Weight Loss Support - Anyone else suprised at what size they are?




ncuneo
05-08-2010, 04:47 PM
I'm finally in a size 10 and it happened sooner than I thought. I guess the running must have made me gain some muscle because I never thought in my wildest dreams I'd be a size 10 at 159 lbs. So now I'm trying to figure out what size I'm going to be at my goal which is in a minimum of 11lbs but as many as 21 lbs. At first I think it was taking like 20-30lbs to lose a size but now it seems like it's taking 5-10. So at that rate in 11lbs I *could* be a 6/8. I just started weight training too, so who knows how that would effect my size. Ahhhh...the suspense is killing my...I always thought I knew what size I'd be at my goal, but now I have absolutely no idea. With weight training and maybe a couple lbs past my goal, who know could I get down to a 4/6...that is INSANE!


mkendrick
05-08-2010, 05:17 PM
I was VERY surprised! I was a size 12 in 5th grade, and that's the earliest I remember paying attention. The skinniest I had ever been was a 9/10 for a summer, and that seemed tiiiny to me at the time. The dresses and jeans I bought then are potato sacks on me now.

I now consistantly wear 4-6, no matter what the brand or store. I bought a summerdress yesterday that was on a size 2 hanger in the Juniors section! Not that I could fit in size 2 jeans, but a forgiving cotton dress, yes.

I had no idea I'd end up this small, it's almost kind of alarming, lol. I was certainly not aiming to get to 2's or 4's. Even 6's seemed out of reach.

mjhart23
05-08-2010, 06:29 PM
Me!
I was a size 24 when I was 239 pounds and now at 133 I'm a size 8/10.
I've never been a size 8/10 in my adult life; in fact, the lowest weight I recall being was 145 in high school.


Priscatip
05-08-2010, 06:31 PM
I totally feel you on this one, especially today! I went shopping today, and found that a 12 literally fell off of me. I was on such a high from that, I didn't even try on anything smaller and just decided to be happy I was smaller than 12. But part of the reason I'm trying to lose weight right now is to fit into my wedding dress - which I already fit into, I just wanted it to fit better. And now it may just not fit at all if I get to goal. And neither will anything else in my closet.
I may not be wealthy enough for weight loss.

ncuneo
05-08-2010, 06:36 PM
I may not be wealthy enough for weight loss.

Haha! This is becoming a MAJOR problem for me!

Lori259
05-08-2010, 06:59 PM
I totally am surprised! I started in a super tight 20W (needed a 22)
MY dream size was to wear an 8

Now I weigh 156 to 158 depending on "TOM" LOL And I am wearing 6's in womens in all brands,7's in Juniors sizes in all brands , & 4's in levis~(but stretchy denim levis 515 navou~or however you spell it~Just that certain brand so far) But my other
4's are super close to fitting too in other brands ! My dream size was an 8~(my smallest ever being a 13/14 in the 6th grade) & to have gotten smaller is beyond My wildest dreams! I may end up in a 2 by the time I am done Or at least my 4~cause I may go as low as 135...Instead of 150.

Shmead
05-08-2010, 07:27 PM
Related to this: does anyone else find the size charts completely inaccurate? It's either that or I have no idea how to measure myself. According to Target's charts, I should be wearing an 18--a snug 18. I am sitting here in a pair of Target 12s, and they are snug, but the size 14 pants I have from there really aren't tight at all, and I can pull the 16s up and down without unbuttoning, and I can grab handfuls of cloth in the crotch and ***.

They say to measure holding the tape loosely. Do they assume everyone actually pulls it 3 inches into their skin?

MrsLovett
05-08-2010, 08:24 PM
It's the total opposite for me:( I must not have lost enough weight yet. Or be doing enough strength training. I'm 5'4" and 109 and still fit into size 4's...:(

MrsLovett

bronzeager
05-09-2010, 02:30 AM
Either I am a radically different shape than other people around, or the stores I shop in use totally different sizes. I'm always mystified reading how other people are fitting into much smaller sizes at the same weight as me. Or do I just wear my clothes looser than other people? At 183 I wore a 14. Now I'm at 142 with a 32" waist and 38" hips and I am just fitting into a UK size 12 in H&M and Marks and Spencer, which should be a U.S. 8-10. And I think with exercise my thighs are getting bigger. Now in my US size 10 pants the waist and hips are getting baggy, and the thighs and butt are getting tighter.

srmb60
05-09-2010, 06:17 AM
Oh yes! Did you know they make scrub pants in an xxsmall? On the other hand ... I have a pair of smalls that are tight in the thighs.
My newest cardigan is a large. My good suit is a 6 that I had altered. My favourite blouse is a 10.
Makes no sense whatsoever!

