Weight Loss Support - tell me about putting on your goal pants....and doing the goal pants happy dance.




taylor
10-28-2009, 12:48 PM
i have some jeans in the closet. i used to wear them. i used to look really good in them. ;) now when i put them on i cannot button them....i can't even get the button close to the button hole. i would estimate that button-to-button-hole-distance is five inches. :o that doesn't account for the muffin top i'm sure i would experience if and when i should manage to force that poor little button into its destination. the good news? my butt and thighs still manage to fit. that's something...right? :^:

so...can you tell me about fitting into some pants that you once thought it would be impossible to wear again? it just seems so far away....almost hard to imagine. i'd like to hear from people who have managed to work their way back into a goal size, or even smaller! need some uplifting encouragement today. :cheer2:

also, how often did you check in with the pants while you were losing? thanks!


Shannon in ATL
10-28-2009, 01:03 PM
I had a pair of tan Tommy Hilfiger pants that I loved... wore them well past the time that I should have put them up. I felt like you could bounce a quarter on my thigh they were so tight... and they had a little stretch in them, too.. :eek:

I can remember when I was able to put them on again and they were comfortable. I would have worn them every day I was so thrilled!

But what I remember more? When they were too big and I had to give them away. So sad to let them go, but so happy that I had to replace them.

And, I tried them on 'officially' once per week, but really any time the mood struck.

Those jeans will fit you again! I know they will! :cheer:

sprklemajik
10-28-2009, 01:10 PM
I do actually have one of those stories :) They aren't goal pants, but they were a mini goal pair of pants. I was an 18 through most of college, but as I was graduating somehow (not trying) I ended up loosing quite a bit of weight and was a comfortable 16. My mom worked at Avenue during that time and was being considerate and bought me a couple pairs of 16 jeans when they went on sale and a pair of 14's. Life happened and I never made it into those 14's. I gained weight and ended up as a tight 22 and 270 lbs. When I started loosing weight, those 14's looked like they were forever away. I tried them on in the beginning and didn't again for probably 6 months, but when I ended back up in 16's I started putting them back on every month of so. I'm comfortably in those jeans now. :)

-btw- I've got a size 10 little black dress hanging up in my closet that I'm working towards in the same manner now. Just try it on every once in a while to see if it's getting closer.


Fat Pants
10-28-2009, 01:31 PM
I used to have a size 6 pair of jeans from Express...they were my favorite. I wish I still had them (gave them away when we moved) but I do dream of wearing a size 6 from there again!

I do have a couple pieces of clothing that I try on and am surprised to see myself fit into...most recently a pair of size 8 dress pants. :carrot:

justaloozer
10-28-2009, 01:35 PM
No success story yet but I do have a pair of size 22s (more like 20) waiting for me! I try them on every once in a while. I think when I reach 275 I will try them on again!

Thighs Be Gone
10-28-2009, 01:38 PM
I bought a pair of Lucky's in a smaller size last spring--way too tight at the time. I completely forgot about them and accidentally pulled them out last week. They fit perfectly now! Yahoo!

My most favorite Happy Dance pants are my Tommy Hillfingers that are a size 16--definitely cut like an 18. I put them on now and again just to remind myself.

thistoo
10-28-2009, 01:39 PM
I have two pants stories for you.

Way back in undergrad (during the Dark Ages, naturally) my sister and I were working out together a lot. She has always been the 'thin' one, by virtue of developing the opposite eating disorder from me (thanks, Mom!), so she was an exercise addict/borderline anorexic (she's perfectly healthy now). Anyway, at the time we were exercising obsessively, and I guess she thought it would be good incentive to 'gift' me with some pants of hers that got too big, so I'd have something to work toward.

They were size 12s. I think the smallest I got down to was a 14. But for some reason I cannot fathom, I kept those pants all these years, and recently I tried them on, and what do you know, they finally fit! They are really not a very flattering cut (I don't do straight legs) and I will never wear them, but I could, and that's the point.

