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linJber
10-10-2013, 01:26 AM
I'm curious as to how many of us feel that getting rid of clothes that are too big helps in maintaining weight loss. Here's my experience:

When I weighed over 250 pounds, I wore size 22W or 24W jeans. I started losing in January 2011 and at about 20 pounds down, my pants were too big, but I sew well enough that I altered them (twice, actually) at -20 and -40 pounds. By then it was spring and I bought one pair of size 18 jeans to get by. Then it got to be late spring / early summer and I needed a new pair of jeans for a party and bought one pair of size 16, but otherwise was able to wear shorts (pull-on, inexpensive, from K-Mart) for the summer. I had also altered sweatshirts that I wore to work, but had to buy new short sleeved tops for summer. At the end of summer as the weather turned cooler, I needed size 12 or 10 jeans and slacks and that's where I am still. I took advantage of end of summer sales and bought a few pairs of nicer shorts and a ton of tops on clearance for summer 2012. My main point being that I gave away all my size 24W and 2X stuff. I even gave away the few summer things from 2012 that were a size or so too big. Now all I have are clothes that fit me now. Except for one pair of size 24W jeans that I'll keep forever as a reminder of how big I actually was.

If I were to gain weight, I'd have to buy new clothes. This has been a huge deterrent to me and I've managed to stay pretty close to 162 - 165 for just over 2 years now. I had friends tell me I was crazy for giving it all away. I hope I will never need the biggest stuff again, so it was OK to give all that away - pants, tops, skirts, dresses, coats, jackets, even shoes. There wasn't much in-between stuff anyway, and what I did buy was inexpensive and was donated to a shelter (so I don't feel bad about that.)

For the life of me I can't remember what I did when I gained all the weight all those years ago, but I must have just bought new stuff as the old stuff got too tight. (Telling myself yet another outfit got shrunk in the wash?) How about the rest of you? Any thoughts? I'm of the mind right now that if we are serious about changing our life style and health for the better, it means making a commitment to ourselves, hopefully forever. That means, to me, no "fall-back" clothes. It's just my opinion, but I believe that keeping all those sizes of clothes would have been like telling myself that there was no way I'd succeed, that I had no confidence in myself, and that it was OK to go back to the old me after working hard to make changes.

Anyone?

Lin


SuperHeroTeacher
10-10-2013, 01:34 AM
Your post is timely for me and I appreciate the perspective from the other side. I'm down 55 pounds, with more than 50 still to lose. I haven't purchased any new clothes, partly because I don't want to waste money on clothes that will (hopefully) only fit for a few months. My mom took all my shorts in over the summer and a few pair of capris. Now that fall is here I realize none of my cooler weather clothes fit. I've been so frustrated that I'm constantly pulling my pants up! Your post has given me reason to go buy new clothes - so I can get rid of the fat clothes!

Mozzy
10-10-2013, 01:44 AM
I got rid of all of my "fat" clothes when I hit onederland. No looking back for me! Currently I only have one pair of jeans that for since I've gained a few pounds back :(


KatMarie
10-10-2013, 08:01 AM
The second any clothes got too big for me, I got rid of them. It was a tool that helped me continue to lose, because I sure was not going to go buy bigger clothes, only smaller clothes! Now that I'm at goal, I do have one pair of jeans that are just a tad baggy for those days when I'm a little bloated. I don't even have any baggy sweats...I used to live in those. I have sweats, but ones with waistbands and if I gain they'd be tight around the waist. I even threw away the one outfit I had kept to remind me of me at my heaviest...that's not me anymore.

happybug
10-10-2013, 08:19 AM
I'm at the stage of getting rid of my fat clothes right now. I'm just so glad I didn't get rid of my skinny clothes when I was fat, LOL. I'm loving being able to fit back into my smaller clothes. I love pulling stuff out and putting it on and having it fit. I never want to wear my fat clothes again and I certainly don't want to keep them in the off-chance I might gain weight and need them, LOL.

Dreamgyrl
10-10-2013, 08:58 AM
I get rid of them, especially if I can no longer have them altered in order to fit properly. Not only is it a deterrent to gaining lbs, but I want to look nice and well put together regardless of my size.

