Cleaning Out the Closet

Terri’s View: As you lose weight one of the most fun things to do is get rid of the clothes you will no longer need – ever. In the past when I lost weight, I always saved my old clothes, knowing I was trying to have a family and would be getting big again. I knew it would not be permanent weight loss until I had children, and that is how it happened for me. To see the woman on the 100th episode who lost weight after her second child then went on to have four more children – to maintain a healthy pregnancy weight every time and not gain it back is amazing to me.

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Terri’s View: As you lose weight one of the most fun things to do is get rid of the clothes you will no longer need – ever. In the past when I lost weight, I always saved my old clothes, knowing I was trying to have a family and would be getting big again. I knew it would not be permanent weight loss until I had children, and that is how it happened for me. To see the woman on the 100th episode who lost weight after her second child then went on to have four more children – to maintain a healthy pregnancy weight every time and not gain it back is amazing to me.


After I lost the weight for good, knowing I would not be having any more kids and getting rid of my old clothes was an awesome feeling. Shopping for all the new clothes was even more awesome. I even went down half a shoe size, in addition to getting all my rings cut down. My wedding ring was a size 11 and it got sized down to a 7. You don’t realize how much things change, but it is a great feeling of transformation. You feel your hard work come to reality. You see the old clothes not fitting, and you try on sizes you haven’t seen in years or in my case, had never seen as an adult. To not have to shop at plus size stores and to be able to go into any store in the mall is empowering. It’s an awesome feeling to slip on jeans instead of struggling with them. No need for 2% spandex anymore. A size L that doesn’t have XX’s after it.

The transformation just doesn’t stop there. You find yourself putting makeup on even if just running to the store and jeans not sweats for errands. I now get regular manicures where I used to bite my nails. Taking care of your health and the way you look just becomes one big snowball effect, and spills over to all aspects of your life. You gain confidence and just have a better overall outlook when you look good on the outside and feel great on the inside. As you lose weight, get rid of those stretchy yoga pants and treat yourself to a nice pair of jeans that make your butt look great!

Ed’s View: “Hey, I used to love wearing this!”


When I was starting my lifestyle change, I started cleaning out my closet. Looking back into the past, clothing does bring back some good memories, especially if it was from a time when you were thin.

I came across a baseball jacket that I use to wear back in 1986. This jacket was full of great memories, and seeing that it didn’t fit gave me another goal. It was a long term goal, but a goal never the less.

I had times when it was hard to choose the wrong food or the right food, or to choose between going to the gym or staying under the blankets on a cold winter morning, but thought about that jacket motivated me. I knew how badly I wanted to wear it again. It was vintage and in style (that’s what I tell myself).


If you started your change on January 1st, this is a crucial time for you. You may need something to keep you D.E.E.P. (Desire, energy, enthusiasm and passion.) A good mnemonic may be just the trick.

I now can wear this jacket. I wear it proudly, not because it’s my favorite baseball team, but I achieved the goal I set. I wear it now to remind me that I couldn’t wear it for years because of my weight, and it helps me continue to focus every time I wear it. Throw away your clothes as they get too big for you but find that one, jacket, shirt, or jersey that will help you continue on your journey and beyond.

Until next time, Good luck.

Blog written by Ed and Terri Masak
Ed and Terri have been married for almost 20 years. Together, they made the commitment to get healthy for each other and their 2...