It's no bloomin' wonder we rely so much on our scales!

rockinrobin
05-09-2010, 08:46 AM
I was barely squeezing into a size 26/28, the largest size available at the stores. I was certain I was headed for strictly catalog shopping and that is one thing that gave me the final push to lose the weight.

When I was at my slimmest, which was not all that slim, back when I was in my late teens very early 20's I was wearing size 13/14. So I am shocked that I wear a size 4. I've even have a few things that are size 2.

BUT, you can thank vanity sizing for that. Without a doubt, sizing has changed since long ago. I really don't like it. It doesn't make me feel better that I wear a size 4, in fact it gives me a false sense of security. I'd be fine wearing a size 8 or 10, if it were indeed the size 8 or 10 of long ago. So yes, I am wearing a size 4 but they are NOT the same size 4's that it used to be.

I don't know where the real skinny, skinny people are shopping and what size they are wearing - multiple negative 00, perhaps?

At first I think it was taking like 20-30lbs to lose a size but now it seems like it's taking 5-10.

Absolutely. There is a much narrower range between sizes as they get smaller.

ncuneo
05-09-2010, 10:50 AM
I really want to know more about vanity sizing...when it changed, how much it's changed...I think I need to do some googling. It would certainly answer some questions about where I am now vs. where I was 11 years ago.

stella1609
05-09-2010, 11:16 AM
I don't think there's been that much of a change in particular. I have clothes that are 5-6 years old and they fit me the same at the same size as new clothes in the same brands. I've noticed more that certain cuts of clothing fit differently too.

I'm 159 and a size 10 too, 39-29-39. It's interesting to hear what other people weigh with what measurements and height--you learn how different we all really are. I expect to be a size 8 at 145, or maybe even 150. It seems strange to be in such a small size at such a high weight, but I work out a lot and I have an hourglass figure.

Ciao
05-09-2010, 11:37 AM
I've only lost 10lbs so far so I don't see that big of a change. Though, I do notice that I'm starting to fit into some tinier pants slowly but surely.

Jacquie668
05-09-2010, 11:57 AM
I was barely squeezing into a size 26/28, the largest size available at the stores. I was certain I was headed for strictly catalog shopping and that is one thing that gave me the final push to lose the weight.

When I was at my slimmest, which was not all that slim, back when I was in my late teens very early 20's I was wearing size 13/14. So I am shocked that I wear a size 4. I've even have a few things that are size 2.

BUT, you can thank vanity sizing for that. Without a doubt, sizing has changed since long ago. I really don't like it. It doesn't make me feel better that I wear a size 4, in fact it gives me a false sense of security. I'd be fine wearing a size 8 or 10, if it were indeed the size 8 or 10 of long ago. So yes, I am wearing a size 4 but they are NOT the same size 4's that it used to be.

I don't know where the real skinny, skinny people are shopping and what size they are wearing - multiple negative 00, perhaps?



Absolutely. There is a much narrower range between sizes as they get smaller.

At my smallest, in High School as a teenager, I was a size 12 pants, large shirt. I never got to a size 10 ever lol.

I'm not near my goal weight, but speaking from someone who did have to wear clothes from online sources and now able to go to stores, even places like Target... I feel like there isn't a real standard anymore with sizing. I remember when I was a teen going from store to store, state to state, and the sizing would be pretty much the same. Now I kind of feel like I really have to try things on because it is really hard to figure out the sizing. For example...I can squeeze into 2x pant from Target (which is about the same size as a 22/24 when I compare), non-plus section, but if I go and try on plus size jeans I have to get like a 26/28 when I'm a 22/24 from most places. With shirts it is the same, like one store I'm a 3x, but another I'm 1x.

