Monday, October 24, 2011

Cleaning Out My Closet

I was feeling frisky last week and decided to clean out the two huge clothes closets we have. Mainly, our upstairs closet. We have lived in our house for about 3 1/2 years, it has 3 bedrooms, with 3 pretty good sized closets. Our master bedroom actually has the smallest closet of all the room. The spare bedroom closet is the biggest, and we don't keep any of our clothes in there - just Christmas trees! The 2nd spare room (not really a bedroom, more like a junk room) is where I keep my winter clothes, our snowboarding clothes, Skye's suits and dress up clothes, etc.
Since March, Skye has lost around 55 lbs and I've lost about 27 lbs. This is NO small feat and we are both very happy with our new sizes - I think we would both still like to lose just a touch more, but maybe just 10 lbs give or take. Luckily, I kept a lot of my skinny clothes for when this glorious day came up us. I'm in pretty good shape with jeans and shirts because I've always been around the same size about a 7-8. Last October after I had my "accident", I was literally unable to move regularly for almost a month, and even after that I took baby steps when walking, it was even longer before I could do any exercise, and so forth. Basically, I sat on my ass and got myself hooked on new TV shows while stuffing my face AKA I gained about 20 lbs in a couple months. It was the biggest I have EVER been and the biggest that I EVER want to be. Looking back at pictures I look like such a chubster. I was wearing some pants that were size 14! And I'm only a measly little 5'4"! Skye was also at his biggest weight - I believe he was about 280lbs and he's 6'4". We are both so much happier now with the way we look. People ask me all the time how we did it, and it's true that we are believers in the old fashioned way. We joined a cheap gym and both counted calories from March until about July. It took A LOT of self discipline, but it was so much easier because we were in it together. We were workout buddies and we would eat together so it was literally so much easier than I thought it would be. I was losing a steady 2-3 pounds a week, and Skye was losing about 5 lbs a week, if not more sometimes. ANYHOO - good for us for losing all that weight, but poor Skye could not keep his pants up to save his life. We bought him a couple pairs of transition pants along the way, but now even they are falling off him. This boy needs a whole new wardrobe so we are slowly replenishing it. My #1 rule is ALWAYS KEEP YOUR SKINNY CLOTHES, BUT QUICKLY DITCH YOUR FAT CLOTHES. I went through out closets and cleaned out 6 trash bags worth of his clothes - pants ranging from size 42 to size 38. He's the incredible shrinking man!! I have gotten rid of a few of my unreasonably skinny clothes that I probably couldn't ever dream of getting back into. I'm all for being rational in my weight loss journey and my high school size is not my goal.
It feels good to reward yourself with new SMALLER clothes! I am not going crazy buying myself all new clothes yet, because I'm sitting about at a size 10 right now and I would really like to get back into all my size 8's. Another 10 lbs down and I'm there baby! Since July, when Skye started the academy, I have slacked off on my healthy eating and my workouts. He now does physcial training at work 3x a week (they are running about an average of 15-20 miles a week), and most of the time he doesn't feel like coming home and working out again with me. Thus, I've allowed myself to get lazy. But with winter quickly approaching I know that I cannot allow myself to be lax on my diet and workouts. My goal is to lose this last 10 lbs before the end of the year, and I know I can do it!!

HURRAY for a combined household total of  82 POUNDS down!!
So, anybody need a TON of men's clothes??? Pants from 42s to 38s, shirts XXL and XL???
I look HUGE! FAT! February 2011

DOUBLE FAT! Late Jan 2011

Christmas 2010

Medium sized - May 2011

Disappearing! July 2011

Skinny necks - July 2011

Sexy couple! Sept 2011


Jen + Jeff said...

That last picture is adorable! Great job to you both. I bet it is so nice to have a partner in weight loss.

Desiree said...

new follower here! great job to you both! what an awesome journey! I am starting this journey myself and man is it so difficult!!

I also live in Tennessee... maryville to be exact :) small world!