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zippypinhead Sep 4, 2013 07:02 PM

Me? 175 pounds spread over 5'-10"
I would suppose that, if we get many responses, it would probably be more accurate to add 10-15 percent.

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        foodieX2 Sep 4, 2013 07:55 PM

        I would be the perfect weight if I was only taller!

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          tcamp Sep 5, 2013 05:35 AM

          Like 7 feet!

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            foodieX2 Sep 5, 2013 07:31 AM


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              KaimukiMan Sep 10, 2013 08:47 PM

              i think i'd have to be about 8'-6"

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              Tripeler Sep 9, 2013 02:16 AM

              My father used to say "I'm short for my height."

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              foreverhungry Sep 4, 2013 07:55 PM

              Me - 6'00', right now 157-158, I'm trying to get down to 153. It's a tough job when I'm making a sausage product a week, and my SO wants me to make duck confit for her.

              1. Tripeler Sep 5, 2013 01:39 AM

                92 kilos on a 167 cm frame.
                Currently losing the battle of the bulge.

                1. Chinon00 Sep 5, 2013 03:22 AM

                  6'11" 112lbs. Getting a little chubby and am posting this from the treadmill.

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                    jrvedivici Sep 5, 2013 09:45 AM


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                      ttoommyy Sep 5, 2013 10:28 AM


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                        drongo Sep 5, 2013 11:02 AM

                        Reminds me of the New Yorker cartoon... On the Internet, nobody knows you're a stick insect (until you post your height and weight).

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                          Violatp Sep 5, 2013 11:07 AM

                          I think there was more than a little facetiousness happening here. :-)

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                    walker Sep 5, 2013 03:37 AM

                    On Extreme Weight Loss, they can lose 200 lbs in a year and I can't seem to lose just 40 and be able to fit in some great clothes I've been saving.

                    They exercise 4 hrs a day; maybe if I did the same even 1 hr per day I could lose that 40. I think it was Gwenith Paltrow who said on Oprah that she exercises 2 hrs per day 6 days per week.

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                      flourgirl Sep 10, 2013 07:19 AM

                      I need to lose quite a bit of weight. I finally accepted the fact that, along with watching my diet, I had to start working out regularly.

                      I joined a gym a little over 4 months ago and I have been diligently working out at least 5-6 hours a week, doing both serious weight training and cardio. I've lost 15 lbs. so far.

                      It's a little frustrating. While I can't say I've been an angel diet-wise, I simply can't live on lettuce and carrots and I refuse to do so. I HAVE been working hard to watch my portions, make better food choices every day and limit my intake of refined sugar and flour etc. I also don't drink alcohol very often, so that isn't much of an issue.

                      I'm sure my age, 47, isn't helping matters and the fact that I let myself go so long and have a long way to come back from.

                      The good news is that I work out in a gym that does regular assessments. Since I started there, I've improved my cardio health 59% and my strength by 50%. I'm also seeing a big improvement in the way I look and the way my clothes fit, even if I haven't lost all that much weight yet. And I keep reminding myself that getting healthy again is the most important aspect of all of this. So I just keep plugging along and stick with it.

                      I really do feel a lot better since I started all of this, and that alone is priceless. But what scares the crap out of me is that if I miss even a few days in the gym, the pounds start creeping back on almost immediately. Its like they lurk around a corner just waiting for an opportunity to jump back onto my thighs and butt. I recently hurt my foot and had to take a break from the gym and I regained over 2 pounds within about 4 days. :(

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                        JonParker Sep 10, 2013 09:18 AM

                        Your weight is probably the least important part of it. Weight training and cardio builds muscle, which weighs more than fat. Muscle also helps to burn additional fat. If you feel good and your clothes fit better, you're on the right track, regardless of what the scale says.

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                          debbiel Sep 10, 2013 10:10 AM

                          It sounds like you are doing wonderfully! We are so trained on the scale, but that can be such a false measure. But everything else you reported? That's your body getting more healthy. You getting more healthy.

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                            flourgirl Sep 10, 2013 10:58 AM

                            Thank you both so much, every little bit of encouragement really helps. And Debbie, it's so true, we ARE really trained on the scale, I need to stop weighing myself so often.

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                            chartreauxx Sep 10, 2013 01:12 PM

                            hey flourgirl - good on you! you're doing all the right stuff and your heart, bones, lungs, circulatory and immune systems will all thank you for it!

