100 lb. Club - How many TOO SMALL sizes do you keep in your closet?




Truffle
08-30-2009, 07:10 PM
I've been doing some closet thinning.

Right now I'm wearing a tight size 26 in jeans, and 3X tops. I have clothes in every size all the way down to the 14 I wore when I lost a bunch of weight about 12 years ago.

At first I thought I should probably get rid of anything smaller than one size down, 24--but just my luck I'd do that, then end up (miraculously) being able to lose a bunch of sizes.

The smaller clothes I've kept are ones that I'd really like to wear someday, but since I haven't had much, if any, success in losing weight, I wonder if I'm just fooling myself, fantasizing, not being realistic, etc. by keeping so many of the other smaller sizes.

I've already held onto these clothes for 12 years. How many more years do I want them taking up space in the closet? How many more years do I "hold onto the dream" of wearing them again? Am I jinxing myself if I do decide to get rid of everything that's smaller than one size down, as if I really don't expect to lose the weight? (That's already far too easy for me to believe.)

What have you guys done with your clothes?


possiblesuccess
08-30-2009, 07:17 PM
I had clothes in my closet that were 3 sizes smaller than what I wear. Honestly, I gave them to friends and family who could wear them. I hated having those clothes in my closet. Every time I looked at them, and they were still to small for me to wear, I felt like I had been slapped in the face. After all my months of hard work, the clothes that I had held on to didnt fit. I feel like its better to get rid of the clothes, because no matter how well I'm doing and how hard I'm working for this change, the clothes reminded me of other failed attempts. No more failure, this is it. This is the time for the change. You can do this, we all can. When you get to your goal, and you can wear those sizes again, go out and buy new clothes, to show off the new shape. You go girl!

Windchime
08-30-2009, 07:19 PM
First off, I do believe that you can get down to a 14 again. You know how because you've done it before and if you still have doubts, then hie thee over to the Goal and Maintainers forums and take a look at the pictures of the chicks who have done the very thing you are doing--lost a bunch of weight!

Now, about the clothes. I'd probably go through them first off and make sure that they are still something that you'd WANT to wear, once you're down in that smaller size. I hung onto a pair of jeans for YEARS and when I finally got into them, they were hopelessly high-waisted and tapered at the ankles! I could zip them, but I would need a FlashDance t-shirt and mall bangs if I was to wear them again. LOL. So that's what I'd do first off. If they are classic pieces then I might keep them.

My sister said something interesting to me the other day. She is just starting out on her weight loss journey and she had a closet full of beautiful, professional clothing that she kept for years in the hopes of fitting back into it. Alas, it's all outdated now and she realizes that not only did she not wear the clothes, but she denied someone else the chance to wear them. She's wishing now that she had donated them when they were still in fashion (but too small for her).

I have a few things from the last time I lost weight and I can fit into most of it again. It was only a couple of years ago so I can still wear it and not be too out of date. But this time I'm not hanging on to my bigger stuff. I've got it boxed up and will be donating it. I can't wear it and there is some girl out there wishing she could find size 18 work pants at the Goodwill, so I will gift these to the thrift shop so she can find her new outfit. :)


animallover
08-30-2009, 07:28 PM
I tried to keep a lot of clothes that were too small. They took up more than half my closet and made getting dressed depressing. It is hard to look at something everyday that you can't wear. I figured someone out there could use these things now, and by the time I lose the weight, who knows if they'll be in style anyway. It was hard getting rid of things - especially some things that were bought a smidge too tigh in hopes if getting into soon... then never actually getting into them. After donating everything and making room for things that actually did fit, it felt great! Now that I've lost some weight, I'm trying to get rid of the things that are too big. Now that feels really good too.

time2lose
08-30-2009, 07:33 PM
I think that you should hold on to them because I believe that you can lose the weight!

Just like you, I had held on to a bunch of clothes from my last successful weight loss about 10 or 12 years ago. It has been so much fun shopping in my closet. A surprising number of the items were still OK to wear, pretty basic items. However, it has been thrilling, just thrilling, to gauge my downward path by trying on clothes. It was so motivating even when the clothes were too out-of-date to wear.

