Looking Good, Feeling Great - How long did you wait after hitting goal to buy new clothes?




alizarin
05-12-2013, 10:19 PM
So, I hit my official goal weight 15 days ago (yay! and very happy about it), but I still haven't bought any new fitting clothers - especially my old pants are very very saggy, and I'd really like to get new jeans too. But, on the other hand, this is my second time around losing this weight and I'm worried I won't be able to keep it off, or end up maintaining at a slightly higher weight - so I don't want to spend a lot of money on good clothes that I won't be able to wear in some time. So, how long did you wait for your weight to settle before going out and getting new clothes?

I might add that I'm not very fashion-conscious anyway, all I want at the moment for instance is one pair of jeans and one dress for dance classes, but I also want them to last me for a couple of years, so I'm willing to shell out some cash for good quality and looks that I love, and will likely also invest some time in finding the right items. So just getting "temporary" cheap clothing ... I'm not really interested in doing that. I guess I find shopping kind of stressful and not a pleasurable activity, so if I don't get a really huge reward at the end, I'd just rather stick with my saggy pants :cool:


bargoo
05-12-2013, 10:31 PM
I don't remember how long it was but I am sure it was not many days. I went into it with a no holds barred attitude, and spent way too much money. I was so happy to buy clothes that were not extra large, pants that did not have elastic waistbands, and I actually went to a normal store and bought normal sizes. Saggy pants ? I threw them out !

Alibaibee
05-24-2013, 04:12 PM
I bought things as I went along because I was just so excited to be dropping into smaller sizes! It was my second time around doing this as well, so I've been back up through those sizes too, once before -_-

But if I were you I would invest in one or two things that really make you feel good! You can wear them proudly as opposed to hiding in your saggy bottoms! lol


IanG
05-24-2013, 09:00 PM
I buy new clothes every two weeks as I lose! I have lost five pant sizes already and four shirt sizes.

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elvislover324
05-24-2013, 09:04 PM
I'm not at goal but trying not to buy too much, except I do. I keep having almost wardrobe malfunctions so clothes shopping is a must. I'm the smallest I have been in over 10 years so almost nothing fits that I have. I shop only with coupons and sales and thriftshops as I don't plan on wearing these new clothes too long either. Congrats on hitting goal!!

alizarin
05-25-2013, 01:40 PM
Thanks everyone for the replies :)

Today is day 29 of maintenance, and although I've still continued to lose in the maintenance phase, I'm pretty positive I do NOT want to go lower. Plus, I've told myself that I'll get new pants for 30 days of maintenance, so I'll go shopping pretty soon!! Exciting!

elvislover - you're right! It's really time to invest in a couple of good quality items that'll make me feel good about myself. I had to resort to using a hairpin to hold my pants up at work one day this week because I was getting dangerously close to having my pants fall down :o So, soon! Maybe I'll even post pictures :)

elvislover324
05-25-2013, 01:44 PM
Have fun pants shopping!! And 29 days maintaining is awesome, congrats!!

I have a pair of pants that I use a binder clip to hold them up. My husband did give me a funny look when he saw it (and told me to go get some pants that fit LOL!) but these are my favorite workout pants! And then I showed him the 2 patches that were ironed inside on the thighs. Too funny!

ReillyJ
05-25-2013, 02:32 PM
i bought all the way down but not a lot, just a couple pants/tops because i feel that it's important to try to look your best no matter what because it's motivating! And baggy pants are just...yuck, i can't stand it! Now that you're at goal, go all out and treat yourself and spend time ENJOYING the new you, it's what you've worked hard for!!

Roo2
05-25-2013, 03:35 PM
I agree bought clothes all the way through ! Having clothes that are falling off of me is not a good look...and my family always brought it to my attention...you're not wearing that mom in Public are you? So as not to embarrass and shame my children ...LOL .... I bought clothes that fit as i went along. Nothing fancy pants ,tops,panties...oh yes ...do not want droopy butt panties!!
Enjoy taking the Elevator down so to speak in clothing ....I enjoyed the drop in sizes was a great way to keep on track!

alizarin
05-29-2013, 10:19 AM
So I went to the Levis store and tried on a couple of jeans yesterday - I'm feeling ambivalent about it - I liked those jeans actually and they were really small sizes :o I didn't end up buying them though because the "I'm worried I'll regain all the weight and then this will just be a monstrous reminder of how badly I screwed up" thoughts won out again. Gotta say, I did buy smaller sized clothes in the past when I had lost weight, and tossed them out once I regained. Plus, I'm really really low in my weight atm, I don't even know if I can or really want to stay here. So maybe hold out a couple more weeks and get a belt instead ;)