                            as far as your comment about rapidly regaining weight, here's the scoop - it's not real weight. true story. it's physically impossible to gain that much in the space of a few days. trust me - i spent 3 months in an inpatient eating disorder facility where i was weighed in the buff by medical staff every morning, so i KNOW how much weight can fluctuate for non-mass reasons, and how long it really takes to gain body mass. what you're seeing in that weight "bounce" is probably just water weight. you lose a lot of water sweating when you work out, and water is heavy! you're probably just seeing that reflected on the scale. so don't get discouraged, keep it up, and always remember, like you said, your health is paramount. you're doing great!

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                              flourgirl Sep 10, 2013 01:48 PM

                              Thank you! That makes a lot of sense!

                              I hope that you too are healthy now. I developed bulemia as a young adult in college and it was not easy to recover from.

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                                Violatp Sep 10, 2013 04:17 PM

                                In the past, before I got fed up with militant Bikram teachers who didn't allow for beginners to not be perfect (sorry, minor rant sidebar!)

                                ANYWAY - one good Bikram session would melt 5 pounds of water weight right off me.

                                It was awesome!

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                            deputygeorgie Sep 5, 2013 03:54 AM

                            5'6 and 120 lbs.

                            1. NonnieMuss Sep 5, 2013 06:01 AM

                              I'm 5'10", but have a stone-like body density. I weigh 488 pounds but can fit into a size 10. Go figure.

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                                Goatjunky Sep 5, 2013 07:34 AM

                                20 pounds more than I think I should be

                                1. Seeker19104 Sep 5, 2013 09:37 AM

                                  Eighteen pounds less than when I went gluten free last December 22nd.

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                                    cayjohan Sep 5, 2013 10:26 AM

                                    So that's where my extra ~18 pounds came from; I must have gotten yours! <wink> I had to go off gluten about the same time, and I've gained that much. Not from eating gluten-free goodies, though, as I'm not much of a goodie-eater. I think I am just plain absorbing more from my food now that I am not sick all the time. And not being sick-from-food all the time, I am also enjoying my meals exponentially more, so that one's completely on me and my enthusiasm!

                                    5'10", usually hover around the 130lb mark, but am flirting with that 150 on the scale. Dammit.

                                  2. jrvedivici Sep 5, 2013 09:47 AM

                                    As I've posted many times before;

                                    Tad under 6'4", tad over 300lbs. (Call it 310...but once you cross the 300lbs point does a few lbs here or there really matter??)

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                                      AreBe Sep 5, 2013 05:26 PM

                                      I'm 6'4 and two hundred and too many pounds

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                                      kcshigekawa Sep 5, 2013 10:22 AM

                                      My driver's license says I weigh 145 lbs. that's my story and I'm stickin' to it...

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                                        tcamp Sep 6, 2013 07:00 AM

                                        That reminds me of renewing my drivers license last year. Checked the DMV website - OK to renew online as long as (1) address was the same - check; and (2) height and weight were the same - umm, ok, sure.

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                                          foiegras Sep 17, 2013 06:02 PM

                                          Once when I renewed my DL in person, the woman took my picture, asked my weight, I told her ... and she adjusted it to be in line with the adjustment apparently everyone else is making ;) I forget what she took off now, I'd have to go look, but it was significant.

                                        2. pinehurst Sep 5, 2013 10:37 AM

                                          I'm 71.5" (5'11 1/2!) I weigh 189 pounds. In the summer, I run a little lighter (say 185) and in the holidays, I run up to 195.

                                          I'm a woman, btw.

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                                            cayjohan Sep 5, 2013 02:36 PM

                                            Women get to weigh what they weigh, too, right? I'm a big gal, too, and pretty muscular, so: what's in a number right? Although, I'm very aware of my 25 year old chowish son, who is an athlete, stands 6'5" and weighs 145. It seems I whelped a whippet, but am getting further and further from whippetishness myself with every passing year. Oh, for the metabolism...

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                                              pinehurst Sep 5, 2013 02:43 PM

                                              Well said! Yes--I was never, ever, small. Always the tallest/biggest girl in the class photos. My mom was a big gal, but all of the women on my dad's side were petite...under 5'3" and hovering around 100 pounds. Ah, genetics! :-) BTW, all of my male cousins are built like your son, and can eat me under the table, even into their 30's, 40's, 50's.