I only have two old clothing items to get into. Then I will be into my smallest clothes in 3 decades. Neither item is fit to wear out in public. One is a dress that wore to have my picture made. I am really looking forward to getting in that dress.

Keep at least some of the clothes because you can lose weight! You can do it!

Elladorine
08-30-2009, 07:34 PM
If I hadn't moved around so much, I imagine I'd have kept at least two old articles of clothing; my magical size 14 jeans I had when I was 19, and a frilly shirt I had around the same time (I do wish I knew what happened to them, even now that I'm 33 and they're probably way out of style, lol). Other than that, well, it's really been too long for me to even remember what I wore when I was a smaller size; I was never smaller for long and it's been a good ten years since I've even been down to the 22 I'm at right now.

Although I must admit that I have a handful of clothes that are slightly too snug for me now that I'm sure I'd be much more comfortable wearing after another 10-15 pounds (these would be clothes I bought off the rack without trying on in the past year or two).

But honey, don't hand yourself a bunch of "ifs." When I kept giving myself those "ifs" and negative thoughts, nothing happened. Now I give myself some very positive "whens" and actually see myself making progress.

You can lose the weight. You hold the power if you choose it. Give yourself the knowledge, the credit, the want, the need. It can happen if you think positively, make and track goals, and take it one day at a time.

We're all with you. :hug:

Jennelle
08-30-2009, 07:38 PM
Last summer, I finally purged my closet. I had every size from 20 to 8 crammed in there. I kept my formal gowns because I loan them to girls for Prom every year. I kept my wedding dress. I kept a black size 12 sheath dress because it's a classic piece. I donated everything else to Goodwill, including my winter coats that were much too small.

I donated my stuff because I figured I would never lose weight again. Then my mom got sick, and the rest is history. I've lost almost 50 lbs. since January 1, and I plan to continue to be successful. I don't regret giving away the clothes.

DCHound
08-30-2009, 07:39 PM
When I gained all this weight (100 lbs in 6 months, in 2003) I boxed up all my 14s and 16s and put them in the basement. When I began this journey last August I washed them all and hung them up in the basement where I could see them, and put a couple of inspirational outfits on my closet door. I progressed downward from 32/5X to where I am now--16/18--and enjoyed shopping in my basement when I got small enough.

The original question, well, the smallest thing I have in my closet right now is a size 12 leather blazer. It's actually more of an 8/10 though, because my mother bought it in Mexico in the 1970s. I don't know if I will ever be able to wear it because even at my smallest my shoulders may not fit, but who knows. I can't wait to try.

WildThings
08-30-2009, 07:45 PM
A few years ago, I got rid of almost everything I owned below a 20. I had some of the cutest things in 12, 14, 16...even some half decent stuff in 18. I was tired of having it in my closet, it was this daily reminder of how much weight I had gained. I was depressed looking at it, could not get it together to lose weight, so I got rid of all of it. Now, I am back in those sizes, do not have the money to buy new stuff so I have nothing to wear. I wear the same two tired pairs of pants and five shirts every week. My opinion, if you have the space...KEEP IT! If it's clogging your closet, do you have somewhere you could store it (attic, extra closet), maybe fold it up in a plastic tote or one of those space bags. That way you don't have to work around it, but it's there for when you need it.

Ryanne
08-30-2009, 07:47 PM
What have you guys done with your clothes?

I have gotten rid of all my big clothes as I get smaller, I do, however, purchase things in a smaller size if I find something really cute, it's just a size smaller to give me incentive to fit into them. I have quite a few fall and winter clothes waiting for me. As soon as something gets loose on me, it's gone forever.I got rid of all else a couple of years ago when I moved.:belly:

Lexxiss
08-30-2009, 07:51 PM
Truffle
I read your post the other day, 155 by 55. It was very inspiring to me. Yes, you can do this. It's one day at a time. I'm amazed at myself. One day at a time, I have accumulated 1/3 of this entire year pretty much OP. It adds up, and results happen.