And not to mention all of the valuable closet space I would lose. lol

time2lose
10-10-2013, 09:36 AM
This post comes at a perfect time for me. I lost regained and have lost again. So I have been debating what to do with the too big clothes. Part of me is afraid to let go of the too big clothes but maybe I should get rid of them. I need to give this more thought. I have considered just keeping the few items that I liked.

Whatever I decide, I will keep a couple of the largest pieces of clothing to remind me where I was.

lotsakids
10-10-2013, 10:16 AM
I have been boxing the clothes up. I wish I were talented in sewing. Someone gave me some clothes over a year ago - before I started losing weight but they were too small. I've pulled them out and now they are too big! Oh well. I'm thinking thrift stores until I get where I want to be, but I'm going to make a rule that I drop off clothes at the same time. I'm no fashion plate to be sure, but wearing pants that look downright silly on me is just not going to happen.

time4me2change
10-10-2013, 10:59 AM
I like buying clothes, and on average 'spruce' up my wardrobe every winter and summer....

so basically I cannot wait to get rid of (in my head I kind of wish I could make a massive bon fire and burn them all) all my fat clothes...even my brand new $70 dress I just bought this summer....

I cannot wait.... I will happily buy an in between wardrobe, and if needed get things altered....

I am sorry if some people think this is a waste of money or something but I have also gotten rid of many of my 'thinner' clothes.... (the ones |I wore before I got hippo-fat) and my mum and I had a discussion, we like to shop and we want 'new'.

This summer I got rid of about 6 garbage bags of clothes (all donated unless they were ratty) and still have a full closet and dresser at home... I probably won't NEED to buy clothes for at least 50-75 pounds, but I'll still do it.

I consider it one of my rewards of weight loss.

just my opinion.

just want to add that I am expected to dress fairly professionally for work, and many clothes don't last in Egyptian washing machines for very long so many of my clothes will be worn out by June anyways.

Frances123
10-10-2013, 11:00 AM
I'm with KatMarie. I started this journey at 265 pounds and a size 22/24. I hated all of my clothes, and it was so depressing every fall to get down that 2XL storage box and unpack those awful clothes yet again. This year, I was able to fit into a size 16 and many of my saved XL fall/winter tops recently (around 225), so everything else WENT. :carrot: Not just because they could be perceived as a safety net, but because I HATED them and never wanted to see them again. Even though I like my 16s, as soon as I can fit into my 14s*, they're GONE. No looking back!

*Because of my yo-yo dieting, I have nearly an entire wardrobe in every size from 10 - 24...thanks, Goodwill! :D

Elladorine
10-10-2013, 12:24 PM
(Telling myself yet another outfit got shrunk in the wash?)
Yeah, that's pretty much what happened to me. And not only that, clothes from the store were apparently smaller than they used to be! :dizzy:

I guess my reasoning was that I'd been a 22/24 and a 2X for pretty much all of my life, and I got really delusional in thinking that I couldn't get any bigger. For example, I reached a point where it was literally painful to sit down in my jeans, as they'd cut into my belly. My solution? Don't bother zipping up while at home. :lol: The extra problem? Sitting in them with the zipper undone stressed the zipper itself too much, causing it to break. :o I went through more pairs of jeans than I'd care to remember by busting the zipper like that. Oh, and my 2X shirts would have to be stretched out over my knees before wearing because either they shrunk in the wash or simply weren't big enough when I'd buy them. I eventually bought fake elastic "jeans" which were more forgiving than I'd realized, and I bought bigger shirts not because I was bigger, but because I needed something 'baggy."

So I was genuinely convinced that all my old stuff shrank and that store sizes simply weren't what they used to be. :o

I didn't really get my wake-up call on how much I had gained until the day I realized that not even the plus sized stores carried jeans big enough to fit me. :( I could still get by on stretch pants, but I honestly have no idea what pant size I actually escalated to. I was ready to celebrate on the day I was able to buy a pair of real jeans again, and even moreso when I finally got back down to a 22/24.

