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I usually hate to shop for clothes, too. So many more fun ways to spend money. I wear jeans and t-shirts or sweater with minimalist shoes like water shoes most of the time.
I have a few nice outfits but those are to please other people and only on special occasions. Working as a dog trainer I don't have to dress up for work, thank God.
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I hate to shop for clothes. Each time I do so, it is because I have reluctantly concluded that my existing wardrobe is inadequate and I need to buy something to fill a particular need.

Most recently, that's been a running wardrobe. The running wardrobe has been a lot of money. I don't want to gain weight and have this stuff not fit. Guess I need to control what I eat, and keep running.

Meanwhile, I'll use the loose fitting business casual shirts as long as I can get away with them, and get better fitting stuff as I see a need to have more shirts. Got the shopping for suits out of the way a few weeks ago. I think the situation is manageable now.

But having to shop for new clothes is definitely a downside to the process of achieving a healthy weight.


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11/6/11 8:28 A

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The world of shopping REALLY opens up to you once you can wear a "normal" size--I don't think that is fair, but it sure is true!! I LOVE to shop now--still find I am not used to the real new me-picked up a size 12 jeans I feared would be too small-instead they were far too big!! I am now entering month five of maintenance and wear a size 6--I started out with size 26/28 being too snug! This is one of the many reminders of how far I have come and how I will fight tooth and nail to NOT go back!! I feel too good and the rewards are too great!!!

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Well done everyone on your weight loss success and your ability to live with your new size!
I have been maintaining for a year and a half now, and am still getting use to the idea I fit a size small T Shirt and don't have to wear X L. I still am most comfortable in my baggy sweats, but do wear some black jeans that fit me on occasion. I am also venturing out in form fitting workout clothes whereas before it was baggy sweats and T's. It was also always black but I just recently wore a light grey Tech shirt and blue pants. I was the only one in my fitness classes not wearing black LOL. But I am finding those wick away clothes really do make working out way more comfortable. I feel light and quick on my feet and don't sweat buckets like I used to.
Here is to continuing to rock our healthy lifestyles!!

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I have gone from 24/26 (ten years ago) to several years at about 16/18 and NOW FINALLY at my goal weight pretty much an 8. I have had a blast wearing stuff I never thought I could wear before. I try on anything and everything in my size range. You never know what you can wear with a new body! When I was a teen and at the same weight, my hips were so much bigger than my waist, I had trouble finding things to fit... and we have much nicer bras now too! At 48 years old, I can finally for the FIRST TIME EVER feel good about how I look. I love it! I have my tight jeans and my loose jeans, form fitting snug skirts and looser ones. Nothing baggy because baggy does not feel good anymore. I worked hard and I WANT to look nice! I finally CARE about how I look. It is liberating I totally understand what you are saying CECE0330!

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11/1/11 12:43 P

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I've just recently started letting go of the "big" clothes. I still have a long way to go, though. I have this weird new relationship with clothes: I LOVE THEM! But that's mostly because I can dress with such freedom now! I don't have to worry about how I look from certain angles, or how something might fit when I sit down. I can just pick an outfit because I like the pieces! It's liberating!


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Just had to restate that I love the conversation going on. You all are are so great! Such a supportive group that can express their opinions without offending. Opinions welcomed here!

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Good for you Denise. I find a lot of people just don't want to get rid of "stuff" because they "may need it someday". That goes for clothes as well as weird kitchen equipment and office supplies. My hubby still has two closets full of suits that no longer fit, that he wore when he was working.....11 years ago. He can't bring himself to get rid of them because he "may want to wear one". He has worn a suit twice in the last 11 years, the same one each time. The one that fits. I am totally flummoxed at his attitude. Personally I LOVE to get rid of stuff! Just getting stuff out of the house makes me feel lighter.

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I'm looking at retiring sometime next spring and joining my husband on his long haul trucking job. We don't want to store a lot of stuff, so I'm downsizing, including my wardrobe. The first thing I got rid of was my fat clothes. Then I got rid of my dry clean only clothes. I still have a bunch to get rid of, but I don't want to do too much while I'm still working. I am enjoying paring down and am happy to be rid of my fat clothes!