I find it kind of amusing watching myself doing this ... it reminds me of my dog when she's curious but also afraid of something, and she comes a step closer towards it, sniffs, and then goes away, only to repeat the sequence 20 seconds later. That dance will go on for quite a while usually. That's how my clothes-shopping experience feels too! :D Curious and wanting but too scared to get too close!

elvislover324
05-29-2013, 10:41 AM
So I went to the Levis store and tried on a couple of jeans yesterday - I'm feeling ambivalent about it - I liked those jeans actually and they were really small sizes :o I didn't end up buying them though because the "I'm worried I'll regain all the weight and then this will just be a monstrous reminder of how badly I screwed up" thoughts won out again. Gotta say, I did buy smaller sized clothes in the past when I had lost weight, and tossed them out once I regained. Plus, I'm really really low in my weight atm, I don't even know if I can or really want to stay here. So maybe hold out a couple more weeks and get a belt instead ;)

I find it kind of amusing watching myself doing this ... it reminds me of my dog when she's curious but also afraid of something, and she comes a step closer towards it, sniffs, and then goes away, only to repeat the sequence 20 seconds later. That dance will go on for quite a while usually. That's how my clothes-shopping experience feels too! :D Curious and wanting but too scared to get too close!

Oh sweety, believe in yourself and get yourself some nice things! If it's the $$ investment, try a consignment shop or the Goodwill (the nicest pair of Levi's I ever owned was this past winter and they were $2.50 at the Goodwill. They didn't look like they were worn twice...).

And the dog reference, I totally get it!! And I love how you worded it, exactly like it happens at my house with my doggy!

You have worked so hard to get to goal, I hope in time you can finally make some peace with yourself inside and not worry about gaining any back. The difference this time around is that you have all of us. :grouphug:

bargoo
05-29-2013, 11:42 AM
"worried you will regain the weight" is a self defeating attitude. Why not be proud of what you have done and be prepared to maintain it ?You will feel so much better and certainly look better with clothes that fit. You do NOT have to regain, even if you did in the past, it is not a rule that you will regain. I have been that route, lose, regain, etc. I decided I would not do that again and have been successfully maintaining . you can, too !

SunnySide99
05-29-2013, 11:57 AM
Congrats alizarin! I bought clothes throughout (I lived in sweater dresses and leggings in the fall/winter). However I did not by jeans or anything that was not stretchable until after I hit goal.

Cali Doll
05-29-2013, 04:24 PM
I bought clothes the entire way down. I spent a ridiculous amount of money on clothing. There was no better feeling than buying medium sized clothes and never wondering if I'll look horrible in clothes. If something didn't look good on me, it was a fault of the garment. :-)

Do NOT walk around in clothes that are too big for you. You have worked way too hard for that! Big/saggy clothes make you look terrible (at any size), IMHO.

65X65
07-07-2013, 11:59 AM
I bought clothes the entire way down. I spent a ridiculous amount of money on clothing. There was no better feeling than buying medium sized clothes and never wondering if I'll look horrible in clothes. If something didn't look good on me, it was a fault of the garment. :-)

Do NOT walk around in clothes that are too big for you. You have worked way too hard for that! Big/saggy clothes make you look terrible (at any size), IMHO.

AGREE!!!! If you are on a strict budget hit the thrift and resale shops...but FEEL GOOD about yourself every day. Dig out those old necklaces and scarves too...It's time to call attention to your progress....

AND...when you need to downsize again...bag the nicest stuff up and take it to a resale place so you get a few bucks to go shopping with now...or if the season is right...wait til you hit goal and get a wad of cash .

I've changed pants sizes about every 4-5 weeks for the last 3 months....and don't forget you ARE worth it!

dstalksalot
07-07-2013, 05:33 PM
It look me a year and a half to lose my weight and no way was I going to wait that long to buy new clothing. :-) give yourself a budget, figure out what you need and want the most and go shopping. I lived off of the Goodwill and clearance sections and it was good to get new clothing. Been at goal for a month but still losing and am building up a tiny wardrobe still from the same purchase locations. I am trying to be picky and working with small wardrobe capsules.

alizarin
07-10-2013, 11:33 AM
Thanks for all your feedback :)

I'm now 75 days into maintenance (yay me!), and still have only bought one pair of shorts (because I didn't have any and it's sooo hot in SoCal at the moment :)). I think my question was slightly misrepresented: I think my problem is that I hate shopping for clothes ;) It takes forever, and I rarely if ever find _exactly_ what I'm looking for. I'm a pear shape, so everything's tight around the thighs and too loose in the waist, and I just find it in general more stressful than "rewarding" or "relaxing".

