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too fat for my clothes

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misshardbroom Thu 06-Aug-09 18:04:30

Tried to think of a clever and witty title for this thread but have resorted to the truth.

12 months ago I was a size 8-10 (depending on where the clothes were from).

However, I have been troughing like a pig for the last God knows how long and doing no exercise, and now it's really really caught up with me. None of my jeans or trousers actually fit me any more, they're all really tight round the waist and bulgy on the tummy. Easily a size 12.

Clearly, something must be done.


1. I'm going to stay with foodie family on Sunday, for a full week. Would your attitude to healthy eating be 'carpe diem' or 'sod it for another week'?

2. Would you (for the sake of appearances and disguising unsightly overhang) suck it up and buy some bigger clothes for now, or persevere with the ill-fitting ones as a reminder of how much I need to lose weight?

3. If I'm to buy something else to wear, what should it be?

4. The only advantage of the increased overall size of me is an impressive set of knockers. Tell me that they're not worth the risk of type 2 diabetes.

DISCLAIMER: I am fully aware that size 12 is not fat by any stretch of the imagination, and I don't claim that I even look fat - I just know that the weight I've put on is the result of too many late night trips to the corner shop and that this isn't healthy. I also don't want to write off all my clothes, especially those Joules trousers that I've hardly worn.

BobtheWoodmouse Thu 06-Aug-09 18:23:21

Maybe buy something a bit bigger for next week - you will feel more comfortable and you will look slim - slimmer than squeezing yourself into too-tight clothing.

Keep to a fitted shape, no sacks - you might find a few cheapish things in the end of the sales. When you go back into a 8/10, these size 12 things will proabably still look ok so it won't be a complete waste of money.

Or, go for a couple of new things from stores that offer generously sizing - M&S? - we all know it's vanity sizing but it might make you feel a bit better. grin

tinseltot Thu 06-Aug-09 18:24:52

Ok, answers imho are as follows:

1) Defo trough it up for 1 more week. There is little point starting a diet at a time when circumstances make it likely that you will struggle to adhere to it. Have one last tango with all things calorific.

2)You need to strike a balance between feeling 1)comfortable/attractive and 2)still being suitably unsatisfied with your appearance to motivated to change things. I would recommend going to sainsburys or asda and buying two pairs of trousers and a couple of tops in a size 12. Limit your purchases to this though. You want to still look at your old wardrobe and be gripped with the urge to get back into your fashionable clobber.

3)I would say loose leg trousers (which will be merciful on the old thighs) and loose tops (oads of a line trendy tops about at the mo luckily enough). These will skim your tum.

4) Well a great rack is obviously a good thing, but imho good thighs and legs are better. Skinny jeans and mini skirts don't rely on acres of norkage.

I hope i have been a bit useful to you! My dd3 is now 5 months and in the last 4 months i have dropped 2 stone. Am now 10 stone and a size 10. I have about 9-10lbs to go till i'm comfortably back in my size 8 trousers. I miss my skinnies like you would not believe! i've lost weight by relying on breastfeeding alone. It burns 500 calories a day so i've just eaten a woman's normal daily allowance of 2000 calories and the weight has come off quite reasonably with no real pain. If you reduce your current intake to between 1500 and 1850 calories a day then the weight will come off for you too.

Good luck!!

misshardbroom Fri 07-Aug-09 10:46:51

Thanks to both of you - good advice.

DH is taking the kids off today so I can work, but I might just sneak off to M&S to rummage through the tail end of the sale.

Agree with tinseltot about the breastfeeding diet - I never had to try to drop weight after each of the babies, had more of a problem keeping it on! However, may be something of an extreme way to get back into my jeans this time grin

Icantbelieveit Fri 07-Aug-09 12:47:57

Sieze the day definitely!! Even though you are going to stay with people you don't have to eat everything as if your life depended on it, you can still cut back slightly without compromising your enjoyment (though remember nothing tastes as good as being slim feels; stupid sign on weight watchers meeting wall-every time I look at it I want to eat).

Just buy one thing in a bigger size and vow to get back into your old clothes.

GetOrfMoiLand Fri 07-Aug-09 13:19:55

Iam too fat for my clothes as well. I am 12 stone.

I used to be 10 stone back in the day. Ialso have a treasured pair of size 8 jeans which look at me disdainfully from my wardrobe. I still (somehow) fit in my size 10 clothes, but I don't look very nice in them. I look like a large quantitiy of cottage cheese squeezed into some cling film.


I have joined a gym and I am DETERMINED to go at least 3 times a week. They have power plates there so I am hoping to use those to tone up my vile and wobbly bits.

I am going to do slim fast or the soiuth beach diet for a fortnight to kcik the weightloss off.

If I were you I would not buy any new clothes, other than some hideous leisure wear from Tesco. Use your nice skinny clothes as an incentive for losing weight.

toddlerama Fri 07-Aug-09 15:00:38

You can still enjoy the week away! Try everything you fancy, but eat really slowly and stop when you aren't hungry anymore. If you deprive yourself all week you'll go on a food-bender and be in an even worse state. Believe me - I bear the evidence (sob).

cornsillk Fri 07-Aug-09 15:06:22

I would scoff away for the week with the foodie family and worry about the consequences after. Buy something that fits now but you will also be able to wear when you've lost some weight. I am in the same situation as you - I was always no more than 9 stone and a size 10. Now I'm always more that that and a 12 - I seem to put it on really quickly these days. I've just had a week of scoffing so will hit the gym this weekend. If I exercise it mostly comes off thank goodness.

goodnightmoon Fri 07-Aug-09 17:41:53

depending on where you put on most of the weight, buy something that accentuates the positive, like your bosoms.

I would get a dress that can be tightly belted, assuming your waistline is still visible. grin

can you jog every day while you are in foodie heaven? (jogging every day is my method to kickstart weight loss.)

BitOfFun Fri 07-Aug-09 17:52:48

Come and join us on this thread? I'm in exactly the same boat as you, and fed up and cross with myself!

misshardbroom Fri 07-Aug-09 19:18:43

Thanks, BOF, I've just posted on that thread and said you sent me!

Yes, I can jog while I'm away. I used to be a serious runner (seriously into it, not seriously good) and a lot of my piggishness stems from giving that up.

Today I ventured to M&S and rifled through their sale rail. The gods are smiling upon me because I found a pair of reasonable jeans in a 12, and a silver grey tummy-skimming A-line top for the rock bottom price of £3 each!

tinseltot Sat 08-Aug-09 20:52:41

Bloody hell, bargain! Well done!

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