I must be very fluffy or something

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melonhead-06

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Posted: 23 Mar 2011, 17:13
I am envious of women who say they wore a size 20 at 220 pounds. At that weight I was 24 or 26. I'm 5'7.5"

I'm 199 now and I'm a 20 or 22 in pants and 18 in the top.

I'm really looking forward to shopping for size 16 because in some stores those are in the regular misses sizes. But with my luck I'll need to be near 160 lbs. Sigh.
confusedange...

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Posted: 23 Mar 2011, 17:22
we must be shopping in different stores, that's all i can say.

at 270, i wore 20s. and i'm 5'5. at 220, i wear mostly 16's, with one pair of 14s that fit.

i think it's the clothing industry, not you. all people are shaped differently, and clothing tries to cookie cutter us! =)
melonhead-06

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Posted: 23 Mar 2011, 17:26
Well, my waist is 16 but from there down I'm a 20. I could wear an 18 if I never sat down. Then I spread.
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Posted: 23 Mar 2011, 17:27
UK or US? I think there's a lot of confusion because of that.

I wore size 22/24 at 287 (5'8"Wink (US)

If it truly is just that you have more fat and less muscle than some other people, you could try strength training to build up that muscle! Muscle is denser than fat, so people with more muscle can weigh more and look smaller.
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Posted: 23 Mar 2011, 17:30
UK and US sizes are different I know a size 16 UK is a equivalent to a 14 US... I wish they were standard I get so confused lol

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Mmmily

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Posted: 23 Mar 2011, 17:33
You can't really judge clothing size and weight. After highschool I wore a size 14 and weighed 144lbs (I'm 5'7in.), after boot camp I weighed 155lbs and wore a size 10, and at 180lbs I wore a tight size 12. Even now, I can get my waist into a size 10, but my thighs won't go below a size 12.

Maybe you just carry your weight differently. There is no ideal.
Jamaica4god

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Posted: 23 Mar 2011, 18:02
My height has been my size downfall... I am 189 and wear a size 18 because i carry all my weight in my stomach. Apple shaped, certainly not pear shaped... It's been said that for us mid section fluffers, the belly weight adds more risk to getting high blood pressure and diabetes than the hippy pear shaped people.

I like Lane Bryant jeans because they account for shapes, but even the petite sizes wind up a little to long on my 5ft 1inch self. I was at a size 12 in highschool at 135-140 pounds. I like what Mmmily said, There is no ideal. It's individual.
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Wendyree

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Posted: 23 Mar 2011, 19:07
I lose two whole sizes when I leave the trendy store and go into the old lady store because the old lady cuts are baggier. But some of the trendy clothes are cuter, so I'll just buy the bigger size and not worry about the number.
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Posted: 23 Mar 2011, 20:05
Height is directly correlated to weight versus size of clothing. I know people heavier than me that wear smaller sizes because they are shorter than me. I'm 5'7 and I'm wearing size 14/16 jeans at 185 pounds. I can wear the 14s but I don't like they way they fit in the stomach yet. When I was 155 many years ago I wore a size 8. Try not to compare yourself to other people. Unless they are the exact same height and build as you are then there is no comparison.
LadyAng

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Posted: 23 Mar 2011, 20:09
I think it's partial to where your weight is distributed and the clothing manufacturer. I can go to one store and fit a 16, at another I'll be at a 18, and another would be a size 20. I always get frustrated at shopping now. I just grab all three sizes and whichever fits the best is the winner!
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sooki

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Posted: 23 Mar 2011, 22:04
Ah, I'm fluffy, too. 16 or 18 at 200.
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Posted: 23 Mar 2011, 22:31
Yeah... everyone is right.. different stores have different sizing.. I have a pair of old navy jeans from 10 years ago that are size 16 and they are at least 5 maybe 8 inches from being able to button.. I also have a pair of size 14 jeans from 3 years ago from old navy that are my favorite jeans. They are both from old navy.. I have 14's that are from kohls that are too tight.. and 16 that are too tight.. I have a size 18 dress that I will not be able to wear for at least 20 or 30 more lbs.. but nearly all of my jeans/capris are size 14.. and they fit nicely.. the number on the tag is just a very rough guideline. Dont worry about it. I focus on what fits now.. what is tight.. and then in a month or 3 hope that what was tight then is either fitting now or closer to fitting.. Keep a stiff upper lip.. and dont let those numbers get you down.

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Posted: 23 Mar 2011, 23:23
It really amazes me how weight & size can be so uncorrelated (is that a word?). I'm just getting into size 20 jeans & I asked a couple of friends who are also working on their weight what size they wear, because I was going to offer some clothes that no longer fit. One is a 16 & much shorter than me & I'm not sure what she weighs but I thought we were probably close in size. The other is wearing the same size pretty much but is heavier than I am. It's so odd. Then I read all of your responses & there really is no correlation between size & weight is there??

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Posted: 24 Mar 2011, 02:07
It seems to be true that there is no correlation. I know a girl who is about 10 pounds lighter than me, but she looks super skinny and wears a size 8. I'm in a 12 and couldn't possibly squeeze myself in to an 8 in 10 pounds! She's also shorter than me, so I can't even say height has anything to do with it. I can't figure it out. It's one of those mysteries.
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Posted: 24 Mar 2011, 07:27
Hi! I'm a newbie.Just joined yesterday. U all inspire me so much.I'm 5'9 and I believe i was 235 and wore a size 20 in some things.Right now, I just want to see 220 on the scale again.wish me luck!
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Posted: 24 Mar 2011, 10:16
My height is what does me in as well. I'm 5'2", 145lbs and I wear a size Small/Medium or a 4/6 on top, and a size 10 in Women's sizes or a size 11 in Juniors on bottom. My problem isn't that I have a lot of fat. My problem is lack of fat. After going from 301lbs to 145lbs a lot of my body has "deflated". My belly is all extra skin. Same with under my arms, and my thighs. It's amazing how losing weight can also keep you from getting smaller. lol.
aaron326

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Posted: 24 Mar 2011, 11:08
you know what i saw in this whole thing... be happy that you broke 200!!! thats amazing..

"I'm 199 now and I'm a 20 or 22 in pants and 18 in the top."

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kkd1125

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Posted: 24 Mar 2011, 11:29
Yay, aaron326! Thanks for seeing the nugget of success in the original poster's comment and focusing on that instead of the size dilemma.
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Posted: 24 Mar 2011, 11:31
no problem... thats a huge thing... you broke that terrible # and remebering how good just that felt will make it so you never go back! who cares what a pants tag says, look in the mirror... if you feel good, THATS what matters. Smile
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melonhead-06

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Posted: 30 Mar 2011, 13:26
What I *really* want is the better selection of clothes in the ladies' department as oppossed to the "women's".

In JCPenney last week, there were 6 dresses in my size and 60 or more in the misses' sizes.

But yeah, I am VERY happy to be in "onederland"!



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