1) Those jeans were probably tighter than you liked to admit. Something made you make the decision to get serious about your weight, and for a lot of it, that something is a half-conscious realization that if we don't, we won't be able to get into that last pair of jeans we can still just barely get into. And that pair was probably pretty stretched out. Bet you had trouble getting into them when they were fresh out of the dryer, and now they're slightly loose.
2) They were almost certainly stretchy fabric. I don't know anybody who's overweight or obese and likes non-stretchy jeans. I don't know if they even make non-stretchy ones over size 10.
3) Ditch the old jeans anyway. Go buy new ones. You deserve it.
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4,045 8/29/13 9:00 P
I had the same experience as BUNNYKICKS -- my body got squishier at first, not smaller. I like the way she said it -- that is seemed like the "fat rolls were emptying out." That's the way it was for me. (It still is that way, actually.)
I also lost more weight in the upper part of my body in the beginning, particularly in my shoulders and chest. I started out at 203 pounds and had to lose about 30 pounds before I went down a whole size.
Now that I have lost 50 pounds (25% of my original body weight), I have only gone down 2.5 full sizes. I started out wearing size 18-20, depending on the particular brand and style. 50 pounds lighter, I am a pretty consisent 14.
I hate to have to say this ... but you have to keep going and be patient. If you keep losing weight, your size will eventually change.
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8/29/13 3:56 P
I remember when i was dropping the initial pounds, for awhile there i felt like my "fat rolls were emptying out" - more flabby/less dense - but that my *circumference* had not. I could feel the difference in my body at 10, 20, 30# lost, by touch. But I still seemed "about the same size" when measuring with tape measure or test clothing. It seemed to me that it would always take a little extra time for my body's external dimensions to shrink down to match my new weight.
I don't know if it's just an illusion but it always seems to me - whenever I'm rapidly-dropping on the scale, I'm slowly (or not at all) dropping on the tape measure. And when I'm slowly (or not at all) dropping on the scale, THAT is when my measurements seem to move! Lose pounds but not size, stabilize weight, shrink size. Rinse, repeat. That's what my weird body seems to do.
Goal 1 - break 200 (46 pounds lost)**DONE** Goal 2 - leave obesity behind (BMI 29.9, at 185#) **DONE** Goal 3 - BMI = Normal (154# or less)
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3,293 8/29/13 12:34 P
Hmmm...I am having the opposite issue. I've been at a plateau for a long time, but my pants keep getting more baggy.
There's more to your body than just your waist/hips! You could have also lost weight in your face or around your neck... really anywhere else.
8/29/13 12:15 P
i find too that the jeans may have been too small to begin with so it's not immediately apparent that you've changed sizes. Sometimes this happens you own the clothes and then gain weight, they stretch a little to accomodate your larger size and become more snug, you lose weight and they still seem to fit because before you lost weight, it was no longer your true size.
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8/29/13 12:03 P
There are two types of fat, visceral fat and subcutaneous fat. Subcutaneous fat is the fat you can pinch. Visceral fat is the fat that surrounds your internal organs. A person should have some visceral fat to protect their vitals organs. the problem is that when a person is obese and morbidly obese, they have too much visceral fat. Experts will tell the the visceral fat is the fat can eventually kill us.
So, how could you lose 31 pounds and have jeans that don't seem very loose ? You may have lost visceral fat i.e. the fat around your organs you can't pinch. that's GOOD !! Like I said, the visceral fat is the dangerous fat. that's the fat everyone should try to decrease.
And as others have said, you may notice your shirts fit a lot better because many women tend to lose up top before they lose around their hips. that's what happened to me.
Murphy's Rule on Weight Loss says the place we want to lose weight first is the last place it goes.
At my bigger sizes, I remember being the same size for 20+ lbs of weightloss. Also, check where your jeans are hitting you. I have approximately a 3:4 waist to hip ratio, so sometimes, I don't notice that I need a new size because my pants move to hang lower on my hips and still seem to "fit." (I also have the tendency to not notice that I need a new size until I *really* need a new size.) Of course, now 10-ish lbs from goal, I added more intense strength training and haven't lost a pound, but have dropped a size.
I bet those pants will be hanging off before you know it. Keep up the good work!
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8/29/13 11:05 A
it depends some on the fabric - if your jeans have some stretch to them, they'll still fit even when you've lost lbs & inches.
When I bought new jeans, I actually went down 2 sizes. And I could still wear the larger size without looking like I was wearing something way too big.
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3,510 8/29/13 10:49 A
Some people lose inches in their upper body first.
You don't have to eat the whole thing.
8/29/13 10:04 A
I started off at 272 lbs and had to lose quite a bit to move down to the next size smaller jeans. I don't remember exactly how much, but, what you are experiencing sounds very, very familiar to me. I remember being discouraged by this too. But, don't be discouraged because it will happen. It seems to me, based on what I've experienced, that the smaller the size of jeans, the less weight you have to lose to move to the next smaller size.
Hang in there and it will happen for you and then happen again and again with increasing frequency.
that's why you should take your measurements congrats
Sheryl from New Jersey, EST...2015 start wt. 231
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37 8/29/13 9:46 A
So, I'm down 31 lbs, which I am absolutely thrilled about. Only thing is, I don't know where that 31 lbs was lost...I have this pair of jeans that still fit perfectly. They are a little lose, but not "baggy" by any means. How can someone lose 31lbs and not have their jeans falling off them??? I know it seems like a strange goal, but when I started this journey I said to myself "i can't wait to throw out this pair of jeans because they are too big"...Has anyone else experienced this? I have put on quite a bit of muscle thanks to all the spinning and weight lifting I have been doing, could that be the reason?
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