDAY!!

  • PS. High Five Friday tomorrow. Pretty Please let me know if you are racing this weekend??
  • PPS. Do you have a SUCCESS story like this? If so, please share in an email or comment, I LOVE LOVE to hear other's stories.

54 comments:

accordingtoberni said...

OOOOh that is an awesome story!!! I hope you'll post pics of you in your HOT jeans!!

I am running my very 1st Half Marathon on Sunday! And oh so nervous so I'd love to have a High Five this week!! It would mean alot.

Have a wonderful day!
xoxo

Ashley said...

That's great! I love a good pair of jeans!

I'm racing this weekend, Super Sunday 10K. And I will be giving it my all.

Melissa said...

Congrats on the jeans!!! In September of 2008, I needed some jeans for work and bought some in a size 14 that barely zipped up with the whole "I will lose weight mentality". By February, I couldn't zip them. This February, I have a closet full of 2s and 4s and kept those 14s to remind me of where I was before I decided I'd had enough.

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

I'm so excited for you! What a great feeling! And you and your sis are super cute!

Success story - well, you've seen my before and after, but it never really hits me until I find an old piece of clothing or something and then I realize how much things have changed.

objectsevents said...

hooooooooooooray for a feel good story. I LOVE SEVEN JEANS, they fit so well. and they are really great jeans, esp for a hot butt! :) hehehe. secret- i NEVER pay full price for mine. have bought them for $19.99 and $29 at TJ maxx and filene's basement on sale. love love love.

Rebecca said...

Nothing like jean shopping to get you back on the training wagon...ish! Congrats on your purchase though! It's tough to spend that kind of money on jeans but the few pairs of designer jeans I have will last me forever!! (Well at least until they are too big for me and I have to buy a smaller pair!!)

Staci Dombroski said...

That is awesome! I can't wait to fit into the dress that I wore for my wedding rehearsal dinner 8.5 years ago! That will be a great day! I am happy to report that I am back into 6/8 size. I hope you have a great night and congratulations!

Allie said...

That's so great, I have to say that best part about losing weight is being able to shop at "normal" stores. Way to go!

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Great story Mel. Inspiring as always!

Enjoy your fancy jeans. Nothing tastes as good as success feels!!!

Lisa said...

I'm a clearance rack girl too.

Best feeling ever when you can get into a pair off jeans that you previously could not.

You ARE amazing!!!

Mary said...

I love, LOVE your blog you always make me so happy!

teacherwoman said...

That's so awesome! I DESPISE shopping for jeans and when I find a pair that fits and looks nice, I don't usually worry to much about the price!

Zoƫ said...

RIGHT ON with your hot Sevens! Woot!

Jessica Bridie said...

Awesome, congrats on the jeans!

I'm running the Super Sunday 5K in Boston, my first race in 3 months. It will be my boyfriend's first race ever! :-D

Rachael said...

I *do* have a similiar success story but it's still in the making ... my current post is all about it actually!

http://www.thebeginningrunnersblog.com

You look amazing, even in the before picture!

Running Diva Mom said...

Thanks for sharing your story AND the photos. I love it -- CONGRATS TO YOU!!!!!!!!

Marlene said...

Come on, you know we are going to need a picture of you in your new LUCKY jeans!

Until December, I have been wearing the same pair of jeans for 3 years... a size that fit me 20 lbs ago. I finally hit the mall with some gift cards and bought some jeans that fit. I REALLY wanted to buy nice ones but was too afraid to try them on, so I stuck to the plain-jane jean stores. You have INSPIRED me to treat myself to a nice pair. I have always dreamed of Sevens. And they should fit me now...

Thanks, lady!

jacqueline said...

wow! i am so happy that i found your blog. i just started running...it is hard, but, i am loving it! this past fall, i found myself shopping in the plus size and catergorized as obese. NOT GOOD!!! so, last month (Jan.) i made the decision to live a healthier lifestyle. it has been great. i can feel the change and i want more. thank you for inspiring me!

Rio said...

I hate jeans shopping, but when you find a pair that works, it's worth pure gold!

SideofSneakers.com said...

Woohoo congrats on the sevens!! I long for designer jeans...but I'm too cheap ;)

The Happy Runner said...

