Thirty-One-Derful

Thirty-One-Derful

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I turned thirty-one years old this year. Thirty-one before I finally decided to give exercise a try. Thirty-one when I signed up for my first 5k. There are exactly thirty-one days until the big race. As of this morning I’ve lost thirty-one pounds.

It looks like I have a new lucky number. Maybe I should buy a Power-Ball ticket. Oh wait, I live in Utah.

When I tried on and bought a pair of size fourteen jeans a couple of weeks ago I thought about writing about it. This was a huge event in my life, after all. But even though I tried on three pairs of jeans that size and they all fit – I couldn’t convince myself that it wasn’t just a fluke. I could still wear my old pants, so it had to be a fluke. Didn’t it?

Then I noticed when I wore the fourteens I kept having to grab the waist-band and shimmy them back up into place. And as the day wore on, the pants got bigger. And bigger. A belt didn’t help much. I’ve run out of notches that will actually provide any “cinch”.

I started thinking “Maybe twelves? No, perish the thought. You’ll never fit in a twelve.”

But the jeans wouldn’t stay up.

Saturday night we went to a movie at the Gateway and we had thirty minutes to kill before show time. I dragged Toby to down to the Gap so I could try on some jeans.

Just walking into the Gap is intimidating if you’re short and round. As if the waif-like sales people weren’t enough, they have dozens of life-size cardboard cutouts of models, wearing the jeans. You know, so you can see how they are supposed to look. On a tall, thin person. Then, just over the register and in front of the fitting rooms they have a forty foot banner of a model in skinny jeans, sprawled on her back with a come-hither expression.

I chickened out and tried on a pair of fourteens and couldn’t even get them buttoned. My insecurities about “being” a fourteen flared up like a heat rash in the jungle. Fluke, fluke fluke!

I threw on my own clothes and found Toby. But, being Toby, he wouldn’t let it go. He insisted I try on other styles. And that I try a twelve. The last jeans I had tried on turned out to be slim-cut, so I agreed to try on the “curvy” cut.

Let me preface what happened next by saying that I have never been a size twelve at any point. There was a five minute patch in college when I wore a tight fourteen and I am pretty sure I leapt right from children’s sizes to a junior thirteen when I was in sixth or seventh grade.

It was touch and go getting over the hips and thighs. I almost didn’t finish. But then once they were all the way on….the curvy jeans fit. In a twelve. And I could still draw breath, feel my toes and walk. In a twelve.

Excuse me while I go repeat my little victory dance.

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    Shannon
    September 23rd, 2009 at 10:22 am

    WAHOOOO!!!! Will you be my personal trainer? I really need some help loosing weight! As you are loosing I am gaining and I really can’t take it any longer. I am really proud! Way to go!

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      Holly
      September 23rd, 2009 at 11:57 am

      I’m hardly qualified to train anyone – but if you want to work out/run/bike together I’m always game. We need to go mountain biking before it snows!

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    Ronda Rae
    September 23rd, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Woooohoooo!!!!!
    And kudos to you for even daring to go into the GAP. I am always too intimidated to go in there unless it is the Outlet. The outlet is far less intimidating. I don’t even think of trying on their pants for fear of breaking out into tears! So good for you! A new size AND major courage to boot!

    (Is there no gambling in Utah?)

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      Holly
      September 23rd, 2009 at 11:26 am

      I agree – the Outlet is way better. More like Old Navy. Not to mention, this Gap in particular is in the hoity-toitiest shopping center we have – right down from a Banana Republic and an Abercrombie. I don’t think I’d go in there no matter how skinny I ever got.
      There is no gambling here – and no lottery tickets, which is funny because our school system needs money like crazy and a lottery system would be perfect to fund that. But so far the rest of the state hasn’t caught on to my brilliant plan.

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    Amber
    September 23rd, 2009 at 11:42 am

    You must be SO PROUD! Way to see the payoff for all your hard work. Go 31!

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    Sharon Briggs
    September 23rd, 2009 at 11:49 am

    WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are such an inspiration to all of us. I really need to step up my exercise program!

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    Kim Sue Ellen
    September 23rd, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Dang gina…I am SO proud of you! I can’t even fit in my size 12 right now…maybe we should trade jeans? Oh wait, yours would all be capris on me and mine would be too long…drats, too bad I don’t want to go shopping just yet!

    So happy for you…we need a pic of you in your size 12’s lady!

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      Holly
      September 23rd, 2009 at 11:54 am

      Kim, the strange part of the story is that I didn’t buy the twelves. So unlike me! It’s just that they were way too long and they didnt’ have short/petite that I could find. I’ll have to go out and buy some 12s one day soon when I have more time. Then maybe I’ll take a pic 😉

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    Leisha
    September 23rd, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Way to go Holly! So exciting and an inspiration for me to just keep going.

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      Holly
      September 23rd, 2009 at 12:29 pm

      Leisha – stick with the C25k! It is awesome for building up your endurance so you can do lots of fun things!

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    Jenny
    September 23rd, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    This is so awesome Holly!!! I say it every time, but I’ll say it again: you really are an inspiration to me. I, too, at thirty-one, might give this exercise phenomenon a try. 🙂

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    Sharon
    September 24th, 2009 at 1:21 am

    I just wanted to chime in my congrats and tell you to keep up the good work (and telling us all how it goes). I always look forward to reading about what’s going on and hearing your ‘voice’ as you tell it. You definetly have a cheerleader section behind you – Go Holly!! 😉

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    michelle
    September 25th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

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    michelle
    September 25th, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    oops sorry that wasn’t supposed to go there. anyway congrats on the 12vs even if you didn’t buy them

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