Fabulous Friend Post Swap

This is something New that we thought about.  We have so many Fabulous Friends that have awesome websites and blogs.  We thought it would be fun to “Post Swap”.  We choose our favorite post of yours and you choose your favorite post of ours to share.  If you want to participate in this just send let us know.  It is a great way to showcase all of the Fabulous people who are helping us on our journey!

Today we are swapping with our friend from twitter  foodiemcbody.  Just like us she is fighting the fat and winning!  She has so many awesome posts on her site it was hard to choose but the following post is the one we chose to swap today.  To visit her site click here  I personally would claim, own and defend the size 8 status!  S

8 is the new 14

April 13, 2009
Filed under: body image, emotions, weight loss — Foodie McBody @ 12:32 pm
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Today’s post is about…clothes!!
I had a shocking and weird experience in a clothing store last week. I was checking out some jeans – I have really never had any “nice” jeans – just big, floppy “casual fit” Levi’s that sort of hung on me. The saleswoman came over and asked if she could help.  I said I probably needed a size 12.
I have worn pretty much a size 14 for the past 5-ish years, and before that, 12.  I have really never worn a size 10 in my adult memory, and NEVER anything in single digits.
She looked at me skeptically and said, “No way are you 12.” I said, “Yes way.” So she gave me a 12 and a 10. I went into the dressing room. The 12 was indeed, way big. The 10 fit pretty well. I was happy. I came out of the room. She appraised me and said, “You need an 8.” I started laughing hysterically. I said no. She shoved an 8 into my hands and thrust me back into the dressing room.  And… THEY FIT.
I didn’t buy them because I was in too much of a state of shock, and I also didn’t like how high the waist felt. They came up wayyy over my navel, which felt weird. So I didn’t get them. But I spent the rest of the day muttering to myself in disbelief, “I wear a size 8?!?!”
But I have remained dubious. My theory (not even a theory, it’s fact) is that clothing sizes have gone down, down, while remaining the same size.
And last night I proved it. I went on a romp through my closet, trying on everything I could. The good and crazy/happy news is that I could not find a SINGLE PIECE of clothing that doesn’t fit me because it’s too small. (several too big now) That was trippy. I mean really hard to even believe.
But I noticed that the OLDER that a piece of clothing was, the larger the size.
Finally, I found an old pair of shorts, maybe 15 years old. Tried them on. They fit me sort of snugly, but fit OK. JUST LIKE THE SIZE 8 JEANS in the store. I looked at the tag on the shorts. SIZE 14. I swear!!!!!!!
Another thing. I got married in a size 12 wedding dress. This was in 1988, 21 years ago. And guess what? I weighed 19 pounds LESS than I do now. There is no way that I could squeeze into that dress today. A size 12.
So, sizes have been shrinking while clothes stay the same. I find this incredibly annoying but of course I understand the marketing concept behind it. Women will be ecstatic to THINK they wear a size 8 when they are actually a 14 from 1988!! Ugh.
I really think they should abolish these arbitrary stupid sizes and just make everything the true number that it is, based on inches. Size 30. Size 35. Whatever.
If the numbers had stayed true to 1988, I would have probably been up to a size 20 or something, which would have alarmed me a lot earlier. But I think I felt like 14 was “bad, but not TOO bad” – ie I could still shop in “regular” instead of “plus sized” stores.
The whole thing is just weird. So while I am mildly excited to be fitting into those size 8 jeans, part of me knows it’s just bogus.


Filed under Diet Buddy, Fabulous Friend Post Swap, Fabulous Friend Spotlights

4 responses to “Fabulous Friend Post Swap

  1. Yes, I went through this same phenomenon a couple of years ago and then had the same realization. Now, I don’t care what size it is, as long as I look fantastic in it 🙂

    How’s this for weird: I shopped for jeans recently and brought two sizes into the dressing room. The smaller size fit although slightly snug. I tried on the larger size and it was SMALLER…I couldn’t button or zip!! WTF?? I checked the label, too. Things that make you go hmmmmm….

  2. cristina banuelos

    It’s hard for me to not care what size I am. Maybe it’s years, decades of programming”OH you’re a size 6!!” But it’s also that symbol for me of being fit. I feel super fit and healthy as a size 8. So although I strive for an overall balance of healthy scale numbers & feeling awesome- that pant size is like the cherry on top!

  3. Hey I always check out a fun site called http://www.hungry-girl.com They have some amazing recipes that are low fat not low flavor. They also have a amazing cookbook out there too. (there is a recipe for LOW FAT brownies and they are to die for!)

    • weightlosswiththefabulousfatties

      I am sooo checking out that site because Leesa is a skinny cutie and a great cook! Thanks for the tip girl!

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