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                                                cayjohan Sep 5, 2013 02:58 PM

                                                All of the other women in my family are under or well under 5'4"; I skewed differently, toward the long-limbed and lanky menfolk.My sister is 4'11" at 95 lbs. I feel like a giant most times, but I can also reach the upper cabinets in the kitchen. I'd like a little less whippet-whelping pudge around the middle, honestly, but I try not to stress out too much about weight numbers unless they get too "off." (I say this as someone who has come out on the other side of anorexia and bulimia in my late teens/ early twenties, so I try to keep perspective.) Even when I am "small," I am "big," and I've learned to work with it.

                                                ETA: those athletic young guys make me sooooo jealous when I see what they can take in and: Not. Gain. An. Ounce.

                                            2. re: pinehurst
                                              biondanonima Sep 6, 2013 02:14 PM

                                              I'm also a woman and I'm almost exactly the same as Pinehurst - today the scale said 187, but it varies within the 185-195 region. Also 5'11 1/2, although I usually just say 6'. I have been as thin as 165 (in my 20s) and as heavy as 265 (in my teens), though. I'd love to get back down to 165, but that requires a level of restriction on my food intake that I'm just not willing to do day in and day out.

                                            3. JonParker Sep 5, 2013 10:56 AM

                                              Too heavy at the moment. My diet hasn't changed much, but I quit smoking and am on a ton of antidepressants. I also broke my leg a year ago and it's never really healed, which severely limits my exercise. Sigh.

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                                                pinehurst Sep 5, 2013 11:13 AM

                                                I hear that. Meds (esp antidepressants) can do a number on weight. Hang in there. Been there.

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                                                  suzigirl Sep 5, 2013 02:37 PM

                                                  Good for you on quitting. It is a bitch.

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                                                    cayjohan Sep 5, 2013 02:43 PM

                                                    I sympathize. I spent a few years doing the antidepressant dance and was rewarded with a lot of extra pounds. As pinehurst said, hang in there. I hope your leg gets up to speed; that sucks big time on the exercise front.

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                                                      JonParker Sep 6, 2013 08:36 AM

                                                      Thanks for the encouragement, everyone. I'm doing a lot better than I was at one time.

                                                      I'm not really obese (that's really me in my profile pic), but I used to work out five days a week. Now I don't work out at all. Not being able to do the things I used to just adds to my depression.

                                                      The leg makes *everything* difficult.

                                                  2. juliejulez Sep 5, 2013 11:04 AM

                                                    As of this morning, 140lbs. I'm 5'3". I'm right at the "normal" BMI and I've worked my ass off (although not literally, still have a good sized one of those) to get to this point, as I used to be 200+lbs. I was down to 138 a few weeks ago but I've had a couple of rather indulgent weeks. Considering I was this size in high school, I'm pretty happy.

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                                                      meatn3 Sep 5, 2013 11:20 AM

                                                      Good for you!

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                                                        suzigirl Sep 5, 2013 02:37 PM

                                                        Good for you baby girl. :-)

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                                                          alliegator Sep 8, 2013 12:59 PM

                                                          Impressed! Great job :)

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                                                            flourgirl Sep 10, 2013 07:26 AM

                                                            I am VERY impressed! I know just how hard that must have been. I too started out at 200 lbs plus a few months ago. (I'm 5'5") I'm down to 184 lbs and I have worked up a lot of sweat at the gym just to get to this point. What I love about working out is that unlike dieting alone, which I'm also doing, diligent workouts make me feel a lot better and I'm getting my shape and muscle tone back. So even though I still have a lot of weight to lose, (and I WILL lose it) I already feel a lot healthier and much more confidant about my appearance. And it feels great to be getting rid of clothes that no longer fit!

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                                                            Baskerville Sep 5, 2013 11:07 AM

                                                            I somehow got significantly heavier when I started to get into baking via America's Test Kitchen recipes. Wait, you mean I'm NOT supposed to double the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe and split it between my husband and consume them over the course of the weekend? Oh dear...

                                                            1. drongo Sep 5, 2013 11:24 AM

                                                              I'm 6'2" and 175 lb. At one time I was over 240 lb but had to lose weight because I started to have some problems (e.g. my feet would hurt if I had to walk more than a little).

