Weight Loss Support - Wore size 12 @ 172lbs, now sz 6@165 lbs WTH?

02-13-2014, 11:35 PM
This forum gave me the support I needed in 2010 to lose over 44 lbs. I went from 172 to 128 and kept off 30-35 lbs until 2013 when I had to start taking prednisone (steroid) and cymbalta. I came off both but my weight shot up and since then I have been finding it difficult to stabilize my weight. I do have health issues but nothing that explains gaining 4 lbs in one week. I am having swollen legs so hubby things some of my weight is water retention.

What is mind boggling though is that as a pear shaped 5 ft 4 inch curvy gal , I wore US size 10/12 when I weighed 172 lbs but at 165 lbs I wear small/size 6 (just getting into size 8 pants for some brands). Does 7 lbs make that much of a difference? Or is my weight really off given my leg swelling?

My hope is to do what worked the last time and move from my current 165 lbs to 135 lbs within 6 months by counting calories and upping my exercise. Let's see how this one goes.

02-13-2014, 11:49 PM
Wow thats' pretty awesome! I lost 25lbs and haven't gone down a size yet! Ive heard people on here mention vanity sizing? Are you buying the clothes at the same store?

Oh a side note, I've been given prednisone but never ended up filling the prescription had no idea weight gain was a side effect. Coming back here is always the best step for me, good luck with your journey, I think your plan sounds great!

02-14-2014, 12:29 AM
That's amazing!

I'm wearing a size 10 AU, which is a US size 6, although 6 is loose for me especially pants/jeans. What I do notice is that if I buy from US clothing stores that have outlets in AU, I will purchase an XS or even XXS (which is like a 4 or 2 I think?) because the sizes are significantly larger than a standard 6 in AU sizes. Does this make sense? Lol. It could be vanity sizing or you may have lost more inches than you think :)

02-14-2014, 12:43 AM
I'm 5'5", 140 pounds, and given, small town shopping, I'm a 12, 10 if I'm lucky.

I've also done some shopping in bigger places.

*deep sigh*

Sometimes smaller, some bigger.

It's not about the tag, it's about how you feel!:D:D

02-14-2014, 01:57 AM
For comparison, I'm 5'3.5 138 and size US 6-8.

If you are lifting weights that could be the difference for you. A pound of muscle is smaller and more dense than fat.

02-14-2014, 09:41 AM
Hi All

I am buying the same brand- I have the jeans in size 4 and 6. I buy at the same stores and always stay within the same brand as with my curvy hips only certain brand fit me. In Calvin Klein jeans for instance I am now a size 8 whereas I have always been a size 6.

I also buy lots of summer dresses at Ross over the years and I am still buying size small unless it is a peplum dress where I go to size medium/sz 8 but then the bust is way to large for me as my bra size is 34 B/C (32 C according to the measurement at Hanes lol).

Not sure what is happening as I am still wearing jeans and church sheath dresses I bought at 145 lbs. #thinking

02-14-2014, 02:47 PM
You are probably a lot more muscular now than when you were 172 before. Before you worked on losing were you exercising? My bet is probably not so you lost a lot of fat and gained muscle over the years causing you to be physically smaller now even at a weight close to your start weight. It also may be distributing differently, in your lower legs, or arms or whatnot and not in your torso.

Trail Runner
02-14-2014, 05:28 PM
I'm 5'5", 140 pounds, and given, small town shopping, I'm a 12, 10 if I'm lucky.

Me too! I always feel like I should be able to wear a smaller pants size at this weight, but I carry everything in the stomach area.

And at my highest weight, I was only in a 14. Riddle me that.

02-14-2014, 08:06 PM
Me too! I always feel like I should be able to wear a smaller pants size at this weight, but I carry everything in the stomach area.

And at my highest weight, I was only in a 14. Riddle me that.

I am the same. :)

02-14-2014, 09:40 PM
This happened to me while I was at the gym for a year. Sometimes i am so thrilled because i think i am a certain size then i try on something and it is too small almost saying that there have been little or no changes in my clothes size.

02-20-2014, 11:37 AM
I think that is where I differ from most as I have thick legs and not much stomach. I do realize that after coming off steroids that my weight was slightly redistributed and my weight seems centered in my lower half.