I most recently worked my way down to wearing 16's, and have donated 90% of anything I owned over an 18. As for shirts, I've thrown out pretty much everything that simply makes me feel fat. I did hold on to some of my nicer shirts a size or two bigger than what I'd gotten down to, simply because I thought they might come in handy if I ever got pregnant . . . and they indeed have come in handy these past few months. ;)

Oh, and I've hung on to one shirt at my largest size because don't want to forget where I've come from. It's not me anymore, but I use it as a tool in my TOPS group to help motivate others:

http://distilleryimage11.ak.instagram.com/77b00d5c6a6611e2b68522000a1fb1ee_7.jpg

:dizzy:

But to get back to the original intent of the post, I think it's a good idea to get rid of clothes you've out-shrunk so you have nothing to fall back on. Oh, and I also don't ever want to become delusional about my size again. :o

amandie
10-10-2013, 12:47 PM
Like the OP, I can sew well by hand but better by machine so I took in a lot of the old clothes I had and threw them out once it got too wonky to take in anymore. I bought a lot of dresses and a lot of leggings for "in-between" stages since dresses are more forgiving and easier to take in. Dresses are also easy to layer up with a cardigan of some type, leggings and boots for cooler/cold weather.

The only thing I have from my "fat" period is a pair of size 24 jeans.

reallytrying
10-10-2013, 01:02 PM
I ridded myself of all my fat clothes. It felt very liberating to do so. I was wearing a size 22/24 and XL/XXL shirts. I have no clothes over a size 16 in my wardrobe. I even got rid of the size 22 jeans I had to remind me of where I was. But like Kat said, I trashed those because that is NOT me anymore. I went to H&M today and tried on a 40 dress (US 10). It fit. I never ever thought I would see the day where I could wear a size 10. I'm still trying to wrap my head around it, two hours later.

Sheridan
10-10-2013, 01:21 PM
HI,
I made a quilt out of some of mine. It serves as a reminder of those dark days which for some reason motivates me to stay on track.

Whatever works is the way to go. My friend keeps her and that is her way of reminding herself what can happen and moves her right away from dessert.

Good luck to all in this journey.

Sheridan

LadyPetite
10-10-2013, 01:41 PM
I plan on giving away my old clothes that will be too big for me. I don't have anything nice that needs to be tailored so I don't have to worry about altering anything. Well, maybe the shirt I have to wear for work. It's a 3X (my boss couldn't find any in 2X) so I guess that could be my before/after shirt to see how long I've come.

silentarctic
10-10-2013, 02:13 PM
I have a friend who is a pinterest junkie, and I think if I ever lose enough weight and any of my bigger clothes are still in good condition...I'm sure she'll help me mod some of them into new peices. For the most part I feel like they will all be ratty and will be time to get rid of them anyhow. (most of my jeans are at that point NOW where I'm only wearing them to get the last few usages out of them before I trash them...)

Honestly I seem to wear the same size from the 280lb zone to the 350lb zone at LEAST. So I have a ton of weight loss to do before this is a real concern of mine. I'm not too worried I like buying clothes, and never let the fact that i was gaining or losing weight stop me. I have a couple cute dresses that I MAY try to get taylored should that ever become necessary but mostly , a way to justify shopping? Heck yes!

Hopegrowsagain
10-10-2013, 04:25 PM
I have to chime in and say get rid of them! Too easy to slack off when you know you have clothes that still fit. I hit 199 and nothing fit, had to replace everything even shoes! Expensive but fun! Glad for thrift stores!!

alaskanlaughter
10-10-2013, 06:32 PM
my clothes dont seem to hold much meaning for me....they never did....i like to be comfortably dressed, which is my main concern, and then somewhat appropriate for work, which is also a comfortable-clothing zone (work w/kids)

i went through my closet once in the couple years that i've been working on weight loss and only because we were rearranging to make space for other stuff in there....i bagged up everything that was too big and stuck it in the garage...i dont own alot of clothes and never have, i hate to shop and still do...having bigger clothes in my closet didn't mean anything to me and it doesn't bother me to have them sitting in the garage in bags now...