As to clothes, I went through my closets in March. Since I had already lost weight I got rid of things too big. I'm not going back this time around. I have a batch of clothes, mostly from thrift stores, that pretty much fit right now.+- a few pounds. I kept those. I kept about 10 items that had not fit for years because they were really favorites that I would really really like to wear again.

I'M ALREADY WEARING SEVERAL OF THESE ITEMS THAT HAVEN'T FIT FOR 10 YEARS!!!!

For me, once I got down to the lower end of the X's(20X) the smaller sizes seem doable. I don't think I'll ever see 12 again but 14 might be doable.

Do what you want with your clothes but don't let go of the fact that you can do this!!

Best wishes!

Aclai4067
08-30-2009, 07:58 PM
I cleaned out everything too small that is out of style and gave it to goodwill. I put the rest in spacebags (those bags in the infomercial that you suck the air out of with your vaccuum to save space) out in my storage closet for when I get to that size. That way it isn't there reminding me of what I can't wear every day, but I'll save some money on new clothes as I'm losing. (The smallest size I have is a 16 or 18, so they'll just be transitional clothes on my way to goal).

As far as what you should do with yours, if you like them keep them. You CAN get into them again. Don't let your age, how far you have to go, how many times you've failed before, or anything else be an excuse.

motivatedbride
08-30-2009, 08:12 PM
I have moved twice in the past 6 years. Both times I purged clothes in smaller sizes from 8 to 20. I have been in 22/24s and a few 26s for a couple solid years now. I just always had hope that I would lose weight and fit into everything again.

I kept anything that wasnt trendy and out of style...so jeans, a few sweaters and tops that are classic and of course thousands of dollars worth of suits for work! uggghhh. I keep the suits in my closet, however everything else I couldnt wear has been stored in sealed clothing racks in my basement.

Long story short, I never thought I would be getting out of my 22/24/26s, but now I have been pulling clothes from storage!! In 18s and 20s now, and looking forward to seeing 16 by the new year!

So IMO, I think you should definitely purge anything that is out of style, but hang on to those classic timeless garments. Besides the fact that it saves a little money in these hard times by not having to rush out and buy new clothes with each size loss, but it will be a nice marker of your achievements as you lose weight and drop those sizes! I like trying on the next size down just to see how close I am. It's motivational for me. And also, as soon as things get too big...donate them! Out of sight out of mind..no turning back! You can do this!! You really can :)

bargoo
08-30-2009, 09:36 PM
I don't keep or buy clothes in a smaller size hoping I will be able to wear them. I have found when I do that , they don't look as good as I thought they would. I have given away all clothes too big or too small. I only have clothes in my closet that fit me now.

Truffle
08-30-2009, 09:39 PM
First off, I do believe that you can get down to a 14 again. You know how because you've done it before and if you still have doubts, then hie thee over to the Goal and Maintainers forums and take a look at the pictures of the chicks who have done the very thing you are doing--lost a bunch of weight!


My sister said something interesting to me the other day. She is just starting out on her weight loss journey and she had a closet full of beautiful, professional clothing that she kept for years in the hopes of fitting back into it. Alas, it's all outdated now and she realizes that not only did she not wear the clothes, but she denied someone else the chance to wear them. She's wishing now that she had donated them when they were still in fashion (but too small for her).


The last time I lost 50lbs, I was not hypothyroid and could lose normally just by cutting down and walking a lot. I've been hypothyroid for nearly 12 years now, am post-menopausal, and it seems nearly impossible for me to lose an ounce without taking drastic measures, such as going on strict low carb. That's why I don't have confidence that I can do it again--I only have a little droplet of hope that I might be able to.

What your sister said makes a lot of sense. I don't want to deny somebody else the chance of making use of something I can't, so this is good to think about.

