My husband has always been on the big size. In fact he struggles with his weight and he often yo-yo’s up and down. For a few weeks he will be binge drinking, over eating on takeaways, staying up late on his PS4, not doing much exercise at all. Then he will decide to try to get healthy and he will start eating healthier, no chocolate what so ever, drinking protein shakes and going to the gym. Now when he does go to the gym, he doesn’t go like a ‘normal’ person would and just do an hour or two, no, he’s there for like 4-5 hours, 5-6 days a week. And obviously, he does lose weight, a lot in fact, but then the healthy phase passes and he get’s back into his old habits.

This has been going on like this for years, but he has finally decided that he’s going to get his weight down and keep it off. He likes to wear branded clothes and his favourites are Nike, Adidas and Ellesse. He has recently got two polo shirts from Jacamo, but he has ordered one size smaller than he normally wears. This is to encourage him more to lose the weight.


Buying Smaller Clothes to Help Motivate us to Lose Weight  - Ellesse polo shirts from Jacamo

Buying Smaller Clothes to Help Motivate us to Lose Weight  - Ellesse Polo Shirts from Jacamo


Both of these Ellesee tops are great for hiding that bit of extra weight, as the darker colours and the horizontal strips make you look smaller.

So far he has lost about 6lbs, but I am making him do less time at the gym then he did before. As I keep saying to him, it’s a lifestyle change, not a diet, and going the amount of hours he was going is not sustainable. But I must admit, I need to lose weight too. I have got a thyroid problem that has been going on for the last 5 years, but the doctors won’t treat it as my levels are borderline and not over the treatment line. This has made me gain weight and I have put on about 2 stone. So, we are doing it together. Eating healthy as a family, both going to the gym and also going on lot’s of family walks with the kids.

I have loads of clothes in my wardrobe but nearly all of them are too tight on me. So instead of going out and buying new clothes, I too am using my smaller clothes to help motivate me and hopefully they will all fit me again soon.

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What tips would you give us to helps us stick at getting fit and healthy? Let me know in the comments


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18 comments on “Buying Smaller Clothes to Help Motivate us to Lose Weight”

  1. Good luck – you are braver than I – I tried to buy slim clothes but didn’t hit my goals and they all ended up in the loft :'( x

  2. I used to have an Ellesse top so similar to the navy and red one when I was younger, that’s brought back so many memories! I love it when fashions come back around 🙂

  3. Good luck I know you can do it, I’m planning to start my weight loss journey too and I wish I can do it properly.

  4. Good luck to you all, and I hope it works for you, I’m afraid I just don’t have the self-discipline, I’m a food monster!

  5. These are really good tips. I think it’s great that the family is working together to get healthy. I need to try try the smaller clothes size trick too!

  6. Tried this, but it didnt work for me, i have always had a weight problem, spent most of my life on diets

  7. Try writing down every single thing that you eat, keeping a food diary has helped me lose weight in the past as you can see exactly what you are putting in your body. I’ll be honest though, it’s not helping at the moment, Im not motivated at all

  8. I’ve tried this in the past but they have stayed in the cupboard for a few summers then I got rid of them, I did start going to the gym and losing weight then rounds out I was pregnant on my youngest xxx

  9. I hate thinking I am on diet as I just seem to want to eat more. I think changing the way we look at food is very important and doing small life long changes the best.
    BUT…. it is easy to say, know and understand – putting it into practice is so very very hard.

  10. Your other half’s old habits sound exactly like what my partner does! He drives me crazy with his over the top, all or nothing ways sometimes!!! Wishing you both good luck in your fitness journey 🙂

  11. Bingeing on anything is not good. Little and often is a lot better. We keep our weight stable by following a set routine, like only having chips once a week, only having a certain amount of sweet stuff every day, only having a takeaway once every 8 weeks etc. It may sound bad but you actually enjoy them more when you do have them!

  12. Cut down your calorie intake by a few 100 to start with and exercise more. I lost 3 stone by cutting out carbs after 1pm but not for everyone. Good luck to him!

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