Sunday, December 14, 2008

Doing A Happy Dance

Friday night I was able to get out of the house for a couple of hours and be someone other than "Mom". It was truly great to be at a restaurant and not have to tell someone to turn around and sit down in their chair, or help them take a bite of their dinner, or use bribery to get them to cooperate. It was also great to not have to shake a rattle in one hand while trying to eat with the other while doing all of the aforementioned things.

Before I left, I was trying to find something to wear. Now, you must know that my wardrobe consists of very, very little right now. I mostly wear comfy pants during the day because I can't stand to be in jeans while I'm cleaning or chasing around two kids. The only pair of jeans that I wear are a size 10 Long and Lean from The Gap. :sigh: It's depressing because before #1 I was wearing the same jeans in a size 4, which I still have up in the closet for "someday", but I digress. I noticed the other day those my jeans, even after washing and drying, were getting to be too big. WOO HOO! Score!

So, I decided to pull down the pair of American Eagle jeans I was wearing when I got pregnant with #2. I attempted to put them on about 2 months ago and I couldn't even get them up over my hips. Ugh.

I opened the jeans up from their folded (and somewhat dusty) state, looked at them in disbelief, and stepped both feet in. I started to pull them up and noticed very little resistance when it came to my hip area. I started to get excited at this point because a few weeks ago they almost burst at their seams at this point. As I pulled them up over my larger-than-before rear end, I started to wonder if this could really be happening! Were these the same jeans I couldn't get into before?? I looked down just to be sure - and they were!

Then, came the final test. They were up over my hips and rear, but could I get them buttoned and zipped? I said a little prayer and told myself not to be too disappointed when I couldn't. I reasoned that this was good enough for now, that it was an accomplishment to have done this much! So, I grabbed both ends, pulled them together and..........


I zipped the zipper up, and stared at myself in the mirror just to be sure I wasn't dreaming. There I stood, in my size 8 AE jeans, over my hips, covering my rear, buttoned and zipped with full blown muffin top, but they were on! WOO HOO! I almost cried.

I didn't end up wearing the jeans out because of the amount of muffin I had, but it felt incredibly good to just have gotten these suckers on. I'm thisclose to reaching my goal (well, not thisclose, but closer than I was) and it was just reassurance that my hard work was paying off.

I pretty much blew the whole thing on chips, salsa, quesadillas and nachos (oh, and the margarita), but I didn't care. :) I'm getting rid of this weight and it feels so good!


Amber said...

you are a total rock star and looked BEAUTIFUL. Really beautiful.


Anonymous said...

YAY Leah!!!!!!!!! I'm so glad that all of your hard work is paying off for you, and, most importantly, that we you able to take time to go out, and have FUN, with no kids to tow around! Now, were you able to go the whole night without talking about kids? That was the test afterall!!