The downside of losing weight

In the last week I decided to clean out my closet. I try to do it once every six months because hoarding actually gives me the fear. If something isn’t being used and isn’t useful then it needs to go. This most recent clear out ended up being a lot more dramatic than they usually are… This is the bag of clothes I had to donate because they don’t fit anymore.

I managed to salvage a few things that don’t look bad a bit more baggy but probably about half of my clothes are in this bag because they look ridiculous on me. I am going to attempt to get a couple of dresses taken in but I think it’s going to be an all new summer wardrobe. My bank account is already crying.

At least now everything fits in the closet (and all of you who don’t live in the UK please don’t laugh that this is the closet space being shared by two adults).


Have any of the rest of you had to do a post weight-loss wardrobe cull? And did you wonder if you should keep some of your “big” clothes in case you put it all back on again? I am trying to resist that impulse as much as possible.


  1. I did it in the fall before going back to work from my maternity leave. It felt great but kinda sucks to have to buy new stuff. It’s hard to rebuild your wardrobe! I only keep 1 pair of pants to remind me of where I once was. Get rid of them all!

    1. Abbi

      Next step is the drawers with all my folded clothes. All my jeans have to go…

      1. Wow! Good for you, it is a great accomplishment to lose weight and keep it off.

  2. Roze

    I did the opposite recently – put away all my clothes that don’t fit because I have gained weight. Hoping that the small amount that is left reminds me that there are several pieces I could be wearing if I were lighter. It is working I think, motivates me every time I want more ice cream. 🙂

    1. Abbi

      Are you exercising? It works so much faster and better than dieting. I lost my first 8kg without making any adjustments to my diet just running three times a week. Maybe find a class you enjoy so it feels fun and social and less like work. I cannot recommend Zumba enough.

  3. It’s the opposite for me, unfortunately. I keep on gaining weight. I’m a good 25-30 lbs heavier than I’ve ever been, and it’s frustrating. But since I got sick, I can’t exersize, so the pounds keep adding up. I’ve had to buy a whole new wardrobe. Nothing from 4 years ago fits any more, nor will it ever again, so I gave it all to my little sister, who was over-joyed to get so much new stuff.

    1. Abbi

      That’s really tough because the exercise makes all the difference. I fall off the diet wagon constantly but as long as I work out it seems to stay off. I think the important thing is to remember that you can look hot at every size. And you should endeavour to keep being fun and fashionable even because it will make you feel so much better. Weight should never be able appearance only health and right now you’re taking care of your health in other ways.

      1. I eat well (mostly) and I try get out walking when I can, but the illness has taken it’s toll, and I’m often confined to bed or couch. I was never more than 120lbs, and even at that weight I’d found that I was gaining weight, so that when I started putting on “real” extra weight, I kinda freaked out. I still don’t like it. I know I’m not huge, but it’s still much more than ever, so it feels worse that it probably is. I know that I shouldn’t put so much stock in what I look like, but it’s hard, especially when looks was one of the few things I had left after I got sick. I’ve been cutting back on products with gluten in it, and eating lots of fruit and stuff, hoping that would hold off those extra pounds from spreading, but I haven’t found a good balance yet.

        1. Abbi

          I think a lot of how you feel about weight comes from what feels comfortable on your own body. Whether you are big in society’s eyes or not is much less relevant than how you feel in your own skin and if you feel uncomfortable with the extra weight it is going to make you feel bad. You are doing some great things towards taking care of your body and if you give your new body a bit of time (and some love) you might just find that there are things you can enjoy about being a bit more curvy.

  4. I’m afraid of hoarding, too. I’m like you and like to donate it away after a weed through….Congrats on losing weight.

    1. Abbi

      Thanks! My grandmother is a big old hoarder. When my parents helped her move from her apartment to a retirement cottage she was protesting my mom throwing out magazines that were 25 years old cos she might make a recipe in one of them. My mom came back from that and decluttered our (already not very cluttered) house from top to bottom. I really enjoyed that experience and realised I’m just not a sentimental person. In the words of my mom, “that which does not pay rent must out.”

  5. Yay that’s absolutely fantastic! I think it’s the best thing in the world to clear yourself of those old clothes! But I always keep one pair of big comfy clothes (not to fall back on, but because I genuinely like it)

    1. Abbi

      I hardly ever have anything old because of my constant purging but I have got one pair of tracksuit bottoms that I sleep in that I’ve probably had for about five years.

  6. Bronwyn

    Hey Abs. That is quite a clear out.
    I know its the other way round for me, but when I was pregnant one of the teachers at school asked me what I was going to do about clothes after I had Skyla. Straight away I said that I was going to make sure that I fitted back into my clothes. My bank account would not have survived. I think the main things is making sure you concentrate on your goals, and if you want that weight to stay off you will make sure it does. You have done so well, and you are enjoying the exercise, so I think you can risk chucking the baggy stuff.

    1. Abbi

      It was hard giving up some of the stuff because I bought it in the summer before I had lost a noticeable amount of weight and I’ve barely worn half of it but I’m adamant I am not going to put the weight back on. The exercise is definitely addictive. My gym was closed for three days last week because of a burst water main and I started to go a bit nuts. You can’t even see that you’ve had a baby!

  7. well done girl!!
    xoxo Vera & Rony

    1. Abbi

      Thank-you! X

  8. You go girl!! Keep the jeans and cut them into shorts..because you can! xxx

    1. Abbi

      Thanks! They’re so big around the waist I can’t keep them up with a belt. Lol!

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