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LKS2GAB2 SparkPoints: (37,765)
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9/28/13 9:27 A

That is a good and bad feeling. First waiting to wear a certain item because it was too small and now is too big is a happy and maddening moment at the same time.

I do shop at my thrift stores and have found fabulous items. I go to other neighborhoods in my town, like the "high rent district" and check out their thrift stores. Also look for clearance items.

Congratulations on your weight loss. Keep up the good fight!

9/28/13 4:01 A

Clearance items...ESP on line, second hand...Salvation Army, Goodwill, etc. Ebay.
Check out TUBLADY her blogs are often all the great deals she gets and puts together!
Congrats and Good Luck!

LULUBELLE65 SparkPoints: (37,106)
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9/27/13 3:55 A

Old Navy tee shirts come in XXL and I can wear those. I am about a size 20 usually. And they are always cheap and cheerful.

9/26/13 10:07 P

Lulu. That's funny because I've actually been doing that for a long time but shopping at walmart. Of course I was doing it because I was getting bigger. Lately though I find that their clothes do not fit well at all. I haven't shopped Target in years because I was just too big for their clothes and honestly, I didn't even consider it an option... but now that you mention it. I've probably lost enough weight that I might find something there that fits. I've always found that Target clothes run small.... or is it that walmart clothes run big? Hmmm lol thanks for the tip!

LULUBELLE65 SparkPoints: (37,106)
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9/26/13 7:16 P

get one pair of pants that fits well, and one skirt, and wear the heck out of them. Shirts look less sloppy when they are oversized than pants do, so if you really want to avoid spending money, go for bottoms rather than tops.

If your shirts are really hanging on you, how about scoop neck tee-shirts from target? I have maybe 7-8, all in different colors, none of which I paid more than 6 dollars for on sale. Black pants, colored shirt, black cardigan (also cheap from Target) and you are good to go. Change the color of the shirt and it's like a different outfit.

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9/26/13 6:28 P

Tailoring of clothes you absolutely love is a great idea but expensive. How about you pick 7 pieces that you can mix and match that can make a number of outfits may have to ditch the pants for awhile and go with the leggings as you can still look professional with the leggings and tunic sweater, pair of boots etc.

Pack up your old clothes for a couple of months and then when the season rolls around next, get rid of them. Or get rid of them now by donating them to the women's crisis centre in your neighbourhood/city.

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9/26/13 6:07 P

I agree that tailoring your clothes is a great idea. I have also found that Old Navy and stores like T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and Ross have really good prices and are far cheaper than a thrift store. Look for sales and always look for coupons!

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,458
9/26/13 1:22 P

I know it is so frustrating that thrift stores are now as expensive as retail stores. At least the ones in my area are. I cannot get over $20 for a pair of Faded Glory shorts that were probably $10-12 brand new.

I saw those cinch things at the fabric store and that is a great option to just throwing something out when it is still in good condition.

I hear you about having bad days. We all have them and get frustrated from time to time.

9/26/13 12:30 P

This is so true Sue.... To be honest... I WAS one of them. Fatty liver disease, pre-diabetes, High cholesterol, border line High blood pressure, Lupus to boot... Along with a host of other issues. So trust me. I do count my blessings EVERY SINGLE DAY. I thank the Lord almighty for giving me each day that I am still alive to see my son grow and be the Wonderful Gentleman I raised him to be.

Those that are still struggling. I pray for them, because I have been there. I try and be an inspiration to anyone who is willing to hear my story for my path has not been an easy one. I began my weight loss journey during a very difficult time in my life. My husband had just neck and back surgery, and 10 days later was in the hospital having an emergency surgery on his nose due to a staph infection that he contracted during the first surgery. This infection being so close to his brain nearly took his life. So, I know, trust me, I know the ache of attempting to lose weight and the trials that come with it and I DO NOT in anyway invalidate any one else journey or trials. for their walk is their own and not for me to judge in anyway.

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9/26/13 12:20 P

I guess you can count your blessings that you have this issue...many are dieing because they don't have that issue...

