Looking Good, Feeling Great - You know what feels better than eating?




MrsYoung0601
03-03-2013, 11:06 PM
Frickin' SHOPPING, dude! :carrot:

I dragged my husband to the mall of America, and spent about 800, I got 5 pairs of shoes, four pairs of earrings, an awesome pair of clear-lensed glasses with glitter and rhinestones, 4 pairs of pants, 6 shirts, and an awesome pair of gauchos!

I will admit, I was a little bit sad about some of the sizes I had to buy, but the clothes looked so damn awesome on me! And the shoes...OMG the shoes...one pair was a pink polka dot pair of sky high stilettos...I am wearing them to bed, I swear...And I finally found the perfect pair of pearls!

My husband is not excited about the amount spent, but he is supportive of me trying to improve my self image so he went along and carried the bags. I felt so fricking rock star! I ate at the food court and got grilled chicken cause I felt too beautiful to mess it up!

Thanks for listening. But if I replace overeating with overspending, I'm going to end up in the poorhouse!

Love you all!


HungryHungryHippo
03-04-2013, 12:04 AM
How fun!!! It rocks when you feel good about yourself!!

JohnP
03-04-2013, 01:47 AM
I'm probably going to sound like a jerk but I can't help but wonder why, if you're planning on losing a bunch of weight, you would spend a bunch of money on clothes that very soon aren't going to fit?


irishcanary
03-04-2013, 04:18 AM
Leave her be, the point is she is making herself feel better now. Why wait to feel beautiful?

A lot of us dieting chicks struggle to maintain good self image because we feel our bodies are very disgusting so why bother? I am only 23, yet my entire life i haven't bothered wearing nice clothes because i feel too ugly or disgusting.

It takes a lot for a chick to get the courage to start dressing nice and feeling good about herself.

Congrats about the shopping spree btw, it is awesome that you're hubby was soo supportive and i bet all you're clothes will look lovely on you :):carrot::carrot:

Misti in Seattle
03-04-2013, 08:19 AM
I've spent a lot of money on clothes that already don't fit and I am giving away a lot of almost new stuff. To me it was worth it, as most of what I had was old and worn out. I do wish I had bought a bit less of it, as it just did not "soak in" how quickly they would be too big, but I feel a lot better having clothing that fits me properly and looks nice on me, even though I still have a lot to lose. I don't intend to buy any more for a while, as I am now into the smallest of the sizes I bought, so will just let these get too big.

But hey, if it helps you, it is worth it!! You can always bless someone else with it when it gets to big!

LRH
03-04-2013, 09:06 AM
I think it's important to reward yourself along the way. JohnP is being practical, but sometimes you just have to be a little impractical (if you can afford it)! Congratulations and I hope you need some more new things, soon!!! :)

MrsYoung0601
03-04-2013, 10:09 AM
John,

No worries, not jerkish at all. Actually, probably quite practical...

I am planning on losing a bunch, but it is pretty demeaning to try to squeeze into clothes that don't fit properly. I just felt that much worse. Plus, like another poster mentioned, I hope to gift these clothes to someone who needs them on this board (maybe someone who come down from 400 to 300, for example).

And the shoes and whatnot, I'll be able to wear for much longer. Plus I feel great today!

Much Love!

MrsYoung0601
03-04-2013, 10:13 AM
I'm probably going to sound like a jerk but I can't help but wonder why, if you're planning on losing a bunch of weight, you would spend a bunch of money on clothes that very soon aren't going to fit?

Leave her be, the point is she is making herself feel better now. Why wait to feel beautiful?

A lot of us dieting chicks struggle to maintain good self image because we feel our bodies are very disgusting so why bother? I am only 23, yet my entire life i haven't bothered wearing nice clothes because i feel too ugly or disgusting.

It takes a lot for a chick to get the courage to start dressing nice and feeling good about herself.

Congrats about the shopping spree btw, it is awesome that you're hubby was soo supportive and i bet all you're clothes will look lovely on you :):carrot::carrot:

Thanks, that was an awesome reply, and yes, that's exactly how I felt for a while!

joefla70
03-04-2013, 11:03 AM
I just took a trunk-full of my fat clothes to goodwill last week. I had to get them out of my closet to make room for the new clothes. As I thought about it, I probably spent thousands of dollars on those clothes over the years. (Big & Tall clothes are so darn expensive!) Anyway, I didn't feel the least bit bad about the money previously spent on them because all that matters now is that I don't need to wear them anymore... and hopefully never will again.

I have to admit that when I was taking the clothes out of my closet, for a very brief moment I thought about putting them in my garage for storage -- in case I needed them later if I gained weight back. But I immediately put a stop to that kind of thinking and put them in my trunk and drove to goodwill. In doing this I thought about a quote from the movie "The Hunt For Red October" where Captain Ramius (played by Sean Connery) explains to his officers why he sent a letter to the Russian admiral notifying him of his intent to defect to the U.S. He told them that "When he reached the New World, Cortez burned his ships. As a result his men were well motivated." In other words, he insured that there was no going back. For me, giving my larger sized clothes away was akin to the burning of the ships. There will be no going back to fat!

