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what kinds of changes have you noticed since you lost weight?

i was just wondering out of curiosity what kinds of changes people have notice since theyve lost weight?

can you see your feet now without bending over?
run a flight of stairs without catching your breath?
notice other people doing double takes now and checking you out?
less food cravings?

etc, etc, etc

Sun. Apr 13, 6:36pm

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I have noticed that men are looking at me more now. They didnt used to look at me much and now they are doing doubletakes. I am kinda liking it. I can't wait actually to see how they will react when I reach my goal. :)

Sunday, April 13, 2008, 7:03 PM

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Ugh, that kind of attention is actually making me ponder the advantages of being fat. Instead, I just wear baggy clothes.

I like that my joints don't hurt and my parents now look at me with pride rather than pain.

Sunday, April 13, 2008, 8:05 PM

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Who wouldn't want members of the opposite sex looking at them and thinking they look hot? (unless you are homosexual, and then you still want to look hot to those you are attracted to right?) Isn't that a big part of why you want to be thinner along with the health benefits? Baggy clothes hides all the hard work and dedication it takes to get there. Damn right I am gonna show it off in a classy, confident way. I worked for it. And yeah, I am glad to see men looking my direction for a change. It's nice! :)

Sunday, April 13, 2008, 8:39 PM

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Guys look, leer, comment ... whoopdeedoo, so twice as many men want to sleep with me now that I'm not fat. Maybe if they were more discriminating about who they sleep with, it would be a compliment.

Sunday, April 13, 2008, 9:57 PM

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9:57 you have a really bad attitude. Poor attitudes turn men off whether you are fat or skinny and they can see it in the walk, talk, and under baggy clothes. Put some pride into yourself and your appearance. You never know what else might improve...

No offense, but weight loss doesnt sound like your only need at the moment.

I think a lot of us can attest to the fact that our appearance, vain as it may be is a big motivator for weight loss success. Many people do want to look nice because it gives them extra confidence when they go out into the world. I know it does for me.

Sunday, April 13, 2008, 10:13 PM

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10:13, I wish all it took to turn a man off was a bad attitude, walk and talk. That just presents a challenge, and they all like the semblance of a challenge.

The only place I wear anything remotely revealing (tank top, to be specific) is the gym, because I live in a predominantly gay neighborhood so I know I'm safe.

I'm healthy and in great shape...just not into the superficial stuff.

Too add to the original topic:
I like fitting comfortably into cattle class on an airplane.
And I really don't miss knocking things off store shelves with my hips.

Sunday, April 13, 2008, 10:33 PM

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Every since I started working out and losing weight I've noticed a short! dent running down my stomach. The sort of athletic look that was hidden under the layers of fat. I still have a ways to go but it's definitely nice to look as healthy as I feel!

Sunday, April 13, 2008, 11:38 PM

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I have ribs!

Monday, April 14, 2008, 12:14 AM

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So many changes....

- shapely legs
- sleek arms
- sleeping better
- short periods and less cramping
- better attitude
- improved mood

And yes, the additional attention from the opposite sex is nice. I think of it as someone else noticing my hard work. Whether or not they are thinking about if they want to sleep with me, is not my problem. It's theirs...let them go take a cold shower! LOL

Monday, April 14, 2008, 1:34 AM

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I love that when I go to the doctor's office, the nurses invariably volunteer that they can tell I work out because my blood pressure and heart rate are so low. I never thought that would make me happy because I was focused more on appearances, but what a perk to have medical professionals recognize and congratulate my hard work!

Monday, April 14, 2008, 9:25 AM

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THis is a really god post for those of us who are just starting out, or who have hit a rut. Thanks for the motivation guys, keep it up!

Monday, April 14, 2008, 9:36 AM

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Since losing weight, I feel more confident, sexier, younger, and just an over-all wellness.

Monday, April 14, 2008, 10:12 AM

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Better skin and hair. My skin is brighter and seems firmer and my hair is definitely lusher with more bounce.

