Over three months ago I started getting vague heart symptoms so I decided to go whole hog on a heart healthy diet hoping to cure myself. No caffeine, no salt, no red meat with lots of fruits and veggies. Not a horrible diet but not tasty either. Egg whites with out salt are just plain nasty. Then with the pacemaker in place, I really got serious with the diet.
The welcome side effect was that the pounds started falling off. Over that period, I have dropped 22 pounds which was needed for all reasons. The pound loss seems to have leveled off now. I am close to the weight I came to Arkansas with 11 years ago which was never modelesque but good for a senior.
There are a few side effects to the heart diet however besides improved health. One that is a bit alarming is that old skin doesn't shrink back anymore. It just hangs in place.
Yes, it is welcome, not the saggy skin naturally, but the weight loss. Vanity wise I could lose more but wouldn't that even mean more loose fitting skin?? Hopefully I'll stay here. Health wise I am good with enough spare pounds in the bank to feel secure. Think I'll stay here.
The other side effect is my clothes. I have been an elastic waist band girl for years but I do still own a few static waist band items. I was wearing a pair of capris yesterday that had zero elastic. Instead they had a button and zipper closure. Ok, it fit a bit loose but what happened later surprised me a bit.
I went into a public restroom and from force of habit from elastic waist band days, pulled my capris down with out unbuttoning or unzipping. Yikes, they slid right off. I had noticed that I had been hiking my pants up as I shopped but had no idea they would fall right off with just a slight tug. I couldn't help but wonder if I had been giving folks a "plumbers" view most of the day. At any age not a pretty sight, at 76 down right scary.
So now something must be done. I can stand the baggy look but really don't want to start "mooning" folks. I have no desire to be the star of the newest Walmartians email. Infamy is not my goal.
However now I am so sorry I didn't keep my skinnier clothes from years ago. In fact I had just donated my favorite pair of jeans that I had hopefully hung on to for 10 years. Sure could use them now.
I am not a good seamstress so I guess I will have to spring for new clothes or at least a good belt or some sexy suspenders. I'm not worried about the baggy underwear since I wear granny panties to start with.
Do I embrace the bag lady look or go for new clothes? Would you keep the fat clothes or donate them? Input welcome.