Weighty issues

I’ve never owned a bathroom scale. I do try and weigh myself at the gym at least a couple times a year, just so I have a number in mind if I ever need to enter my weight for something (i.e., machines at said gym, driver’s-license renewal form, etc.). However, a friend in high school once profoundly told me “Muscles weigh more than fat,” and though I never was a calorie/pounds counter to begin with (thank you, Mom and Dad), I took her phrase to heart. So now, I really could care less what the scale says when I step on it — it’s all about how my clothes fit, and what I see when I happen to catch a glimpse of myself in a mirror from the neck down (usually I don’t have my contacts on when I get out of the shower, so my view in the mirror is of a thankfully fuzzy brown blob). I just think it’s a waste of mental energy to get hung up on losing x-number of pounds when if you’re simultaneously exercising more, any pounds you gain/lose aren’t necessarily indicative of how much fat you lose.

This all just popped into my head recently, as I lost a little fat earlier this year, so as I’ve had to deal with my favorite jeans being too baggy/saggy on me (boo to them not fitting, not over losing fat!). I’m especially bummed to not have any ankle-length pants that fit anymore. On top of that, it took me some time to find decent hiking pants — it’s only been in the past year or so that companies are stocking petite-length pants in stores — and now those two awesome pairs I had that fit perfectly are also bagging on me. One of those pairs, by Mountain Hardwear, cost $100, so their being too big really sucks! Thankfully, I was able to use a 20%-off coupon on them at REI, and they’re not so big that I can’t still wear them (they just are a bit roomy around the butt, and there’s no belt loop or tie closure to tighten them at the waist). I can’t tell you how excited I was when I found those pants and discovered they were the correct length. Oddly enough, they weren’t even marked “petite”!

It’s been a super mild winter in Seattle — no snow at all! — so I’ve been able to get out and go hiking a handful of times already this year. That means that one of my top missions for the next few weeks is to find a new pair of hiking pants. REI here I come!

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