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Living a little less Large

on September 5, 2012

I was about to shut off the computer for the night when I realized that I hadn’t posted in a few days!   I’ve been a little overwhelmed by the start of the graduate course I’m taking.  It’s the first time I’ve been “in school” in about 30 years.  I’m out of practice.  It’s a great course so far and I don’t regret enrolling.  I just need a little time to find my balance.

That said, in no way will I allow myself to get pulled away from this blog.  Coming here and exploring my weight loss journey, the issues of compulsive eating, the pitfalls and victories in recovery, and everything else I blabber on about has become essential to my recovery.  I need this more than I needed to log off and go to bed.  So, here I am.  Hi, everybody!

I experienced a very cool NSV yesterday.  For the first time in more than 12 years, I dressed for work in regular XL sized T-shirt — not a 2XL or 3XL.  I’ve been looking forward to this experience for a long time.  I actually bought the shirt more than a month ago, but it was still a little too snug for comfort across the boobs and mid-section.   My 2XLs had begun to look baggy on me.  The shoulder seams on some of them fall practically at the middle of my upper arm.   I’d taken to twisting the hems of the shirts and sort of tucking them under to make them appear a little more neat.

While I was away, I wore an XL shirt for the first time.  It fit, if a little too tightly, but it was black so I could get away with it.   Still, I knew I was close to being able to comfortably wear this smaller size.  Soon, very soon.

On Monday, someone I haven’t seen in awhile comented on how my weight loss progress really shows and how it’s obvious that I’m also toning up.  (She’s a physical therapist and would naturally notice these things.)  The toning comment stayed with me and reminded me that even if the rate of weight loss has slowed a little, the increased exercise also creates positive changes in my body.

Yesterday, when I opened the closet to select a shirt for work, one of the XL shirts I’d been waiting to wear really caught my eye.  It’s a pink and white tie-dyed pattern — funky and fun.  I’ve yearned to wear one of these shirts for years but the Gift Shop never ordered them in 2XL, so I couldn’t.

So, yesterday I took a deep breath, removed the shirt from the hanger, and slipped it over my head.  Sweet and neat, it fit!  I was thrilled.

The positive feeling remained throughout the day.  Everytime I looked down at the pretty pink pattern, I smiled.  NSVs do that for a person.

Even better, when I got ready for work today, I was able to repeat the experience with a second shirt.  Tomorrow’s choice is already decided with a red shirt that has a white diagonal stripe to mimic a Diver Down flag.   I’ll have that on when I stop by the Gift Shop.  I need a few more shirts in my new size.

7 responses to “Living a little less Large

  1. Mary says:

    That’s such a cool NSV. I’m smiling just reading about it. Way to go!


  2. robenagrant says:

    Wonderful, Mary. Celebrate the day and go buy that other shirt, because you deserve it. And glad to hear that you are enjoying being back in school. : )

  3. Skye says:

    How excellent! You must feel so good to see yourself wearing that smaller size, and wearing it well. I’m happy for you as you keep progressing.

  4. June says:

    That’s wonderful! I am so excited for you.

  5. kipper43 says:

    I am sooooo excited for you Mary! I can’t wait to be able to buy xl or lg in my near future! Save me any DRC hand me downs, I love the clothes you gave me last trip. Some are already too big. See you real soon!

  6. forestjane says:

    Way to go! I hope you get an employee discount. 😉

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