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Old 04-19-2010, 01:46 PM   #1
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Default People noticing "something" is different...

So, even though I've only lost 20 pounds, my clothes are fitting much better and I think I'm getting close to getting to the point where people notice. Right now they can tell something is different but can't pin point it. I get such a kick over the things that they come up with:

Two girls I know well asked me if I've been hitting the tanning bed because they said I look really tan. (I haven't been going tanning, using bronzer or anything).

Last week my boss said, "I know this is going to sound weird, but are you getting taller? You look like 3 or 4 inches taller for some reason" (obviously, no, I'm not getting taller)

Does this happen to you? Do people notice "something" is different but can't quite tell exactly what it is?
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Old 04-19-2010, 02:01 PM   #2
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Way to go! Just wait, you are going to get more and more comments and compliments!

In the beginning, one thing people would ask me is "Did you get a haircut?". Or, they'd say, "I like your shirt!". It's like, they knew something was different, but weren't sure just what.

Now, it's more like "Whoa! You lost a lot of weight!". Or "You guys look great!" (My dh has lost right along with me).

Congrats on the losses so far! I know, for me, I wasn't quite ready to talk about my weight loss efforts in the beginning, probably because I was afraid of failure. So I'd let people think whatever they wanted until it became more obvious that I had lost weight. If they thought I just got a haircut, that was fine...LOL!

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Old 04-19-2010, 02:18 PM   #3
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Lol, every time I start to lose weight my grandma goes "I see you fallin' off!" I have no clue where she finds her choice of words.
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Old 04-20-2010, 01:13 AM   #4
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[email protected] Whenever I lose weight my husband tells me I look taller...
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Old 04-20-2010, 08:14 AM   #5
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As soon as I dropped 20lbs people started telling me how great my hair looks. I've never gotten so many compliments on my hair before lol. I think maybe my hair looks fuller because my face has shrunk a bit from losing weight. Go figure.

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Old 04-20-2010, 09:17 AM   #6
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Congrats on your weight loss! I've heard it said that after you lose the first 10% of your original weight, people will start to notice. Once I lost 30 lbs, I started getting the odd are-you-taller-type compliments. I also remember Weight Watchers used to advertise with "The 10% Difference".

Oddly enough, when I weigh less I do tend to feel taller. Weird.

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Old 04-20-2010, 06:29 PM   #7
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I'm a middle school teacher, and my students say this to me all the time. I don't know if they know I lost weight and just don't want to ask, or if they really can't tell (I've lost about 60 pounds, they should be able to tell). It means you're looking good though! Keep up the good work!
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Old 04-20-2010, 07:18 PM   #8
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No, it's been so long since most of my family saw me, they automatically new I had lost weight. This weekend I just got a bunch of compliments, someone actually said I looked like a barbie :-) That made me feel good.
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Old 04-20-2010, 09:17 PM   #9
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same here on the hair. everywhere i went, did you get a haircut? i guess when people know somethings different they just go for the most obvious. lol.
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Old 04-20-2010, 09:27 PM   #10
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Congrats on the weight loss! I hate the famous, " Your face looks smaller". I want to scream, " IT'S NOT MY FACE, IT'S MY A**.lol
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Old 04-20-2010, 11:01 PM   #11
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yes! omg..EVERYONE ask did i get lighter lol..does weight loss and complexion play a part w/each other?
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Old 04-20-2010, 11:23 PM   #12
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Old 04-20-2010, 11:45 PM   #13
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I just hit 20lbs lost and I'm getting " Oh my God! You lost sooo much weight!" and I'm like " I only lost 20lbs!" I'm mean, damn. I know I was a a big girl but you would think I lost 100lbs based on their reactions!
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Old 04-21-2010, 08:24 AM   #14
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LoL @ some of the responses. People will ask if I've lost weight but they say it in this hushed tone almost like it is something scandalous or like they are embarrassed to ask.

Meanwhile, I would wear it on a t-shirt if it didn't look like I was fishing for compliments --> YES, I've LOST WEIGHT lol jk
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Old 04-21-2010, 08:53 AM   #15
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Yeah, about 10lbs in, I cut my hair pretty drastically (I needed something that would allow me to exercise and not need an hour to style afterwards). Now, I get soooo many comments/compliments on my hair. I think at first people really thought that was the difference they noticed. Now, I think it's a bit of a euphimism for "I can tell you've lost weight, but I don't want to risk being wrong and hurt your feelings so I will compliment your hair instead." In another 20lbs, they will have to say something weight related, right?? At that point, it's gotta be really obvious.

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