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Clothing and Maintenance

Sunday, January 12, 2014

I'm reviewing blogs from my first year of SparkPeople, my time of achieving a weight I didn't think was possible for me, over 80 pounds below my 1999 high.

In mid-November I wrote two blogs about clothing:
1. My 2X clothes allowed me to gain or lose more than 15 pounds without changing sizes; my size 4's require I stay in about a 5 pound morning maintenance range. Still true.
2. One of my WW friends blames elastic waists for a significant part of America's weight problem. One SparkFriend responded that Dr. Phil said sweat pants are threatening to marriages as you can gain without realizing. I rarely wear elastic waists now and rarely have ever worn sweat pants.

Clothes were a big part of my maintenance effort. I got to know and accept my new body by shopping. Each Saturday after WW free weigh in I felt like I had at least as much as a WW meeting costs to spend on me. I spent a long time on most Saturdays trying on clothes and developing a new sense of style. I usually bought one item on very good sale. It took me months and months before I finally said I have a complete wardrobe at my new size.

I also enjoyed taking my bigger clothes to the thrift store that supports the non-profit literacy and basic needs agency I used to run. It was a very good feeling to be free of those clothes, but to let them go to someone who would benefit from a real bargain, and support an important effort.

I did post a picture of me in shorts and a bicycle helmet and a kind of dressy shirt some time back. One SparkFriend called me on the glamour shirt with the cycling outfit. Okay, that is funny. For a while I felt like I wanted to wear figure-revealing clothes all the time. Now I'm quite content to wear whatever is appropriate. Yesterday I wore really loose-fitting running clothes and noticed how comfortable they were!!

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    As I lose, I am finding that I am starting to enjoy shopping more too. I have to be careful not to purchase too many new clothes because I am shrinking and clothes are expensive. Still, a great outfit can really lift the mood!
    1590 days ago
    I'm going through a similar process. When I was morbidly obese, everything had to be baggy. No - even though I'm not at goal yet - I have lost enough weight, and have been lifting weights long enough that I am learning to love my body and I am slowly shifting not only to smaller clothes but to clothes that have a more form fitting cut.
    1591 days ago
    When I got to my goal weight, I pretty much followed your pattern of shopping for form-fitting clothes to show that my tummy was much flatter than it used to be and that my arms had definition. Now, I pretty much live in my Lucy Everyday Yoga Pants, because they are so comfortable and nice looking. They are the only "forgiving" pants I have now, since I got rid of all my baggy sweat pants, but I do still wear sweatshirts.

    Oh, and I do plan to get a runner's tutu for the Diva's HM in September.
    1591 days ago

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    1592 days ago
    I'm about the same age and height with about 16 lbs to lose. I know I can get there, but I'm afraid of not being able to maintain. Your story tells me it's possible. Thank you for being such an inspiration. Your running is awesome, too! And I just love your clothes and taste in colors.
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    Comment edited on: 1/13/2014 2:51:41 AM
    1592 days ago
    I think clothes in smaller sizes are the best rewards ever!!!!
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    One of the happiest days of my life was giving away the size 16 elastic waist pants! I swear I'll never need to wear them again. Congratulations on being a size 4. That's awesome!
    1592 days ago
    Like you, I find clothes really help me maintain . . . although I'm never likely to fit into a size 4!!
    1592 days ago
    I also agree with a lot of what you "fat" clothes allow me to gain and lose 15-20 pounds but when I was at my lowest, I not only couldn't allow myself to gain, but the way my clothes fit was how I gauged when I needed to be "good" again..
    1592 days ago
    I so agree with the elastic waist comment. I wear stretchy things to work out, but wear fitted waists most other times for that reason. I want to know if things begin to be snug so I don't get caught off guard.
    1592 days ago
    I agree the non elastic is the way to go!
    Buying clothes at discount stores as I approached goal weight made me feel great and recommit each week.
    1592 days ago
    Oh, you are so right about everything in this blog! I don't wear sweats, but I do wear yoga pants that don't have a tie at the waist. If you gain, you definitely see it as well as in my running pants!

    Keep up the great work!
    1592 days ago
    Sweat pants are for sleeping only. I wear fitted jeans and dress pants and I can always tell when I've gained.
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    I'm still in the space where I want to wear figure revealing clothes. (covered, but shapely.) You've done so well with your maintenance! Thanks for blazing the way.
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    I SO agree about the elastic waists on clothes. I NEVER buy them. It IS too easy to not realize something is tight until it is too late!

    Marahs, I am SO proud of you! You deserve every moment of glory you get. When I am FINALLY on maintenance and MAINTAINING well like you are then I will too!

    God Bless you and thank you for being SUCH an inspiration to so many of us with your beautiful smile! emoticon
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