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Old 05-13-2011, 08:38 PM   #1
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So, the other day, I was talking to an online friend of mine. I'm a guy and he's a guy, btw., and I've mentioned my weight to him before so he knows how big I am, but it's never stuck. So we're having a conversation and he casually asks my weight and I tell him, grudgingly that I'm 275 (right now), give or take.

So, he tells me: "Geez, you really are fat", which was just nice to hear, lol. But the biggest surprise was when he revealed his own weight. I knew he worked out, but I was expecting the usual - 160 or 118-120, whatever guys in their 20s are. And, he goes 240, and that just shocked me. And, then he asked me if it hurt when I walked, and I said yes. And, then he had to go.

Thing is, I don't think the whole weight thing is truly a big deal for this guy because he was never fat, and judging by his comment I really don't think he meant it as calling me "super morbidly obese" or anything. I actually told him that I was surprised he was that big. Why not.

It's really a testament to just how much I've lost really that I'm nearing that normal area where the normal (average/thin) people are/realm.

I dunno, it's just weird and frustrating because I've lost almost 185 lbs and kept that off. Not even counting the numerous diets I've been on. My highest weight was 448 lbs and I've lost all that since about 2004.

So I feel like I've been in this so long, and yet...still...I'm "humongously 'fat'". And, yet, just 30 lbs from now, I'll cross the magic barrier (And, I've found this to be true the first time I lost the weight), for my height it's around 260, where suddenly you aren't so "horribly fat" and just be "slightly pudgy" to normal people in the "not THAT fat" category and "thin" to super morbidly obese people. I'm 6 ft (1.83 m) tall btw.

And, I'm just aaaggghhh, over it because the line between "fat" and "thin" seems more fluid and more of a social construct still. To certain people now I will be "thin" or "fine" and to others "grossly, morbidly obese" and all that comes with it. And, I'm so tired of being judged by a number on the scale rather than just me, it's why I hate to reveal my weight online in most places, and I hate to reveal my past heavy weights in real life. Because it always seems to brand you, no matter what.

Anyway, can anyone relate, just a vent really.
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Old 05-13-2011, 08:56 PM   #2
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Your weight loss is an inspiration to me. Congratulations!!

My highest was 360 about a year ago. I am now at 242 which is a 118 pound loss from my highest. I list 317 on my profile and weight ticker because that is what I was on January 6 of this year when I joined this forum. I was very discouraged and I was regaining my lost weight rapidly until I joined 3FC. This forum has turned my life around.

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Old 05-13-2011, 09:02 PM   #3
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It sounds rather ignorant for someone to make that comment period, I guess in very certain circumstances, (like diet group meetings) it might be ok, but I don't think its really ok to be so critical. I mean bmi is just a guideline, and some very fit and muscular people might have that weight. And I am sure people who have known you for a long time marvel at and respect your weight loss and maintenance. I know you are probably just "venting" and don't need much response, but you are a great inspiration to many people.
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Old 05-13-2011, 09:05 PM   #4
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Not a dude. Totally understand regardless.

I guess I'm mostly curious as to why he was so concerned with how much you currently weigh?

Either way. "Weight is the eye of the beholder."

I can talk to some people who consider me super overweight. Others who consider me fluffy. Some who think I'm just chubby. Another dozen who think I'm pretty normal looking.

I could be down to 150 pounds and still have people call me pudgy or fat. *shrug* Maybe to them I would be.

I'm by no means saying it's easy to do, but it really and wholly comes down to how you feel about yourself. The number on the scale is not a judgement. It's just a number. You know what to make of it individually. You know that it's been a long road to make your way down to 275.

I do suggest that if your online friend asks, again, and you don't feel comfortable, you most certainly don't have to give it out. A simple "Oh, I haven't weighed myself in a bit so I'm not sure." will more than do.

Congrats on your success! It certainly makes me happy to see others doing well =)
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So I feel like I've been in this so long, and yet...still...I'm "humongously 'fat'". And, yet, just 30 lbs from now, I'll cross the magic barrier (And, I've found this to be true the first time I lost the weight), for my height it's around 260, where suddenly you aren't so "horribly fat" and just be "slightly pudgy" to normal people in the "not THAT fat" category and "thin" to super morbidly obese people. I'm 6 ft (1.83 m) tall btw.

And, I'm just aaaggghhh, over it because the line between "fat" and "thin" seems more fluid and more of a social construct still. To certain people now I will be "thin" or "fine" and to others "grossly, morbidly obese" and all that comes with it. And, I'm so tired of being judged by a number on the scale rather than just me, it's why I hate to reveal my weight online in most places, and I hate to reveal my past heavy weights in real life. Because it always seems to brand you, no matter what.