I started SP at 138 lbs in October 2010. My goal weight was supposed to be 125, which I reached in January 2011. I have stayed at 125 (give or take a few pounds) ever since.


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9/9/11 1:34 P

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I know how you feel, you love your new body and want to show it off. Your hubby's coment was hurtful, but if he doesn't have a weight problem he doesn't understand where you are at. My hubby made the same comment to me.

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Did your local organic farmer give you advice on those squash?

hehehehe. Sorry, couldn't resist.
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Nell, I think you should let your husband do the choosing once in awhile.. Teenagers also usually hate to see adults dance or kiss, but I don't think they should be the final judge on those activities! But I"m just talking once in awhile. They're good guides most of the time!

Also, ladies, if you can cultivate a nice relationship with a hairdresser whose advice you respect, you can ask him/her for feedback on a couple of different looks. My hairdresser has such good taste but is not snobby at all, either. I've made him promise not to let me look like I am trying too hard to look young or sexy. It can be an advantage to have someone from outside your immediate circle.

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I love to sew and I have a collection of patterns of all sizes because I have 4 daughters (now all grown) and I used to sew for them. It thrills me to death that I just made myself a pair of shorts that are a size smaller than the last pair I made for myself. Of course, pattern sizes are all different, just like ready made clothes sizes are all different, depending on the brand and where they are made. I'm very grateful to have a husband who helps me pick out clothes that fit and look good on me.

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I rewarded my weight maintenance by shopping every Saturday after official weigh in. Most weeks I bought myself one new piece. After losing so much weight, I needed the new clothes. But I think the process of trying on lots of clothes and spending a lot of time shopping helped me to change my self-image and develop a new sense of style and clothing. I may not have got it all yet, but I've come a long way on learning what looks good on me.

At this weight I do have to be more careful not to dress too skimpy. That was never an issue when I was overweight. I have lots of sleeveless shirts and tank tops, but usually I get an overshirt that I can at least carry so if I feel exposed I can cover up. I live in central FL and it is hot.

Perhaps you need to reassure hubby that everything is okay so he'll relax!

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My guide to dressing is my kids. They would be horrified if I showed too much skin. I had implants installed 6 years ago and I still don't really show any cleavage because they would be embarrassed. They made me give up bikinis when they became teenagers. I don't even have to model stuff for them; I know. My youngest son's wife wears lowcut clothing, even 8 months pregnant, but he would be aghast if I did, even though hubby would love it.

My kids have been my reliable guides to right and wrong about most things. "What would my kids think?" is a never failing guide. I am so lucky to have great kids!

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9/8/11 2:56 P

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I'm glad to see so many comments. I do think the hubby has bouts of insecurity. However, it's his issue and I don't give him any reason for feeling insecure! My clothes are fitted, but not skin tight. I'll admit, I like having a waist and I wear clothes that show I now have one.

Keep it up all of you! We all are beautiful and should dress the way that makes us happy....without offending others. emoticon

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One of the best rewards for of losing weight is that
I really enjoy clothes again. I had to mostly replace
every thing in my closet. So I have a wonderful
new wardrobe that is so much fun to wear.

This new look also helps to keep me motivated to
maintain. I use to avoid mirrors; now I enjoy the
way I look every morning. I wear clothes that fit
comfortable not too tight and not loose. I really avoid
anything that looks baggy or large. I want to
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The weird thing about that is I remember thinking the chiffon was really pretty and wondering why the lady looked so sad, because I didn't think she looked fat. LOL

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yup, that's it!

Every day I am on the verge of making slight changes that would make all the difference in my life.

Don't make todays choices be tomorrows regret

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OMG I TOTALLY remember that ad!

It was a woman in a bunch of poufy pink chiffon in front of a full length mirror, I think.

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I also have lost over 100 lbs and now the pleasure is just going into my closet and grab anything. Clothes should fit, big and baggy was my way of trying to hide my body and I won't do that again. I remember a WW ad from years ago:

Billowing chiffon hiding rolls of fat

Every day I am on the verge of making slight changes that would make all the difference in my life.