I'm at the head of the pack when we go hiking and havn't been passed on the trail in awhile - not that it's a competition mind you, but I have so much more energy when heading up that trail.

I lost the weight first with diet and then started toning, so without losing more weight - after I started toning I noticed my clothes fit way better (not necessarily much looser, but you could see that underneath them I was more toned). I wasn't so happy after I reached my goal weight until I had been exercising for a good month and you could start to see the 'toned me'.

My doctor just about glowed when she saw me after I'd lost the weight and started exercising. My weight, blood pressure, 60-beats-per-minute pulse, excellent cholesterol and ideal blood work had her just about giddy on my behalf - it made me think she doesn't see a lot of this in her patients.

My posture - since I've been more active and wokring on good form my posture has gotten much better. I'm surprised by how many people compliment me on it.

My teeth and gums are in better shape since I've been eating more fruits, veggies and whole grains and less sugar and sugary drinks.

I definitely sleep better! and I have more energy during the day. Because i sleep better I don't seem to need to sleep as much and the sleep I get leaves me more refreshed.

Monday, April 14, 2008, 10:26 AM

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It's great if you think men are looking at you because you've lost weight and that motivates you, but what generally happens is that when you lose weight you feel better about yourself in general and just percieve that men are checking you out more than before. If you were fatter and you noticed that they looked at you, you would feel badly because you would assume they were gawking at your rolls. (On another note, why do men think it's acceptable to eye someone over like they're an object and why would you condone that?)

Monday, April 14, 2008, 10:31 AM

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I went shopping by myself this weekend and was looking pretty nice in a new outfit (size 14--previous size 24) and I had men open doors for me, ask if I needed help, and one even offered a phone number.

let me just say i am feeling pretty sexy.

On the other hand, I know none of that would have happened if I was still a size 24, which makes me sad that the world has to be like that.

Monday, April 14, 2008, 10:35 AM

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I was a size 22 and now am a size 4 and I look and feel great. What a difference to be able to wear different clothes I wouldn't wear before (I always hated my arms, believe it or not still do but not as much as they are finally starting to really tone up) so now with a little more self confidence I wear tank tops, lower cut shirts etc.
I think the confidence aspect is huge, this is something I've definately noticed since losing weight.
And yes, getting gawked at, regardless of it being vain, it's a huge boost to the ego and it hapens ALL the time now! As long as nothing comes from it, no harm done!
The last and best thing is having my husband's friends ask "how did you get such a hot wife??" Well, my husband knew me BEFORE the changes and I always felt like the fat wife in my previous life so it is also nice to feel like "arm candy" to my husband now!

Monday, April 14, 2008, 12:22 PM

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WOW! 12:22 congrats! i'm right on your tail... I was a 20 and now I'm a 6. Isn't it an amazing feeling?

The thing that hit me in the middle of the night is that I am not running into things anymore. Like when you go through a door frame and the top of your arm/shoulder would rub against it. I don't know if it was because I never knew I was so big and I couldn't gauge the opening or what - weird.

Monday, April 14, 2008, 12:59 PM

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Hi 12:59, 12:22 here, thanks for the comments and congrats to you as well! It is one of the best feelings in the world, now we have to KEEP it off!!

Monday, April 14, 2008, 1:16 PM

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op here,
i am so glad to see people have had so many good changes since they lost weight. i personally like tha fact that other men besides my husband are noticing me now. i also noticed that when i do my daily walks now(about 3 mph) for 3 miles i can talk to my daughter at the same time and not be out of breath. ive also noticed looser clothes and its good to not to be breathing so hard that other near me can actually hear me breathing hard and i just generally overall feel better physically, emotionally and have a more positive attitude toward things
keep up the good work to everyone

