I promised myself that I would add one of these stories here every time I told one. I tell them at one point or another throughout the summer. There will be no chronology - not yet anyway - nor will there be much of a schedule. You never know; I might add a story every day and I might not. This is my life. Every day is an adventure.


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I Really Must Laugh

I have never been one to worry about my clothes. How well they fit. Whether they match. How worn they are, or stained. Not unless I'm going to work anyway. Now that I've lost over 40 pounds, most of which is gone from my butt and from my belly, things fit - well - differently. It is only to be expected of course, but sometimes something will take me a bit by surprise and I have to laugh about it all.

Back in 2008, when I was in Fairbanks publishing my book, I bought a few clothes. One thing was a pair of pajama pants, they were hard weave (not a knit fabric) and they were comfortable enough, but a little tight for sitting. I hardly ever wore them. Recently I figured I better start wearing these clothes I'd bought way back when or I would completely un-grow them and miss my chance. It was a near thing with those pants. A couple more inches from around my middle and they would be falling off. I'm going to have to shorten the elastic in the waist. haha

Another thing which struck me today. At the same time, in Fairbanks I found a jacket, and I've worn it a lot since then. It's a very nice jacket with fake sheepskin lining and a nice brown cotton shell, with a hood too. It is my winter jacket 90% of the time. I bought it because the sleeves weren't a foot too long AND I could zip it up. Something very important to me, especially for a winter jacket. I put it on today for the first time since last winter. The waist is now very loose, though not so loose that I won't continue to wear it.

My boss gave me a summer jacket a couple years ago. They had to guess at the size and it turned out to be too small in a way. The sleeves are a bit long but the waist was like three inches short of zipping. Since it was a summer jacket I wasn't too worried about that. If it was raining, I had a poncho to wear when I drove the boat. Otherwise it worked well enough. It too was plenty warm enough for summer's chilly morning boat drives. By the time summer's rainy season started I could zip it up and now this jacket too is a bit loose around the waist. haha I'm not giving it up though. It's a great jacket and it has my name monogrammed on it.

There's another laughable thing I wear and smile about. For years I've wanted a new pistol belt. The one I have was getting too short. Even on the last hole, it was tight, and I had to wear it up around my ribs. Now, though I still wear it on the last hole, it now hangs loosely down around my hips where I like to wear it.  If it weren't for my pistol making for a lopsided weight, I'm sure I would lose it entirely. My pistol sits down on my thigh out from under my elbow; all I need is a tie-down for it to ride like any good gun-slinger's pistol should ride.

There are other things I've un-grown - things I never thought to have trouble with. Yeah, I'll surely have to go shopping when I hit town.


Shell Flower said...

Congrats on the weight loss. I love that you are a gunslinger. It totally makes sense where you live. My boyfriend would LOVE to walk around with his pistol belt and pistol all day :) Glad it fits you better now. Have fun shopping!!!

Anna L. Walls said...

Thanks Shell. Shopping is not my strong point but it'll be fun. Wanna help?

Jansen Family said...

Congrats! It's awesome when clothes get bigger! Good luck finding something to match your gun! ;)


Emeka Amakeze said...

Achieving weight loss is no small feat and I must congratulate you!

Healing Morning said...

"Un-grown" - I love this new word! I've been searching for such a phrase as I've been going through my own weight loss journey, and I may borrow yours from time to time! It is such a good feeling, isn't it, to un-grow things that were once too small. I'm very happy for your success, Anna. I'd love to see a photo of you in the gunslinger's outfit of the day! :)

- Dawn

Anna L. Walls said...

Aw thanks for stopping by Dawn. Yes it is wonderful to un-grow things. As for a picture, you're going to have to wait until after I go shopping. I've worn sloppy big clothes for so long, that's about all I have, especially now that I don't fill them up so much. hahaha

Lisha Yost said...

Anna, your writing is so amusing :)

Congrats on losing 40 pounds. I've been trying to just lose 10 and it doesn't seem to work, probably because I don't stick to my health plan very well!

I don't care too much about appearance, but I too always love it when clothes fit perfectly :)

Lisha Yost said...

p.s. I like your cabin. And is that your dog? he/she is cute! :)

Anna L. Walls said...

Hey Lisha. Glad to see you stopped by. Now that hcg drops have his the shelves, you should give it a try. Those ten pounds will be gone before you know it.

And yes, meet Gizmo. She's getting so old now though.