Welcome to my Fatboy series. This is a chronicle of my journey after weight loss surgery in January at the University of Texas Medical Branch Center for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery.

I spent 3 ½ hours the other day cleaning out my closets of clothes that no longer fit me. Some have a spring-cleaning day. I had a Fatboy cleaning day.

I really didn’t set out to have the clean out. But day after day of pulling items out of my closet that were too big for me to wear was frustrating — especially when I was in a rush.

At first it was a nice problem to have. In the old days when I’d pull something out of the closet that didn’t fit, it was because I was too fat.

Some people would say the clothes were too small. Not me, however. The clothes didn’t change size: I did.

After trying on three pairs of Dockers in a row that I was too small for — I like saying that — I went on a cleaning rampage. Several hours later, I had two very large bags full of clothes that no longer fit. And I have two very empty closets.

I didn’t pull everything out. The size 64 jeans I was wearing the day I went into UTMB Health’s Center for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery for my weight loss surgery and a couple of the shirts I wore back then are still in my possession.

I estimated that if I paid on average $30 for each item that I bagged up — and that is a conservative estimate — I have about a $2,500 investment in clothing clumped together in plastic bags.

Now what to do?

I’ve had plenty of people suggest that I give the stuff to Goodwill or one of the other local charity resale shops.

One pal insists I have a garage sale and make some extra cash so I can buy new smaller-sized clothing. I had one friend suggest I go on eBay and sell the items because fat guy clothes sell for a lot of money.

I had another suggest that I go around like a weight-challenged Robin Hood,  find people randomly and give them new clothes.

I don’t know about that idea. I am not so sure a big guy who I have never met would appreciate me walking up and say, “Hey, you look fat. Here’s a pair of 64 Dockers.”

I have had a few people reach out and tell me of friends who could use some clothes as they struggle with their weight.

I think for sure I will give some of the stuff to those people. It would be my way of paying it forward, especially after what my friend Dixie Walker did for me when he gave me a bunch of his shirts that were too big.

But do I do that with all the clothes? Give to one person, or spread it out?

How can I possibly use this as a way to engage some guys who, if they would wear these sizes, would likely want to look into losing weight and possibly take a similar journey as I have?

I’ve heard from plenty of people who say they follow my posts that they are inspired. That’s well and good, but trust me there are plenty out there whose fear of taking the step is too great.

I wrote before, if I knew before how great I would feel now, I would have done this a hell of a lot sooner. I didn’t and I regret those decisions that kept me from starting my journey earlier.

Maybe, in some small way, I can use this opportunity to talk to people directly who may be having the same doubts and fears about taking the first step. Then maybe they too could one day gave a half empty closet just waiting to be filled with new, smaller sized clothes.


(2) comments


I think that using the clothing as a tool to open the lines of communication is a fantastic idea! I had weight loss surgery at UTMB about 4 1/2 months ago, and just as you said, I feel great and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. However, making the decision was my biggest hurdle. I luckily have an amazing husband and support system, but I have to give credit where it's due. My mother-in-law also had the surgery and it was through talking to her that I finally filled out the questionnaire, went to the seminar and made my first appointment. I still took another year to actually schedule the surgery, but it was through the conversations my mother-in-law and I had that put me at ease. She didn't sugar coat anything, told me the good, the bad, and the ugly, but once my mind was made up none of that "bad and ugly" mattered.

So, go for it...the worst that can happen is that the person you talk to doesn't listen, but you have still helped them with a newer wardrobe. On the flip side, if you talk to someone who is struggling with the decision to help themselves through the surgery with your story, then you've accomplished something great!

Metairie Me

Good luck on your weight loss journey. I have enjoyed following your success. But I will not be paying for an online subscription to the GDN.

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