I feel like some stores want you to feel smaller than you really are, but others I feel like I'm swimming in the clothes. :dizzy:

I find ordering online now, problematic. I recently ordered stuff from online and luckily it all fit great, but I was ordering knit pants and workout clothes lol. Whatever...but like with jeans and other types of tops there is no way I can order that stuff online.

rockinrobin
05-09-2010, 12:09 PM
I don't think there's been that much of a change in particular. I have clothes that are 5-6 years old and they fit me the same at the same size as new clothes in the same brands.
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Oh no. I'm not talking about from 5 - 6 years ago. It wasn't all THAT recent. I'm talking about 20 something years ago, although it could certainly be more recent than that, but that was when *I* was in *regular* clothing prior to my weight loss. And I am CERTAIN things are sized differently than how they used to be. We've actually discussed this many times here at 3FC.

Gela
05-09-2010, 01:06 PM
In the early 90's I was a teen with a 31 inch waist and wore a junior size 11. It used to be I could subtract 20 inches from my waist to get a pants size. That is definitely not the case for me anymore.

aware210
05-09-2010, 02:27 PM
I expect to be a 6 at goal. At 115lbs i was an 8/7. But i had a serious lack of muscle tone. I plan on being very fit when i get down to that weight this time so im hoping my butt will fit into something a little smaller. Right now i'm a 12, so we will see.

goodforme
05-11-2010, 02:54 PM
I still weigh over 200. Well over 200. And I fit into a pair of 16's yesterday from TJMaxx.

Um, about 7 years ago I was down to 180 and wearing 16's and uncomfortably tight 14's.

The only reason I took those jeans into the fitting room yesterday is because I have heard of vanity sizing, and I was *almost* positive they would not fit, but surprise!

PeanutsMom704
05-11-2010, 04:21 PM
I think vanity sizing really went crazy starting maybe 10 years ago or so, and it seems to have gotten worse over time.

For me personally, it's not that major a deal because I've never been slim since I was about 7. The smallest size I can remember wearing was a 13, and that was only when they were not supposed to fit that tightly, which meant they'd fit me pretty tightly but hey, at least they fit! So I don't really have older clothes in smaller sizes where it will be weird that I have some things in say, an 8 but if I go to buy something new, I'd need a 4.

But since I am old enough to remember that a size 8 was supposed to be the perfect size, it's neat to think that I might be able to fit into (even a vanity sized) 8. In the past, I always thought that about 12 would be the lowest I'd aspire to but chances are that the same body I was envisioning as a size 12 would be a size 8 now!

In my case, it will still be split sizes anyway - since I'm bigger on the upper half, even if I do manage to fit into an 8 jean, I'll probably be squeezing in 14 tops if my current diifference in sizes stays the same - currently misses 18 or a couple of 16s in pants and still 2X (even some 3X if they are stretchy fabric that I don't want hugging my bulges! lol!) in tops.

Petite Powerhouse
05-11-2010, 04:33 PM
I don't know where the real skinny, skinny people are shopping and what size they are wearing - multiple negative 00, perhaps?


I was ranting (a little :^:) about this today. I wear a 00, but often need to go smaller. There is no smaller. But I myself am not ridiculously thin. And this isn't me having a body image issue: it's a fact that there are and have always been people out there, people I know even, who are smaller than I am (in a healthy weight range, but smaller). Even at 129, which is closer to the high than low end of my range, I could fit into an Ann Taylor or a Banana Republic 0. That's what being short can do to you, I suppose, especially in stores that are known for their extreme vanity sizing. Your proportions are naturally diminutive comparatively. But if I can't find clothes easily at my current weight, where does my 5' 90-pounds-soaking-wet friend shop? I just don't get it. Vanity sizing is annoying, but more annoying than that is that some sizes seem to have disappeared completely to allow for vanity sizing. And here I actually believed it would be easier to find clothes when I lost weight.... I was totally unprepared for this kind of problem. I could probably find some things online, but I would rather try clothes on first before buying.

At times like this, I remind myself that, really, no one finds clothes easily. I think everyone has to try on quite a bit in order to find what really looks right on their particular body, because we are all different and clothing is not actually made for any one of us. And, even after finding something, tailoring is part and parcel of a lot of people's lives.

My Body in Motion
05-11-2010, 05:00 PM
It's the total opposite for me:( I must not have lost enough weight yet. Or be doing enough strength training. I'm 5'4" and 109 and still fit into size 4's...:(

MrsLovett

I'm confused about this comment, MrsLovett. Why in the world are you sad about fitting into size 4's! That sounds amazing to me!

goodforme
05-11-2010, 05:28 PM
I'm confused about this comment, MrsLovett. Why in the world are you sad about fitting into size 4's! That sounds amazing to me!