Enjoy your new clothes, Mrs. Young. But hopefully you'll only enjoy them for a brief time! ;)

freelancemomma
03-04-2013, 01:39 PM
Frickin' SHOPPING, dude! :carrot:.....But if I replace overeating with overspending, I'm going to end up in the poorhouse!

Ha ha. Great post. After losing 50 pounds in 2011 I went a little nuts with clothes shopping. I overhauled my entire wardrobe and bought some really funky numbers -- the kind of clothes that prompt my teenagers to say, "Mom, you're too old for that." I probably spent about $10,000 in total, but I got some excellent deals from my favourite boutiques in Toronto. (I almost never do chain stores.) I've eased up a little and know I have to ease up still more, but I honestly believe that the clothes are a big part of what motivates me to stay on the wagon.

Freelanec

ReillyJ
03-04-2013, 03:07 PM
awww, that is awesome! it's wonderful to feel that way and yes, women usually don't allow themselves to because they put everyone else first. Sometimes practicality needs to go out the window!

i'm pretty much at goal but woefully broke so i can't spend any $$ right now on clothes, i would sure love to!!

Enjoy those heels!

elvislover324
03-04-2013, 03:13 PM
I'm so jealous!! Everything you got sounds awesome!!

My budget right now is the Goodwill and I have been getting awesome deals there so I can't complain, esp. when I get $2.50 Levis and $2.50 Jones New York clothes on a good day! I scored a nice spring barn jacket for $4 the other day so I was really happy. My sizes are changing quicker now so it's a good thing. And then I will donate it all back so it's really just renting clothes!

I just live vicariously through people like you!

Scondy
03-04-2013, 04:26 PM
Personally I spent 300 this past weekend on new things from Victoria Secret and Old Navy. I am taking about 100 worth of product back today, but the overall feeling of trying on something new in a new size is exhilarating! It helps keep the motivation going that's for sure. I still clung on to my small clothes from college and I'm starting to inch back into them. Also my old cheerleader shorts from high school. Oye vay. Never thought that'd be possible!

When you are 200+ clothing sizes seem to last longer, but don't give up hope or the hard work! Congratulations. If I can do this I know you can!

joefla70
03-04-2013, 04:55 PM
My biggest excitement came from my recent revelation that I do not have to buy my clothes at the big and tall stores anymore! I still have a way to go to get to my goal weight, but until now I had to buy most of my clothes from the big and tall store. And they are EXPENSIVE!!! Recently I went to Walmart and found jeans and shorts for $15 and less. The SAME exact items would have been $45 and up at the big and tall store. Its nice to be able to buy clothes at a regular store at 1/3 the price. Its like I was paying a fat surtax all these years!

surfergirl2
03-04-2013, 05:07 PM
I think that's great. I am way more motivated when i feel good about myself. Thinking about how fat and ugly i am has never motivated me to lose weight. I also recently bought some clothes while i was at my highest weight. I figure if that money goes to waste...it's a good thing, because it means i've lost weight.

joefla70
03-04-2013, 05:13 PM
I figure if that money goes to waste...it's a good thing, because it means i've lost weight.

Exactly! I think that is how you have to look at it.

elvislover324
03-04-2013, 05:26 PM
Its nice to be able to buy clothes at a regular store at 1/3 the price. Its like I was paying a fat surtax all these years!

Well said, joefla. It definitely was a fat surtax. Women deal with that too in the plus size store, it's so expensive.

Walmart upcharges on their bigger sizes too but I am finally almost a normal size, even if it's still an XL.

I tried on some things at Old Navy the other day; couldn't even believe some of the stuff was too big. I used to be almost too big for the plus size stores. I feel so blessed and lucky.

p.s. I want to see pics of the new items from the original poster even though I might drool on my computer!

ChickieBoom
03-04-2013, 05:47 PM
I went on a mini shopping spree about 30 pounds ago but that was because I didn't have any clothes that fit. It's so nice looking put together...something I stopped caring about as I put on more and more weight. My clothes are starting to get a bit loose but I'm not buying anything new until I lose another 15-20 pounds. I've been lucky enough to get some clothes from friends and family which I have put to good use. I plan to do a complete overhaul when I hit my goal weight so I'd rather not spend a ton of money now.

Jennifer1966
03-04-2013, 07:13 PM
I think that sounds like a great shopping trip! And if you grow out of something that you really love, you can always have it tailored. I have a great women I take my clothes to, and it's fairly reasonable!

MrsYoung0601
03-04-2013, 07:36 PM
YOU GUYS ARE SO AWESOME! I totally feel the love.

Yeah, there is defintely a fat tax for clothes, which sucks because it does seem that the bigger clothes aren't made as well...

I didn't think about getting things tailored if I really want to keep them. Thanks for that idea!

And, hey, some of my best finds have been at the Saver's (thrift store) and the Goodwill; don't knock it,guys! A lot of times, I find new plus sized clothes with the tags, so I send a good feeling into the universe, hoping that they lost too much weight to get to wear the item I am about to buy...good vibes and all that.

I am at work but I will try to post pics tomorrow before I go in.

I know that I should wait to spend that much, but personally I didn't have much to wear besides pajama pants and my husbands t-shirts (I was out of work for a while), and I feel better and treat myself better (watch what I eat, more motivated to work out) when I look better...just a slight vanity thing on my part.

Love you bunches!