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9/26/13 11:24 A

@Carrie - there actually is a website where you wager on your own weight loss. If you succeed, you get your money back PLUS

I've heard it mentioned a few times on the news, don't really know much more than that. If you Google "wager to lose weight" several sites come up

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9/26/13 11:14 A

I agree that it's very frustrating. Work hard because you're not happy with yourself, become more confident as you lose weight, and then still feel unhappy with yourself because you are still not feeling good about yourself in your clothes (although for a different reason). I wish there was a system to earn money for every pound lost so there's money to replenish the wardrobe! Can we petition the goverment for that??! :)

9/26/13 8:55 A

I see some great ideas out there. Thanks for all of the advice.... One member asked about me being close to my goal weight. Yes and No. I set "Mini Goals" for myself. I'm one that if I don't "see" enough progress I usually will get discouraged and give up. So I set my goals in 10 lb increments so that I am always seeing progress and reaching some kind of goal to keep me motivated. I do still have a lot to go. I'm down about 50 so far and have about 50 more to reach my ultimate goal. Of course that number may change as I alter my exercise and eventually start lifting and toning more. (As we all know, muscle weighs more so my goal of 145 lbs may not be realistic once I build more muscle).

As for the thrift shops, There is a Salvation Army and Goodwill near by. But they are more like retail stores anymore. They want Wal-mart and Targer New prices for used stuff. I don't want to pay $15 for a new pair of shorts/jeans so I am certainly not going to pay that for a used pair. lol I know there are lots of Thrift stores in a nearby city, but I am just not comfy going there alone. Unfortunately, I don't have many friends here where I live and the ones I do have all work. So. Sigh. I will definitely check Macy's. I usually stay away from high end stores as I normally can not afford their prices. But I never really considered their clearance stuff. I know I don't need a whole wardrobe. I actually have never been one to own a whole lot of clothes, my normal wardrobe usually consists of about 4-5 pairs of jeans and shorts, a couple of skirts (one black one brown) and several casual and dressy tops and maybe a dress.... that's about it. Nothing snazzy. I've never cared for fashion. As long as its comfy and looks decent I'm good. I don't accessorize and I don't really carry a purse. I generally wear sneakers or an occasional pair of sandals. But I don't even do that too often since I wear sneaks the majority of the time, I am always "wearing socks" lol. (tan lines are witch! lol ) HAHAHA

I think I was just having a really bad day. The day I posted this, I was wearing a blouse that I bought in Feb at Ross. It was barely big enough to fit me at the time. When I wore it the other day, it was irking me because I spent half the day walking around and pulling my shirt up because it kept falling off my shoulders and exposing my shoulder, bra and back. As soon as I got home I changed! lol Oh the well. My mother in law suggested buying a belt that goes over your blouse to essentially "cinch" it at the waist so it doesn't look like it is swimming on me so much. I think I will try this option for the time being as belts are pretty inexpensive and I would only need one or two. The jeans, I'll just pull my belt tighter. lol

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9/25/13 4:32 P

Every time I go down a size in jeans I just dump them. I don't want to go back up. But usually my pants aren't really tight, cause I am in sweats. Sounds like you are doing great.

JBALDWIN29 Posts: 5,136
9/25/13 4:29 P

I am having the same problem. I don't mind losing just can't afford to keep buying clothes.

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9/25/13 4:10 P

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You don't have to buy a whole new wardrobe. Just buy a couple of pairs of pants/shirts to supplement your wardrobe as you continue to lose.

Have you checked out Macy's ? Look at their clearance racks, Macy's has some fantastic markdowns. You can find really nice transitional clothes for cheap. All the summer stuff is on sale and it won't be long before the fall stuff is marked down to make room for winter coats.

Check out the Salvation Army and Goodwill too. I've found tons of near new clothes ! One piece of advice, don't buy by the size. You don't know when the pants were manufactured. A size 12 from ten years ago is very different than a size 12 now. You should always try on the clothes at the Salvation Army before you buy.

But, I really have found nice stuff at thrift shops. that's another good way to save money on transitional clothes. Tailoring ? Can be very very expensive. In some cases, buying a brand new pair of pants would be cheaper than getting the larger sized ones sized down.

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9/25/13 3:44 P

Not jerky, it's a huge problem. I've lost twice as much weight as you have, so I understand.

I love the idea of buying at thrift shops, but the reality is that I am so picky that if I find something I like, the odds are against it being in my size. I'm sort of close to my goal too, but I know that I will go down at least one more pants size, perhaps two and that it will take a while before I am actually there.

