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6/15/13 8:42 P

I am a pack rat slacker. I keep them.

VINDICTIVE-HERA SparkPoints: (254)
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6/15/13 11:31 A

Over the past little while I've donated everything but the bare minimum. I only kept the best fitting few pairs of jeans and tops, and then as I have available funds I pick up an item or two and then donate something I've replaced. So, if I buy a new pair of jeans, I'll add a pair of ill fitting jeans I've held onto for necessity sake into the donation pile.

LEANGIRL66 Posts: 13
6/15/13 11:29 A

Get rid of them.

NANCYPAT1 Posts: 58,244
6/15/13 10:48 A

Hey - money can be a challenge when we want really new fun clothes, but I am not above thrift stores, hand-me-downs from friends and family, swaps, etc. I haven't had money for new clothes BUT know I will be forced to get something soon as stuff is falling off these days.

JDMAKEIT2HOT Posts: 8,458
6/15/13 6:54 A

When I lived with my parents after a i lost a certain amount of weight I would buy more clothes, so once a month i would go shopping where ever!

Now that I live on my own, If I need some clothing I splurge at the thrift store cause I am broke! Even of you only have $20 or $30 at a thrift store that a new wardrobe!

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6/3/13 6:07 P

I'm going to be getting rid of my clothes. I think in the past keeping them around made it too easy to gain the weight back. There are plenty of smaller sizes in my closet to make my goal.

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6/3/13 3:43 P

I just cant wait to get rid of my fat-clothes!! :) I think keeping them is an invitation to failure. Why would you gain the weight back? You wont!

Edited by: ABIMOLINE at: 6/3/2013 (15:44)
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6/3/13 3:18 P

Most of my "bigger" clothes looked raggedy. I hated shopping at my heaviest so I just didn't do it. I got rid of anything that looked overly baggy in the last couple of weeks. I am lucky (or unlucky, depending) to have an outlet mall about 5 minutes from my house. My husband and I make it habit to walk around there on off workout days for some outside fresh air and we watch for deals.

I wasn't even thinking about shoes, but I did buy a couple new pairs last week and I couldn't figure out why suddenly I'm about 1/2 a size smaller.....didn't dawn on me until reading this thread that my feet would be shrinking too.

WELLNESSME09 Posts: 7,634
6/3/13 6:05 A

Hang on to them!

NANCYPAT1 Posts: 58,244
6/2/13 7:23 P

This is a personal choice - I had the interesting experience of giving away all my large sized clothes to a friend of a friend - I WOULD NEVER NEED THEM AGAIN - Famous last words - my son died, I regained almost ALL of my 160 pounds I had lost - the friend of friend lost weight got too small for my LARGEST size clothes and returned them to me - some were real favorites when I had them and now they helped me to stay on track and now I am giving away most of the top three sizes - still not getting rid of ALL of them - but passing things around has been fun and shrinking is really a treat. When I have money, I love to shop for smaller and new to me clothes in secondhand stores and discount shops. It can be fun both to shop and to get a great bargain.

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6/2/13 11:46 A

I've been keeping around things 1 size larger but I am soon to do another clothes purge so I may get rid of them then. I had a friend the same size as me initially so I gave her all of my size 18 jeans and work pants (this has paid off as her mom is size 12--the size I am now--and just gave me 10 pairs of work pants she is getting rid of since she has retired).

I didn't wait to buy new underwear and I shopped clearance at Younkers, Kohls, and JCPenney to get some decently fitting jeans and black pants for work right away. The rest I just keep my eye out for and pick up when I see a good deal. Last weekend our Goodwill had dollar day (all clothes were $1). I went then and made out like a to me jeans, size medium dress shirts, etc. It was Christmas in May. :-)

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6/2/13 7:48 A

donate them and make room for smaller sizes. Thrift stores are a great place to shop
when losing weight.

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6/1/13 4:12 P

I am just making my first transition in clothing size. I was almost having to buy a size larger because my clothes were getting too small. I am just now down to where I have to go from size 42 pants to size 40. The 40's are still a little snug but not uncomfortable. I think once the 40's are comfortable I will donate my 42's to some charity.

GOODLANDGAL3 Posts: 8,028
6/1/13 12:23 P

When clothes are too big I give them away because I will not allow myself to go backwards again.

