What Do You Do With Your Old Clothes?

After writing Wednesday’s post (just before bed Tuesday night) I woke up feeling much more rested than I have in the last week or so, and I think that’s a good sign though I plan to speak to the doctor today or tomorrow.  I appreciated the comments yesterday.  I always do, of course, but some of them yesterday made me laugh, a couple made me cringe and a few made me think that I should contact the doc so I am.

And now, on to other things…I received an email recently asking what I do with my clothes when they’re too big.  And I’ll share my answer, but I’d love to hear yours too.

What do you do with your clothes when they become too big?  Do you keep them, or do you get rid of them?

I’m not a fan of clutter.  I really don’t like it at all so when clothes get too big, they do not stay in my closet very long.  I’ve lost 10 to 12 clothing sizes since the beginning of my journey, and I’ve given away almost all of the old clothing.  I did, however, keep a pair of khaki pants and a few other pieces of clothing from my heaviest weight because I like to look at them when I feel like I haven’t done enough.  And I want to have that moment someday…You know, the moment that you hold them up to show what you wore before.

I think it’s important to recognize how far we’ve come so keeping a piece or two of clothing is a fantastic idea, but I don’t keep it all because I have no desire to go back.  Why even leave that option open?  Instead, I wear clothes that fit and flatter my shape now.  I picked up a few stellar pieces at Lane Bryant today with the help of  Danny, a fashion designer for LB that I plan to see again when I’m back in New York in January.

I have pretty good taste in clothes (humble, aren’t I?)  So it’s fun to share with friends and strangers who can benefit from the larger sizes.  I typically share with friends first, and if I can’t find someone who wants what I’m sharing, I donate it.

What do you do with your old clothes?  Do you enjoy the process?

Pretty Things

It’s not always easy to find pieces that make me feel pretty with a bit of glam, but this dress from Dillards definitely helped me succeed in that this week.  It was the first time in years that I was able to walk into that particular department store and find clothes that fit my body.

As a plus-size girl who likes to feel feminine and, dare I say…pretty, I love shopping for clothing that doesn’t look like everything else in my closet so the neck line and sleeves really appealed to me.  It’s the first dress I’ve considered wearing sans cardigan in as long as I can remember.

Close-up...

While I was out, I also tried on a pair of Jones New York cropped jeans that made me feel completely stylish and adorable!  Now I’m on the search for the perfect swim suit – as perfect as it gets when you’re not satisfied with your body.  Hey, I’m a work in progress, remember? ;)

Making a silly face...I know...

This tankini from Avenue is a few sizes smaller than the last swimsuit I bought last year, and it reminded me that I have come a long way even if I don’t always feel like it. At 50% off, it might just have to be mine soon…

My clothing options have opened up so much since I began losing weight, and it seems to grow a bit more with every pound I lose.  Add another one to the list.  I lost 0.8 this week! And while I’ve always enjoyed buying new clothes, it’s fun to choose clothes that are flattering for my shape as opposed to buying whatever fits!

Do you enjoy shopping for clothes?  Has your view of shopping changed due to weight-loss or weight-gain?

 

My Little Wish List

I love dresses! I wear the often because it’s so easy to slip one on and leave home looking well-groomed and stylish. And I particularly adore maxi dresses because they’re so flattering for my shape, and it’s as comfortable as walking around in my pajamas all day.

Here’s a peek at a couple of my favorite dresses on my Old Navy wish list right now:

Call me crazy, but I would love to own this Striped Halter Maxi.  It would be perfect for a day at the beach, don’t you think?  I usually wear a shrug or cardi, but I think I’d wear this dress just as it is with a pop of yellow or red…just saying.

Striped Halter Maxi

And this Ruffle Tiered Sundress is calling my name, but I can’t be sure if it will be flattering. For 20 bucks, it’s probably worth finding out. Don’t you agree?

Ruffle Tiered Sundress

 

But this Cross-Front Floral Maxi is my favorite.  I seriously need it, but $50 seems pretty steep for Old Navy, no?  I realize that we often pay a lot more for plus-sizes, but a sale would be nice!   I’ll be keeping an eye on this one because it’s great for Summer, but it can definitely transition into the Fall.

Cross-Front Floral Maxi

It’s Saturday so I’m going to enjoy the day, and I hope you’ll do the same.  What are your plans for the weekend? Are you looking forward to anything in the coming week?

 

Worth It

My workouts have not been a struggle this week. I’ve gotten them done relatively painlessly. There’s just something about getting new (heavier) weights that excites me, and I couldn’t wait to use them. Yesterday, however, was a different story.

