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Got rid of my fat clothes

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

In January of this year, I was wearing sizes 16W, 18, 1x or 2x. I had one size 14 suit that did not fit. Today, that size 14 suit is the largest size in my mostly size 12 wardrobe.

When I inventoried my wardrobe for the fall season, I tried on just about everything. Most of my clothes from last year were way too big so I folded them up and put them away. They stayed there for nearly two months.

Finally, last weekend I sold some through consignment and donated the rest to the Salvation Army.

I'm nervous about my decision because now I feel like I'm working this program without a safety net. So many times I've relapsed and gained weight. This time, if I do, I would have to spend hundreds of dollars to replace all those clothes I got rid of. The thought of having to do that is anxiety-provoking.

I'm also struggling to rebuild my wardrobe. I've gone on multiple shopping expeditions, so I have several basic outfits, but I still have major holes in my wardrobe. For example, the winter coat I bought new last year is a size 2x. I tried it on and it was a joke. So I don't have a decent looking coat and it's getting cold. Stuff like that.

I don't know where talking about this gets me, but my intention is to document where my head is at during each phase of this marathon. I plan to revisit some of my favorite consignment stores next month or find a good coat sale, so I won't have to wear a coat I'm swimming in.

Onward and downward
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    Good for you! You don't need a safety net, you are not looking for the weight to return!
    just a little tip for new clothes--thrift stores--consignment shops--I have found really great clothes for small prices.
    2019 days ago
  • SUNSET09
    emoticon emoticon You have accomplished so much and there is no going back! Good going in getting rid of those fat clothes as they will handicap you. So long as you have them, there’s always that cushion which you no longer need. I would shop at the Goodwill’s until I was comfortable as purchasing clothes can get a bit pricey. The way you’d doing it, those consignments made buying new clothes just a little bit lighter! Enjoy the new you and keep on, keeping on! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2020 days ago
    I have been culling my clothes as I go along. I have a friend that is one size bigger than me. She started on a lifestyle change at about the same time as me. She has been one size behind me the entire time. So, she is constantly hounding me for my too big clothes. emoticon I have one pair of pants and one top from each size. Just in case. I don't intend to need them again, but I need that safety net right now. I have been going to resale shops that benefit a woman's domestic violence shelter. I have gotten new items with tags still attached for a really good price. And the sales benefit a good cause. Congratulations on having this problem!
    2020 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/10/2012 9:51:39 PM
    That's great you have all that room for flattering new clothes! I tend to buy on clearance, I found some great stuff last month, while it was still hot, for this season. Fashion bug is closing at the end of the year, so you might be able to find some great deals there.

    I understand the coat thing, this week it got cold enough to have to put it on. Fortunately it has strings to cinch the waist in so it fits ok, but it definitely makes me look like that xxl woman I was last year. Maybe that will be next year's gift to me, probably at the end of this season when they're on clearance.

    I have only been buying one pair of jeans per size and won't get a second pair of the same size until I'm in the size I want to be, it's just too much cost to spend on pants for me, especially when I'm going through a size every few months.
    2020 days ago
    It gets better. The most frustrating part of losing weight for me was having to go shop for clothes. I hate that. Then came the get rid of the fat clothes thing, driven by running out of storage space for clothing. I'm not totally done with that phase, but I have enough storage. For now.

    I still have my fat suits. They don't take up a lot of room, and I can't see anyone buying a suit secondhand anyway. Perhaps the fattest of them will be used for a documentary picture some day; at one point that suit was a tight fit.

    Anyway, that's the way I did it. First, get the wardrobe of clothes that fits. Then, get rid of the stuff I never wear because it no longer fits and takes up too much space. That worked for me, but it's okay if some other pattern works best for you. One size does not fit all.
    2021 days ago
    emoticon Making that step is hard, but so worthwhile. I got rid of my 3X and 26/28's this summer and am now buying only things I love.
    Spark On! We Got This! emoticon
    2021 days ago
    It is scary to give away the clothes but it keeps you mindful of your body all the time. I also began going to a tailor. For 15 bucks a piec I can get my slacks taken in instead of buying new ones all the time. Only good for going down two sizes but it buys you time especially for your more expensive pieces.
    2021 days ago
    2021 days ago
    Selling and donating clothes too big is a good positive step.
    It helps recognizing your new body shape, and to maintain it.
    And now you have plenty of room for the clothes that fit you!

    I did it a couple of months ago too,
    and didn't regret it.
    2021 days ago
  • LYNSEY723
    emoticon on getting rid of your old clothes!!! It is a good feeling, as terrifing as it is! I'm sure you will find a great new coat for this winter. And you will fill those holes in your wardrobe! When I was first starting this journey I bought (2) pairs of my favorite pants while they were on sale. One the size that fit, one a size too small. That way I would have something to "shrink" into. Now those are falling off of me too but I don't want to spend more money on clothes until I reach my goal!

    Ahhh... the challenges of weight loss! emoticon

    Keep up the awesome work!
    2021 days ago
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