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Fluctuations in weight

wja

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From reading this forum I have conceived the idea that all of you are tall, slender, and well-proportioned.  Your weight rarely varies by more than a couple of pounds and you can spend considerable sums on fine clothing, knowing that the garments will fit you well for decades.

Then there's me.  When I get to 195 I diet and shoot for 185, hoping that I may drift around 190 for a while.  I haven't been able to exercise for a year (back) and now touch 200.  After the surgery in 2 weeks I'll lose weight - initially by eating percocet instead of food and then by getting back to the gym.  And so it goes.

Despite the best of intentions I go up and down.  How do I reconcile this reality with my wish assemble a decent wardrobe?
 

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lets put it this way, WJA, I myself didn't get to a bespoke wardrobe as a result of having a perfect body. I can't speak for anybody else here, but my clothes are designed to hide a wide range of flaws, and handle slight changes.
 

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No doubt. Especially this time of year I'd say there are several who have fluctuated up a bit. I've got to drop some weight from where I am now to get into some nice clothes that await a slenderer me. I think there are a number of younger guys on the board who still haven't hit the full reality of fighting the bulge. For those of us 30 and older, it's most likely hit.
 

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lets put it this way, WJA, I myself didn't get to a bespoke wardrobe as a result of having a perfect body. I can't speak for anybody else here, but my clothes are designed to hide a wide range of flaws, and handle slight changes.
He said it. My weight, and therefore the fit of my clothes, fluctuates too. But instead of lamenting it, I actually use it as motivation: I'd rather hit the gym and watch what I eat than give up my custom made suits. Vanity, thy name is PeterMetro.
 

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Despite exercising regularly for the past 20 years, age is closing in on me and I now have two sets of clothings. I refer to them as my 'fat man' and regular wardobes.
 

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as petermetro said, i use my clothes as motivation. i'm a size 34 waist right now, and i go between 32 and 34 all the time. most of my pants are cut to a 33 so that i can wear them more or less regardless of how my weight has fluctuated. my favorite suit has a pant size of about 32.5 and i'm trying to get back into shape because the last time i wore that suit i looked ridiculous.
 

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as petermetro said, i use my clothes as motivation. i'm a size 34 waist right now, and i go between 32 and 34 all the time. most of my pants are cut to a 33 so that i can wear them more or less regardless of how my weight has fluctuated. my favorite suit has a pant size of about 32.5 and i'm trying to get back into shape because the last time i wore that suit i looked ridiculous.
Matador, people who have 32 inch waists should be careful about getting on a thread about people who are not happy with their weight. I last had a 32 inch waist in high school.....
 

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wow, when I ran a marathon I couldn't get my waist that low. the lowest I have weighed since about age 13 was 132, after a really bad case of food poisening right after graduating high school.
 

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When I have something made I make sure that there are very generous seam allowances in all the right places. And as globetrotter says, a garment made on your body fits a wider range of your own sizes. At this point I have assorted clothing in about three size ranges.
 

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I'm 34, 5'7" and currently hovering around 150. Lowest I ever been since high school is about 130 (during a 6 months trip to South East Asia when I was 22). Highest ever is close to 160 (3 months of stduying for the bar exam).

True, I bulked up considerably since my 130 days, so some of it is muscle mass, but not all. As I'm getting older, I find I have to run (metaphorically) as fast as I can just to stay in place. I eat less and less, to the point of acting almost like a (hungry) chick. I look with astonishment at people who eat two slices of pizza for lunch. Last week I had dinner with a colleague and she laughed at me becuase I ordered two appetizers instead of an appetizer and an entree. Never you mind about desert. And I find I have to exercise more and more. I swim during the week and ride a bike on the weekend, and I'm pretty much stuck at 150.

Weird thing is, I can never gain weight under the waist. I have the perfect legs. Perfect, that is, for an anorexic super model who is rather on the short side and hairy. If I could redistribute some of my upper body weight into my legs, than I might have something going.

My pride and joy is that I managed to maintain waist size 32 since high school. Sometimes I can get into a 31, other times I look like a candy apple on a stick, but even when I gain weight, as long as I'm wearing size 32, I not officialy fat...
 

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Well, my waist is about 30-31, but never been able to fit into any regular or slim fit jeans say the Levis 501 in 31W*34L.

For maintaining and keeping weight off, I suggest a very simple exercise--Rope Skipping, start from skipping 300 times a day and work it up to 1000. All it takes is 15 mins max daily.
 

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