Skeletons in my Closet.

by Nanette on March 2, 2011

in Health, Self & Body

I’ve known that my collection of clothing covered a couple sizes, but it wasn’t until recently that I realized it spans four sizes.

When my now-husband and I lost weight together for our 2006 wedding, I held onto my larger sizes. I figured that they’d come in handy when I put on the inevitable pregnancy weight. After I got to my smallest size and the honeymoon, literally, was over, I started eating like it was going out of style.

I don’t remember pulling out the larger sizes as the weeks, months and years went by, but I did at some point. By time I got pregnant in 2008, I was already back in my largest size.

My whole hypothesis on needing the two larger sizes when I got pregnant made no sense, by the way, since you generally buy maternity clothes in your pre-pregnancy size. The clothes have stretchy panels and extra fabric to accommodate a growing belly.

As I’m embarking on the journey to get back into the smallest size again, I’m doing things differently.

A nutrionist once told me that when you get out of a size, don’t hold onto those clothes. Get them out of your closet. Don’t keep them in storage. Donate or sell them. My holding onto the larger sizes was a security blanket and made it too easy to accept my growing waistline. What’s more jarring? Pulling a pair of larger pants from a bag in a closet or having to spend your valuable time and hard-earned money buying a new pair of larger pants?

I’m halfway to that smallest size again, relishing the excitement as I pull out the higher-quality clothes from Banana Republic and Ann Taylor that I allowed myself to invest in during my bride-to-be bliss.

I’ve already discarded the larger sizes that no longer fit. There’s no place in my life for them anymore. Should the numbers creep back up, I won’t be going down — or up, as the case may be — without a fight this time.

Miss Britt March 2, 2011 at 8:58 am

GREAT advice.

Brandy March 2, 2011 at 9:13 am

I have done the same thing and absolutely believe getting rid of the bigger sizes makes a HUGE difference (no pun intended!). It actually keeps you in check instead of being able to say “well, I still have clothes that fit”. Good luck on the way to your goal!!

Lizzybef March 2, 2011 at 9:15 am

Excellent idea. I’ve lost a good amount of weight recently, and I’ve promised myself some great new clothes when I get down to the size I want. Sounds great and good luck! :D

Daisy March 2, 2011 at 9:17 am

Lets not forget what a freeing feeling it is to clean out your closet- at least for me. Great advice!

EG March 2, 2011 at 9:18 am

I got rid of the clothes and gained the weight back anyway (plus baby weight x2). But yeah, maybe it would’ve been easier to gain faster if the bigger clothes were already there.

I’m really looking forward to getting back into the nicer, smaller clothes that are already hanging in my closet. And along the same lines, I haven’t bought nice big clothes this time around. I have a few pairs of not great pants that fit. And I’m TIRED of them. But I’m not buying more. ‘Cause I have a closet full of nice clothes that SHOULD fit me.

Kim March 2, 2011 at 9:23 am

Loved this and can so completely relate. I literally just the past weekend, thanks to Weight Watchers, got rid of all of my clothes that I’ve shrunk out of in the past 23 lbs. Like you, I’m still halfway to goal but you are right about getting those sizes out of the house.

You look beautiful, mama!

Sharon Heg March 2, 2011 at 10:12 am

Alas, I keep all of my “skinny clothes” in a drawer but have yet to get back into them! ;-) But good for you!

Allison Zapata March 2, 2011 at 10:24 am

I also have like 4 sizes!! Great idea. Time to purge! :)

Saige March 2, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I need to follow that advice and get rid of my maternity clothes! Even though I am over 3 months postpartum and should be focusing on getting my weight down, I am comfortably wearing those stretchy-paneled pants and too-big shirts. Time to eliminate them from my wardrobe!!!

Lara March 2, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I’m losing weight again and am getting rid of sizes as I go. VERY liberating :) Great advice!

Jen S. March 2, 2011 at 3:41 pm

That is such great advice! I have lost 2 sizes in the past few months and just last week I got rid of my security blanket and gave them all away to charity…it was very freeing!

jami March 2, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Nice, N! I often find that when I lose weight, I don’t necessarily change sizes (which sucks), but I am going to do my best to follow this advice to discard the too-big stuff.

Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] March 2, 2011 at 4:59 pm

as soon as i get to smaller sizes, i’ll give away the larger.

Jennifer March 2, 2011 at 6:35 pm

I’ll have to remember this as my numbers go down.

Al_Pal March 3, 2011 at 2:38 am

Hmm, good post. My body seems to be comfortable/maintainable at size 12, but I do have a few lingering 8/10s and 14/16s…must clean!

MegglesP March 3, 2011 at 9:50 am

I recently (year and a half) lost over 100lbs after gastric bypass..I have trash bags FULL of clothes in my garage that I just don’t know what to do with. I have some shirts that were on the smaller end of the big sizes that I wanted to keep for when I get around to having children. They are stretchier in the stomach area and are still cute! I think I will just box them up and stick them in my attic or storage closet. It is SO freeing and exciting to go through the clothes that don’t fit. You have to buy new ones, but that’s half the fun! Losing weight is expensive! Does anyone know of a clothing swap website or something I could do to give the bigger clothes to anyone that might need them? If I can’t find anyone who needs them, I was just going to donate them to a women’s shelter or something. Thoughts?

Lady-like Pervert March 4, 2011 at 9:03 am

Great advice! We all have those piles, don’t we?
I can’t wait to hear about your shrinking! :)

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