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Old 05-25-2010, 12:21 PM   #1
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Dropping a pant size

Ok so on feb27 I started my on little atkins/sugar buster diet and I lost 12 lbs in 7 weeks.....ok
I started medi and lost 16lbs in 5 weeks.....
So why haven't I dropped a full dress size yet???
I went from a 16w to just a 16. How long does it generally take to drop a pant size? How many lbs??
Don't get me wrong.....clothes are a lot looser and I am wearing pants that I was going to throw out because they were too tight.

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What is the exercise of choice around here? weight lifting? running? walking? jazzercise,zumba? (not that I do anythng but walking).


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So why haven't I dropped a full dress size yet??? I went from a 16w to just a 16. How long does it generally take to drop a pant size? How many lbs??
I suppose that it depends on brand, but I think that women's sizes are generally cut roomier than misses, making a 16W bigger than a 16. For example, when I first fit into 18W, I could just squeeze into a misses size 20. You would probably find that you can wear a 14W now (or it might be too big).

I imagine that change in clothing size has a lot to do with height (and the importance one places on breathing ). Personally, I've lost 44 pounds. I started at a comfortable 24W and now my 18W are very loose, so I've graduated to a misses 18 (though they are a bit tight straight from the dryer). I reckon it's about 15 pounds per size for me, which seems about right as that would put me in the area of a size 8 at my goal weight.
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I think you are correct. I weighed your 130lbs a long time ago and I was size 8. Womans sizes are cut roomier? Had no idea . I thought the W stood for wide. Awful isn't it?
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I think you are correct. I weighed your 130lbs a long time ago and I was size 8. Womans sizes are cut roomier? Had no idea . I thought the W stood for wide. Awful isn't it?
Once upon a time, I weighed 120-135 when I was in high school and not eating right. Anyway, I never got in anything smaller than a 12 -- maybe a couple of 10s. It sucks.

Now I can get in most of my 12s (What's horrid is that I found a pair of size 16 shorts and they fit while all 14s are loose) except one that I can't button. Dagnabbit.
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Interesting Factoid;

Did you know around 1991 the textile/fabric and general clothes makers changed how they cut their clothes. They cut them BIGGER.
So if in 1989 you were a size 12? then 1991 you were suddenly a 10.
That was started by the GAP. And their sales went through the roof. Think about it....wouldn't you rather tell peopl you were a 10 instead of a 12.

Haute Couture still runs small today. They want to continue their legacy of making us feel bad about ourselves.
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for me its because I wore my old pants so much that they stretched and are now a size or 2 bigger than normal, so my size 10 is wayyyyyy bigger than a normal size 10. if that makes sense.
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for me its because I wore my old pants so much that they stretched and are now a size or 2 bigger than normal, so my size 10 is wayyyyyy bigger than a normal size 10. if that makes sense.
What you and Moxie73 said -- all true. I have some old shorts and jeans, some from before the "increased clothing, unchanged sizes." Glad I kept them so I can be realistic about how much the body has changed.
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I think it has a lot to do with your body shape too, and what you are doing for exercise. I have lost -22 lbs now and I have dropped at least one pants size. I started at a 14, and can now where some 10's, but mostly 12's. But I carry most of my weight in my butt and thighs, so my fat loss has come from those locations. But if you carry some weight in your tummy, then it is probably smaller, but that won't show up in pants size. Everyone is shaped different.
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Yep, I've lost 30 pounds but have gone from a size 14 to a size 6.
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I've dropped almost 80 lbs in 5 months and have gone from a size 22 to a 12 getting close to fitting into some 10's! I love having to keep shopping "down" in size.

I was so excited to clean out my closets! I've been able to find good homes for my old clothes. Family and friends have reaped the benefs of my weight loss in my recycled clothes
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Now I actually want to try on some new clothes. I realized that I tried on several pairs of 10's a few weeks ago, and some fit, some were still a little tight, but I've lost another 6.5lbs since then so maybe they fit now......off to try.
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I've dropped almost 80 lbs in 5 months and have gone from a size 22 to a 12 getting close to fitting into some 10's! I love having to keep shopping "down" in size.

