The worst thing about losing weight, gaining weight and then starting to lose it again is the lack of clothing options. When I lost that 30lbs. back in 2010 I said I would not gain it back. If my pants were too tight I would exercise and lose it! I got rid of all my larger clothing. All of it.
But then, almost imediately my then new job turned out to be one of the biggest mistakes of my life, and I used the office Christmas treats as an excuse for adding ten pounds. As 2011 rolled on I got more stressed and depressed and gained more weight until I hit my highest weight again: a whopping and uncomfortable and seriously unhealthy 210 pounds.
My present new job, and two extremely serious flares with IBS, has lightened my load some. At the doctor last week I weighed 206 with all my clothes on. Since then I’ve been paying extra attention to what I am eating, more for the health aspect than anything. I hate my latest version of IBS flare ups. It’s not the healthiest way to lose weight.
But here’s my problem: I have only 2 pairs of pants, one pair of capris, and maybe 2 shirts I can actually wear comfortably or that fit. It’s embarrassing. I’m the office secretary and I slumming it! I can’t go to goodwill and pick up some cheap curvaliscious clothing because there are none there!
I can’t even buy clothes at Walmart right now.
While I’m eternally grateful for my new job and the lack of stress it provides, the money aspect is not so great. We will deal with it but girl needs some new clothes!
This is pretty much what I’m wearing these days. While this might have been ok in my last job, it is not okay in my new job. No one has said anything but I’ve gotten The Look every day from someone in my office, and it’s not someone I can just brush off their opinion. Plus I don’t want to look like a mess. This isn’t about snooty attitudes, this is about respect for my job and my coworkers and how we want to represent our office. I don’t hold a grudge for the person giving me that Look, I would expect more from the office secretary too!
Any tips on taking a limited wardrobe and making it look bigger than it is?