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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 11-04-12, 08:29 AM   #1
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The Irritating Clothing Thing

All my clothes are huge now. But I still have 22 more pounds to lose (I've lost 43) so I don't want to replace them now, and then have to replace them again in 3 months. To save money I guess I'll just wear baggy clothes now and replace them when I hit goal weight. Onward and Downward!
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Old 11-04-12, 08:41 AM   #2
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I bought 450 in carhartts right before losing weight. I feel ya.
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Old 11-04-12, 01:46 PM   #3
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When I was losing weight a couple of forum members from Team Estrogen gave me their bike shorts that would fit me in the in between time. I passed them along after I lost weight.
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Old 11-04-12, 02:30 PM   #4
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I know what you mean. I've been shopping in my closet. I've got about another 35lb to go and don't want to buy much but it's so much fun. I feel better when my clothes fit me and when I feel good about myself I do much better about following the program. After my ride today I realized I'm going to have to get better fitting riding pants.....the ones I bought a few years ago and only wore this year are way to big and the chamois is uncomfortable so I think I will just buy a set of leg warmers to add to my cycling shorts until I reach closer to goal.
Onward and downward...

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Old 11-04-12, 02:37 PM   #5
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I have lost 38lbs and I have to belt all my pants on.
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Old 11-04-12, 03:20 PM   #6
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I know what you feel like. My chef clothes hang on me pretty bad and some does a lot of my business clothes which really suck because they are expensive.
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Thrifting is a frugal alternative to new, at least for some items.
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All my clothes are huge now. But I still have 22 more pounds to lose (I've lost 43) so I don't want to replace them now, and then have to replace them again in 3 months. To save money I guess I'll just wear baggy clothes now and replace them when I hit goal weight. Onward and Downward!
Oh, freakin' cry me a river. I got TALLER. How many men get taller in middle age?!? I've had to replace most of my trousers because I'm now a 32 inseam instead of a 30. Also because my posture improved and I'm no longer slouched, I need shirts in tall sizes.
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I know what you feel like. My chef clothes hang on me pretty bad and some does a lot of my business clothes which really suck because they are expensive.
Get them altered. A tailor can do wonders for 'shrinking' a garment.
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Oh, freakin' cry me a river. I got TALLER. How many men get taller in middle age?!? I've had to replace most of my trousers because I'm now a 32 inseam instead of a 30. Also because my posture improved and I'm no longer slouched, I need shirts in tall sizes.
You got taller??!? I hope that doesn't happen to me, I'm already 6'5"!
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You got taller??!? I hope that doesn't happen to me, I'm already 6'5"!
5'11" to 6'2". A combination of straightened legs, improved posture because I don't slouch anymore, and the size of the replacement joints. For most folks who undergo knee replacement any height increase is minor.

Oh, I'm replacing my shoes as well. At least the ones that have a wear pattern.

BTW when I lost my 158 pounds six years ago I dropped 1.5 shoe sizes. Do you have smaller hooves now?
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5'11" to 6'2". A combination of straightened legs, improved posture because I don't slouch anymore, and the size of the replacement joints. For most folks who undergo knee replacement any height increase is minor.

Oh, I'm replacing my shoes as well. At least the ones that have a wear pattern.

BTW when I lost my 158 pounds six years ago I dropped 1.5 shoe sizes. Do you have smaller hooves now?
No, my feets are the same size. But my weight loss is not as much as you and a lot of others in C/A - I only needed to lose about 65 pounds, so my physiological changes are not nearly as severe as most others. So most of my time here in C/A is standing in awe at the accomplishments of people like you that are undergoing amazing life changing events.
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So most of my time here in C/A is standing in awe at the accomplishments of people like you that are undergoing amazing life changing events.
QFE, I'm only trying to lose 40, and I'd be happy with 30. I think I'll be on a plateau for the winter though at only about 15 lbs lost, you know holiday mass food and bad weather. So it's absolutely amazing to me that y'all can pass the 50 lb lost mark.
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Just wear spandex all the time. It's self adjusting between 2 or 3 sizes so it's a win win.
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Oh, freakin' cry me a river. I got TALLER. How many men get taller in middle age?!? I've had to replace most of my trousers because I'm now a 32 inseam instead of a 30. Also because my posture improved and I'm no longer slouched, I need shirts in tall sizes.
oh man ... if i got any taller i would ask them to take the knees out
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Thrifting is a frugal alternative to new, at least for some items.
Its recycling, its frugal and good for the environment.
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Its recycling, its frugal and good for the environment.
And the money often goes to good causes. In the US thrift stores are run by Goodwill, Salvation Army, American Cancer Society.... And if you are squeamish about second-owner clothing, well, you'd ordinarily wash it or dry-clean the garment before wearing. Besides, if you are going to spend money on denim that you will shrink out of in a couple of months, isn't it better to spend 5 bucks rather than 50? And especially when jeans look better when they worn in.

