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10 minutes ago, CheeringCJ said:

This seems pretty silly to anyone else but I knew YOU guys would totally see the victory in it. Today is a huge clothes clean out day and I’m tossing things that are too big (12 Walmart bags full so far!) and filling my closet and drawers with only things that DO fit. Well while I’m hanging up a skirt, my eyes welled up with tears in the fact that I can hang MY skirt on a skirt hanger and not have to fold and double up the ends to make it fit across the hanger!  Weird, the odd little things that are so different now that bring us joy!!!  

It’s very little but also very huge!!!!

 

Oh boy do we understand that joy. I also have to smile everytime I hang clothes on my tiny clothesline under my verandah, because I get an extra top or pair of pants on each line. These things make a difference, but skinny folk just wouldn't upstanding what a big deal they are.

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34 minutes ago, cinwa said:

It is huge Cheering.

I'm now retired but pre-WLS,  I wore a uniform and all of my work shirts were hung on extra-wide coat-hangers.

The day I had to shop for regular hangers was a really big deal for me.

I didn’t even know they sold extra wide hangers.  Glad you got the fun of getting regular hangers and have never had to go back! :)

The funny thing was when I took this picture I thought I wouldn’t post it bc my skirt looked soooo wide in this pic (despite it is a size 10) BUT then I thought how stupid that I am stressing over how “wide” a size 10 skirt appeared on my picture and I would post it bc I NEEDED to rejoice that it isn’t a size 22 folded in half and clipped onto my skirt hanger!  So I forced myself to post it....and be happy about it!

Personally my mind is my own worst enemy!  :mad: 

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32 minutes ago, Aussie Bear said:

Oh boy do we understand that joy. I also have to smile everytime I hang clothes on my tiny clothesline under my verandah, because I get an extra top or pair of pants on each line. These things make a difference, but skinny folk just wouldn't upstanding what a big deal they are.

That is so true...that is why i came to share it w/ you guys, bc you get it”! 

Skinny folks never had to fold the ends of their skirts over to hang them on a regular hanger.

It’s been a weird day getting rid of the clothes.  They don’t fit but some of the one I really liked I wanted to keep....then I tossed them knowing they didn’t fit, but in the back of my mind i was panicking bc what if I need a size 14 or 16 next year?!?!  Wouldn’t I be glad I kept it?  Not sure if that is my hoarding tendency (haha) or my old dieting tendency knowing I ALWAYS gain it back (probably the latter) and that I liked that 14/16 and didn’t want to have to rebuy clothes then when i had perfectly nice ones this year.  I’m fighting my brain today trying to convince it that i don’t need a fall back plan!!!  This IS the new forever me!

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2 hours ago, CheeringCJ said:

That is so true...that is why i came to share it w/ you guys, bc you get it”! 

Skinny folks never had to fold the ends of their skirts over to hang them on a regular hanger.

It’s been a weird day getting rid of the clothes.  They don’t fit but some of the one I really liked I wanted to keep....then I tossed them knowing they didn’t fit, but in the back of my mind i was panicking bc what if I need a size 14 or 16 next year?!?!  Wouldn’t I be glad I kept it?  Not sure if that is my hoarding tendency (haha) or my old dieting tendency knowing I ALWAYS gain it back (probably the latter) and that I liked that 14/16 and didn’t want to have to rebuy clothes then when i had perfectly nice ones this year.  I’m fighting my brain today trying to convince it that i don’t need a fall back plan!!!  This IS the new forever me!

Every time I change my seasons clothes, like bring out winter clothes I haven’t worn in a while, I panic and think they aren’t going to fit—-but they do, lol.

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@CheeringCJ - Totally get it! I feel so pleased when I'm clothes shopping and my size isn't all folded over at the edges of the clippy hangers. They're the sort of size that hangers are made for! Very exciting.

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49 minutes ago, Jen581791 said:

@CheeringCJ - Totally get it! I feel so pleased when I'm clothes shopping and my size isn't all folded over at the edges of the clippy hangers. They're the sort of size that hangers are made for! Very exciting.

