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The big autumn push starts here


Friday, September 21, 2012

This week it felt like winter, let alone autumn. As I walked to the station on Monday, the wind whistled round my ankles, carrying with it a eddy of crunched up leaves.

Time, I thought, to dig out some winter layers. My handknitted (by me) wool and mohair hat.

See hat, below:

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My cashmere scarf, my wool and silk Fragonard scarves, my posh gloves from Dents, my two gorgeous winter coats (one black, one lime green). However a quick trawl through my wardrobe has reminded me that I haven't got that many other clothes that still fit. In spite of my own best efforts to fall off the wagon, lose count of calories and generally stuff up my weight loss, I am two sizes smaller than I was in February.

That's not to say that I'm going to find buying new clothes in my present size easy. No way. The shops still cater for the young, slender and athletic. That' about 10 per cent, max of women (statistic off the top of my head, and don't argue with me, you won't win). These are the women that shops presumably think buy the most clothes. Fact of the matter is, if I could find good quality clothes that fitted me, I'd buy three times as many as I do. For years and years I have in fact been buying everything I see that is big enough and that I could possibly want to wear.

Yes, I'm choosy. But also - of the high street chainstores in the UK there are only three I know of that sell clothes big enough for me. I really don't like buying stuff online because if you don't like it or it doesn't fit, it's a hassle to return it.

So that's why, on my SparkPage, one of my goals is to be in an English size 18 by Christmas. I need to lose another 25 pounds to get there.

The big autumn push starts tomorrow.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 9/25/2012 9:20AM

   

"Fact of the matter is, if I could find good quality clothes that fitted me, I'd buy three times as many as I do. For years and years I have in fact been buying everything I see that is big enough and that I could possibly want to wear." THIS. Seriously. I used to be the exact same way. I hated shopping because nothing cute fit and nothing that fit was cute, so I'd just buy whatever I looked LEAST horrible in. Now that I can wear "normal" sizes and shop at pretty much any store, I kind of love shopping and it's soooo hard not to buy way too much! Clothing stores really don't understand how much revenue they're missing out on by not catering to women of all sizes. Though I will say, bra manufacturers made a fortune off of me, because my boobs kept shrinking and I kept having to buy new bras. That was one thing I tried to stay on top of as far as making sure I had the right size in my wardrobe. I was too cheap to regularly buy new clothes during my whole weight loss process. I mean, pants could be belted, sweaters could just hang loose, but bras - THOSE have to fit! Aaaanyways, I hope you find that shopping for clothes becomes way easier and way more fun as you move closer and closer to your goal! :)

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 9/22/2012 6:28PM

    Love your lavender hat.. Am I losing my mind? I would swear that I left a comment re your hat before... but it isn't here? I know I got Sparkpoints for it. Ah well, since it isn't life threatening I shall just go with the flow. Audra

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STHAX10 9/22/2012 12:40PM

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FRANCES-AGAPE 9/21/2012 11:42PM

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GORGEOUS hat !

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Have a Wonderful Weekend

BLESSINGS !

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CRANRANA 9/21/2012 10:50PM

  What a wonderful knitter you are! I'm not quite sure why plus size clothing manufacturers believe that rhinestones, and applique AND upholstery prints all belong on a single garment. All that does for me is narrow my choices down severely. It is nice to pull out clothes and find they're too large...SHOPPING TRIP!!!!

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LIVEDAILY 9/21/2012 10:43PM

    The hat is beautiful! I "play" at knitting...mostly scarves, shawls, and dishcloths. I'd love to learn how to knit a hat! There is an international clothing company called Ulla Popken. Their clothes are pricey, but lovely and they last well. I order from them frequently. I think you can do it!! Down 2 sizes already?
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EABL81 9/21/2012 10:02PM

    Love the hat! I like to make scarves.

No way I can lose 25 lbs. by Christmas - it would be nice, but I'll be happy if I lose 3 - 4 lbs a month. More a a tortoise than a hare, I guess.

Two sizes! That's great!

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CATLADY52 9/21/2012 9:45PM

    emoticon Two sizes are nothing to be sneered at. emoticon

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LINDAK25 9/21/2012 9:04PM

    Love the hat! It's beautiful. I have to go shopping. I had to buy new bras, which I did yesterday. I'm frustrated that the clothes I have in my closet for the size I am now don't fit right. I'm a different shape now then I was before! I went shopping for jeans, but I don't like what they had in the store I was in. They had straight leg jeans, which means I can fit them around my waist and put both legs down one pant leg or they had bootcut jeans. The bootcut jeans are bell bottoms and I don't want to dress like I did in high school, really. Plus they are all stretch jeans. Nice if you want to have pants two sizes smaller than you really are, but they tend to get bigger as the day wears on!

Sorry, I won't be joining any weight loss challenges. If I make my healthy lifestyle all about the number on the scale, I set myself up for failure. It doesn't work out well for me. Good luck, though!