                                                              1. jrvedivici Sep 5, 2013 02:21 PM

                                                                I heard there was a prize for the heaviest hound by the end of the day.........? Where would one go to receive said prize?

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                                                                  Gio Sep 6, 2013 07:51 AM

                                                                  Why the kitchen, of course.

                                                                2. suzigirl Sep 5, 2013 02:39 PM

                                                                  I am 5'1.5" and weigh from 110-112.

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                                                                    Violatp Sep 5, 2013 03:00 PM

                                                                    I have been every size and every weight. Current condition confidential. ;-)

                                                                    1. PotatoHouse Sep 5, 2013 05:30 PM

                                                                      253 lbs but I have lost 30 lbs since January
                                                                      built like a high school linebacker about 20 years past his prime.

                                                                      1. chartreauxx Sep 5, 2013 05:35 PM

                                                                        i'm 5'6" and 110 pounds. I'm still working with my medical team and dietitian to put on about 15 more pounds, as I'm very active (I run, bike, ski, dive, snowboard, climb, hike, backpack, sea kayak, river raft, canoe, etc) and I need the mass and muscle to pull those hobbies off. right now i'm just barely sturdy enough to live the life i want, and i'm also nursing a couple broken bones from a bike crash, so i'm on a, shall we say, "high-nutrient" (that's a polite euphemism for "calories like whoa") diet. i'm hoping to hit 120 before november, so i'll be able to dive puget sound during the giant pacific octopus hatch season. :-)

                                                                        i'm in recovery from an eating disorder and have gained 40 pounds in 10 months to be where i'm at now.

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                                                                          suzigirl Sep 5, 2013 05:45 PM

                                                                          You are doing FANTASTIC. That is an amazing amount of weight to put on. You should be uber proud of yourself. And considering your progress , it seems that you will easily reach your goal. Keep up the amazing work. :-)

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                                                                            pinehurst Sep 6, 2013 08:01 AM

                                                                            Rock on chartreauxx!
                                                                            Howevah, are you joking about the giant pacific octopus hatch season? I find squid/octopus delicious but you lost me with "dive" and "hatch season".

                                                                            (hides behind couch)

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                                                                              chartreauxx Sep 6, 2013 12:01 PM

                                                                              thanks guys! recovery is a long road, and it's not over, but it's definitely worth it.

                                                                              as to your question about the octopus thing, pinehurst, it's nothing to do with food! :-) in late fall/early winter, giant pacific octopus babies hatch in puget sound. you can scuba dive and watch the baby octopi hatching, while momma octopus guards the den and keeps the remaining unhatched eggs clean and safe.


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                                                                                pinehurst Sep 6, 2013 12:09 PM

                                                                                Oh cool!!!!!

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                                                                              Kalivs Sep 5, 2013 06:53 PM

                                                                              5'7" & 170 lbs

                                                                              Definition of a calorie: One of those little animals that hides in your closet and makes your clothes smaller overnight.

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                                                                                cayjohan Sep 6, 2013 12:18 PM

                                                                                Hahahaha! You keep those in the closet? We keep ours in the clothes dryer. Evil little critters.

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                                                                                  Kalivs Sep 7, 2013 03:24 AM

                                                                                  I thought mine lived in the dryer, too! But, I needed to explain the changes in the clothes that were dry cleaned. So, the closet it is.

                                                                              2. cookie monster Sep 5, 2013 07:08 PM

                                                                                5' 3-1/2" and 123 pounds. After being too skinny for a while at 110 because of some medical issues (I'm relatively large-boned for my height with some muscle, so 110 elicited comments like "Are you a triathlete?" "You look like a yogi" - not really my prefered look), I'm now a little past my ideal range of 115-118 and working to get back there.

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                                                                                  suzigirl Sep 6, 2013 04:31 PM

                                                                                  I can relate to the medical issues. I have dipped as low as 93 lbs when I am unwell. I eat small meals, but do not watch my calories because my body doesn't absorb things well. I would like to gain a few more pounds as an "insurance policy" for when i am sick. Helps to have the weight to lose rather than lose precious pounds.

