I tried to hang on to my old pants as long as I could knowing that my start up date was 1/1/'11 but unfortunately they didn't last the distance so I had to buy the new ones. Both my old pairs were so bad that I was in danger of being arrested for indecent exposure!
Not very helpful if your job is a children's entertainer!
Still, I have my money's worth from them. I kept one of them as a great visual reminder how far I've come. Also it's a great prop for people to see what can be achieved if you want it badly enough. In the before and after section of this forum there is a picture of me standing in those gigantic pants. Another picture there is of my daughter and me each standing in one leg of those pants!
Clothes shopping use to be an arduous chore to be put off as long as possible. Expensive yes - but worse - always confronting; in that each journey to the shop would rub my face to the avoided fact that yet again my weight was increasing...and that I should do something about it. What a contrast to today! I've turned into quite a clotheshorse! Always on the look out for some cheap cool gear to wear from the second hand shop (ironically all that cool stuff donated by people who could no longer fit them!).