Weight Loss Support - Y'all, I have lost my mind (and my wallet)




jennyplain
04-07-2010, 12:02 AM
Sometimes I do a little wish fulfillment in the evenings and browse Anthropologie's website, looking at the sale items, and figuring out how many more inches I have to lose before I can wear their clothes.

Tonight, I saw it.

You know what I mean. The perfect dress. The one you simply cannot live without. It is the dress I have imagined myself in for years - my style, my cut, my colors, my everything.

Except my size.

Oh yes, this size 16 (barely) mamasita decided to buy a dress that is not one but TWO sizes too small for her as both motivation and inspiration. Am I crazy? Probably. Am I posting here to find out if I'm not the only one who has ever done this? Definitely.

Am I in love with this dress? Oh, you bet your behind I am.

http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l0hk78doPJ1qbt6g6o1_400.jpg

So, 'fess up: have you ever bought something knowing you weren't quite there yet, but used it as motivation? I've heard of people keeping clothes they've grown too big for, but not as many stories of impulse buys in anticipation of where you're going to end up.


ncuneo
04-07-2010, 12:05 AM
I've bought a lot of pants that were too tight in the dressing room and gave me serious muffin top. I bought them knowing I would shrink into them and sure enough I have and some of those pants are now too big and in the donate or in case I decide to have another baby pile. This time is different and I KNOW I am going to get to my goal. I don't want to buy much else though because I'm not positive I know exactly what my goal is yet.

Katieee
04-07-2010, 12:12 AM
That dress is super cute!


diornotwar
04-07-2010, 12:37 AM
i've done that plenty of times! & that dress is super cute!

cmk79
04-07-2010, 12:40 AM
I don't buy clothes that are too small,but instead I'll browse stores online.I like looking at all the different clothes and imagining myself wearing them someday.It keeps me inspired to stick to my weight-loss.

ValentineNicole
04-07-2010, 01:27 AM
I do it ALL the time. There's even a pair of pants in my closet that I bought when I was 50 pounds lighter (105-110) that I swore I'd "get into soon."

On that account, I've never even seen them on me, LOL.

But overall, I think it's a great motivator! I love looking forward to the perfect outfit :-D

candy love
04-07-2010, 01:50 AM
I bought a pair of jean once that were two sizes too small I was determined that they'd fit when I got home knowing all the time they wouldnt fit (denial) then spend an hour crying because I was fat =/ but that was when I decided enough was enough so I gues yea i kinda have used clothes as motivation, however I did throw them out shortly after they made me sad to look at them lol

love114
04-07-2010, 03:23 AM
Although I haven't bought anything, I love looking at beautiful clothes and thinking about them to motivate me!

Love the dress, by the way! Super cute

caryesings
04-07-2010, 09:07 AM
Yes, I did this a few months ago. There was a dress I had been eyeing in a catalog that went on sale. I bought it 2 sizes too small, predicting what size I would be for the event I was buying it for. It is a style that has looked good on me in the past and not too fitted so should be able to wear it even once I get smaller than the size I bought. At least that's the story I told myself as I spent $99 on an outfit that I couldn't even try on. Luckily, it worked as the event I bought it for is this weekend.

jennyplain
04-07-2010, 09:23 AM
Congrats on making it down those sizes, Cary! That gives me hope, haha. I don't really have a specific "date" I want to wear it for, but my trip to the beach in September isn't a bad thing to shoot for.

CharlieBaby
04-07-2010, 09:41 AM
What a sweet dress! That will look wonderful on you, I'm sure. If you find it motivational, I say go for it! As long as you don't get discouraged that it doesn't fit yet. It WILL fit - and just think of how awesome you'll feel when you put it on and twirl around admiring yourself (would you twirl? I would totally twirl).

stillwagontsl
04-07-2010, 10:29 AM
I bought a size 18 skirt just a few weeks ago. I can zip it up, but it's not comfortable. I figured that it would fit in about 10 pounds AND it was on sale for $17.99. I just couldn't pass it up.

fra
04-07-2010, 10:36 AM
the dress is adorable! :)
I am one of those people that kept their old clothes hoping to one day getting back into them (without really believing I could, though); I do not have the guts to buy something new too small for me now... because I am worried about the money wasting. Keeping the clothes was saving money cause one day i might need em again (and I did, still can't believe it) but buying new stuff that maybe I will not fit into? Scary. So far, I still can't do it.

rachinma
04-07-2010, 11:35 AM
Not to be a huge downer, but there is nothing standard about the sizing at Anthropologie. They are a boutique and carry many different brands -- some that they private label as their own and some that they simply sell with the original brand label sewn in.

All the 12s at Anthropologie fit completely different on me. If you're really going to be in financial hardship, I would not keep that dress. (Though it is cute as all get out!)

PeanutsMom704
04-07-2010, 11:48 AM
Very cute dress!