                                                                                2. fldhkybnva Sep 5, 2013 07:15 PM

                                                                                  5'5" anywhere from 105-110; protein-loving, carb-occasional lifting junkie, I'm working on adding a few more lbs

                                                                                  1. Delucacheesemonger Sep 6, 2013 09:21 AM

                                                                                    18 pounds heavier than when l started with Chowhound, damn you people

                                                                                    1. SaraAshley Sep 6, 2013 10:51 AM

                                                                                      Looks like I'm the shortest person to respond yet - I'm 5' and 118 lbs.

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                                                                                        suzigirl Sep 6, 2013 04:34 PM

                                                                                        I am close. I am vertically challenged as well. :-)

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                                                                                          SaraAshley Sep 6, 2013 05:28 PM

                                                                                          Lol, it's always nice to have some company! One of my best friends is actually an inch shorter than me, so you know I'm always keeping her around! :)

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                                                                                            suzigirl Sep 6, 2013 05:33 PM

                                                                                            I have never had a shorter friend. Lucky you. Unless you are under 12 , in my circles, you are taller than me.

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                                                                                              SaraAshley Sep 7, 2013 06:43 AM

                                                                                              Lol - I'm pretty sure my now 13 year old niece surpassed me in height before she was 12. It made her feel "grown up" so she always loved reminding me of this.

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                                                                                          Violatp Sep 6, 2013 05:38 PM

                                                                                          I'm 40 years old and until a few months ago, would have sworn my mom was 5'2". My sister is a half inch under 5' (a fact I enjoy bringing up when she says she's five feet tall *evil grin*) and when she and my mom and I were all at dinner one night, she mentions how she and my mom are the same height.

                                                                                          I say, no, she' 5'2". My mom starts looking sheepish and turns out she's been lying on her DL all these years and since she pretty much always wears low heels, it honestly never, ever occurred to me that she wasn't 5'2"!

                                                                                          The truth came out and I think we laughed for 15 minutes straight. :-)

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                                                                                            Uncle Yabai Sep 7, 2013 12:39 AM

                                                                                            Old people do shrink. I know for a fact that my father was taller than I was by about an inch, while he was in in 50s and I was in my 30s. Now that he's in his late 70s and I'm closer to 50 than not, I'm taller than he is by a couple of inches.

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                                                                                              Violatp Sep 7, 2013 05:39 AM

                                                                                              Goodness. She's only 63. If she gets much shorter in the next (hopeful) few decades, we'll be able to keep her in our back pockets!

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                                                                                                Uncle Yabai Sep 7, 2013 11:30 PM

                                                                                                My wife's grandmother recently passed away at 95. She was always petite, and just got more so as she got older. Her nickname was "Midget".

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                                                                                              SaraAshley Sep 8, 2013 05:16 AM

                                                                                              That's a funny story! I remember being a little bit in denial of my height when I was younger. Like your mom, my first DL had my height listed as 5'2", as well. I remember for awhile trying to tell everyone I was 5'1", since technically I am a smidge over 5', but I was surprised many years after getting it, to see that I had lied by a whole 2 inches on my DL. I honestly don't even remember doing it. Now my current DL has my real height listed. :)

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                                                                                                JonParker Sep 8, 2013 05:21 AM

                                                                                                I did something similar. Wen I got my first DL I had now ieas what I weighed, so I made something up. I'd added about 50 lbs. on, and people inspecting it, like bank tellers and such, kept complimenting me.

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                                                                                                  SaraAshley Sep 8, 2013 06:45 AM

                                                                                                  Hmm....not a bad idea! I might have to remember that for my next DL! ;)

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                                                                                                    JonParker Sep 8, 2013 07:17 AM

                                                                                                    I'm so embarrased by that post. I hate typing on my phone. I look like an idiot.

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                                                                                                      SaraAshley Sep 8, 2013 08:48 AM

                                                                                                      Haha - I almost exclusively post on here from my iPhone. I guess I've gotten pretty good at it. Knowing when to format a new paragraph can be kind of hard to judge though until after the post goes through. I've definitely posted before and then after seeing it thought "yikes, that looks like shit." Oh well, lol.

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                                                                                                        MrsJonesey Sep 8, 2013 10:08 AM

                                                                                                        No need to be embarrassed. Sign of the times or something like that? Without realizing it, I assumed you were phone typing, certainly not that you were an idiot.

