Dark Sexy Jeans

I love clothes, but they don’t always love me. Every morning I wake up and try to figure out which outfit can conceal my muffin top, the hip fat that spills out over my belt. I’m slightly obsessive compulsive, so I routinely step on the scale to make sure the chocolate chip cookies I chomped down right before bed didn’t put me over the top. My ideal weight would be about 5 pounds–okay 11 pounds–lighter. And its not that I consider myself overweight or that I don’t fit in my clothes. I really just think women are always going to wish they were a tiny bit thinner or a tiny bit thicker or a tiny bit blonder or a tiny bit stronger. Being a woman, I have things I’d like to improve.

My husband and I have a renewed commitment to getting in shape. What is my ultimate motivation–the reward that holds me together while I get sweaty and stinky and exhausted? I’m not ashamed to admit it: a tight fitting, rear camouflaging, super-fit pair of dark, sexy jeans. Honestly, I’ve been wearing the same jeans since high school, and I really like a new pair. But I don’t want to just go out and buy any old pair of denim pants and hope it works out for me. I want to look so great that my husband stops in his tracks and stares at the dazzling beauty in front of him (not that he wouldn’t if I were wearing a 1998 summer camp t-shirt and sweats).

But that is what motivates me to get out of bed in the morning. I’ve never been a runner, or much of a walker for that matter, but it makes a difference now that my husband decided to wake up with me. All of last week, we rose reluctantly out of bed, threw on our tennis-shoes and stepped into the cool morning air to kick start our metabolism. We are starting slow because neither of us have done this–exercise–for a while, so we’ve come up with a pattern of walk/jogging. The experts say this is the best way to work up to running consistently. To tell you the truth, I’ve never tried. But I’m excited to try something new, and get results to boot.

What I didn’t know is that this excuse of getting into better shape and dropping a few pounds has really been very good for our marriage. Because my husband has committed to getting up with me in the morning, we spend about an hour and a half together that we normally would spend apart. These days, it’s easy to forget how important 30 minutes with no electronics, no errands, and no distractions can be for a romance. Most of our exercise time is spent talking about the responsibilities we have for the day and stealing the opportunity to hold hands. We don’t always have much to say to each other in our groggy, just-woke-up state of minds, but it doesn’t matter. We’re together.

Who knew exercise could rekindle a romance?

TaylorCJ TaylorCJ
1 Response Feb 27, 2009

That is awesome! My husband and I have started walking/jogging together as well. He just found out he has high cholestorol and I want to lose some weight. So, we put our 2 year old in the stroller, put the dog on the leash and spend at least 30 minutes with the family. I absolutely love it.