Give or take a 100lbs

I was thinking this morning about how my life has changed since losing ~100lb. That’s a big number, but even when you put it in the context of a 400lb+ guy, 25% of your body weight is still significant. The surprising thing for me is that even though it’s a big loss, in many ways not much has changed.

My conclusion was that the difference between a 335lb guy and a 435lb guy isn’t a great deal. They are both obese, they both shop at plus-size stores and both have contempt for chairs with arms. One non-scale measurement I have is with my car’s seatbelt: at the start I maxed it out and now there is loads of give. That great, but neither of these guys fits in a Porsche. Don’t get me wrong, there are changes and I know who I’d rather be, but I’m not sure that my quality of life has increased proportionate to the amount of weight I’ve lost.

This got me thinking about the next 100lbs and what will change between now and then. I’m hoping for more, I’m expecting that there’s a bigger difference between 235lb and 335lb, than 335lb and 435lb. I do think there will be more things that I can do at 235lb, more non-scale victories.

I suppose what I’m getting at is the number on the scale doesn’t really matter, it’s all about how your life is improved (how ever you personally define that). The same is true for putting weight on as well. It’s like there are tiers to being overweight that are not directly tied to your weight; at one end you have the perfect beach body and at the other you get rescued by Jerry Springer. In between there all those other points at which we relate our lives to our body.

I think I’m starting to see that more clearly now.

6 thoughts on “Give or take a 100lbs”

  1. I think weight loss is exponential… If you see each 100 lbs as a percentage of your current body weight, you’ll see BIG differences between them. To be honest, at 235lbs I don’t look too bad at all (I’m 6 foot tall and at that size would be a smallish UK size 18). At my goal weight of 190lbs I’d be a small size 14. However, the difference in my appearance between those two weights would be pretty staggering – I’d go from pretty big to slimmish! 🙂

  2. I see it as exponential too. I wonder whether the effort required to lose weight at lower numbers also increases (and how)?

    I’m interested to see where we go after hitting “goal”. With the effort and discipline that we put in to drop from obese to normal, surely it’s just a case of more of the same to go beyond that and hit beach-body?

  3. I think you’re absolutely right – you should see a huge difference at 235 compared to 335. 235 is just about where I’m at now, and I’m already feeling much better than when I started this at 280. But the non-scale victories are really where it’s at – the things you are able to do that you couldn’t before, and how much better you feel in general.

  4. Porsche is overrated! 🙂

    I have lost 15 pounds & I see more non-scale victories than scale victories… toning & tighting up with exercise is helping me to fit into a smaller size even tho the scale is not showing that I am working my ass off…

    There is a difference in a 20 pound loss & a 100 pound loss…. it is just in how one chooses to see it.

  5. You’ve lost ~100 pounds, and there is a definite difference. I imagine the difference between 235 and 335 is greater than between 335 and 435, yes. But what about the difference between 435 and 235? Think about that! Go Harry! 😀

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