A waist is a terrible thing to mind
Says it all, for the pandemic one-year anniversary:
B., to whom I sent this, graciously replied that my jeans would stretch. I did the old high school recline-and-exhale move; I got them zipped but could not sit up. These are new jeans (now past a return date), and dammit, I had bought two pairs!
Susan said, "Stick them in the back of your closet for when you lose weight", but I don't do that. My weight has remained stable since the pandemic began, so I suspect this shift is loss of muscle mass, probably due to quitting weight training when my gym closed for good last March.
Le Duc biked the jeans to a donation centre while I did three things:
1. Took out a tape measure: same bust and hip measurements I've had for years; waist, one and a half inches more.
2. Reunited with my copy of the e-book "How to Watch TV and Get Fit", a little gem that trimmed inches off in winter of 2017. "Watch TV" in the title only means that you can chunk the exercises into four or five-minute segments if you wish; I did a fifteen or twenty minute routine three to four times a week, in addition to my usual walking or cycling.
3. Looked for strength training/no weights required videos on YouTube and bookmarked a batch. I have a resistance band, but otherwise will use my own body weight.
This is not wholly about vanity; muscle mass is essential to maintaining strength, stamina, balance and metabolism. Building muscle also boosts bone density and reduces risk of osteoporosis. (Source, which provides some cool info.)
I should have kept a pair of the jeans to see if they'd fit after a couple of months, but there's always the tape.
Has anyone else had similar body shifts? We hear a great deal about pandemic weight gain—I'm wondering about other fitness wobbles as well.