I was so excited to clean out my closets! I've been able to find good homes for my old clothes. Family and friends have reaped the benefs of my weight loss in my recycled clothes
80 LBS IN 5 MONTHS!!!!!????? HOW THE HELL DID YOU DO THAT? WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING WRONG!!!! DO I GET IN TROUBLE FOR SAYING HELL AND USING CAPS!!!
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WOW!~ thats a LOT of weight to loose!!

haha moxie, youre too funny.... "do I get in trouble..." I hope were all adults enough here.

Ive dropped 20 lbs pretty quickly but I still cant fit into the pants I wore last time I was at this weight (but fitter...) So Im assuming I just lost it in different places since last time I focused a lot more on exercise and less on food.
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TOO FUNNY MOXIE (note the CAPS)! I don't think you'll get in trouble, lol !!!

Sometimes I have to pinch myself because I feel like it's been such a quick transformation, I can hardly believe it myself sometimes!! I can tell you this much, I've been VERY committed to the program and regularly exercise. I began running 2-3 days/week and circuit/strength training on the other days. There are a few things I always do... Journal every single thing I put in my mouth right when I eat it (it's so easy to forget about it until it's too late), drink 128oz of water (some crystal light too) each day and always take my vitamins and supplements. So far, so good

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Got weighed in today and lost 2.8 lbs.....
Thats actually good for me I am usually a 1lbs per week kind of gal.
Well M.O.A.M, you have motivated me....(no easy feat I tell you) This week I will record everything I eat and dring 128oz of water and take my vitamins and exercise. I have to lose 4lbs before next Saturday, (in my friends wedding).
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I always get so de-motivated if I do not lose as fast as I think I should. This time around (the final time), I need to find ways to keep going... no matter what. So glad to be able to come here and read and share.
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Congrats on your loss this week. I weigh tomorrow and am hoping for at least 2 pounds, but am also a slow loser. I am vowing to do the same as you, write everything down, drink all the water and take all the supplements (I usually miss some). We CAN do this!!
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I have a closet full of jeans that are one size down. i'll be very happy when they are comfortable. I can button them...but I'd rather breathe. ya know.
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I always get so de-motivated if I do not lose as fast as I think I should. This time around (the final time), I need to find ways to keep going... no matter what. So glad to be able to come here and read and share.
Moxie,
Congrats on your loss this week. I weigh tomorrow and am hoping for at least 2 pounds, but am also a slow loser. I am vowing to do the same as you, write everything down, drink all the water and take all the supplements (I usually miss some). We CAN do this!!
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It's really GREAT that you are disease free. I advise you to forget about shape and any form of perfection and do whatever you need to do to feel and be healthy.
How Did you do?????
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for me its because I wore my old pants so much that they stretched and are now a size or 2 bigger than normal, so my size 10 is wayyyyyy bigger than a normal size 10. if that makes sense.
I hear you. My closet now fits, some things looser than others. The really horrifying thing was how many of my pants had buttons missing because I "popped" them off or the clip was either missing or hanging by a thread so that I could fit in them. Down 26lbs and I am a solid 10 not a sometime 10 with a few 12's thrown in (that unfortunately still fit - I must have had a magic mirror because how did I really allow myself to go out looking as I must have UGH! ). I really have to get over my hang up about store sizes and enjoy that I lost weight. I really did want to have to buy smaller clothing though. I will not go back to the sometime 10 with 12's thrown in state I was in. Size is just a number will be my new mantra
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I just got back from my weigh in. It had been 10 days because I travelled last weekend to a memorial service. That was difficult but I did okay. I lost a total of 1 lb, but was -3 in fat mass. I am very pleased with this result. I seem to be retaining water despite my watching sodium, drinking at least 100 oz H2O daily, any other suggestions??? I may be stress. I have been under a terrible strain about work these last 2 weeks.
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Drink more water dear. Did you say you exercised???
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I just got back from my weigh in. It had been 10 days because I travelled last weekend to a memorial service. That was difficult but I did okay. I lost a total of 1 lb, but was -3 in fat mass. I am very pleased with this result. I seem to be retaining water despite my watching sodium, drinking at least 100 oz H2O daily, any other suggestions??? I may be stress. I have been under a terrible strain about work these last 2 weeks.
13 lbs in one month is still killer. When I was on weight watchers I would lose 5 lbs a month.
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In the spirit of experimentation, I went to Dillard's and selected a variety of size 16 jeans, including Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, DKNY, Levis, and Liz Claiborne (16W). I also had a few other brands that I can't remember. They were all a similar style: mid-rise, boot-cut.

