Back in the fall of 2004, I bought some new jeans. I bought a pair of size 18 and a pair of size 16, because I just knew that "soon" I would be able to fit into the size 16. (These are old sizes, not "vanity" sizes.)
Well, today--two and a half years later--I can finally wear those size 16 jeans. Let's just say that my resolve got derailed a couple of times during that period, and I almost just gave these jeans to Goodwill in despair. But now I'm glad I held on to them!