Me too!

However, someone else posted to this thread that they are about your height and weight and are wearing 00's and 0's. Is that upsetting you? We had a thread on here somewhere and we all compared our height/weight/ and clothing size, you would not believe the randomness! Everyone's body was just slightly different from the next. . .

ape85
05-11-2010, 07:28 PM
I just bought a pair of jeans and a skirt in a size 12 and couldnt beleive it. I'm still in the 180's and have another 40lbs to go so a 12 seems absurd. But i did a little happy dance in the dressing room anyway.

JulieJ08
05-11-2010, 10:42 PM
I think it's pretty funny that when I was:

20 and about 120 pounds, I wore size 6-8

30 and about 130 pounds, I wore size 6-8

40 and about 140 pounds ... you guessed it ... I wore a size 8

lovinww
05-12-2010, 12:03 PM
this weekend I bought my first pair of size 12 jeans and i was sooo proud of myself :} I used to weigh 281 and wore a size 24 and it was tight!!! and now I wear half that size lol YES YES YES!!!!!!! size 10 here I come!!!

TXMary2
05-12-2010, 02:56 PM
I was barely squeezing into a size 26/28, the largest size available at the stores. I was certain I was headed for strictly catalog shopping and that is one thing that gave me the final push to lose the weight.

When I was at my slimmest, which was not all that slim, back when I was in my late teens very early 20's I was wearing size 13/14. So I am shocked that I wear a size 4. I've even have a few things that are size 2.

BUT, you can thank vanity sizing for that. Without a doubt, sizing has changed since long ago. I really don't like it. It doesn't make me feel better that I wear a size 4, in fact it gives me a false sense of security. I'd be fine wearing a size 8 or 10, if it were indeed the size 8 or 10 of long ago. So yes, I am wearing a size 4 but they are NOT the same size 4's that it used to be.

I don't know where the real skinny, skinny people are shopping and what size they are wearing - multiple negative 00, perhaps?



Absolutely. There is a much narrower range between sizes as they get smaller.


The sizing has definitely changed. The 18/20's I wear today are much bigger than the 18's in my closet that I can't zip or button. I am going to use the jeans in my closet as a way of measuring my weight goals and I am fully prepared to wear smaller sizes when I buy something new. If I ever get to a size 6 I know it is probably the 10/12 of yesterday. They make everything bigger now. It used to only be that way in the expensive high end clothing, but it has trickled down.

Su-Bee
05-12-2010, 10:12 PM
What kills me is when, even at the same store/in the same brand I wear two completely different sizes. I went to Old Navy last weekend, wearing a size 8 skirt from Old Navy that was a tiny bit on the loose side. I took some size 8 jeans into the dressing room and couldn't get them past my thighs! What the heck?!? I commented about it to the dressing room attendant, & she even said, "Yeah, our sizes don't run true." Huh??? Why NOT???

oodlesofnoodles
05-12-2010, 10:27 PM
What kills me is when, even at the same store/in the same brand I wear two completely different sizes. I went to Old Navy last weekend, wearing a size 8 skirt from Old Navy that was a tiny bit on the loose side. I took some size 8 jeans into the dressing room and couldn't get them past my thighs! What the heck?!? I commented about it to the dressing room attendant, & she even said, "Yeah, our sizes don't run true." Huh??? Why NOT???

I agree. I'm a 14 in most sizes (including ON) and I have a pair of capris from there that are mega small. I muffin top hardcore like they're 12s.

Shmead
05-13-2010, 06:23 AM
I commented about it to the dressing room attendant, & she even said, "Yeah, our sizes don't run true." Huh??? Why NOT???

Because they are made in a 3rd world sweatshop by people paid pennies an hour?

I am not picking on ON in particular, but for clothes to be cheap (and let's face it, clothes are amazingly cheap, even compared to twenty years ago), everyone cuts a lot of corners. My understanding is that they cut clothes out 20 pieces of fabric at a time. Imagine cutting 20 pieces of paper at once--the papers on the bottom will be larger than the ones on the top. It works the same way when you cut cloth like that.

ames
05-13-2010, 12:11 PM
this weekend I bought my first pair of size 12 jeans and i was sooo proud of myself :} I used to weigh 281 and wore a size 24 and it was tight!!! and now I wear half that size lol YES YES YES!!!!!!! size 10 here I come!!!

That's amazing! Congratulations!