Until a couple of days ago, I haven't bought something that was 2 sizes too small, the most I've done is buy something that I could get on but that was too tight to really wear. But 2 days ago, I ordered a bathing suit from the overstocks on Landsend. I wanted to get it now because the prices were so ridiculously cheap (I paid $17 total for both pieces of a tankini, the stuff that's selling right now not on clearance would have been over $100 for something similar). I had to guesstimate what I think will fit me this summer. I didn't get to try anything on of course, so I'm hoping that I was close! Hopefully, if they are really way too small or even too big (meaning if they fit me right now, that means they are going to be too big this summer), I'll still have enough time to order another size before everything is sold out.

jennyplain
04-07-2010, 11:55 AM
Not to be a huge downer, but there is nothing standard about the sizing at Anthropologie. They are a boutique and carry many different brands -- some that they private label as their own and some that they simply sell with the original brand label sewn in.

All the 12s at Anthropologie fit completely different on me. If you're really going to be in financial hardship, I would not keep that dress. (Though it is cute as all get out!)

I think I'll be okay - the reviews on the website said that it was true to size with their sizing charts, and that it's a little snug in the chest for large-chested people, but that was the only real complaint. I have nothing resembling a large chest, so it should be good, hehe. (Seriously, even at 100 pounds overweight, I was still a B/C cup, so I have this horrid feeling I'm going to shrink even more).

And the wallet thing was mostly a joke - I can definitely afford it. I don't buy things if I can't, or at least, not frivolous things.

Fat Pants
04-07-2010, 11:58 AM
SUPER cute dress!

I have done it before, mostly with jeans. It was helpful while I was losing because I could wear the jeans for several months because they were so snug when I bought them.

sarahyu
04-07-2010, 12:12 PM
I've done that only when I've found wonderful sales. When I was doing a good job of watching my weight. I thought it would be good motivation to continue losing-didn't work. But I do have several pairs of size 10 jeans because they were only $7. I have a whole bunch of blouses I picked up for less then $3 each all a size too small. but that's only because I was too lazy to try them on and got the size I usually buy. I'll keep them as incentive to continue my weight loss journey.

If I'm paying full price I want it to fit me now and perfectly-no hemming, no pinching.

Sarah in MD

jennyplain
04-07-2010, 12:20 PM
Hee, well, this was an Anthropologie sale. So instead of being ludicrously expensive, it was only ridiculously expensive. That's...something, right?

All joking aside, I don't think I would have bought it if it weren't that dress. Since I was a little girl, that is the exact type of dress I've always wanted. It's updated Little House on the Prairie chic, and as a kid who grew up thinking that she was Laura Ingalls reincarnated, I couldn't pass it up. I woke up this morning and didn't regret the purchase for a second, which I think bodes well for me!

WarMaiden
04-07-2010, 01:52 PM
I have a shirt on its way from Macy's that I had to buy in a small rather than a medium (which is my current size) because it was on clearance and they no longer had the medium. I was a little bummed about that, but I loved the shirt so much, I got it anyways...and it was only like 20 bucks. I'll fit it eventually.

So no, you're not the only one who does that. Although I generally try to buy only for my body as it is right now.

PeanutsMom704
04-07-2010, 02:53 PM
I have a shirt on its way from Macy's that I had to buy in a small rather than a medium (which is my current size) because it was on clearance and they no longer had the medium. I was a little bummed about that, but I loved the shirt so much, I got it anyways...and it was only like 20 bucks. I'll fit it eventually.

So no, you're not the only one who does that. Although I generally try to buy only for my body as it is right now.

getting off the topic here, but this never ceases to amaze me. You are my height and less than 20 lbs smaller, a not insignificant difference but not an enormous one either. And you are in medium tops, on your way to small, while I'm still wearing 2X. They don't fit great - they are big in the shoulders and huge below the bust, but anything smaller doesn't fit the girls (and I'm not even as big as as I was, down to a DD cup now).

It's just crazy to me how differently we can be shaped and carry our weight!

WarMaiden
04-07-2010, 03:28 PM
It's just crazy to me how differently we can be shaped and carry our weight!

Well, we're all very different in nearly every way. I am quite certain that I have a heavier frame (bones) and more musculature than most women who post here. I also am very pear-shaped, with insignificant boobage; so I'm in medium tops (equates to a size 10-ish) but 14 bottoms.

My diet and exercise are also really different than what might be the "norm" for many other women. For example, I literally cannot survive/function on the calorie levels that some women seem to find totally manageable. If I go down to 1500 calories, I cannot sustain my activity level at all; I need at least 1700 regularly to feel well and to keep as physically active as I like to be.

