I was just catching up on your new blog posts, and I read Lily's and Kelsey's posts on how difficult it is to shop and outfit a new and different, curvier, and healthier body. I've posted about this a few times before, but, I think it's an issue a lot of us recoverers have to deal with, so I'm going to write about it again.
The honest truth is, one year ago when I decided that I was going to get healthier, work out, and eat better (and not in an ED-way), I didn't fully realize what I was getting myself into. I wasn't aware of the emotional, difficult, and frightening road that was ahead of me. And most notably, I did not even fathom that gaining weight and possibly not-fitting into my clothes was going to be an issue.-- this probably speaks to how completely unaware I was of suffering from disordered eating. I thought I was just 'watching my weight' and making sure I didn't get 'fat'.
What brought on this post is that I had to go shopping for jeans this weekend. Being a fashion-loving gal I desperately 'needed' a pair of jeggings that fit me correctly. I had spent the past year wrestling, kickboxing, and playing tug-of-war with my size 0 skinny jeans. I would pull them on, and they would want to spring off my muscular thighs and ass like a cheetah after a meaty antelope. Sometimes I would wear the jeans even though they were uncomfortable. Why? Because they were a size 0 and I despised the fact that my jean size had gone up. DESPISED. It made (still makes) me feel like a failure.
Now, my jean size is ALL.OVER.THE.PLACE. I cannot tell you how aggravating and challenging this is. I can no longer go into a store and pick up a size 0 knowing that they will most likely fit (picking up a size 2, just in case). I now have to grab anywhere from a size 0, 2, 3, and 4 for my curvy and healthy body (Oh no! NOT a FOUR!!!! What the hell does size FOUR mean, anyway?). Yesterday was one of the days where I had to not only face a size 4 jean, I actually bought them because they looked nice on me. However, just because I bought them doesn't mean I've stopped berating myself for 'getting fat enough' for a size 4.
What's really sad about the ordeal is that I *know* that women's sizes are complete bullshit. This completely ridiculous bullshit concept was even proven to me in the same Express dressing room that I decided to buy the size 4 jeans.
I had grabbed a handful different types of skinny jeans in sizes 0, 2, and 4, and I had it narrowed down to a jean called the Stella, and another similar style called the Zelda. They fit very similarly, but the colors were different: the Stella was a dark inky wash with gold stitching, and the Zelda was a dark black wash. Oh, and the other thing that was different about them was that the Stella that fit was a size 2, and the Zelda was a size 4! Imagine my annoyance--two nearly identical jeans, that fit almost exactly the same, but in two completely different sizes!
Why, why , WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Knowing that I liked the black-wash (size 4) Zelda's better, I was faced with a difficult, but rather absurd, decision. Do I buy the Stella's because they were a size 2, or do I buy the Zelda's in a SIZE FOUR? Do I succumb to my sad state of 'fat-ness', or do I buy the jeans I like less because the size tag makes me happier?
After much debate I finally decided that I liked the black-wash Zelda's. I even changed out of the pinching size 0 skinny jeans that I had worn to the mall, and pulled on my new big-girl jeans in the dressing room (after paying for them, of course!).
I wish that I could tell you buying the cute Zelda jeans made me realize that it's ok for me to be a size 4, and that I had some huge epiphany. But, the truth is, I didn't.
Even though I know that I could fit into a size 2 in a similar jean and I'm not a fat-ass, and even though I generally like my new healthy and fit body, I still hate that I have to buy a bigger pant size. I miss feeling like a dainty little thing.
That night, I put on my new jeans and went out and had drinks with J. What else could I do?
I even took pictures of myself in a mirror to prove to myself that I look fine, and that I'm not 'fat'. I took the pictures because I knew that I could look at them later and realize that the crazy was all in my head, and not reality.
So, tell me...
Have you ever had a similar experience?
What did you do?
If you are recovered or in recovery how do you deal with shopping for your healthier body?