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5/31/13 9:02 P

I am frugal with my money -- which is a good thing as I am financially secure. So, I am hanging on to clothes that are "1 size too big" in case I gain some of the weight back. I wouldn't want to have to spend money should I have a bit of a set-back ... but I figure that 1 size is enough. Recently I have packed that stuff away so that it is not in the way and cluttering up my closets. I started my journey as a size 18-20 depending on the brand -- am now a pretty consistently a size 14 petite. So all the 18's and 20's are gone -- but the 16's are packed away "just in case."

If I get down to a size 12 petite, I'll probably keep the 16's for a while longer ... but if I can maintain it, I will eventually get rid of them and just keep the 14's.

I'm VERY grateful that I did NOT get rid of all my clothes that had become too small as I gained the weight. I am now able to unpack smaller clothes I packed away years ago and wear them again! That's SO much cheaper than having to buy everything new.

Have you tried looking at thrift stores and re-sale stores? Some of them have nice clothes for really low prices that you can buy/wear while you are tranisitioning. At such low prices, it doesn't matter so much that you won't get a lot of wear out of them.

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5/31/13 6:14 P

I get rid of the items that are too big as soon as I don't fit them anymore! I have lots of clothes in smaller sizes in my closet as motivation!

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5/31/13 2:43 P

It took me many years before I got rid of my size 14's. I hung onto my 12's but eventually got rid of those as well. I did not EVER want to fit into them again. I have, however, hung unto my 10's. The reason being is that they are my reminder my weight is creeping up again. I watch my food intake so I can comfortably fit into my 8's. I have size 6's (I once fit into them) as motivation. I intend, for health reasons, to stop this YO-YO dieting and get rid of the size 10 and 6. I've decided I like being a size 8. I hope this helps.

Edited by: MRSRIGS1 at: 5/31/2013 (14:44)
TALKIEBARBIE46 Posts: 6,357
5/31/13 11:38 A

my sister gave me lots and lots of very expensive clothes in size 6 to motivate me to lose weight so I can wear them, I can wear them now. I am so loving these clothes, they are so smart looking. As I have been yo yo dieting for many years I will not get rid of my big clothes until I have maintained for awhile at least a year. Barb

Edited by: TALKIEBARBIE46 at: 5/31/2013 (11:43)
JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
5/31/13 9:12 A

It is funny, I have plenty of the "smaller" sizes to get into, but I also do a few other things.

I make them "goals". Not only is fitting into certain clothes one of my goals (I don't use pounds off as a goal) but then if I reach certain goals, (weight, be able to do a workout without stopping, running a mile without stopping, just whatever goals I set for myself) clothes are often my reward. I have always shopped at less expensive places. TJ Maxx and Marshall's are awesome places to look, but so is Goodwill, especially if you have a "richer" area of town.

I haven't had to buy too much, because I have a few things that have fit as I get down. I wear them until they are just a little too big, and then when the next one fits, they go.

I am keeping my bigger clothes, but ONLY until I get to my goal weight. I want that picture that shows off my hard work by the biggest clothes I have worn and the new and improved, healthier me!

WENDIBUGG Posts: 674
5/31/13 8:07 A

Well a year ago I lost 38 lbs and went down from a L or xl top to a medium and from a size 14 pants to 6 or 8 depending on the brand. I got rid of my clothes that were too big. Then I moved and got really stressed out and regained 20 lbs. Problem was I hadn't bought many clothes along the way so I was left with 2 pairs of size 6 that no longer and a couple size 10's. I ended up buying size 8's and a few more large shirts. Was so mad at myself for regaining weight and having to waste money on a size of clothes I didnt want to be. When the 8's started getting too tight and finally did something about it and lost what I regained. Now I again have quite a few things that no longer fit but this time I'm going to box them up or at least some of them, and store them out of sight so I don't feel like I have something to fall back on. If I still don't need it when we move again in a couple years I will get rid of it (after the stress of the next move).

