Pre-op - need to buy some new clothes but so close to surgery

on 12/21/17 7:50 am

I'm at the end of my process almost and I'm just waiting to meet the surgeon. The trouble is, I have a 4 day work event in January (I work remotly and only see my colleagues 3-4 times a year) and then a trip home to the UK for a week in Feb. I need to buy some new work stuff (OK I don't need to, I just don't like wearing the same stuff they saw me wear last time).

My issue is, plus size clothes are so expensive and I don't want to shell out $80-$120 each for 3 or 4 new dresses when I'm sooooo close to losing a ton of weight. Hubby said it doesn't matter and just to buy some stuff in my current size but it feels so very wasteful.

What did you guys do at this funny in between stage? I guess it's the same as you're losing weight and haven't reached your final size and need to shop regularly? Thrift stores don't often carry 3X-4X (and I'm 5'10 so getting length and width is hard in thrift stores).

Referral to Sudbury: April 28th 2017, Orientation: July 19th 2017, 1:1's: Dec 14th 2017, Follow up with NP: Jan 9th OTN: Jan 18th, Pre-Op: Feb 12th, Surgery: Feb 27th - 2 weeks of Opti. Hospital: St. Joseph's TO with Dr Sullivan.

Height: 5'11, age 38. SW: 323lb CW:196lb

on 12/21/17 10:07 am - Canada
RNY on 06/02/17

its an issue that you will be dealing with for a while now. As you start to lose you will change sizes quickly, and I know that I hated wearing something that was too big when I was so proud of getting smaller.

The only advice I can think of is to look for some great boxing day sales, or even wait until further into January when prices may really come down.

Surgery Jun.2/17 at TWH ----- HW 215 - SW 197.2 - GW 125 CW 124.6

Pre-Op=8.8lbs --- Optifast= 8.4 (was on it for 9 days due to cancellation)

M1 - 20.6... M2 -10.2... M3 -8.0... M4 -5.8... M5 -9.0... M6 -5.2... M7 -7.0... M8 -2.2... M9 -0.9... M10 -2.6... M11-0.6... M12-2.0

on 12/21/17 10:16 am
RNY on 01/16/18

Value Village is my friend. I'm close to surgery as well and I am in desperate need of new clothes. To be honest, I bought some nice leggings which seem to have a longer life and some big tops and those babies are going to get me through the next little while.

Funny you should post this today. I was doing laundry last night and almost everything that came out of the dryer got folded and went into the garbage bag headed for Value Village.

I am in dire need of new clothes but with surgery 3 weeks away I just cannot pull the trigger on serious clothes buying.

Referral - May 31/17; Orientation - June 15/17; First Appt Nurse - June 26/17; Bloodwork and ECG - June 27/17; Sleep Study - July 5/17; Dietician Appt - July 10/17; Counsellor Appt - July 10/17; Abdominal Ultrasound - July 10/17: Endoscopy/Colonoscopy - July 25/17; Second Dietician Appt - September 14/17; Internist Appt - October 2/17; Meet the Surgeon - November 21/17; Pre Surgery Nutrition Class - January 12/18; Surgery - January 16/18

on 12/21/17 11:51 am
RNY on 09/01/17

The transition is tough, but so worth it!!

Too bad you don't live closer... oh, and we're not closer in height! I'm only 5'2, but I've been transitioning my closet. I've given a bunch of things away to fellow OH'ers. I have more things that I will be giving away in the next while.

On the flip side, I've been really blessed to have a number of items given to me.

Maybe you can start a thread about starting a clothing exchange in Sudbury? I know there are quite a few local folks who come to this forum... maybe someone has items to donate to you... and you can pay it forward now or when you're ready.

Last resort... there should be some great sales coming up. Or... so what if you wear some of the same things as last year? Judgment schudgment!! :)

Good luck!!

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. Choose happy.

Opti -10 / M1 -25.5 / M2 -10 / M3 -14.5 / M4 -13 / M5 -10 / M6 -5.5 / M7 -9.5 / M8 -13.5 / M9 -0.5 / M10 -2.5 / M11 -2.5 / M12 +2 / M13 -5.5

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on 12/21/17 3:03 pm - Courtice, Canada
RNY on 03/19/18

Have you checked out Varagesale? It's a virtual garage sale, you should be able to find great stuff there.

I need new scrubs but I'm determined to make what I have make it until my surgery which may not be until next summer. I keep on eye on the clearance racks.

Like you I just can't justify spending the money when my life is so close to changing.


on 12/21/17 4:39 pm

I have been using value village. I am finding it hard to find pants that are the normal 30inch inseam. They are mostly long. I would say give it a whirl. You only need 1 or 2 pairs and some tops to mix it up.

Lap Band - 07/08 (not filled long) Referral OBN 04/16, Orientation 09/16, Nutrition Workshop 4/7/17, Nurse 4/24/17, Psych 5/15/17, Dietician 5/24/17, Internist 6/13/17 Consent 7/10/17 Surgery 9/29/2017

HW 4/17: 267 Opti Start 9/16/17: 254 Surgery 9/29: 240.8 M1:-18 M2:-14 M3:-9 M4:-5 M5:-6

on 12/21/17 6:21 pm

I don't know where u live but in Windsor the Goodwill is a great place to go too. Its my best friend. Don't waste your money buying new stuff. The next time they see u you can blow them away at all brand spanking hip stuff! Who cares what they think and if they remember what u wore from last time they have some real issues lol! U got this girl. They weight came off in inches on me much faster then the scale moved but everyone is different! I was also a 4X some 5X due to me being 5'10 as well. Heavest weight 287lbs and now almost 11 months out 174lbs. People r telling me to stop losing now, The scale is moving slowly like maybe 1-2 every 2 weeks but they every time they see me I'm smaller. Best of luck and congradulations on your up coming date!

Orientation Feb, 1,2016

Meet Dr.Bohjani Jan.18,2017- 286lbs

Started optifast Jan.26,2017

Surgery date Feb,13,2017- 268lbs

Leslie W.
on 12/21/17 8:56 pm - Cobourg, Canada

Have you checked out a local support group for WLS? they were my Godsend. As well I passed on bags of clothing to the newbee. Worth looking at.

Referral: August 2010 Orientation TWH: May 25, 2011  NP: June 8/11, f/u sleep clinic June 7, abd u/s June 14, SW: June 28/11  Nutrition Class: July 5/11, Dietician Aug 09, Psychologist Aug 25 Surgeon Sept 16th Surgery Date: Oct 11/11 HW:287, Opti wt: 260 SW: 242
My Angel is Sheri TK   
on 12/22/17 6:16 am

I will ask in my local groups to see if there is a possibility of a swap (or even to buy some stuff).

Thank you everyone for your comments.

Referral to Sudbury: April 28th 2017, Orientation: July 19th 2017, 1:1's: Dec 14th 2017, Follow up with NP: Jan 9th OTN: Jan 18th, Pre-Op: Feb 12th, Surgery: Feb 27th - 2 weeks of Opti. Hospital: St. Joseph's TO with Dr Sullivan.

Height: 5'11, age 38. SW: 323lb CW:196lb