Monday, March 12, 2012
The Big and Tall Shop
Those pants are what the Mr used to wear at his heaviest. He can now fit in one leg of those cargo pants. We each held a side and looked at the circumference of the pants and we just couldn't believe that was our "normal." It was normal to go straight to the 54 or 56 jeans or to look at the 5x shirts or just before we got our act together, a few 6x tees. It is amazing what you adjust to. That was as normal for us as it is for you to pick up a new pair of jeans in whatever size you're in.
We continued to go look and despite them saying they had XL's, we couldn't find any and out of the whole store, there were maybe 3 things that were the Mr's size in there. So we had him try on a pair of clearance jeans in his size. When he opened the door, they still looked way too big on him because they were a relaxed fit. I told him if we already had them at home, they'd be going to the donate pile so no go. We also couldn't believe the prices we used to pay. $65 for a pair of jeans when we now pay $20. $40 for a polo when we pay half that or even $12 at Old Navy on a good sale. I guess that's why we donate our clothes as soon as we shrink out of them because we want the expense to be a deterrent to not gain the weight back as well. When we left, we both felt really sad. It was just so eye opening to revisit that old life.
We're grateful not only that the Mr no longer has to shop there anymore but we're also grateful for those that it continues to serve. Those who are still overweight or obese that have either not committed to putting their health first or have done so but are still needing their clothing until they size out of them. These places give overweight men a dignified place to shop with tee's that are similar to what you'd find at Target or jeans in the latest style. It wasn't always this way. I remember when I was a kid, heavier guys didn't have much choice in what they had to wear. I remember my grandpa had to wear these weird colored blue jeans with orange thread and they were just so generic looking. I'm glad the Mr never knew that fate, he deserved better. All big men do.
Have you looked at your clothes from your heaviest weight and not recognized them anymore based on the size?
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