Wednesday was one of those days in which I worked out in the pool in the afternoon hoping I could convince myself I had done enough knowing I had not. My heart was definitely pumping in the pool, but I needed to do more cardio and weight training so I did – after midnight.

A few days ago I was feeling impatient about my weight-loss progress, but the rewards of my diligence was enhanced yesterday when I bought new clothes. I bought a new pair of jeans, and while I enjoy shopping in general, I enjoyed this trip because I had to buy jeans in a smaller size. I shopped at Lane Bryant (where sizes and cuts tend to run much smaller than other plus-size stores like Avenue.) And I know I’ve talked about going in to buy smaller sizes there before, but it just doesn’t get old. And knowing that I can wear jeans that are no longer the largest size is a big deal! Just saying.

Before Lane Bryant I went to Avenue where I was able to buy an adorable dusty purple button-up shirt that will look great belted or left open over a tank. Yes..sometimes I wear over shirts. ;) And I found a few other items while I was out that made me feel pretty so shopping was a success. ;)

Days like yesterday are filled with undeniable proof that I’m headed in the right direction. I go through ups and downs, but the fact remains that I have the power to change myself from the inside out which is exactly what I’m doing.

Today is weigh-in day, and I’m always nervous. But I’m also confident about the direction in which I’m headed. And I’m looking forward to the day when my new jeans are too big too. ;)

In other news, I logged 14 glasses of water today though I think I may have had 16 glasses. It got hazy after 14 so I’ll call it. Either way, I’m feeling good about it.

One last thing…I’ve decided that I definitely want to try Spanx, and now that I know that many of you wear them I want your input. There are so many options! What should be my first piece? I’d love to try this full body one, but for $88 I need to know it’s spectacular. Has anyone tried it?

Just Thinking Out Loud

I’ve been losing weight pretty consistently for over a year, and I’ve made a lot of progress so far. But on days like yesterday I find it hard to accept that I still have so far to go. I mean, I’m not interested in quitting. There is no option in my mind except to continue moving forward. But it’s tough to know that I’ve come so far and still have so far to go.

Then I remember how easy it was to jog on the treadmill at 4mph for 8 minutes yesterday. To some that’s no big deal, but to me it’s an awesome accomplishment. I also remember how hard it was to shop for clothes only a year ago because I had to squeeze into the largest sizes in the plus-size stores.

I think about how I used to long to ride a bicycle and how I can now ride mine anytime I want to. I also think about April of 2009, shortly after it all began. I was traveling to meet my niece who would be born hours before my arrival. I remember walking back into the rental car company (in the snowstorm) to ask for a car that had more room in the driver’s seat because I just didn’t fit. I remember the anxiety I used to feel each time I stepped foot on an airplane…and how awful I felt every time I had to ask to be seated in a different spot because I wouldn’t fit into the booth at a restaurant.

(Reading to my newborn niece in April of 2009 – 12 pounds into my weight-loss.)

I think about how hard it used to be to walk – waddle is a more accurate description. And I remember the constant anxiety I’d feel because I fell so often. I even fell down the stairs more than once.

(Now I don’t think twice about carrying her around the store because I’m strong and my balance is good.)

I think about how hard it used to be to walk – waddle is a more accurate description. And I remember the constant anxiety I’d feel because I fell so often. I even fell down the stairs more than once.

These are all things that no longer happen because I’ve lost over 100 pounds. Life is better; I am better. I control my habits, and I own them. Whether my choices are good or bad, I take responsibility for them. And I take pride in that.

So while I still have a long road to my goal, I am so much closer than I imagined I’d be when I started. I hoped I’d do well on this journey, and now I can look at myself and say that I have.

I’m proud of who I am today and confident in the person I’m becoming. Today I know that my goals are within reach. After all, I’m almost halfway there! It’s not just a wish anymore…it is my reality. Weight-loss is a mental challenge so instead of thinking about what I have not yet accomplished, I choose to be proud of everything I have accomplished. And just like that, I feel better again. ;)

I drank 18 glasses of water yesterday, and I’m feeling pretty good about that too! =) Check out this photo of Sean’s adorable mom as she rocks the water challenge. Isn’t she cute?! I can’t wait to hug her! :) And don’t forget to send in your own water photo so we can show the world (or, ya know, the people who read our blogs) that we are committed to staying hydrated.


And because the PEWC is going so well Sean jokingly suggested that we consider having an ice cream cone challenge. I think we’re already all over that challenge Sean. Ha.. Our photos are proof. We should probably just stick to the water challenge, at least officially, right? :)

(I would guess that this cone was closer to 180 calories than 150. It was bigger than usual – and sooooo tasty!)

