I’ve reached a few SIGNIFICANT milestones in my weight loss journey this week.
This week I’ve worn shorts.
I haven’t worn shorts outside of the comforts of my own home since 8th grade.
ELEVEN YEARS AGO.
Yeah, it’s been THAT long.
I haven’t had the confidence in myself to wear shorts. Even when I wore them at home or mowing the lawn I was constantly fiddling with them.
I wasn’t comfortable. My legs were too short and thick. My thighs are too chunky, too jiggly. Damn you chub rub! My calves looked too big. I do have some SERIOUSLY muscular calves. Of course Hubster has these skinny little bird legs that go on for miles. Ass. But for some reason it works. I’m jealous of his long, lean legs and he’s jealous of my muscular, defined calves. I’ll take it!
It’s been hot in the mitten this week. Like in the 80s humid, sticky, just get out of the shower and feel like you need to get back in, my hair is a GIIIIIIIIIIIIANT frizz ball kind of hot. I bet that visual put you in the mood… Hot enough where I felt the need to wear shorts. I don’t own any; I had to borrow a pair from my sister.
I button and zipped the shorts, took a deep breath, walked into the hallway and took a look in the full length mirror.
And hawt daym if my legs didn’t look smokin’! Uh huh, hawt daaaaaym.
My calves are still rock hard muscle, but my thighs are slimming down and toning up. Somehow my thighs being smaller makes my calves look smaller. I don’t know how it works, but it does. I’ll take it! I felt/feel so good about myself that I’m planning on rocking the shorts a lot this summer.
I can’t wear shorts at work. The little old lady I’m working with who reminds me of the Grandma from Beverly Hillbillies keeps her apartment at a tropical 85,000 degrees. My only option other than sweating to death is to wear the capris I’ve had for a few years and struggled to button and zip last year.
Friday I pulled a pair out of the drawer they had been banish to, took a deep cleansing breath and pulled them up. Pulled not shimmied into…a good sign. Button and zipped with the pants with ease! and took a few steps back to take a look in the mirror.
I was totally shocked by what I saw.
I had a flat ass. My butt is toned, firm and round. I have a nice ass. If I do say so myself…! The same pair of pants I dreaded putting on last year hang low on hips and make me look like I have a flat saggy ass.
There are few things I’m proud of on my body and my toned ass and calves are about it. Making these physical attributes look good is not going to work.
I need some summer clothes.
I happened to have a 30% of coupon to one of my favorite clothing stores.
And that means a shopping trip.
ALWAYS a good thing.
This week’s Mamavation blogging prompt
In your wellness efforts what is the simplest healthy habit that makes you feel most centered after doing it?
I find myself doing a lot of deep, conscious breathing. I have issues with panic attacks. When I feel myself ramping up for one, I take deep, focused breaths. It helps, my breathing slows down, my heart rate comes down, the pounding in my ears fades away and the elephant sitting on my chest starts to go away.
Deep breaths in addition to stretching get me amped up to do just about anything. Hubster makes fun of me, but that’s how I start every morning. And a little extra oxygen before the first cup of coffee is NEVER a bad thing…
I wrote this blog post while participating in the Mamavation Blogging Carnival for a chance to win a pair of Earth Footwear sandal