I agree with the consensus though, I really should go out there and get something :) Especially now since I've pretty much settled into my weight. But I'm also really good at excuses; for instances, I'll move this weekend and there's no gym at the new place, so my exercise regimen will be very different from what it is now, so perhaps that'll affect my weight? Then again, I also realize most of my excuses are the result of overthinking it :D

Thanks everyone :grouphug:

Lolo70
07-10-2013, 12:11 PM
I hate shopping for clothes as well. So far, I had to buy some new business clothes. I shop on Ebay, mostly because I only wear a couple of labels and know the sizes. Also, I could not afford to buy everything new and recycling is not a bad thing anyways. If you find nothing fits, it sometimes pays to go to a store like Neiman Marcus where you have a personal shopper. You can get an idea what works on you. You don't have to buy anything if the prices are too high for you, but at least you get a sense about what looks good with your body type.

sontaikle
07-10-2013, 05:30 PM
Thanks for all your feedback :)

I'm now 75 days into maintenance (yay me!), and still have only bought one pair of shorts (because I didn't have any and it's sooo hot in SoCal at the moment :)). I think my question was slightly misrepresented: I think my problem is that I hate shopping for clothes ;) It takes forever, and I rarely if ever find _exactly_ what I'm looking for. I'm a pear shape, so everything's tight around the thighs and too loose in the waist, and I just find it in general more stressful than "rewarding" or "relaxing".

I agree with the consensus though, I really should go out there and get something :) Especially now since I've pretty much settled into my weight. But I'm also really good at excuses; for instances, I'll move this weekend and there's no gym at the new place, so my exercise regimen will be very different from what it is now, so perhaps that'll affect my weight? Then again, I also realize most of my excuses are the result of overthinking it :D

Thanks everyone :grouphug:

I think you just need to get used to your new body and how to dress it :) I USED to hate clothes shopping, but once I figured out how to dress the new me, it became quite fun.

If you can, bring a family member or friend who isn't afraid to speak their mind. They can help you pick out clothes that fit and flatter you (which will make you look and feel 100x better!). For me it was my mom!! She's totally not afraid to tell me when something looks bad or good. It really helped to go shopping with her when I was losing and didn't really have a good perception of my size, because I otherwise would have bought clothes that were too big.

luckymommy
07-10-2013, 07:16 PM
Well, whenever I lose weight, I buy way too many clothes and then I gain the weight back and have to buy new plus sizes because I gave them away thinking I'd never gain the weight back again. Not this time. I'm buying things that fit at most sizes (stretchy comfy stuff) and when I hit goal, I plan to buy a few cute things but I'll hang onto the plus sizes forever, even if it's only to remind me of not wanting to go back.

happybug
09-14-2013, 07:29 AM
Go, now, what are you waiting for? You've made it! Buy one thing that you really love as your reward for doing the hard yards. I'm not at goal yet, but there is nothing more satisfying than fitting into your old clothes or going into a fitting room and trying something on and preening instead of groaning in disgust. Good on you!

HelloNurse
09-15-2013, 04:33 PM
For me, holding onto things that are too big is one of the things that precipitates weight gain. If I have stuff that's too big, then when I'm having a "fat day" where my favorites are too small, then I can always wear a pair of "fat pants". Then the fat pants become just my pants, and the last pair of fat pants is now a pair of goal pants. So this time around, I'm getting rid of things as they become too big.

Every season, I am purging my closet. For example, after the winter, I got rid of winter clothes that had gotten too big. Then I tried on all my summer clothes. Stuff that fit or was slightly small went in the dresser, stuff that was baggy went to Goodwill. Soon I will get rid of my summer clothes that are now too big, and start trying on all my fall/winter clothes to see what still fits and what is too big. Once I've done that, I'll know how much I still need to buy. I don't think I need to buy much for winter, maybe a pair of blue jeans. If something becomes too big to wear, it'll go in the Goodwill bag to wait till the end of the season.