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
5/31/13 7:36 A

I have been getting rid of the stuff that's too big although I've been saving anything with nice fabric that I might be able to sew into something else. For example I'm going to make running sleeves out of my too-big Nike pants (but I'll wait til the fall so I make them the right size as it's a winter thing). I still have lots of clothes from when I was a smaller size so I haven't had to buy much but I did have to buy ALL new bras and a few new tops since I had stretched them all out - they were small, then as I gained weight, I didn't stop wearing them, and I ruined them! Anything that's ruined, I get rid of.

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5/30/13 8:42 P

Got rid of the fat clothes!!! I buy a few things, especially workout stuff, that fits. But just a few things as my size has been changing every 6-8 weeks. And I had to get new shoes. No longer a wide and went down in size. I think it is good to have a couple of things that fit right. emoticon

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5/30/13 5:07 P

I got rid of clothes that had gotten too big for me as I did not want them around to "fall back on just in case..." As I lost my weight and had more to go, I really didn't want to spend money on "new" clothes so I frequented a good quality resale/consignment shop and got nice things that fit that didn't cost a lot of money. It was also a great place to resell the clothes that were now too big for me - it was a win/win situation for me. As far as clothes that were still too small for me, I kept them for motivation to keep going. It was fun to try them on along the way to see the progress I was making.

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5/30/13 4:45 P

I bought some new clothes right when I started losing weight. I only got to wear most of them for maybe six weeks! But it was so worth it. I'd been so ashamed of what I'd been doing to myself and living in old sweatpants and so on. I can't overstate how much better it helped me feel about myself to be wearing new clothes, that fit properly.

I had just enough old clothes left over from periods when I was thinner to make it through about 20 pounds lost without having to buy anything else, but at 25-30 down everything I owned was baggy again and looked horrible. So I bought two pairs of jeans and a few shirts then. Some of those things are now heading for too big, but still ok. I had to go out this past weekend and get a bunch of new warm-weather stuff anyway, so we'll see how things fit in the fall I guess. Other than that, the old/too-big stuff goes, gone, goodbye. I can't stand the clutter.

Edited by: RENATARUNS at: 5/30/2013 (16:47)
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5/30/13 4:38 P

I'm a huge fan of TJMaxx/Marshalls and charity shops like Goodwill. I found a pair of shorts online that I was going to buy on sale but I went to TJMaxx and found the same shorts for half of the sale price. If there's something in your wardrobe that you need and isn't fitting properly, try to find it on a bargain because well fitting clothes can give you confidence and confidence is very attractive (or so they say ;))

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5/30/13 4:15 P

The Kohl's clearance rack has been my favorite spot to bargain hunt. Oh, and I also did go down a size category in tights/nylons so I found some of those on clearance for next school year.

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5/30/13 4:14 P

I started at 180. When I was down 10 pounds, I bought new jeans. Before I lost weight I was hovering between a medium and a large size shirt. After losing 10-15, I got rid of all my large size shirts and even a couple extra larges. I also got rid of any size 12 or 14 bottoms. At 165, I started fitting into size small tops (I'm pear shape), but I'm still wearing medium tops...they are just a bit looser and look better. I know in just a bit I will need smalls, but I'm trying to wait at least ten more pounds. Things I decided not to wait on when I went from a very large 12 to a 10 were: jeans, pajama bottoms, and panties. I also got size medium workout shirts (I had started with large.) Other things, I'm either waiting on or buying a couple basics if I see a good clearance deal. Since I have stuck with it for over two months, I'm having confidence I will keep going and they will fit me well soon. I also did buy some size 8 jeans for motivation for what I will fit into next. Also, I didn't expect this, but my dress shoes (flats) that I wear to work started falling off my feet...I am dealing with that until the end of the school year (I'm a teacher), but I did get some tennis shoes that fit better than the ones that got too lose. I went down a half size in shoes (dress and athletic) and don't need wide any more for tennis shoes.

DOODLEBUG82 Posts: 15
5/30/13 3:46 P

I was just wondering how people deal with what to keep ( or buy) while trying to lose weight. I have recently cleaned the out my closet and put things that I hope to someday wear out of sight. The trouble is that I really do want to look good now. So, do I buy a few things now and maybe alter them later or forget shopping all together. I have 20 pounds to lose and my confidence is pretty low. I'm finding it pretty hard to even imagine buying a smaller size.
What did some of you buy or resist buying? Thanks!

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