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Undersized Clothes as Motivation (I will not and can not do it!)

Old 03-29-12, 12:36 PM
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Undersized Clothes as Motivation (I will not and can not do it!)

I will not and can not do it. If I buy something, I buy it to fit. I do not believe in rewarding myself before doing the work. Nor do I believe it motivates me to try harder in the weight loss getting in shape factor.

Gina does believe in it even though I argue at time of purchase. She has bought really nice cycling shorts because they are at a good price (clearance etc) but just not quite her size to be fully comfortable. Something she might wear once or twice then say, "hmm, maybe I should wait till I lose a little before I wear them again." So then a $80 pair of shorts ($50 on sale) sits in the closet waiting for use. $50 is still a lot to just leave lying around IMO.

Last week the same thing. She found a real nice sexy bathing suit at the mall. Only $30 on sale, not much but because her size was sold out, she settled for one smaller. She says it will be motivation to get back into shape. I just don't think this is a good method. Now if I was not allowed to conduct the before and after studies, then I just might be upset.

But I will say, this has never worked for me. I don't buy stuff unless it fits just right.

Does it work for you's?
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Never worked for me. Losing 45 pounds and THEN buying the smaller clothes worked great!!
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No, it does not. I think it *should* work, but it never has.
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Originally Posted by chandltp
I think it *should* work, but it never has.
My thoughts exactly after 30 years of doing my own shopping
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My wife bought a beautiful dress for my son's wedding. It was "almost" the right size and she was losing weight. Needless to say, she's many pounds lighter now, had to buy another beautiful dress for the wedding, still has the "other" dress (now the right size) and it's just "not right"...if it ain't right and you can't have it altered right then -- walk away!!
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Originally Posted by SuncoastChad
My wife bought a beautiful dress for my son's wedding. It was "almost" the right size and she was losing weight. Needless to say, she's many pounds lighter now, had to buy another beautiful dress for the wedding, still has the "other" dress (now the right size) and it's just "not right"...if it ain't right and you can't have it altered right then -- walk away!!
Gina wanted to buy something undersized for "our" wedding. Now that one, I had to put my foot down.
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Can't say it has. I've bought stuff online that when I got it was tighter than would fit comfortably. Didn't want to go through the hassle of trying to return it so I just kept it figuring that eventually if I kept losing weight it'd fit and I wouldn't have to buy new then. I think I'm big boned because I just can't get it over my ribcage even though I've lost some weight. Oh well, in my case for the two jerseys and 3 baselayers I'm out probably a total of $60 as they were low quality anyway and I bought them on a super clearance. So I didn't intentionally buy them to be motivation, but kept them because I'm lazy (too lazy to deal with returns anyway) and thought I might be able to use them.
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Yep, it just doesn't work. Even if you do loose the weight, you don't know where you're going to loose it from and how the clothes will fit. I very rarely purchase clothing onling. The fit variations are just too big. There have been some notable exceptions. My recent purchase of some Campy cyling kit. The prices were just too good to pass up. So, I asked a few questions around here, got out the tape measure and took the plunge. Thankfully it fit and I've order more. But, buying stuff you know doesn't fit? No Way!
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Considering that I have a vintage La Vie Claire jersey that never fit at any time over the past 25 years, and it still doesn't, I guess the empirical data would suggest the answer is "no."

As much as I would like to believe otherwise.
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It virtually always ends up being a bad idea.
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I have never ever even thought about doing that. I know it would not work for me. Even if I lost a lot of weight, it would be in the wrong places.
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i notice there are a lot of men chiming in...

I have clothes from my previously skinni(er) days that are starting to feel comfortable on me again but I really don't believe in buying something that won't fit.
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Would I purposely buy something that absolutely doesn't fit... NO
I have in the past 18 months, however, purchased clothes that were just a bit tight, but still wearable. My reasoning for that has been I know I'm still in the process of losing. If I buy it just a little smaller/tighter, I will be able to wear it a bit longer. Therefore, I'm getting more use out of the items for the money I'm paying now. The clothes don't sit in the closet waiting for me to reach a particular size.