Great job! Enjoy those jeans :-)

Micki said...

Yeah!!! I love that feeling. Since I have been on weight loss conquest I have bought the next size down so that I have a pair of jeans to aspire to and then when I pull them on feel so good!!! Congratulations!!!

Kerrie T. said...

Yay! That is so awesome. I've never fit in those before either. Maybe I should head down to the Rack! LOL! I'm happy to report I'm aaaalllmooost back to my college-size jeans -- they were junior size 9s but I don't want to be in juniors again. I'd love to be in regular ladies size 8s. I'm in 10s now but they are snug.

Success story: After giving birth to T Junior, I DID NOT want to go back to my full time corporate job that had an hour commute each way. I spent the entire 3 months of my maternity leave crying about the dreaded "back to work" day. BUT, I also spent those months looking hard for a part-time job (or at least one that was more flexible) that would be closer to home. Guess what? I found a part-time job I LOVE the WEEK before I was supposed to go back.

If you want something bad enough, NEVER GIVE UP!

Lorian said...

Good for you! You can't beat jeans that fit you right and make you feel good!

marathonmaiden said...

awesome story! jeans that fit like a glove are the ultimate confidence booster

I Run for Fun said...

Woo hoo! I love your blog...can always find a motivational / inspiring story! Congratulations on your latest acquisition. Keep going strong!

Croughwell said...

A couple of years ago, I was looking for a ball gown to wear to the Navy Sub Ball with my husband. I was 50 lbs heavier then I am now and it was very discouraging tryin on dress after dress not finding one that fit me well.

Jen said...

Yay for you. I have many stories like that!

Sarah said...

Nice work on the new Sevens! I have always wanted a pair, but I can never convince myself to spend the money. They look so hot on though!

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

Your blog is so inspirational! What a great story today! I hate, hate, hate shopping for jeans! Nothing ever seems to fit right. But...when you find something that does it's such an amazing feeling! Yay for the Sevens!

RunHapi13 said...

I love, love, love your Lucky Seven story! I am a former fatty - was 250+ at my biggest, a size 22 in my late 20's - not due to kids or anything, just lazy and bad eating habits. After Weight Watchers and finding fitness, as of May 2005 when I joined SealTeam, I finally got my "Lucky Seven" moment. I was able to buy single digit sizes in any store.
It all comes down to me finding myself, loving myself and challenging myself knowing I would succeed.
I read the comment Alanis Morrisette had in her article in Runner's World, "treat your body like an instrument, not an ornament"...love it.
Thanks for sharing, I truly enjoy your blog!

Megan said...

Actually, my story is almost exactly like that. My little sister is more fashionable than me and has always been thin-ish. At her heaviest she was a 12. But 6yrs ago she started running and lost weight and is a sz2. Early 2009, she got me doing 5ks with her. Then convinced me to train for a half marathon. B/c of that I lost 35lbs (from a 16 to 10/12). I'm about to run my 2nd and 3rd halves.
I used to hate to go into stores b/c I might not fit into the clothes in the stores. But in Dec I bought my first size 10 jeans in a long time. I texted all my friends that day with my news.

Katie A. said...

That was truly inspirational - thanks for sharing! Enjoy those hard earned jeans - you deserve them!! I think you know a little about my story already, I won't bore you :)
Happy Thursday!

I'm racing the Kaiser San Francisco Half Marathon on Sunday.
And if Aron doesn't get over to tell you, she running Surf City along with Danica at chicrunner!
Thank you, thank you, thank you as always!!!! You are a rockstar!

Jill said...

There is nothing more exciting than well fitting jeans - and smaller sized ones at that! Woohoo, major victory!!! :)

Valerie said...

I love this post. I love Seven Jeans, too, but really love the inspiration you put into this post. Congratulations on your weight loss and for inspiring others to do the same, tone up, or whatever their goals may be.

Amanda said...

Yay!!! I was the same size as you a little after I started my journey and I remember how hard finding clothes was and to be able to buy off the rack now just feels amazing.

I'm not technically "racing" this weekend, but myself and some other women I've asked/motivated are participating in a 5k. I'm hoping this will ignite a fire in them to make their own health big priorities!

Amanda said...

