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.
- 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.