I loved giving away my old clothes

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Christine Gardner used to have a wardrobe bulging with clothes that she couldn’t fit into but couldn’t bear to throw away. But after losing 2 1/2 stone Christine couldn't wait to shop for a whole new wardrobe and give away her 'fat clothes' ‘Like anyone who is overweight, I had a problem when it came to buying clothes and had all sorts of different sizes hanging in my wardrobe – most of them unworn because they were too small or because they were baggy and unflattering,’ says Christine. She knows only too well the truth behind a recent survey that showed the average women has around 22 garments in her wardrobe that she will never wear, and that women across the UK spend more than £1.6billion on clothes they will never wear but hang on to. But since losing two and a half stone, Christine can now get into her favourite outfits, which used to hang unworn in her wardrobe because they were too tight. And she has enjoyed giving away her ‘fat’ clothes to charity shops or to be recycled. ‘I used to buy clothes to hide in rather than wear,’ says Christine, who put on weight when she gave up her full time job to care for her mother. A photograph of her with her three sisters and mum at a wedding was the spur that led her to slim down. ‘My sisters and my mum looked fabulous but I had squeezed into this skintight shift dress and looked terrible next to them,’ says Christine. ‘I used to worry people described me as ‘the fat woman’ – it made me cringe. And I was the fat woman in that photograph.’ When another family wedding came up, Christine’s older sister encouraged her to join Scottish Slimmers with her. ‘I knew it was a kind way of saying “you need to lose weight” so I said yes and have never looked back.’ Since joining Scottish Slimmers the same shift dress she wore in the unflattering wedding photograph is too big for her and she’s had to buy a whole new wardrobe. ‘Now I love buying clothes that I want to wear rather than what fits me. I have joined a local gym and am back cycling again. My life is so different – I feel much healthier and happier. ‘And now I no longer fear the camera – the Scottish Slimmers’ professional photographic shoot made me feel fabulous.’