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Standing still for 2.5 hours is hard on the body.

Monday, December 03, 2012

There may not be any great calorie burn, but it’s sure a strain on the muscles. It’s easier to walk or even run.

Saturday began with a 5K that went very well. I followed that with the town’s Christmas parade. DH & I got there early with chairs that we positioned just behind the curb where kids traditionally sit to catch the candy thrown from the floats.

I was all set for a relaxing time watching for our grandchildren in the parade when people standing behind us started smoking, lighting up one after another. I know it’s their right to do that, but it sure impacted my plans. So I discreetly as possible picked up my chair, put it back in the car and found a smoke-free place to stand. DH followed soon after. That’s not the 2.5 hours. At least there I could walk around as I tried for the best view I could get.

That evening was our choral society’s Christmas concert. First 1 hour of rehearsal standing on steps in concert position, ½ hour rest and then 1.5 hours of the concert with only a 15 minute intermission to sit down. Oh, my aching back and shoulders. Even the music folder was getting heavy, but I kept singing. This is a great group and we sounded terrific!

I was still sore on Sunday morning but Sunday afternoon was another concert performance. At least there was no rehearsal, just another 1.5 hours of standing still holding my music folder.

Maybe my back was strained already from Thursday night’s fall? Or maybe it was a sign that I need some back strengthening exercises? In either case my first priority this morning is to make an appointment for a massage.

  
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BOILHAM 12/3/2012 8:49AM

    Probably just overuse of muscles you don't often use.Sorry for that. But it's for a good cause.Great job!

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KANOE10 12/3/2012 8:48AM

    Hope you feel better. Get that massage. I can get sore from long car rides. emoticon

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CELIAMINER 12/3/2012 8:45AM

    You deserve that massage! I can't imagine all that standing, because prolonged standing is so much harder on my back than walking. My colleague in the next cube reconfigured his work space to have a standing desk after that study came out about sitting too much taking years off your life. I'm happy it works for him, but it's definitely not for me.

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SUZYMOBILE 12/3/2012 8:41AM

    Standing or sitting for a long time is awfully hard A long car ride can do the same to me. Add in the stress of performing and no wonder your body is complaining! Feel better soon!

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WILSONWR 12/3/2012 7:34AM

    Standing for long periods is harder on me than just about anything. I can definitely empathize...

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COCK-ROBIN 12/3/2012 7:20AM

    I wish I had been there to hear it. You're doing good.

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I’m a ‘C’ - No longer a ‘D’ - Maybe I can even be a ‘B’?

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Gee, that sounds like breast reduction surgery. No, that’s not needed here. It has nothing to do with weight either. It’s my TRIVIA SCORE! 75% for November and 70% since I started. I started VERY badly.

I wrote awhile ago that although it made me aware of how much I didn’t know, I was determined to keep at it without using an “open book” or “open Google”(not that there’s anything wrong with that as Seinfeld would say).

I’m very stubborn and tenacious so I just started reading more articles and taking some quizzes. I’ve learned a lot from reading blogs too, not just the featured ones, but those written by friends and friends of friends. It is amazing how one person’s post leads to another and adds to my base of knowledge. I’ve become aware of some inspirational personal stories too. We’ve taken some different routes on the same journey. See you all at the finish line!

  
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BOILHAM 12/3/2012 8:51AM

    You are such an information junkie. I know someone else like that.
If you don't mind, I hope it's a very long time 'til I see you at the finish line!

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KANOE10 12/3/2012 8:50AM

    Trivia quizzes are good fro the brain..I don't do them, but hope you enjoy them. I do the sme as you..read other blogs from friends of friends.

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JODROX 12/2/2012 11:24AM

    I'm not so good at the trivia either, but I keep at it. I figure I learn a lot even when I'm wrong. And I too refuse to cheat :)

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SUZYMOBILE 12/2/2012 10:49AM

    The thing is, though, there isn't any finish line! (Well, other than the one all of us reach.) That has been an eye opener for me--that this is a lifelong journey.

I hear you about learning from others here, all the time! I've discovered, on our maintenance team, that I've never "really" been maintaining in the way I want to. I reach a low goal weight, over and over, then bounce up from it, over and over. The bounces aren't that big any more--no more than 7 pounds--but my new idea of maintenance is going to consist of staying right AT that goal weight. Thus the change in my tracker. I still don't know exactly how I'm gonna do it, but it should be interesting. Hmm. There might be a blog in this insight.

