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Too big for my britches?

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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This morning, the pants I had laid out last night to wear to work this morning were a bit too wrinkled for my liking. Hesitantly, I pulled an older pair of size 14 khakis out of the closet. They were so unwrinkled and crisp from hanging unloved in the closet for almost 2 years. I had prolonged trying these on because I HATE the disappointment of not fitting into something I want to fit into. And miracle of all miracles they fit! Don't get me wrong, they aren't loose but they don't fit too tightly or indecently. They are a *tiny* bit snug in the waist where my pooch sticks out a bit...if I were on the gaining weight side of things, I'd be telling myself "Girl, you better do something before you have to go a size up."

This pleases me greatly. I have to go to Madison WI on Monday for a conference and I have been thinking about my clothes options. All of my current 1x and size 16 clothes are hanging on me and don't look the greatest anymore but I really don't want to buy new clothes for what I believe will be an intermediate size during my weight loss efforts. I would consider that a loss of money for no good reason. Now I know I have at least two pairs of pants now for myself that don't fit too bad! Now I can dress professionally without looking loosey goosey! Hooray! Now I just need to evaluate my shirts...current shirts are very wide in the shoulders. Not sure what's hiding in the recesses of the closet waiting for my discovery but you can bet I will be finding out in the next few days!

My question to those who want to play along:

Do you keep a piece of clothing that you have saved for yourself from either your skinnier days or purchased as a motivation to get back in shape?

For me it's a pair of size 10 black Calvin Klein Jeans that I've held onto for YEARS. I can't wait until I can fit back into those babies :)

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    Congratulations on the "new" clothes!! That is AWESOME!! It must feel so good! emoticon

    I have a few things that are a couple of sizes down (tried on one last week - a bit too tight across the chest still) but I don't have anything from my goal weight size - it was a long time ago. For years I kept one dress that was gorgeous but I finally gave it away - it would be too "young" for me now anyway, not really my style any more. Guess it would be nice to fit into my wedding dress again, temporarily at least, on the way down!
    1937 days ago
    I had a pair of leather size 2 pants I bought during my Great Slim Down when I was in my early 20's, but since I sincerely doubt that I will ever be that size again, I gave them away. Now if I am holding on to something, it is not intentional. My advice - gather up the britches that are too big (and other clothing you may have shrunk out of or just are tired of) and sell them to the second-hand store. Then pick up a few basic, versatile pieces you can jazz up with accessories, like a pair or two of well-fitting pants, a basic white button-up shirt, etc. Thrift stores are a good option, if not Ross/Marshalls/TJMaxx is my go to. Target works well for workout clothes, their house brand is surprisingly decent; also good for trendy pieces you want to try out but not shell out lotsa dough for. Also you can pick up a few extremely inexpensive pieces in the mall during the holiday and post-holiday sales. If you have high-quality pieces you love, try to find a seamstress to tailor them (this works well with suits and other professional clothing). Ok, enough on this topic, Congrats on your weight loss!
    1937 days ago
  • BEE2LE
    Great job! I'm with Laurel. Go get some clothes at Goodwill in the interim. Get something for yourself! This deserves a reward!

    I do have a couple skirts I've held onto. One was a wrap around skirt I bought in San Francisco the year before I had my first child. It's never quite fit the same, but I've still held onto it!
    1938 days ago
    Outstanding! Unfortunately I took SPs advice and tossed the clothes that were too small. I wish I had saved them as I need clothes to wear. Glad you are too big for your britches. I wore scrub pants that swallowed me whole but they have an adjustable tie at the waist. I have slowly been replacing my clothes but it's hard to when to buy more.

