One of the tricks with starting to walk more regularly is that I’m starting to find all the gaps and problems in my wardrobe. In general, I’m not much of a clothes person and there are a lot of reasons for that. But I just don’t really own a huge selection of things in the first place.
Which became a problem kind of quickly. People like to say that walking around is an exercise anybody can do for free. That’s technically true, but I found out really quickly how miserable it can be. I started this thing (this time around anyway) at the start of September, which is when it’s still quite hot in this area. But there’s also starting to be hints of how bad winter is going to get.
Which means I figured out fast that I needed clothes that helped me cool off in the heat, keep warm in the winter, and stay dry when it starts raining. And basically all I had were t-shirts and some ratty old tennis shoes I’ve owned for three years.
When I first decided that I needed to get some actual athletic clothes, I hit all the online shopping places I usually go to when I need something new. Because the trick is, as a plus size woman, there’s almost nowhere that I can shop in person and actually find quality clothes that fit.
But then I discovered that none of my normal online stores carried active wear, or they didn’t carry it past a size 18 or so. It was baffling to me, exactly what in the world are larger women supposed to do when they want to start getting fit? I suppose the answer is “be uncomfortable until society deems them fit to rejoin them” or something.
Then I decided to actually go to the mall and try some stuff on and I got a big shock – actual athletic clothing manufacterers make clothes with normal sizing. As in, not vanity sizing, and not the stupid stuff I’ve gotten used to. Once I actually started trying on clothes at an Under Armour store, I realized that I could actually fit their stuff.
Of course, that made me go a little overboard, because finding a high quality brand that had stuff in my size is a bit of a shock. But now I’ve started building up a nice wardrobe of a variety of styles and layers for different kinds of weather. I also managed to snag some really good deals at the REI Outlet website.
It’s surprising how much better walking has gotten now that I have some proper shirts, and even more so that I have good socks. Now to just get some new shoes to go with it, which is going to be painful because a good pair of walking shoes is really expensive, but I know my feet will thank me for it.