Anyway, can anyone relate, just a vent really.
First off, my DH is little taller than you and started at your current weight. Yeah, he was overweight but not huge horrendously fat. Now, it would totally depend who you asked, though, because in the states he'd be pretty normal but going to Europe or S. America he'd get a lot of very mean comments.

He's now to almost 250 but he really has to get closer to 200 (maybe 220?) before those here in Europe or S. American or going to consider him normal. In the US he'd be normal still. So totally relative.

I feel I'm also on that border between something. I'm not horrendously fat anymore but definitely not thin either (I still have a long ways to go before I get there!). It's a weird continuum to go down...
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Old 05-13-2011, 09:18 PM   #6
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Just had to say, the cut-off between "average" and "Geez, you really are fat" is not 35 lbs.

Most people have no concept of what fat looks like (and doesn't). Also, muscle mass (especially for guys) can vary tremendously. Two guys can (at least in clothes) be exactly the same height and size and yet have a 50 lb weight difference.

One of my husband's friends is uber-buff. The kind of guy men AND women, regardless of sexual orientation give the double take because every muscle is defined (the tribal tattoos, sleeveless t-s and the kilt don't hurt, either).

He's so muscular that his weight falls into the obese category. When he learned that, he asked his doctor whether he should lose weight, and his doctor laughed. The doctor told him he could lose some weight without endangering his health, but that there was no health reasons to.
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Old 05-13-2011, 09:40 PM   #7
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ThinDesire, You are doing great, congratulations !
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Old 05-13-2011, 10:45 PM   #8
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You're doing great, ThinDesire! Seriously, you're doing a great job and are a real inspiration. I definitely don't think you are horrendiously fat. Keep doing what you're doing, it is obviously working, and I wouldn't worry about your friends comment. Not that I really think you are, but even so, I have some guy friends that tend to be very blunt and tactless. It seems like maybe that's what he was doing-stating what he thought was his obvious. However, I really don't think you're seriously huge at all.
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really fat = 35 pounds? that's just ridiculous.
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Old 05-14-2011, 04:10 AM   #10
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My family called me fat at 140 pounds because I had a very feminine bottom, you know like aphrodite in the shell They called me fat at 150 because my tummy was pronounced and not flat, thay called me fat at 160 because I was fatter than I used to be, and finally as I really begun to become fat they called me fat.
So I was on my way to becomming obese and they thought I was just as fat as ever. Thankfully I decided to lose weight before that, but I could just as well have become 200+ had I continued eating like I did. I think this teaches a lot about human perception of another's body. These were supposed to be my loving and supporting family I am talking about, not model agents.
And yes one of the reasons I never took care of my diet when I was 140 pounds was because I was already treated like a fat person. They didn't even buy me sexy clothes so my fatness wouldn't show. How weird is that?
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2 things, 1. how is your 275 ''really fat'' and his 240 not in his eyes? i dont get it....its not like hes 150 and anything in the 200's may seem large. you are very close in weight for him to say that.
2. how long is he your friend? hasnt he seen you're phenomenal loss? im shocked he didnt say, daaaaamn! your almost my weight, way to go?

anyway, you're an inspiration!
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chubbykins, i come to find in my adulthood, you cant count on anyone...not even your parents. somewhere along the way they will hurt you and dissapoint you. its so unfortunate that the closest people around us arent supportive of us! i just hope i can be a better mom to my daughter. as for now the only person i can trust, and have full support from is my husband. thankfully!
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Words and numbers can never define a person. It can label you into a category (and really fat isn't one of them for you lemme tell you!), but that doesn't mean much of anything.

You've done an INCREDIBLE job losing 185 lbs!! I'd be yelling my starting weight from the rooftops if I were you! Seriously...you're amazing!
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Words and numbers can never define a person. It can label you into a category (and really fat isn't one of them for you lemme tell you!), but that doesn't mean much of anything.

You've done an INCREDIBLE job losing 185 lbs!! I'd be yelling my starting weight from the rooftops if I were you! Seriously...you're amazing!
I agree 110%! You've done an amazing job. Try not to let the numbers get to you (though I do understand this isn't always easy).
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you know what's funny? when I first read your post, I read it fast and missed the part where you said you were male. I was like, omg, you don't have to tell anyone your weight! and a guy shouldn't ask! then when I realized you were male, I thought, well, it's not that big a deal to tell, one guy to another.

sheesh. why's he so curious about your weight? could be that he has a hard time dealing with his own weight and that makes him more sensitive to your situation.

I'll tell you, some people react to me as if I'm really large, and then from others I don't get that vibe -- maybe they're more used to larger people, maybe they don't see me as that large, maybe a mix of the two. I do think there's something of a social construct, which depends on a person's experiences and background.

Frankly, I wouldn't discuss my weight loss with anyone that didn't know about it already. I consider it personal, and there are way too many prejudices and preconceptions out there. Major congrats on your weight loss, that's an amazing feat.
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