I have a dilemma. It’s a good dilemma to have. I am now 35 pounds below pre-pregnancy weight. From the day I walked in the hospital doors to have my son nearly 9 months ago, I have lost a whopping 75 pounds! I am currently a weight I have not seen in 15 years!
And nothing fits.
Until about 10 pounds ago (remember my plateau?) everything still fit. In fact, I realized I had been STUFFING myself into clothes that didn’t really fit for a LONG time. Now I own a closet full of clothing that is entirely too big.
For most people the dilemma of Keep or Pitch when it comes to fat clothes is a no-brainer. Get rid of them, girl! You don’t ever want to end up back there! But, I don’t plan on ending up back there…unless I get pregnant again.
When I hit my lowest ever pre-pregnancy weight about 5 pounds ago, I told you I did not want to miss the blessings of another baby simply because I was blessed to have lost all this weight. So, there is a chance I will need some “in-between” clothes, if you will. And therein lies my dilemma.
Do you keep clothes that are too big for you in case you need them post-partum?
I’ve talked to my girlfriends, I’ve talked to my husband, and I’ve thought through this long and hard and here’s what I’ve come up with.
Pitch the stuff that is stretched out, ugly, and just doesn’t look that great on me. I have no idea how they get in my closet, but they never look right. I hang on to them because I didn’t have a lot of things that fit me well. Oh, and remember, I was stuffing myself into clothes that were too small for me, which explains why a lot of my clothes are now super-stretched out and hang on me like a tent. These are the things that automatically get pitched.
Pitch anything that is SUPER big. Yes, I *could* use these super-sized clothes during pregnancy, but WHY? I hate feeling frumpy while pregnant and that is exactly what oversized normal clothes do to me. If it was all I had, fine, but it’s not all I have. After 8 babies, I have a pretty good-sized stash of maternity clothes. No need to keep the super-sized stuff.
Pitch anything I don’t love. This is different from things that are ugly or don’t look good on me because I can have clothes that look nice on me, but shouldn’t be kept because they aren’t fabulous. The truth is, when you are post-pardum you are looking for ways to feel normal AND beautiful. I’m not going to keep something that is just “okay”. Which leads me to…
Keep what I love. Frankly, this isn’t a huge pile. There are some sweaters, the skirt shown above, and a few really nice clothes I use for speaking engagements. It was just too hard for me to get rid of these things because I really did like them. I’m packing them away in my maternity storage tubs. They will be there post-pardum if and when I need them. By then, I may have changed my mind about what I love, but at least for now I don’t feel bad about getting rid of clothes I really liked, even if they were my “fat clothes.”
By the way, my husband, who has lost 66 pounds, is pitching at will. Yes, even the Bourne sweater I loved so much. He is now the same weight he was when he graduated high school! He doesn’t plan on getting pregnant any time soon, so he is NOT keeping his fat clothes. (And yes, that is an Olympic Torch in his hands…and no, he was not in the Olympics, but after losing so much weight he might start thinking about it!)