Monday, June 23, 2014

Is Keeping Your Fat Clothes Like Hanging On to a Bad Relationshp?

One of the first things I did after losing 35 pounds on the Medifast diet is give away all my fat clothes. I told myself if I gained weight, I would have to either be uncomfortable or walk around nude.
Is it time to thin out your closet?

The only reason to keep my old clothes would be that I expected to fit into them again one day.

But why waste all that effort to ditch the pounds if I had a back up plan to house them comfortably when they came back.

The idea for this post came from one of my favorite Medifast Facebook group friends Barbi Brown, a certified Take Shape for Life health coach. She was having mixed feelings about what to do with all her larger sized clothes.

"It's exhilarating and frustrating at the same time," she wrote. "What do you do with all these perfectly wonderful clothes that don't fit anymore? Some of them you love -- but there's no way you could make them work. It's like being in a bad relationship, except it is with your clothes!"

I love the "bad relationship" metaphor, but I'm at the point in my life where I'd rather be alone than hang out with someone who is bad for me. For me keeping the fat clothes in my closet would be like getting married with a prenup -- that is, saying "until death do us part" but meaning, "until I get tired of you and walk away with all my money."

An interesting forum thread on the 3 Fat Chicks website supports my view:

"I look at it this way. I lost 85 pounds and kept it off for a year. I gained a little back and it wasn't inconvenient because I wasn't worried about not having anything to wear (or) having to buy clothes, and I wasn't listening to my clothes telling me it was time to take action," wrote a woman named Carla, whose handle is showgirlaz.

"Don't give yourself the opportunity to excuse a little weight gain by saving too many sizes," she warned. "A gain of one size is 15 to 20 pounds in general. You shouldn't need to keep anything that much bigger if you are trying to stay in a manageable maintenance range."

Still, it can be overwhelming to get rid of so many clothes, especially those you love or to which you have an emotional attachment.

I waited until one day when I felt especially dispassionate and removed all the clothes from my closet. I then made four piles: Ditch, Donate, Consign Winter and Consign Summer.  I rationalized that I could at least get some cash for my higher quality items (with which I could buy more clotehs) and all the rest would go to a good cause.

So far I am maintaining my weight, and I hope that I never have to see rely on either of my back up options.

You can purchase Medifast replacement meals directly from Medifast Centers, the Medifast website or -- for no extra cost -- through the co-branded website of a Medifast TSFL health coach. Medifast does not recommend purchasing its products from third party vendors, but if you choose to do so, you can find them on both Amazon and eBay.

Medifast replacement meals on Amazon

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