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Saturday, February 09, 2013

My Mom was a depression era baby who had a hard time throwing anything away if it might be useful later. When she died, my sister and I (at Dad's request) went through all her clothes and decided what was to be done with them.

We laughed (and cried) about things like kleenex in ALL the pockets and why on earth she would have kept some of the things we encountered. She had 5 closets with clothes from the decades of 81 years of her life. (Not All the clothes she'd ever had, but some from infancy through her final year.)

I thought that I wasn't like that. Lol. Perhaps I AM - more than I'd like to be.... I've spent the last 2 days going through ALL my clothes (5 sizes worth!) because I have dropped another size. When I lost the weight 3 years ago, I stored the bigger clothes away. It was my intention then (and now as well) to get rid of those clothes if I could maintain my goal range weight for 2 years.

Somehow the clothes got mixed up, so I had to try them all on to decide where they belonged. Now only the smallest sizes are left in my closet. Everything else is stored away clearly labeled. Whew, what a job! But I'm so glad I didn't have to spend $$ to buy bigger stuff when I gained!!!

I REALLY don't want to go through the weight loss phase again. If I can keep my goal weight for 2 years, I think I can keep it forever, and those clothes will leave the house and give me more space. I'm looking forward to it!
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    You are a rockstar! I love the idea of sitting in a chair until the fullness hits. That's an "aha" moment for me, thanks!

    PS - what is your fitbit name?
    1849 days ago
    Never mind IF-
    it's WHEN
    you maintain your weight for 2 years!
    1858 days ago
    My mom has hoarding tendencies. I am a neat freak as a result but I will own once in awhile I had kept that "thing" I got rid of.

    I have issues with the scale- love hate relationship kind of a deal. So I keep clothes that are "too small" and try them on to gauge my weight.

    This morning I tried on 2 dresses that were snug- they fit beautifully and I feel great. I consign my clothes as they get too big and use the money to buy new ones.

    1860 days ago
  • ROCKMAN6797
    I feel the same way. I know that I have to get rid of these bigger sized clothes but they represent a memory that I use to remind me of where I was over three years ago. Since I don't own too many pieces of clothing I feel I can do this but I need to develop an exit strategy. Good luck on yours.
    1861 days ago
    It actually took me 5 years to believe I'd keep the weight off and get rid of the big clothes . . . and then I put about 20 pounds back on (in 2009) which meant my "biggest slim" clothes were pretty uncomfortable. Took it off again and more, kept it off. You will too.
    1861 days ago
    I try to get rid of my old, bigger clothes right away. When I feel my current clothes getting tight it's "do or die time!"

    My parents are like your mom -- when I cleaned out the Florida home to get it sold, I found LOTS of old containers that they repurpose: Altoid tins filled with nuts, bolts, etc., baby wipe containers (the square ones) inside bathroom drawers to hold hair rollers, bobby pins, bottles of nail polish, etc!
    1861 days ago
    I had a rule. Every time I bought a smaller piece of clothing, I got rid of a big one. It took a couple years to get rid of my big clothes, but eventually I did. I've now been at goal almost 4 years and I have the clothes I need. I still have a few clothes I need to get rid of. Thanks for reminding me!! Getting rid of those clothes is a real commitment to stay at my goal weight. -Marsha
    1861 days ago
    LOL! This reminds me of when my mother died - we found a plastic flower pot (one of those large thin ones from a nursery - filled to the brim with the elastic waistbands from Dad's old underwear - just the waistbands, mind you. I guess that when his briefs wore out she would carefully snip off the elastic and save it to be used "someday."

    Not long after that, I was housesitting for someone and was doing a lot of yard work/brush removal, and those waistbands came in really handy. Cut apart and knotted together, they made the perfect "rope" to bundle cut branches and twigs together. So, I guess I'm like Mom too - I found a use for them instead of throwing them away!
    1861 days ago
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