If the label isn't clear or the hanger isn't colour coded I can use the fact that the item is folded in the hanger now to discount even looking at that item for a tag. A great time saver when you're hunting through clearance racks. Haha!!!

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21 hours ago, Aussie Bear said:

If the label isn't clear or the hanger isn't colour coded I can use the fact that the item is folded in the hanger now to discount even looking at that item for a tag. A great time saver when you're hunting through clearance racks. Haha!!!

Great tip for my thrift store shopping!!!  Thanks

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I weighed myself after 5 weeks in Europe and 3 months post op and I am now 92.1kg! I couldn’t actually believe it!!! I have dropped almost 31kg to date. I still see the old me in the mirror, but my clothes all seem to be sliding off!

Time to go shopping me thinks!

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27 minutes ago, SarahBMelbs said:

I weighed myself after 5 weeks in Europe and 3 months post op and I am now 92.1kg! I couldn’t actually believe it!!! I have dropped almost 31kg to date. I still see the old me in the mirror, but my clothes all seem to be sliding off!

Time to go shopping me thinks!

Congratulations Sarah - 31kg (68lb) is outstanding - you're doing a great job.

Don't worry about not seeing any change in the mirror - it took me months and months before I could recognise the slimmer me looking back at me.  Side-by-side photos are the way to go.

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3 hours ago, SarahBMelbs said:

I weighed myself after 5 weeks in Europe and 3 months post op and I am now 92.1kg! I couldn’t actually believe it!!! I have dropped almost 31kg to date. I still see the old me in the mirror, but my clothes all seem to be sliding off!

Time to go shopping me thinks!

 

Congratulations! You must feel great! 

Don't overbuy when you go shopping ... more weight loss to come. ;)

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6 hours ago, SarahBMelbs said:

Time to go shopping me thinks

Here’s a veteran tip (not that I have been at this too long, but I was in your same place this time last year and I had to buy clothes, but i have since packed them all up and given them away, so don’t get too attached to your new stuff and don’t spend a lot on it, no matter how nice it is, it won’t fit you later.  My recommendation is to hit the thrift shops (not sure if you have them where you live) but I have literally saved hundreds and hundreds of dollars there.  I buy nice brands (you have to look and look so give yourself time and you can’t go in looking for something specific but you will find great deals when you take the time to search the racks).  I recently bought a pair of size 8 Loft dress pants with the $88 tag still on them for $6.99!  (Here’s the funny thing, I felt sad for the girl who bought these new bc I have spent a fortune on things I am “going to get into” that sat in my closet taunting me until I finally donated them, so I imagined she had done the same so I felt her pain...but then again, maybe she had WLS and bought them to get into and flew right passed an 8 into a 6! :) Then I wouldn’t feel so bad!

Anyway, congrats on your weight loss....great job!  Get some transitional pieces of clothes, just know you won’t be in them very long!!!

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Wow! Great job. I have found our Goodwill store a good resource initially for transition clothes and now for more permanent; the store has a large selection. Pants are still my nemesis as I have problems with the fit, and my sizes range from 6-10; however, the good thing is that the items are a couple bucks if they are the 50% off color of the week, and I'm pretty sure most others have been about $5-7 each. I also have bought quite a few sweaters. I told my husband that my two bags on each of my past two sprees cost less than the two vests I bought at Costco, and those were pretty reasonable in cost! I've had to stop myself from going shopping now as I have enough clothes for not duplicating for almost two weeks so I don't want to have too many. Finally, for once I can select by detailing or a fit, rather than having to just buy something that I can pull on even if I had to live with the giant legs! It's a great feeling. (I still see my old self in the mirror even I can see I'm a lot smaller, even with the hanging gut skin!)

I even got brave enough a few months ago to do a step class although I'm usually not necessarily in step; I did a bit of jogging today. I have been going to the gym for years as well as a Zumba class and treadmill, but I had not done anything that is new, would bring attention to myself or go amongst tiny and/or fit folks.

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Good work @SarahBMelbs. Have fun shopping!

