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Clothes on the fast track AKA Oliver's charity warehouse

Saturday, November 12, 2011

2 week ago I made a major inventory of my clothing department. Every single peace had gone trough Salamon's sword: the ones that still had fit me were the keepers, those fitting some other person 25% heavier than me - with heartbreaking tears - had to hit the fast track.

There are two destinations for the poor fast track Oliver's clothes:
Garderobe, a fantastic second hand shop in Graz
Charitas, for charity distribution

Today, I visited with a huge bag Garderobe, and left a few pieces there. One of my jackets can make a revisit to the shop in February, for the spring collection. The majority however came back.

Here's the full pack, 104 pieces together, plus not on the picture are 3 other trousers I sold already, and 6 summer trousers already packed for February. This is 113 pieces, with some items not discarded yet, because then I really have nothing left to wear.
Especially my underwear series needs a quick overhaul.

Trousers: 38 (uncomfortable) to 32 (comfortable)
Shirts: 43 to 40.5 (in centimeters)
T-shirt: XXL/XL to M/S.
Shoes: EU 46.5 E (US 12 1/2) to EU 45 (11 1/2).

As for exercise, I had 50 min swim today (mostly backstroke), and 65 min running (5:30 min/K, 12K).

Some peopel tell me I should save some of the clothes for later, if I get fat again.
Before, I was really kind with these people, and politely said, "I am decided to keep on the healthy lifestyle, but thanks for your comment."
These days, I am getting angrier hearing all these nonsense comments (one after the other), and just tell, please, do me a favour, and save your comments for yourself. I feel like they really haven't listened to me, and are just projecting on me their ideas.

Next step is to save up some funds for new clothes, because now I have exactly 5 shirts, and 5 jeans, which means I have to wash every 3-4 days.

I gave a goodie for myself (as per Fall 5% challenge), because I really did awesome today, with the exercise, fresh fruits and vegetables, food tracking, discarding old clothes, reading SP articles, spreading the spark, and so on. In fact, most of these are just on autopilot, because they are part of my daily life.
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    I totally understand the feeling when people say to keep the old clothes - I've been getting rid of them pretty much as I shrink out of them - I also realized that as I started to fit into some "goal" clothes that I've had for a long time, that they didn't look good on me (wrong style, cut, fabric, etc) - so those went as well - now i just buy things as I tend to need them - I currently have 5 sizes of jeans all bought since I've started losing weight (I only buy one pair per size at this point) - and I need to get rid of the two biggest sizes - they are way to big - the smallest pair that I just bought don't quite fit, but I also tried them on after a big meal of Chinese food, so I may be closer than I think :)

    is there a place there where you could "trade" your larger clothes for smaller ones? I suppose the consignments shops don't do that sort of thing, it would be perfect if they did though :)
    3153 days ago
    I say get rid of the clothes. I did such a backslide this summer and not having my big clothes around definitely made me really knuckle down and get a start at this again. My clothes selections are limited right now, but already today I was able to wear one pair of slacks that I couldn't 2 weeks ago. Keep up your great work.
    3157 days ago
    Oliver, your mindset is one I really look up to. I think you should giggle a little at those comments, because in addition to being negative and impolite, they're also SO SILLY. I've never met you IRL, and it would never occur to me that you might want to keep some of your bigger clothes! You think fit now!
    3161 days ago
    Great job Oliver and what a great problem to have....buying new clothes that fit because you've lost so much weight.

    You're right about the negative thinkers....they're stuck in the past...keep doing what you're doing, you're an inspiration with your dedication!
    3161 days ago
    How fun! It's so nice to see how far you have traveled in your journey! You are doing terrific!
    3161 days ago
    It is so wonderful to be able to clean out the closets and rid yourself of all the big clothes! Time to buy new ones!
    3161 days ago
    I agree with you - just get rid of those clothes that don't fit - anything else is like permission to allow yourself to fall into old, bad habits.

    I hear you on the reduced wardrobe - I only have 2 pairs of blue jeans that fit right now! People always think it's great that you have an excuse to go out shopping except it can cost so much!

    Thanks for the reminder on the Fall 5% goodie since we do have to do that daily. Sounds like you are doing great!
    3161 days ago
    Great day of being good to yourself! I am with you... I have been getting rid of clothes as soon as they don't fit. I will never go back to that old life. This is my life now.
    3161 days ago
    emoticon emoticon I would like to dare doing that (again) but I am a little nervous because last time I got rid of my big size clothes after losing 50 lbs (and swearing I will never got the weight back on) I ended up wearing my husband sweat pants and T-shirts when I actually *did* re-gained the pounds...

    I keep a cloth rack with XL, L, M and S size clothes, just in case, and it sure feels good to pick my clothes from the M section right now! ☺
    3162 days ago
    I'm so behind on your blogs - you've been so busy! I'm always inspired by your PLANNING talents. And I agree about the comments concerning keeping "fat" clothes around. You don't need those them remind you of your pre-Spark life and lifestyle.

    Don't be too hard on your friends who make those remarks, though. When the people say such things, I don't think they are are revealing more about themselves and not criticizing you. They may just not have the faith to believe that someone can really make such a change and keep at it forever. But you do! WTG!
    3162 days ago
    Wow that is great that you are getting rid of all your "fat" clothes!! That is alot! You certainly have every right to tell them to keep their comments to themselves. You have worked your tail off and lost the weight the right way. You have changed your eating and workout like a crazy man!! emoticon You are an inspiration to all that know you!!
    3162 days ago
    I go through my closet twice a year, mainly because I own WAY too many clothes. The one nice thing is I won't have to shop too soon, because for way too long of a time I wore my clothes waaaaaaaaay too tight (the implications of why can be discussed some other time :P), so they'll still fit now that I'm not into said implications haha.

    I'm proud of you for taking the time and effort. We feel better when we look great. You're rocking it man! Keep it up.
    3162 days ago
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    I was doing the same today! but you are luckier than me, I have 4 pants (ok and a gazillion tops) but in between sizes which is awefull.

    You are right though, it's a lifestyle and there is no going back, how could one want to feel poorly because of bad diet and a sedentary lifestyle?

    Keep it up!
    3162 days ago
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