Two a Healthy Life

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Vanity Sizing

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Yesterday was the day.

The first day I stopped telling myself things like “I am not hydrated enough” or “I don’t have time”.

I finally kicked my long run up from 5 to 6 miles and I felt really great at the end of it. I felt like I could have done 8 miles easily…

I’ve lost over 36 lbs. since February and I am feeling really good about the process on most days… But, I still don’t see a difference when I look in the mirror although my clothes keep getting smaller.

Right now I am wearing a pair of VERY generously cut pair of size 8 Michael Kors jeans. Yay vanity sizing!

I think this means I am probably a 10 my standard cut of GAP jeans so I am going to have to head over there in a few days to try them on. I wore a 16 back in February.

Because women’s jeans vary so much in actual size from brand to brand- GAP curvy jeans are the yardstick I am using until I have reached my end goal. I just read an article from the New York Times and it is seriously crazy how varied women’s pant sizes are from brand to brand.

Even men aren’t safe! A pair of 36’’ waist pants at Old Navy actually measures 41’’ giving men an obscured idea of their waist size. This is actually dangerous because waist circumference is sometimes used as a prediction for risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Many men might be walking around in 36” Old Navy jeans and assume their waist really is 36”.

I wish clothing companies could get on the same page with their sizing… although when I am eventually a size 8 in Gap Jeans I won’t mind telling people I am a 4 or a 6 in Michael Kors. (insert cute smiley wink here)

Is there anything about women’s size, diet or fashion culture that bugs you?

Author: Alex Washburn

I am a photo editor living in California.

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