I do have a BUNCH of clothes I can't wear anymore though! I recently took 2 garbage bags full to Goodwill of 2, 3, and 4x shirts and shorts!
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I don't buy clothes that I want to fit in for motivation... I take clothes from when I was a teen and want to fit in and use that.. cheaper IMO and you can go "Holy crap I haven't fit into these pants since 9th grade!".
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I couldn't find my usual biking jacket earlier this week so I looked in my closet and found a North Face fleece (XXL) I haven't been able to wear in six years. Tried it on and it zipped! Sure, it was really tight but it felt great wearing something that wasn't baggy for a change. My 4XLT Reebok fleece is way too big now.
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Originally Posted by 4st7lbs
I haven't been able to wear in six years.
Got a t shirt from one of the toughest rides I did about 8 years ago. I dropped to 218 low point but the XL was way too tight. I ordered a XXL

Been in the closet for years and if I ever drop down to 95 lbs, I figure I'll wear it then.........yes I said 95 lbs
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I like seeing the clothes I have get too big first. Great motivation because it gives the before and after picture on the spot every morning. I was pleased today, got down to 98.5kg and the just right pants I got 2 months ago are now an inch too large at the waistline. This will be a problem when I reach my goal of 85kg in about 3 months if I can keep up 250km of cycling everyweek. They will be so large as to be unwearable.
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i don't think it works because you can not control where the weight will fall from first.

Since i changed a lot of my eating and life styles habits I have lost weight, I fit in to older clothes which is cool, but the first place i noticed i lost weight from was my back then face then calves and now i am losing it slowly from other places .

SO i dont think you can plan for X weight for a certain piece of clothing losing wieght off your back will not help you fit some pants ..... unless you do weird things with you clothing o.O
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I don't think it works, and I never tried it myself because the goal was to become an active, healthy person, and not to fit into a pair of pants or a shirt or a suit. If I became the person I wanted to be, the clothing I would want would fit:

 
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I didn't intentionally do it when I was losing weight. I did buy cheap things from thrift shops while in the weight loss process and I couldn't always try them on so some ended up the wrong size. One pair of pants I really misjudged and I only am now able to fit in them. I bought them 20 pounds ago. Now they fit perfect. One pair of shorts were slightly too small. I stuck them in a bin in the rv and forgot about them and by the time I remembered the shorts they were too big. Mostly though I was fairly good at eyeballing my purchases and errors tended to be a bit towards the large side.

My real error was buying nice cycling clothes in large and extra large that fit me for all of a month. I am headed back north and will try to sell some of them. A lot of money down the drain. By the time I was size medium I had the sense to buy used.
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Hell no!

I can't stand when my clothes don't fit, so it would be counter productive. Luckily I have lost enough weight to fit in to a 2XL, when I previously wore a 4XL. My goal is sub-200 and a size Large. I can't remember that last time I wore something without an X(s) in front of the tag. I'm young so my motivation comes from the gym, if you catch my drift. Thank god for yoga pants
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The undersized thing doesn't work for me either. I have boxes FULL of clothes that are 'waiting' to be worn again. Even things like the skirt and pretty top I wore for my wedding. When I have to move them around in the storage unit, all they do is make me sigh mournfully and feel down. Not motivational at all.
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Nope. Even when it came down to the off-season fit party for my team and I knew I'd probably lose a bunch of weight before the season started (and I did) I still bought what fit me at the time. I only bought 1 kit instead of 2, like many of the guys; and when we did our pre-season kit order I was able to size down on my ordering.

Again this season we've got another fit party coming up soon, and I'll be ordering another skinsuit for race season; and again I can size down by one from where I was last year. It will be a wee spot tighter than I'm used to, but it's a skinsuit so it's supposed to be obscenely tight. Right?
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Yep - guilty as charged. I love thrift shops and cant resist a "bargain". I have NWT shirts from North Face etc that were literally being given away but too small. I now have a whole side of my closet of stuff I either bought thats too small or stuff Ive "grown out of". However, since recently starting my "spike diet" (down 13lbs in the last 45 days) - I can now select the odd shirt from the "thinner" side of the closet - I kinda like it

I have a family reunion in July and if I can keep losing, I will not have to go clothes shopping for the event - If I keep losing
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I just bought ski pants for next season at a huge year-end discount. They're snug but wearable now, but I know they'll be perfect next winter. I always drop 10 or 12 pounds over the summer, just because I ride wherever I can and spend hours doing other active outdoor stuff. I've never bought anything undersized as a deliberate weight-loss incentive. I have kept old stuff around, planning to shrink into it, which is a great feeling when it works. I like to get rid of stuff that's now too big, just as a way of closing the door on getting that big again.
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