Thursday, April 10, 2014

Reader Question: Clothing Dilemma!

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. 



Oliva asked: 

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. 

4 comments:

  1. I have always worn clothes with elastic...lol. Right now I am still in the same clothes I wore 70 pound ago. I have just started this challenge to lose 10% of my body weight, and I have told myself that after that I am going to buy new clothes. This time I will buy clothes that aren't all elastic...lol. Love your post and your progress. You look great!!!

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  2. When I was losing weight the first time, I did quite a bit of shopping at thrift stores. Because weight changes for so many people, and many people do purge clothing, too big or too small, there is often a ton of good quality clothes for inexpensive prices. It's a good compromise on the way down, when you need something that fits, but you aren't yet at the size you are hoping to stay at. :)

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  3. Thank you for answering my question. I agree once you are no longer a larger size to get the bigger clothes out of your closet. Right now I am doing "The Fast Metabolism Diet" that I read about on your blog. Only on day six and already lost five pounds. Even better I am a type 2 diabetic and my sugar this morning was 99. An extra benefit of the diet. I know if I keep eating this healthy way my doctor can again take me off my medication. I still have forty more pounds to lose and this time I am going to reach my goal. Your blog really inspires me to stay on track. Thank you for all your great suggestions and encouragement.

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  4. Thank you for saying what you did about shoe size! I've lost 77 pounds so far, and my shoes DO feel different. Everything does!

    I buy ALL my clothes on ebay and a nice thrift store near me. I buy two pairs of pants in a size and enough tops to enjoy the variety. And then when they no longer fit, I take them back to the consignment shop and resell them. I do not keep clothing too large for me. No way. : )

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