Another, better pants story: Flash forward to the present day, and once again my sister and I are workout partners (though I am the obsessive one these days). We also enjoy thrift store shopping together. A few months ago she picked up a pair of really cute size 10 Banana Republic pants. They're really light pink. 'Oh, those are cute for you,' I thought at the time, 'but my butt is way too big for pink pants. I'd look like a circus tent.'

Last weekend I went to her house to work out, and afterwards she dragged some pants out of her closet to give me that had gotten too big. I'd been complaining about sizing down out of all my work slacks, so I was happy to take her hand-me-downs. In the pile were -- you guessed it -- the pink Banana Republic pants. "I can't wear these," I said. "My butt is still way too big for anything this light."

"Shut up," she said. "If you can fit into them, your butt is not too big to wear them."

And what do you know, they fit. They even look pretty *good*. I wore them out that night. I expected to feel really conspicuous, I guess because my entire life I have followed the 'no light colors on the bottom, fattie' rule, but you know, I felt pretty good in those pink pants. I hope they will be too big soon, but maybe I'll get another pair when I reach my goal.

Rainbow
10-28-2009, 01:52 PM
My minigoal jeans will be going to the charity shop in the next month hopefully :carrot: I bought them for 3 when I was at my heaviest - they were meant to be 2 sizes too small btu they were a small fitting so nearer 3 sizes too small. I don't know why I bought them as I knew they wouldn't fit but then I thought maybe they would :?: Anyway, they didn't fit over my legs properly and when I did manage to pull them up they were at least 6 inches too small :( but now they are far too big but just about OK with a belt as long as I'm not going out anywhere :D I've replaced them with a pair of UK 18 jeans that don't fit me which are also a small fitting and also were cheap - they fitted just like my 3 ones when I got them though they are a little nearer to fitting than they were a month ago :)

taylor
10-28-2009, 01:57 PM
:high: these stories are awesome!! sometimes i just need to be reminded that this IS possible and real people ARE doing it. :dust:

Tomato
10-28-2009, 02:00 PM
I actually never had any "goal pants" but my closet contained a ton of pairs of jeans that no longer fit me. However, I was not really interested in fitting into them because I have had them for so many years that the style was totally out (I call it a "carrot" - tall waist, probably sitting ABOVE your bully-button, fairly roomy at the hips but narrow at the ankles). I had them in every size as I kept slowly expanding over the years.
I ditched them all a few months ago (I took boxes and boxes (and boxes) full of clothes to a charity store). There was one pair though that I wondered if I would fit into - it was a pair that I actually don't even know why I bought it it was too small at the time I got it (10 years later, it still had the tags attached). I did fit into it but it was a pair of "skinny" jeans (again, why would I EVER buy a pair of skinny jeans since I never liked them?) - the trousers were so tight that it felt like my legs were encased in denim condoms (I guess I can say now I understand why guys don't like them LOL) and they were so long that they would have needed to be shortened by at least 2" (and I need 33" inseam length to start with). Whatever possessed me to buy those, I will never know.

But, this summer, as I was decluttering the house, I found a pair of hand-me-down white shorts (and they were short shorts - just covering the butt) that somebody gave me years ago. I could not resist and put them on thinking they would be still to tight and to my surprise they were in fact a tad too loose on me. So I kept them just for the sentimental value.

taylor
10-28-2009, 02:04 PM
- the trousers were so tight that it felt like my legs were encased in denim condoms

:rofl:

well condom pants or no, i'm glad everything that was once too small is now too big! :)

Sylvied
10-28-2009, 02:20 PM
I love these stories. here's mine.

A few years back, I was roaming a secondhand clothing store when I came across a pair of Levi's size 10, non-stretch jeans. Being a poor student, Levi's were (and had always been) out of my price range and when I tried these ones on in the dressing room I could barely zip them up and I had to hold my breath and gape at my massive muffin top until I saw stars.

