Today, it is a stunningly gorgeous 85+ degrees here in the Chicago suburbs. In other words, time to bust out the shorts (or, if you’re me and terrify the general public when you wear shorts, the capris). I pulled out my six pairs of capris–jean, black, khaki and white–and not a single one fit. My two pairs of bermuda shorts fell to my ankles. None of the skirts fit either.
So what’s a girl to do? Throw on the jeans and go shopping, of course! After a healthy lunch at Portillo’s–grilled chicken salad, hold the croutons–I went to Penney’s and picked up a pair of jean capris. Size 16, woo hoo! Last summer, I was in a 20.
In fact, here is a denim skirt I wore last summer:
I also picked up a pair of size 16 jeans (you know we’re not finished with the cold weather, despite the warm-weather tease today) to replace these:
The one thing that does fit? My bridesmaid dress! It zips up all the way, without any shapewear or other assistance. Due to the flappy bat wings and the gut, I still don’t look *good* in it, but it’s a vast improvement and I am over the moon happy. Pardon the picture quality. I didn’t realize it was blurry until after I was out of the dress:
With a Wonderbra and some Spanx, I should be good to go by May 14!
So much has changed since late January. Thank you, thank you, thank you to Push Fitness and the Daily Herald. You guys have changed my life! A million more thank yous to my trainer, Michelle. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. To remind myself of how far I’ve come, I’m keeping that pair of jeans as a reminder. All of the other bottoms are currently in a huge garbage bag, ready to be donated to Goodwill. Good riddance!