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xxxtine
06-18-2008, 11:53 AM
So. As of yesterday I am down 21+ pounds. But....none of my pants are loose. In fact, I can't really sense a change in my "parts". Yes I've measured and If there is a difference it is in my brain or somewhere the tape measure shouldn't go. My question is;

When did you start noticing a difference in your appearance and going down clothing sizes? I know it differs for everyone especially with height. But I just want to get an idea. Tall, petite or short let me know! '

I really should start taking weekly photos.


sharonrr1
06-18-2008, 11:58 AM
My clothing sizes didn't go down very much at first. In fact my clothing sizes went down the most after I had removed some weight then started weight lifting. It transformed my body much more than taking off pounds. I was still wearing size 16 pants and at 167 lbs but after lifting weights. I went down to a size 12 pants with no pounds gone.

FB
06-18-2008, 11:59 AM
I'm your height and didn't begin noticing changes until the 40-60 pound range. Then again, I was probably wearing my clothes too tight to start with! I started about 15 pounds heavier than you. Yesterday I got my first all-out crazy compliment from someone, I've had one or two before, but yesterday's left me walking tall.

Your most important change is what you are doing - not necessarily what you can see. Congratulations on your loss so far!

Weekly photos would be a great idea. I suck at that and I'm a photographer! I only have photos of myself that my assistant caught me in by accident.


PhotoChick
06-18-2008, 12:00 PM
I didn't notice any real weight loss until I'd lost about 30 lbs ... then all of a sudden none of my clothes fit. It was kind of weird ... but that's the way my whole journey has been. I lose in "chunks" instead of steadily. The weight comes off, but my clothing sizes drop in bursts.

It's just one of those weird little quirks of weight loss, I think! :)

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xxxtine
06-18-2008, 12:11 PM
My man has lost less weight than me and he's already down a pant size. I have to remember that all his weight is in one area and mine is tacked on all over the place.

But, your experience is what I figured. I bet it will be all at once too. One day I'll say, "HEY! My pants are too big."


What was this crazy compliment? I must know!

xxxtine
06-18-2008, 12:12 PM
Your words give me help. The main reason is I want to wear these pants I used to wear....

I'll get there right?

xxxtine
06-18-2008, 12:17 PM
My clothing sizes didn't go down very much at first. In fact my clothing sizes went down the most after I had removed some weight then started weight lifting. It transformed my body much more than taking off pounds. I was still wearing size 16 pants and at 167 lbs but after lifting weights. I went down to a size 12 pants with no pounds gone.

I've heard different things about weight lifting. I've heard that you should start after you get to goal. I've also heard that nows as good a time as any.
My feeling is that I already have enough weight why would I want to add any? Also, when you are heavier it messes with your alignment and that could put even more stress on joints and muscles. But, that is me just speculating. I should do more research. Do you have any good resources about this?:D

PhotoChick
06-18-2008, 12:19 PM
I've heard that you should start after you get to goal.
Noooooooo!!!!!

My feeling is that I already have enough weight why would I want to add any? Also, when you are heavier it messes with your alignment and that could put even more stress on joints and muscles. But, that is me just speculating.
What makes you think that weight lifting will ADD weight to your body?

As you lift weights, you build muscle strength. As you build muscle strength, you increase your basal rate metabolism. As you increase your basal rate metabolism, you make it easier to burn fat, even while "resting".

Lifting weights does NOT make you gain weight. It makes you build muscle. Those are entirely different things.

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deedeesugar
06-18-2008, 12:24 PM
I also didn't notice much of a change for the first 25 lbs or so. What really made the difference with me was when I started exercising. Within a month, I had gone from a size 16 pant (which was tight) to a size 14, which fit well. I am now at a size 12 (which fits snug). Exercise was what did it (in combination with the weight loss, of course).

....deedee....

xxxtine
06-18-2008, 12:31 PM
Noooooooo!!!!!.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! OH NO! (tee hee)

What makes you think that weight lifting will ADD weight to your body?