i went through the bags in the garage twice...once to find a hoodie that i wanted to use while running outside and once because i have a favorite grey sweater in there that i wanted for the "baggy" look...unfortunately it was SO BAGGY that it wasn't quite the look i wanted so i stuffed it back in there lol

i hate to throw away my clothes or even donate them because i feel like i'm "wasting" them and we grew up very remote and slightly poor so i hate to get rid of things

in fact i have a swimsuit in my dresser that i was wearing at around 240 pounds and i tried it on and it was laughably big, not even appropriate for the pool....but i still put it back in the drawer because somewhere down the road maybe i'll have a use for it besides actually wearing it again lol

Angihas2
10-11-2013, 10:03 AM
I've been all the way up to size 28 and pushing out of them and can comfortably slide into a juniors 15/13 now. I gave them all away to consignment shops like Plato's Closet for in store credit and shop there or other stores like it. I pretty much break even and now that I'm flying through sizes more quickly I'm getting more bang for my buck so to speak. Any professional styled clothing is donated to local organizations that help get disadvantaged women back in the work force.

If I have those baggy or to big clothes, it's way to easy for me to grab the next size up and mentally blame bloat, safer to have them gone

sportmom
10-11-2013, 06:56 PM
I thought Plato's closet only took high end designer brands, or is that not true? I've been bagging stuff and putting it away, piling it up for the next time the charity truck drives through the neighborhood. But most of my stuff is lower end/discount store stuff because I refused to buy nice things very much - plus they don't really come in large sizes.

I have a game called "one and done." It's the rule for some of my stuff that's still NWT from the late 90's or early/mid 00's! I can't just pack that stuff up with tags - it's good mental cleansing to wear it once and say - done with you! Even if the people at work are counseling me about the need to buy new clothes because of my baggy but and too long pants. It's pretty funny but therapeutic BIG TIME! I get rid of it all bc it will never fit again!! This is a lifestyle now at 7+ months and not a temporary diet.

tefrey
10-12-2013, 12:33 PM
I can't afford to buy all new clothes right now, and I hope to lose a few more sizes, so I wear my big clothes as long as possible ... but once they no longer fit, despite all my tricks, I will get rid of them.

When I get new clothes though, I stick with styles that will still look good oversized and will be easy to alter when the time comes.

AwShucks
10-12-2013, 10:25 PM
As someone who in the past lost and regained 100 lbs, and before that 90, and before that 75, and before that 40.... I'm not keeping anything that's too big for me this time around. This is the LAST time I lose this weight. I also won't purchase stretchy pants for wearing outside of the gym... there's too much temptation there. I'm really enjoying wearing comfortable and fashionable clothes now. There's to much novelty in that to go back to my old ways. I think the fashion options might be my favorite part of achieving the weight loss right now.

PUPMOM5
10-12-2013, 10:29 PM
I get rid of all of my clothes as they get too big, but I have very little space for clothes so I have to make it count. I do wish I had kept something from my biggest size for future reference.

IanG
10-12-2013, 10:36 PM
I spent $$$$ on new clothes. Every size I went down, I bought new ones. I kept two sizes above current and donated/threw out the rest.

Not the best approach.

But that is what I did.

Some of the new clothes I bought, I never wore. They were simply too big by the time I got to try to wear them.

I am down 8 waist sizes in pants.

And 6 sizes in shirt collar sizes.

Underwear has gone from XXL to S.

So you can do the math.

I even lost a frickin' shoe size.

nitrus29
10-14-2013, 05:09 PM
OMG old clothes are such an eye opener now! It's funny I came across this post cause while getting ready for work this morning, I accidentally pulled out a pair of 22W pants that I wore forever. I opened them up and couldn't believe how big they were. I tried them on without unbuttoning and they slid right off. I told myself I need to clean out the closet before winter starts and I guess I am going to hold on to the pants as a reminder of what I used to be!!

seaurchin
10-14-2013, 05:34 PM
The first time around, I hung on to my fat clothes. This second time around, I've given them away as they become too big. I went from a size 18W to (my current size 12 pants and froma a 2x top to an XL after losing 50 pounds. I did keep my skinny clothes from 15+ years ago and find that my size 12's are still a bit tight. I think sizes are running slightly bigger now than they used to. Has anyone else experienced this?

