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    Last Year's Clothes

    While sorting thru old clothes in preparing to donating them to the Salvation Army, I found some I bought a year ago and tried them on. Pretty happy they'll be donated.

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    jethro56, For me it wasn't last year, but I remember how bitter sweet it was to get rid of some really nice clothes, mostly dress shirts.

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    My progress slowed dramatically a year ago, so most of my year-old clothes still fit about the same. I hope to change that over the winter.
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    I'm about done with the Goodwill Reuse Recycle routine. Spent two years replacing my wardrobe every three months, and donating the old one.

    I have a few t-shirts that are too big, but I've kept them as night-shirts; and a couple pair of jeans that are loose in the waist; I wear them with an IWB holster so the extra room is mostly taken up by that.
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    Clothes that didn't fit me 2 months ago are now loose. My clothes from a year ago went about March time.

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    I have 2 choices, I'm making progress and still fit. But I like my clothes being a little looser than what is considered fashionable*.

    * - not skinny jeans or crap like that...that trend is just dumb and needs to die and die soon
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    Women's plus size 2x to women's petite 8. All the old stuff is gone.

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    I'm down 132 lbs in just over a year! NOTHING fits! I've got clothes I bought less than 6 months ago that don't fit!

    It's a great problem to have.

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    Wore 6x shirts a year ago. Down to 4x, and these are beginning to feel slightly baggy. The 5x jacket I purchased 2 winters ago is hilariously huge on me at this point in time, but I probably won't buy a new one for this winter season. I'll just go around looking like a fool, and using it as a conversation piece ("hey look, this used to be tight!").

    Wore 64" pants a year ago, down to 50" now, and those are definitely comically large, so I'm thinking I could fit into a 46, 48 at the maximum. 3x bike shorts fit fine, 2x sweatpants are too large, and the 3x snow pants I just bought a few weeks ago are slightly too small, but probably will not be a problem by the end of the season.


    Seriously cannot wait until I can dump the Big and Tall store and shop for normal clothes again. It might be weird however, as I have absolutely no fashion sense, a problem that developed due to being forced to perpetually wear "business casual" clothes for the last 10 years of my life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldfinch View Post
    Women's plus size 2x to women's petite 8. All the old stuff is gone.
    I'm keeping the 64" jeans I used to wear. As a reminder, and a trophy.

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    Oh one more comment. I tried wearing some of my 6x shirts when cycling this summer, because I generally try to use things until they wear out. I couldn't figure out why the hell I couldn't see anything out of my bike mirror though. Then it hit me, there's so much fabric flopping around that it blocks my view, whereas with the 4x shirts I don't have that problem.

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    Mithrandir - if your big clothes are still in decent shape, then ebay them!

    It is amazing what the 4-6XL clothes go for on ebay - nothing better than getting money from clothes you used to wear to buy new clothes that fit much better! (or even on more biking schwag)

    JCPenney's Big and Tall section has nice clothes fairly cheap (and there are ALWAYS coupons if you sign up for them).
    Wal-mart also carries 3 and 4XL items and Wrangler jeans for under $20 up to 46 waist. Good options when you need to replace on the cheap

    see what some of my items are going for now...
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/phlydude/m.h...id=p4340.l2562

    I would NOT get the write-off from Goodwill that equals or exceeds the amount I am making from selling these clothes.
    I am selling this stuff off for a bike fund...nearly $300 in there now and this is just the latest batch of items.
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    So far this year I've lost 30 lbs and the jeans and shirts from the past winter are too loose now. This makes me happy. It's nice to be down a size or 2. I am looking forward to some new bike clothing in the spring, especially jerseys.


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    An unhappy lesson I've learned over the years is that getting rid of clothes I've shrunk out of almost insures I'll be buying those sizes again soon enough. I think it's the idea of being out of the woods, done, game over that leads to complacency and ultimate defeat. (Actually, I have no idea what leads to ultimate defeat. The best answer I could give would be "Everything I've done leads to ultimate defeat." Then again, temporary victories are nothing to sneeze at when it comes to human lives. I try to remember that nobody gets out alive.)

    So I don't get rid of clothes. This does get nuts, though. I have pants in every waist size from 30" to 42", and shirts in every size from men's small to x-large, suits and sportcoats in every size from 36R to 44R.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tony_merlino View Post
    An unhappy lesson I've learned over the years is that getting rid of clothes I've shrunk out of almost insures I'll be buying those sizes again soon enough. I think it's the idea of being out of the woods, done, game over that leads to complacency and ultimate defeat. (Actually, I have no idea what leads to ultimate defeat. The best answer I could give would be "Everything I've done leads to ultimate defeat." Then again, temporary victories are nothing to sneeze at when it comes to human lives. I try to remember that nobody gets out alive.)

    So I don't get rid of clothes. This does get nuts, though. I have pants in every waist size from 30" to 42", and shirts in every size from men's small to x-large, suits and sportcoats in every size from 36R to 44R.
    I did take the risk and ditch the clothes. But I know that the game is never over. I am on a diet for the rest of my life. Some people call it a change in lifestyle. Whatever. It is still less calories than I want to eat.

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    i've lost 55lbs since may, last year's clothes don't fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tony_merlino View Post
    An unhappy lesson I've learned over the years is that getting rid of clothes I've shrunk out of almost insures I'll be buying those sizes again soon enough. I think it's the idea of being out of the woods, done, game over that leads to complacency and ultimate defeat. (Actually, I have no idea what leads to ultimate defeat. The best answer I could give would be "Everything I've done leads to ultimate defeat." Then again, temporary victories are nothing to sneeze at when it comes to human lives. I try to remember that nobody gets out alive.)