A few years ago, I got rid of almost everything I owned below a 20. I had some of the cutest things in 12, 14, 16...even some half decent stuff in 18. I was tired of having it in my closet, it was this daily reminder of how much weight I had gained. I was depressed looking at it, could not get it together to lose weight, so I got rid of all of it. Now, I am back in those sizes, do not have the money to buy new stuff so I have nothing to wear. I wear the same two tired pairs of pants and five shirts every week. My opinion, if you have the space...KEEP IT! If it's clogging your closet, do you have somewhere you could store it (attic, extra closet), maybe fold it up in a plastic tote or one of those space bags. That way you don't have to work around it, but it's there for when you need it.

This is another reason I hesitate at getting rid of too much. I do not have the money to go out and buy a new wardrobe. The way things are going with the economy, who knows, one of these days even shopping second hand might be out of our reach. I'll have to give this some more thought, and see where my comfort level is.

Truffle
I read your post the other day, 155 by 55. It was very inspiring to me. Yes, you can do this. It's one day at a time. I'm amazed at myself. One day at a time, I have accumulated 1/3 of this entire year pretty much OP. It adds up, and results happen.

I'M ALREADY WEARING SEVERAL OF THESE ITEMS THAT HAVEN'T FIT FOR 10 YEARS!!!!


I'm glad you found my post inspiring. You are doing VERY WELL! Your progress is inspiring to me.

Thanks for all the interesting suggestions on this thread. I tend to be a "minimalist", so I hate having a closet packed with clothes I can't wear. My dh also yo-yo's with his weight, so we both have several size ranges stuffed away that we can't wear.

I have a couple of dresses that my dh likes on me, but I don't like. They make me feel pregnant, and I avoid wearing them. They've only been worn a couple of times, and aren't something I'd wear again, so I'll definitely pass those along to someone else.

I definitely want to hang onto my pair of Jr size 9 bell bottoms from 1974, just for old times' sake. :D

Everything else...I'll still have to decide about...

LaurieDawn
08-30-2009, 10:25 PM
Just one quick thing to add. I lost about 80 pounds two years ago before I found it again, and am working on losing it again. I have clothes in way too many sizes, not many of which fit me now. I weeded the clothes down to just the few that I really liked because I didn't want to deny myself the motivation of being able to shop! And I am living on a tight budget too. I shop the clearance sales at the department stores (and have found great clothes for just a few dollars each) and thrift stores. I don't know your budget, but I do remember after I lost the first twenty or thirty pounds last time that I loved to go to stores and see the options that were denied me before.

Sounds like you've got a challenge ahead of you due to your health issues. I would encourage you to check out the maintainers' forum. Find a success story or two that mirrors your own situation, and I think you'll find the hope that will allow you to tackle this.

Smiling_Sara
08-30-2009, 10:37 PM
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Smiling_Sara
08-30-2009, 10:42 PM
I don't keep or buy clothes in a smaller size hoping I will be able to wear them. I have found when I do that , they don't look as good as I thought they would. I have given away all clothes too big or too small. I only have clothes in my closet that fit me now.


That is my main reason too. Plus, if they are many years old, chances are they may not be in style any longer. Also, one of my all time favorite things to do now is shop for new stuff.

Truffle
08-30-2009, 10:48 PM
I can't wait for the day when I can shop for something I'd actually LIKE to wear. Right now, I have a whole closet full of "had to settle for whatever fit", and what a mish mash it is. Pretty much nothing that I'd really CHOOSE as a style.

Actually, it's been so long, I don't even know what my style would be anymore.:(

ubergirl
08-30-2009, 11:20 PM
I have been a 3x/size 24 for so long that I don't have any old clothes.

I did have a couple pairs of 22s that fit a couple of years ago, I almost threw them away, but I decided not to and they fit now.

I don't like to keep a lot of old clothes in my closet.

I did have one pair of 26s and they're too big now. Trying to decide if I should just get rid of them. I probably will.

