Thursday, March 10, 2011

Retiring Fat Clothes... to Goodwill?

Uh... I tried on a pair of 14 jeans today... and they fit. What?! I was perplexed. Fucking ecstatic, but still perplexed. Right now I only have 2 size 16 jeans. One gets loose (from Old Navy.. don't those always get loose?) and another one that fits well, if not kind of tight when I sit down. So I don't know, I wouldn't say I'm a 14 now. Still happy that they fit tho. Which brings me to my point...

When I started gaining weight, I obviously started buying larger sizes. Sad to say, but buying bigger sizes was easier than losing weight. Stupid, but anyone who has struggled with weight has been there.

But I never got rid of my smaller clothes. Eventually it got to the point where I packed a huge duffel bag full of clothes that didn't fit me... because they would "someday."

If you laid out all my clothes, there'd be something to fit everyone. I have jeans from a size 8 to 20. And I have tops from medium to 1X. That's so embarrassing, and obviously I'm not proud of it.

The good thing is that now that I'm losing weight, I don't have to run out and buy new clothes, and I don't want to because hopefully they will just be too big soon anyway. I just dig out old stuff. It's cost effective.

Here's my little pickle. As I was gaining weight, I kept everything. So... as I am losing, I am still keeping the bigger clothes. I know I should get rid of them so I have no option of going back to those sizes, or at least it would add a financial incentive as well.

See, I get that. But I also kind of don't want to. I hate shopping (especially for fat clothes) and spending more money than I need to (especially on fat clothes), so my natural instinct is to keep them in the back of the closet, like I did the skinny clothes. Even as I write this, I know what you're all going to say - get rid of them! No going back! And... I will. I will! (This week the 18's and 20's are going bye bye)

But why do I doubt myself so much? Because I've always gone up and down and up down? I thought maybe when I get to my goal, I'd get rid of everything... but then why not now? Do I really want to wear a size 20 again? Do I really think I will gain the weight back that I've lost? I need to trust myself and know that from here on, I am only going to act in my own best interest, and therefore keep losing rather than gaining. It's the mental side of it all. Easier said than done, but I'm working on it!

What do you guys do? Donate everything once it stop fitting? Do you ever want to keep them?

Attitude of Gratitude: I got the best hour-long massage today with a gift certificate I got! I think as a reward, I might start getting massages for every 10 lbs I lose.

14 comments:

Kelty said...

I personally, only keep garments and things that suit the life that I have and want. I don't want to go back to a size 22, and since they don't fit anymore they went straight to goodwill. Besides, there's someone out there who is a size 22 and hates shopping, but would be happy to find them in the goodwill. It's totally up to you..we all need our little comforts, but I just felt relieved to get rid of them!

~ Darla ~ said...

It's a toughie, but I do get rid of them.

Christie said...

Get RID of them!! Don't give yourself the option to "just" dig out a bigger size pair of jeans!! If your going to gain weight back, make it hurt....make yourself have to go out shopping for "bigger" clothes....Then hopefully that will keep you from going back!! I've always thrown mine away!! I don't have any clothes stashed anywhere. :)

135by2012 said...

I kept the skinny clothes and got rid of the fat clothes. But I am thinking of getting rid of it all and just buying from the thrift store as I start losing. I have a feeling my skinny clothes from the mid 90's to early 2000's might not be as fashionable in 2011. LOL!

Personally, I just want to be rid of the clutter. I feel I hold on to too much, including my weight. If I set the clothes free, maybe the fat will be freed too.

I'd Rather Have a Cupcake said...

I agree to get rid of them. Like you said remove the option to "go back"

Baby Weight and Beyond said...

I know exactly how you feel. I have everything still. I keep telling myself that I am keeping the larger sizes for when I get pregnant again...so I won't have to wear maternity right away.

It's hard but I think you should get rid of them and just move forward...no looking back!

Trisha said...

I got rid of almost everything. I did keep a few items, to take pictures of after I reach my goal. To see where I have come from. Just another little reminder of how hard I really worked, and to remind me of where I don't want to be again. And I totally pull them out now and laugh my butt off at how big they are already (like walking from the bedroom to the living room and having my short literally fall off my butt and onto the floor!! it is an awesome feeling and amazing to see the difference)

Diandra said...

I get rid of everything as I shrink. Some goes to other people I know, some is donated, and some things will be burned. ^^

Laryssa said...

This time around, I have been donating my bigger clothes instead of keeping them. I figured that would be the best thing to do since I can't afford to go buying a bunch of new clothes (I'm not working). In the past, I felt it was no big deal if I gained a little because I still had clothes that fit. By getting rid of the larger clothes now, if the clothes that does fit me starts to feel tight, I KNOW I have to refocus on my weight loss.

Besides, it's a great tax deduction (hee hee) and if there's someone out there that can use the clothes without having to spend a fortune, I hope it helps them.

Kelly said...

I swear you sound like a younger version of me! I have done the exact same thing size 8 to size 20 and I have all (mainly the jeans, etc.) in between "just in case." I just 2 days ordered a size 14 jeans because the 16's are baggin' too much. Somehow I don't have that size stuck back. Me, I'm a clothes hoarder, I like you have gone up and down for years and I hate to give away good clothes. BUT you know what? This time it might be different, I may say "F#*@* You" to the fat clothes...let's do that, out with the old in with with new!

struggling said...

i've kept all my 8's. luckily (or perhaps not so luckily), i don't have many "too big" clothes to throw out yet. by the time i do lose enough weight for my jeans to get too baggy and unflattering on me, they're usually old + battered enough to toss anyway. all sizes are a bit different, though, so i keep clothes based on fit. and i also keep *somewhat* loose pants for those days that i just feel bloated or for when it's *that time of month*.

as for clothes that are really TOO big for you now, i know it's tough, but tossing is the way to go! OR giving them away to others who may need them, which is even better! :)

Karen@WaistingTime said...

I've hesitated in the past to give up my clothes. For me, I think it was a big mistake. I have regained over and over and it is all too easy with stuff to fit into:(

Ellie said...

I find I have the bad habit of holding onto things too long. I think I still have size 14 stuff in my closet even though I haven't worn them for at least a year now. I should get rid of them, but I am afraid that I will need them again some day.

Perhaps I should go through and throw them all out as a healing exercise.

Dawn said...

I too have a wardrobe of clothes I used to fit into and I'm loving getting back into them. I am also getting rid of quite a lot I wonder why I ever kept as I can't imagine I ever wanted. I asked a friend to help me get the old clothes boxes out of the loft and we were talking about the big clothes and I wasn't sure about getting rid of them. He's 5 years non smoking and he said to me "Dawn, if I had 500 cigarettes in the loft just in case I needed them in the future, I'm admitting at the outset that I will be smoking again" He was right, we took them all to the goodwill shops. I had 2 choices ...fat clothes in the loft to fit into again one day, or not. I want not.