Thursday, November 8, 2007

The Big 4-0

I'd been meaning to write about this for a couple of weeks, but never got around to it.


When I started down this journey almost 16 months ago, I was busting out of size 58 pants. I was determined never to hit 60, so my 58's were decidedly snug. It's also worth noting that I said the same thing about the 5x shirts, but I did ultimately gave in to the 6's cause you can really notice a too tight shirt. You know, all the fabric pulling away from the buttons with a clear view of whatever is underneath. (Not that you don't notice too tight pants, but I couldn't see them busting out. I just felt it when I put them on.)

It didn't take long to need new duds and at first, I was really enjoying moving down through different sizes, particularly when I could stop shopping at the "Fat Man Store." I pretty much always had one or two pair of pants and shirts in the next smaller size to give me a goal to shoot for.

About a month ago, my 42's were falling off and found 40's in the back of the closet. It was exciting to pull them up and be able to button them comfortably. They go well with my XL and 2X shirts.

Last week, I picked up a pair of 38's, thinking that my 40's days had a few months to run, but wanting to have that next pair to shoot for. Deb encouraged me to try them on. First I picked them up and held them, looking at how small they seemed. "No way I'm anywhere near squeezing into these," I thought. So, I pulled on one leg, and then the other. Then, with the slightest struggle, those babies buttoned. Whaddya know!

So, for anyone keeping track, that's 20" -- I said TWENTY INCHES.

Time to go buy some 36's!

L'Chaim!

13 comments:

K80K said...

Congrats! What an awesome accomplishment. You are just shrinking away. :D

Terri said...

I'm a new reader to your blog and it's been very fun reading about your journey. You've had so many great accomplishments and I guess this is another notch in your belt, so to speak :) Congratulations.

Dodger said...

I might have a couple of 36's hanging in my closet. I'll save 'em for ya.

bigmike600 said...

way to go. I went from a 56 to 34. Welcome to the club.

J-Wim said...

Seeing the sizes spiral down was hands down my biggest reinforcer and motivator. The best day of my life was trying on a pair of size 10 pants that FIT!
Congrats on the milestone - thats awesome! Here's to more major milestones reached.

Emil Von Runner said...

Wow man, that is awesome. I was so happy when I could fit into my jeans again I've wore them every work day since, but they are still 44's. Now they are at a point where they are unwearable without a belt. I look forward to lowering through the sizes and outfitting the local salvation army/goodwill with some barely used clothes too.

Anonymous said...

Awesome!

That was much more inspiring than a woe-is-me-I've-turned-forty post I was expecting.

jobrotha said...

Congrats! That's really great. I'll take your 36's when you are done with them.

Pat said...

congrats. that's amazing.

jaybird said...

... I'll take the 38s.

Dodger said...

Jaybird, I'll send you my old 36's - set a goal for yourself

Dan Seifring said...

Those are the best milestones Jeff. Great work, sorry we did connect in Baltimore.

Cheryl said...

Congratulations Jeff, that's an awesome accomplishment! You are an inspiration. Keep up the good work.