Weight Loss Support - Is anyone keeping fat clothes for the visual reminder?

12-06-2011, 11:29 AM
I've always operated on the idea that you get rid of the fat clothes as soon as you can no longer wear them. It puts you in the mind set that you will not go back there again, and you will not need them. Last time I lost the weight, I got rid of my fat clothes. When I gained the weight back, I wished I had those clothes! LOL! I never got rid of my skinny clothes, though.

This time around, I thought, why get rid of them all? We've all heard of hanging on to those skinny items as a visual reminder of where we want to end up, that goal pair of skinny jeans or whatever. This time I decided to keep one fat item. It's the last pair of shorts I bought, a size 16, because I wanted to look presentable for a family gathering. I was mortified to have to buy such a big clothing size. I wore them only a couple of times because I hated them. Not because they were ugly, but because wearing them was just a painful reminder of how big I was.

Now they're hanging in my closet, because I want to always have that visual reminder of where I was, and where I never want to be again.

12-06-2011, 11:43 AM
I am keeping one pair of jeans and one t-shirt and that's it. Gaining it back is simply not an option as I have health concerns that demand I keep the weight off or else mynhealthnwill go to pot again. But yes, I do want the visual reminder of where I used to be. But I don't need a whole wardrobe of reminders.

12-06-2011, 11:45 AM
I gave most away but a kept a couple of pieces as a reminder. I don't want to create denial like I did last time. I got rid of everything before when I hit a size 5, and as the weight came back on I had nothing to compare against. So this time, I'm keeping my highest weight pants, and when I hit my size 3 (my goal) I'm going to keep a pair of size 6's as my warning alert pants. When the 6's fit it's time to do get back down! And every now and then I think I would like to look back and see how big I was, to remind myself to never go back there.

12-06-2011, 11:52 AM
I only kept one pair of pants but I wish I kept a few more along the way. I only have a size 18 but I kinda wish I kept a pair of 14's and 12's. I never had a huge problem with my upper half so I didn't keep any sweaters or shirts. I wish I did tho!

And one of the things I did differently this time around was to get rid of 95% of my wardrobe because when my current clothes start feeling snug I have no fallback. It forces me and re-motivates me to get back onto the wagon!


Congrats on your amazing weight loss so far!

12-06-2011, 12:05 PM
I'm going to keep a pair of size 6's as my warning alert pants. When the 6's fit it's time to do get back down! That's an excellent idea!

I'll probably keep a pair of 14s. If 12 ever becomes too big, I'll keep those too. I might be hovering between 10 and 12 when all is said and done. I know I got down to an 8 last time, but I didn't stay there long.

12-06-2011, 12:12 PM
I'm starting to give away most of my clothes, but I will keep some pants in sizes 12-18 that I can't give away (they have holes, worn out, etc.) to use as reference.

I'm getting rid of everything else. I don't want to be able to wear them again.

12-06-2011, 12:16 PM
I've gone from a 22W to a 14 in pants and have got rid of all the large ones. I do have one pair of S16 denim pants for gardening but the rest are off at Goodwill.

12-06-2011, 12:19 PM
I kept my biggest pants (size 16 which were getting tight) in the back of my closet. And I still wear one T-Shirt that used to fit. It is more like a dress now. Nice reminders.
All other stuff gets tossed out (i.e. donated) immediately. I don't want to see it anymore and I definitely don't want an option for weight gain around. No way!
I also have a bunch of pictures as a visual reminder. :yikes:

12-06-2011, 12:28 PM
I was hanging up some summer clothes last night & thought "Well, I won't be wearing these next year". I haven't lost enough weight to throw out all of my biggest clothes, yet.

12-06-2011, 02:36 PM
I've heard of one contestant on the biggest loser who bought a pair of pants that she wore on the finale that had absolutely no stretch in them. She said every week she makes sure to wear those exact same pants once to keep herself accountable. I always thought that was a great idea. I probably won't do it with pants because I tend to gain more weight up top so maybe a nice dress with no stretch or something...