PUPMOM5
10-14-2013, 06:53 PM
Ian, I would kill to lose a shoe size! Hasn't happened yet but my fingers are crossed.

toastedsmoke
10-15-2013, 08:41 AM
Definitely yes, to giving away your new clothes. I got down to the 150s as size 6-8 and had a massive clearout (of my size 12-22 clothes), I think maybe I had a single pair of pyjamas left in maybe a size 16. I had a couple of huge shopping sprees to replenish my wardrobe and made sure I bought things that fit. I maintained in the 150s for about a year. In the past few months, I've gained back 20+ lbs and now all my clothes are super tight. I work in a somewhat professional setting so I have no choice but to dress up for work. The situation has become dire and I'm super motivated now to make the changes I need to get back to where I was at least. I don't have a choice, it's that or nudity.

I'm sooo sooo glad I gave away all my big clothes because if not, I'd just be picking them out of storage and putting them on and one day I'd wake up back in my biggest clothes. Now the tightness of my pants means that I'm mindful of the need to get back on plan.

Lori Bell
10-15-2013, 12:26 PM
I neatly boxed and labeled each clothing size as I dropped from a size 30 to a size 6. I kept them all for several years because in the past I had purged old clothes rather quickly only to find myself hanging my head in shame as I repurchased fat clothes.

I guess because I had been there/done that I didn't have the guts to get rid of things quickly. After being a maintainer for about 3 years I finally donated everything to a local charity. Then at around my 4 year anniversary things started going haywire. Stress, stress and more stress followed by a poor me attitude found me up around 30 pounds in no time at all. At the beginning of summer I found that none of my shorts fit and once again I headed to Wal-Mart for cheap ugly clothes with elastic waistband. I kept wearing them and pretending that no one noticed. Well, once I realized that fall/winter was about to hit and even my shirts/blouses were too tight I decided I was NOT going to buy more fat clothes. I think if I would still have that box of 8-10 clothes I would have just dug them out and remained in denial, but since I had nothing to fall back on I recommitted to my health and have lost about 1/2 of what I had gained. I only have one pair of jeans and one pair of slacks that will button at this point, but I'm confident that I'll get into the rest by the time winter hits.

So, yeah, I'm glad I got rid of the old clothes, or I wouldn't be posting here today and I'd probably be looking for my box of size 12-14 clothes by now!

HelloNurse
10-15-2013, 12:32 PM
Toastedsmoke and Lori Bell both just confirmed what I thought; I suspected that if I keep the fat clothes then I just gain back into them. I figure that if I only have the smaller clothes then if I gain a few pounds I will notice it when my clothes are tighter and I can get it under control before going back up in clothing sizes.

smashlers
10-16-2013, 08:23 AM
I have gone through my things two times now and bagged up the saggy old baggy ones and donated them to goodwill. I never really had nice clothes to begin with, so its fairly easy for me to just purge. My fiance gets fairly annoyed with how many clothes items I have, so sometimes I theatrically pull things out of my closet and bag it up in front of him just to see his eyes light up out of joy. :lol:

It does sting a little bit with dresses. I have bought several semi-formal dresses over the years that cost a boat load and now they just sit there... I have debated taking them to Platos Closet, but I have a fear that those girls may judge my size 18/20 or that I will put them in an awkward position to turn me down.

Another thing that is slightly sad is all the vintage dresses. They seriously cost me $4 each, but I just can't seem to quit the polyester paisley.

HelloNurse
10-16-2013, 04:02 PM
Sell the vintage ones on eBay or etsy. Girls who don't live near a good vintage shop will pay for them online, just as long as you post good accurate measurements in your listing. Then you wouldn't have to worry about going to Plato's Closet and you'd get a little cash for new dresses.

