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Progress, but a question:

Monday, May 21, 2012

On television, we see commercials that proclaim, "I lost thirty pounds and went down six dress sizes!" Even if we ignore that sort of propaganda - and we should - I can honestly say that I lost thirty pounds (well, 29), and my dress size hasn't changed one bit. Yeah, I suppose my clothing is marginally looser, but not so's you'd really notice.

I could understand if I weighed 700 pounds and a thirty pound loss was only, what, two percent and change - okay, that would be hard to see. But I've lost close to forty percent of what I want to lose (I think - arithmetic was never my long suit) - it seems like I should look least a little. And to add insult to injury, my feet have gotten *bigger*!

I tell ya, there's no justice in this life.
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    Hi SCOOTER. I have lost very few pounds in the last year but I have gone fom size 22 to 20 then on a plateau but my clothes kept looking so baggy in the butt. I am buying large in stead of 1x and I am wearing size 16 with a belted waist and 14 in elastic waist in pants. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon
    2192 days ago
  • _UMAMI_
    *****banging the gong******
    creepiest cheerleader ever!

    Really, celebrate your loss. (Or, if it doesn't make you happy, what's a better way to measure your results? Fave old outfit? Fave NEW outfit? Figure out what's a good carrot!)

    2194 days ago
  • CEKER9
    Each body is different and we should NEVER compare our results to anyone elses... my first reaction when I see those advertisements is "liar, liar, pants on fire!"

    If you are anything like me you gain weight evenly from head to toe. Some people only gain weight in their waist and thighs. For me when I lose weight, I don't go into a smaller size very quickly as I don't lose it in any one place. It's also bone structure. I have weighted 130 pound (5'7") and the smallest size I was EVER able to get into was a 10 and that was a *very* expensive brand. I have larger bones than some people. Your body is still shifting into shape and even if you are in maintenance mode at this point you will continue to adjust in shape...

    You celebrate you! and you celebrate your milestones and don't think about anyone elses!!! You melted 30 pounds off your frame and you should celebrate with balloons, confetti, and fire crackers... you are amazing to be that dedicated!!!
    2194 days ago
    In the beginning of my weight loss journey it took about 35 lbs lost before I moved down one size...mind you I was stuffing myself into size 20 jeans when I probably could have used a size 22. Another thing to consider is muscle vs. fat. I'm the same weight now that I was last August - 165 lbs (and yes my weight ticker on my page is a lie, but I was down to 162 a couple of weeks ago and somehow I found 3 lbs again and maybe it's all muscle LOL!!) BUT my body has completely changed due to sticking with my strength training since last November and I have gone down one size as a result too.
    Add some strength training into your week and see if it makes a difference.
    2194 days ago
    Several possibilities: 1. They're lying. 2. Size inflation (I have high end suit jacket that's a "size 4" when my shoulders are still decidedly a size 8.) 3. You have bones. My dress size has stayed a size 8 from 150 lbs to 115 lbs. My pant size, however, dropped from 8 to 2. The shoe size is the real mystery.
    2194 days ago
    I totally agree. I'm shocked at the people who weigh the same as I do and are proclaiming they are a size 6. LOL. My husband pointed out to me that they may have stuffed themselves into a size 6 but they look horrible. They looked like a stuffed sausage. My sister-in-law was one of these people. She would shove herself into smaller jeans and have a huge disgusting muffin top which she showed as she wore the short tops. It looked gross. My hubby almost gagged. People have different body types too. A lot of it has to do with where you carry your weight. There needs to be less emphasis on sizes and more on well-fitting clothes.
    2194 days ago
    Wish I had an answer! I have gone through some phases where I went down a pants size but did not lose weight! Go figure!! How's the business going?
    2194 days ago
    Sizes are so different from one clothing manufacturer to another so I'm never really sure what size I actually am, but my sizes haven't changed considerably either. When I started losing more inches than pounds, then I saw sizes dropping. But honestly, I've only gone down about three sizes and the scale's shown a pretty substantial loss.
    2195 days ago
    yes, frustrating. Funny how our bodies seem to react to weight loss. You probably lost a lot of weight from around your organs which may be harder to see.
    2195 days ago
    How frustrating! Hope all's going well for you, Scoot.
    2195 days ago
    What I note here, however, is that you LOST 30 POUNDS!! Woohoo!!
    2195 days ago
    I echo your feelings....but I know for me, it's stays around my belly,
    so while my legs, my tushm and my arms are considerably leaner
    My waist stubbornly stays.
    But it's finally making progress.
    For me it's the visceral thing
    2195 days ago
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