Before I tried to lose weight I wore a size 16/18. I could barely squeeze into some stretchy 14's depending on the brand. My shirts were all extra large.
How did you keep up with your clothes during your weight loss? Are you the size you want to be now? You look great.
I was one of those people who couldn't seem to part with my smaller clothes. I couldn't get rid of anything. I remember when Caleb was about a year old, I started accepting the fact that I would never be any smaller. (That frustrates me beyond measure! I let myself just give up.)
I began purging clothes. I got rid of my smaller clothes. When I got to my jean pile, I saw all of my size 12 jeans from before I met Ryan. I spent a ton of money on jeans back in the day, y'all! I just couldn't seem to put those jeans into the giveaway pile. I folded them back up and put them in storage.
Over a year later, I started losing weight and those "dream" jeans became my goal. I thought, "If I can just fit back into all of my expensive jeans that make my entirely too big booty look great, then I'll be thrilled!" All of that became my "goal". I knew that I needed to lose about 60 pounds to fit back into those clothes.
When I reached 60 pounds, I didn't stay there long. I developed a new goal and just kept going. I literally wore my size 12's for about two months. This time I was on the flip side of things! For some dang reason I can't seem to stay there, but I wasn't disappointed!
I really started dropping clothing sizes when I started Zumba® classes. I toned so much better. Fortunately for me, I had a buddy who did the exact same thing! She was dropping sizes and my new size was her old size. Guess who inherited all of her awesome smaller clothes?!?
Right now, I wear size 8's comfortably with some 6's. I wear a medium shirt, but I can wear some small depending on the brand and style.
- When you drop a size, donate all of your clothes that size. It keeps you from having a safety net to fall back on.
- Host a clothing swap with your friends! This is a great way to find new stuff and get sizes that fit better along the way.
- Start with a neutral palate and add accessories. You can buy simple items that will get you by until you reach your goal.
- Don't be shocked if your shoe size changes too. I went from 8.5 to 8 and some 7.5's.
I am comfortable at the size I am now. I haven't really determined if I am at my goal or not yet. I feel like if I focus more on being healthy, the rest will fall into place. If I'm meant to be a healthy 8, I'm good with that.