Size 4


After Matthias’ birth I was a size 16-18.
After losing 50 pounds I was a size 8 and super happy.
After learning to run and then increasing my mileage I teetered into a size 6 at times.
Then I started training for half-marathons, increased the mileage to 25-34 miles per week, and put on a lot of muscle – the scale actually says my weight is up a few pounds over this time last year. Today I went shopping. These jeans are a size 4. Size freakin’ four!
Not even when I was 12.   Not even at 10.  Not since I hit early puberty at 8 have I had legs anything like these.

Four. 4.  IV.


48 thoughts on “Four

  1. Wendy says:

    I have filled my head with excuses to not run. You are destroying all of them. I really do miss the body I used to have when I ran cross country in high school.


  2. lorchick says:

    Congrats! People like you are what keeps people like me going when those plateaus come up! (fifteen lost and counting, but in a bit of a rough patch) You look fabulous and super healthy!

  3. JoVE says:

    That’s great. You sounds so happy and look great.

    But I’m not surprised that your weight is up and your size is down. Muscle really does weigh more than fat. And weight is not a very reliable indicator of health or fitness or whatever, especially when you get into small differences.

  4. SusieM says:

    Whoo hoo! When I first looked at the photo I thought, “Man, she looks good!” Congrats. Give yourself another pat on the back!

  5. Belinda says:

    Funny you should post this today. My 8-yr old daughter asked me for the first time today if people are prettier when they are skinny. Have you had any experience with this yet with your daughter?
    P.S. – You look great!

  6. Sarah says:

    From one Sarah to another…
    THANK YOU!!!
    I’ve been in such a rut with my working out the last year or so.
    You’ve inspired me to try,try again.
    Congrats on the 4– you’ve earned it!!

  7. livnletlrn says:

    Usually I’d just move on by in a little silent jealousy, but man, I know you’ve worked HARD to get where you are, so there’s an enthusiastic high five coming your way. Enjoy!

  8. Jo says:

    Right on!

    I want to let you know that your blog has inspired me so much. I’m currently on the core plan and have lost nine pounds! I’m very psyched.

  9. Lisa says:

    That must feel GREAT!! I remember when my cousin, a former model, taught me to buy pants back in the day when I was a somewhat serious runner. She said “don’t look at the size–just get the ones that are the width of the hanger.” She was right. At the same time I could wear12 down to a six. I know the joy you feel right now–and it feels even sweeter because you EARNED it by working for it, believing in it. Enjoy!!!!

  10. Constance says:

    That’s so great! You must feel great- not just because of the size 4 but because you’re living such a healthy lifestyle. Congratulations for yourself and because you’re such a great example for your kids and us!

  11. catalinakel says:

    cuatro. yo quiero cuatro, tambien. soy 18-20 ahora, pero tu eres una gran inspiration para mi. no more excuses. none. thanks for sharing.

  12. DebonLI says:

    I’ve never seen so many comments on your blog before! You know you are loved when so many women congratulate you on your jeans size. Let me add mine…CONGRATULATIONS!

  13. Kamille says:

    I so don’t know you, but hit your blog via another blog via another blog (so weird how that works). I was intrigued by the title of your blog and then saw your first post. Wow, so amazing and wow. How did you do it? Mainly, because that is my boat and I don’t know if you were like me, but I think, “running isn’t out of the question, but a marathon? Well, actually even running seems way off.” I’m interested to hear more.

  14. Marce says:

    I’ve been so late in catching up and of course THIS is where I choose to comment. Late to the celebration, but adding my WOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOO anyway. Love it! Especially love how joyous you look in that fab photo.

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