Thanks for making me think, even on a weekend!

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COCK-ROBIN 12/2/2012 9:27AM

    You're doing great! I give you an A.

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COCK-ROBIN 12/2/2012 9:27AM

    You're doing great! I give you an A.

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FITFOODIE806 12/2/2012 8:50AM

    ha! I thought this was about bras! Nice work improving your score through learning.

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WILSONWR 12/2/2012 8:34AM

    I'm doing about the same as you (72% overall). I asked one of the people who was at 100% for the month how she did it. You guessed it - Google! Google gives you the exact same question (with answer) at some of the SparkPeople message boards. I guess I could do well that way also, but I just wouldn't learn anything. I'll just have to work towards the "B" the old fashioned way!

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MAGGIE101857 12/2/2012 7:28AM

    I thought I knew a lot until I starting doing the trivia and quizzes. Learned otherwise!!! Congrats on an improved "report card"!!!!

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My 5K report, thanks to JODROX (and she doesn’t even know what she did)

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Yesterday I reported on my fall Thursday night just walking out of my granddaughter’s school in the dark. I banged up my elbow and the same knee that had rehab from July-October.

I thought the fall really ended my plan for the 5K this morning – the ONE race I never miss – our town’s Christmas Classic.

I have to thank JODROX for my attitude check. A few weeks ago her status read.
“JODROX is ill prepared for today’s 5K. I won’t be breaking any records today. LOL”

I realized that she was absolutely right. It was time for me to practice what I preach.

I’m a big supporter of this race for myself, my family and our church. The local paper called us the “runningest church in town.” I have always enthusiastically encouraged people to register and maintained that it’s not how fast you run or walk. The important thing is to get out there.

It’s a killer course. . It starts with 1.25 miles downhill and we make up the elevation in the next 1/3 mile. Whew, then we’re only half done.

I felt a bit stiff when I woke up, but nothing really hurt. I ran/walked a comfortable pace and finished in 32:15 not my best, but not my worst either. It was my worst time on that course in 2008 which was the wake-up call for my weight loss journey.

I even got 2nd place in my 65-69 age group.
There were only 2 of us in that category. LOL
See, ladies – hang in there and outlast your competition.

Thank you all for your get well wishes and healing thoughts yesterday.

  
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LOLATURTLE 12/3/2012 11:47AM

    Way to go! I'm glad your knee was feeling well enough!

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KANOE10 12/3/2012 8:52AM

    Great job on running even if you were not in perfect form from your fall. Woo Hoo,.

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JODROX 12/2/2012 11:18AM

    Hey - way to go!!! I'm so glad I could be an inspiration to you! All that matters is we get out there and try and do our best. Now you've inspired me right back!!

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CELIAMINER 12/2/2012 9:03AM

    You are such a motivator! I thought of you when I went out today and decided to jog instead of walk. Thanks!

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KANDOLAKER 12/1/2012 11:09PM

    Outstanding - what determination you have. So very impressive! Congratulations to you!!

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DAISYBELL6 12/1/2012 8:48PM

    I'm very glad you were able to complete your race with your attitude adjustment. Great Job!

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CHANGINGHORSES 12/1/2012 7:43PM

    Way to go! You were a winner as soon as you got out there and did it! A winner right from the start, many others would have let that be an excuse.
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WATERMELLEN 12/1/2012 7:13PM

    What an impressive accomplishment! Good for you: love that "second in my age category" win!!

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WILSONWR 12/1/2012 6:51PM

    What a trooper! Way to tough it out and complete the 5K. Congratulations!

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SUZYMOBILE 12/1/2012 6:32PM

    OMG, OMG! I knew you'd do it!! I'm so excited!

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COCK-ROBIN 12/1/2012 5:31PM

    And I hope you get better. This is a great accomplishment for you as well.

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COCK-ROBIN 12/1/2012 5:31PM

    And I hope you get better. This is a great accomplishment for you as well.

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COCK-ROBIN 12/1/2012 5:31PM

    And I hope you get better. This is a great accomplishment for you as well.

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ALLISON145 12/1/2012 5:07PM

    Good on you! So proud!!

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BOILHAM 12/1/2012 2:40PM

    Glad you decided to do the race and had a good time. Plus, you won a 2nd place. wink-wink. Way to be tough!

