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75 Pounds and 7 Bags of Clothes

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Here's what 75 pounds of weight loss looks like:

And that's not all of it! I have already sent over 10 bags and boxes of items to Sparkfriends and local charities over the past 9 months. These are a select 7 bags of clothing that are going today to people who need them here in Chicago. Sweaters, jackets, one winter coat, about 6 pairs of jeans ranging in size from 26-18, skirts, a blazer, 6 good bras, socks, mittens, and tops, tops, tops. Winter clothes, summer clothes - they said they'd take them all, but I was selective so that they wouldn't end up with piles of things they couldn't use.

75 Pounds, 10 Pant/Dress sizes, and a whole lot of inches later, that's what it looks like, packed neatly in bags.

I can't believe I spent so many years in some of those items. Wishing for change. Hoping it would get better. Buying bigger and bigger items off the rack.

I have more room in my closets now for sure (I definitely don't have as many clothes, but it's also that the clothes are smaller so they take up less space!) but they don't feel empty. I don't feel empty - like I've lost something from my life - like I have so many times before with other diets I have tried. In fact, I feel fuller now than I ever felt with closet doors bursting wide with new items. Clothes used to fill me up. Food used to fill me up. I used things to fill me up that were material and not substantial. And giving things away was always so hard for me because it was like losing a piece of myself that I would then need to go out and fill again.

Today I don't feel like that. Today I am happy to, quite literally, remove this baggage from my life. Sure those bags contain some cute clothes that I really used to love to wear. But the clothes don't make the girl. I don't need those things to make me happy anymore. And a whole new WORLD of clothes awaits me at a smaller size. I can have whatever I want, and I know that now.

And though I feel full, I also feel lighter. Emotionally lighter, physically lighter - moving through the world has gotten so much easier for me these past few months. So here's hoping that these clothes will go to the people who need them most so that I might be able to help lighten someone else's burden today too.

Spreading the Spark, one t-shirt, one pair of pants, one pound at a time...75 different ways!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BLONDIEZ73 1/31/2011 11:13PM

    You are amazing! I'm so inspired! I love that "unloading" feeling of the old stuff. Of course the last time I did that it was smaller sizes, but hey, it will be that much more fun when I get to do the reverse. emoticon

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MANLEYSANDY 1/19/2011 4:37PM

    Love the hair color! As always, you are amazing!

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SARAWALKS 1/19/2011 10:05AM

    It seems to me that Milan Kundera wrote a book titled something like "the Lightness of Being" - I know that's not all of it - but I may look it out because lightness is appealing to me as well.
and I love the space in my closet these days! It seems to leave room for the future.
enjoy the lightness, and I know there's even more to come! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPARK-A-LICIOUS 1/18/2011 10:08AM

    you, my sparkfriend, are amazing!!! keep it up pretty girl!!'


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-POOKIE- 1/18/2011 7:58AM

    Thats wonderful, I took most of mine to a charity called the PDSA, Peoples Dispensary for Sick Animals, they provide vetinary care for people, like me, who are in recipet of benefits on low income. I felt good giving something back.

I now have a wardrobe of things that fit, I have kept a skirt though from my biggest, because its a reminder I want to keep, hidden away, but KNOW I dont want to be there.

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CHICAT63 1/18/2011 7:39AM

    Missed this blog, woohoo congrats on your 75 pounds lost ! Totally agree they should have 5 pound markers i.e.: 75, 85, etc. I did the same this winter I had to purchase all new work clothes - shopping gets to be more fun !

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WYND10 1/16/2011 11:38PM

    That is fantastic! I was supposed to clear out my clothes this weekend, but alas I did not. Maybe tomorrow (yay holiday).

Is it weird that the first thing I thought when I saw your pic was..."damn I love the color of her hair"? :D

You look great.

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    way to go !! you rock!

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RIGBY31 1/16/2011 2:03PM

    Hey gorgeous! What a wonderful, cleansing feeling. I like how you mentioned the smaller sized clothes take up less room. Nice perk!

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LAURIETAIT 1/16/2011 1:44AM

    You worked hard. You deserve to feel great for your accomplishment and your generosity. Here's to all the joy and satdfaction the nest 75 will bring!

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PELESJEWEL 1/15/2011 11:44PM

    Great blog! Your progress is inspiring!I am so proud of your lightness!

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MEADSBAY 1/15/2011 11:24PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
I 'liked' this blog and I loved it!

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KRAWRS 1/15/2011 8:07PM

    Fanatastic! I bet it felt SO GOOD looking at all those bags of clothing! Because of your progress, because of your good deed, and because of being set free!

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DIASTER 1/15/2011 6:22PM

  Your joy radiates from your blog. Thank you for sharing your success, you have come such a long way this year. Thanks for taking us along on your journey. Now I need to catch some of your enthusiasm and get off my duff.
Think of the joy on the girls face that gets your cute clothes, so great of you to pass them along.

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TOOSH731 1/15/2011 5:44PM

    Congratulations! That's wonderful!

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RABIDHAMSTER87 1/15/2011 4:23PM

    That is awesome!! I know how you feel about not wanting to let things go. I need to learn from you.

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SWEETS86 1/15/2011 3:15PM

    Woot!! Good job girl, keep it up!!

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LOTUSFLOWER 1/15/2011 3:09PM

    You are amazing!!!!! I love that picture of you, and you can just see how much lighter you feel. You are a true inspiration!!!!

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JENJESS48 1/15/2011 3:06PM

    Fantastic job! You really have done amazing. And I'm sure the charities you give to really appreciate it.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 1/15/2011 2:18PM

    This is so true, "... the clothes don't make the girl."
Awesome job!

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THEAPPLESASS 1/15/2011 2:18PM

  wow! incredible! that is some seriously proof of how far you've come!

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JULIESDREAM 1/15/2011 2:14PM

    Congratulations! Doesn't it feel great. I've lost a little over 100 and I just gave away 6 big garbage bags of clothing. Keep up the great work.

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