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Old 04-16-2009, 07:19 PM   #1581
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Still at 136# and determined not to be too frustrated about it...
It is so weird to be this big, yet wear a "smaller" size than when I was younger and somewhat thinner. In 1980 I was a size 12; now I'm a 6 or an 8.
That 'changing sizes' crap is amazing. I have clothing from 20 and more years ago up 'til now. I wear large and medium, sizes 10 12 14 16.
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Old 04-16-2009, 07:32 PM   #1582
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Still 130#. I did much better last weekend. We ate out one night and had a few drinks. Saturday night and Sunday I didn't drink a thing. I've worked out every day (except today - sore ankle after dancing too hard last night).

Feeling great and although the scale doesn't show it, I feel thinner. I'm hoping my calorie deficit will add up soon and result in a weight loss to report.
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Old 04-16-2009, 07:44 PM   #1583
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Still at 136# and determined not to be too frustrated about it...
It is so weird to be this big, yet wear a "smaller" size than when I was younger and somewhat thinner. In 1980 I was a size 12; now I'm a 6 or an 8.
DW has commented on this many times - pure marketing. They do the same with men's clothes but not to the same extent. As I grew heavier I comforted myself that I was still only buying 38" pants which was only 4" more than when I was slim in my 20's. Then I actually measured my self

I had a 41" waist, and that is when I set about losing weight - I'd also recently had a medical and for the first time ever my blood pressure was up (135/90)

That was about 7 years ago - I'm 6" thinner these days and fit into a pair of 34's
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That 'changing sizes' crap is amazing. I have clothing from 20 and more years ago up 'til now. I wear large and medium, sizes 10 12 14 16.
I have the classic "large frame" body type. My height is 5'7".
I wore a size 16 when I weighed 135 lbs in high school, and was very athletic. Most clothes were American made.
I am now wearing a size 18 in some apparel items, size 16 in others. I weigh 177.5 lbs. Most clothes come from overseas nowadays.
It must be the "new math".
My conclusion - do not gauge your weight gain or loss in "sizes". Use inches and how you feel.
My personal progress gauge - I measure the widest part of my midsection without sucking it in.
The widest measurement location will change as I <groan> exercise.
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180.5 Dec 26, 2008 a few holiday parties got me!
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179 Jan 7, 2009
179 Jan 21 food portion control plan working. Started using daily fiber supplements for hunger control.
178 Jan 28
179 Feb 6 (late reporting)
179 Feb 11
177 Feb 18
180 Feb 25
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179 Mar 11
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177.5 Apr 1 - consistency, though boring, means no weight gain.
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6'0" Target 175lbs

2/11 185
2/18 184
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3/18 180
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Old 04-22-2009, 08:40 AM   #1587
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[quote=FinanceDude;802414]December 1st, 2008: 252 (lifetime high )
February 3rd: 244.5
February 11th: 239.5
February 18th: 238
February 25th: 235.5
March 4th: 236.0
March 11th: 236.0
March 18th: 234.0
March 25th: 231.0
April 1st: 235.0
April 8th: 234.0
April 15th: On vacation, did not weigh
April 22nd: 233.0!!!!

I survived all the good food and stuff on vacation, and net lost one pound...amazing....

maybe all that walking helps....
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1/23: 196.8 17.1% body fat.
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7/30: 191.8 16.0%
(snip ...)
11/12: 195.2 17.1%
12/03: 198.2 17.8%
1/07: 200.6 17.9%
2/04: 199.4 18.4%
3/04: 201.8 17.7%
3/11: 201.2 17.3%
3/18: 202.0 18.0%
3/25: 196.8 17.3% *diet week
4/01: 198.2 17.3%
4/08: 198.4 17.0%
4/15: 200.8 17.3%
4/22: 194.6 16.6% *diet week

Goal: 190.0 15.3%

Well, this was my lowest weigh-in in the last six months or so. I started a diet last Wednesday that lasted six days. The diet turned out to be around 900-1000 calories per day, which left me pretty darn hungry. I still kept up my exercise regimen. Yesterday was a little bounce-back day (I weighed 193.2 yesterday) since I finally had a chance to eat again. I'm hoping that I'll temporarily restabilize around 195, and then I'll be able to drop from there.

My clothes are fitting much looser now than they did last week. I don't want to go through that diet again within the next 6 weeks at least, so hopefully my weight won't creep up between now and then.
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Regarding the clothes size discussion: I am currently making my way down through the sizes of my jeans and I have given up using the labels as a guide. Instead I tried them all on and wrote a relative size on the label.

4 Oct 2008 230 (Pre-retirement; All-time high)
28 Jan 2009 220
4 Feb 2009 220
11 Feb 2009 219.5
18 Feb 2009 219
25 Feb 2009 - Vacation
4 Mar 2009 - 219
11 Mar 2009 - 218.5
18 Mar 2009 - Vacation
25 Mar 2009 - 218.5
1 Apr 2009 - 217.5
8 Apr 2009 - 215
11 Apr 2009 - 211.5
22 Apr 2009 - 211.5

First Goal Met: 215 - 8 Apr 2009

Shorter Term Goal 210
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:23 AM   #1590
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4-1-2009 196.2# 22.4% fat
Due to a bout of bronchitis, I've cut way back on smoking.