I also do note that I am not as flabby as I was when I was the same weight last time around so maybe the poster is right that my fat/muscle ratio is probably different this time around.

Oh well, I have started walking about 1 1/2 miles each day as apart from swimming that is the only low-impact exercise I am allowed to do- no cardio ;(

I am trying to find a yoga or pilates class however so let's see how that goes.

02-20-2014, 06:21 PM
alot depends on the brand....i am in the 180s-190s and 5 foot 4...i wear a large in some pant sizes, mediums in others and in some, a size small/4-6 which i find ridiculous....in NO WAY do i realistically wear a size 4-6 but apparently in that brand, i do...i think it's cascade sports yoga pants...i also wear a size small in Hanes Her Way sweatpants which i find odd...it also depends on if i'm shopping in Juniors, Misses or Womens sections of the store or even the Plus section

02-27-2014, 03:44 PM
Turns out I am retaining fluids and have lipomas (dense fatty lumps under my skin). We estimate I am carrying at least another 5-10 lbs because of that.
Re vanity sizes, I am sure that is not the case. I can walk into any store and choose small-medium tops and small - medium bottoms.

I am now walking 30 minutes 5 days X week and spinning 10 minutes 3 X a week (restricted exercise because of health). I am also adjusting my eating so we will see

02-28-2014, 11:33 PM
I'm like one of the other posters. It will take a loss of about 25 lbs. before I can go a size down, in pants anyway. I'm currently in a size 18 and trying to get to a 16, the difference is quite large on me :hug:

03-04-2014, 02:36 PM
When I was 165, I was wearing a medium or large top and a size 10 pants. A size 14 dress. I have a thick/athletic build with broad shoulders. I *might* be a size 6 at my goal weight, but not at 165 unless some serious vanity sizing was going on.

03-17-2014, 03:25 PM
The idea that retailers are screwing with our heads annoy the heck out of me. How hard is it to stick with standard sizing?

My measurements at 5 ft 4", 159.7 lbs (weighed in normal clothes at Urgent care 2 days ago)

Bust:32, I wear 32 B/C (remeasured at Hanes and tailor)
Natural Waist: 28
Hips: 38/39 (two meaurements given, one from local tailor and one from a friend measuring me)

How do I say what size I wear when it seems that saying that I wear a size 6 is inviting claims of vanity sizing? Worse, in some cases, that might very well be true compared to sizes yesteryear. However, if US brands all have changed "standard" sizing, why are we still calling it vanity sizing? Wouldn't it be simply the size we wear?

I admit I get a chuckle from Old Navy tops being XS as if I was ever an extra small. But again, if there has been a paradigm shift and clothing sizes have been re-imagined, then does it even matter? Do we not just purchase the clothes that fits us?

As of this weekend, I have bought size 4 tops/ small tops in NY&C, ROSS and Charlotte Russe

For bottoms/dresses, I have bought size 6 in Levis 525, Levis denizen, Lees slender fit (not skinny fit as my legs are chunkier)

Where do I go to avoid vanity sizing? Where does shape play a factor over weight?

03-17-2014, 07:31 PM
The sizing of women's pants fills me with rage almost daily. And don't get me started on the pockets!!

I'm 152lbs and 5'7" (or 5'8"ish) and wear a 6-8 in Lucky Brand Jeans, a 6 in Limited, a 6 in some certain Rock and Republic (but not all!) Uuugh. Also, in Old Navy, it varies. Sometimes a 6 others an 8... Odd. In dresses I'm a 4-6 or a small to medium. Oh! And in some dress pants, I'm a 10. I want regular sizing, dammit.

03-19-2014, 10:18 AM
Pants confuse me greatly. Even when I was close to 200 lb, my pants size was way lower than my top size. I think at my high I was wearing a size 14-16 jacket and size 10 pants on a fat day. Now I'm only slightly within a normal BMI for my height and have to get size 4 jeans, size 2 in a couple of stores (*cough* I'mlookingatyouOldNavy,yoursizesareridiculous *cough*). Seeing the array of shapes of girls smaller than me, I can hardly imagine they'd all fit into...what...2 sizes? Pants don't go smaller than 0, do they?

More often than not, I still get a medium top, which, considering that the number equivalent seems to be 8-10 makes sense in my head...the pants baffle the crap out of me, though.