If you never wished for equality or better between waist and inseam measurements than you probably won’t get much out of this post. This has been my holy grail for decades. It’s a milestone I’ve reached on a few occasions and I’m grateful now is one of them.
I fit very nicely into a pair of 34W x 34L Lucky Brand Men’s 361 Vintage Straight Leg Jeans. (See Amazon’s listing here.) I slipped them on for the first time today after buying them over a month ago. Now I’m not falling victim to vanity sizing. (See Esquire’s expose “Are Your Pants Lying to You? An Investigation.”)
I know that “34” may not really be a true 34 inches. But I’m counting my victory by a one-to-one comparison, as I have been wearing 36W x 34L of the exact brand and style of jeans. Before that 38W x 34L.
It’s a great way to track my progress against goals of getting fit. Sure I follow other stats, such as actual weight loss, but as many people know when you’re on the path of transforming your body, weight loss can be deceiving. If your routine includes lifting weights or other exercises that increase lean muscle mass you can get very frustrated waiting for the needle to move on the scale, as you most probably are losing weight but gaining muscle. The payoff is you burn more calories with more muscle so eventually the scale comes in line.
So while this past month has been a little disappointing from the actual pounds I’ve lost (4 lbs. compared to the previous month’s 6 lbs.), I have seen a significant change in how I feel and how my clothes are fitting. I’m so glad I had the courage to try on my holy grail today. It’s a super motivator to keep going, despite the Fred Flintsones I run into on occasion at the gym (see my post “Haunted by bullying“).