It's a pain in the neck when you don't have the time or money to just go buy a brand new wardrobe. I can't really shop online much anymore either because my body has changed so much that I really have to try everything on now. I hate shopping, so it is quite annoying.

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9/25/13 3:36 P

According to your ticker you're only 10 lbs from your goal weight (correct?) First, big congrats!!

I think you're fairly safe now to buy a few pairs of pants and tops. Casual dresses would be a good buy too because they tend to fit a wider range of sizes. The last 10 lbs should be taken off slowly and you should be starting to increase your calories slightly and prepare for maintenance. So weight loss will slow down and you should get a longer use out of what you buy.

I love Winners for shopping. I don't know if you have it in your country but you likely have something similar, it's a department store that sells brand name clothes cheap. I can walk out of there with a brand new seasonal wardrobe for $200 (and things come pricey in my country). Tops for $10, pants for $20, dresses for $15-$30.

EOWYN2424 Posts: 9,108
9/25/13 3:04 A

Buy clothes on clearance sale! They may not be the latest fashion but who cares!

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9/24/13 9:22 P

I highly recommend taking your clothes to a consignment shop in a area that is upper middle class and younger. They will sell them a little higher and your percentage will be more. You can buy clothes there with the money you make there so nothing comes out of your pocket. A win win situation. The consignment shops around here are very picky on the clothes they take. They have to be in real good shape and of style unlike a thrift stores which I find outdated clothes that looks like they've been worn for decades.

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9/24/13 8:40 P

Definitely have a garage sale and then go SHOPPING!!!!

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9/24/13 4:37 P

I can see your delema, have a garage sale and sell the clothes that are too big and with the money you make buy new or used clothing.

SHKIRK Posts: 1,168
9/24/13 4:24 P

WOW !! What a problem to have !! I can not wait till it's my turn !!! Try driving a little to another Goodwill. The thing you can find are amazing ! emoticon

07SOJO Posts: 1,652
9/24/13 3:39 P

I grew up in a family of 5 with my dad having to work 2-3 jobs to make ends meet. Consequently, my mom bought many of our things at second hand stores or garage sales. It doesn't bother me to buy used clothing but I know some people won't do it. That's how I save money on buying clothes, by paying a fraction of what was paid for new clothing that is still in very good/wearable shape.

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9/24/13 3:31 P


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9/24/13 3:27 P

I am in the same situation. I have been buying jeans from Target, Kmart and other "cheaper" stores. They aren't half bad and they are a third of the price of the department stores and such. Also, I agree with having things altered. My mom is going to alter a really nice dress I have that's a bit big at the moment.

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9/24/13 2:29 P

I sent you a Sparkmail!


9/24/13 2:09 P

NG Child... could you share those FB pages that you belong to? That would be amazing. I have tried ebay. Bought a couple of items with little luck.

ChristASP: It's been a long road to get to where I am. You can too. You just have to be dedicated to YOU. I have had lots of opposition along the way. People telling me I'm doing it wrong, or why would I want to put myself through all of that.

But ultimately, its your walk not theirs to understand. What you do and what you are willing to endure and sacrifice for yourself and your own health and well being is quite frankly no ones business but your own. If they can't support you, then ignore them.

Sorry If I'm headed down the wrong road with this, but.... Another thing I have learned along the way. It's easy to be jealous of someone else success. You just have to remind yourself, they are not just "lucky" they worked hard to get there, just as you are now. That's why we all come together on sights like this, to be each others cheer leaders along the way!

So.... Good luck to you and if you like, feel free to friend me... I'll be your Number 1 fan! emoticon

CHRISTASP Posts: 1,620
9/24/13 1:59 P

What can I say? I wish I had your problem.

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9/24/13 1:53 P

How frustrating for you! But aren't you glad you have to rant about them being too big. I love it and am in the same boat. Luckily my sister is smaller than me and I am getting bags of clothes every few weeks.

I have also joined a few selling sites on FB. Things that are cute and I know I can wear for a bit and they aren't uber expensive. Also, try ebay. You might be able to find a few things. Keep in mind you can sell things too. I have made nearly 1K in selling clothes on FB sites. People pay via paypal and I ship it out. No fees like on ebay and the sites are SUPER busy. Lots of traffic.

I also got a few things from Walmart the other day. Clearance and paid $3 for 2 shirts. They won't fit in a few months and I can sell them! Win win!

