I have a problem. A pants problem. Two pants problems, actually.
The first one involves jeans.
Three or four weeks ago, I decided I needed to shop for some new pants because I could see in the mirror that the (I’m going to be brave here and reveal my former size) 16s I was wearing were looking baggy. Also, I needed to wear a belt to hold them up.
“I need new jeans,” I told Mr. T, a sort of heads-up on the charge he’d be seeing in our bank account. “The ones I have won’t stay up anymore. It’s driving me crazy.”
Mr. T didn’t get it. “That’s a good problem to have.”
I shook my head, “Um, no. It’s not attractive.” A saggy crotch and a droopy bottom do not make me feel good about myself, not to mention the lovely shape a cinched belt creates with a post-baby waist line.
So, I went to Old Navy because I didn’t want to spend a bunch of money if I’m (hopefully) going to keep losing weight, even though if it doesn’t feel like the pounds are coming off very fast. In the dressing room, I did a little dance when I easily slid into a pair of 14s. So maybe I’m not losing a lot of weight, but I guess I’m losing inches. They were snug enough that I wouldn’t have to wear a belt all the time. I happily swiped my debit card through the machine and took home a pair of dark straight-leg 14s.
But a girl cannot live on one pair of jeans alone, especially if she increases her workdays from 2 to 3 per week. I found a pair I liked at Macy’s — Charter Club cheapies but they looked nice and were a size 12! Woohoo! Even though I know companies cut their patterns using their own interpretation of womens sizes, it still felt good when I put those on. Again, snug-fitting but not tight. No belt needed.
Fast forward a couple of weeks: Both pairs are too big. I have to hike them up constantly. It’s annoying, and I don’t want to fork over more money for jeans again. But I also refuse to wear a belt.
Maybe while I’m looking for more new jeans, I will finally find some running pants/tights with freaking zipped pockets in them. Why cannot I not find these?
This morning I was about three miles in to a 4-miler when I decided I need to step up my search for cold-weather running pants. My Adidas capris are loose on me now. No, they don’t fall down, but the legs aren’t tight-fitting anymore, and so the fabric wrinkles between my thighs and chafes.
I’ve looked at REI and, at least at the stores I’ve been to, they haven’t had a lot of running gear to choose from. I’ve tried a couple of other places, too, and they’ve had pants, but none of them have ANY pockets. What the heck? What am I supposed to do with my phone?
Any advice or input you have on resolving my issues with pants — be it running-wear or where to find nice jeans for not a lot of money — would be greatly appreciated.
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