As some of you may have read, my husband and I joined Weight Watchers Online on January 4th, 2011. Unless you read Crystal Clear Thoughts too, you may not know that Weight Watchers Online is working tremendously well! The only downside is that we have had to buy new clothes.
It has been about 9 weeks and I’ve gone from 176 pounds to 158 pounds already! That’s 18 pounds!!! That means that I went from a tight size 16 to a very tight size 12.
I knew it was time to get a few new clothes a few weeks ago when my husband started sneaking up and pantsing me around our house while I was wearing buttoned jeans. Yeah, I married a child.
What I wasn’t going to tell you is that I would have done it first to him in a heartbeat if I had thought about it…
Shopping at Home
In case you don’t know me yet, I don’t enjoy the process of shopping. I like looking cute and love wearing bright-colored, happy clothes, BUT the actual errand of shopping is tedious, tiring, depressing, and expensive for me. Swiping our credit card at clothing stores makes my stomach churn.
That is why my first stop was my bottom left dresser drawer where I keep every pair of wearable jeans I have ever owned. After attempting to try on the whole pile (I’m definitely not a size 10 yet…ouch…), I found one pair that will work very well while I downgrade one more size. Yay, free jeans!
My next stop was the right side of my one row of clothes in the closet. I usually donate all clothes that don’t fit except for jeans since they are so expensive to rebuy, but I do hold onto some of my favorite pieces even if I “outgrow” them. I was in luck. Yay for 2-3 free, yet awesome, shirts!
Shopping at a Store
But I also needed at least one pair of work slacks to tide me through, so I finally sucked it up, grabbed my keys, made sure I had the JC Penney’s gift cards from Christmas, and headed out.
It took me about 30 minutes to find one pair of slacks that fit well since I’m 5’2″. Finding pants that fit a size 12-14 waist at a length for a tall midget is pretty hard. It took me another 30 minutes to find some undergarments that worked – yay for clearance racks! The total bill came to $65, but thanks to the gift cards from my in-laws, that meant I only had to pay $15. Woot!
Current Clothing Situation
I know I should have more than one pair of work slacks that fit properly, but I just couldn’t bring myself to spend another $25 on something I’m hoping only to wear for about 3-4 weeks total. In short, I look great at work on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I look pretty frumpy in baggy pants on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Oh well. 🙂
Then last week I grabbed a new $12 black shirt to show off my reclaimed curves. It was so comfortable and pretty (and will look good even when I’m thinner) that I went back and got the same style in 3 other colors…oops. And Mr. BFS found two awesome-colored sweaters for $10 each and grabbed them for me as well.
Overall, I have spent $98 on new clothes and will probably lay out another $100 or so when I hit the next size and can finally stock up without worrying so much about waste.
Yay for weight loss and Weight Watchers Online! Despite the shopping, I am happy as a girl can be. 🙂 I am only one size away from my favorite outfit ever – the sexy and sophisticated blouse and slacks set I wore at my wedding reception 6 years ago!
Do you enjoy shopping for clothes? How do you bridge gaps between weight gain and loss?