I don't like to wait to buy new clothes. If nothing you own fits well, then after your hard work don't you deserve new clothes that make you feel as awesome as you know you are? Why assume that regaining HAS to be a part of your future? If you put on a couple of pounds, you can always diet for a week or two rather than waiting until it gets so out of hand that weight loss becomes another year-long project. I know, easier said than done. But I don't think any of us are on this journey to lose weight in the anticipation of wanting to regain it all.

BlackLace
09-25-2013, 02:40 AM
As I have lost over 80 lbs (even more if you count my pregnancy), I have had to buy clothes along the way.

I have had a fabulous time buying new clothes while maintaining my size for about 8 months.

However, I'm going to start losing again, so I'll now put off buying new clothing until I hit a new, smaller size.

RaisingThemLeft
10-22-2013, 11:02 PM
I bought as I went down. I went from a size 14 to a 4, so it wasn't like I could walk around in the 14's when I was a 6 or an 8, they would have literally been falling off. I bought 1 pair of jeans at a time, wore leggings and size M dresses, that sort of thing. When I hit goal, I went out that very day and bought nice, expensive jeans.

ReillyJ
10-23-2013, 07:32 PM
i pretty much bought clothes on the way down and especially nearer and at goal, no way was i going to not enjoy what i've worked hard for :)

rosemarry
10-31-2013, 08:02 AM
Its not take too many day. Why you not alter your old cloths so they fit to you. :carrot:

MrsKevin
11-01-2013, 11:26 AM
Great thread, have been enjoying reading it!

Well, as for me, it sorta hit me when within a couple of weeks of starting to lose weight (Aug 1, 2013 was my start date- a Thur of all days, and I didn't even notice is was Aug lst for a few days!! :lol: ) that my pants were getting alot looser. Like, "where's a belt?" looser. When I found my only belt, the holes weren't small enough. Huh? Can this be real? Maybe these pants were always lose and I didn't know it. Wait, that can't be it, I wear these every week! So, I tried on another pair that I had put in a pile to mend the cuff that were too snug earlier in the summer. Did they fit? Nope.. too big!

Then I noticed something. Other than those two pairs of khakis that were actually part of my uniform at work (yeah, I worked at Wally World), the typical things I wore were sweatpants! Why? 'Cuz they hid my shape and didn't bind me.

So, I actually had to go out and BUY new pants that fit properly. So, picked up the next size down. I was size 22. So, tried on 20-- too big! Huh? Can that be right? Maybe it was the maker? (Nope, same brand!) So, I tried on a 18 and they fit! I had dropped two pant size (again, same brand/design so it wasn't a different fit because of that)

Looking back, and thinking it over, when I was wearing sweats all the time, and then had to buy pants with a non-stretch waist I was horrified to see I'd skipped from about 16 to 20 without even ever going to an 18- because I had no idea what size because I was wearing baggy sweats. So, at this point, I had dropped from a 22 without ever knowing I'd passed 20 before hitting 18.

I don't ever want to have "comfy" pants (like sweats) again, but will have pants with a real waist/fit right-- so I don't somehow slip when I lose weight and not even know it by the snugness of my pants.

Oh, and Goodwill is my FRIEND. I find good brands (some higher designers too- maybe not the highest, but I have more Liz Claiborne in my closet than I ever thought possible) for rock bottom prices- many with tags still on them! When I see a good sale, I grab what I LIKE, not what I think I will have to "make do" with, because it's the only "plus size" I can find. In fact, I've been known to buy smaller sizes on purpose (for pennies on the dollar too) because I know they WILL fit at some point in my journey. Do I buy a size 8? No, because I will never be a size 8, nor do I want to me. By the end of my journey, I hope to be a size 11 and 9 at the smallest, because that was as small as I've ever been (in collage) and looking at old pix, I felt pretty good at that size, and looked good too.

What size do I get now at GW on sale? Well, I've picked up size 16 and 14. I don't want to HAVE to go and get things... I have them in my own closet now, because they fit or will fit in the next little while. (BTW, one of my newest size 16W pants DO fit, amazingly).

Will I keep my "fat clothes"? Once I reach goal? No, that's not my plan. No sweats, no loose clothes to "hide behind". I will keep my size 22-24 jeans that I started my "before" pix with, and that's it. I'll be taking my AFTER pix in them, and who knows, I might get to stand in one leg. :lol:

:hug: Suzanne/MrsKevin