I'm With The (Lap) Band

Saturday, September 24, 2005

20 and 8 and Today

Twenty years ago.

That's the last time I can remember wearing jeans.

Honest to God, Button at the top, zip 'em up REAL Blue Jeans.

I can remember in junior high and high school, lying down on the bed and zipping up the jeans. We always wanted them to be so tight. The bigger I got, the tighter they got.

Then, college days came along and I got so big that the only jeans I could find were the ones that had elastic waists. Those were the kinds of pants that old ladies wore and as an 18- or 19-year old, I was NOT going to wear those.

I think that's when I went to wearing the tried and true black pants. The stretchy material ones that you find at Avenue. I have probably had 100's of pairs of these over the years - the same pants. Just different vintages. EVERY now and then, I'd get it in a color - green or blue. It's been my uniform for 20 years.

Yes, they are elastic-waisted - but they weren't "fake" jeans.

Eight years ago.

I had just moved to California and was shopping at an Avenue store on Beverly Blvd. They had a whole wall of blue jeans just sitting there - taunting me. They went up to the size I was wearing at the time. So I took one into the fitting room.

Now, blue jeans material doesn't have that special "give" that my tried and true black pants have - so they didn't even come close to fitting. But, in my never-ending attitude of "I'm going to lose this weight," I bought those jeans.

I lived in Hollywood at the time. Between now and then, those jeans have moved with me from Hollywood to Pasadena to Sherman Oaks to Plano (Apartment) and now to the Plano house.

They have always either sat there in a bureau drawer or hanging on a hanger in the closet - just waiting for me. Over the years, I've tested them. Each time, they were quietly folded or hung back up and put to the back of the bureau, the back of the closet - the back of my mind.


I was cleaning out my closets of the last of the things I had recently been told I can no longer wear because they are now too big. As I rifled through the spare closet, the jeans peeked out and caught my eye once again.

I grabbed that hanger and carried it to my room. I looked them up and down and thought - why not see how close you are now.

Today - for the first time in almost 20 years - I wore REAL blue jeans.

Today - I walked around the house in a pair of REAL blue jeans.*

Today - I SAT down in a pair of REAL blue jeans.

Today - I cried.

Tears of Joy!

Of course I was careful to not get the tears on those REAL blue jeans - in case they shrank!!

*I didn't wear them outside of the house 'cause I wanted Alek to be the first one to see me in a pair of jeans. He got the biggest grin on his face and gave me a big ol' smooch. He's so proud of me!


  • LIZ,

    I am so proud of you!!!!! I remember getting back into a real true pair of blue jeans again! It was great! Kind of like fitting into my husbands size large been washed Hanes tagless undershirt....You've seen Hassan!

    Love ya

    By Blogger Hanane, at 10:45 PM  

  • Congratulations Liz!! I remember how awesome it was when I first fit back into my jeans!! What a great NSV!!

    By Blogger Cynthia, at 1:26 AM  

  • Liz,

    Big time event. Glad that you saved it to share with Alek. Won't be long and jeans can be a routine part of wardrobe.

    By Anonymous Charlie, at 6:54 AM  

  • Liz, I can SO relate to this milestone in your life. I have a pair of jeans patiently waiting for me, too!
    Laura M

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:11 AM  

  • Liz,
    Another mountain has been conquered! You go girl! I love seeing you melt before my eyes! thanks for sharing!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:11 PM  

  • Dear Liz,

    From one blue jean gal to another...high five and congratulations!!!! I can so relate to every word you said. I too have not had on a pair of jeans in about 20 years because the last time I wore them my Mother told me that my legs were too short and fat to be wearing pants and I have not had on a pair of jeans or pants since that day. I also have a pair hanging in my closet just waiting for the day I can feel just what you felt yesterday. I am so happy for you! I know one thing...this band has given me more confidence, courage, health and brought some wonderful people like yourself into my life and for that I thank the Good Lord daily! Congratulations and keep fighting our good fight! Becky James

    By Blogger Becky, at 12:51 PM  

  • I'm so proud of you, Liz. Way to get it done.


    By Blogger Sarah Kennedy, at 4:23 PM  

  • That's SO AWESOME, Liz!!! You go, girl!!! Whooooo hoooooo!!!!

    By Blogger Kat, at 6:18 PM  

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