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When is it ok to get rid of clothes that are now too big?

Thursday, April 09, 2009

When do you get rid of (give away to Salvation Army or something) the clothes that no longer fit because you lost weight? Should I hold onto them in case I gain the weight back? I currently have the ones I've weeded from my closet in big plastic bags, but for some reason am having trouble deciding what to do with them.
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  • VALI_T
    If you hang on to them, that sort of makes it okay to gain back the weight because at least you'll have something to wear. If you get rid of them then hopefully you'll have more motivation not to need them again. If you're gonna have to buy new clothes, make sure they're new skinny clothes and not new fat clothes.
    4129 days ago
  • OTTAWABOUND
    According to a Dr. Oz segment I came across while channel flipping--get rid of the clothes. If you have them, you might unconsciously see them as a fallback. Not sure if I buy that, but is there any reason that you will regain weight?
    4129 days ago
  • WARMSPRINGDAY
    Get rid of them. Hanging on to them makes it too easy to put the weight back on without the consequences of buying a new wardrobe.

    Think positive.
    4130 days ago
  • JOHNHARNEY
    HI I USE TO ALWAYS KEEP THEM AND THAT WAS MY BIGGEST MISTAKE. YOU NEED TO GET RID OF THEM SO YOUR MIND WON'T SAY I'LL BE GLAD WHEN THIS DIET IS OVER AND SOON LATER YOU WILL BE RIGHT BACK IN THOSE CLOTHES. YOU NEED TO DO A CHANGE WHERE THERE ISN'T A END IN SIGHT. I TRY AND STAY FOCUSED ONE DAY AT A TIME AND MAKE GOOD CHOICES ONE DAY AT A TIME AND I GET GOOD RESULTS. LOVE ALWAYS JOHN emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4130 days ago
  • AJOHNS05
    Get them GONE!!! You have to stay positive and know that if things start getting tight it is time to visit SP more. LOL No seriously just give them away thinking of those people who have not discovered Spark yet and that they will get use of them and you have the motivation and they may not yet. I know it is hard I have that problem with the skinny clothes but I slowly part and hope to reward myself soon. emoticon
    4133 days ago
  • DANCINGAGAIN
    Remembering fondly when I lost weight the last two times and my pants kept falling down and did not look good at all. I will not keep the clothes that do not fit me when I loose this weight! I will not want the reminder of how unattractive I was. I will want to be looking happily into my closet seeing clothes I could not wear for years and earned the privelage of wearing. Never fear, skinny clothes are way cheaper than fat girl clothes, believe me, I have been searching for clothes in all the wrong places because I live in a University town where all the stores cater to size 2 women! Be proud of that waist line and show it off! emoticon
    4168 days ago
  • ZLEAKYDOME
    The greatest thing in the world (ok maybe not the greatest but pretty high up there) was when I decided what the size in my new 'fat' clothes would be - Now I have a set of clothes about 2 sizes beyond what I now wear (big enough to look a bit too big but not so big that I couldn't wear them now in a pinch on laundry day) and that is the largest I am ever going to buy again and I will get rid of those too if I find myself in an even smaller size than I wear now - so watch out world If I ever regain all the lbs ... I'll be running around naked. I have friends who don't know (first hand) how big I was and it is fine by me for them to stay in blissful ignorance - fine by them too. emoticon
    4353 days ago
  • SING4YOU57
    This time I have gotten rid of all of my "big girl" clothes. I want no incentive to grow back into them....

    I take them to resale as I'm generally not in any size long enough and they and are still in great shape. Frankly, going through all the sizes from 32 to now a 14 has been extremely expensive. I work in an office with a dress code. In most cases, I just turn around and purchase where I took them too, but at least it helps some.
    4435 days ago
  • DEE1954
    Great suggestions left on your blog. I got rid of mine by donating them to local shelters and charities. I knew if I kept them around it would be an emotional connection for me which would be a "back up" in case I gained weight. That very idea of having a back up is negative and sort of self-defeating....so I knew in my heart I had to get rid of them.
    4485 days ago
  • MYNEWLIFE42
    I've been having this dilemma as well but think of how nice of a dilemma it is!!! I've been passing everything on to my mom in hopes that she will lost some weight to fit into them. I can't get it out of my closet fast enough - there's nothing like saying goodbye to those ridiculously huge clothes! Plus when your co-workers tell you it's time to buy new clothes - then listen to them! They were making fun of my saggy pants.
    4492 days ago
  • CAPISTRANO
    I know it's really hard to let go of the comfort of knowing you have bigger clothes "just in case" This weight loss journey can be a long road and after all your hard work to get where you are, you're never going to want to go back to those bigger sizes. Yes, getting rid of those clothes can be scary but gaining back the weight is even scarier!

    Save at least one pair of jeans to remind you where you came from and whenever you're having a hard time along the road, take those jeans out to remind you why you're doing this and how you felt when you fit in those jeans. It's a huge motivation, to keep moving forward, to never give up!
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    4497 days ago
  • SYNCHRONICITY44
    you have to get rid of them. you will start to feel your current clothes getting tighter if you start gaining and rather than just put on a bigger pair you'll be forced to get back to your current weight :)
    4497 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/9/2009 8:13:55 AM
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