Good luck.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,458
9/24/13 12:21 P

It would be a hassle

In my neck of the woods. The thrift stores are uber expensive. Seriously $20 for pair of Walmart shorts that didn't cost that much new. Or my favorite $100 for a knock off (ie Fake) Louis Vuitton bag. That I can get at the mall at a kiosk for $20. I knew it was a knock off because the quality wasn't that great and the tag said Lois Vitoni.

And then tailors and such that charge as much as a new item.

The good side to the clothes that someone donated. Maybe they donated some really awesome stuff from the 40's and 50's?

ANARIE Posts: 13,184
9/24/13 12:11 P

The advantage of being in the middle of weight loss is that you don't have to worry about quality or practicality. You can buy something that's trendy and won't stay in fashion for more than one season, because you're not going to be wearing it for more than one season. And that season is NOW. The things that are on the clearance rack right now are exactly the things that you need. When I was in the middle of losing weight, I was buying stuff at 75-90% off. When it's 90% off, you can basically treat it as disposable. That blouse only matches one other thing you own? The seams are clipped so close that it might fall apart on the second wash? So what? It's $3. Even if you only wear it twice, you've gotten your money's worth.

There were a lot of things I bought while I was in transition that I wore twice and donated (they weren't all crummy quality) when they got too big, without regrets. They were cheap and fun while they lasted. So hit the clearance racks and have fun-- shop like a teenager.

JAMIRBLAZE Posts: 1,786
9/24/13 9:18 A

I hear you. After staying at the same size for awhile (or, at least, I didn't notice that my clothes were getting that big), I suddenly dropped two sizes. Nice, but most of my clothes suddenly were huge. And bras? Yeah, had to replace those too. So I'm making what I can work and slowly have purchased some things off clearance racks and at Ross to the size I am at now. Fortunately, most of my stuff was not worth tailoring. Unfortunately, the few items that I would won't alter well.

DROPCONE Posts: 1,592
9/24/13 9:08 A

Good for you! I congratulate you on your new problem! emoticon

I agree with the idea of getting your clothes altered. I've been super-short my whole life & I've always had to get nice pants hemmed up. I'm not good at it myself, it looks like a child's work! If you call around a dry cleaner might have a tailor or seamstress, or ask your friends if they know someone. If you are worried about the quality of the person's work, have them do just a couple pieces at first.

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9/24/13 8:58 A

I always get a kick out of 'downsizing' my clothes. As long as they fit through the shoulders, I'll be taking those items in.

Very satisfying. If you don't sew though, I can see where it would be a hassle.

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,362
9/24/13 8:46 A

I echo KKKaren..... I altered a lot of my blouses and they look great.

If you sew...I did a French Seam along the side seams of my blouses...from the sleeve all the way up the arm and down the sides. No rough edges. And I saved a ton of money.

If you have good clothes ... it pays to see what a tailor can (or can't do)

MATTHEW0498 SparkPoints: (32,853)
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9/24/13 8:42 A

First congrats! I've been there before with clothes and agree it is annoying (but as you said, it is a good annoying). Try taking your clothes to get hemmed and taken in, it can help reduce the cost.

KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
9/24/13 8:37 A

take your clothes to be altered if you don't sew yourself. I sew and alter my clothes all the time. It really cuts down on the money.

9/24/13 8:16 A

I just want to gripe for just a moment about an annoying (good, but annoying) struggle that I face regularly now that I have and am still losing weight.

My clothes do not fit! Ugh, it is so aggravating that even with a belt I have to constantly pick up my pants as I am running around through my day. I have wonderful blouses and shirts sitting in my closet that I swore I would fit into again one day, So I finally reach for them... and they are too big. Buying clothes is expensive. I purchased a few pair of pants back in Feb. They were all snug (maybe a little too snug) but now they all fall off. I just do not have the liquid funds to keep buying clothes. I thought I would check out my local thrift shop, however, I live in a heavy retirement area, so the thrift shops mostly have clothes from the old people in the area who have died and their family members donated all of their belongings....

Sorry, I'm not wearing "grand dads'" clothes, or grandmas' for that matter. I know I'm gonna be punished for that statement, but its so true. lol I'm still young-ish. lol

HAHAAH Anyway, gripe over. Thanks for listening. Don't hate me please

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