As you lift weights, you build muscle strength. As you build muscle strength, you increase your basal rate metabolism. As you increase your basal rate metabolism, you make it easier to burn fat, even while "resting".

Lifting weights does NOT make you gain weight. It makes you build muscle. Those are entirely different things.

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What I meant is that I am already carrying a lot of excess weight. Because of this excess weight the structure of my skeleton is not going to be in good alignment so that when I lift weights or do strength training it will put excessive force on said joints and muscles. No?

xxxtine
06-18-2008, 12:33 PM
I try to do at least some excercise daily. Whether or not it is light or moderate is up to my knees and back. If I didn't excercise I am not sure what I'd do?! :)

PhotoChick
06-18-2008, 12:34 PM
hee hee!!!

What I meant is that I am already carrying a lot of excess weight. Because of this excess weight the structure of my skeleton is not going to be in good alignment so that when I lift weights or do strength training it will put excessive force on said joints and muscles. No?Not necessarily. I wouldn't recommend jumping into an intense program right away, but weight lifting is good for you no matter what your weight. And there are a lot of things you can do that won't impact your joints right away. There are some excellent resources on our weight lifting forums here and I do strongly recommend the book New Rules of Lifting. There's some great info there for people who are just getting into lifting.

At 5'10" and 260 lbs you shouldn't be too heavy at all to start a good lifting program. I started lifting when I was over 200 and I'm only 5'4". :)


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fiberlover
06-18-2008, 12:34 PM
Start strength training now. You won't bulk up, and you will certainly be stronger to help you carry around the excess weight you have now.

Proper form is essential, but there really isn't any reason an overweight person can't have proper form and lift weights.

PhotoChick
06-18-2008, 12:35 PM
<thread hijack>

Lori - you have my FAVORITE lolcat as your avatar!

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Smiling_Sara
06-18-2008, 12:46 PM
It took me almost 50lbs before I really noticed a diff

sharonrr1
06-18-2008, 02:10 PM
I am not an expert on weight lifting. But if you pm Meg or Mel from Maintenance or weight lifting forum they are full of great advice. Books I would recomment for beginners or anyone. The eat clean diet workout by Tosca Reno, Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle(online book) by Tom Venuto, more of a bodybuilders nutrition book, Precision nutrition by Dr. John Berardi, also more of a nutrition book. The new rules of weight lifting for women by Lou Schuler.
As far as aches and pains. I have many less aches and pains since I started lifting than before. I also wish I didn't wait till I had lost some weight before starting. If you put on weight, the weight is water retention and only temporary. It takes a long time to put on a pound of muscle versus a pound of fat. At least that is my experience.

Pandora123a
06-18-2008, 07:04 PM
I'm down 13 pounds and saw a pretty quick difference in my pants, none at all on top. (Which is the opposite of what usually happens, in the past I have lost from up top and only later from the bottom.)

I find that noticing a difference is really dependent on the clothes. I don't notice a particular difference when I put on my elastic waist pants, I do in some pants I bought that have zippers and no elasticity.

On the "why put on muscle weight" issue, hey, the number on the scale is only a standin for the way I want my body to look and feel. Would you really care if you weighed the same and had a 24" waist? Muscle may be heavier but it does speed up your metabolism (muscle burns calories, fat does not) and also looks a whole lot nicer on the body!

Gale02
06-18-2008, 07:12 PM
Muscle isn't heavier, per se. A pound of muscle weighs exactly what a pound of fat does. The truly great thing about muscle (and why people say it's heavier) is that a pound of muscle takes up considerably less space than a pound of fat. I'd start weight training now. If you're using proper form and not starting out too heavy, it will actually increase your joint strength, not cause problems.

Good luck!

Oh yeah, it took me around 30 lbs before I started noticing a big difference in my clothes. But, the lighter I got the fewer lbs it took to drop a pants size.

xxxtine
06-19-2008, 11:14 AM
Thanks everyone for all the great information and tips. I think I will start to incorporate a strength program. My knees and back are so bad and that's the real reason I wanted to lose weight (But who are we kidding. Looking great in jeans is a good motivator too!)

This place is the best!