As all my clothes are too big, I have been raiding the Complementary Spouses’ wardrobe a lot recently (Footnote 1). The Complementary Spouse is a huge fan of Alabama football. Ergo, I am wearing a lot of Alabama clothes these days.
Yes, that is an Alabama T-shirt under the Alabama sweatshirt.
1. This is a real advantage of being a same-sex couple. If we were straight, it would be weird to borrow my spouse’s clothes.
A few months ago, the Complementary Spouse bought this shirt at Old Navy, telling me that one day soon I’d fit into it.
Today, I fit into it.
I just bought a 2XL jacket for an upcoming trip. Until recently, I wore a 4XL.
For the first time in probably 10 years, I am wearing a 2XL T-shirt. I can’t begin to tell you how good this makes me feel.
Of course, University of Tampa is just the school’s nickname. The full name is Royal Tampa Academy of Dramatic Tricks.
I’ve had to order new belts. All the ones with notches are already too big. The one I’ve been using, which is braided, has about 10 extra inches on the end.
Here is what I looked like the day before the surgery.
And this is what I looked like on Sunday, which was one month and one day after surgery.
I can see some differences. Until now, most of the progress I’ve seen has been on the scale, but looking at the photos, I can definitely see that I’m losing weight. The roll of fat on the back of my neck is noticeably smaller. So are my calves (although this isn’t really noticeable in the top photo). And my stomach? Looking good. My shirt looks much flatter (Footnote 1).
I am still waiting to see improvements in my forearms and under my chin, but I’m sure that will come with time.
1. It’s a 3XL Mickey Mouse polo shirt that I bought at the gift store at Animal Kingdom many years ago. I had stashed it under the bed many years ago, because it no longer fit but I liked it enough to keep it. As you can see, it now fits again. I have a white one too, and a few more 3XL shirts I had squirreled away.
My shorts are a little baggy, so the Complementary Spouse and I went to JCPenney to see what would fit me. It turns down I’m down a pants size and a shirt size. While I don’t want to spend too much money on new clothes when I’m certain to lose more weight, I did buy a new pair of shorts, two polo shirts, and a T-shirt. This being JCPenney, where everything is always discounted, the whole shebang cost me less than $70.
As you might recall, I’m superstitious about buying clothes before I know they’ll fit.
When I was in college, I used to buy a lot of clothes from J. Crew. Today, J. Crew is $2 billion in debt, according to the New Yorker. By the time I’m thin enough to shop there again, it may no longer exist.
Oh well. I’m sure I can find stuff I like on Amazon.
I wonder if my personal clothing style will change after weight-loss surgery. Right now, I usually buy what I can from the big and tall shop at JCPenney. They have my size and the prices aren’t too bad, but the selection is extremely limited. The clothes are mainly drab and utilitarian.
What will I wear when I can buy anything at Target, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Dillard’s, Nordstrom and so on? It will be interesting to see.