But I bought them anyway hoping to fit into them one day...I carted them across the country as I moved and periodically tried them on.

2 months ago I remembered them. I went and got them and pulled them on. They slid nicely over my knees, my thighs, my bum and up to my waist. I braced myself for the massive inhaling I would have to do to get the button done up (let alone the zipper)... but they did up easily and the zipper zipped up without protest... and, well there was still a bit of a muffin top but that's because they are slightly higher cut jeans than I usually wear.

I squealed and ran out into the living room where I proceeded to dance around joyfully in front of my husband.

The happy pants dance will come to you too. I promise.

justaloozer
10-28-2009, 02:36 PM
No success story yet but I do have a pair of size 22s (more like 20) waiting for me! I try them on every once in a while. I think when I reach 275 I will try them on again!

Quoting myself to say I tried them on just now and they fit AWESOME!!!! I also tried on a pair of stretch 20s that also fit! I just have the dreaded muffin top with them and they don't look quite good on me yet but when I got them, buttoning was not an option!!! Oh and the first pants are more comparable to a pair of 21s that I have, not 20. But still, they fiiiiiiiiit!!!!!!!!!! :carrot::carrot:

justaloozer
10-28-2009, 02:41 PM
:rofl::rofl:Condom pants!!!!!!!!

taylor
10-28-2009, 02:41 PM
:cloud9:

woot!!! that's a pleasant surprise on a wednesday!! congrats!

justaloozer
10-28-2009, 02:42 PM
Thanks!!!!!!!!

iDream
10-28-2009, 04:09 PM
What great stories!! :)

When I started this journey I was a uber tight size 16--should have been an 18 and the smallest thing I had in my closet pant-wise was a size 12. I had a couple of pairs of size 10 shorts, but those size 12 Levis were all I could think about. They were nearly new and were so small next to my 16's and 18's!

Come July I was able to fit into those bad boys and was thrilled beyond words! I never thought I'd ever wear them again!

Fast forward to September and I'm at Goodwill poking around for some Winter clothes...I grabbed lots of jeans in 8's and one in a size 6. To my surprise, nearly all the 8's were too big and the 6's fit! It was all I could do to not jump up and down screaming for joy in the dressing room! :lol: I never, ever thought in a million years I would own and wear a size 6 anything!!

Your Goal Jean Day will come, oh yes, it will! And when I it does, you need to come here to shout it from the rooftops!!! :)

taylor
10-28-2009, 04:45 PM
oh, believe me, i will! you will hear my shouting before you will see my post! :D

congrats on your new small jeans!

ajowens
10-28-2009, 05:02 PM
OOOooo! I have that pair of jeans. 250$ True religions that I have worn maybe twice as I got them on my climb up. I am still prob 15lbs away from those but....

I have a bunch of my favorite skinnies from guess that are a little bit forgiving considering their size and mine but I grew right out of them. I can not tell you what it feels like to have those staples back in my wardrobe. I might not be in my super jeans but it feels so good to be back in my older clothes and not in + sizes anymore!!!

Goodluck.

mom4life
10-28-2009, 05:10 PM
I have these favored size 8 pants that I've had for years. The other day I decided to try them on thinking they'd never fit or wasn't quite ready for.
Well when I was putting them on I thought "Hmm well they won't get past my hips." when they did I thought "Okay, the waist won't come together." When it did I thought "Okay, the zipper will barely zip all the way." well it did!! There's still some muffin on the top, nothing a pound off wouldn't take care of.
I'm shocked I will be able to wear them soon. I still have a size 6 that seems totally unreal that I would ever fit back into again.

Be patient, you'll get there. I know you can. :)

ubergirl
10-28-2009, 05:17 PM
my big one was fitting into a linen dress that I bought for my best friend's wedding EIGHTEEN YEARS AGO.

Mikayla
10-28-2009, 07:20 PM
OOOooo! I have that pair of jeans. 250$ True religions that I have worn maybe twice as I got them on my climb up. I am still prob 15lbs away from those but....



