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9/18/12 3:04 A

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The first time I lost the weight, I kept them all in the back of my closet. In about a year, they had all been brought to the front and put to good use again...
This time, I've got rid of everything! I only kept one long skirt which I had purchased at my heaviest ever! It serves as a reminder of where I once was and I don't ever want to be again.
I hope you do the right thing for yourself.
Congratulations on your weight loss!

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9/17/12 5:00 P

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I kept one pair of pants from my largest size and one top. Everything else was donated, consigned or trashed. Immediately. I would try everything on in my closet once a month, and get rid of anything that was too big along with anything that I no longer loved or was out of style. I wanted gaining weight (if it happened) to be painful and expensive.

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9/17/12 3:52 P

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Babarr, you can get bathing suits from Lands End's catalog anytime of year. They aren't the cheapest but they are wonderful!

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9/17/12 12:36 P

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I gave most of them away as soon as they were too big, but kept a few things when size didn't matter, like nightgowns. The funniest thing was when I put on my bathing suit. I never thought to buy another one since I hadn't been swimming in awhile. My "girls" immediately fell right through the brassiere as the suit was a 20 and I now wear a 10. I hope they have one on clearance bc I would like to take a trip this winter. Don't care where as long as it has water!

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I'm still struggling with giving away the clothes that are too big so I've enjoyed reading this discussion. I had no trouble giving away my professional clothing after I retired as I was losing weight - all of the size 14-20 things are gone. While sizes among clothing manufacturers do seem to vary quite a bit, I basically wear a 10 at 5'6", and I'm comfortable with that.

I have kept many of my larger sweats, jeans and shirts, and it's time to donate much of it. I've been maintaining for 5 months - originally I was going to give myself a year before weeding out more clothes but I've changed my mind. If it doesn't fit or I don't wear it, it goes!

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9/17/12 6:11 A

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I am lucky to be able to wear jeans and a t-shirt to work in the position I hold at the moment. I will, however, have to start dressing in my business casual clothing within the coming months. NOTHING in my closet fits me! That's good news because they are too big for me. I can salvage some of the items by taking them in/altering them. Shopping is fun, too, but I am notoriously cheap so I'll keep my eyes open for good sales. Spark on! Pat emoticon

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9/16/12 10:55 P

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I don't keep any "fat clothes", as anytime I decrease in size, the last one UP goes bye bye. What I do have, though, are my comfy sweat pants, which I wear when I can 'feel' the monthly bloat coming on and don't want to have that 'squeezed' effect happening.

In the past, I used to keep several fat clothes, cause I just never trusted myself to stay thin. But, now, I refuse to live thinking that way.




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9/16/12 11:08 A

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Nell: That is rather interesting. I do have size 6 up to I think even a size 10 that all fit decently in my jeans drawer. Found that rather strange, that there isn't a huge difference between the three sizes, but maybe the fact that I am rather short too, about 5' 3" makes a difference.

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9/16/12 10:46 A

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I do have a couple of sizes in my closet. Since I'm short, 3 pounds is a size. That's one really humid day of holding water, which will come off as soon as I am in air conditioning for one day. My sister is 5'10" and she can gain (or lose) 10 pound with no visible change. Those 3 pounds are more apparent with jeans than any other garment. My maintenance bounce is 3 pounds up or down, which for me is three separate sizes. Being short is a bummer.

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I didn't save any clothes when I lost the major weight (which was a long time ago) and I have continued that policy now that I sometimes gain a little and then lose it (which is what I call maintenance). I toss or donate any clothes that are too big for me. Leaving them in the closet is a time bomb.