Hint from a fellow Australian..... switch your scales over to pounds (there's usually a switch on the back near the battery outlet) because you're also about to experience the Joy of  entering ONEDERLAND!!!!! No reason why the yanks here should get all the fun!!!! :)

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1 hour ago, Jumping Jo said:

Wow! Great job. I have found our Goodwill store a good resource initially for transition clothes and now for more permanent; the store has a large selection. Pants are still my nemesis as I have problems with the fit, and my sizes range from 6-10; however, the good thing is that the items are a couple bucks if they are the 50% off color of the week, and I'm pretty sure most others have been about $5-7 each. I also have bought quite a few sweaters. I told my husband that my two bags on each of my past two sprees cost less than the two vests I bought at Costco, and those were pretty reasonable in cost! I've had to stop myself from going shopping now as I have enough clothes for not duplicating for almost two weeks so I don't want to have too many. Finally, for once I can select by detailing or a fit, rather than having to just buy something that I can pull on even if I had to live with the giant legs! It's a great feeling. (I still see my old self in the mirror even I can see I'm a lot smaller, even with the hanging gut skin!)

@Jumping Jo i could have written this entry myself!  I love the discount days (but have been known to splurge the whole $6.99 to pay full price to get a pair of pants I really want that fit nice! Haha!).  I have ended up with duplicates, even the luxury of having a pair of black dress pants that are long enough to wear with heels and one short enough for flats!  I come out of GW or Salvation Army with a couple of bags and pay way less than I would at Walmart for an outfit or two (and I really don’t that much for new retail clothes!)   And in our closet for the first time ever, my clothes take up more room than my husband’s do.  I have more than I need but for the first time in 50 yrs I LOVE clothes! And I am just loving having so many ;)

And YES, before I would buy whatever was cheap and fit over my big body....never worried about how it really looked bc NOTHiNG looked good!! Usually it was big and flowery and ugly and matronly and i was too young to wear the old lady clothes but that is what fit so I got it (I never wanted to spend a lot of money on better clothes that looked better bc i didn’t really “deserve” it since I was so “unworthy”!  Silly the mental crap we go through.  

 

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I used to go buy several pairs of the same jeans, just because they fit, lol!  I shop clearance racks at Maurice’s and Kohls.  I get shirts for $5-$6.  I watch Maurice’s for 75 per cent the already clearance price so I get jeans for $5-$6 too...just bought a Columbia winter coat for $27.  

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Thanks so much guys!!! I’m so proud of myself. I have stuck to an exercise regime (even when we were in Europe) that I know I will stick to. I think that has been a big factor in my losses. 

I have bought myself a couple of Australian size 10 (sz 6 US) jumpsuits and my MIL bought me an Australian size 8 (size 4 US) dress for Christmas just gone. Hoping to fit into them by Christmas this year. My surgeon told me not to stress that the weight isn’t dropping as quickly now. But I will definitely take your advice and go to the “Op Shop” (thrift store) and find some clothes that actually fit now. :D 

Hope everyone is having an awesome day! 

 

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NSV for me i went shoe shopping yesterday for the first time in about 2 years. I have been maintaining under my goal weight for a few months now. I realized i have lost so much weight that i actually had to shop in the kids section for shoes. Woot woot thats a lot of shoe sizes lost considering just 2 years ago i was wearing a size 10 in womans. 

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I took a bath today!!!!

I know that doesn't sound like a big deal, but for me it truly is! I've lived in my house for 16 years now, and have NEVER fit in the tub. I've taken a couple of baths years ago, but I was wedged in on both sides. Before I had my knee done, I didn't dare try, because even though I knew I'd surely fit now, I didn't know if I'd be able to get out due to my knees. Well today I did it!! There was so much room in the tub, it was insane...lol. And I'm light enough now that I was able to get out without much use of my knees, which was another plus :D

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5 hours ago, ktallon said:

NSV for me i went shoe shopping yesterday for the first time in about 2 years. I have been maintaining under my goal weight for a few months now. I realized i have lost so much weight that i actually had to shop in the kids section for shoes. Woot woot thats a lot of shoe sizes lost considering just 2 years ago i was wearing a size 10 in womans. 