Back to the point the OP made that he didn't intend.... one reason we all decided to lose weight is that, frankly, obesity isn't an attractive look. And those of us who lose a lot of weight are struggling with negative self images already. Why add to it by hiding under clothes that fit like a tent? Even if you only have one set of clothes that fit your current weight and make you look good, you should have them and wear them. To draw an example from a friend who also lost a lot of weight, I was on him for months to stop wearing a 5X winter jacket. "Dude, you lost a hundred some pounds, and every time you go out you are reminding yourself you were a fat man." He later got rid of his 5X jacket, and most of his other 'fat' clothes. When he gave them away he found it very emotionally hard. It should have been. He was closing a chapter in his life.

BTW, when I lost the bulk of my bulk, another Bike Forums poster gave me clothes HE was getting rid of because of weight loss. This included a black four button synthetic fabric suit that made me look like I was about to be interviewed on ESPN. :-)
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oh man ... if i got any taller i would ask them to take the knees out
Why? Getting taller improves your Body Mass Index.
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Why? Getting taller improves your Body Mass Index.
at 6foot 6-7" ( it changes ) i do not want to be any taller, i would rather get rid of my fat ass to fix my BMI
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at 6foot 6-7" ( it changes ) i do not want to be any taller, i would rather get rid of my fat ass to fix my BMI
6' 7"! All that Marmite is paying off!
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6' 7"! All that Marmite is paying off!
nah it is all this darn rain we are getting oh well better than being on fire like we were last week
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I did exactly the same. Lost 20kg and got a whole new set of clothes. Lost another 10kg and they look terrible. So now I need yet another set! Fortunately I'm down to my bones and muscle with very little fat left so I doubt I can get much smaller... hopefully these clothes will last a while. It does mean that all my expensive work clothes - even my wedding suit thats 12 years old now hang on my like tents. The pants are so baggy its stupid. Even with a belt the pants fold so much they look... odd.
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I've lost over 170 pounds and had to go through this process about 4 times. I just bought inexpensive clothes and very few at that, had to do the wash them a lot and when moving on to the next size I threw out the "personal" items and donated the clothes to charity. As I reached my goal weight I invested in a few more costly items and have kept them. I find that I wear a medium-and-a-half in tops or S-M-L sized stuff which of course doesn't exist so I wear larges and enjoy the extra room, a few items I can fir in a medium if it's cut larger.
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It's better to have the option to get new clothes because we're losing weight, rather than facing the obligation to get new clothes because we're gaining!
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I've been down this path a few times. Plan to do laundry often. Pick a few color schemes and do a mix-and-match approach.
I would have two pair of business casual slacks (gray, khaki) and alternate those during the workweek.
One pair of blue jeans.
Embrace sweaters and stretchy clothes.

The thrift store near my house sells overruns as well as used clothing. Whenever a church fundraiser, corporate event, 5K race etc. had leftover t-shirts or polo shirts, they donated them to the thrifts.
And some of the used clothes donations had never been worn and had the original manufacturer's hangtags. I got a nice down jacket that way.
There are also dress-for-less stores with never-worn manufacturer/retail end-of-season items. I've picked up some very nice new fleece jackets for cheap there.

The real problem is not having baggy business suits. It's having a baggy birthday suit !
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