Have you heard of vanity sizing? I hadn’t! Until the other day when I was in a store picking out a new pair of jeans. I was asking the sales person about what the smallest size they had. He said I size 23. Well I was getting a size 24 (so only one size up from that). I have been working on losing weight for about 10 months now. I have been over weight for about a year or so before this. I had stopped running half marathons. I was in remission from my Crohn’s disease (so in other words I was healthy). My body was acting mainly like a person without this disease. I had not known what this felt like in years. When I was gaining weight I had started to notice that the size 10 I had worn a few years before had turned into a size 11 or 12. I thought I had gained more weight than I ever had before. When I started losing a good amount weight this summer and had to get all new shorts. I thought there was something wrong when a size 6 was to big (that would be the usual size I would be in for my weight). I started asking the sales person at J.Crew if there shorts were running big because I was baffled by this. They told me they were. Yet, as I was trying clothing on in different stores I was finding the same thing. These stores said they were not running big. Once again I was baffled. Until recently when I had that conversation with the sales person while buying jeans. This had started me thinking “Oh my Goodness can I lose the 10 more pounds I want to lose or will I not fit into any clothes”. I want to be healthy for me and 10 more pounds would put me in a happy healthy place. This also, started me thinking about all those people out there who either had trouble losing weight or have a chronic illness where it precludes them from losing weight or gaining weight. How must vanity sizing make them feel. I mean this feels great to me! I am wearing sizes that I have never worn except when I was so sick and my mom called me “Flat Stanley” (I only weighed 98 pounds). I also wonder why someone event thought this was the right way to go with sizing. I would be fine at a size 6 right now knowing I would wind up at a size 4 after losing the last 10 pounds I want to lose. I am still going to lose those 10 pounds, but I do wonder if I will fit into any clothing. I would love to hear what you all think about vanity sizing and if you have ever heard of this.