But one thing that most of us do not want to last a long time is that just-washed feeling. You know what I'm talking about...you put on a pair of jeans and they feel a little snug at the waist. You shrug it off thinking, "I know I just washed these; they'll loosen up in no time."
But what if they don't?
That is exactly what happened to me a few short weeks ago. We were headed up to spend a day at the lake and it was unseasonably cool, so I hauled out the jeans that I hadn't said hello to in quite some time. Part of me was excited to put them on, since there is no article of clothing I love more than a good pair of comfy -- yet sexy -- blue jeans.
But that excitement quickly waned as I buttoned them up and realized they were not quite as comfortable as I remembered them to be.
Huh, I thought. This is odd. Oh wait -- I just probably haven't worn them since they came out of the wash. And on I went with my morning.
However, as morning turned into afternoon which turned into evening...I realized that the just-washed feeling wasn't too keen on disappearing. And everytime I went to the washroom, I felt a few short moments of relief as my stomach was once again allowed to properly breathe.
Uh-oh! This is not going to work for me. Nope. No way. Not gonna happen!
I know that a big part of the problem is one of the side effects of my anti-depressant prescription that I am on. But there are other reasons for this too -- a couple of them being my
Ouch!! That hurts!
So, I need to make some serious changes. As tempted as I am to drop my prescription and see what happens, I know I am not ready for that -- especially with fall/winter just right around the corner. So I need to step up my game in other ways.
Excercising is a big one. I refuse to miss a day of working out. Even if have to get up early for work (like today) and can't drag myself out of bed earlier than 6:30am to do it, I have to do something in the evening (like my ab work-out that I did tonight). Who says excercising has to only happen in the morning?
And then there's my Pepsi addiction. I know my previous poll indicated there are several people out there who think I should cut it out of my life completely. Well, that would be like asking me to stop breathing. So no, I can't -- and won't -- do that...but why can't I just hold my breath for awhile? I have now gone 2 days without Pepsi and I'm not even twitching yet! I'm not saying I'm going to go for a certain period of time without it (like my other 2 Pepsi challenges), but rather I am going to really pick and choose my moments. (Oh -- and the Diet Pepsi didn't work out for me...it gave me headaches and kept me up at night. No good!)
And with food...no more cinnamon biscuits!! And no more casual snacking. A cookie here, a handful of chips there and it all adds up.
I am turning the big 3-0 in about 4 1/2 months...and I refuse to enter that phase of my life at the weight I am now. I hear it's even harder to lose weight once you reach that decade, so I need to get my groove on now while I'm still in my twenties!
I g-u-a-r-a-n-t-e-e you that by the time I turn 30 on January 15th -- I will have long lost that just-washed feeling. Just you wait and see!!