Angihas2
10-16-2013, 09:46 PM
I too love vintage dresses and am seriously indulging my rockabilly side! I second eBay or etsy as a great way to keep them alive. I have 3 that I absolutely love and have paid, twice to have them taken in and shortened. Less fluff means to much length.

BuffieLynn
10-17-2013, 02:26 AM
I am just getting into this issue. While I have lost only 26 lbs to date; I am having saggy bottoms. Not becoming anywhere much less as a business leader. I have to where suits and business attire. So I have been stressing over getting rid of my newly baggy clothes. However, after reading through the thread; I feel empowered to let them go...I don't plan on getting in to them again any time soon.
For replacement, we have a Clothes Mentor store in town. It is a clothing exchange of sorts. Very high quality used clothing at great prices; that's my next step. That way I don't feel like I am throwing money away as I buy new temporary clothes. :)

maxyjackson
10-18-2013, 09:42 AM
I'm curious as to how many of us feel that getting rid of clothes that are too big helps in maintaining weight loss. Here's my experience:

When I weighed over 250 pounds, I wore size 22W or 24W jeans. I started losing in January 2011 and at about 20 pounds down, my pants were too big, but I sew well enough that I altered them (twice, actually) at -20 and -40 pounds. By then it was spring and I bought one pair of size 18 jeans to get by. Then it got to be late spring / early summer and I needed a new pair of jeans for a party and bought one pair of size 16, but otherwise was able to wear shorts (pull-on, inexpensive, from K-Mart) for the summer. I had also altered sweatshirts that I wore to work, but had to buy new short sleeved tops for summer. At the end of summer as the weather turned cooler, I needed size 12 or 10 jeans and slacks and that's where I am still. I took advantage of end of summer sales and bought a few pairs of nicer shorts and a ton of tops on clearance for summer 2012. My main point being that I gave away all my size 24W and 2X stuff. I even gave away the few summer things from 2012 that were a size or so too big. Now all I have are clothes that fit me now. Except for one pair of size 24W jeans that I'll keep forever as a reminder of how big I actually was.

If I were to gain weight, I'd have to buy new clothes. This has been a huge deterrent to me and I've managed to stay pretty close to 162 - 165 for just over 2 years now. I had friends tell me I was crazy for giving it all away. I hope I will never need the biggest stuff again, so it was OK to give all that away - pants, tops, skirts, dresses, coats, jackets, even shoes. There wasn't much in-between stuff anyway, and what I did buy was inexpensive and was donated to a shelter (so I don't feel bad about that.)

For the life of me I can't remember what I did when I gained all the weight all those years ago, but I must have just bought new stuff as the old stuff got too tight. (Telling myself yet another outfit got shrunk in the wash?) How about the rest of you? Any thoughts? I'm of the mind right now that if we are serious about changing our life style and health for the better, it means making a commitment to ourselves, hopefully forever. That means, to me, no "fall-back" clothes. It's just my opinion, but I believe that keeping all those sizes of clothes would have been like telling myself that there was no way I'd succeed, that I had no confidence in myself, and that it was OK to go back to the old me after working hard to make changes.

Anyone?

Lin

See, its nothing like wearing big clothes would reduce your weight but the point is the XXL size clothes like jeans, tops, trousers helps the fatty people like me look little smarter than in shorter clothes :) :) and specially the shirts helps to keep our belly hidden a bit :) :) and nothing more than that,,

skittlesfirehawk
10-18-2013, 10:20 AM
id like to think once i loose about 30 lbs ill start throwing clothes out. the way i see it if i thorw out the old clothes it will cause me to be accoutable in my eating.

scarletmeshell
10-24-2013, 01:27 PM
I alter a few things but get rid of most when they get to the overly big frump stage.

Goddess Jessica
10-24-2013, 02:33 PM
I got rid of all my fat clothes. This didn't prevent me from gaining a lot of weight back. I didn't get rid of them because I was afraid of gaining the weight, I got rid of them because I have limited closet space and I was tired of pushing them around to get to the clothes that fit.

NOW that I've gained weight, man I wish I had those clothes! But I don't. I don't plan on getting rid of my thinner clothes either. I just have to wait to get back into them. :)