I have been overweight all my life. I have tired just about everything to lose weight – Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, NutriSystem, Optifast, hypnosis, cabbage soup, pills, bing/purging, staving myself, exercising like a crazy person… nothing worked. I’d lose weight but the moment I stopped I’d gain the weight back – and more. I even had weight loss surgery (Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass) back in 1991. At that point I was 364 pounds. Seeing as how I’m only 5’3″, that was A LOT of weight.
After surgery I dropped down to 178 pounds. I was happy at that weight. I looked and felt great. I was even able to wear clothing that didn’t include a lot of X’s (XXL, XXXL, XXXXL…). I was able to wear a large. I was able to shop in regular clothing stores.
My weight eventually ballooned to the 270-280 range, eventually settling in the 250-260 range.
Fast forward to today. For some odd reason I have been losing weight without really trying. I do make a conscious effort to watch what I eat and drink. My husband also thinks it’s because I run around a lot at work. Whatever the reason is, I am happy that I have been able to drop some weight. Currently I am about 34 pounds more than what I was when we got married. I actually was able to fit into the dress I wore at our wedding. That was a great feeling.
My overall goal is to get down to 178 again (maybe 175). I’ll be over-the-moon if I can drop below 200 pounds. I have been over 200 pounds for the past 20 years.
With weight loss comes loose clothing. Recently I purchased a lot of clothing from an online shop that specializes in plus size clothing. I purchased the size I normally do, 3X. I did order a few 2X. I even accidentally purchased a size 1X top. I was SHOCKED when I tried on all the clothes and they were ALL too big on me – except the top that was 1X. Now I have to return all that clothing. That is a GREAT thing!
Plus size clothing is so expensive. I am anxiously waiting for the time where I can walk into any store and purchase clothing and not have to shop at specialty stores or in special sections. I can’t wait to pay for AFFORDABLE clothing instead of over priced plus size clothing.
My goal is to shop at one of my daughter’s favorite stores – Century 21. Not to be confused with the Real Estate company. I thought my daughter was nuts when she said she wanted to look for a Century 21 store in New York City once when we went to visit.
Century 21 (or C21) is a department store that not only carries trendy and affordable clothing, but they also carry home goods, tech products, shoes, handbags, beauty products and more. They also carry products for men and children.
My daughter and one of her friends made a trip to the city once to specifically shop at Century 21 and she came back with a lot of great clothing that didn’t “break the bank.” When I checked them out online I saw that they do carry clothing for larger size women including large, extra large and XXL.
Not only do they carry trendy, stylish fashions, but they also carry designer labels like Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Betsy Johnson, Givenchy, Michael Kors, Jessica Simpson and Ugg, to name a few.
My “game plan” is to set aside a few dollars here and there. When I get under 200 pounds I am going to donate all my larger size clothing and take my daughter to New York City and shop at Century 21 for a new wardrobe. I’ve never been able to wear (or afford) designer labels, so it will be a lot of fun to FINALLY have the opportunity to do so. Talk about a fun day out.
I want to donate my larger clothing to force me NOT to put weight on again. Besides, once I see how lovely I look in beautiful clothing, and feeling better about myself and the way I look, I hope that will inspire me not to put weight on again.
My daughter is already anxious about going. She has been setting aside money too. She asks me almost every day if I have got under 200 pounds yet. Not yet… but hopefully in the next few months.
Century 21 has stores in the New York City/Tri-State area, and a location in Sunrise Florida (not far from Miami). It’s OK if you don’t live near a Century 21 store. You can shop online at www.C21Stores.com. They even ship internationally.
The brand is also available on social media. All of their links are found at the bottom of their website.
Have you ever shopped at a Century 21 store?
Do you think you’ll check the store out (online or a retail location)?
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*I have partnered with C21 to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.