I Just Can’t Quit You, 2XL Pants

As quickly as I’ve gone through clothing during this journey, there are a few pieces that I just can’t let escape from my closet.

In some cases, the reasons for letting these too-big reminders of my pudge days stick around are easy to understand. For example, my pair of 2XL purple pajama pants have escaped the trash bin because a) they’re extremely comfy and b) they match my bedroom decor. I’m a big loser; I like things to match. It makes me squee with creative joy when something that’s in my bedroom (in this case, my legs in purple pants) matches my bedroom.

Or, there are my sorority shirts. More commonly known as “letters,” I used to have enough of these to wear every day of the week during college, if I so chose (and often I did). If you’re a newbie to the fraternal world, throwing away letters is simply unacceptable. Doing so is the equivalent of using Old Glory to bag and toss your dog’s excrement on your evening stroll around the neighborhood. So I carefully bagged most of my letters and have them in storage with the rest of my old clothes, even though it’s not permitted to sell your letters to someone who is not a member of your sorority.

One sweatshirt remained at the back of my closet, like a stretchy gray reminder of my flab-but-fun days gone by. I reasoned that I kept it because, really, can sweatshirts be too big? Hardly. But recently, I felt empowered to let it go (to someone on whom it will also be too big, but let’s not go there).

Most of my previous bar/hookerwear wardrobe has remained unscathed as well. The glint of sequins and regret kind of seems to wink at me from the far reaches of my closet every time I open it. Tank tops, halter tops, extremely odd-strap tops… all worn previously (with a shrug sweater) to highlight my one good feature, my extreme cleavage. (As if my flashy bewb-age would somehow disguise the fact that I was fat from the eligible bachelors in the establishment? A.k.a. Look at my DDs. Be hypnotized by them. Don’t notice my fat rolls underneath. Oh, Old Lisa’s logic. So sad.)

Hiding in shame in a garment bag is my bridesmaid’s dress from my sister Stacey’s wedding. Don’t get me wrong, the dress is beautiful; I just regret the size on the tag. The process of trying on bridesmaids dresses was painful. Sample dresses did not come in my former size. Often, I was left to hang out and consult with my sister as the other two ‘maids slipped on dress after dress. I am grateful for the bride’s kindness, though; if there was a sample dress that I might possibly fit into, she asked me to try it on, even if I knew there was no way she could be considering it for her wedding. (I remember one particularly hideous pumpkin-colored number. Gag.) But on the day of her wedding, even if I hated my weight, I felt beautiful in that dress, with that makeup, that hair. So I keep the dress as a reminder of both celebrating a wonderful day with a wonderful couple, and to remember that there were days, even pre-Weight Watchers, that I felt like a beautiful person.

Size 20 remnants aside, it’s fairly rare for my clothes to actually fit me, anyways. As I type this I’m wearing a tank top that’s too big, layered with a t-shirt that’s too tight, pants that seem to be okay, and undies desperately trying to cling to my hips. Let’s not even broach the topic of my other lingerie item; I don’t think I’ve owned a brassiere of the correct size since this whole thing began. Either my cup is half-full or my cup runneth over, if you know what I mean.

That’s one of the things I really look forward to at goal weight – staying one size. Not having to shop for clothes and think “Okay, I have to buy this a little small because if I don’t, it will be too big in a few weeks and I’ll have wasted my money” would be fab. I can’t wait to buy a dress or a pair of jeans because they fit my body at that time, without worrying that as my shape/size changes, that particular piece of clothing won’t look as good.

So while my current wardrobe contains a pack of misfits, I’m content with the knowledge the someday soon, that’ll all change. Goal, here I come!

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9 thoughts on “I Just Can’t Quit You, 2XL Pants

  1. This was a great post. I shamefully still wear my size 20 pants to work sometimes because I have nothing else to wear… and I’m between a 14/16. I look like a hobo. 😦

  2. I LOVE this post! Changing sizes throughout your weight loss is definitely one of the hardest parts to keep up with. I, too, can’t wait until I’m settled into a size and don’t have to strategically buy clothes!

  3. You may have been told this before and rejected it for one reason or another, but why don’t you make a t-shirt quilt with your letters? I wasn’t in a sorority, but I’m pretty sure this isn’t against the rules, right? You could use it as a throw on cold days cuddled up watching t.v. It’s fairly easy to do and would be happy to give you directions if you can’t find them by googling!

  4. This was a fantastic post, and congrats on two loses in a row! I’m still in the phase of strategically buying clothes (awesome phrasing Beth!). I have been working at this weight loss thing for so long, I have become insanely fugal and refuse to spend more that $10 on a single article of clothing. I can’t wait to go out and spend a normal amount on something I know will still fit me 2 months, or even a year later.

    • I’m with you on that, Michelle. A piece of clothing has to be pretty special for me to a) pay full price or b) spend more than $20 on it.

      … shoes are another matter entirely. πŸ˜‰

  5. Hi Lisa! I totally get your clothing thing. Also, I decided, I LOVE the format of your blog and am going to “steal” your little BMI progress posting for after WIs. I think it’s great!

    What sorority were you in? I have sorority shirts somewhere still, myself, but my favorite letters have gone missing over the years (I think I lent them to a lil sis who never returned them!)

    Love your blog! Keep up the good work πŸ™‚

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