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.