    So I don't get rid of clothes. This does get nuts, though. I have pants in every waist size from 30" to 42", and shirts in every size from men's small to x-large, suits and sportcoats in every size from 36R to 44R.
    The idea that I'll need those clothes again would lead me to the conclusion that I've lost the weight in an unsustainable way. The big deal this time was that I didn't go out and try to punish myself. I slowly but surely formed better habits. Slowly and surely have made being in shape a reality. No big drama.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jethro56 View Post
    The idea that I'll need those clothes again would lead me to the conclusion that I've lost the weight in an unsustainable way. The big deal this time was that I didn't go out and try to punish myself. I slowly but surely formed better habits. Slowly and surely have made being in shape a reality. No big drama.
    I don't want to be negative, but I've done it sustainably, unsustainably, every which way. Sensible eating, slow weight loss. Fad diets, starvation diets, quick weight loss. Combinations of diet and exercise that were so all-encompassing, they became my entire focus in life. And I lost weight, got in shape, sometimes even kept it off for multiple years at a time.

    Sustainable and sustained have the same root, but are not the same word. I'm not sure what the "permanent" solution is - maybe there is one, maybe there isn't. I sure know I haven't found it, and don't believe that I will at this point. Right now, I think I'd be happy with another temporary victory, but one that lasts longer than the last couple.

    For some people, weight creeps up on them in middle age, or in response to a lifestyle change, e.g. active to sedentary. Other people have miserable metabolisms. Neither is my issue. Overeating is an addictive behavior for me - an obsessive/compulsive thing similar to alcohol, tobacco or narcotics. The difference between overeating and those other addictions is that you can stop smoking, drinking and drugging, and still live - it can be binary. But you can't stop eating. And so the addictive overeater is always in the position of being like an alcoholic or smoker who's trying to "cut down".

    Not saying it's impossible. Just that I'm not throwing away my clothes...
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    I have shrunk down several sizes just within the year since I started biking in February.

    I have been fairly diligently watching my diet and my exercise and I have had great success right around 90lbs give or take a few depending on the day.

    I can't believe looking back at some pictures what I used to look like. It makes me sad that I wasted a good portion of my life being inactive and unhealthy.

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    I say donate all close that dont fit (both ways), one can never have too many reasons to buy new threadz

    actually at this very moment my trunk is filled with clothes and toys to be donated. It feels invigorating giving away clothes that were tight last october that are too big now!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by phlydude View Post
    Mithrandir - if your big clothes are still in decent shape, then ebay them!

    It is amazing what the 4-6XL clothes go for on ebay - nothing better than getting money from clothes you used to wear to buy new clothes that fit much better! (or even on more biking schwag)

    JCPenney's Big and Tall section has nice clothes fairly cheap (and there are ALWAYS coupons if you sign up for them).
    Wal-mart also carries 3 and 4XL items and Wrangler jeans for under $20 up to 46 waist. Good options when you need to replace on the cheap

    see what some of my items are going for now...
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/phlydude/m.h...id=p4340.l2562

    I would NOT get the write-off from Goodwill that equals or exceeds the amount I am making from selling these clothes.
    I am selling this stuff off for a bike fund...nearly $300 in there now and this is just the latest batch of items.
    I gave a lot of stuff to Goodwill, but like you I did use ebay, and I second the suggestion. Mithrandir, take note!

    BTW, phlydude, you had a 66 waist!?! I had a 60-62 at my peak. I'm not worthy! I'm not worthy! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tony_merlino View Post
    I don't want to be negative, but I've done it sustainably, unsustainably, every which way. Sensible eating, slow weight loss. Fad diets, starvation diets, quick weight loss. Combinations of diet and exercise that were so all-encompassing, they became my entire focus in life. And I lost weight, got in shape, sometimes even kept it off for multiple years at a time.

    Sustainable and sustained have the same root, but are not the same word. I'm not sure what the "permanent" solution is - maybe there is one, maybe there isn't. I sure know I haven't found it, and don't believe that I will at this point. Right now, I think I'd be happy with another temporary victory, but one that lasts longer than the last couple.

    For some people, weight creeps up on them in middle age, or in response to a lifestyle change, e.g. active to sedentary. Other people have miserable metabolisms. Neither is my issue. Overeating is an addictive behavior for me - an obsessive/compulsive thing similar to alcohol, tobacco or narcotics. The difference between overeating and those other addictions is that you can stop smoking, drinking and drugging, and still live - it can be binary. But you can't stop eating. And so the addictive overeater is always in the position of being like an alcoholic or smoker who's trying to "cut down".

    Not saying it's impossible. Just that I'm not throwing away my clothes...
    Sadly, this is true for me as I've become less active due to my injuries. I expect to drop down in size once I have working knees again. Then I can get rid of the larger size clothes I still hold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil_B View Post
    I gave a lot of stuff to Goodwill, but like you I did use ebay, and I second the suggestion. Mithrandir, take note!

    BTW, phlydude, you had a 66 waist!?! I had a 60-62 at my peak. I'm not worthy! I'm not worthy! :-)
    66" waist, 6XL shirts and a tux I was fitted for was a size 70...

    Yeah, I was huge and am now in a 44" waist and 2XL tops (except for cycling jerseys )
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    ebaying or CLing old clothes sounds like a great idea for some quick cash. However, I seem to wear out my clothes before I shrink out of them.

    Right now, my goal is to get down to 44 pants before my 46 have a hole wore in them....well, I could fit in them now, but my wife wouldn't be happy
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