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Because I buy my clothes at thrift shops, it isn't so painful getting rid of them. You can get pretty nice things sometimes. The outfit I wore on TODAY came from Salvation Army! LOL

I like that I have a huge choice for colors, textures, styles, etc. and because the items are from a wide range of decades and labels, it also immunizes me from fixating on the idea that I'm a certain "size." (women's clothing "sizes" are all over the place and therefore complete nonsense)

The only way to find out if something fits and is flattering is to try it on. This has also helped with my body dysmorphia. :-)

And yes everything has been donated back to the charity thrift store except my one pair of 'fat pants' that I like to wear with my sister. ;-)

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9/16/12 6:32 A

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each time i put something on, look in the mirror, and take it off again - it goes in the give away pile. unfortunately, i've had to start adding new things i bought in may when i was 10 lbs down, and thought i was just about goal (i since lost another 10 which i never thought would happen). even a pair of "skinny" jeans i bought in july start sliding down now.

i'm nervous about getting rid of the fat clothes too, but do want to be committed to the new size. and the pile of clothes to give away keeps growing...

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Thank you, everyone, for all the advice and stories!

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As ea. season comes, I try on. If it fits, I keep it, if it's big I get rid of it. I got rid of brand new clothes that were either never worn or worn just a couple of times. I did have my favorite clothes, but now I'm buying new, much smaller favorite clothes. I also find that buying clothes that fit you properly make you look much thinner. No more baggy clothes to try and hide the fat for me. I have saved 1 pr of pants as a reminder of where I was and where I'm never going to be again! I try them on periodically and it just amazes me at how big I actually was.

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I gave them right away! To my sister! I was so excited to be able to fit into smaller sizes and shop in the regular section of stores, I couldn't wait to give them away! emoticon

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Suzymobile, I know what you mean. I had a pair of jeans that were size 4. I loved that I could wear them but for about two years they wouldn't zip. Incidentally, my husband hated them because I was too thin when I wore them (I'm 5'10"). I finally donated them and it's the best thing I have done, other than donating my too big clothing! :)

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It was hard for me to get rid of some things. One dress in particular I only wore once or twice and I LOVED it, but I had to admit that it was way too big and didn't look good any more. I also like the commitment to the new size. If something is too lose I feel like I expand to fit it. If my skinny jeans are getting too tight, that's a warning. Not going back! emoticon

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My problem is getting rid of the too-skinny clothes that I got when I was at an extremely low BMI. I still feel guilty that I can't fit into some of them, yet I know that I'm really just fine the way I am and couldn't realistically maintain at that level. I consider it a big accomplishment to acknowledge that something is never going to fit me again, and that that's really okay.

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I got rid of my "fat clothes" as soon as I could. I mailed them to my niece who was losing weight along with me, but was about 20 pounds behind me. I love shopping for new clothes now, and I have no plans to go back to my old weight.

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I had kept all my "small" clothes, some for decades, and I was glad for that as I started to shrink, but some were indeed hopelessly out of date. Eventually I got rid of all but one pair of size 20W pants to remind me where I came from on this journey.

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The sooner the better. Give them away. As they
say cut the cord. Do not look back. One of the
best motivators I have is the commitment I have
made to size 4. I do have a few sixes remaining.
I have even given most of them away.

I have found it is really hard to let go of clothes
you really have loved wearing, but even those
are best moved on so that someone else can
enjoy them. In the meantime I savor my new looks.

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I got rid of anything that didn't fit!! Some I gave to a local shelter, some (my favorites) I took to Texas when I visited my family (since I have two sisters and many nieces and great nieces there everything was bound to fit someone!!) Its very nice to be able to pull out anything in the closet and know it will fit!!

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After I lost 100 pounds I started to get rid of my old clothes. I have gone through about half of them. I still wear the skorts I wore when I was fat. They have elastic weights and were more short than skort at my heaviest (they were bought when I weighed 30 pounds less than my heaviest. Now they are more skirt than skort but they got me through the summer for when I wanted to be more dressed up than jeans shorts but not dressed up in a dress. I expect that next summer they will go too. As we move back into winter I will get rid of most of my long sleeve clothes. I intend to hold on to my newish winter coat even though it is a 2X because it still looks fine. It all depends on what stuff looks like on.

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I like floaty tops and fitted bottoms - so I got rid of my pants when they fell down. Seriously.

Eventually the floaty tops were falling off my shoulders, so I got rid of those too. And I discovered that a top that fits makes me look smaller. (surprise!)

