Suiting Up for the Cold Weather Running... And a Major Scale Weight/Clothing Size Disconnect
Thursday, November 10, 2011
We've just gotten a new Athleta store here in Georgetown, so I walked there tonight instead of going straight home from work. Discovered the past couple of weekends that I have NOTHING to wear for outdoor runs in the cold. Even the few things I saved from the last time I lost weight are pretty big on me -- plus the high-tech wicking fabrics have gotten so much nicer in the ten years since I've needed them.
Doesn't get THAT cold in DC, so didn't get the "polar" tights this time (may need them come January, but not now), but did get some long-sleeved tops and a vest, plus some gloves and headbands to keep my ears warm. Won't be able to convince myself to do my long runs outside (instead of staying warm on the treadmill) unless I've got proper gear.
Of course, could not stay away from the cute casual clothes they also carry -- so got a sweater-dress, a corduroy skirt and a nordic-style cardi. To my surprise, I'm wearing an extra-small, and a size 2 skirt.
Weight is still in the mid 150's (no, really!), so I really have to re-think whether losing more weight is really advisable. Had been thinking I'd try to get into the 140s at least -- but do I really need to be smaller than a 2? I've been told that having been more than 100 pounds overweight has made me more "compact" -- so I look 20 pounds or so lighter than what the scale says -- it's all lean body mass and not a threat in any way to my health (dense bones and extra muscle are actually good).
Don't know why the scale number bugs me so much. If you'd told me when I started I'd EVER fit in a size two (and be able to breathe and everything!) I'd have laughed in your face. But now I do, so who cares if I weigh 155 while doing it? Maybe I should just count my blessings...