And I'm a night person, and I need more sleep than average, and I can't tolerate caffeine, and I'm insulin resistant and a sugar addict, and I have overly big and wide feet that are fussy about shoes, etc etc etc. I'm different, you're different :)

Anne Elk
04-07-2010, 03:33 PM
:lol: I have two pair of pants from when I worked full time -- in the 80's -- that I've kept all these many years. THey're a size 10 and I vividly remember wearing the khaki colored pair (the other is navy) at work with a bright red short sleeved shirt, red belt and brown leather flats. Yeah, Target colors but I worked in an office. I remember the pants being loose around my waist and that I weighed around 128 lbs ( and thought I was fat!).

You are not the only one to buy something too small or keep something too small as motivation. If I ever fit into those pants again that'd be fantastic. Motivation? Aye.

rachinma
04-07-2010, 05:04 PM
Well, thanks for nothing, OP. I went to Anthropologie at lunch today. Luckily, I was able to restrain myself. :)

Edited to add: I almost bought the Peeking Needlework Dress.

lizzybeth81
04-07-2010, 05:09 PM
I just ordered a bridesmaid's dress. . . A size too small. The woman at the store recommended ordering a size down when I told her I have lost 60 pounds so far. The wedding is not until September. But now I'm very nervous :)

mmiller2829
04-07-2010, 05:31 PM
I found a pair of reg. 14 longs at the thrift store the other day. I am in 18Ws. 16Ws if I choose not to breath. I got them because they were the brand I like and they were longs which are harder to find at regular stores let alone at the thrift stores.

Cute dress BTW

mllek
04-07-2010, 05:38 PM
A couple years ago I bought some gorgeous summer clothes at an "end of season" sale. They are still in my closet. At this point I'm not sure if I will be able to wear them THIS summer (maybe by August). I think I'm going to get one of the very cutest sundresses out. This may be the beginning of a wonderful goal! Think it's possible to lose 3 dress sizes in four months?

Jank52
04-07-2010, 09:56 PM
This will date me but I actually had a pair of Chic jeans that used to fit me so took them taped a sign that read "goal" on them and hung them on the outside of my closet so I saw them everyday :(
The dress will look adorable on you so if you can afford it keep it and I know you will be posting a picture of you wearing it very soon :)

Windchime
04-07-2010, 10:08 PM
This will date me but I actually had a pair of Chic jeans that used to fit me so took them taped a sign that read "goal" on them and hung them on the outside of my closet so I saw them everyday :(
The dress will look adorable on you so if you can afford it keep it and I know you will be posting a picture of you wearing it very soon :)

My goal jeans weren't "Chic" brand, they were Levi's. I had bought them in my previously skinnier period and then outgrew them, so I did the same thing--hung them up in an obvious place and used them as motivation. Someplace around here there is a picture of me as I lose weight in those jeans......

I don't buy clothes a lot smaller than what I can currently wear because it seems like I can never accurately predict what my body is going to look like when I lose the next 10 pounds. But I have to say that dress is really cute and I can't wait to see a picture of you wearing it! :)

Cali Doll
04-07-2010, 10:16 PM
Are you kidding me? I did it all the time!!! It's still difficult for me to buy clothes that fit just right (my inclination is to buy clothes a bit too tight).

:-) The dress is ADORABLE! I am such a dress girl now so I understand exactly how you feel.

Enjoy the dress. Hang it up wherever you exercise in your home. Look at it when the pain is intense. That's what I did. :P

LotusMama
04-08-2010, 12:51 AM
The dress is adorable; I can see why you bought it. Yes, I buy things a size or two smaller all the time. It is so much fun when you finally fit into it; you feel like you got a present!

Here's hoping that you are wearing that dress very soon!

Cheers,

J

Renwomin
04-08-2010, 01:41 PM
I'm very motivated by clothing, but I have never gone to the step of buying something too small. I already have cute clothing I can't fit into!

The real push for me to lose weight was that I have clothing sizes 14-20 in my wardrobe but I was growing out of size 20! Every time I go shopping for 22s I feel just horrible about myself and can never find anything I think I look decent in.

This morning I put on a size 20 shirt and I realized after I got to work that I am just swimming in it. It is way too big! I'll have to try on some different clothing when I get home. Woo!

Petite Powerhouse
04-08-2010, 01:56 PM
I've never bought something a little small simply because I know that, no matter what size I am, some things are going to look good on my body and some things aren't. I definitely wouldn't ever do it with jeans because there is a difference between jeans fitting and jeans appearing to be tailor-made for your body. I like my clothes to always look like they were designed with me in mind. In particular, jeans can fit in very different ways across my backside. With dresses, on the other hand, my concerns are often up front.

But as a motivator? I totally get it. And who knows? That dress just might be the one that ends up looking like it was made for you.

Alicia87
04-08-2010, 09:18 PM
That dress is soo cute!! And yes, I do that all the time. My sister scolds me and says to buy clothes that fit me now. But I've done that before and when you fit into the clothes that used to be waay too tight...it's such a GREAT feeling :)