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Suiting Up for the Cold Weather Running... And a Major Scale Weight/Clothing Size Disconnect

Thursday, November 10, 2011

We've just gotten a new Athleta store here in Georgetown, so I walked there tonight instead of going straight home from work. Discovered the past couple of weekends that I have NOTHING to wear for outdoor runs in the cold. Even the few things I saved from the last time I lost weight are pretty big on me -- plus the high-tech wicking fabrics have gotten so much nicer in the ten years since I've needed them.

Doesn't get THAT cold in DC, so didn't get the "polar" tights this time (may need them come January, but not now), but did get some long-sleeved tops and a vest, plus some gloves and headbands to keep my ears warm. Won't be able to convince myself to do my long runs outside (instead of staying warm on the treadmill) unless I've got proper gear.

Of course, could not stay away from the cute casual clothes they also carry -- so got a sweater-dress, a corduroy skirt and a nordic-style cardi. To my surprise, I'm wearing an extra-small, and a size 2 skirt.

Weight is still in the mid 150's (no, really!), so I really have to re-think whether losing more weight is really advisable. Had been thinking I'd try to get into the 140s at least -- but do I really need to be smaller than a 2? I've been told that having been more than 100 pounds overweight has made me more "compact" -- so I look 20 pounds or so lighter than what the scale says -- it's all lean body mass and not a threat in any way to my health (dense bones and extra muscle are actually good).

Don't know why the scale number bugs me so much. If you'd told me when I started I'd EVER fit in a size two (and be able to breathe and everything!) I'd have laughed in your face. But now I do, so who cares if I weigh 155 while doing it? Maybe I should just count my blessings...
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  • no profile photo RELLARELLA
    I found your post to be SO affirming. I have been making an effort to eat when I am hungry instead of waiting... and also exercise more. As a result I am fitting into pants that I could not zip or button before, just fine. It almost seems like magic, especially since the scale does not seem to be moving much. I am still over 200 lbs and yet people have asked if I lost weight.

    Darn straight dense bones are good! And muscle too, for sure!I am going to look at your page to learn more about your work out. Logic tells me that you must be pretty strong and very low in body fat with that weight/size ratio!!!! I think it's awesome!!!!

    Very inspiring to me who is just starting out! I just purchased two scales and I have promised myself not to get too attached to their numbers "this time around." My weight seems very high and yet I know that I have felt worse at lower weights in my life. Hoping the weight will come off, but I don't want to become slender but soft and tired the way I was the last time...

    You have just reminded me what I already suspected which is that I need to use pants size as a measure as well!

    I also want to add that the last time I weighed 130 lbs (SIZE 6/8) I was in high school and this has become an "ideal" for me. But it occurs to me that I wasn't particularly fit. It is possible for me to work towards a goal that does not involve holding on to the past! Something in the future! That is even superior to it! Something more concerned with strength, power, energy and physical makeup... pants size too! I plan to monitor my weight, but you are teaching me not to place too much emphasis on that measure as an indicator of health. Thank you.

    Please forgive me if this comment is too long! I am going to read the community guidelines and edit down if needed! Thank you for posting this!
    3264 days ago
  • TANYAP71
    If you need to focus on a number, how about a different one? BF %? Lean body mass? I am number obsessed and decided to focus on BF % instead if scale weight. Like you, I'm in a size 2. I really don't want to be in a smaller size!

    3266 days ago
    Just be aware of how you feel, the scale isn't that important.
    3266 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4876431
    This is why I don't pay much attention to the scale. My diet greatly affects the number I see on it almost daily.
    3267 days ago
    Perspective is everything... let me give you some.
    I am 5'3" and weight about 133 pounds... I wear a size 5.

    At 150 pounds... wearing a size 2 makes my head spin! ENJOY THAT SHIZZ, Woman! Many of us could never do that!!! (At 150 pounds, I was a size 8 or 10!!!)

    Perspective! And FORGET what the scale says! It'll never make us happy!
    3267 days ago
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