By October 9, 2009

The cost of weight loss

I’ve been at the workouts for a little over a year now. In that time, I’ve gone from a size 34 pant size down to a size 31. I used to wear a size XL t-shirt; now I wear a large. It was a lot of hard work, some fun, and totally gratifying — except for all of the clothes and motorcycle equipment that I’ve “undergrown.”

Here’s the latest in the pile of victims: over a dozen pair of jeans and shorts. The stack includes size 34 jeans that I owned prior to starting P90, and an bunch of size 33 clothes that were an interim step between what I wear now. I didn’t think I’d go lower than a 33, especially since I plateaued pretty hard after finishing the first Power Half Hour but before I started doing a kettlebell work out. Other sacrifices to the Altar of Tony Horton include:

  • Twenty t-shirts in size XL
  • Ten work shirts in size XL
  • My Rev’It Turbine jacket that fit for about three months before I hit a surge and cut some more weight
  • The Air Mesh Kevlar overpants from Motoport

I’d estimate all of my discards at about $1600. Zoinks! The motorcycle gear stuff hurts the most, financially. That’s about $700 or so in gear right there alone. I just hope my Cayenne Pro jacket fits me when I start P90X … it’s already a little loose in the forearms and I am worried that the armor may abrade my skin in the event of a crash due to looseness.

It’s an odd thing to complain about getting in shape — this is the most trim I’ve been since high school. Back then, I was training for four to six hours a day Monday through Friday and got paid to punch people in the face.

On the other hand, that’s a lot of cash on clothes that don’t fit me any more, and I’ve had to replace most of it with more size-appropriate stuff.

Like I tell people at work, it’s a nice problem to have.

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  1. Jacqui says:

    I’ve had the same problem, and I am equally upset by it. Yeah yeah, it’s a “nice” problem to have, except when you own lots of expensive clothes that are still perfectly good and you have no money at the moment to buy a whole new wardrobe. I’m working on taking in some of my stuff (thankfully I have the skill to do that), but other stuff is kind of a lost cause.

  2. roclar says:

    I need to go through my clothing again and get rid of some of my larger clothing or at least store it. I haven’t tried any of my pants on since I started losing weigh. I am almost afraid to for just this reason. I am glad I don’t need to keep things as form fitting like your riding gear or I would be significantly poorer.