That is AWESOME, @ktallon!! I'm wearing smaller shoes now, but no where near the kids section...crazy!! And HUGE congrats to you on maintenance!!! I hope you've been feeling much better lately ❤️❤️❤️

Congrats!!!

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My non-scale victory list grew a bit longer today. Two years ago I NEVER would have believed these figures were possible. I realise some of these measurement standards are probably foreign to those of you in the US....but believe me these are really optimal figures in my language (mmol/L).

Total cholesterol - 3.7
A1C - 4.4
Fasting glucose - 4.3
Fasting insulin - 4.5...... The nasty fat-storing beast is well under control.....YAY!!!!!
C-peptide - 489

BMI - 21.6

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You know how "Ladies" clothing is always small and crazy? Like work uniforms and such...the 2XL is always like a normal person's size L or would fit the teeniest of people?  Well we are ordering some new polo shirts for work today and I would always ALWAYS order the men's xl or 2xl to fit because women's sizes never fit me. Not true anymore!  I ordered a LADIES large and *gasp* MEDIUM (it's tight, but I'm only 5 months out and I WILL lose more lol) I cannot believe it!  Although it's funny, I still fit nicely into the women's 2XL jackets and t-shirts that I've bought in the past that never really fit or fit really tightly. Women's clothing is so messed up.

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9 hours ago, Aussie Bear said:

My non-scale victory list grew a bit longer today. Two years ago I NEVER would have believed these figures were possible. I realise some of these measurement standards are probably foreign to those of you in the US....but believe me these are really optimal figures in my language (mmol/L).

Total cholesterol - 3.7
A1C - 4.4
Fasting glucose - 4.3
Fasting insulin - 4.5...... The nasty fat-storing beast is well under control.....YAY!!!!!
C-peptide - 489

BMI - 21.6

That is pretty awesome, @Aussie Bear!! Congrats on the great numbers!!! I hope you’re feeling well to correspond with those numbers!

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I've been saving some up!

For a while I was a little - I don't want to say disheartened, but maybe resigned?  Because I felt like my weight had bottomed out, and I wasn't going to lose any more, and I wasn't 100% happy with my clothing sizes.  Even though I was wearing a size I hadn't been in since college - at that size in college, I'd already felt like I was overweight. 

So it has been a super happy surprise to learn that my sizes are still changing!  I felt for a while like my pants were getting a bit baggy, and even my smallest shirts were a little shapeless.  So I took a risk and ordered a whole bunch of Eddie Bauer long-sleeved t-shirts in Medium, and they FIT ME PERFECTLY.  It's actually kind of amazing!  They've got a close fitted shape through the waist and make me look really narrow there.  I LOVE IT.  And I honestly can't remember the last time I wore a medium in ANYTHING.

So, that done, I thought I might as well see what was happening in the land of blue jeans... my 14's had been feeling a bit baggie in the butt, too.  So I tried on a bunch of stuff at Target the other day, starting at size 12.  Which was TOO BIG!!!  I actually walked out with three pairs of jeans and one pair of shorts, a mix of size 10 and a couple of size 8s!!!

If you'd told me before surgery that I would ever in my life be able to fit into a pair of size 8 pants and a medium t-shirt I would still be laughing today.  But here I am, totally comfy in them, and it's just the best feeling in the world.  My scale only goes down every now and then these days, but the NSVs keep coming!

It's probably related to all the time I'm putting in on the treadmill.  We have a treadmill desk, and about 3 weeks ago I started using it really regularly while I'm doing anything I would normally sit down for.  Reading, writing, watching TV... I just hop on and go.  I don't go very fast at all, because at higher speeds it's hard to type.  I usually go 1.5 mph for just hanging out and doing stuff, and around 2.5-2.7 mph for watching tv or seriously working on exercise.  Most days, I get in around 2, maybe 3 hours of walking that way.  Which is an NSV in itself for a lady who could barely make it to the kitchen and back two years ago!!!

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37 minutes ago, Kio said:

I've been saving some up!

For a while I was a little - I don't want to say disheartened, but maybe resigned?  Because I felt like my weight had bottomed out, and I wasn't going to lose any more, and I wasn't 100% happy with my clothing sizes.  Even though I was wearing a size I hadn't been in since college - at that size in college, I'd already felt like I was overweight. 

