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A Painful Reality Check

Monday, March 18, 2013

A couple of weeks ago I posted about "suddenly" not fitting into my jeans. It was kind of a rude awakening for me. I weigh myself frequently, so I knew that I had gained weight over the last two years. I'd also recently done my measurements and seen the effect of sliding away from regular weight training. But attempting to slip on those jeans was the first time I just hadn't been able to get something on.

When I first started losing my 100+ pounds in 2007 I had a practice of regularly trying on every item in my closet. Then, the process was a happy one. I'd go through every single item and gleefully toss out everything that had gotten too loose - determined not to keep them around. I didn't want the option of sliding into a larger size. I wanted gaining weight to be uncomfortable and costly.

Faced with that super-tight pair of jeans, I figured it was time to revisit that old practice. For several hours yesterday I tried on every item of clothing I owned piece by piece. Turns out that those jeans weren't the only items that had gotten snug.

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It was a sobering reality check, but it wasn't as bad as I feared. I had a couple of silk blouses that I could get away with, but weren't comfortable. All of my dresses and most of my pants (sans denim) fit. The areas where my wardrobe took a monster hit were in my suits and skirts. I have trouble fitting blazers anyway because I'm a bit busty, and so the weight gain made my buttons strain (though I could still fasten them). I also emoticon LOVE emoticon pencil skirts, and those puppies are absolutely unforgiving. All told, I probably had to pull around thirty items from my closet. I only have four or five shorter skirts left!

I'm going to go back to trying on clothes once a month to see how things fit. That, for me, is actually much more motivating than the number on the scale, though I think numbers matter. And I've put a moratorium on any shopping. No new clothes until I can comfortably fit into the ones I already own.

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    Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed reading this blog.

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    1644 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your experience!

    You can do it!!
    1645 days ago
  • JELLEN726
    you are so not alone in this! Same thing has happened to me :( BUT you are pushing forward. We can do it. Dang it denim and its unforgiving stretch! emoticon emoticon
    1645 days ago
    Wow...I don't think I could handle all that rejection from my clothes. I put on a ton of weight between October and November last year, and there are just some things I know are going to make me sad. I really admire you for being able to do it.
    1646 days ago
    Oh my gosssssshhhhhhhhh.

    Yeah, my jeans became tight, after getting looser and looser.
    1647 days ago
    Sometimes reality is the Rx we need. Great motivation idea.
    1647 days ago
  • PATTYR81
    I LOVE your ability to be honest. With yourself and with us.

    You are Well on your way!!

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    1647 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    I use my jeans too, if they get too tight I know I need to do something. emoticon
    1647 days ago
    As upsetting as it may be, I think this is a good habit to get into. For me, nothing gets me back on track quicker than my jeans getting too snug. It's hard to face reality sometimes, good for you!
    1647 days ago
    Good for you for taking the time to try on all the clothes like that. It is useful to know where we stand, isn't it?

    I'm sure that armed with this information, now, you will make better choices in the coming weeks to ensure you are once again able to fit into your clothes.

    I look forward to celebrating with you as you slowly are able to fit into some of them again!

    1647 days ago
    Jeans are the least forgiving of clothes, so it's definitely a good guage of how you are doing. I have a pair from my thinner days that are my "goal jeans". They are so out of style now I would never actually wear them, but I've been lugging those babies around for several years so so I can try them on every few months, LOL.

    The good thing is you're seeing what you need to do and doing it. You'll get back into those suits!
    1647 days ago
    I find that trying on my clothing puts me back in my reality and makes me check in.
    1647 days ago
    Good for you! If you aren't honest with yourself, you won't get anywhere...
    1647 days ago
    I agree with you. I have actually lost pounds,but my measurements have gotten bigger. I hate that which is why trying on clothes makes a difference.
    1647 days ago
    You will get back into them... With the good days coming up, it will be easier to stay on track. Go back to tracking and measuring what you eat. emoticon
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    1647 days ago
    emoticon I think you have to do what motivates you and this is what works for you!!!
    For me its putting on a swimsuit. Yes. its worse then naked.

    Do you journal your food?

    That always helps me keep in line. I also try to keep shopping to a no no, its easy to just buy other things that feel good.

    Good for you, this is just what you needed emoticon for knowing yourself so well!
    1647 days ago
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