Angihas2
08-31-2009, 12:27 AM
I seem to be the odd duck. At one point and I have no idea what my weight was, I was in a 26/28...I refused to get on a scale. When I started this journey again, this time more peacefully, I might add....I was a 22/24 depending on cut, style whatever. I'm now in a 16 Jr's and have clothes ranging in size from 12's-16s. Only because my sister in law lost about 45 lbs this year and as she outgrew sizes, she said farewell to her bigger clothes. And I inherited anything that may fit as I get into them. She's about 5 inches shorter than I, so mainly skirts, shorts, and shirts. We got rid of everything else that we'd both outgrown. I was that hopelessly big chick forced to check not just thrift stores and yard sales, praying someone else was as fat as I was and had good taste in clothes, but reduced to wearing mens clothing, from the big and tall section, because thats what fit. I do however, keep just a few pieces of each size, and have them in clear, labeled containers with the sizes marked, stacked in my closet. As I undergrow the size I'm currently wearing, being as all items are made/sized differently, I fold the bigger garmet away and dig into next size item and find one in that size range thats cus just a tad bigger and gradually move down. I'm a full time student, single mom of 2 and I work, I'm on a budget thats so tight its ridiculous, but thrift stores, consignment shops etc are great places for those of us in the lifestyle of getting healthy. Find a consignment shop, donate what you dont want to keep, run a credit tab with them, instead of them giving you cash for your clothes, when someone buys one of your items, use that money to turn around and buy someone elses. Or start a clothing swap in your community. Times are rough, we all need that extra bit of help, I'm willing to bet alot of people would be interested.

matafleur
08-31-2009, 01:03 AM
I keep almost nothing. I toss or donate old clothes the instant they are too big, even if that means I'm wearing stuff that's a little tight. When I wear loose clothes I tend to grow into them, if ya know what I mean.

I do have three pairs of jeans that are too small. When Lane Bryant changed their sizing and I realized that their old size 14 is smaller than their new size 1, I found three pairs of jeans in the style that I liked in size 14 on ebay, new with tags. Those are sitting on the top shelf of my closet, waiting for me to shrink into them.

TraceyElaine
08-31-2009, 07:21 AM
I lost 50lbs about 5 years ago. It took my like 6 months. then I got a whole new wardrobe as a reward. Then I got pregnant. I still have all of those cloths. I would not get rid of them! I am now beginning to fit into some of them again or I am almost there . Keep em! Get rid of the stuff that is too big so you don't have rrom to go backwards.

Rosinante
08-31-2009, 07:58 AM
Last year, I finally accepted I was fat for good, so I seriously purged my closets. I gave to goodwill a whole black binbag of unused underwear, the last time I lost weight (02-04) I got a lingerie problem! and some of it I didn't wear before I regained.
The rest of my clothes filled about 6 binbags, and I gave them to our local residents' association (we all gave and received clothes at one time and another).

I kept a couple of long term souvenirs - an old windcheater of my father's, which I'm currently wearing for the first time in 5 years; a ball gown I never quite got into before but want to this time; a souvenir sweater I bought in the States 20 years ago. It was expensive, $25, in it's day; a broderie anglaise blouse, one of my 'barometer' pieces - when it doesn't fit, I Know I'm fat - it's currently baggy.

That's about it. A gold trouser suit that's coming with me to paris.

Incidentally, it was only 6 months after I threw it all out that I started losing again. Sigh!

sprklemajik
08-31-2009, 08:23 AM
I kept all my clothes, I had sized from 14-22 when I started, now I'm down into the 14's and 16's and I've gotten rid of all the clothes larger than 16. It had kept me from having to buy things as I lost weight, I bought some things on sale as I lost for rewards, but now I'm going to have to start purchasing clothes as I don't have any more. It never depressed me though, it was just a goal to move towards.

TJFitnessDiva
08-31-2009, 08:46 AM
I just have this one pair of size 8 jeans hanging on the closet door (facing towards me when the door is closed).....I lost all my smaller sized clothes in Katrina so I've had to buy new clothes as I went down. Mostly my "new" clothes have come from ebay ;) They are cheap, cute and fit!

I say keep the timeless pieces and donate the rest. If you have places to store them then do it until you get to that size.