So it has been a super happy surprise to learn that my sizes are still changing!  I felt for a while like my pants were getting a bit baggy, and even my smallest shirts were a little shapeless.  So I took a risk and ordered a whole bunch of Eddie Bauer long-sleeved t-shirts in Medium, and they FIT ME PERFECTLY.  It's actually kind of amazing!  They've got a close fitted shape through the waist and make me look really narrow there.  I LOVE IT.  And I honestly can't remember the last time I wore a medium in ANYTHING.

So, that done, I thought I might as well see what was happening in the land of blue jeans... my 14's had been feeling a bit baggie in the butt, too.  So I tried on a bunch of stuff at Target the other day, starting at size 12.  Which was TOO BIG!!!  I actually walked out with three pairs of jeans and one pair of shorts, a mix of size 10 and a couple of size 8s!!!

If you'd told me before surgery that I would ever in my life be able to fit into a pair of size 8 pants and a medium t-shirt I would still be laughing today.  But here I am, totally comfy in them, and it's just the best feeling in the world.  My scale only goes down every now and then these days, but the NSVs keep coming!

It's probably related to all the time I'm putting in on the treadmill.  We have a treadmill desk, and about 3 weeks ago I started using it really regularly while I'm doing anything I would normally sit down for.  Reading, writing, watching TV... I just hop on and go.  I don't go very fast at all, because at higher speeds it's hard to type.  I usually go 1.5 mph for just hanging out and doing stuff, and around 2.5-2.7 mph for watching tv or seriously working on exercise.  Most days, I get in around 2, maybe 3 hours of walking that way.  Which is an NSV in itself for a lady who could barely make it to the kitchen and back two years ago!!!

Congrats @Kio that is awesome .

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On 4/25/2019 at 9:48 AM, Kio said:

I've been saving some up!

For a while I was a little - I don't want to say disheartened, but maybe resigned?  Because I felt like my weight had bottomed out, and I wasn't going to lose any more, and I wasn't 100% happy with my clothing sizes.  Even though I was wearing a size I hadn't been in since college - at that size in college, I'd already felt like I was overweight. 

So it has been a super happy surprise to learn that my sizes are still changing!  I felt for a while like my pants were getting a bit baggy, and even my smallest shirts were a little shapeless.  So I took a risk and ordered a whole bunch of Eddie Bauer long-sleeved t-shirts in Medium, and they FIT ME PERFECTLY.  It's actually kind of amazing!  They've got a close fitted shape through the waist and make me look really narrow there.  I LOVE IT.  And I honestly can't remember the last time I wore a medium in ANYTHING.

So, that done, I thought I might as well see what was happening in the land of blue jeans... my 14's had been feeling a bit baggie in the butt, too.  So I tried on a bunch of stuff at Target the other day, starting at size 12.  Which was TOO BIG!!!  I actually walked out with three pairs of jeans and one pair of shorts, a mix of size 10 and a couple of size 8s!!!

If you'd told me before surgery that I would ever in my life be able to fit into a pair of size 8 pants and a medium t-shirt I would still be laughing today.  But here I am, totally comfy in them, and it's just the best feeling in the world.  My scale only goes down every now and then these days, but the NSVs keep coming!

It's probably related to all the time I'm putting in on the treadmill.  We have a treadmill desk, and about 3 weeks ago I started using it really regularly while I'm doing anything I would normally sit down for.  Reading, writing, watching TV... I just hop on and go.  I don't go very fast at all, because at higher speeds it's hard to type.  I usually go 1.5 mph for just hanging out and doing stuff, and around 2.5-2.7 mph for watching tv or seriously working on exercise.  Most days, I get in around 2, maybe 3 hours of walking that way.  Which is an NSV in itself for a lady who could barely make it to the kitchen and back two years ago!!!

Those are some pretty amazing NSV’s right there, @Kio!! I’m particularly impressed with all of that walking. From one mobility challenged woman to another (pre WLS), I’ve gotta say, that’s pretty damn amazing! You’re still killing it, my friend ❤️ Way to go!!

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