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4/19/11 12:07 P

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I understand not wanting to spend money on clothing that I hope to not need in 6 months. But its really hard to get motivated when you open your closet in the morning and you have nothing to wear. You said you would get work clothing, I would also buy some casual stuff for when you go out with friends. You want to feel good when your around people, not tugging at your shirt.

Personally I'm rewarding myself with an article of clothing for every goal I reach. Nothing expensive, $5 at the thrift store once, $25 at a store when i feel really good about what I've done. I'm also hoping that if I buy cloths that fit along the way I won't have to break the bank buying cloths when I reach my goal.

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4/13/11 10:26 A

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I bought myself a few things that fit me well now. I agree that spending less is a good idea. The other thing I did was clean out my closet and pack away everything that is too small. That way all the clothes in my closet fit me. I was so sick of waking up every morning and looking at a closet full of clothing that was too tight or putting on a shirt only to look in the mirror and think "there is no way I can wear this out" Getting dressed is so much easier now that I don't have 4 different sizes in my closet.

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4/13/11 6:50 A

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I think you should definitely buy some clothes now. I think you will feel better when you wear clothes that fits you well. Also I don't know what sort of clothes you have but what I noticed was that some of the motives on my shirt started to get cracks in them when I wore them so I tend to not wear those until I have lost weight.
And you might get holes in your clothes or similar so that you can't even use your favorite clothes.

Buy your right size, it will look a lot better and trust me, as you are losing weight you are going to be so happy about the smaller size that you can buy, which will look great on you.

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4/12/11 4:23 P

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@PHOTOJEN84, yeah, I resisted buying the new big pants for too long and I just ended up feeling bad about myself and in pain (it's hard to breathe with a waistband digging into you all day haha)!

I find that I can also sell my clothes back to the second hand store if they're still in good condition ... and they definitely take Target clothes ... so as you lose weight, you can always sell back your older bigger clothes and either take the money to another store or buy yourself something new at the consignment shop. Sometimes they have great jewelry and a lot of them (at least where I live) have a mix of second-hand and new items.

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4/12/11 10:08 A

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@VNAKOSKI - That's pretty much what I was going to say! Although, I'm not as "green" as you, and I tend to go to Target or Old Navy for disposable clothes (which I know is horrible, and not great for the environment).

I made a promise to myself last year to build a great, classic, quality wardrobe. Then I gained 20 lbs. I'm sorry, but I refuse to drop $80 on a pair of pants I have no intention of fitting into in 6 months. So, I drop $20 instead from "value" stores. The fabric is never as soft, the looks is never as fashionable, but...it fits. As long as your clothes fit, and you carry yourself with confidence, you can look terrific without spending a bunch of money.

I also told myself that I refuse to buy a bigger size when I gained weight. I went from a 10 to a 14 in 6 months, but here I am, still trying to wedge myself into the 10s all the same. And you know what? It doesn't motivate me to lose weight when I feel like crap all day. It just depresses me. I know I don't look good, I definitely don't feel good...

So I guess what I'm saying, ANG42J, is - just don't INVEST in clothes right now. Don't splurge. Save it for when you have a reason to celebrate. But DO respect yourself enough to let yourself look good no matter what size you are today. :)

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4/11/11 8:06 P

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@VNAKOSKI - That is SUCH a great idea! Thank you for sharing that. I never even thought of it. Wow, that has made my day! Thanks!

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4/11/11 7:56 P

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I bought myself some new bigger pants, but I bought them from the second hand store (I buy things there anyway), but because they were second hand, I didn't spend as much money on them and I could still stay motivated to buy myself NEW things when I was at a healthier weight. Basically, I'm saving my real retail therapy for a reward for losing the weight.

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10 lbs - Sports Bra (July 16, 2011)
20 lbs - Biking Top
30 lbs - Hip Scarf
40 lbs - Sexy Lingerie
50 lbs - New Tattoo

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4 Weeks - New Clothes
8 Weeks - Broadway Show
12 Weeks - Private Ballroom Lessons
16 Weeks - Rafting Trip


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4/11/11 6:49 A

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I think it's also better to buy clothes that fit you nicely and don't bother about looking ridiculous in smaller pants and shirts.
I faced a colthes problem as well, though it's a different - I lost some weight and my old clothes a little bit baggy though I'm not enough slim to fit my old ones... so I end up wearing old ones emoticon

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4/9/11 10:13 P

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Thanks for the suggestions. I'm probably going to buy one or two pairs of work pants and a few work shirts just so I don' t look "sausage-like" at work. I'm going to hold off on updating my casual wardrobe for a few more weeks. I'll need to buy new summer clothes either way so hopefully I can buy them In my "normal" size as opposed to this inflated one.

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4/9/11 8:21 P

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I am in the same position unfortunately so I know it completely sucks. I think maybe buy one pair of pants and couple shirts so you feel comfortable and not all sausagelike squeezed into clothes (that's how I feel at least)... but I've also heard buying bigger clothes gets you mentally comfortable with being bigger and doesn't spark weight loss. I don't know if that's true or not though.

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4/9/11 7:50 P

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I was there a few months ago and had a good half of clothes I loved but didn't look good and half that was okay and I was not at the point where I was ready to change myself and just tossed out the clothes that did not fit really at all. I read something once that did say if you have certain pants or clothes that are 100% too small and you think that I will keep these for when I lose weight. Dont do it just toss it and in the end when you do lose the weight to fit into these clothes you deserve to buy new clothes that can be an award. If you have stuff that really doesnt fit and is really uncomfortable to wear or doesnt flatter you just toss them... I would buy a few things that would fit you now (not a whole new wardrobe.. theres no use in making your self feel crappy while your trying to lose weight. Its up to you though.

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4/9/11 5:04 P

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Unfortunately, some of my favorite clothes don't fit at this point...or at least they don't fit well. Part of me is telling myself to go buy a few things in a bigger size for the time being and another part of me is telling me to save my money and buy myself some new things when I can fit back into my current clothes/size. What do you guys think? Any experiences with this issue? It's not fun!!!

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