Ten in 10: A Very Slight Improvement

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Since I had the day off from work, I allowed myself to go shopping on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. A coworker had given me a tip on some sales at Gap and Ann Taylor LOFT, so I bundled up and headed into Manhattan to try and find a good deal on work-appropriate clothes. Unfortunately I struck out big time at Gap. The XS sweaters that I tried on were way too big, sagging off my body as if someone draped a brightly colored potato sack on me. I didn't even bother trying on other items of clothes that were an XS and left pretty disappointed.

When I got to Ann Taylor LOFT, I headed immediately over to the corner of the store designated for Petites and grew even more frustrated. I didn't love the style of the clothes and thought they were too old for someone my age. Nevertheless, I pulled some shirts off the rack, hoping for the best, and was about to head into the dressing room when a sales associate named Doris convinced me that I also had to try on one of their sweater dresses. Then she asked me whether I checked the sale section on the other side of the store. When I said I hadn't, she dragged me over there to search for anything that might be left in my petite size of "00 P." Yes, you read right. I'm a Double-Zero. Petite.

Success! There were some pants in my size. Doris grabbed a pair in light gray and then led me back to the dressing room. Then the unthinkable happened. I couldn't fit into the 00 P! For the first time in YEARS, the 00 P was TOO SMALL!!! Even sucking in what little gut I had didn't help; I couldn't zipper the pants. I was so excited that I let out a loud "Wahoo!" Doris thought I was happy because the pants fit well, but I popped my head out and asked her if she could find me a pair of pants in the next size up -- a 0 P. And, whaddya know... THEY FIT!! Naturally, I bought the pants. And, to celebrate my graduation to a larger size, I also bought the sweater dress. ;-)

The change in my pants size may have absolutely nothing to do with my Ten in 10 goal of gaining weight, but I'm viewing this very slight improvement as a step in the right direction. Even the littlest sign of change is encouraging for me, and I want to feed off of that (no pun intended) as I continue my challenge. Especially since I have signed up to run the More Magazine/Fitness Magazine Half Marathon in New York in April!

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