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SeilerBird

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When I graduated from high school I weighed 155 lbs. I stayed at that weight most of my life until I retired in 1988. After that my weight slowly went up until about five years ago I was 210 lbs. I finally started to lose weight a few years ago and now I am down to 124. That is an 86 pound loss. About two years ago I was positive I was not going to yo-yo back up I decided to replace my wardrobe, completely. None of my clothes fit anymore. I went to Walmart and was not impressed with any clothes they were selling so I went home to see what Amazon has in stock. I really liked the look of the really psychedelic shirts offered and I bought a few dozen.


What I loved about them is that they are made from a Lycra blend that never needs ironing. They also shed water quickly. I ended up buying shorts and underwear with the same material. It makes laundry a snap. I never buy anything in white so everything I wear goes into one load. I don't own a dryer, I just hang the clothes up in the bathroom and the next day they are all dry. So easy.

However losing that much weight caused my stomach to shrink dramatically and I ended up with what is called 'crepey skin' in my midriff. I bought a jar of crepey corrector and I have been applying it daily for the last month and it appears to be helping.


Has anyone else done the same thing and had good results? The thing I cannot figure out is where the 86 pounds went. If you put 5 men's bowling balls in my lap I doubt I could get up out of my chair.
 

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Our zip code average elevation is 9,917 feet. Been the same skinny 170 pounds in weight ever since High School. I'm always surprised just how much heavier folks are in some other regions of the US. If you want to keep the weight off, live at high altitude.

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"A 2013 study found that Americans who live at sea-level are four to five times more likely to be obese as those who live in the highest altitude communities in Colorado -- even after they controlled for other factors like exercise level, socioeconomic status and family history."

 

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I would think that 124 is a bit on the low side now, although I have noticed that as I have aged I do need to lower my weight to wear the same clothes. The problem seems to be a loss of muscle mass. For years I kept the same weight but my coat size decreased and my waste size increased. I think that I have furniture disease! The one where one's chest slowly falls into their drawers.

I thought that I was doing well to have lost about 15# over the past year or so. :unsure:
 

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Our zip code average elevation is 9,917 feet. Been the same skinny 170 pounds in weight ever since High School. I'm always surprised just how much heavier folks are in some other regions of the US. If you want to keep the weight off, live at high altitude.

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"A 2013 study found that Americans who live at sea-level are four to five times more likely to be obese as those who live in the highest altitude communities in Colorado -- even after they controlled for other factors like exercise level, socioeconomic status and family history."

High altitude keeps your weight down because the lower temperatures freeze your a$$ off ;)
 

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High altitude keeps your weight down because the lower temperatures freeze your a$$ off ;)
Old timers would talk about the coldest winter back in '37 during the Great Depression in which their words just froze in midair. They painstakingly had to put them into a frying pan mixed with their beans just to thaw them out so that others could hear what they were talking about.
 

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124? My family called me Skeletor when I hit 165. I had access to a corporate gym so I started lifting 3 days a week and built some muscle mass. I went up to 185 and have 'kinda' stayed in that general neighborhood since. Not nearly as much muscle mass since I retired and lost access to the gym. Crepey skin? Not yet!
 
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124? My family called me Skeletor when I hit 165. I had access to a corporate gym so I started lifting 3 days a week and built some muscle mass. I went up to 185 and have 'kinda' stayed in that general neighborhood since. Not nearly as much muscle mass since I retired and lost access to the gym. Crepey skin? Not yet!
I cannot believe 124 myself but it took me to that weight because my stomach was not flat enough until I got this low. I ride an exercise bike every morning for half an hour and that is the only exercise I get. My muscle mass is gone and I don't miss it.124.jpg
 

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Great job. How'd you do it my friend?

Check out this bio-oil stuff. It has worked well reducing scars and age/sun spots on my hands. I have not but people apparently use it to remove stretchmarks after weight loss. Amazing stuff.


I have not used the gold bond product linked above in your original post.
I tried every fad diet that came along and none of them worked for me. I would yo-yo up and down on every one. I finally stopped eating breakfast and dinner and only did lunch. I put Bio-oil on my wish list and I will try it when the Gold Bond runs out. Thanks for the suggestion.

