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I Don't See the Weight Loss... Do You?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Since March 1st, I have gone from 152 lbs to 140 lbs, at a height of 5'4" (on a good day!). That's a BMI change from 26.1 (overweight) to 24.0 (normal). I am no longer able to wear a lot of pants. I get two or three comments a day about my weight loss.


I mean, I feel it. I know it occured (and will occur in the future too!). But I don't VISUALLY see it. I think I'm too familiar with my body. I wish I'd taken before photos so I'd have a better sense of what I actually look like.

Anyone else experience this?

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HAWKEYERANT 4/15/2010 10:31AM

    I don't see it either. I've lost over 15 pounds since I started, and I'm a short person too - 5'2" to 5'1" depending :). I went from the obese BMI to a healthy one... and I can feel it in my pants and in my bra. But, I haven't had very many compliments. I got my first one on Friday. It's not that I need compliments, I just would like to think that other people can SEE the change in me. I wish I was taking pictures of myself on this journey, it would be nice to see visual proof!

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*SUNSHINEDAYZ* 4/14/2010 8:33PM

    Oh yes! I lost about 40lbs a few years ago and, despite many compliments I just couldn't see it. I gave up even trying to lose weight and put it all back on (plus 30 of it's friends). This time I've been taking at least one picture of myself a month plus taking measurements. When you look in the mirror, you don't see a difference from one day to the next... but the pictures tell a different story.

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MONTANA_ED 4/14/2010 8:22PM

    Been there - done that - and lucky for me I had pictures. It is hard to imagine when you see yourself every day. Plus, your viewpoint is different from everyone else.

Good job on the weight loss! That's awesome!


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    Even Obese people whole lose tons of pounds have a visual, and many of them still feel like they are fat, and don't see it, or maube just so use to seeing a certain image, it takes awhile for the brain to absorb the newness.

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So Tired

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

It's interesting... I've found that as a teacher, I can easily slide into working 10+ hour days, then coming home and doing more work, without really noticing. And when everyone else around you is still at work, it doesn't seem weird to be there at 6:00 even when you arrived at 8:00... (Not to mention the total lack of lunch breaks... every lunch turns into a meeting, or supervision, or this, or that...). I realized today that I didn't have any overwhelming, immediate need to stay at school this afternoon, so I just left. At 3:30! I was there from 8:00 to 3:30, with only a ten-minute break (at recess, as lunch was double-booked with a meeting and supervision), and I feel like such a slacker! Why should I feel like I'm slacking when I'm working 60+ hours each week? Short answer: I shouldn't! I think my body is shocked by having nothing to do and I'm guessing I'll be fast asleep (possibly on the couch) by 9:00... and I'm looking forward to it!

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HAWKEYERANT 4/14/2010 8:41AM

    Hope you enjoyed it!!

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Question Update

Monday, April 12, 2010

Dude in the boxer shorts was BACK at the gym yesterday! Two days in a row! Two different pairs of boxers! What is the world coming to?

In other news, my physiotherapist is still really hot. He makes me want to get in a car accident.

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THINWITHIN18 4/14/2010 10:22PM

    Reminds me of an old Friends episode: funny on tv, gross in real life.

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HAWKEYERANT 4/13/2010 9:09AM

    Ha about the physiotherapist, but completely gross about random dude!

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SMAMMERS 4/12/2010 11:44PM

  You should talk to the staff at the gym if it's making you uncomfortable. You're probably not the only one who's bothered by it, and somebody needs to speak up.

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GSCOTTC 4/12/2010 11:42PM

    Honest all my workout gear was in the wash! emoticon

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Question - Your Opinion Wanted!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Do you think boxer shorts are appropriate gym attire for men?

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REMEMBER_MYSELF 4/13/2010 3:30AM

    No and then no again.

I just read this really good book by Frank Bruni (former NY Times restaurant critic). He told this HILARIOUS story about this gym in Rome, where he had been a foreign correspondant for a while and where people don't work out. The gym attendants kept trying to get him to stop working out because they thought that he was going to hurt himself. It seems as if they have a huge concern that people are going to seriously injure themselves while working out and try to stop it at any cost.

One day he was wearing those loose legged basketball shorts and an attendant at the gym came running up to him gesturing to the loose legs and holding up two huge rubber bands (like the kind they put on heads of broccoli to hold them together).

He couldn't possibly imagine why his shorts would pose such a risk that he would need to rubber band them to his legs. He asked the attendant and was told that many people in Italy go to a gym to check out people and get checked out...not necessarily to work out. Anyway, people were purposely wearing loose shorts and nothing underneath so that they could REALLY get checked out.

Is this guy perhaps from Italy/Europe?


Comment edited on: 4/13/2010 3:32:42 AM

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HAWKEYERANT 4/12/2010 10:05AM


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SMAMMERS 4/11/2010 5:49PM

  No! Boxer shorts are too flimsy to provide proper coverage, and there's always a big risk of accidental exposure through the fly. Gross.

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    Update: Yup, yesterday at the gym there was a fiftyish man on a stairclimber in his boxers. All it did was reinforce the double standard that exists for men and women- a woman exercising in her underwear would be kicked out, for sure.


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CHUNKYDELUXE 4/11/2010 11:36AM

    Absolutely not..that's uncomfortable to say the least....

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PUDLECRAZY 4/11/2010 8:38AM

    No! TMI!

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RROMEO1218 4/11/2010 8:03AM

    Absoultely not although I've seen women running with boxer shorts worn over leggings but not men and certainly not if that's the only attire on them!

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ALEXTHEHUNN 4/11/2010 7:47AM

    I'd say the answer is very much like boxer shorts themselves: one size does not fit all.
In other words, on some men it might be just fine.

But on most guys, NO! Most guys I've seen at the gym would be better served by wearing something more modest than just their boxers.

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GAWANIA 4/11/2010 7:14AM

My question is did this actually happen? If so, let me know what this man did about the "easy access" hole in the front. Wait....nm...I don't want to know.

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SPIFFYCAT 4/11/2010 4:06AM

    LOL no...

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MAMMABEAR-THIRY 4/11/2010 2:37AM

    I don't think so. Boxer shorts are underware so shouldn't be worn for everyone to see.

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    I would say no,because it is your under clothing. You don't want to expose yourself if you know what I mean. That's a very interesting question.

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MANDABEAR11 4/11/2010 2:14AM

    well I hope it's not for you, but heck to the no haha why don't girls just wear their thongs? :P I know not the same, but you know what I mean.

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Les Pantalons Francais

Saturday, April 10, 2010

I bought these pants when I was thirteen, at a department store in Paris. I bought them in the ADULT section, and they are a size three. The pants only came in size one, two and three, so basically they're a large.

Today, I was digging through my closet and putting on a fashion show. As I mentioned before, my size 8 pants from Banana Republic (the ones I never wore because they were too small) are now too big. I tried on a size 6 skirt from the Gap (not stretchy!) and it fits really nicely. But these pants, in a Parisian size LARGE, don't even come close to zipping up.

Je pense que je suis trop grande pour France!

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THINWITHIN18 4/11/2010 12:44AM

    Oui, peut etre tu est plus grande pour France, mais je pense que tu est parfait pour Toronto. Viens ici, n'importe quel moment.

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