The downside of losing weight

The downside of losing weight

I recently heard that “Not having children to save money is like being homeless to save on rent.” One might also say it’s like not losing weight in order to avoid needing new pants.

Sure, the benefits of getting fit far outweigh the cons. But changing your size – in any direction – has negatives that few people seem to talk about. Here are mine.

1. When you’re packing around some extra padding your bones are well protected. My tailbone has never had much to complain about, nestled as it was between my ample cheeks. Lately, however, it’s had plenty to say. It whines about the yoga pose known as “boat pose” and about sitting in my office chair for too long at a stretch. I find myself leaning to one side in chairs so I can find some padding and get the pressure off my newly exposed tailbone. See, there it goes again. Time to adjust.

2. I have an impressive collection of clothing. A few items have been with me longer than my husband, a fact he finds not impressive but pitiable. He sees it as a symptom of my pack-rat ways. I see it as a badge of honor that I haven’t gotten too fat to wear them. Some of the stretchier items still look reasonably good, but many items are never going to be worn again. When combined with the clothing from Toby’s side of the closet that has already made it into boxes – this is a substantial financial loss.

3. When you’re a size fourteen or a sixteen and you shop at a “plus size” store, you wear the smallest size in the store. The models displayed in the store graphics are roughly your size. Occasionally you even get to ask “Do you have this in a smaller size?” Moving into mainstream sizes has many advantages – but being the thinnest girl in the store is not one of them. I have no idea how the sizes in various brands work (which brands run big, which run small) but I’m learning. If all else fails, I know to reach for the shirt at the back of the rack now, instead of the front.

4. More of you shrinks than just the parts you want to shrink. In addition to new clothes, I’m having to buy all new bras as the months go buy. When this first began to happen, the neighbors could probably have heard the weeping coming from our house. Toby’s weeping, that is.

5. As your weight drops, so does the pay-off for exercise. Running the same mile at the same speed will burn fewer calories after you’ve lost weight. Even just breathing and sleeping burn fewer calories when you weigh less, so you have to step it up. This is why I’ve found training for the 5k so beneficial. My speed and endurance are increasing, so that I can continue to burn the same amount of calories. In my opinion, this is also why ladies who just walk every day for exercise have such a hard time completing their weight  loss goal. We have to actually increase intensity over time to stay ahead of our metabolism.

6. I now weigh less than the number printed on  my driver’s license.  While not inherently negative, this is certainly not normal for any woman.

What about you? Ever found an unexpected negative side effect of losing weight?

I recently read a great article about a huge negative of losing weight – that it won’t last. And for some people, this keeps their whole lives on hold. I don’t personally feel like I’m this wrapped up in being thin – that isn’t my goal. For any woman who’s ever struggled with her weight, this site and this article in particular can be empowering.

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    Ronda Rae
    October 1st, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Earlier this year I actually did weigh less than my license, too! And I thought it was soooo cool. I have no idea what I weigh now though. I decided to go no how my “skinny clothes” felt versus a number on a scale. The stupid scale depresses me.

    And number four – I couldn’t help but laugh. Poor Toby! 😉

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      Holly
      October 1st, 2009 at 11:50 am

      The scale is depressing – but so accurate. If I wait til my jeans are tight I’ll be 10 pounds down the road!

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    Amber
    October 1st, 2009 at 11:10 am

    #4 is my biggest complaint. Nothing there anymore, at all. Chalk it up to nursing 2 kids and losing the weight afterwards…twice. I used to judge woman who had “work” done to improve this area after they were done having kids. Now I empathize. When I got married, I was a full C size. Now…not so much-at all. Too much info? Sorry!

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      Holly
      October 1st, 2009 at 11:52 am

      Amber, I was one of the lucky few who never had this “deflating” problem with kids. They got bigger and stayed bigger….so I sort of thought I was invincible. Ha! Was I ever wrong. I’ve gone down about two cup sizes. At least I’ll have the old bras to grow back into if I have more kids, right?

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    Sharon Briggs
    October 1st, 2009 at 11:55 am

    For me I have to say the biggest negative has been my clothes not fitting any more. Since I don’t intend to stay this “new” size for long I refuse to go out and buy a new wardrobe. I’m surviving by wearing “hand-me-downs” from my sister but they definately aren’t my style. I did, however, have to go buy new bras. Yes, Toby & Shannon should compare notes to see who’s weeping was loudest. Since I’m not sure how long the new bras would fit I opted to buy cheap bras. BIG MISTAKE!!! After wearing nice bras – cheap bras just don’t feel comfortable.

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      Holly
      October 1st, 2009 at 12:12 pm

      No they don’t! I’ve been suffering through the learning curve of buying new brands of bras. I’ve gotten a couple great ones a couple that feel like torture devices – and darn it – none were what I’d call cheap!

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    Kim Sue Ellen
    October 1st, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Nice bras all the way…I agree. Oh man…I am so proud of you…and SO inspired by you.

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    marisa
    October 2nd, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    You kill me. I love number 4 and 6!

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    leisha
    October 10th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    You are hilarious. Laughed so hard at the bum padding. I am betting that the pros outweigh the cons. You are awesome. Keep up the good work.

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