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    1938 days ago
    Love going to a smaller size! Especially love going to the closet and finding a smaller size THAT FITS!
    1938 days ago
    I have a whole box full of clothes I wore to the Dominican Republic on vacation two years ago! Boy! I'm so proud of you! Keep up the good work; have fun at the conference. Blessings, JOY emoticon
    1938 days ago
    emoticon I love getting back into the few smaller clothes and having them fit!
    1938 days ago

    I kept one pair of jeans.
    1938 days ago
    Good for you! emoticon When you drop off those big clothes at Goodwill or wherever...go on in and get some interim smaller clothes. Hugs, Laurel
    1938 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/31/2013 4:16:57 PM
    Good for you Holls!!! :-) I have, over the years, kept my clothes from other sizes, but I always put them in vac-lock bags and stored them where they couldn't torture me. I recently pulled out my 20/22's and 2x's becuase my 26/28's and 3x's were too big. I had a whole new wardrobe without spending a dime :-). BUT I THREW THOSE FAT CLOTHES OUT!!! :-) Actually, I took 'em to goodwill, but it felt good to say I chucked 'em...lolol :-).

    So happy for your progress :-) So excited for you, Friend!

    1938 days ago
    A few years ago, I got rid of all my too small clothes because they were depressing to look at. Now, I wish I had some of them still. I'm trying not to spend too much on (hopefully) temporary sizes too.
    1938 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Good for you! Very nice victory!

    It is a tough thing with losing weight and trying to still look presentable without going to a lot of expense. Personally, I am now starting to say goodbye to clothing I've been wearing but is obviously too big. When I'm honest with myself, I have to acknowledge that I am doing myself and my hard work a disservice by continuing to wear clothing that doesn't fit. At least go through and pick the "best ofs!" You are sure to find things that look much better than others. I just found out that in the city I live in, there is a plus-size auction site on line. People put up clothes and bid on them. A friend of mine who is also on the weight loss trail has been buying up some fabulous clothes -- dirt cheap! This week, she asked the woman who is running the site if she could sell some of her larger sizes on consignment. That way - she at least got something for her old clothes and continues to build her wardrobe very reasonably. (Some blouses go for $3.00!)

    Have yourself some fun shopping in your own closet first. Good luck!
    1938 days ago
    Great victory!!!

    I have been there a few times now, it is such a great feeling!
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    That is AWESOME! I too avoid trying certain things on because I know it will be really sad if/when they don't fit. Look at you go!

    I have a bunch of stuff of varying sizes. I do have a few "smaller" items that I didn't want to give away because they were my favorite or designer. My challenge now is that I was smaller for a while and gave away my bigger stuff - so I have been avoiding buying anything that I can't belt later when I "lose weight again"... sigh. Can't afford to keep replacing things because of my inconsistency!
    1938 days ago
  • NHES220
    Yes, I do keep certain clothes that I have in my closet from previous days. Some things do not go out of style! And as long as it it realistic that I will get back there again, I'm keeping them. I am now getting back into my size 12 clothes (down from my 16s that were very tight) and looking forward to getting into the 10s that are in the closet. They fit me for a brief period a few years ago. So yeah for you on the 14's and have fun hunting through the closet!
    1938 days ago
  • LORI2562
    I'm so happy for you!! As I read your words I relived that feeling I had myself just a week or so ago. I live in an old house built about 160 years ago, so needless to say there is no storage/closet space in the house. At the end of each season I pack up all my clothes into Rubbermaid bins and cart them out the the shed. At the beginning of the summer as I unpacked my summer clothes, I pulled out 6 pairs of shorts that I was unable to even pull up over my hips. When I was packing to go to the lake last week for vacation I saw the same shorts glaring at me. I decided that I would see how close I was to being able to getting them up - not figuring I would be able to do them up, but getting them over my hips was going to be an accomplishment. To my surprise the fit! I proudly wore them all on my vacation.

    I also have a pair of jeans that I have kept for 25 yrs - they are still in a bin in the shed. Maybe when I do my seasonal clothes swap this fall I will see where they are at.

    Congrats on your success!!

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    1938 days ago
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    What a great NSV! You saw my closet - lol! I don't have anything left but what fits me now! It has been too many years since I was in a smaller size and those clothes have all disappeared!
    1938 days ago
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