I meant to say... same size as you WERE, not that you are today :) I still have to get there.

Mama said...

You go girl! And YAY for some awesome new jeans.

MCM Mama

Alison said...

Thank you for another inspiring post. I'm finding its the journey and the habits I'm changing on the journey that motivate me more than the scale. Mind you the 55+ I've lost is motivational, but doing a 5k on Sunday was as motivational, I never could have done that without changing my habits.

Runner Leana said...

AWESOME!!! Congratulations on the brand new jeans!!

Velma said...

I am going to look up seven jeans right now. After I had my second child I got a pair of jeans on clearance thinking they were my size. Nope. I couldn't return them, but I tried them on last week and the now look fantastic.

High five to you!

Alisa said...

Yeah! Paige brand is my favorite b/c they are the LONNNNNNNGEST!

ajh said...

Great story! I have never owned designer jeans. Maybe a splurge some day because I surely do like my jeans!

J said...

Wow you and your sister are GORGEOUS!!! Seriously your family is tall and beautiful!! It is such a great feeling to fit into a great pair of jeans! I am so glad that you didn't give up and are fit, happy, wonderful and beautiful!

J said...

Wow you and your sister are GORGEOUS!!! Seriously your family is tall and beautiful!! It is such a great feeling to fit into a great pair of jeans! I am so glad that you didn't give up and are fit, happy, wonderful and beautiful!

Maryann said...

Thanks for sharing your story! I love to hear about people succeeding!

RunningLaur said...

Now we need a picture of you in these jeans!

I finally got back into my 'skinnier' jeans from when I was rowing - and all of the pants I've been wearing the last 2 years won't stay up. It's a great thing, but if I do find another professional, fancy job, I may need a whole new wardrobe!

ps. I'm racing this weekend! Running The Sedona half on Sat and volunteering at a race son Sunday!

ChristieisaRunner said...

That's awesome. Great story and congrats on the new jeans. I'm running a Sweetheart 10K this weekend. And something similar that occurred today was that on the second day of our jumprope unit at school, I was able to accomplish 2 new trick jumps that I wasn't able to do this time last year. Last year, I'd barely begun running and was about 10 lbs heavier. Doesn't sound like much but it apparently made a big difference when you're doing that much jumping.

Alicia said...

Absolutely! It took me 28 years to learn that I could be whoever I wanted to be with a little dedication and hard work. That was 4 yrs ago and I haven't looked back. Congrats on the jeans! My "jeans" is actually a goal to get to 125 lbs. I haven't seen that number on the scale since I was 21. And, at times, I've wondered it is even possible. I'm going for it, though. And only 7 lbs to go!

runninaround said...

I'm running a local Superbowl 5k on Sunday! if it doesn't get snowed out...Baltimore is supposed to get hit by another 20 inches this weekend...

Barefoot AngieB said...

wow! How cool is that to find great jeans! I don't think I have ever had jeans that I truly thought looked good on me.
Your weight loss success is inspiring!
I am still about 15 pounds to go to get to my goal weight. It sure is hard in the winter months to stay active.
Mostly I want to be lean and look like a runner, or dancer either one and to have less weight to lug around when I run!
I have before and after shots now but they are in the buff so not postable to the ol' blog. Otherwise I guess I could look through photos if I can stand it hahaha! I suppose I should be happy to look the way I do after having 4 children though if I have to find an upside :)

Denise said...

I can totally relate. I was a size 14 for years and it wasn't fun trying to find cute clothes and only being able to shop at old navy. Now, while I still struggle with finding good jeans, I love being able to pull a 4/6 off the rack at Loft and feel good in it!

Badgergirl said...

Yea for finding an amazing pair of jeans!

My success story: I guess it comes in two parts. I was at my highest weight in 2005 at a size 16/18 and decided enough was enough. Started working out, running and watching what I ate and dropped 50 pounds. Got to my lowest weight since high school, felt good, ran my first half marathon. The Monster invaded my head and I gained 30 of those pounds back. Spent the last year taking it all off again (ok, there's a few pounds left to shed) and back to my size 8/10 but every day I get to go in my closet and find another piece of clothing that fits the way it used to? Amazing.

Anna said...

BEAUTIFUL dress in that second picture! Thanks for the inspirational post.