Anyway, I've been about the same size/weight for 4 years, so now I have NO clothes that are too big. I refuse to go back to size 20/22. Just refuse.

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Within a year of getting to goal I gave away most of the large clothes. Still find the occasional shirt that is too big ... Just took another in to work the other day. We have a clothing bank so if a friend doesn't want it, I just put it with that. Not going back!

I HATE any pants that actually hug my waist ... Low to mid rise is great! When I sit all day at work I still hate pants that cut in to my tummy! Better they hug my hip bones! Finding pants that are long enough is more my challenge!

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I've gotten rid of all "fat" clothes, but still have my wedding dress from 1950 and wore it on my 60th wedding anniversary. I also have a plaid pleated reversible skirt from college days that I plan to wear this winter. I've seen styles come and go and some that I wore years ago are coming back. I weigh less now than I did when I was in my teens and thanks to Sparkpeople have stayed at or near goal for 5 years now.

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I didn't toss my clothes right away. It was gradual simply because I didn't want to buy a lot of in between sizes. I still have a lot of medium size shirts (I am a small now) but no longer have larger sizes. I have quite a few size 6 pants still ( I am a 4 now). I won't be tossing the 6 because I might still need those some day.

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Another reminder which we have discussed on other threads: as you lose weight, be sure to get re-fitted for bras. A good, well fitted bra makes you look and feel better. We all concentrate on our hips and waists, and forget the bra. They call it a "foundation" for a reason. When your bra fits, you feel better all over.

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MJZHERE: We must be living parallel lives.
You said,
"(has anyone noticed with the new stretchy things, even jeans, you can be a whole 25 lbs different and still "fit" in them)"

That was exactly my problem and one reason I wasn't really concerned about weight gain for 20+ years. Plus, when looking for new clothes, I wore the same size as in HS even though my waist and hips were each 6 inches bigger. The clothing industry's sizing creep sure didn't do me any favors.

Like you, I also keep the more expensive stuff around even if it's big on me. But, my fat shorts from WalMart are long gone. I bought new underwear too :)

Of course, being retired I have less need of an extensive wardrobe. If I still had to work and look professional, I'd probably toss all the old stuff.

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Got rid of them! I wanted to give myself as much incentive as possible not to regain all the weight I've lost, so that meant clearing out my big clothes. I gave most of them to charity and tossed the things that weren't in good enough condition to pass on. Thankfully I didn't do the same thing with my skinny clothes. I had so many barely worn clothes to look forward to getting back into as I lost weight. Only a few were styles that don't suit me any more, so the only things I've bought are some basics, a few trendy pieces and odds and ends to round out my wardrobe.

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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Skirnir: I have short legs, smaller waist and jeans have been a problem. Very surprised but I found some that work great - they are from the men's dept. Midrise. They look good and fit great - no gap and comfortable. Looked on internet on how to dress for hourglass figure and it says midrise (these aren't too low but not totally up to waist either).

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I think finding jeans that fit is the hardest piece of clothing to find. The fit has to be perfect in every dimension and every body is so different. Gap is the only jean that fits me. At least for now. They change their fits every year, I think.

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I also slowly got rid of my too large clothing, as I replaced them with stuff that fits. I am just now starting to become a tad more adventurous and not wearing quite such loose fitting clothing as I used to do. I am nearing 2 years at maintenance, so yes, it has taken me awhile to wear more fitted clothing. But I don't own a lot of it yet. I think I am up to enough jeans and short sleeve shirts, and one dress, one casual dress and that is about it. I don't have a swimsuit yet, or shorts, etc. So still need to buy more clothing that actually fits. Someday I want to find a black dress that makes my hubby go wow that I am still comfortable wearing out of the house. Yes, I am still a conservative dresser, but trying to wear things that do show off that I have a waist now. And I can't stand low rise jeans. I like sits at waist, otherwise I get gaps in strange places and right now most of my jeans can only be worn with a belt, at least that is how I am comfortable wearing them. So someday I want a proper fitting pair of jeans, but haven't found them yet. My hips are rather large with a bit of a smaller waist and I have rather short legs and like sits at waist jeans which is harder to find now.

