100 lb. Club - Noticable Changes?

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02-26-2007, 10:23 AM
Ok girls, here's my question. When did people start to notice you were losing weight? Do you remember how much weight you had lost? I'm wondering when changes will start to be visible to the naked eye?

02-26-2007, 10:27 AM
I can't say this time because I have not lost enough for it to be obvious yet.. but previously when I had lost weight, I had lost about 30 pounds when I found people were noticing it.

02-26-2007, 10:37 AM
Hmmm, good question. I would say at about 25 - 30 lbs, people started telling me "Oh you look really good today", but they weren't quite sure why. Then at about 40-50 lbs it became a lot more obvious and people would say, "You look really good, did you lose weight?" And then maybe at 60 - 70and it was "Wow, you've lost weight, you look great!" And then at 80 lbs or so came the "Where'd the other half of you go", "You're melting away". Now I even get the "Wow, you're so skinny" comments (although I'm not) and "You're done, you've lost it all" comments (although I'm not). At this point there is no one who does not mention my weightloss in a big dramatic fashion.

I will tell you this, in the beginning wearing fitted clothing shows off the weightloss a lot more. So until you start buying properly fitting clothes it won't be as obvious. Clothing makes a big difference. When you're wearing baggy and loose clothing it's just not as obvious.

02-26-2007, 10:39 AM
I'm not there yet.. but I did ask this question on this board and the answer was different for everyone. One this I did find similier was that once people stopped wearing their baggy clothes (b/c they lost 20-50 lbs) and bought new clothes that fit them then people noticed more.

Hope this helps.
Good Luck on your journey.

Mrs Quadcrew
02-26-2007, 10:43 AM
I can now answer this one!!:D I've lost 28 pounds and just this past weekend, I got 3 comments......"you've lost some weight, haven't you??" So - I would guess it is around the 30 pound mark. LIke the others have said, wearing clothes that fit makes all the difference too. I know it is a GREAT ego booster when you get to hear folks comment though!!;)

02-26-2007, 11:19 AM
(((Rockinrobin: I would say at about 25 - 30 lbs, people started telling me "Oh you look really good today", but they weren't quite sure why.)))

I found that too when previously losing weight. At first they noticed and said I looked good but they weren't sure why. I can remember (this was when I was in highschool) I went from about 190-160 and one of my teachers was looking at me funny, said I looked really good lately and she was asking if maybe I got a haircut or something. I was like, "no, but I lost 30 pounds." Funny how she didn't realize immediately but could tell something was different.

02-26-2007, 11:38 AM
You know, that all makes a lot of sense. I guess when you're as overweight as I am it's hard for people to tell. The baggy clothes are going to be so hard for me to let go of! They are my hiding place!

02-26-2007, 11:42 AM
People are really starting to notice on me right about now and I'm just at the 30lb mark...its funny cause I can't see any major changes yet cause i see myself every day. The compliment ball is certainly in motion now and picking up speed though.

02-26-2007, 11:51 AM
Some people still haven't noticed, lol. But they see me everyday. I still wear baggy clothes, just sizes smaller. If you're a jeans and t kind of gal, which I am, I find just buying tshirts that fit me, as opposed to hanging off me, as well as a nice pair of jeans that actually fit, or yoga pants are really comment inducing. Eventually, I'll quit wearing Matt's outgrown tshirts, and delve into my own closet.

02-26-2007, 12:07 PM
One person at work has noticed, and my mother... but she is extremely weight conscious. I don't expect people to really notice for another 30 pounds or so. Oh well.

02-26-2007, 12:10 PM
I'm pretty much in the same boat as the rest of you ladies. I'm only 6 weeks into my weight loss journey and I've lost 23.5 lbs. I can't tell any difference in myself even though I am fitting into different clothes, but I keep getting compliments. This morning I was "yelled" at to quit losing weight so quickly because I'm making everyone else look bad. My principal even told me that I was going to need to get new uniform shirts because mine are starting to hang off me already. I thinking I'll wait a little while before I start buying new uniform pieces.

02-26-2007, 03:12 PM
yep, same here. people started noticing at about 30lbs. they might have noticed sooner if i wasn't still wearing the same baggy clothes. (i wore them at 50lbs lost too - i hate shopping).

02-26-2007, 03:44 PM
The only ones who have noticed are my hubby and Mom-in-law. But, they both live with me and I can't be sure that they aren't just trying to be encouraging. I'd really like to hear it from somebody who doesnt know that I'm dieting. Then, it would seem real....if that makes any sense.

02-26-2007, 04:03 PM
I'm down 10 pounds, but I really believe I'm losing inches. DH noticed this morning (he said my arms were getting smaller). One girl at work said that I looked like I was losing weight as well. But no general consensus yet. I don't even see it. LOL.

02-26-2007, 09:19 PM
I have a question related to this topic - does anyone ever have mixed feelings about the comments about weight loss? Like wondering what they thought of how I looked before, and why does everyone assume that losing weight equal looking good? I've felt those mixed feelings when I've lost large amounts of weight twice before. While it felt GREAT (and kind of validating) to hear those comments, I also wondered the above questions.

02-26-2007, 09:54 PM
I think that part of it is certainly the shallowness of thin=beautiful. However, in all fairness, I think most people who compliment weight loss are those who care for you enough to notice and encourage you. Also a contributing factor is that when you lose weight you are probably eating better, exercising, sleeping better, etc...and all those contribute to a "looking good" appearance. Healthy=beautiful!

Also, based on everyone's comments it seems like when you lose about 10% of your body weight is when people see it. Come on, 231!!! hahaha

03-08-2007, 11:54 PM
Once before with me it was about 20 lbs, from coworkers who saw me eating healthy and walking at lunch, so they knew I was trying. Now I work more alone instead of on a team, so I'm not visible to anyone but my neighbors at the bus stop. None of them are really close-enough friends that I think they would feel comfortable commenting, plus, it's been so cold we're all buried under coats. I do look forward to April to peeling off my down coat and revealing my slimmer hips and thighs and see if people start looking at me quizzically then. But I have to remember these are the same people who were kind enough NOT to comment when I packed on 30 lbs in 2 years, so they likely are a little more restrained. My dh and dd's comment constantly, but they are sweeties who see the effort and are very considerate people.

03-09-2007, 05:37 AM
i dont usually get day to day or week to week comments...

i left a job in september last year and i came back in january and had everyone say "WOW! you look AMAZING!"

Mrs Quadcrew
03-09-2007, 10:41 AM
I know I looked awful before starting this journey. Hearing the comments now just validates what I knew in my heart. I think people say things to us for encouragement ~ they do not mean to bring anyone "down" by telling us how great we look now. AND most of us are taking better care of ourselves in this journey ~ we have a "glow" that people can see!

I don't care how many people say it is discriminatory - being a large person is NOT appealing, NOT. I was FAT for most of my adult life, and I am looking forward to being an average one for the rest of my life.

03-09-2007, 11:20 AM
It really is different for everyone..
I think because I knew I was losing weight I acted more outgoing and really felt better so people would make small comments at around 20 pounds..
At 50 lbs people really started to talk... Now 105 lbs gone people really really talk..Most think I had the weight loss surgery.
NOW.. I can lose 5 pounds and people can tell.

03-09-2007, 11:29 AM
Now 105 lbs gone people really really talk..Most think I had the weight loss surgery.

Isnt it sad that our society thinks that weight loss surgery is the only way to lose a lot of weight anymore? Congratulations on taking control of your body and your life! You are an inspiration.