As for my biggest clothes. I still have some but it's more due to laziness. I really to take them to a consignment shop or something. ;)

12-06-2011, 10:13 PM
I'm quite the opposite. I keep my "skinny" clothes for the reminder. I still have my size four pants from 5 years ago that I refuse to throw away because I'll fit them one day :)

12-06-2011, 10:26 PM
Yes, I'm keeping a pair of my biggest jeans for reference. I like the idea of a "warning" size, so I may keep something that fits now.

I'm also keeping a pair of fabulous wool trousers I bought in Ireland - I'm planning on having them tailored next fall.

12-07-2011, 12:11 AM
I'm keeping some of them, because I expect one day to be pregnant, and money is tight enough with a baby on the way without having to worry about buying a bunch of new clothes.

12-07-2011, 12:16 AM
I am going to keep my fat clothes for maternity clothes :D *Crosses fingers*. Actually some of my clothes ARE maternity clothes. Which is sad. I'd like to think that even when I'm 8 months pregnant that some of these clothes will still be too big.

I will throw away most of them though. I've recently entered into a "fat-fat" clothes period, where my wardrobe is extremely limited, and I can't wait to fit into "fat clothes" and "kind of chubby clothes". I will be happy there, at a size 14 or so. Better than a size 24.

12-07-2011, 10:04 AM
I was just going through this dilemma myself. I just recently threw away all my granny panties that look huge now. I wore them for comfort and b/c I didn't really care when I was heavier but now I've recently bought so many cute [not sexy/uncomfy] pairs of smaller, lacy undies etc. that I finally went through and tossed all the old ones. The cute undies make me feel good right from the moment I wake up everyday. Looking at the old ones every day didn't make me see a big difference, I felt like I was holding on to them for when I gained the weight back. I've made a decision to never get that unhealthy again (7 months strong now) so no need for them! But I do think it's really smart to keep one item of your big clothes as a reminder, just not all of them!

12-07-2011, 10:37 AM
I do not keep fat clothes around. If I kept those larger sizes it would be saying "I will need you again someday". Mine are g-o-n-e gone !

12-07-2011, 12:53 PM
I have one skirt I wore at biggest and 1 shirt at biggest, 1 pair of pants from a size drop... and that's it. Everything else I have been giving away to those who also work corporate world so they are put to use and someone is getting my money's worth out of them. I will say that when/if you lose any motivation... hold a pair of pants you wear now up to the ones you used to wear, and even though that scale seems to be being stubborn, you will have proof in front of you of how far you have come! It keeps me on track

12-07-2011, 02:13 PM
I have been slowing getting rid of all my "fat" clothes and giving them to good will. I have pictures to remind me of how big I was, I think keeping the clothes might lead to another slow and steady weight gain.

12-07-2011, 02:23 PM
I am going to keep one pair of my size 22 jeans and i want to take them out of my closet once a month or so and put them on to see how big i was. I have lost weight and gained it back before, and i AM NOT going to go through this again. I think that will be a constant reminder of what happens when you dont be responsible with my food choices!!
Actually thanks for this thread, as i never thought about it before!

Beach Patrol
12-07-2011, 05:24 PM
I don't really need any visual reminders other than photographs. They show the progress just fine!! Plus, I've yo-yo'd so much in my lifetime, it's unwise to get rid of ALL my "fat" clothes. (Even tho I swear THIS TIME will be the LAST TIME that I have to lose weight...I swore the other times, too. :o )

Thing is, I just simply don't have room for my fat clothes, the clothes that fit me now, and the clothes I hope will soon fit again. Plus, styles are so in & out, I completely do not have the storage space! So I've gotten rid of nearly everything that was "fat clothes".

HOWEVER, I do have some totally rock'n clothes that are "too big" and yet I wear them anyway. I belt them, have them altered, do whatever, because they're THAT COOL and I just can't give them up, LOL!!!

