Similarly to being stuck in a rut, I am stuck in the Sweatpants Phase of my marriage. What is the Sweatpants Phase? Well, it means going around most weekends in sweatpants/windpants/warm-up or yoga pants and t-shirts/sweatshirts. And I am not just talking about around the house. No, you will often see me in Target or Hy-vee on a Saturday afternoon in Adidas running pants and a Bradley University sweatshirt, with the hair pulled up in a pony tail (possibly even with a scrunchie) and no make-up. It also means on the rare date night, I may throw on some jeans, a Gap shirt and maybe some lip gloss and call it good.
Gone are the days of trying to look my best for my hubby. This became ever-so-apparent this weekend. As my family headed to the craft show (yes, I said craft show!), we run face-to-face into hubby’s good friend, B. And, more importantly, B’s much younger girlfriend. And there I was in pink, fuzzy yoga pants, layered shirts, no make-up and damp hair. And there she was, looking adorable in a cute cardigan, jeans, boots, scarf, hair looking perfectly in place and light makeup. And as B introduced me to his girlfriend, I suddenly felt very aware of my sweats. (Did I mention B is very good looking?)
When did I give up trying to look cute for my hubby? Are we too comfortable with each other? On one side, I know that no matter what I wear, hubby will think I look beautiful, because he sees past the outside and knows the real me. But, part of me misses those days where I wanted to look special for him.
And is part of my sweatpants phase due to my working mom wardrobe? Every day for work (except casual Fridays), I am in dress clothes. I normally do not wear suits, unless presenting/facilitating, but you can find my in dress pants, a nice shirt or sweater and dress shoes (sometimes even heels!!) most every weekday. My weekend is my time to relax and be comfy. Plus, running errands with A & B often resembles more of a workout then a quick trip to the grocery store. If only I could learn to run in heels?!?! And, honestly, some of it stems from the fact that I need to lose weight and don’t feel that “cute” anymore. My “date” clothes are definitely dated and a little tight!
So, is anyone else in the same boat? And how do you avoid this phase? And how do I find time to work out while I am in my work-out pants?