How’s everyone doing today? What’s for lunch? And what will you do to burn calories today? I hope whatever you’re doing, you’re making the most of your Tuesday!

Bottoms up Friends…

Clothing Confidence

I’ve had a lot of philosophical stuff going on inside my mind tonight, and I’ll probably talk about that later. But I’m really excited about some cute clothing that I bought at Lane Bryant today. Yes, I went shopping..can you imagine? ;) Here’s what I bought…

A denim pencil skirt…Really? I cannot tell you how excited I was when I tried it on. When I saw it on the rack I figured I’d give it a shot, but I was not expecting to like the way it looked on me. I mean, it’s a pencil skirt. The fact that I could fit into it and feel confident that I looked nice in it is just eveidence that I’ve come a long way.


I also bought this belted safari jacket because who doesn’t need a safari jacket in their closet? ;) Doesn’t it say “hey, I’m ready to go on a lovely picnic at sunset?” Yeah…I think it does.


I also bought this knit sundress because I can’t have too many sun dresses…seriously. My favorite summer item is the sun dress because it’s the easiest, most comfortable way to achieve a flirty, put-together look. I love to feel girly and cute so it works. ;)


I considered buying Spanx today too, but I’ve always been worried that they would be a waste of money. I was too big for them last year, but now I could “comfortably” fit into them – and not even in the largest size. So should I try them? Does anyone want to admit to wearing them? And if so, do you recommend them? I also need cuter (and smaller) workout clothes before my trip later this month. Any suggestions?

It was fun to walk into Lane Bryant and walk out with items that I had to skip before. Shopping for clothes is no longer the chore that it used to be, and while my options have opened up tremendously in the last year, I know that these purchases are just the tip of the iceberg. ;) And I’m looking forward to the day in which I can shop for clothes everywhere. Oh dear…that’s going to be fun.

What Else?

I haven’t written a happy-go-lucky, gushy post since…well, yesterday. ;) If you read my blog at all, you know that I often share the reasons I’m thankful. And today I’d like to share things that make me happy. I’d like to know what makes you happy too so share a few things will you?

  • Losing weight makes me happy. This is obviously my first choice because it has had such a positive affect on my life in so many way.
  • Music makes me happy. Music often expresses what my heart feels in a way that words cannot. I had that experience today as I listened to a song called “Edgewater” by Jim Brickman. To me, the song expresses contentment and longing at the same time which doesn’t really make sense in words does it?
  • My friends make me happy. They choose to love me just because, and I definitely do not take that for granted. I’m so lucky to have friends now that I hope to keep forever.
  • Physical contact makes me happy. I’d rather greet a friend or family member with a hug and/or kiss than a handshake or by waving. It’s just who I am.
  • Working out makes me happy. No, I’m not joking. I’m not always excited to go, but I am always happy when I finish. And most of the time I start feeling good shortly after I begin.
  • Shopping for shoes, clothes, bags and things that are glossy and pretty.
  • Traveling is one of my favorite things. It makes me happy because it’s usually quite fun. I love relaxing on beautiful beaches or visiting friends and family. I’ve been on some fab trips so far this year. And I’m looking forward to a few more this year. I’m going to Mom’s house, Dad’s house, back to Vegas and to Aruba again. I look forward to every experience. :)
  • Reduced-fat Lays Kettle chips…yep..they’re delicious – 3 WW points per serving.
  • Make-up and nail polish and other girly things.
  • Talking on the phone. Yah, I know…what can I say? I’m a girl. ;) Have you ever known someone that you could talk to about something or nothing for hours just because? I know someone like that, and the phone makes it feel as though we’re not as far apart as we are.
  • Christmas. I love it. I love decorating my tree, baking cookies and making homemade cocoa and hosting my annual party. :) I pretend to hate that crowds in Midtown, but I’m full of it. The truth is that I see the tree every year. It’s crowded, and people are obnoxious. But I think I’ll always love it.

The list could go on and on, but I think this is enough for now. ;) What makes you happy?

Fashionably Sensitive? A Little? Maybe?

If you know me at all, you know by now that I love to shop. And the more weight I lose, the more fun it is. Yesterday I bought several items at Lane Bryant. It has taken almost a year of weight-loss for me to walk out of that store with clothes that fit me. But as I shopped with my bestie yesterday, I realized that I could wear everything I tried on! And I tried on several outfits. I didn’t buy it all, but I bought most of it – leaving a couple of things that I know I’ll be back to pick up.

