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Toss Your Skinny Jeans!

woman trying to squeeze into her jeans

Have you been holding onto your favorite pair of “skinny” jeans that no longer fit and are refusing to let them go, like a baby refusing to give up her pacifier?  Well, you’re not alone.

A recent  Britishsurvey found that the average woman has 12 items of clothing worth $459 gathering dust in her closet because the clothes are either too big or too small for her to wear.

It doesn’t matter if they’re the size 2 jeans from your 20s or the size 16 jeans you shed after losing weight a few years ago—holding onto either can do more harm than good.  That’s because giving up that pair of sexy, fitted jeans or the slinky, strapless dress you used to slip on when you were hitting the town three to four nights a week may mean saying goodbye to a former life when you were free of responsibilities like a stressful job or family. Or an “ideal” weight you always wished—and planned—to go back to.  On the flipside, letting go of “fat” clothes after shedding excess pounds can stir up other feelings, like you’re jinxing yourself by tossing them out. You might think, “With my luck, I’ll throw these clothes in the trash and gain all that weight back!”

How can you tell whether it’s time to toss the clothes that no longer fit, or hold onto them a little while longer “just in case”?  Be real with yourself.  If you’ve kept the weight off for a year, it’s safe to say that your healthy habits have become your lifestyle.  It’s definitely time to donate your old clothes or even see if any of them are worth getting tailored to fit your body now.  If there are a few pieces you just can’t let go of, pack them away in storage bags under your bed or up high in your closet.

Not only will you save time and stress getting ready in the morning, but when you’ve donated your old clothes, or at least stored them away, you’ll begin to look at your closet with enthusiasm because it’s filled with clothes that fit and flatter.  You’ll start looking forward to getting dressed without all those old clothes taunting you and reminding you of your old frame.  You deserve to feel good about yourself no matter where your at with your weight.  Put those clothes out of sight and out of mind!

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Melissa Howard
By: Melissa Howard

Melissa Howard is an aspiring health writer living and working in Boston, MA. Her approach to fitness is to focus on being healthy, not on losing weight or trying to live up to unreachable standards set by magazines or Hollywood. Her favorite ways to stay fit include walking, yoga and pilates. When she's not walking around the city of Boston, she can be found cheering on her favorite Boston sports teams and trying to teach herself to cook.