Did you see this awesome article from Runner’s World about runners and jeans?
I had been wanting to talk about jeans again recently and seeing this article made all of my thoughts come together.
They always say that jeans can’t lie but lately I am convinced that just like the scale, they most certainly can.
I don’t own a scale. If I were to step on a scale right now, I wouldn’t know if the number was up or down from the last time since I can’t remember when the last time I weighed myself was or even what it said.
Instead of monitoring my weight with a scale, I figured my jeans were a good enough method of checking in with myself every so often but lately that method is becoming ridiculous the more I think about it!
I consistently run 40+ miles a week which I think is like 10 or even 15 miles more on average than where I was a year ago and Pure Barre has become a five-day a week habit which I adore as much as my morning coffee.
Both of those activities have helped to shape my figure into a slightly more muscular and toned version which I absolutely love.
Yet while muscular and toned is what we want, it does change how your clothes will fit.
The jeans I have been checking in with sometimes feel different. They still fit but they fit differently and I don’t like it.
No. That’s not it. What I don’t like is the mindset I begin to have when I think my jeans fit different.
I quickly realized that this thought-process was just unacceptable and dumb.
I love how I look and how I feel. I don’t need my jeans from before I ran this much to make me feel as though I “gained weight” because that is so far from the truth.
This coincides nicely with National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (NEDA).
Although I have never suffered with an eating disorder, I did have my time with amenorrhea which stemmed from not eating enough for what my body required.
I love my post from NEDA week last year. Click here if you missed it; I go into more depth about eating disorders, running and amenorrhea.
Even if you have never personally dealt with an eating disorder or disordered eating (although I think we ALL suffer from some form of disordered eating even if it isn’t harming us), it can happen out of nowhere and spiral out of control before you know it which is something I am really conscious of and do my best to avoid.
I really like my muscles. I may struggle pulling some jeans over my calves but those calves keep me running and running makes me happy.
And my Jewish thighs which sometimes rebel against the denim? They have more shape and definition than I ever could have imagined. I thank Pure Barre for that.
Of course I could give up some of my miles in favor of losing muscle and having my jeans hang on me but that’s not what I want.
What I want and need is simple — new jeans!
The skinny stretchy kind that fit my shape now, not my pairs from five years ago that sit too low on my hips, slide down as I walk yet touch my thighs more than I want to feel.
I found two new pairs of jeans recently (from ruby and jenna <- love this store) and I just love how they fit and how I feel when I wear them.
What I love even more though is that I am starting fresh, no longer slipping on my older pairs as if I am monitoring changes.
I have no replacement for monitoring my size anymore. And I have decided that I do not need one.
The media overwhelms us into believing that only when our clothes get looser have we achieved some sort of happy balanced body status.
I get my period like clockwork which is my body’s way of telling me every month that I am doing A-Okay.
No pair of jeans is going to mess with that.Jeans Can Lie - NEDA Week #NEDA @runnersworld #jeans Click To Tweet
Have you noticed that your jeans fit differently from running/working out?
Do you own a scale?
If you wrote a post for NEDA week, feel free to share the link in the comments!