The first thing I tried on was a black dress with a gigantic flower on it. I wouldn’t have considered it a year ago, but today I tried it on and loved it. I didn’t even have to buy it in the largest size! Bonus! :)


And I bought this short-sleeved shrug to wear over it because it gives the dress a put-together, funky look. This outfit looks as confident and girly as I feel these days. ;) I’ll pair this outfit with a pair of Cole Haan black wedge sandals that make everything look polished.


I also bought a pair of white cropped pants – yes, white. And they look fab AND slimming! Just ask Char..she’s always happy to give her opinion in the fitting room. I also bought a pair of mushroom colored linen cropped pants. Linen that fits well? Really? Yes! (For the record, having an honest and loving friend makes my shopping adventures easier because I know she won’t let me walk out in an outfit if it doesn’t look fantastic.)


When we left Lane Bryant we went to H&M where I bought some adorable clothes for my niece then headed to Sephora. And I bought a Mark Jacobs Daisy perfume roller (for only $20) to keep in my bag because it smells like Spring to me. I still love my current perfume – The Beat by Burberry, but I won’t have to worry if I forget to apply it before I leave home because I’ll take this one with me. Does it get any better than that? ;)


I used coupons at Lane Bryant so I received $75 off of my purchase which was excellent. And I plan to use my new coupon tomorrow to buy an amazing pair of jeans and a yellow top that simply must be mine. :) I didn’t buy those today because I refuse to pay full price if I can take $25 to $50 dollars off if I wait 24 hours. Even I can muster up such a small amount of patience…I think. ;)

Fashion doesn’t excite everyone, and I realize that. But it excites me lately because I’m starting to buy clothes that I like instead of buying them simply because I can button them. The more weight I lose the more opportunity I have to define my style through my wardrobe. I already do it with shoes, bags and sunglasses. Now I’ve begun adding my clothing preferences. It’s a great feeling, and I know that this is just the beginning.

I Love Her!

Though I know very little about her (aside from the fact that she stared in Precious which I’ve not yet seen,) I love Gabourey Sidibe. After seeing her at the Oscars briefly, I’m hopeful that she’ll have a blooming career in Hollywood in the coming years. With Oprah in her corner, I’d say her chances are pretty good.


What I need to know is where does this girl get these amazing clothes?! Seriously..I would guess that she weighs somewhere between where I am now and where I started. And she looks fantastic! I would LOVE to tap into her wardrobe…:)

(She’s seriously so stylish and cute….just sayin’…)


I was so happy to see someone who has a body that’s similar to mine rocking it at the Oscars tonight. It actually made the show worth watching – at least for 20 seconds when they showed her…She looked so happy (and rightfully so.) I hope she’s as happy as she deserves to be now! I wish her all the best in her career and in the rest of her life…

Review….

I weighed in today, and I lost 1.4 pounds. I was a bit disappointed because I worked so hard the week prior, but I didn’t eat much over the weekend. And I didn’t work out (because I’m sick..have you heard? hehe) So I really shouldn’t be disappointed about losing 1.4 pounds.

And to cheer myself up, I decided to revisit some of the coats that didn’t fit before. I took pictures of my progress a few months ago when they did fit, but I thought I’d do it again because they’re even bigger now. Yay.

If you ever need to feel excited about your weight loss then look back at pictures from before you started. It will work..believe me. I posted before pics and current pics in October too (in the same coats.) Click here to see the progress I had made by October.

So here are a few updated pics of my coats…

(Last winter I couldn’t button it.)

(Today, I can wrap it pretty far around..hehe)


(Again..couldn’t button it. See me trying to hide that fact?)

(Now check out the extra room I have in it. Also, you can see a little of my new
Louis Vuitton Damier Speedy 35 in the background. hehe)


And this is a bonus coat. I bought this trench (on super sale) in January, and I couldn’t button the bottom button. Now, as you can see, I can button it though it’s still a little too tight.

(See? It’s tight now, but it won’t be much longer.)

(I want the bottom button to hang naturally so I’m going to keep doing regular crunches, bicycle crunches
and crunches that focus on the transverse abs. It will fit soon!)

Now, after seeing these differences I don’t feel so bad about not losing as much as I’d hoped this week. I’ve lost 86 pounds. And I’m going to keep losing…keep getting healthier…and keep being proud myself for the little accomplishments that add up to big ones.

The tortoise won the race…and he did it by putting one step in front of the other until he found himself at the finish line. So I’m proud of my losses (even on weeks in which I thought they’d be bigger) because they add up which is most important in the big picture.

How do you track your progress? Is it harder for you to see it even when others do?