I have decided that designer jeans are going to be my reward for hitting goal, I'll probably go for lucky brand because I like the way they look and they are less than true religion. I know some people think designer jeans are silly but I feel like I deserve them :D

So I'm not at goal yet but just today I decided to try on Gap jeans today and they fit! I was near tears in the dressing room, being able to shop in "regular" store is amazingly awesome!

DivineFidelity
10-28-2009, 08:16 PM
I recently started working for Target, and I didn't own a single pair of khaki pants, so obviously I had to buy them. I went to walmart and grabbed a $10 pair of size 18s...didn't even try them on (because I only recently went from my 20 jeans to my 18 jeans so I figured they'd fit okay) and got them....

Well, as of yesterday I had to go back to walmart and look for more, because obviously 1 pair of khakis is not enough when you're working 5 days a week, and the ones I had gotten were falling down past my butt any time I bent over. I figured I'd just get a belt and a couple more pairs of the 18s, cause there was no way I'd fit into anything smaller yet and be able to wear it in public...

For kicks, I tried on a couple pairs of 16s, and THEY FIT!!! I was so excited, I think I did cry a little bit in the dressing room, and I definitely stood there and called my boyfriend and told him I was wearing a pair of 16s...haha. It was one of the greatest feelings, especially because my weightloss has been slowing down A LOT recently.

I did end up buying a belt, so that I could wear it with the one pair of 18s I bought last week...because I'd already shrunk too much to wear any of my old belts anymore...and the 16's are a little tight...but I'm not muffin topping and they're not so tight that they're uncomfortable...so I don't feel bad wearing them in public.

I'm STILL so excited! I just can't get over it =D

kellost
10-28-2009, 08:19 PM
I had some black capri pants from NY&Co that I used to love so much! I really never thought I'd fit in them again (a small fitting size 10), but I saved them in my closet for some reason. The joy is that by the time I remembered them, they were actually too big! Love that!

Now my real goal is fitting into my wedding dress. I'm getting pretty close actually. About 5 more pounds and I'm gonna try it! That will truly be a miracle!

DivineFidelity
10-28-2009, 08:58 PM
I just wanted everyone to know, this post inspired me to go through all my boxes of old clothes...i've got pants ranging from 13s to 16s and a lot of XL shirts and some of my favorite old hoodies that I haven't been able to fit into for a long time...

I found two pairs of jeans, a pair of capris, and a pair of bermudas that fit very well....another pair of black pants, a pair of bermudas, and a pair of really dark and slimming jeans that I got on and zipped, but muffin topped a little and would be comfortable wearing 5 or 10 lbs from now....I didn't try on anything smaller then a 16, because most of my 17s were tight...but I figure its because I used to wear them so much that they have shrunk...

and I found like 6 hoodies, several undershirts, and TONS of shirts...and even a few long sleeved shirts which will be nice cause it's starting to get cold.

I'm so excited!


Oh, and one of the shirts that fit, I used to wear in 8th grade! That was 5 and a half years ago!!!

I can't stop smiling.

Thank you so much for this thread! I don't think I would have gone through those boxes if this thread didn't exist...and now I get to wear some of my favorite clothes again (before they get too big that is...lol).

=D

Windchime
10-28-2009, 09:56 PM
Oh, pants stories....yay! I have a couple.

This one is from a few years ago. I had saved a pair of jeans from when I was thinner. I was losing weight so I kept trying on those jeans, hoping, hoping. Finally one day they slipped on and zipped right up. But they were hopelessly out of style! They went way up past my belly button and were tightly tapered at the ankle (like Tomato's carrot pants). They looked so funny that I brought them to work and tried them on for a friend in the ladies' room; we laughed until we were weak in the knees. So I tossed those old jeans and bought pair of Levi's that made me feel so cute.

