Celebration of pants that fit again

Today was a banner day! I fit my jeans again! Copious use of exclamation points!!!

I gained ten pounds last year and, well, you know it just doesn’t melt off that easily. If you don’t know, just stop reading right now and send me your address so I can come over and pelt you with cupcakes.

I had refused to buy new pants, so I didn’t wear pants for a year. I have emergency “fat pants” that are one size up and meant for post-buffet weekends or menstrual days, but I somehow lost them for months, so I eschewed all the bottoms that I own.

It is not about money. I could go to Macy’s which perennially has a sale these days (unlike when I was in high school and sales were special and something to watch for in the newspaper), or Ross, or even Goodwill and snap up a pair for a few bucks.

It was on principle! I will not acknowledge I need to size up! That would be admitting failure!

If you have gone out with me over the past year, you have only seen me in a dress. Particularly the wrap dresses, which I can tie as loosely as I want (or need.) Elastic is my friend.

Then the day came when my friend, Beth, invited me to a rock concert. I am not going to wear a dress to a rock concert. I had a real reason now to stop avoiding my pants. If I can’t fit any of my pants, I will have to suck it up and buy something. #fail

I’ve been working out semi-hard for a few months so I thought I’d see if any of my jeans fit. They did! I kind of can’t believe it because I only lost a pound, if the doctor’s scale is to be trusted!

I have to share this news with somebody because it just went right over my husband’s head. He’s one of those men who loses weight easily and he’s never struggled with clothes that don’t fit. “Great,” he said, and just moved on to the next topic. Whatever!!!

These are the jeans. This is not the blog event. It’s a 2015 photo with my friends Audra and Trini.

Now, I’m going to be honest here. These are my big jeans. They’ve always been the loosest fitting ones, and – and! – on top of that, they’re super elastic. They’re practically jeans leggings. Jeggings. 

But I am going to count this because they still fasten at the top with a button, and that button reunites with the buttonhole for the first time in a while. #winning!

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Diane Ako

Peace of mind By Diane Ako I like to reflect on life. Sometimes it’s philosophically. Sometimes it’s humorously. For all its beauty, life is far too difficult a journey to take alone. You need the support and connection with others to help carry you along the way. Writing brings me that connection– within and without. It clarifies my thoughts and feelings. It helps me reach out to others for advice, wisdom, or feedback. Your thoughts become your actions. Your actions become you. A wise yogi- Patanjali- said, “Speak what is true. Speak what is pleasant.” Let’s speak of things pleasant to one another and seek some peace of mind along the way. ABOUT Diane Ako joined Hawaii: In Real Life in October 2016. She likes being part of a community of local bloggers – people who like writing and sharing, like she does. Ako is an anchor/ reporter at Island News (KITV4 – ABC) in Honolulu. She previously anchored and reported at KHON2 (FOX) and KHNL (NBC), and at stations in California, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. She freelance writes for NMG Network's magazines. In between news jobs, in 2017, she launched and ran her own p.r. company, Diane Ako PR. From 2010-2014, she headed the public relations department at Halekulani Corporation, which oversees luxury resort Halekulani and boutique hotel Waikiki Parc. She’s been blogging since 2009 – before Hawaii: IRL, she wrote for The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the state’s largest daily newspaper, where her stories garnered a dozen journalism awards and an Emmy nomination. Ako has a BA in Communications from Menlo College and an MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa. She volunteers as a board member of the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation, a Shinto shrine maiden at Daijingyu Temple, a citizen-scientist studying shrimp, and a yoga teacher at a senior center.

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4 thoughts on “Celebration of pants that fit again

  • May 15, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Hello Di,
    Great job! Awesome! Congratulations! It’s not easy to shed the pounds, it takes a lot of work and commitment.

  • May 15, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Congratulations!! I know how hard it is. Still struggling to lose mine. Trying not to focus on the scale but it’s hard. Good for you!


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