4-8-2009 197.2# 21% fat
I think I'm at the limit where not eating much will get me without losing muscle mass. For the last month or so I've been eating a protein shake and coffee for breakfast steamed rice with hot mustard for lunch and then usually some stirfry or a burger for dinner. Prior to this I didn't eat breakfast at all which I hear is a bad thing to do.

4-15-2009 198.2 22% fat
Yeah...I'm definitely at the limit of what diet can do for my body unless I start only drinking liquids like when I had bronchitis. I'm (re)joining a gym today and we'll see if that helps anything.[/QUOTE]

4-22-2009 199 23% jiggly
Hmmm I seem to be going the wrong way. I did go to the gym last night and drank tons of water so maybe it's just waterweight? Anyway, I'm going to start gyming daily after work and see what I can accomplish.
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Is this thread only for those who are trying to lose weight or can I join. I'm trying to gain weight. When I graduated high school I was 6'6" 150lbs with 10% body fat. I lifted weights for 2 years and peaked at 185lbs with 4% body fat. Then I tore a muscle in my back and had to stop lifting for a few months. I never got back into it. Over the last 9 years i've slowly lost most of the muscle I gained and am now 153.5 lbs at 6.0% body fat. I've been wanting to gain weight for years but am now planning to take a more active role in getting it done. My goal is 2 pounds/month hopefully mostly muscle but some fat is fine.

4/22/09: 153.5lbs 6.0% body fat
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Is this thread only for those who are trying to lose weight or can I join. I'm trying to gain weight. When I graduated high school I was 6'6" 150lbs with 10% body fat. I lifted weights for 2 years and peaked at 185lbs with 4% body fat. Then I tore a muscle in my back and had to stop lifting for a few months. I never got back into it. Over the last 9 years i've slowly lost most of the muscle I gained and am now 153.5 lbs at 6.0% body fat. I've been wanting to gain weight for years but am now planning to take a more active role in getting it done. My goal is 2 pounds/month hopefully mostly muscle but some fat is fine.

4/22/09: 153.5lbs 6.0% body fat
I recommend eating one meal a day that has lots of meats, grease and carbohydrates. This will put your body into a starvation mode and when you get those nutrients during your one big meal your body will look to store that energy in fat and muscle. If you're lifting you're gain muscle fairly quickly.

Breakfast is your enemy.
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I recommend eating one meal a day that has lots of meats, grease and carbohydrates. This will put your body into a starvation mode and when you get those nutrients during your one big meal your body will look to store that energy in fat and muscle. If you're lifting you're gain muscle fairly quickly.

Breakfast is your enemy.
That's actually kinda how i've been eating for a long time and I haven't gained any weight. I eat a 4 meat Tombstone pizza every day I work but not much else. I also rarely eat breakfast since I work until 5am and go to sleep right away usually until about 1:30pm. Thanks for the suggestions though.
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aaron, I would say you're welcome--since the thread is "Wednesday Weigh Ins" that would cover losing or gaining.

I think you don't eat enough--can you find a little more money in your budget for meals? I highly recommend ice cream and cookies--that has worked for me in the past whether I wanted it to or not
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aaron, I would say you're welcome--since the thread is "Wednesday Weigh Ins" that would cover losing or gaining.

I think you don't eat enough--can you find a little more money in your budget for meals? I highly recommend ice cream and cookies--that has worked for me in the past whether I wanted it to or not
I eat chewy Chips Ahoy cookies 10 at a time. When it's below freezing for 5 months I don't really crave ice cream but now that summers coming i'll keep that in mind(I live right next to a Dairy Queen). I lowered my 401K a little to give myself a raise so I could afford to increase my calorie intake and maybe even some supplements like whey protein shakes. I'm still saving nearly half my $45K income so i'll be fine financially.
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I eat chewy Chips Ahoy cookies 10 at a time....
Amateur! Work your way up to the whole package
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I've done that once or twice in 24 hours but never in one sitting. 20 is the most in one sitting. There are 40 in a package. 60 calories per cookie I really should be gaining weight but I guess I just have to try harder.
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That's actually kinda how i've been eating for a long time and I haven't gained any weight. I eat a 4 meat Tombstone pizza every day I work but not much else. I also rarely eat breakfast since I work until 5am and go to sleep right away usually until about 1:30pm. Thanks for the suggestions though.
Now dip that pizza in ranch! And finish it off with a box a twinkies. Also stop drinking all that water and switch to sugary sodas.

Also that's way to much sleep for a serious weight gainer. Try to cut back to 5 hours and spend that extra time sitting in front of your computer eating potato chips. You can do it!
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Now dip that pizza in ranch!
No, no, nooooo...order 2 lbs of Buffalo style chicken wings and dip them in ranch dressing.
Have the celery and bleu cheese dressing for dessert.
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Is this thread only for those who are trying to lose weight or can I join. I'm trying to gain weight. When I graduated high school I was 6'6" 150lbs with 10% body fat. I lifted weights for 2 years and peaked at 185lbs with 4% body fat. Then I tore a muscle in my back and had to stop lifting for a few months. I never got back into it. Over the last 9 years i've slowly lost most of the muscle I gained and am now 153.5 lbs at 6.0% body fat. I've been wanting to gain weight for years but am now planning to take a more active role in getting it done. My goal is 2 pounds/month hopefully mostly muscle but some fat is fine.

4/22/09: 153.5lbs 6.0% body fat
I would suggest (IANAD) as long as you are exercising, to slowly eat more cheese and fat and whole grains. Keep a food/weight/fat diary.
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