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New Jeans Day

Old 06-20-13, 11:45 PM
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New Jeans Day

I finally had to break down and buy new jeans. I have lost 60 pounds in the last year by cutting junk out of my diet and switching from car commuting to bike commuting. I kept with it through all weather, 2,000+ miles so far. The benefits have been tremendous - I avoided cholesterol meds, got off of BP meds, feel 100% better. Today I got to experience a less significant, but fun victory too. I have worn Levi's forever. Since the 70's. I stayed with them out of habit and because they make 'em in Big sizes too. But for the first time in years, I'm now small enough to not require Big & Tall waist sizes. I could finally try on a pair of Lee jeans at my local store. I did, they are great, and I bought them. Great fit and quality, and cheaper too. I'm a Lee jeans guy now, I guess. It's a small thing, but still a victory. The other stuff is so much more important. But I thought I would share in case it inspires anybody.

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Old 06-20-13, 11:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Bluish Green View Post
...small thing, but still a victory...
Bravo - What a real achievement - Those that have not been there cannot know...
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Old 06-21-13, 12:38 AM
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This sub-forum, as a whole, has been massively inspirational to me, but it's posts like these that really hit the proverbial "spot" for some reason.
Amazing job, keep up the fantastic work.
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Old 06-21-13, 06:15 AM
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Reward yourself with a pair of these:

http://www.procyclegear.com/carrera_...bib_shorts.htm

Seriously...I think they were probably the worst cycling fashion disaster of all time. Worse than any Tony the Tiger or Three Stooges jersey. In my foyer I have a photo of Claudio Chiapucci wearing them at the '95 Giro as he was starting an HC climb. He was racing with Carrera at the time.
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Old 06-21-13, 09:14 AM
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Good job.

I had the opposite happen. I had to go out and buy new jeans at one time because none of mine fit. That's when I decided to start loosing weight. Buying size 40 jeans. I just donated some almost new jeans to charity and several pair of size 38s too. None of them would even stay on me.

I'm hoping by fall to go jean shopping for 34s. Right now, I can fit comfortably in the pile of old 36 jeans I dug out of the drawers. Luckily I hadn't gotten around to donating those.

This spring I ended up donating 69 articles of clothing that no longer fit me because they were too big. After almost 2 years close to my current size, I assumed I would be able to stay at this size or below. My belts fit too rather then being on the last notch or worse. The belt I'm wearing right now would not buckle at all 2 years ago and is 4 notches in.
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Old 06-21-13, 10:05 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Reward yourself with a pair of these:

http://www.procyclegear.com/carrera_...bib_shorts.htm

Seriously...I think they were probably the worst cycling fashion disaster of all time. Worse than any Tony the Tiger or Three Stooges jersey. In my foyer I have a photo of Claudio Chiapucci wearing them at the '95 Giro as he was starting an HC climb. He was racing with Carrera at the time.

And don't wear a shirt, just those bibs, a piece of wheat in your teeth, and a cowboy hat!

But congrats! I am finding all my "back of the closet" clothes are coming "back in fashion". By that I mean all the stuff I kept for the "one day" it will fit are coming back out and fitting very nicely. And in some cases, a little on the larger side. I'll be excited to drop the remaining 20 lbs or so I want to lose and go get some new jeans, I am a fan of the Gap 1969s.
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Originally Posted by Chitown_Mike View Post
And don't wear a shirt, just those bibs, a piece of wheat in your teeth, and a cowboy hat!
Thanks. I just spit water all over my monitor.
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Great job!

Over on myfitnesspal.com that would be what is known as an NSV (a non-scale victory)... NSVs are just as important as what the scale says... if not more. They are the quality of life things that REALLY keep people motivated.

I remember the time last year when I went shopping for clothes and realized that I could go to the regular sized department - for the first time in 20 years! It felt great.

Enjoy the feeling and let it help keep you motivated!

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Excuse me for derailing this thread a little bit. I used to wear nothing but Levi's 501 or 505, because I could walk into any store and pick up a pair of whatever size waist I had at the time, and they fit. That appeals to my man mentality of buying, not shopping. That had to stop when Levi's forgot how to make jeans. I found myself shopping for them based on the country of manufacture, as they all had different methods of measuring sizes it seemed. Completely gave up on Levi's for a few years, and recently tried again (with horrible results). Somehow I wound up with 2 pairs of 505 jeans that have an amazingly low waist-which can be hot on the right body, but a 42 year old 280 lb man is not the right body for that-why would you make low rise jeans with a 40 inch waist? So, Levi's have been banished from my closet until they get their act together.

They have been replaced with Diamond Gusset jeans http://store.americangusset.com/. American Made, American Owned, American Grown; they are more expensive, but can be caught on sale. Way better product than the jeans I have been wearing, fast shipping. I do love them quite a lot. They even have kevlar reinforced jeans for the motorcyclists out there.

And now back to the OP's thread, Congratulations on ingrowing your jeans, it is a great feeling!!!
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I'm a fan of Carhartt's jeans, myself. A little pricy, but they last so much longer than Levis.
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Old 06-26-13, 08:46 PM
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Congrats! It feels great when you can finally comfortably move to a smaller size. There's a huge confidence boost that should really fuel you along on your journey to the next lower size.

Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Reward yourself with a pair of these:

http://www.procyclegear.com/carrera_...bib_shorts.htm

Seriously...I think they were probably the worst cycling fashion disaster of all time. Worse than any Tony the Tiger or Three Stooges jersey. In my foyer I have a photo of Claudio Chiapucci wearing them at the '95 Giro as he was starting an HC climb. He was racing with Carrera at the time.
These are hilarious and thank you for posting this. I was actually just looking for something like this about a week ago. My buddies and I occasionally play Black Ops 2 as a team and we call ourselves the Denim Rangers. I thought they would get a kick out of a denim themed bib because it is just so ridiculous. I don't think I'll be able to resist ordering a pair.
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