Monday, April 14, 2008, 1:33 PM

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First I have to comment on 8:05
I am not sure if that person is where I am but I am shocked at how insensitive you all are about 8:05's comment.
I don't presume to know what is behind their lack of wanting attention from men. And being Gay is not the ONLY reason a person would shy away from it.
I have always worn a fat suit for protection.
I was abused as a child and that is the only way some people learn how to cope with it. The ONLY way you can be safe. And even then sometimes it doesn't help.
I am right now in the middle of an emotional battle over this exact thing. I have lost a huge amount of weight and am beginning to look appealing to the opposite sex and it is terrifying. Yes of course I want a husband and how do you find someone but to be out among the masses. But The fear overrides the lonliness. Fear is strong. I am stronger.
And there are a lot of men out there that not only look but think they can touch even when you are minding your own business.
So please people don't put a person down for their fears, you don't know where they come from.

Things I have noticed,
I can tie my shoes now.
I can turn over in bed without getting out of breath.
I can move easier
And I stand taller. Not that I need to
I do have a tiny bit more confidence.
My clothes feel better and It gets so excited when I get into a smaller size.
I am able to wear prettier clothes.
And I am proud of myself.
Oh and best of all, I have found that I have a family that supports me in my journey and is excited for me and at the same time when I stumble they are quick to let me know that no matter what I weigh it is me they love and the weight doesn't change that.

Monday, April 14, 2008, 2:43 PM

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Feel healthier and stronger
I don't get winded running up and down the stares
The doubletakes
The way form fitting clothes look on me
The way I look naked
Brighter skin
TONS more energy
Feeling great during and after workouts
Tone and muscle definition

Monday, April 14, 2008, 3:36 PM

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2:43, I just want to say that I support what youre saying about 8:05. I'm sorry to hear you had to endure such a horrible experience. It could be something similar for 8:05, or it could be something entirely different. We can't know. Unfortunately I've encountered a lot of insensitivity on this forum because it's anonymous.

Does anyone know why its anonymous?

Monday, April 14, 2008, 4:00 PM

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I had to post a comment, even if it's something that's hard to relate to. I'm straight, and I crave affection from men, but find all too often that the kind of attention I receive in public is not positive. It's often a leer, and/or a rude comment about my body, and a way of looking at me too intensely. I find it invasive, and insulting, and most of all scary. I'm 47. Men have told me I'm beautiful since I was 5 years old. In my early 40s I unexpectedly gained weight as a result of taking a medication. After several years, I'm back to my usual size but I can now see that being heavier effectively shielded me against the world. I felt and acted more substantial. For those women who have never experienced "bad" attention from men, I envy you. You really are so lucky! Please know that not all of us consider being noticed by men on the whole to be a universally good thing. Those of us who've seen "the dark side" may have a harder time moving confidently in our bodies when out in the world, and our clothing choices, and attitudes, reflect this. I'm single, working on my self-esteem, and I hope one day to have a mate in this life...until then, it's nerve-wracking for me to be looked at. I shield myself with an independent, "don't-mess-with-me" persona. Kind of an impediment to a happy love life, huh? I hope I've been able to explain it in a way that makes sense! Thanks for listening.

Monday, April 14, 2008, 4:33 PM

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Kudos 4:33

I so agree. I've even been the big girl for quite some time, yet guys leer, and some don't take no for an answer. It can be hard to tolerate (yes I'm strait too for the insensitive posters)
Guys aside... the things I've noticed.
-better physical endurance.
-feel better
- I sleep fantastically now!!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008, 4:05 AM

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4:33...I hear you

I understand where you are coming from. While I was never sexually abused growing up, I was physically and emotionally abused by my father. Like you, I tend to cover up my vulnerability with a no-nonsense attitude. Men have been telling me I am beautiful since I was father always warned me about the wrong kind of attention from men. As a result I am always cautious about any man I meet and have put walls up to shield myself.

What my father did not tell me about was the right kind of attention from the right man. Every once in a while I get a glimpse of that and I hold on to it because know that one day the right one will come along and give me the attention I want.