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PMRUNNER 12/1/2012 2:12PM

    Yay! Glad to hear that you felt well enough (bodily and mentally) to run!

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Oh no, a fall!

Friday, November 30, 2012

That’s FALL, not fail. Not a nutrition backslide, a hard fall on my knee and elbow. Last night leaving an event at my granddaughter’s school, we were walking in the dark down the long driveway when I slipped off the steeply banked blacktop and landed in the gravel. I fell hard on my elbow and knee, the knee that’s just had 3 months of rehab. This is why I never run in the dark. Obviously I shouldn’t even walk in the dark.

Once home I cleaned up the bleeding knee, iced both knee and elbow and complained a lot. The good news, I suppose, is that I didn’t break anything. What lousy timing! I planned to run a 5K on Saturday.

So I don’t have a lot of words this morning, not printable words anyway. I’m mad at myself for not watching where I was going, not paying attention etc. etc. Once again I’ve injured myself and once again I didn’t do it running, playing any sport or working out, just being clumsy.

Be careful out there!

  
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JODROX 12/2/2012 11:25AM

    I'm so glad the fall didn't ruin your run! These things happen. Can't really avoid it, unfortunately.

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KANOE10 12/1/2012 7:25AM

    Hope you are feeling better soon! I am glad you were not hurt.
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MJZHERE 11/30/2012 11:32PM

    So sorry! Lousy to be hurt no matter how it happens. Prayers for a speedy recovery.

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HDHAWK 11/30/2012 6:13PM

    I'm sorry you got hurt, but I'm glad it wasn't worse! Heal quickly!

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ROOSTER72 11/30/2012 4:34PM

    I would have lots of words - but none of them decent enough to be typed!
So sorry to hear about your fall - it can happen to anyone. Take care, and you will be back to normal soon.

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FITFOODIE806 11/30/2012 1:35PM

    I hope you feel better soon. That sounds awful.
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CELLISTA1 11/30/2012 12:20PM

    How frustrating. Hope it's a quick recovery!


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KANDOLAKER 11/30/2012 11:44AM

    Sorry for your fall, and that you will be missing the 5K! That stinks. Hope you recover quickly!!

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CALIMAN1 11/30/2012 11:37AM

    Ouch, I can so relate as I did have a fall while running, in the dark...but that leg healed quickly and I got out there and ran the same path as soon as possible to get the "head part" right.

I hope you recovery quickly and that you are out there running again soon!

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DAWN14163 11/30/2012 11:01AM

    Ouch. Hope it all heals quickly. emoticon

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SUZYMOBILE 11/30/2012 10:17AM

    Oh no, Mr Bill! I could feel the whole thing happening when you described it. My skin even hurt!

I hope you didn't do any damage that will keep you out of the 5K, but I'm sure you're babying it and icing it, and won't risk running if it feels stiff and sore. (I mean the knee, more than the elbow, obviously.)

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HFAYE81 11/30/2012 9:53AM

    Oh no! I'm always doing stuff like that. I'm glad you weren't badly injured emoticon

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PMRUNNER 11/30/2012 9:31AM

    Oh no! Hope you heal quickly and back on track! emoticon

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LOLATURTLE 11/30/2012 9:31AM

    OUCH! I hope you're feeling better soon!!

I feel your pain, a little. My first ever running event was a mud/obstacle 5k. I twisted my ankle IN LINE FOR THE BAG CHECK. I'm not even kidding. Got to the race, checked in, got my bib, sprained my ankle. I was so, SO mad at myself.

I sprained that ankle badly when I was 13 and it's never been the same. Every so often I "roll" it again, but never as badly as the first time. It had been AGES since I'd rolled it, so of course I'd do it not during the race, not after, but RIGHT before. Grrrr!

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LAURIE5658 11/30/2012 9:28AM

    Doh! So sorry about your mishap but don't let it shake you. Heal fast and get back out there.

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WILSONWR 11/30/2012 9:25AM

    You and I certainly know how to injure ourselves in ways that most wouldn't believe. Hope you get better soon!

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BOILHAM 11/30/2012 9:08AM

    I'm sorry you had a fall! Ouch! But, I'm kind of glad it didn't happend during a run.

That can be devasting to your belief system. My DW quit running after she had fallen twice, once in training and once during a race. No amount of encouragement from me could get her to run again.