Our zip code average elevation is 9,917 feet. Been the same skinny 170 pounds in weight ever since High School. I'm always surprised just how much heavier folks are in some other regions of the US. If you want to keep the weight off, live at high altitude.

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"A 2013 study found that Americans who live at sea-level are four to five times more likely to be obese as those who live in the highest altitude communities in Colorado -- even after they controlled for other factors like exercise level, socioeconomic status and family history."

I was fat most of the time I was living full time, mainly at altitude. I only lost weight when I moved to Florida. I am at 100 foot elevation.


I would think that 124 is a bit on the low side now, although I have noticed that as I have aged I do need to lower my weight to wear the same clothes. The problem seems to be a loss of muscle mass. For years I kept the same weight but my coat size decreased and my waste size increased. I think that I have furniture disease! The one where one's chest slowly falls into their drawers.

I thought that I was doing well to have lost about 15# over the past year or so. :unsure:
The problem is that as you age you shrink. I was 5'9" at graduation from high school. Shrinking occurs only between your hips and the bottom of your rib cage. Your head, your chest and your legs cannot compress very much but your spine can compress and that is where you shrink. The more walking and the more running you do will compress you. I was walking at least 5 to 10 miles a day when I was fulltiming. I have a mark on a door frame at my sister's house at Lake Tahoe. I checked my height at a doctor's office and I am now 5'7".
 

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Our zip code average elevation is 9,917 feet. Been the same skinny 170 pounds in weight ever since High School. I'm always surprised just how much heavier folks are in some other regions of the US. If you want to keep the weight off, live at high altitude.

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"A 2013 study found that Americans who live at sea-level are four to five times more likely to be obese as those who live in the highest altitude communities in Colorado -- even after they controlled for other factors like exercise level, socioeconomic status and family history."

My theory is you're so busy trying to keep breathing you don't have time to eat.
 

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I think you and my younger brother would get along great. He has always been "eccentric" in the clothes he wears. rainbow shirts like those are right up his alley along with orange pants...

Everyone has their favorite diets and theories but my beliefs are pretty fundamental.

1/ Genetics and chemistry have something to do with it. My dad was always skinny/thin. My mom was athletic (a young dancer) but later on (after 7 kids) she became noticeably beach ball shaped.

2/ When you exercise or are active you burn calories at the time of the activity but you motor runs hotter for hours afterwards. The boomer generation started by walking everywhere and for decades have become more and more sedentary.

3/ I am 6"00" and have been since about 17. I played high level soccer from about 12 into my mid 30's. I played mens leagues but didn't really work out or practice once I joined the workforce.

4/ The fundamental equation is simply calories in - energy out. You eat about high quality calories and then exercise, so that you are running a deficit and you will lose weight.

By the time I was in my 40s I was steady around 225-230. I balloon up to 245 at times. If I work mildly at it I can get stay steadily at around 230.

I worked on it hard about 15 years ago and got to 195. I felt awesome but I was eating like a bird and I was still almost completely sedentary except for sailing. Which if you know sailboat racing is a pretty active sport.

Now that I am "pre-diabetic" I am working at it again but not as hard as I should do. I have cut out a bunch of sugar and dropped my A1C from about 8 to about 4 in 3 months. Unfortunately I am still sitting at around 230.


I know what I need to do to get to around 200 but it's a lot of "sacrifice" - I admit that I like to eat and I eat wrong. Like Seilerbird I pretty much eat 1 meal a day but it's loaded with carbs and I eat it very late in the day usually followed by flopping on the couch.
 

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I was 5'9" at graduation from high school.
I checked my height at a doctor's office and I am now 5'7".
I was 6โ€™3โ€ when I got married. I am now 5โ€™5โ€. My wife cut me down to size. My knees are worn out too. It takes a lot of begging to stayed married 50 years. ๐Ÿ˜Ž
 

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I was 6โ€™3โ€ when I got married. I am now 5โ€™5โ€. My wife cut me down to size. My knees are worn out too. It takes a lot of begging to stayed married 50 years.
The prime directive for me as I've grown wiser is "You can wake up and be right or be right with your wife". If you abide by the latter she'll allow you to buy toys and play with them.
 
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