- Don’t be afraid to try out thrift and consignment stores in your area- you really can SAVE a ton of money! I usually go to: Catholic Charities, Goodwill, God’s Way, The Attic ( Philly), sometimes Plato’s Closet ( I find usually its crammed and overwhelming). Just make sure you wash all clothing before wearing, obvious I know- but super germ freak over here must give a disclaimer!
- Go with a budget in mind- Knowing how much you can spend, will help you to determine what you really NEED and help to deter the mindset of “loading up, because it’s cheap”
- Have fun!- You’ve worked hard for the results you’ve accomplished make it a fun self-care day ( the social worker in me would say). Try colors and textures you may usually avoid, see if it works in your new shape
- Buy new - for items that are worth investing in for the long haul: undergarments, coats, cardigans, etc. Choose wisely!
Fall is my favorite clothing season of the year. There’s just something cozy about sweaters, leggings, boots and jackets! Since incorporating Ideal Protein into my life, I have lost 30 lbs and simply was not fitting into my clothes any longer. I know, I know-- these are the problems one wants! BUT, I simply do not have the income to buy new clothing every new size I reach. I was doing that at first, and now all those clothes no longer fit! SO, I decided it was time to hit up my local thrift stores!
Pre IP days, thrifting was mainly for shoes and accessories, as I simply did not fit in many of the sizes. I was bulging out of my size 14’s and did not even want to think about committing to a plus size of 16. Nothing against ladies out there in that size, but I think we all have a size or number that we dread going to, and 16 was it for me. Therefore, I just stopped buying clothes.....until this year. I really truly have not purchased more than a few necessity pieces of clothing since 2010. I made the clothes I had work, because as I said- I did not want to commit to the next size up. Doesn’t matter if I looked awful, somehow I rationalized for those 3 years-- I was fine. Glad I put my “big girl pants on” as my lovely friend Madalyn says, and owned reality. Clothing was never going to be fun and stylish for me, until I worked on changing from the inside out: diet.
I have worked really hard at self-disicpline (more on that in my next post) these last few months, and by making good eating choices have dropped 3 pant sizes in just over 3 months. Yesterday, was a day to celebrate that.
I had a $100 budget in mind, and set out to score some deals at local thrift stores. I set out early in the morning and made my mind up to celebrate my success. Not to grumble in the cost of new clothes, or what IF nothing fits, etc. Insanely perhaps, I loaded Michael Buble’s christmas album on in my car and traveled down the road. Yes, its too early for Christmas jingles-- but this was a celebratory shopping trip and got me in a happy mood. ANYWAYS, I digress- I made my way to the all items are 3.75 section of the store, and began loading up on things I “thought” may fit. Just piled shirt, after shirt and pants after pants into the cart. As you may be familiar, the isles at Goodwill are narrow as all get out, so I take my time-- shopping both sides at once. The poor woman behind me was so frustrated, but I was determined to scoop up the good finds--and I did!
I ended up with 30 items-- wow! Countless outfits for work, new clogs, pair of earrings and 2 necklaces- spent $110, only $10 over my budget-- well worth it!
Here’s some tips for when you’re transitioning in between sizes while you wait to reach your goal:
Rediscovering myself through the process of healthy choices and clean eating! I enjoy all things Ideal Protein (baking, cooking, referring, talking and of course, eating). Lover of all things Fall/Autumn!