The diet season, unfortunately, is not.
I'm blaming my stretchy pants.
Not really, of course, but they're certainly not helping. See, I'm not typically a "girly stretchy pant" wearer; I tend more towards jeans, and not fashion jeans either--Carhartt and Cabela's jeans, with buttons and zippers and waistbands that hold their own against expanding muffin tops. My "kicking back around the house" jeans are just older, grubbier versions of my "Fridays and any other days I can get away with it at work" jeans; in other words, they still exert the same "no, you can't cram any more PopTart fall-out into us" influence as my "nice" jeans.
These stretchy pants, though. They're something else. I never expected to like them, and in fact, never intended to buy them. But every time I went into this particular outdoorsy-gear store (in search of winter jackets or warm gloves or whatever), the happy salesgirls would accost me and enthusiastically extol the virtues of these particular stretchy pants. Most comfortable thing they'd ever worn, they'd say. Incredible fabric, they'd say, you've got to try it.
But stretchy pants are not, as I've said, my thing. Especially not $40 stretchy pants. Until one day I went into the store and some of them (the less popular brown ones) had become $10 stretchy pants.
So I bought a pair. The ol' Cabela's jeans were becoming a bit snug for comfortable wearing around the house, so $10 for some comfy "temporary fat pants" didn't seem like a bad deal.
But it's quickly becoming apparent that it was a bad deal. A very bad deal. Because these pants are way too comfortable. Soft, warm, with a nice friendly waistband that stays up just perfectly but doesn't ever feel tight.
And therein lies the problem. When I wear the stretchy pants, I don't think I need to lose weight. All other evidence--the fact that I can only fit into two pairs of my jeans; the fact that my new Mat I skinsuit will not see the light of day with me in it unless something drastic happens; the visual I subjected myself to on Saturday when I positioned myself in front of the full-wall mirror in the oval weight room for our dryland session --points to a distinct need to shed some home-grown insulation. But when I wear my forgiving stretchy pants, all is right with the world and I reach for another PopTart.
So something's gotta change. Unfortunately, I've never been good at dieting by
And the stretchy pants will head back to the closet.
For now, though, it's fat and frustrating in the ol' long track life kitchen.