But nothing feels as good as taking my big-*** jeans to the Goodwill, and then buying a much smaller size! - that is the bomb diggity!

Guess I'm not much with the all or nothing attitudes. :shrug:

WOW I JUST HAD THE COOLEST THOUGHT. 3 Fat Chicks should have a "Clothes Swap" section. Hmmmm.... :dizzy:

12-07-2011, 05:41 PM
Only my wedding dress, and a back-up deep-green dress I love. Ironically, I reached my highest weight while trying to lose weight for my wedding (I wish I had kept my Weight Watcher's weigh-in card with the 394.something weight listed on it).

Two reasons:

- it's my wedding dress (I'm not all that sentimental about it, as I won't have a daughter to pass it to - and even if I did, I would hope that she wouldn't ever need a size 34 wedding dress).

- and I want to use it (or the green dress) to participate in a TOPS awards ceremony (everyone goes on stage holding a piece of clothing in their old size (pants or dress, usuall) and then all at once, everyone drops them to reveal their slimmer bodies).

Virtually everything else has gone to a consignment shop (so that I can use the money to buy new clothes that fit) or to Goodwill.

I also have a few pieces that either have sentimental value (and I haven't decided whether to sell them or spend the money to try to have them altered) or they're so comfortable that I'm still wearing them around the house or as jammies. The comfy ones I wear until they wear out, or fall off me.

Mostly though I get rid of clothing as soon as it's too big, because I have to. There isn't much room in our budget for clothing, so I have to sell the "fat clothes" to buy clothing that fits.

I try to sell high and buy low, by taking my clothes to the highest priced consignment shop in the area, and by buying clothes in the lowest-priced shops (usually charity shops, garage sales, and church rummage sales and such).

If I didn't get rid of my fat clothes (since I'm still really fat, I guess it would be more apt to say my fatter clothers), I couldn't afford to buy anything in the right size.

12-07-2011, 05:49 PM
I will keep 3 or 4 articles of clothing and then trash or donate the rest depending on whatever condition it is in.

One thing I will never give up is my mother's red coat. She wore it at her heaviest just before she passed away and when she died I took it and wore it as my own coat. It was large on me at the time in December 2002 (now I am too big for it) but it smelled like her perfume and comforted me after she died. I don't care how small I get, it will *always* be my winter coat.

12-07-2011, 05:54 PM
I've always given away my "fat" clothes, then end up buying a whole new wardrobe of "fat" clothes when I re-gain. :( This time I've kept all of them, so hopefully I'll reverse the trend! Note - I've never given away my "skinny" clothes!!! Have 2 closets full of those that I hope to fit into again. :D

12-07-2011, 10:54 PM
I don't want to keep my fat clothes but I currently have to because otherwise I'm going to go naked. I can't buy clothes in Japan, I won't buy clothes without trying them on and I won't be in a country with clothes that fit me for another two weeks.

I don't intend on keeping any fat clothes along my journey. I've gotten rid of my skinny clothes (grudgingly in some cases, wished I hadn't in others) and I personally don't have any emotional need to keep the fat clothes.

12-08-2011, 03:15 PM
I think that throwing away fat clothes is the best idea, because it is a reminder and a confirmation that you will NEVER go back to how you were. I would however keep a pair of jeans or shorts that I wore the most at my heaviest, and a before pic in one of my shirts. But throwing away the fat clothes is throwing away all the weight issues, so don't keep fat clothes!

Precious Little
12-09-2011, 08:37 PM
I'm pretty much keeping all my clothes (within reason) because I can't afford new clothes every time I change size.

Once a piece of clothing becomes too loose I bundle it up and put it into storage. I don't have the space to keep everything out at once.

At the same time, the thinner clothes come out of storage from my "wish" pile and I try them on to decide if they should go into regular rotation.