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KIPPER15 9/21/2012 6:41PM

    I have had good luck at the Goodwill and Salvation Army stores here in the States. I also found a second hand store that has more upscale items (dresses and sweaters and the like) with prices not too horrible. Good luck with your shopping. emoticon

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SHERMOR13 9/21/2012 6:33PM

    I love your hat - how GREAT it looks!!! Do you have "consignment" shops where you live? That's a GREAT place to find clothes as perhaps other plus size ladies are taking their clothes there. Just a thought!

Good luck with your journey - I'm with you, I'm starting my lower calorie plan on October 1 (I'll do a lower calorie diet for 30 days - lost a pretty good amount of weight & then do a maintence, keep it off for a couple of month, then do it again). It's worked good for me - and allows me some freedom to get weight off & keep it off.

You can do it - hang in!

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RAINBOWCHOC 9/21/2012 5:21PM

    just a thought...have you had time to look in a few charity shops? I found a fantastic red duffle coat for a pound! I won't worry about it being too big next winter! Last autumn I said goodbye to my favourite coat from Cotton Traders and worried about getting something I would be discarding if I stuck with the plan, I did get one from a catalogue but as I am at home the returns bit is easier than having to take it to the post office. I just ring the lady and she collects. Winter boots are a nightmare for fat calves, that is my special goal, knee length boots that zip to the top. One day.....

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DNRAE1 9/21/2012 4:56PM

    You are a great knitter! Beautiful hat! I'm a "Sunday" knitter....so-so, but I love to do it.
25 pounds by Christmas???? That is pushing it, but I'm willing to give it the old heave-ho! I'm thinking I may be able to lose 15-20 with some real road work. I do better when I'm losing 5-6 lbs. a month. Otherwise I get really disappointed, but I'm definitely willing to commit to 15 or more by Christmas! If I lose more, then it's a bonus. I'll be about a Misses 16-18! That's not bad, and gets me out of the plus size shops.
So let's go for it! I'm in! emoticon emoticon

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FALLNTENN 9/21/2012 4:53PM

    Your hat is beautiful.
I agree with you that buying clothes when you are a plus size is hard.

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 9/21/2012 4:50PM

    Love your hat, my favorite color.. Audra

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MILLISMA 9/21/2012 4:46PM

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Not ready to get out the woolies yet but I do like your tam.

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ADARKARA 9/21/2012 4:40PM

    As a young person in the States (I'm a young at heart 31) I find that I hate what most designers have done to plus sized clothing. My main choices are Lane Bryant (very lovely, attractive corporate wear), Torrid (for younger, trendy plus sized women) or Catherine's (for middle aged and older plus sized women). I don't fit into ANY of those categories! I wear jeans and t-shirts or blouses most days because I work in the back room of a jewelry store and it's a dirty, disorganized business (not where I work, but jewelry in general is dirty, as in tarnish and polishing compounds), so I don't want to wear nice clothes most of the time. So I buy jeans from Lane Bryant at $50 a pop (being plus sized is costly in the clothing department) and then I wear t-shirts or casual blouses and flip flops. I'm so boring! lol.

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JULIA1154 9/21/2012 4:34PM

  Love the tam - it's a lovely colour - almost periwinkle?

I'm with you! I'm trying to take off a bit more flab so that all the new clothes I bought for cool weather will feel like they have a bit more wiggle room. I live in dread of having something shrink in the wash and not being able to wear it any longer.

As for new clothes, well, I'd buy a LOT more if I could find decently made pieces that weren't sourced from China.

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 9/21/2012 4:29PM

    It is a hassle to find clothes that fit. You wonder where the other people your size (or larger) find their clothes.... pretty sure they do not sew their own... But then I probably wouldn't want to wear most of what I see other 'full figured' women wearing anyway. (well maybe in different colors or patterns or fabric)... So much for that rant.

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DOLLIE6 9/21/2012 4:20PM

    Yeah, I am right there with you.


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NEW-CAZ 9/21/2012 4:19PM

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EWL978 9/21/2012 4:01PM

    YAY!!!!! Now I have something that I'm glad I'm living in Florida!!! I don't need to worry about my winter wardrobe. Last winter, only 2 days under 40o...that doesn't count for needing a new winter coat. The winter before....I wore a jacket for about a week in Feburary...that was it!!


Maybe it would be better for you to make a trip over the pond and show up at my
door in shorts and sneakers??

Thanx for reminding me of this.

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P.S... Your hat is gorgeous!! You do good work.

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OBIESMOM2 9/21/2012 3:48PM

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I had the same problem when I switched from winter wear to warm weather running clothes. All of my running shorts from last year were way too big.

great problem to have, isn't it?



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KIKKI-G 9/21/2012 3:38PM

    cute hat!

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POPSY190 9/21/2012 3:32PM

    Keeping warm in the cold uses calories up! Clothes sizes are a good reminder of the Long term weight loss that it is so easy to lose sight of in day to day struggles. emoticon by emoticon . I'm with you all the way!

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BRIDIEGAL 9/21/2012 3:29PM

    I'm with you for an Autumn push - I only wish we had the weather it. It's sweltering here in Southern California - but I'm still working out every day!
Regarding clothes shopping, I actually purchase alot of my clothes online from a uk company: http://www.simplybe.co.uk/
Even from here, returns are free - and their online site operates very smoothly. Just a thought!

btw - lovely hat!

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