You have a lot of obstacles ahead of you and I know you can do it! Stay determined....it will happen :)

Natoshial
08-31-2009, 08:56 AM
I have my smaller clothes in bins that way they won't be in the way in the closet. I am currently wearing a size 22-24 and 3X tops. The smallest size I kept is a size 12 which is what I wore before I got pregnant with my daughter almost 6 years ago. The smallest I have in my closet is a 20. I kept all nice jeans that won't go out of style and stuff that wasn't to trendy. I also gave a lot of stuff away.

I really want to encourage you. I believe you can do this. A size 14 is obtainable. It is a struggle sometimes and we all get down on ourselves but keep your head up and envision yourself wearing those clothes. I go back and look at mine from time to time to picture myself back in them. I don't think it is wrong at all to keep them. If it is a motivator for you and not a downfall.

WhitePicketFences
08-31-2009, 09:19 AM
Oh geez, I have clothes sizes 3-24. My husband was just leaning on me yesterday to go through them one last time and set a date on donating them -- we settled on next saturday, since we are doing a bulk shopping trip next weekend and could use the space. If only I had more 8's or 10's, but I don't. I have pretty much exhausted the 'shopping in my closet.' The things I have left are either very big on me or so small that I don't expect to ever fit into them again (things I wore when I was 15 and underweight -- I am now 28!)

There are a few pieces, most notably a beach-y dress, from when I was 17 and about 130ish, so that might fit again and make a nice beach coverup. Also a pair of plain blue shorts from college. But other than that it is seriously ridiculous, like looking at barbie clothes. Shirts that literally look like washclothes to me. I have a very skinny cousin who has daughters and I was thinking of offering the clothes to her, but my husband doesn't even think I should try seeing if they're a good fit for her daughters. He can't believe I wore them either and he knew me then.

Oh well, I will donate and somebody must like them -- maybe somebody who is really short or young. I don't feel that they are dated at all -- mostly they are very classic, somewhat expensive pieces like khaki and colored straight skirts. I want to be skinny, but I am not going to wear a junior's size 3 again! I am as amazed at that as I am at the 24's. God, have I had some problems.

annie175
08-31-2009, 10:27 AM
I am in a size 4 to 6 depending on style of clothes....I just gave my last box of 8/10s away to a friend I work with. So in answer to your questions...I have nothing I don't wear in my closest.

nelie
08-31-2009, 10:29 AM
Since I'm really at the smallest I've ever been as an adult, none really :) I have a couple size 12s I bought on sale, a few size 14s that are a bit tight right now and size 16s which I wear.

DCHound
08-31-2009, 10:58 AM
When Lane Bryant changed their sizing and I realized that their old size 14 is smaller than their new size 1,

I thought that was all in my head! I can wear a 2 Red in new sizing but I have one old pair of LB size 18 pleated khakis that are just a tad too tight. Nowwwww it makes sense.

Butterfly50
08-31-2009, 11:24 AM
Reading the post and wondering how weird am I . I am in a 3X and I have clothes packed up all the way down to a 16/18. I guess I keep them so when I do get to loosing weight again I can start pulling out the old clothes and wearing them. I wont have to run out and buy stuff. I am plannning on a new wardrobe when I get to my target weight loss. Until I hope and Pray that I make it.

Bonnie

Onederchic
08-31-2009, 11:35 AM
None. I had been obese and morbidly obese so long that the smaller clothes were given or tossed away long ago. Everything I have now is too large, which is a great feeling..to an extent :D

CLCSC145
08-31-2009, 02:39 PM
I've got 7 sizes in my closet - 24, 22, 20, 18, 16, 14, 12. Personally, I'm less inclined to keep the sizes I've shrinking out of than getting rid of the smaller ones. but then I look at my closet and would rather just chuck it all and start over. A girl can dream!

cfmama
08-31-2009, 04:13 PM
Not a single damn thing. I gained all of my weight (well most of 200 lbs) in two years when I was 19-20. I got rid of ALL of my thin clothes! So I have to buy every single thing while I go down in sizes ;) It's a hardship that I have learned to live with ;)

matafleur
09-01-2009, 04:13 PM
I thought that was all in my head! I can wear a 2 Red in new sizing but I have one old pair of LB size 18 pleated khakis that are just a tad too tight. Nowwwww it makes sense.

