As many of you already know through my constant, almost freakin’ annoying blogging about it * ( HERE, HERE, HERE TOO ) * my goal in life had been to get my hand on the new Netherlands Football Kit which launched earlier this month. I hadn’t had a chance to visit NikeTown in San Francisco until yesterday and, poor as hell, I caved in and bought it.
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It’s glorious. But, that isn’t why I’m writing this today. Take a look at the top of picture, in the center, at the size of the jersey: L as in LARGE.
I’ve raved and hyped about this jersey because it is beautiful, but to July!, having the new Netherlands kit was always more about the journey, and a symbol of accomplishment. As some of you may know, I’ve lost a little weight over the last 12-14 months. It’s been a loooonggg, hard, physically grueling and emotionally handicapping experience for me. Here’s what I looked like say, in late 2009, early 2010. At my heaviest, I was 315 pounds and was very close to some very serious health problems as the ripe old age of 26-27.
It was a very happy time in my life actually, but it was very much full of complacency. Too much of a great thing is great until that great thing keeps you from wanting to be greater. It’s taken me a while to realize that, and to be honest, it’s something that I still work on today. Even right now. Anyway, this is me now. Earlier this year, in January, at 207 pounds, for my 29th birthday.
Sorry, can lose all the weight in the world, but the ugly mug stays the same.
Quite the improvement, I would say. I get asked now if I FEEL better … of course. You don’t really know how miserable you are as a bigger person until you become a smaller person. But the process hasn’t been the funnest. I’ve had to lose a lot more than weight to get here. AND THAT is where the Holland kit comes in. The 30-day HUP HOLLAND HUP challenge revolves around NikeTown’s return policy.
My goal throughout this whole weight ordeal was to, not only fit the new Netherlands kit, but to ROCK it. A couple of months ago, say 6, I was out with a friend talking about this jersey, when I said something to the degree of, “yeah, and I’m going to buy the L(arge) because I was to trick my brain into working harder and losing more weight.” To which she replied, rather defiantly, “Noooo, there is no way you’ll fit a L(arge).” I don’t think my friend meant it in a bad way, and, it’s been my goal to prove said person wrong.
I tried on the jersey in the fitting room and surprisingly, it fit. And while the weight loss may look significant, I assure you that when I look at myself in the mirror every morning, I know that there is STILL a lot of work to do. I’m hoping to finish these next 30-days of hard work, put on the shirt and keep it. If I’m unsatisfied, NikeTown will take the jersey back (with a receipt) no questions asked, for the next 30 days.
So, that’s where I’m at. I feel like a bride who’s trying very hard to lose weight to fit into a wedding dress. Jesus, pretty sad analogy, but it’s the first that came to mind. I challenge you too, OhMyJuly-er. Find something that is too small for you to wear (not TOO small) and work your butt off with me and if you don’t end up rocking it. Let me know how you do.
And good luck.