TV shows have become so relatable to my life lately. Seinfeld almost always can be worked into a conversation. It was no coincidence that over Thanksgiving I became the owner of my very first fat maternity pants, because you may recall the friends episode where Joey borrows Phoebe's maternity pants for Thanksgiving dinner to make more room for food.
I've been able to wing it with a lot of my pants up until now, but things haven't been going as well in the last couple weeks. The fact that my belly seems to swell depending on the day determines what pants will fit. One day I couldn't even come close to buttoning a pair of jeans, but the following day the same pants fit just fine and were actually comfortable. What gives? I assume water retention.
Besides waving the white flag on some more fitted pants a few weeks ago, I discovered yesterday that my growing belly/love handles/thighs no longer jive with some Nike Pro winter running tights. I was pulling them up about every mile during my 4 mile run yesterday. I am sure I was quite the sight. I guess before they would sit above or at my hip bones just right.
Moments like these are still hard to swallow. I know my weight gain and changing body is for the greater good, but as someone who has never been 100% comfortable body image wise, it takes some mental fortitude to justify it all. I think the fact that I am not at that cute bump stage yet doesn't help. I just look like I ate a lot for 4 days. (Which I did this weekend, btw).
So, do I buy another more accommodating pair of running tights? I have one pair that works just fine and should since they have always been a little looser in the waist. Do I need more than one pair is more of the question. It's another sad realization that I won't be needing deluxe winter running gear when the longest I will probably venture out is 5 miles the duration of the 2011/2012 winter season. My goal for now is to keep running until 26 weeks, or roughly the end of 2nd trimester. It might be a bit ambitious, but my definition of running may be modified to only a couple miles jogged at a time.
It's still running, right?