My strategy was dirt simple: cut out junk food and sweets and ramped up the exercise, nothing fancy or complicated. I hit the gym (Planet Fitness) three times a week, twice during the week and once on the weekend and worked hard to slim down, meanwhile, I took up eating healthier, salads, no fried or greasy foods, and, being a hopeless snacker, especially potato chips and pretzels, I eliminated that stuff in favor of peanuts and almonds and the occasional mozzarella stick as I enjoy a little cheese here and there. The results from my efforts paid dividends over time as the weight came off, by mid October, six plus months into my regimen, I was under 200 pounds and I was feeling and looking better, by the end of the year, I had dropped an astonishing fifty pounds and have been around 195 ever since, in fact, as I type these words of wit, I’m now at 192, something I never imagined happening when I began my regimen. The weight loss also affected me in the freestyling department, the skirts I had swam on me because they were suddenly too large as I had dropped a full THREE dress sizes. The difference as you can see in the pictures below is remarkable.
Last year, I was a size 16, today, I’m down to a full fledged size 10, I know this because I bought a couple of size 10 skirts at Sears this past weekend and they fit very well, in fact, I experimented with buying a couple of small, that’s SMALL size short sleeved swing dresses at Old Navy and, much to my surprise, they fit well too, weren’t at all tight or snug on me, that was astonishing. I’m loving how slim I look and how my skirts and dresses look all the better on me. Of course, as the old adage goes, taking off weight is easy, keeping it off is hard, but I’m determined to keep it off because I look smashing in my women’s wear, and it’s something I wholeheartedly recommend to everyone, not only will shedding pounds make you feel better and healthier in the long run, but you'll look better as well, especially when traipsing about in a skirt or dress.
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OHBOY the difference is really fantastic.
You look so much better and the clothes actually look even better on you.
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You make it sound like you still eat normally, but without the junk. That and some exercise, of course. But no counting calories or following strict diet regimes. I'm sorry to have to tell you that there's no book or TV series in that. You will have to keep on working for a living!
How the Hell can a 14 stone man fit in a small size dress? Vanity sizing gone mad?
The nice dresses I fit into for that one wonderful year now hang inaccessible in the back of my closet, and I'm once again hoping against hope I can find things in a style I like that fit a 24W (US measurement) apple shaped body.
Seriously, Jeff, that's a terrific difference and I'm both proud and jealous. You look great!
Ralph: Oh, I don’t mind doing this for years to come, I see it as a challenge. I also understand that my body will catch up to me eventually, but as long as I can stay under 195, I’ll be a happy camper.
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I try to stay around 72 kg (around 160 pound) with a length of 1.79 m (5' 10.5"). With that weight I feel good. After a relationship of 15 year with a good cook of Italian origine, I was 85 kg (almost 190 pound), mostly from an overdose of pasta and heavenly desserts. I did not give a hoot for my appearance but I had trouble lacing my shoes. The difficulty of doing normal movements was more important to me. After the relationship I had to cook for myself and that speeded up my weight loss.
 34/36 inch waist although I do have skirts sized as low as 10 and high as 20. 42 inch chest at nipple height.
 A size 10 skirt implies a 27/28 inch waist!
Depends how tall you are for your weight. At 6'1" I can pack my 190lbs into a 34" waist, but less easily than forty years ago! I'm still so shoulder heavy that any female dress that fits me up there would accommodate Barnums Circus below.
Kirbstone: You would be right, U.S. sizes do indeed appear to be smaller than yours, maybe it’s just par for the course. I’m 6 foot 2 and my waist is around 34 inches, at 191 pounds as of Monday, I’m about or near the proper weight for someone my height, and while my shoulders are fairly narrow, that helps with being bale to wear smaller dress sizes of late.