I wish you a speedy recovery, my friend.

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LEB0401 11/30/2012 8:55AM

    Oh my goodness! How unfortunate, I'm sorry.

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CELIAMINER 11/30/2012 7:49AM

    Bad: Fall and probably no 5K. Good: You are strong and muscular, factors that probably kept you from breaking a bone. Also, the cruise next week to give you time to heal! Thinking of you and hoping you heal quickly.

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COCK-ROBIN 11/30/2012 7:33AM

    Wow, I hope it heals up soon.

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TINAJANE76 11/30/2012 6:39AM

    Oh no, so sorry to hear this! This kind of thing happens to all of us from time to time no matter how careful we try to be. Hope you're on the mend and that everything's feeling better soon.
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Does Ethel Mertz look fat to you? How about Ralph Cramden?

Thursday, November 29, 2012

This is related to my blog entry yesterday. I love the old TV shows, the ones that remind me of my youth. Today I woke up at 5 am, a bit too early for me. While I drank my coffee, I turned on the TV to find an episode of “I Love Lucy.”

Remember Ethel? - Lucy’s sidekick? Ethel’s weight was a running joke on the show. Looking at her today, she’s positively slim!

Lucy was followed this morning by “The Honeymooners” – the classic spin-off from the Jackie Gleason show. Now Jackie was definitely obese. Back then though, his weight was considered so extreme it was always mentioned in the scripts. Being paired with the extremely slim Art Carney emphasized the theme. According to his biography at 5’10” he occasionally dieted to 180 lbs, but his top weight “approached 300.” He would be a good candidate for SP, but he also would have lots of company. He wouldn’t even be our “biggest loser.”

Neither of these actors would even get a second glance on the street today, at least not for their weight.

Checking further, I learned that Lucille Ball was reported to be a “perfect size 12” according to her studio. That’s equivalent to a size 4 in today’s world of vanity sizing. She was 5’7” with weight varying from 115 to 132 lbs. Ethel (Vivian Vance) was 10-15 lbs heavier. It isn’t true that she was contractually obligated to maintain that difference.

Two recent articles (msn and huffington post) report that seeing larger people make us feel better about ourselves. The fashion industry entices us to buy more by slapping smaller sizes on ever larger clothes.

I believe in a positive self image. I have many qualities of which I’m proud that have nothing to do with my height, weight, body type or degree of attractiveness. However, Lucy, Ethel and I would have worn the same size. Calling me a size 6 instead of a 12-14 is just an attempt at false self esteem.

  
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JODROX 12/2/2012 11:31AM

    Such an interesting observation. I wish clothing manufacturers used universal sizing. I just had a lesson in extreme vanity sizing when I needed a size 6 in a skirt I had my eye on......... I've never worn a 6 in my life, and I don't now either! If I had bought it, I'd have from 6 to 12s in my closet -- how crazy is that? I understand a slight variation in brand sizing, but 6-12?! That's nuts!

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MOMMACASSEY 11/29/2012 3:16PM

    I remember seeing something about how Marilyn Monroe, who is considered to be physically perfect by so many people, wore a size 12. I don't know if that is relatively modern 12, or the 12 of her era, now... I know that looking at pictures of her and looking at pictures of myself when i wore a size 12 (which was, admittedly, a number of years and pounds ago) she looks much more slender. I wonder what her size would be, now.

I love those early-morning Lucy episodes. I've seen many of them, lately, being awake at that hour feeding my little one. I never realized there was much worthwhile difference between their sizes. I remember watching the show as a kid, and wondering what Fred's problem was, talking about how much Ethel ate, when he clearly could stand to push away from the table a little sooner, himself. To me, the clearest difference between the couples was their ages, and I think that has more to do with the Mertz's experience in burlesque, and with Fred... I never thought Vivian Vance looked old enough to be his wife.

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 11/29/2012 2:35PM

    Calling me a size 6 instead of a 12-14 is just an attempt at false self esteem - I like that a lot!

No, neither one of them were fat. But, i completely understand what you are saying here. It is really sad what society is doing

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BOILHAM 11/29/2012 2:23PM

    Not only are sizes changing to fit our egos. Our attitudes about what is healthy and attractive are being changed to suit our egos too. Overweight people who are famous are cionstantly encouraging us to not worry about weight and be happy for what we are. I respectfully disagree with all of them. It's not attractive to me, and certainly not healthy.