I'm taking regular photos of myself in these 'thin' outfits as a visual reminder of my achievements and motivation. Now that I'm down to my (probably) last 5 pounds it's difficult to be objective about the smaller (and slower) changes I'm going thru.

12-09-2011, 10:02 PM
Heck no. I am not keeping anything that's too big for me to wear. I don't need the clothing reminders, I can see it just fine in the pictures I have. As soon as it's too big and I have to buy something new as to not look silly, it gets donated.

12-10-2011, 01:28 PM
I'm a poor student (but I always found more than enough money to eat) so I keep making my clothes smaller. I'm still wearing my size 16 pants, but they've been altered to a ~size 8 LOL. Sweaters and that sort of thing don't alter well so I wear some of them still, but with wide belts to cinch them in or I wear them with leggings. I pretty much look like a bag lady, but there is no way I'm buying anymore clothes at this size (I bought a pair of pants, a skirt, and a few tops).

The more clothing options I have the more comfortable I get at a size, the more likely I am to stay at that size, I was at my highest weight for 5 years and I had a fabulous wardrobe. I don't want to stay here so my sad wardrobe motivates me to lose more. I'm not buying anymore clothes until I reach 129lbs.

I do wish I had one pair of pants from my high weight that I didn't rip apart so that I could see how far I've come because some days I can't see it.

12-10-2011, 03:56 PM
No. I have 20 years of memories at my former size, no clothing reminders needed.

Chubby Momma
12-10-2011, 04:07 PM
I think I will keep at least one pair of pants when I finally start to lose some weight as a reminder of where I was and where I never want to hopefully end up again. I also think it will be great to show others all of my hard work, when it finally pays off. :D

loose seal
12-10-2011, 04:55 PM
I wished I had saved some of my bigger clothes from last time I lost weight. Yeah, yeah . . that time was thee time and never, ever was I going to gain any weight back. Welp, here I am. I'm beyond annoyed that I had to go buy a pair of 16 jeans. I have several size 12's that are too tight right now. Once I get back into them . . . and once they get too big . . . I"ll think about getting rid of these 16's. I'll probably keep them, though, so when I'm at goal I can put them on and go 'wow, you were huuuge!!! Don't go there again, dork!' :D

Beach Patrol
12-10-2011, 04:59 PM
I just had another "closet cleaning" session today, and got rid of MORE bigger-than-me-now clothes. It feels GREAT to try something on, look in the mirror and think..."Wow, this is TOO BIG for me now!" - so, nope, no keeping of the big clothes...

Bye-bye XL!
Bye-bye L!!!
Helloooooo MEDIUMS!!!!! :D

12-11-2011, 07:36 AM
I wished I had saved some of my bigger clothes from last time I lost weight. Yeah, yeah . . that time was thee time and never, ever was I going to gain any weight back. Welp, here I am. I'm beyond annoyed that I had to go buy a pair of 16 jeans. I have several size 12's that are too tight right now. Once I get back into them . . . and once they get too big . . . I"ll think about getting rid of these 16's. I'll probably keep them, though, so when I'm at goal I can put them on and go 'wow, you were huuuge!!! Don't go there again, dork!' :DROFL!! That's exactly what happened to me. D'OH! :doh: I got rid of everything big. Then as I expanded outwards, I wished I had them. Unlike many here, I avoided the camera with such a passion, if there are any pictures of me out there, they are without my knowledge or permission...Plus, I wonder if the ability to hold and see these big, ugly things will help me stay on track this time around. This time I mean it. I won't ever, ever, ever go there again. Three is the magic number.

12-11-2011, 08:06 AM
I have a lot of before pictures so I have those as a reminder.

Since I remember the size I used to wear, I sometimes grab that size at the mall just to remind myself how far I've come!

12-12-2011, 02:03 AM
Just took a boatload of "fat" clothes to the secondhand store this weekend. Felt great! Unfortunately, it means that I'm now stuck with my one pair of fitting pants and the few skirts that still fit me (with tights) until I go home in ten days.