Don't make todays choices be tomorrows regret

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Having lost 100+ pounds, my clothing journey has been, well, interesting, and has gone through stages.

Like most of the chronically overweight, I was able to do "closet shopping" at certain times, but I ended up having to get everything new, from underwear on up.....

I have always dressed modestly because of my faith, sleeves no higher than the elbow, skirts below the knee, nothing tight, so I have continued that.

But, I now have a nice waist (always did during my "thin" times) and I emphasize it ( and relatively flat tummy) by wearing my blouses tucked in whenever possible and using a belt with my skirts. I am still wearing some items that are too big and will gradually replace them. I had some good skirts taken in, it was less $ than buying new ones.

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I've been having an awesome time in the local thrift shops, trying all different styles, colors, textures, etc. If I don't like something then I just donate it back. Since it cost so little in the first place, I find the experimentation fun.

I've discovered that higher waists work better for me because of the extra skin that hangs just above my natural waist. And skirts no shorter than my knees because of the skin on my upper legs. With the right cut and color, things can be really flattering. It's amazing how much the shape of the clothes matters.

And yeah, there's definitely a way that things can be too loose and baggy and make me look bigger. I know that I wasn't hiding successfully inside my 4x stuff! LOL

Another thing that thrift store shopping does is immunize me against the idea that it's exciting to fit into "size 8" or whatever. Because the numbers on the labels are all over the place.

I have a pair of size 12 jeans that are pretty tight at the moment, while a pair that are labeled "8" are my bloat pants when I gain a little. It all depends on the manufacturer and what decade the clothes were made. Unlike the scale number, which is specific and precise, clothing size numbers really truly do mean nothing.

Edited by: 4A-HEALTHY-BMI at: 9/8/2011 (10:16)
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It has taken me a long time to become comfortable in clothes that fit. Somehow the "big and baggy" that I wore that I figured covered the gains and losses were still more comfortable. I bought a few things that fit better, and wore them to special occasions, or once in a while.

And a strange thing has happened over the course of the past year... I've gradually added more clothing that fits my new shape... and I'm finding myself slowly becoming more comfortable in them, ready to give up the big and baggy.

Guess I am slowly embracing my new body size.

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For me, the closer I am to my ideal shape (I am at goal weight) the less I care what I wear. Life's too short to worry about how we look much. emoticon

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So funny that the last poster said it take a friend who dresses as you like. I did that a couple of times and it has definitely made a difference. I'm not at goal but I think I look good. Even when I was heavier, I learned to choose clothes that flattered me. I have a decent waist, so tops that skim my waist look best. I avoid boxy jackets, sweaters or tops, except for school T-shirts. I figured out how to find some pants and skirts that allowed for nice movement, but weren't baggy. The wrong kind of baggy can make you look bigger. Some kinds of full clothes can look chic and comfortable. but I do tend to wear clothes that are not baggy.

I'm not sure what your husband meant, but I do know that we have a secretarial staff at my school that dresses a little floozy-like for work, though they are all nice people and do look good. But I often think, man, don't you ever wear anything a little loose?

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I wore baggy clothes when I was fat, thinking I was hiding in them or something. It took many years to get comfortable enough with clothes to be able to shop on my own. Clothes aren't supposed to be either loose or tight, just properly fitted, and everyone's shape is different. (I probably would have looked better as a fat person with well fitting clothes.) Take someone with you who dresses in a manner you like. She can help you. It will take a loooong time for your eyes to see what things really look like on you.

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I love to wear clothes that fit my new form. You might have a insecure husband. Ask him straight out if your new look makes him think you might look elsewhere or that he is worried that he might get jealous about other men might look at you.

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Before I lost my weight I wore big baggy t-shirts and pants. I'm sure I'm not the only one. Now I wear shirts that are a bit more "conforming." I ordered a medium t-shirt for a fundraiser event and it is HUGE on me. I made a comment to my husband to which he replied, "Not everything needs to be tight." Or something similar. It kind of made me mad. I'm not dressing like a hoochy mama, but I see no reason I should continue to wear big and baggy when I'm now maintaining. Thanks for listening. Anyone else have an comments or experiences to share?

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