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(cont.)To Get Rid of Big Clothes or Not? 2

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Several of you have mentioned the cost of the bigger clothes will keep me from gaining the weight again. When it happens slowly, I'm not sure it will. Has anyone gotten rid of them, and then had a period of several years pass and not had to buy new ones? Did it help you with maintenance? Or did having to put back on old clothes make you want to lose the weight and maintain sooner?

I also am thinking about how the emotional impact of losing one of my family may have contributed to me comforting myself with food. KAT-RBLWTHACAUS has a point. Perhaps I do have some attachment to the weight. Maybe it's the comfort food brings during times of stress, boredom, and the disappointment when my life didn't change because I lost the weight.

I don't think of the clothes as being a security blanket as LUCKY8GAL mentioned, but maybe I would if I kept them this time. I think of them as going back to the old me, instead of going out and buying new ones. Lots to think about. Thanks for posting these ideas everyone.
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  • ADELE66
    I've lost a large amount of weight twice before, and I got rid of the clothes both times. Yes, I could have done with not having to buy new ones again, but I have no regrets at all.

    On this third time around, I continued to get rid of all the big clothes, even though I know of the risk. It does no good to have the mindset that this is not a permanent change. It's essential to think positively. Give the clothes away. Don't hang on to the past.

    2881 days ago
    I have consistently gotten rid of my bigger clothes as I lost weight. The only thing I have right now is 1 size up in some of the more expensive clothes I bought. I say get rid of them! You/me are not going to gain the weight back this time! We have a whole community to help us on this healthy lifestyle journey. Think of it as a lifetime journey and there's no going back. I'm too happy at the weight I am now. I really think I've learned a lot of lessons on SP and through MRC. This is the last time on the yo-yo.

    Have a great first day of the rest of your life!!!! Terry
    2881 days ago
    I was watching Dr. Oz the other day and one of his hints to help with weight loss was to get rid of all your bigger clothes. I had clothes still in my clothes from when I was wearing 22/24 pants. I took out all the 22/24s, all the 20s and all the 18s that were in pants. I took out a bunch of 22/24 shirts but the ones I really, really love I kept. I'm probably in a 16/18 shirt now but some of the shirts I'm still in love with and couldn't bear to part with. If I get to the point where I can wear a 14 shirt, then I will give my shirts I love to my best friend. That way I can still see them That sounds silly doesn't it? Anyway, I realized all the bigger clothes were taking up so much room in my closet and all the excess was making a mess of my room cause they were piling everywhere. Now, I have a nice organized closet (by color no less!) and my room looks so nice now. Now that all my bigger sized pants are gone, I am so anal about having to buy clothes that if I have any way in it, I will never go back to that size. I know how anal I am about the scale, if it goes up, I start eating better again so I'm sure if my clothes start feeling tight, I'll get going again. I will never buy that size again.
    2881 days ago
    Just to make things difficult (I hope not, though), I lost 45 pounds and got rid of my too-big clothes as I moved into smaller sizes...then managed to gain the weight back in essentially 4 months...and had no clothes (hello, Salvation Army & Goodwill). I had hoped that having to buy new clothes would be motivating, but not so much.

    There is no magic bullet....

    2882 days ago
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