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NellJones: So I started with what I thought would be easy - padded shoulders, out of style, gone. Then I saw the fall magazines - padded shoulders! Look at this from vogue site:
"The china-patterned prints on silk dresses and shirts, and the ribbed, padded shoulders, elbow patches, sexy leather pencil skirts, and shaggy Mongolian lapels, which bookend Preen’s pre-fall line." Like my mom use to always say - hold onto it long enough, it will come back around in fashion.

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One of the things that happens when you stay at goal a long time is that styles change. That's style in terms of what everyone is wearing, and styles that are appropriate for an increasing age. I was fat 42 years ago. Those clothes are long gone. Like many, I have to make the effort to get rid of clothes that still fit but are out of style: big shoulders, long jackets. Some are easy to get rid of, like Mom jeans. I LOVE the current style of waists that are actually below the waist.



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MJZHERE Posts: 632
9/15/12 2:41 P

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I just found these links on another post - easy way to altar clothes. Checked out the first video - I am definitely going to try this:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKhSYyi8jCg easy shirt/blouse

www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8si0c4Oogk bottom area of pants
www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIX3PAJDRQ8&feat
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASz4ET29pzE&feat
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e=related bring in the waist of a skirt (use two in front, two in back - measure old - new waist and divide by four)

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9/15/12 2:37 P

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I get rid of them. That way I am forced to stay within a five pounds range of my goal weight.

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MJZHERE Posts: 632
9/15/12 2:20 P

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Confession time - I have soooo many clothes in soooo many sizes - almost all given to me at one time or another. And I have fit in all those different sizes at different times (has anyone noticed with the new stretchy things, even jeans, you can be a whole 25 lbs different and still "fit" in them). Next confession - lots don't look good on me and never did. But they were free! and many of them are expensive too! Several years back (at about 10 lbs more than current weight) a friend feeling sorry for my husband wanted to get me on some show where they come and get rid of alllllll your clothes and get you new ones. Most of my "expensive" clothes were larger sizes and I wore them hanging on me. I talked her into waiting, because of course, I was on a diet! Never being happy with my size, I usually tried to hide. But one time I saw pictures of myself at a much thinner, much younger, clothes fit day and decided if I ever got to that weight again, I would say to myself I look good no matter what my mind says. So I am at that weight, working at seeing the whole and not the parts, and trying to remember to say I look good (though I feel strong and painfree has become so much more an incentive). Well, the clothes have been leaving (and guess what, I have been given clothes in my size now - maybe not all exactly my colors but they are expensive and I am sooo appreciative). It is a little scary - I keep telling my dh what if I go back to that size (even for the most part I never was that size). Part of my goal is trying also to have less and live for now and not for tomorrows whatifs.

Onekidsmom- just saw the "sloppybig!" It is really hard to give this up. I have even thought of having someone help me shop - because what supposedly fits feels wrong! Its like I don't know how to dress this body (and maybe never did so much easier to just throw something on). But I read a book recommended here (will find title later) and in one part, she talks about the dressing issue and how when she finally changed her attitude and dress, it made a huge difference. So I am trying...

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9/15/12 2:06 P

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I have got rid of mine gradually, over time, as I acquired replacement outfits. It took me a while to adjust to what my new size WAS, and I was more comfortable at first wearing "sloppy big".

I still have a couple of old "comfort" shirts left, but I got rid of everything that "wasn't me" anymore. Some of them were really nice, too... hopefully someone can use them as work clothes in a professional environment... I dontate them, of course!



Edited by: ONEKIDSMOM at: 9/15/2012 (14:07)
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9/15/12 2:00 P

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So when did you get rid of the clothes that are too big? Right away? Or did you stash them in a closet "just in case"? I'm nervous about giving them away, but I'm also convinced that keeping them will increase the likelihood that I actually use them. All advice appreciated!

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