Then I gained a ton of weight. So the Levi's became my goal jeans. And so I started trying them on when I changed my way of life this year and these are the jeans that I call my "midway goal jeans". You can see pics here--at the beginning, they fit just as you describe with the big ol' gap at the waist:

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/mini-goals/184055-what-does-50-pounds-lost-look-like-pics.html

And my final pants story: This past weekend, I tried on a pair of size 12 jeans. They looked awesome but were expensive. I bought 'em anyway and I cannot wait to wear them on Friday. Me. In size 12 jeans. I cannot believe it. Oh, and here is the best part: I was able to get the same jeans on and zipped in a 10. They were skin tight, but they were ON and ZIPPED.

taylor
10-29-2009, 12:35 PM
Windchime, THANK YOU for those pics!! that really helps me visualize the same thing happening for me. that is just so amazing, those jeans that you couldn't even button eventually became too big! :bravo: you look great!!!!!

this thread helped me a lot. thanks for all your jeans stories. and DivineFidelity, i'm glad you went through your boxes and slipped back into some old clothes! saves $$ and boosts the motivation all at the same time. :D

:yay: here's to smaller pants!

duckyyellowfeet
10-29-2009, 01:35 PM
I don't really have a "jeans" story yet...but I have a dress story.

I own a beautiful, floaty, white dress that I utterly love; I pull it out of the closet to just look at sometimes. I bought it two years ago and only wear it once a year...and this summer, it didn't fit. At all. Its a 16W, the bust was so tight and I had horrible bumps and lumps in it. So I had resigned myself to just buying a new white dress for my event in November.

I tried it on a couple days ago and it fit. I could zip it myself, the bust fits, the lumps I was so worried about are just gone. And, I still need Spax (its sheer)...so I'm going to look amazingly hot. I'm so excited :)

L144S
10-29-2009, 02:03 PM
I love these stories.

I am not a cloths horder, i don't tend to save stuff but I do save the good dress cloths, I am in my 40's so we aquire "good" stuff over the years. some of my good stuff is too big (yeah) and I have to find a dress form my son's bar mitzvah in the spring, the dress i wore for my older son is too big too :)

I have recently been downsiziing in jeans and have always been a 12-14. I am thinking that there is some serious resizing going on, don't want to bust any bubbles really, but I bought a 29 at lucky (I got into a 28 but it was not pretty :) ) (going back because of the price, and I am not sure where I am going to end up) and 8 at the gap and old navy. I have never been an 8!

As I said above I need to find a suit and a dress for my son's bar mitzvah and I have been trying on 10's and 12's....I will have to committ to something in the next 2 months....I am excited to look nice at his event and in the hundreds of pictures that come with that :)

mom4life
10-29-2009, 02:09 PM
I just wanted everyone to know, this post inspired me to go through all my boxes of old clothes...i've got pants ranging from 13s to 16s and a lot of XL shirts and some of my favorite old hoodies that I haven't been able to fit into for a long time...

I found two pairs of jeans, a pair of capris, and a pair of bermudas that fit very well....another pair of black pants, a pair of bermudas, and a pair of really dark and slimming jeans that I got on and zipped, but muffin topped a little and would be comfortable wearing 5 or 10 lbs from now....I didn't try on anything smaller then a 16, because most of my 17s were tight...but I figure its because I used to wear them so much that they have shrunk...

and I found like 6 hoodies, several undershirts, and TONS of shirts...and even a few long sleeved shirts which will be nice cause it's starting to get cold.

I'm so excited!


Oh, and one of the shirts that fit, I used to wear in 8th grade! That was 5 and a half years ago!!!

I can't stop smiling.

Thank you so much for this thread! I don't think I would have gone through those boxes if this thread didn't exist...and now I get to wear some of my favorite clothes again (before they get too big that is...lol).

=D
:hug: see, who needs to spend money when you have hidden treasures in your home. Some may be a little out dated but hey they fit, right? LOL
I love my jeans, even though they're 8+ yrs old. :D