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Clothes sizes without an X in them

I bought a new coat today as autumn is here and winter is just around the corner. But the amazing thing is the size. It is not a XXXL like the shirts I was buying back at the turn of the year; nor is it a XXL, like my previous coat; it is not even a XL. The size of this coat doesn’t have a single X in it. It is a “Large” and that’s it.

Some people might be disturbed at having to buy Large clothing, but to me it is an amazing achievement, and it’s difficult to try and get across just how bloody amazed I am at this.

In the shop they had this coat in four sizes – Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large. Out of force of habit my wife found herself saying, as I picked one off the rack to take a closer look, “They don’t go up to…” and then caught herself and apologised.

I tried on the XL with a bit of trepidation: I’m aware that my XXL shirts are very baggy these days, but it’s a long time since I attempted to try on a XL item. So I was rather shocked to find that it seemed too big.

Giggling, almost like a nervous schoolboy, I reached out for the Large, took it off the coat hanger and tried it on. It fitted perfectly.

Bloody Hell!

So I bought it before my body could change its mind.


Belovedlife said...

Congratulations! Form someone who has gone up and down the scales three times (with each Preganancy) you should be very rpoud of yourself., It is hard to lose weight and when you do you deserve a large size coat in every color!

Belovedlife said...

Of course you dont want to get too attached, as you might soon be a medium!

Kim Ayres said...

I almost dare not think about fitting into a medium one day. For the moment, the idea that I an go into high street shops and buy clothes off the rack is something of novel concept. So the idea that the stuff I can buy isn't even at the upper limit of what they sell is gobsmacking to me!

BStrong said...

Wow, that's a lot of X's to drop, congratsulations. I can't believe my wife compaired your tremendous weightloss to her pregnancy stuff, lol.
Don't you think you could have taken your XXL coats and had them made in to two coats and save a little cash, ok maybe I'm reaching.
That's great stuff, but don't let your wife know that you're excited about shopping or she'll have you out spending money with her daily.

Kim Ayres said...

The time will come, as my wife has lost a similar amount of weight over the same period, when a new wardrobe will be necessary for both of us. I just hope I've started earning some money by then...

Julana said...

Good for you!

Kim Ayres said...

Thank you


Rob Hutten said...

Congrats, Kim!

My last new pair of pants was a 32" waist, a size I haven't worn since the '80s. It's a good feeling, id'nit.

Kim Ayres said...

Hey Rob! Didn't realise you were losing weight too - how are you getting on? I'm now pretty much down to about the size I was when you knew me in Canada 12 or 13 years ago.

32" jeans? - yup, that's definitely the 80s since I was there

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