Yeah, definitely not all in your head. When they changed sizing I wore 16 - appropriately sized but poor fit (because the cut didn't really suit my shape). In the new sizing I wore a very slightly snug but PERFECTLY fit 1 red (I was a bit smaller then than I am now).

I sent them an email pointing out that if I lose 15 lbs I would be a plus-sized woman who can't find jeans at the best mid-range plus-size shop out there, and suggesting they rethink their sizes. I got back a reply stating 'we will take your thoughts into consideration,' which I think is a polite way of saying 'go away!'

uclr0028
09-20-2009, 12:18 PM
I am into a size 26 pear of jeans and I have sizes down to a 16 (mostly donated from my sister and sister in law). I decided that as soon as I can fit into the next size down I am going to get rid of all my larger sizes.. I have to do some cleaning out of bigger shirts as they are not swimming on me. My thoughts were if I have nothing to wear, I am going to have to keep on losing weight.

LitChick
09-20-2009, 05:37 PM
I started out (barely) fitting into size 28s (slightly smaller in tops) and now I'm wearing in the range of 20-24, depending on cut. This weekend I went through my closet and put aside all the clothes that are now too big for me. What I'm fitting in now is the smallest sizes I had in my closet, and most of it are still pieces I will wear - the stuff that isn't I set aside as well.

There's a woman at my work who looks to be about the size I was and I mentioned going through my closet and taking the clothes to goodwill (my way of indirectly asking her if she wanted them without potentially offending her) and she was quite happy to take them.

Last night, a friend who has also been losing weight mentioned she had some 16s that don't fit anymore and would I want them. So now I actually do have some clothes in my closet that don't fit me - yet! But it's only a matter of time, and that will mean fewer interim pieces I'll have to buy until I reach my goal.

I say keep the things you'll want to wear if/when you get to that size, and donate/ditch the rest.

DCHound
09-20-2009, 08:33 PM
Yeah, the LB size range is actually quite narrow. They should expand at least a couple sizes in both directions. I was too large to shop there a year ago (size 30/32) and almost too small to shop there now...and I'm nowhere near having a "1" as the first number in my weight.

FitGirlyGirl
09-21-2009, 01:57 PM
I have gotten rid of aynthing that was too small for me and so trendy that I probably wouldn't wear it when I got back down to that size. The things that are too small, but that I will wear I keep boxed in rubbermaid tubs that are labeled by size in one of our extra closets (the one in the room I work out in actually). I am currently in a 16 and I have 2 boxes of 14s, 1 box of 12s, and a very few items that are smaller than 12. I keep out one outfit that is my fav in the next size down in order to keep me motivated. Since I didn't get rid of them I won't have to pay to replace them when I get to that size, but since they are boxed up in the other room I don't have to stare at them every time I get dressed. I also kept one pair of jeans in the largest size I ever wore in order to take pictures later. As I shrink out of things I put them in a bag that I keep in the bedroom, I always have one going, when the bag gets full I put it in my car and whenever I am near the place I go to donate things I drop off any bags that I currently have in my car. For me this always feels great- it shows I have made progress, I am giving to people who may be less fortunate, and the place is right next to the gym which also helps with motivation because if I go there without going to the gym I feel guilty.

Truffle
09-22-2009, 06:34 PM
I'm going to keep my largest pair of jeans for photos too. Can't wait 'til the day they get too big for me.

Enduring Infinity
09-22-2009, 06:40 PM
I'm currently a very tight 24 or a very loose 26, and the only other sizes I have in my closet are 22 and 20. Having any other sized pants in my closet would just seem WAY too small/impossible right now.

Working towards having the 24s fit better by Thanksgiving and the 22s fitting by Valentine's Day is motivation enough for me right now! :D