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Clothes Shopping, and River Hike

Sunday, October 13, 2019

I have been updating my wardrobe with new pants for winter. My pants from last year are too large, and they slide down around my hips. Have you seen young men wearing huge pants with their underwear sticking up? Well, that’s not a good look at my age!

As always, there are frustrations with shopping for pants. I have lost around 35 pounds, but I am not yet at my goal weight. So it is likely I will have to do this again next winter. I feel very lucky that Costco had pants at a very good price. The frustration with Costco is that you cannot try them on at the store. So I am very lucky that both the nice knit pants in the casual workout pants fit me. I also ordered new bluejeans from an online company, in the same size as the hiking pants that I had just purchased. The jeans did not fit at all, and I had to return them. I understand that women’s sizes vary a lot from one company to another. But I would expect within the same company, with the same manufacturer, the sizing would remain the same.

I know many other people on this journey wait and buy clothing when they have reached their ideal size. I do like to wear clothing that fits and is flattering to my shape. But I don’t replace my entire wardrobe during the journey. I just buy a few key pieces to keep myself dressed; and to keep my pants covering my body.

Here are a few more photos from recent river hikes, with my friends Moon and Richard

Moon is older than I am; she is 72. But she looks much younger!

Last night I attended a very nice birthday dinner for two friends. It was a lot of fun to see everyone.

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    I'm like you, buy clothes as I go. Don't like baggy or too tight either. Right now I'm between sizes, so that's exactly what happens. Frustrating!!!! emoticon
    I hate clothes shopping, because I can never find anything I like! Once in awhile I do and I'll wear it till it wears out! Even if it starts to get loose .
    Great pics! Moon doesn't look 72, you're right.
    Happy shopping...if that's possible. emoticon

    49 days ago
    I do agree new clothes are a must as you slim down and not spend a fortune until you are near the end of your weightloss journey. I find second hand clothes stores such as Goodwill a great place to start.
    As for the fashion trend of the guys showing their underwear that is not a good thing at any age!
    Thanks for sharing your pictures ~ another beautiful hike.
    52 days ago
    Way to go on the pants. You and your friends look so lively and happy! emoticon emoticon emoticon Fall foliage is just grand in the photos! emoticon emoticon
    52 days ago
    During my "rapid weight loss" phase (90 pounds in a year) I made lots of use of my local thrift store (where there IS a change room). Went from size 22 to size 8 and just rotated the pants I'd bought back as donations when I was ready for the next size down . .
    54 days ago
    I think that the way you are shopping is perfect. You don't want to buy too many items due to even more weight loss, but you want to reward yourself by wearing the size that fits your new body the way it should. I do know what you mean about the difference in sizes even in the same brand...………… is frustrating.

    One of my roommates in college was from Japan and when we got together a couple of years ago, she looked amazing!!!!! Her skin didn't seem to wrinkle, which, of course made her look at least 15 to 20 years younger. I have to admit to being envious. emoticon
    54 days ago
    I find shopping for clothes online really frustrating. I've bought a couple of bathing suits from Land's End, and I kept them, but seldom wear them. I wear ones that I buy at the pool, which are good because they are more resistant to the chemicals.

    I have a couple of local shops where I buy most of my clothes, and Peter often gives me gift cards to buy clothes, as he gets frustrated when I return things that he buys.

    One of the nicest things about being retired is not having to dress up as often. I have one new pants suit that I got last summer, and several dresses for when I go out; otherwise I dress very casually.

    I've often wondered why it's difficult to guess the age of oriental people. Moon is a perfect example. I would never have guessed that she was 72.

    55 days ago
    oh my stars I know what you mean about the pants sliding down!! When I was losing in between sizes we have a consignment shop that only takes quality clothing they support the local childrens Ronald McDonald house for familes with very sick children so their families can stay there. So everything is in good shape i often went there for pants & tops i between sizes.
    I like your friends name Moon. I would never had thought she is 72 !
    I do not order any more clothing on line. I had to send too much back in the past.
    Our town is involved with moving our bodies . it is called Berwick on the Move. it started in October runs until next June Berwick on the Move is designed to bring the community together with ONE goal in mind:

    To improve the health and wellness of the folks that live and work in our area.

    It is the result of the collaboration of the Borough of Berwick, Community Strategies Group, and the Next Steps Committee.

    Funding is made possible by The Berwick Health and Wellness Fund of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation.
    We are given a passport booklet that we record the date ,activity & minutes . They have challenges for us to do each week as well.
    I am excited about doing this as I am slow at doing things with my back,but it includes any type of moving. Even lifting free weights,swimming any thing that you can move .
    I alway enjoy your blogs you have so many interesting things you do in your life.
    Have a lovely week

    55 days ago
  • EISSA7
    It is awesome that you NEED to buy new clothes....keep doing whatever it is that is working for you! You look fabulous!
    55 days ago
    You're doing terrific. Congrats. Lovely pics.
    55 days ago
    55 days ago
    You have a rich and full life!
    I buy most of my clothes at consignment stores...we have two good ones nearby.
    55 days ago
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