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I mentioned that I had been experimenting with eliminating sweet-n-splenda from my coffee. It’s been 5 or so months and I still haven’t had any. I have to admit, it’s starting to taste normal now. I haven’t had the courage to try it with some sweetener yet though. Will give it a few more months I think.

Those pants I bought back in November? Falling off me. Look almost as bad as the pants they replaced. I’m wearing some 36″ waists now for some jeans I bought at a great discount (on the down side, I’m wearing 29″ length – what the hell old age!). Thankfully the shirts are still good (I doubt I’d ever go down to a medium size shirt).

I also bought some suits during a good sale on President’s Day weekend. I have to say, I was looking pretty sharp. I find myself looking in the full-size mirror in the men’s room occasionally.  The suits were all in the 33-34″ range (tho that was for jacket, they all needed a touch of a let out on the waste – but it was amazing that I could even squeeze them on!) I bought some new shirts too – 16″ neck, down from 17 1/2″ – and the sales guy was suggesting 15 1/2″, but I prefer slightly looser.

I find myself sitting at work all the time now with my legs crossed like the picture to the right (nope not me!).  I find it bizarre since I never would have sat like that before.  I actually find it distracting as I am thinking about it quite often.

This winter seems to have been one extended cold/cough for me – I can’t wait to have a run where I don’t spend the first 5-15 minutes de-phlegming.

The Abs
No, no six pack.  Still a ‘one’-pack, but it’s a clearly defined area where the six-pack would be.

Went to an expo over the weekend. Thankfully it was smallish and was actually hard to get at the booths. The kid managed to attract most of freebies since she was up on my shoulders. I had about half a small chocolate covered pretzel and a 1/2 cup of chocolate gelato.


Pleasant Surprises

Not two days after posting about rewards and motivations, I wound up doing a little clothes shopping that turned into a reward.

When I started a while ago (2 years ago), I was generally wearing size 50 easy fit/extender pants (and apparently I had slipped a few 52’s into my closet without registering it since I just found them and got rid of them).  XXL/XXXL was a shirt size, not a Super Bowl.  With the recent weight loss, I had dug out some old clothes, in the 44/46 range, but even the 46’s were falling off, and the 50’s were starting to look a little clown suit-ish (especially the actual suits).   I’ve been trying to avoid buying new clothes while I keep losing, but we got to the point where I just needed a few things to help me get through.

So we went to an outlet mall nearby on the veteran’s day weekend where they were having some sales.  I was initially hoping to pick up a pair or two of dress slacks and maybe a casual shirt.  I figured based on the 44s fitting ok (they were loose, but not involuntarily falling down without a belt), I’d be looking at some 44’s or maybe some 42’s.

So imagine, my shock when I was fitting into 40’s (easy-fit I grant, but still)!  Even better, I tried on a shirt and found the regular XL was too tent-like.  Yep, a regular large was all I needed.  It’s not as loose as I personally prefer, but it fits properly and will only be a few pounds to my preferred fit.  Since 40’s will last me a lot longer than 44’s, I actually wound up buying a couple of shirts and some jeans as well.

It was unexpected and very satisfying.