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8/15/13 10:59 A

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It's tempting to say, "ditch those clothes," but the truth is, I don't ditch much of anything (yeah, I should be on a TV show).

I like to shop at Salvation Army (the closest second hand store). I would donate the still-wearable clothing that doesn't fit, if I could ever remember to take them (I think reusable shopping bags are in the same part of my brain - something I intend to do but remember once I'm in the store).

I also shop at places such as Walmart (which I know isn't everyone's favorite store). I look for good bargains on clothes that could potentially get torn or stained. Usually, my "look" runs from casual to "business casual." I don't often have a need to dress for, say, a courtroom.

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8/12/13 1:58 P

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I used to save my cltohes but I've been donating them to Good Will. AS a whole my habits used to be to save things but I've gotten a lot better; I hate the clutter

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8/11/13 10:09 P

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Keeping one or two items as a "remember when" that I never want to go back to is ok with me...the rest left my house!

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8/11/13 8:23 P

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I like to give my old clothes to charities. Most of the time they do not fit me anymore. I am getting thinner. The best news yet. I need to buy a pair of jeans because all the old ones do not fit me. Linda from bean town

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8/11/13 1:50 P

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I say ditch them. I kept a pair of jeans for years and finally got rid of them. THEN, I lost weight! They would have been too big for me now, anyway.

I think holding on to clothes makes us focus too much on size and not progress. We get frustrated because we aren't losing fast enough and many then revert back to old ways.

Besides, I loved shopping for new clothes. I'm frugal when it comes to clothes, but I love shopping the thrift stores. I get name brands for little to nothing. To me it's worth it. Besides, my "bigger clothes" may be someone else's size as they continue to get healthier!

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8/11/13 11:28 A

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A garment that is too big can always be taken in. I knew a woman who used to shop for super designer bargains and didn't care about the size. One of her finds was a new Valentino in a size 16 for $200. She was a size 8, so she paid a seamstress a couple hundred to remake it. It looked fabulous on her. Imagine a $5000 dress for $300! Would it be worth it? Now that we are retired I don't need to go to all the balls and parties we used to have to attend, and I got rid of all that fol-de-rol, but it's worth considering for really good clothing.

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I have some beautiful clothes that I use to wear to work as an accountant. They are size 14. I went up in size and now after losing the weight they are now too big. I get depressed when I think of the hundreds of dollars those clothes cost me. When I went on disability I had no use for them and they sat in the closet. I really forgot about them until I went looking for something to wear to a funeral last week. I will probably donate them to Big Brothers Big Sisters. They have a shop called Saver's. That is where I bought my clothes as I was losing weight and didn't want to spend lots of money for things I would wear only for a few months. By holding onto them, it is like giving yourself permission to fit into them again.

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8/11/13 10:43 A

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I would keep the clothes. In the past year I have donated bags of clothes that were way too big...never want to reach that size again. However, I did keep the clothes that are 1 size bigger than what I am presently wearing.....

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8/11/13 9:18 A

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My dh won't let me keep anything that doesn't fit. If I try it on and it doesn't fit, it's gone!

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8/11/13 8:32 A

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Love "Dress the body you have." it took me a long time to do just this I was wearing my way to big clothes because I wasn't sure of how much more I was going to lose no one could see how much I really did lose until this summer ditch all the big clothes In part I was uncomfortable with the attention I knew it would bring.

Nell I'm with you just because it fits doesn't mean we should be wearing it I see to many women how look like they raided their grand daughters closet for something ot wear.

Savannah Have fun with the body you now how I am finding it makes me feel so much better about myself now that I started wearing the correct size

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8/11/13 8:12 A

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One of the things that happens when you are at goal for a very long time is that you'll find clothes in your closet that are woefully out of date. Just a couple of years ago I got rid of the long jackets with giant shoulder pads. They still fit, but........ I have also found that clothes that still fit in one place may not fit in another. I may weigh the same (or less) but my body proportions just aren't what they were 30 or 40 years ago. Which is OK, because one of my pet bug-a-boos is seeing women my age trying to wear "young" clothes, even if they fit. It looks ridiculous.

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8/11/13 8:05 A

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As you loose, get rid of the bigger clothes. It's too easy to "move back into them"!!

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8/11/13 7:52 A

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I would rather have a few things that fit than a closet full of "ranges." So I toss what doesn't fit.

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8/11/13 7:15 A

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"Dress the body you have."

Excellent way of putting it.

