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Old 07-07-2009, 05:24 AM   #1
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Does anyone else have barometer clothes?

I'm currently wearing a blouse I bought maybe 2002/2003. I bought it as an overshirt, you know the way you try and hide the fact that you're fat by wearing a loose shirt over the tshirt and trousers? I remember when I got it the edges just came to mid-boob on either side but hey, it was camouflage, right? O the delusions.

Anyway, it's my barometer blouse. When it gets nearer fitting, I know my weightloss is headed in the right direction. When it becomes casually open camouflage, I know I'm gaining.

A bit like my passport photo, I haven't looked at it for ages, knowing it was depressingly tight. Er no! Today I'm wearing it as a great, big, baggy smock!
My barometer is dropping!

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Old 07-07-2009, 07:26 AM   #2
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Yes, I have barometer clothes, and I so get what your saying about having camouflage clothes. I have a closet full of tank tops and over-shirts in which to hide the fact that I have a big butt. Oh the joy of living in delusion.

I occasionally try on these over-shirts and like you if they are getting closer to buttoning or being able to wear on their own I know I'm in the right direction.

Last year when I had lost a bunch of weight, I remember the joy of having clothes that I've been hanging onto for years start to fit. I want that again!!
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Old 07-07-2009, 11:17 AM   #3
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I have barometer underwear I know EXACTLY what you mean!!!
On my own personal journey I started on September 27, 2008
Starting weight 377, Weight in spring of 2010 198, Weight in August 2011? In the 240's.
Still plugging along on this weight loss highway!
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Old 07-07-2009, 11:20 AM   #4
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Yep, I have been wearing my barometer bra lately. When the cups start to overflow and I have to constantly rearrange the girls so they're not hanging out--bad sign! And I have the "goal jeans" which I am barely now fitting into.

I bought a pink t-shirt from WSU where my son attends (go cougs!). It's super cute, but a little tight. It's my new barometer shirt. I took a pic of it on the hanger and sent it to my son, and he said, "That looks like a 'skinny mama' shirt! I'm so proud of you for losing weight!" That made me so happy--I can't wait to wear my 'skinny mama' shirt!

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Old 07-07-2009, 11:30 AM   #5
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My barometer clothes are my husband's tshirts. He wears men's extra large. When I started, I couldn't fit into his shirts at all. Right now I can get them on, but they're pretty tight. My goal is to fit into his 34-waist jeans.

He's got a pair with holes in the knees that he was gonna throw away. I rescued them from the trash, to wear when I get down to that weight.

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Old 07-07-2009, 03:07 PM   #6
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I used to have a basement full of clothes I couldn't even conceive of ever fitting into again. In particular, a gorgeous shiny pink blouse from Lane Bryant, a very small, fitted 14. The 2 months or so in 2003 I could fit into it were a dim, distant memory. It hung in my basement on a hanger above my hot water heater from August 2003 until June 2009. I truly never thought it would fit again. But I had a tiny spark of hope that it might...

I tried it on again 2 weekends ago. I can't yet wear it out in public...but I can get it on. It should fit and look fabulous sometime in August. The pants that go to that outfit have fit for several weeks now, a very dark mango pink, and I get tons of compliments whenever I wear them.

I have many, many, MANY clothes I have used as barometers...but this pink blouse, wow. I think it's just really special because the only set of pictures I've ever been in IN MY LIFE where I didn't look overweight were made wearing that blouse. It's really kind of overwhelming to think I'll be wearing it out and looking hot before summer's over...
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Old 07-07-2009, 03:08 PM   #7
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Yes, I have barometer clothes. When I first started it was one blouse that I could wear but was tight. It felt so wonderful to have to stop wearing it because it was just too big. Then I used another blouse. It is nice not to have to depend solely on the scale for feedback.

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Old 07-07-2009, 03:50 PM   #8
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Because the scale can be a cruel cruel mistress, I totally support barometer clothes (and do the same thing).
Height: 6'2
Starting weight/ Current low weight/"redline" weight
Total: 267.6 pounds.

I will do the Komen 60 mile walk for breast cancer again this year!!
Next goal is 175: Pounds from goal = 4.2.
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Old 07-07-2009, 04:59 PM   #9
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I'm loving having button down shirts/blouses that were overshirts that couldn't actually be buttoned that transistion to buttonable to loose to Goodwill pile.
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Old 07-07-2009, 09:12 PM   #10
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My barometer clothes shift as I lose. At first, it was a pair of drawstring waist cotton blend slacks. I remember the moment I realized they were officially too big; I was dressing for work and had to pull the drawstring so much that the top was poofing out like a hoop skirt. They are in my closet now as my official "before" pants. Then it was a pair of gray plaid slacks. Right now, it's a pair of jeans.

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52 lbs. in 52 weeks (12/31/2009): Met 10/29/2009
180 (driver's license weight):
170.8 (100 lbs. lost):
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Old 07-08-2009, 02:49 AM   #11
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I suppose when I think about my post, what is a shame is that I do have this one barometer blouse and another, very old broderie anglaise one.
It's not that I'm closet shopping, that wonderful phrase I learned on this site, and finding long forgotten clothes. That's wonderful and I rejoice at my finds and at the others I read about on here.
What is faintly distressing is that I have had these 2 items for a long time and in that long time I have gained and lost weight enough times to have them as a barometric measure. I'm very happy to be losing, very happy that I've beaten the barometers into the ground - but it's also a reminder to me that I WILL NOT do this again! When I'm at goal, my barometers go into the bin!

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