Dave’s Journey With Eating Free: Week 36

I own a ton of costumes because I’ve been writing and performing sketch comedy, doing plays, etc. for the last ten years.  So every year at Halloween I usually just pull something out of my closet to wear to local Halloween parties.  This year I decided to wear the “professional” Santa suit that I got not even two years ago, for one last time.  I say “last time” because it’s simply too big on me now  Last year it fit like a glove, but now, it’s embarrassingly large.  I felt like it was bad karma to pad it, so I wore it “baggy style” this year.  Frankly, I looked a little ridiculous but it didn’t stop people from sitting on my lap and telling me what they wanted for Christmas.  Which, let’s be honest, is the whole point in dressing up like Santa.
Speaking of costumes, this week I also performed a comedy show in Sacramento, to make up for the one I had to cancel when I had to visit the E/R a few weeks ago (see my Week 31 blog for that funny story, if you missed it).  Digging through my costumes to find the jackets that I wear on stage to play bosses/doctors/etc., I discovered that they were all too big on me.  I’d purchased these jackets in the 2002-2004 time frame, and by 2006 or so, they were all too small.  Not any more…now they’re too big!
I couldn’t button it comfortably at the beginning of this year.  And now, even though it’s not the best picture, you can clearly see it’s far too big.
The biggest news of the week is that I wore my first XL sized t-shirt this week, since…the mid 1990’s, maybe?  It was a little more snug than I’m used to, but I expect I’ll “shrink” into it. Attached is another not-so-great picture from my Sacramento performance, but you can get the idea of how much “leaner” I am these days, even though the photo is black-on-black.
8 months ago, I was wearing 5XL t-shirts, and I confess I did own a few 6XL shirts as well.  In September I attended an “Alter Ego Costume Party” as “Previous Me,” wearing an old 6XL shirt and my old jeans (that were 6 sizes too big).  I was simply “swimming” in my old clothes.   Someone didn’t get it, and told me it was time to buy new clothes!   I don’t have any pictures of this, but will likely create some “same clothes, different body” before/after shots for an upcoming blog.

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