A belt is my constant companion. I always wear a belt whenever I wear pants that have belt loops. The reason is that I usually buy my pants slightly oversize, because I enjoy being comfortable. The skinny jeans movement just makes me shake my head. Might as well call them anti-jeans.
Well, tonight was one of the handful of times I ventured out without a belt. I made a run to the local convenience store after taking my post-walk shower, and could not be bothered to leather up. Something interesting happened – I kept having to pull up my jeans because they were sliding WAY down. In fact, had I not stopped them, they would have ended up on the floor. Now, this may seem embarrassing to some, but to me it was a revelation. These jeans are 44×30 (waist x inseam). This means that my modest efforts to lose weight have resulted in a slight loss of inches, manifesting in nearly lewd and lascivious behavior in a Kwik Trip.
I was overjoyed. This is the first real tangible evidence that the small changes I have made over the past month are having a cumulative positive effect. It’s nice to find that second wind of motivation, and it could not have come at a better time. The change of seasons is always a tough time to maintain a regular exercise schedule. The cool weather and shorter days mean that an early morning walk begins in near darkness and a late afternoon walk ends in near darkness. So, now I am considering a membership at the local YMCA. I like walks in the snow, but I fear the next tumble on ice may result in a broken bone or two, and I would rather maintain my unblemished record in that department. Besides, the prospect of being able to swim during the winter is not unpleasant.
In any case, yay for healthy changes!!