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Mental Prep For Weight Loss: Get Rid of Clothes That Don't Fit!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

With the New Year approaching and all of us beginning to think of our fitness goals for 2014, many are targeting weight loss. I have a simple suggestion to get your mind in the right place to finally get smaller: Get rid of your clothes that are too small you've been keeping around as "motivation".

I know this seems counter-productive. Get rid of a motivator? Ummm.......... How's it worked for you, so far? In my experience, clothes that are too small just add to my guilt. And when I feel guilty, I want to eat. And when I over eat I don't lose weight.

If you can't bring yourself to get rid of them all together, pack them in a box and put them somewhere out of sight. Like a top shelf in your closet or the attic. I did this with a few pieces that I really loved and eight years later when I finally lost the weight (yeah, it took that long!) I got them out of storage and you know what? They were embarrassingly out of style. I was shocked at how tacky what I had idolized as "cute" was in present day. I was able to shorten hemlines to make three garments more current, but everything else went into the donation box.

You might want to keep one thing, tucked away where you can't see it, for comparison to your former small size once you get to goal. But everything else? Buh-bye.

Another, closely related tip: Buy clothes that fit NOW. I mean, truly fit. Not that are just a skoesh tight because "this time" you are finally lose the weight. But clothes that fit you right and make you feel as good about yourself as possible toDAY. Why? Because you'll be more likely to lose weight if you feel good about yourself, and it's hard to feel good about yourself when you also feel like a sausage.

So now you are thinking "If I buy clothes that fit and lose weight, I won't fit in them very long!" I hope you are right! It's not wasted money if it gets you moving in the right direction, is it? Plus, it's exciting to see the clothes you that used to fit get big. Really.

Likewise, get rid of your clothes that are way too big as you lose weight. I've found that people who keep their fat clothes around "just in case" always, and I mean ALWAYS, gain the weight back. It's like they have given themselves mental permission to regain and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Again, maybe keep one really ugly thing in your biggest size that you would NEVER want to wear again to compare your new, smaller frame to. But the cute stuff? Yep- donation box.

Consider it an investment. Why not give yourself every advantage to get into the best shape possible?
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JUSTFOXXY 1/2/2014 10:23AM

    You're on to me. I meant to do this before the new year and got lazy. I'm doing it today for sure. As for outdated outfits, I currently have a brown suede-looking suit with leopard trim. All I need is a furry hat and some platform shoes with fish tanks in the heels and I am well on my way to becoming pimptress of the year! I may just keep it for Halloween because I am too embarrassed to donate it. What if they trace it back to me?!?

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K-GETTING-FIT 12/27/2013 11:30AM

    Perfect timing for this post. I am working on this during my holiday time off, actually everything that is not for the here and now. It helps me to think about this when going through the clothes..."You deserve a nice new outfit when you get to where you want to be, not these ancient relics." Really even at the place I am at now, extra pudge or not. Frugal Kristin resists sometimes:) For the most part I am a fan of simplicity and believe we need the "space" for new things to enter our lives.

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FEARLESSNOW 12/26/2013 11:04PM

    Great tip! Thanks and Merry Christmas!

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BANKER-CHUCK 12/26/2013 1:25PM

    I like your idea. Once the old clothes are gone, your nw goal is to purchase new clothes that fit your new size. (up or down size)

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CHANTENAY 12/26/2013 1:19PM

    Oooooh, I've had a hard time doing this. Just what I needed to hear, literally. Thanks!

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CELIAMINER 12/26/2013 9:01AM

    Thanks for the reminder to keep cleaning out. I did keep my smaller clothes, and when I finally decided to wear them, like you, I found them out of date. Also, I found that even my smaller clothes were too big!

On the other end, I went through the process of getting rid of my too big clothes, except for one pair of size 20 pants as a reminder, but your blog made me remember that I stashed my really nice too big clothes in a different closet thinking I could sell them at a consignment shop. They are so outdated that ain't gonna happen, so time to let them go.

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LADYBIRD82 12/25/2013 9:08PM

    And if you buy something you really like and you lose more weight you can always take it to the Taylor. Trust me I have some suits that have been there two times. I don't have any big clothes left, so there is no turning back. I only want to go smaller not bigger.

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WORKNPROGRESS49 12/25/2013 8:51PM

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 12/25/2013 8:32PM

    Great advice!

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