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8/11/13 6:35 A

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If you plan to drop the 15 lbs within the next year, keep your smaller clothes. If you want to cull, get rid of anything that's not a classic or that you don't particularly like. But for sure, dress the body you have because the world isn't all about what size you are wearing but how confidently you live in it.

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8/11/13 6:25 A

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I put aside most of my big clothes for selling or donating because when I wear them, I look like the "before" picture!

Some of them I took in to fit me now, which saved me countless dollars. It's amazing what you can do to turn a size 16 into a 10.

On the other hand, I'm glad I kept some of my size 10 clothes from 10 years ago because now they fit me and I feel 10 years younger!

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8/11/13 2:37 A

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I used to ditch all of the clothes that I had that didn't fit (regardless of whether they were too big or too small) every spring and fall. I don't think that I will be as extreme this time. I plan to keep a couple of pairs of larger jeans and some tops that I really like. It doesn't provide incentive or lack of incentive for me to do either.

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8/11/13 1:46 A

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I would keep what you really like, but until you are at your goal weight only buy clothes at the thriftstore.
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8/11/13 12:46 A

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Ditch!

Update! NO MORE Wiggle room on my weight! Still figuring out how to keep balance and stay in charge. Staying active but could step it up again.

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8/10/13 11:13 P

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DITCH!!

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8/10/13 10:25 P

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I ditch but keep a few for knock around the house I'm still holding & wearing clothes 1 size to big just more comfortable for me at work It's really you own call you could try a consignment shop to buy clothes to fit you can get pretty good stuff there

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8/10/13 9:32 P

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Ok I get it. But my answer is different. I would NOT be buying new clothes. I would continue to wear as many of the skinny clothes as I can. I would only buy what was necessary. It depends on how serious you are about losing the new weight again and why you gained it. If you are likely to get back down within the next 6-9 months then great. If you are likely to stay wear you are then buy new clothes. If you never plan to get that low again then donate them, there is no reason to keep them.

Sorry for the confusion. Pam

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8/10/13 9:08 P

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I know how you feel. I was maintaining my weight loss and got rid of almost all of my clothes from when I was heavier. I kept two pairs of shorts and a pair of pajama pants to sleep in and got rid of everything else. I had maintained my weight from 2009 to 2012, so I should have been fine at that point, right?

From December to February (8 weeks) I gained 30 pounds due to what I found out was hypothyroidism. I was still active, eating healthy, etc. but the weight piled on anyway. I have not gotten rid of the clothes I wore, though. I have boxes of clothes in the top of my closet, mostly size 4 with a few size 6. I am currently wearing a 10 in most things, with a few smaller or larger. I do plan to get back into those clothes COMFORTABLY and don't intend to have to purchase another full wardrobe WHEN I get back to my goal size (regardless of weight, as that can fluctuate at the same size).

Not sure if I will keep the larger things this time around. Maybe a few pieces that I really like.

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I have taken a store full of clothes to Salvation Army in the past year. In fact last week a took a 44 gallon trash bag full of clothes. I can actually see what is in my closet and dresser now!

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8/10/13 8:31 P

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I have the same understanding as Pam. The theory is that if you get rid of your fat clothes as you lose, you'll have an extra incentive to stay at your goal. You do have to buy something to fit now, so this is the question you'll be asking yourself when you are back in your 160 clothes. Closets are a lot bigger than they used to be (or they are in new houses; my closets are 1971 size) so storage might not be the issue it used to be.

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Um, I think there might be a misunderstanding. My low weight is 160.. so they are my "skinny" clothes. I actually am starting to buy a thing here or there to wear now at 175.

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8/10/13 8:23 P

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Ditch! I used to always have my "fat" clothes and my "skinny" clothes. I actually had clothes from size 10-22. I also allowed my weight to go up and down. If you are serious about losing weight and maintaining your weight lose then why keep the clothes.

If you didn't have the old clothes would you have allowed yourself to gain 15 lbs? Would have you turned it around because you started to get uncomfortable and had no clothes to go back to?

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When one loses weight, people say get rid of the clothes so you don't have them to fit back in to. But, what about the opposite? I have gained 15 pounds in the last year and every time I try on clothes from when I was 160, I don't feel GOOD. So, do I get rid of the clothes and WHEN I do lose the weight, buy new clothes? It's not like I made of money. On the other hand, I could use the money to buy clothes that fit me NOW and make me feel GOOD now.

What do you think? Ditch or keep the clothes?

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