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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Thanks everyone for your support.
I just wanted to share a non-scale victory but it made me smile yesterday.

I love to get a deal. Especially on clothes. I know lots of people who thrift store shop and have great success but I just have never had much luck. I find it an exercise in frustration because there's only one of everything and if I like it and it doesn't fit I like to get the next size up. There's also no selection when you are a plus size because plus size clothes are built like tents.

I have never been good at putting an outfit together and there have been many years of "I don't care what I look like".
Now that I have lost a bit I am verging on "normal size" clothes. Still too big for most stores that go up to a 14/15 but I some stores carry 18s (a regular 18 is smaller than a plus size 18)

My strategy for clothes has always been to buy stuff off the clearance rack at the end of the season. My enjoyment of an outfit goes up the less I pay for it.

I'm learning that I need to buy clothes that are more fitted. You look better even though you feel like "I shouldn't wear things this close fitting because I don't have a good figure". So easy to wear things that are too big to hide your fat.

So needless to say, because my pants are getting a bit baggy and some of my shirts are getting unwearable I just got rid of a bunch of clothes.
To take me through this transition time I wanted to get a few jackets/blazer type things that are fitted so that they can help me not feel so "shlumpy" during this time.

Went into a store that I only recently was able to shop in and on the clearance rack in the back, they were getting rid of their winterish workwear.

1/2 off lowest price. Got 2 really nice blazers for 20 each. So happy. 2 blouses for 10 each, and here's the best part:
While I was trying on a grey blazer, the women at the store said "this has a matching pant (on sale for 15). So I asked her to get me an 18. All they had were 16's, so I thought, "what the heck" I'll try it on.

This is a very tailored fit, and they fit! I immediately felt like they were too small, so I asked the sales lady if she thought they were too tight. Another woman was trying on clothes and when I came out she said "wow those pants look amazing on you". So I bought them.

I think I will feel better in them when I am down a few more pounds but it was such a boost to get a compliment from a perfect stranger.

So I now own size 16 pants and the fact that they cost less than 20 bucks makes them even better.

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    What a nice feeling to get that compliment. Keep up the good work!
    2157 days ago
  • XRSIZE18
    What an awesome accomplishment, Suzanne!
    I love myself a deal, too (I'm going garage saling with my momma tomorrow and I'm so excited about it).

    I think one of the biggest style mistakes heavier women make is wearing bulky clothes that don't flatter their figures because they want to cover their flaws. So good for you having the confidence to show off your svelte and shrinking figure!
    2157 days ago
  • DBELLE39
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    2158 days ago
    Pulled together and amazingly affordable? Awesome combination! Congratulations! emoticon
    2158 days ago
    What a happy blog! Just wait until you lose a few more pounds and those pants start to get loose!

    2159 days ago
  • OPTIMIST1948
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  • YDAVIS23
    YAY!!! So exciting! Glad the stranger could help you out :)
    2159 days ago
    I love good deals too and your blog was so fun to read. It was almost like I was there listening to your conversation. I certainly can relate to your experience. Those sale racks are always calling to me while I'm in a department store! Congrats on your clothes "getting to big" and the fact that you got rid of them is a plus for you. You should take a picture of yourself in your whole new outfit and put it where you can view it on a daily basis. It would inspire you to get "a few more pounds off" and then it will give you that HUGE smile again. emoticon
    2159 days ago
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