Tuesday, October 16, 2012


This is not a post about Christmas Eve. The numbers in the title represent the range of clothing sizes in my closet. Most of them are in the 18-20 range, my current size, but there are a few stragglers from other sizes too.

And, sadly, the truth is I haven't worn the size 12. It's a cute summer dress I bought as incentive. It hasn't worked.....yet......but it's still in my closet as a reminder of where I want to be.

More truth: I haven't been smaller than a 16 in DECADES, and when I was at a 16, it only lasted for awhile. Sad, I know. 

But fear not! I'm still working my way down.....slowly but surely. I see commercials or read testimonies from people who have lost significant amounts of weight and they end up in single digit sizes. Honestly I can't even fathom that at this point, but there is a clothing issue when people lose weight: the expense of buying clothes in a smaller size. And, especially for those who want or need to continue losing, this process happens about every fifteen pounds or so. I would like to lose a minimum of fifty pounds, which translates into approximately four dress sizes. It's not quite the hardship for me, because I write at home. Jeans, shorts or sweats work just fine for my occupation. But people who work outside of the home need to look professional.

My solution to a shrinking wardrobe is thrift stores. I can buy a pair of jeans and a shirt for about $10-$15. Not bad! Of course, there's lots of variety in thrift stores, but it can be a problem if you find something you love in the wrong size. You're SOL in a thrift store.

One solution is to find clothing that will continue to fit and look good as you lose. I've included a short video from Thinking Slimmer to help you choose versatile clothing. Take a gander at this:

Happy shopping!

Have you had trouble finding clothes that fit as you lose? Do you have any tips?

Have you been there?

P.S. I wrote this about a week ago and forgot to post it all day long. So much for planning ahead! 

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Yes! I've been there, Claire!