However, until then I am learning to take the attention I get from men in stride. Meaning how not to throw up those walls and to just say thank you and keep moving. I am finding that men respond positively to that and those that do not, get the wall....Practice, practice, practice... :)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008, 4:20 AM

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8:05 here...thanks for getting it, assorted previous posters.

The thing I miss about the fat is how easy it was to identify the assholes.
On the positive side of that coin, I don't get groped by strangers as often. I thought that would get worse as I lost the weight, but apparently it's only okay to treat a chubby chick like a substandard piece of fruit in the bargain bin.

Men staring and commenting and trying to get you in the sack for a 20 unmemorable minutes is not good attention. But when that describes 95% of the attention you get, it's just better to hide from all of it and risk missing out on the one in twenty that *might* be worth 5 minutes of conversation.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008, 12:10 PM

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People call me Small!

ME? Small? never!
But actually I am smaller than I was and smaller than the typical US woman.
I have noticed that other people look BIGGER, so it must be true.
It feels good when my BF grabs my waste and says "you are so tiny"

My mom asked me recently, "so how is it having this new little body?"
It's new and I love it.

5'6" 150lbs
10-15 pounds to go.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008, 12:12 PM

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having men eye a female who looks confident and looks good doesn't mean that it's all about sex. There's nothing wrong with looking at other people you are attracted to. And having a man look at me now that i've lost weight is good attention, doesn't mean I am going to sleep with him. And if I do, good for me!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008, 12:46 PM

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I agree w/ some PPs that the doctor at my yearly physical saying that he can tell I am athletic and I am obviously in good health was great to hear! Also I had a massage and she said I had great muscle tone and my skin consistancy was good. Both times I wanted to say "who, me?"
Also, I have KP - a "incurable disease" where I get those red dots on my arms that look kinda like pimples (sometimes they have white heads). While there no "cure" my healthier diet has dramatically decreased the appearance. thank goodness!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008, 1:26 PM

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Once you lose weight, you seem to fly instead of running or walking, Also, my knees, which have always been bad, don't hurt as often. I have always hated people starring, but contrary to previous posts, I have not been starred at more now that I've lost weight. Instead guys will come up and start talking to me. Remember, if they are disrespectful, you can use your new amazing body to beat them up.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008, 3:14 PM

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3:14, I recently read somewhere that a one pound loss to your body is actually a four pound loss to your knees, that may be why your knees feel better. Sorry it's off topic but I had never heard of it before so I figured many of you hadn't either. I've lost 25 pounds in the last several months so that must mean 100 lbs off my knees. Wow!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008, 3:27 PM

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3:14 here:

Yeah, I thought so, but I didn't know it took THAT much pressure off. And it isn't so off topic, thanks! Congrats, 25 lbs is amazing!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008, 3:40 PM

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1210 i agree it is much easier to identify the jerks when you are heavier

Tuesday, April 15, 2008, 6:46 PM

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Ok, I feel like I have to clarify. I am the first poster who mentioned homosexuals. What was meant by that comment if you re-read it, is that people (straight or gay) generally want to be attractive to those they find attractive. It was not an insenstive comment about homosexuals as 4:05 just said. I just said men in my posting because I am heterosexual.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008, 6:58 PM

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3:27 Thanks for the info. I have lost nearly 200 pounds and I don't notice a huge change in the knees but I have a ways to go. But I definately do notice a difference. That is really interesting.
Imagine how awful what we put our bodies through.
Good for us for making the change.
Choice by choice.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008, 7:09 PM

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I just love the every single day comments from someone, anyone, everyone, "oh you look great" "oh you have lost weight" "oh, wow" or whatever... I am LOVING IT!!!! :) I had someone say they saw me from behind today and didnt recognize me. I am secretly eating it up. lol

Tuesday, April 15, 2008, 11:44 PM

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