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My "new" wardrobe!

Monday, November 26, 2012

I used to have a really bad habit. I would buy clothes that are too small for me. For the past twelve years or so, my weight has fluctuated within a range of about 20 pounds. There have been a couple of times when my weight briefly went up higher than that, but for the most part it's been within those 20 pounds. That means that I have a stockpile of clothes (we're talking about sixty or so articles of clothing) in various sizes from the times when I've been at either end of that range.

I have a love/hate relationship with clothes shopping. For years I've been a size 14 at shops like Old Navy but I've had a really hard time finding things that fit in other boutique style stores. I tried plus size shops but everything was just a little too big for me. I was hovering in a place between regular size and plus size. The result of this is that I would buy things that were too tight and tell myself that it would fit perfectly if I could just lose 5 or 10 pounds. I have also bought things based on the size on the label without even trying them on. They went straight into storage with the tags still attached.

That pile of clothes has been growing over the years. I ignored it when I was heavier and I obsessed over it when I started to lose weight. I am now at my lowest weight in eight years. Almost everything in my "too small" stockpile now fits! Some of it is even getting too loose! Luckily I'm not a trendy person, so just about everything is still stylish enough to wear in public too!

The thing that has surprised me the most is that the clothes that I thought would fit after a 5 or 10 pound loss did not fit properly until I lost 20 to 25 pounds. Another surprising thing is the huge range of sizes that fit me. I can wear a size 10 from Old Navy now, but some of my size 13 clothes are still a bit tight. I have tops that range in size from medium to extra large. They all fit properly. I think I have finally realized that the size on the tag is just a rough guide and I need to stop getting hung up on it. I am tempted to go shopping now, but I'm doing my best to convince myself that I need to stop guessing what size I'll be when I reach my goal weight. Perhaps it's time to get my husband to hide my credit card!

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    this is so much fun to find "new presents " that are actually old and been in your closet for years !! ANd best of all ....... THEY'RE FREE !! I did this also this fall and summer! It also amazed me how that some clothes actually looked better after I lost 20 pounds or so ......LOL !!

    congrats on your weight loss !!
    2272 days ago
    emoticon on your success and your new wardrobe! emoticon I have that same stockpiles too and hopefully one day soon it'll all fit too.
    2275 days ago
    That is SO awesome! SO proud of you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2275 days ago
    I have one of those stockpiles that I hope to fit one day too!! You are doing fantastic!! emoticon emoticon
    2276 days ago
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    emoticon That is so awesome! But I know exactly how you feel. I have TONS of clothes that in various sizes. Some fit and some don't. It really is motivating to be able to wear them and feel good about it.

    Idk what it is about Old Navy jeans but they are by far my favorite kind of jean...the Sweet heart line in particular :D

    2276 days ago
    yes!! I have a range, even at right at 40lbs lost of 24=20 .. depending on the person who made it :) I did, however, gauge my loss as to "when I can fit these pants then..." and this weekend, even after stuffing my belly, I fit those pants :) i better find a new pair that is just under where I am... to "fit into".. LOL CONGRATS ON WEIGHT LOSS!
    2276 days ago
    emoticon Your doing GREAT emoticon
    2276 days ago
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