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CELLISTA1 11/29/2012 1:41PM

    Have you ever seen Lucy's old movies (before she was on TV)? She was a gorgeous, slender glamor-girl. On TV she was already in her 40s (that was OLD, then!). I'm sure Vivian Vance was cast because she made Lucy look good, and as someone else wrote here, her clothes were frumpier, and her husband was certainly frumpier! And it is true that "the camera adds ten pounds." So today, in order to look thin on camera, actresses are positively scrawny in real life.

This self-image thing with the sizes is the same thing as the pervasive cosmetic surgery I see around me all the time. There are little tiny women in their 50s-60s-70s whose faces look totally weird because nothing moves. They dress beautifully, in very small sizes, but their self-esteem is dependent on what they think is a youthful image. It's a matter of choice whether or not to have cosmetic surgery, but it is also wrapped up in issues of confidence, relevance, and environment.



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GLADGAD 11/29/2012 1:37PM

    I'm glad you pointed tihs out, because I oftentimes see old shows and it strikes me at how not fat those actors are compared to today's body sizes. When I was in high school in the mid 70s, I wore a size 5. I was 5'2" and weighed about 95 lbs. Today I am 5'3" and weigh around 123 lbs and take a size 6. I laugh because I know it's only because the industry has changed the sizes; I just wonder what 1976 size I would be in 2012.

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LINDAKAY228 11/29/2012 11:58AM

    Yeah, remember the super model of years ago Twiggy? As for clothes, I have to try them on because one brand a size can be a whole lot different than another brand. I will be happy when I get down to 145 to 150! That's where my dr says I should be.

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LOLATURTLE 11/29/2012 11:30AM

    I had to go look at some pictures of Ethel to remind me. I wasn't picturing her as "fat", and what do you know! She isn't! It just looks to me like she naturally has a slightly rounder face than Lucy, and they dressed her in a slightly more "frumpy" style.

If you're interested in how sizes are created look for some articles about "fit models." It's pretty interesting actually.

If you look at clothes in different sizes, or have been a variety of sizes in your life, you can see some pretty eye opening clues as to the assumptions made by clothing manufacturers. Most "regular" women's sizes (~8) assume an hourglass body shape, but not an extreme one - waist slightly smaller than both hips and bust. They assume a "straight" shape for small sizes, 00 to 2 or 4 (I have friends in this size range who are either hippy or busty and they have just as much trouble finding clothes that fit as I do.). For plus sizes they assume an "apple" shape - big stomach smaller bust. This is a problem for me because I'm the opposite - big bust small stomach (well, relatively anyway). So I can usually find pants (though sometimes ones that fit in the hips gap at the waist), and stretchy tops, but dresses and fitted tops are a huge problem. I haven't worn a button down shirt... ever, actually. If I ever want one I'll probably have to get it custom made.

There may be some interesting developments in sizing/shaping of clothes in the future, possibly moving towards universal sizes. Check out the NYT article "One Size Fits Nobody: Seeking a Steady 4 or a 10." Interesting stuff!

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HFAYE81 11/29/2012 10:11AM

    I remember those jokes about Ethel's weight! I never understood them, she looked normal to me.

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SUZYMOBILE 11/29/2012 9:10AM

    You're right! I think of Ethel as "normal" and Lucy as being the glamour girl, model type.

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CELIAMINER 11/29/2012 8:45AM

    Wow, love these facts! I can picture Ethel in my mind and envision the difference between her weight and Lucy's, but I wouldn't have called Ethel fat. Funny that if she was 10 pounds heavier than Lucy, Ethel and I would weigh the same in the low 140s, and I am at a healthy BMI. I recall when Farrah Fawcett came into fame and was 5'7" and 110 pounds. She looked so bony and even painfully thin, but she was considered an ideal.

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WILSONWR 11/29/2012 8:22AM

    I wonder if the same is true in men's sizing? I'll have to get my tape measure out...

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1935MARY 11/29/2012 7:47AM

    I love old shows too. When you watch TV then you didn't think about if they were fat. Today we are judged on to many things, weight,looks, money, color etc. Now if you are 5'7 and don't weight 100 lbs. you are fat. Why do people want to look like they are starved to death. I think being to thin ,looks bad and makes you aged. I guess I am being judgmental. I think size of clothes vary with who ever designed them.

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