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Did you know a Levis 36" waist...

...can be up to 40"?

I'm down 20 lbs from when I started weighing myself in January. For sake of consistency, I weigh myself first thing in the morning, before breakfast. Yeah, it's my lightest of the day, but what I care about is the relative change, and consistency in measurement. Over an average week my weight tends to fluctuate around 4lbs between the high (Monday, after two days of not going to the gym) and low (sometime between Thursday to Saturday, inclusive).

In January, a bit before FC, I was over 230 lbs in the morning. My low for last week was Saturday at 207.5, and this morning was 211.5. Well within the margin.

I also took a waist measurement sometime after that first weight (I'm guessing mid to end of February). It was 40". Yep, I bought a few new pairs of 36" waist Levis jeans in January (pre-shrunk, not shrink-to-fit), and they fit just fine at the time. Neither of those things made me happy.

This weekend? I'm at about 37". Those 36" waist jeans won't stay up without a belt. Well, some of them won't. Some actually appear to resemble the measurement that's on the label (one pair out of five is a reasonable fit at 37"). My 36" waist kilts (that Utilikilts prides themselves on being accurately sized) almost fit properly again, and the khaki twill kilt (which was a smidge under 36" and marked as such, and was snug when I bought it) is close to fitting again.

So, yeah, progress. Visible progress. I look more like I thought I looked and less like I did.

There's still a ways to go. I've got about 20-25 lbs before I'm back to my driver's license weight (10 years ago, when I moved to California). Once I'm there, then I'll figure out where to go next.


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Jul. 28th, 2009 06:26 am (UTC)
Yeah, see my natural waist measurement is a larger than the measurement just above my hips (which is what I use, because that's where all my pants fit).
Jul. 28th, 2009 02:07 pm (UTC)
I really needed to be told this right about now. I've been having a hell of a time lately, because I've been assuming that jeans actually are as many inches around as the tag says. I mean, women's sizes are just dimensionless numbers, and I have long sympathized with women for that problem, but I figured inches are inches, right?

Hmmm, apparently not. So I should not assume that my actual waist size has been yo-yoing just because I seem to keep changing jeans sizes. (On the other hand, I know just from visual inspection that my waist size has fluctuated up and down a bit. But probably not nearly as much as the pants would suggest.)

I'll have to dig out a tape measure and go back to keeping track that way.

Thanks for the info.

Edited at 2009-07-28 02:07 pm (UTC)
Jul. 28th, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on your forward progress so far.

I know that whole "Pants Waist Size" thing screwed me over in the past too. No really my pants are a 36 so my waist is 36 right? No? Arggggg!
Jul. 28th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
Many congratulations, and sympathies for the fashion industry being counterintuitive again.
Jul. 29th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've had the same problem when it came to pants. Same goes for the inseam length, too. I think to myself, "Are you guys even trying to be consistent?"

Meanwhile, in other parts of the universe where 'inches' are not 'inches', a 2x4 is not 2 inches by 4 inches. WHY??!
Aug. 3rd, 2009 01:02 am (UTC)
sorta off topic...
is this the andy of k and andy? kevin gave me the name of his lj, and mentioned someone critiquing his hat ideas for the liberace kilt, so I think this is you?

tis joanne, was very good to meet last night and thanks much for suggesting the german place. I'm looking forward to taking friends there soon.
Aug. 3rd, 2009 01:04 am (UTC)
good for you!
visible progress is GREAT! I lost weight in the last year and a half, and it's a nice feeling to be able to see it, altho every body change means another Adventure In Pants Shopping. Maybe we should all wear skirts and kilts all the time, it's simpler to fit the damn things?
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