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I started my diet & exercise plan on February 1,2016 & have lost about 45 pounds since then. I was size 12 before I gained weight for the first time since I was 19, I am 54 now. When I was 18 in high school I was size 10, a year after high school I was size 12 for 30 years. I got blood clots in both lungs 3 years ago & was on oxygen in the hospital for 3 weeks 7 could do no exercise & extreme pain to walk 2 blocks or even to the kitchen to cook. I am single & had no help, so I ate what was easy & unhealthy & gained 35 pounds. A year before that I gained 10 pounds. Now I am size 10, the same size I was when I was 18 in high school. I lost 11" from my waist & was up to size 16-18, my body fat went from 51% to 26%. So my problem was with my health not my weight related, I lost 30 pounds on my own with no help at all before I started Spark People. I can wear fitted bodycon dresses & skinny jeans that have a small amount of spandex in them both fit & look good on me. So I did need all new clothes & many wardrobes in the past 2 years with clothes from thrift stores as well as having all my clothes before I gained weight, size 12 & up. When I got size 10, I had no clothes in that size. I now have more blood clots in both lungs but did not end up on oxygen this time. I got rid of 10 large garbage bags of clothes along the way as my size went down & fitted into some of my smaller clothes.
I'm looking into that one slimming shade idea!
I can't get out of the habit off wearing big, oversized clothes. I think I'm hiding myself.
Make yourself (and your health) a priority in your life.
Gotta say, feeling good about looking good is always a great way to spend your day!
Very good Blog and I am going to work on my closet this week.
This is one of the best blogs I have read about how to make yourself feel good as you are changing you lifestyle. Every spring and fall I review my clothes and if I have not worn it in a year, it gets donated. I do make mistakes, and have some things I have never worn. Those too, get to live in my closet for one year. Listen to your friends and when they compliment you on something you are wearing, note the color, the cut and style. Thanks for a great blog!
Difficult to try to draw attention to your good features when you feel like you don't have a single one!
I like the idea of wearing all one color to create a longer looking length. A friend of mine who was older, she said women used to wear all one color all the time, even their accessories!
In addition to all the comments above, I would also say don't buy clothes that 'experts' say a twist here or a bow there will draw the eye away from the parts you want to 'hide'. They don't - the actually draw attention to it! I bought two dresses on the say-so of a self styled 'expert'. One had fabric twisted on the left hip which drew attention to my middle which I would rather hide. The other had a bow placed strategically on the waistline - again drawing attention to my middle part. I disliked them as soon as I put them on and they have been in the wardrobe ever since - unworn and unloved.
For those who need help with this I recommend http://www.missussmartypants.com. There is a yearly subscription but it averages to about $.08 a day and will pay for itself overtime. This article is a good start but people like myself who are (were) clueless need a little more than the basics.
I don't wear a lot of clothes that go out of style (khaki pants, plain t-shirts, etc.). While I do plan on getting rid of clothes that are too big on me, I only get rid of too small clothes if I don't like them.
I still have clothes that fit me that are over 20 years old! Mostly t-shirts that were put away in boxes that I later rediscovered and started wearing again.
I can now wear one size smaller than I could a couple of months ago. I bought a couple of new t-shirts in the smaller size, and a pair of shorts. My other clothes still fit, although much more loosely.
Assuming that I continue to get smaller, I'll have to rely on clothes that are a little loose, along with old clothes that now fit me, because I don't have a lot of money to spend on new clothes. Probably about one new outfit per size.
About two weeks before I decided to get healthy again, I cleaned out my closet and drawers of all of the smaller clothes I just knew I'd never fit in again. I was in a 3X and sizes 22/24. I don't know, maybe that's what prompted me to lose weight again. Now, I can fit a size large and size 16/18 I'm drowning in my clothes and even had a co-worker bring me a bag of the scrubs she's outgrown because "your pants look like clown pants!" LOL! Since I don't have the multiple sizes in my closet now, I'm having to hit the thrifts stores to recreate my wardrobe at multiple sizes as I drop the weight. Wish I'd just left my closet alone and kept my skinny jeans!
Funny, I have had to buy two complete wardrobes in the last year. One for Africa, which was an adventure cut short and one for Jamaica. Although the climates are similar my "jobs" are very different. I cannot wear a maxi dress to wander in the farms of Jamaica. The last time I bought a whole new wardrobe was when I got done with my bike trip and all my clothes were basically bike shorts and jerseys, not practical to work in. You would think my closet was over whelmed but it really isn't. Maybe because I only keep the clothes that really look good on me. BTW for the ladies with pant size issues try those nice loose fitting yoga pants, not the kind you actually do yoga in but those that are loose fitting in closer material with loose legs. I love them and with the right shirt they look great!
When I went from 350 to 150 I shopped at thrift store. waiting for the goal weight to splurge on a wardrobe. Then I realized I had been buying fantastic beautiful well made, stylish clothes all along. I don't care for some of the trendy clothes. Thrift store many times have expensive clothes , rich women donate. Just what I want.
Make sure to try on clothes before you buy. It can look great on the hanger, but terrible on you. think of how you will accessorize it. that can make or break a look.
Dress for now, don't put off till you are that desired weight. You don't have to have a packed closet full of clothes. Some well chosen pieces that you can mix and match will go far.
Life is too short to play the waiting game.
I post thrift fashion blogs a few times a year. Give ideas what and how to get the look.
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