Monday, May 21, 2012
Today I did it - I threw away my just in case clothes.
You know the ones - the ones you keep just in case you gain some weight back. The clothes that you start to wear when you start to regain. You tell yourself that you will just wear them until you get back on the diet again - next week - not to wear for anytime long etc.
Who are we kidding - I know I've been there and did that a couple of times - now I am saying no to this. I will no longer give into the cycle - knowing that I have the bigger clothing - just in case.
I had clothes saved from my heaviest - 10 years ago - was almost 220 lbs! Haven`t been back there in 10 years (went down to 150) so why do I save them just in case I do? Is it because I ended up wearing the clothes that I wore as I started to loose - the 200 lbs, the 190 and then the 180's - fearful that I may go back up through the stages and will need them again? I did - thankfully not back to the 220 - but almost to the 200's - hit 196 before I said enough is enough!
This time I have gotten rid of the saftey net of clothing sizes stashed in the back of the closet.
I think a lot of us tend to do this - stash the clothes that are too big - just in case. Keep the clothes that are too small (the ones when you were skinnier than you ever will be again for me that was the 150 - everyone was asking me if I was sick) - for that day in the future etc. But I'm not going to do that any longer. It hasn't worked for me in the past and highly doubt it would in the future.
I still want to lose 13 more pounds and the only clothes I have left either fit ok now or are a bit loose so I will keep them until I reach my goal and then buy new wardrobe. This way if I start to gain again I will have to catch myself and get the excess off before it is too much - otherwise will have nothing to wear and I don't plan on ever buying those 1x or in some cases 2-3x clothes ever again.
P.S. Did not throw the clothing away - I bagged up anything that was still in good condition (3 stuffed full green garbage bags in all) and will give to charity. Some of the clothes were purchased at fairly expensive - larger woman's stores and I'm sure there is someone who would appreciate them.