The 16Ws I tried on fit perfectly. The other, regular size 16 jeans seemed to vary in waist size up to 4 inches. They fit as follows, from biggest to smallest:
  • Ralph Lauren was the roomiest - I could zip, button, and kind of breath. Too tight to wear in public though.
  • Levis were next - met the zip and button criteria, but the breathing bit? Not so much.
  • Calvin Klein - made my butt look fabulous. If only they actually zipped up. A couple of inches to go here.
  • DKNY- These were the smallest. After some hopping and yanking I was able to get them up over my butt, but they were nowhere close to zipping.

I actually had a lot of fun trying on all the different designers, even though most didn't really fit yet. I think it's because I can see that they will fit soon and I am so excited to have my world of options expand beyond The Avenue and Lane Bryant. Also, clothes are fitting much better now. Being 5'4", I did not have the height and shoulder width of an Amazon, so things in size 20W and above were never really cut right for me, e.g. shoulders too wide, sleeves and pants too long. I bought a suit jacket a couple of weeks ago (16W) and the openings for the arms are the right size (instead of coming down so far that holding out my arms makes me look like a bat!!)

On a side note, I tried on a size 16 in a Calvin Klein dress pant and was able to zip and button them. They are too tight to wear in public, but they were 70% off and cute, so I bought them for future use Oh - and I'm down to a Calvin Klein XL on top!
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yayyyy shopping is so much fun.

I did some serious damage this weekend. I am a COMFORTABLE medium for tops , not liek before when i was in denial and stuffing myself into them. my size 10 pants that i was stuffed into are now loose (but stretched out), not quite an 8 yet. I bought 4 t-shirts and 2 going out shirts for like 50 bucks this weekend. FUN!!
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yayyyy shopping is so much fun.

I did some serious damage this weekend. I am a COMFORTABLE medium for tops , not liek before when i was in denial and stuffing myself into them. my size 10 pants that i was stuffed into are now loose (but stretched out), not quite an 8 yet. I bought 4 t-shirts and 2 going out shirts for like 50 bucks this weekend. FUN!!
Just goes to show sizes are strange. Went shopping yesterday and just fit in size 10 jeans (which is probably the old size 12 before the industry downsized everything) even though we're the same height.

I've got an hourglass shape, no rear. So you'd think I'd get in smaller sizes. Ah well, not gonna dwell.
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Just goes to show sizes are strange. Went shopping yesterday and just fit in size 10 jeans (which is probably the old size 12 before the industry downsized everything) even though we're the same height.

I've got an hourglass shape, no rear. So you'd think I'd get in smaller sizes. Ah well, not gonna dwell.
yeah and I have like 25 lbs on you. so weird. I would think at your weight you'd be at most a size 8. Again Im not in denial I know my current pants are stretched out but Im not buying an 8 till I can COMFORTABLY zipper it.



So I was up 2# on my scale today and it was REALLY bothering me cause weigh in is tomorrow... and i remembered I had like 4 large pickles last night at a BBQ along with my turkey burger in lieu of potato salad/pasta salad/other fake salads. I accounted for the calories but Im feeling right now... its the salt!!

You guys think if I drink a ton of water today and tomorrow morning I will be okay by my weigh in tomorrow PM??
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It doesn't hurt to try. Drinking water will help flush out the extra salt/water from yesterday. Even if it doesn't don't beat yourself up about it, you know it was water/salt intake so just pay attention to that next week.

I weight in tomorrow also and I don't think the scale is going to change at all. I lost 6.5lbs the previous two weeks so I wasn't expecting a big drop again this week, plus my TOM is due tomorrow also, so it's not a good weight week. I feel bloated even though I've been drinking a ton of water. Oh well we'll see. And I know in a couple weeks it will all even out anyway. If you stick to the program it does work!
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yeah baby

Lost 3 this week and and 2 last week. Medi total of 20 and 32 from privious dieting. I am also happy to say I am in the 14's.
so I went from 16w to 16 to 14.
A big thanks to Mom on a Mission for the motivation.
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