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                                                                                                          jrvedivici Sep 9, 2013 05:40 AM

                                                                                                          Don't be embarrassed at all Joe, I don't think the phone has anything to do with it! (lol joke)

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                                                                                                        jrvedivici Sep 9, 2013 05:54 AM

                                                                                                        It was the complete opposite for me. Back in high school when the football season would start they would put together a "team profile" giving some basic stat's for each player. Every year I was listed at about 6'5" and 275lbs (I was really about 250lbs then). They would try to "beef up" the line-men for intimidation factor etc.

                                                                                                        Then wrestling season started a few weeks after football, here they would try to hold back a bit, lure the opponents into thinking you are "smaller". So suddenly I became 6'2" and 225lbs. It was an on going joke, I had the ultimate diet, each year I lost 50lbs in 2 weeks!! (and shrunk almost 2 inches!)

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                                                                                                      boyzoma Sep 7, 2013 09:30 AM

                                                                                                      I got you be on the vertically challenged one. I'm 4' 10-1/2" !!!! Well as far as weight, I just won't go there. I fluctuate a lot.

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                                                                                                      trvlcrzy Sep 6, 2013 05:36 PM

                                                                                                      depends on the time of the year;-)

                                                                                                      1. Will Owen Sep 6, 2013 05:42 PM

                                                                                                        40 years ago I was 6' and 155 or so. Now 5' 10.5" and 210. Lord, how fast it snuck up on me!

                                                                                                        The problem, you see, is that until I got into my 30s I could eat like a longshoreman and gain not an ounce. Miss a meal and I'd lose 2 lbs. That's when my eating habits got established; I still don't see a plate-full as being Too Much Food …

                                                                                                        1. deet13 Sep 6, 2013 05:51 PM

                                                                                                          6'3" and 226 lbs. My weight will going to go up to approximately 235 due to the football and hunting seasons starting.

                                                                                                          I'll probably stay around 235 until my wife, mother, and mother-in-law all team up and lovingly tease/nag me mercilessly until I burn enough fat to look like I'm at my normal weight by Thanksgiving.

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                                                                                                            treb Sep 7, 2013 05:58 AM

                                                                                                            Fair to Midland!

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                                                                                                              POAndrea Sep 7, 2013 08:47 AM

                                                                                                              5'3" and 160, largely (no pun intended) due to several rounds of steroids over the last couple years. BUT, as long as I can still breathe when I bend over and do a pull-up, I think I'm ok with that.

                                                                                                              1. RUK Sep 7, 2013 09:28 AM

                                                                                                                Holding between 156 and 160 pounds at 5'7" nowadays!

                                                                                                                1. Candy Sep 7, 2013 10:36 AM

                                                                                                                  5'2.5" 120 lbs.

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                                                                                                                    bobbert Sep 7, 2013 11:58 AM

                                                                                                                    Average Chowhounder's weight, huh? My guesses:
                                                                                                                    Femaie: 135lbs
                                                                                                                    Maie: 180lbs

                                                                                                                    I'm way above average.

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                                                                                                                      prima Oct 9, 2013 11:25 AM

                                                                                                                      I doubt the average female Chowhound's weight is 135 lbs.

                                                                                                                      The average female American (I'm just using the average American female as the example, since the majority of Chowhounds are American) weighs closer to 164.7 lbs http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_weight has some other average weights ) .

                                                                                                                      I'd think the majority of Chowhounds fight the battle of the bulge, and the majority of Chowhounds probably do not tend to weigh less than average.

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                                                                                                                        jrvedivici Oct 9, 2013 12:06 PM

                                                                                                                        Thanks for the chart! If I'm reading it correctly I weigh 3 Asians!

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                                                                                                                          Monica Oct 9, 2013 12:14 PM

                                                                                                                          I'd think the majority of Chowhounds fight the battle of the bulge, and the majority of Chowhounds probably do not tend to weigh less than average.

                                                                                                                          You never know...a lot of overweight ones that I know are the ones who don't really care about what they suff into their bodies. and majority of us are in the metropolitan areas where people tend to weigh less. Most of are foodies but doesn't mean we overeat. there is a difference. Eating alot is different than eating well. Alot of famous chefs are pretty average and some super skinny.

                                                                                                                          1. re: Monica
                                                                                                                            prima Oct 9, 2013 12:26 PM

                                                                                                                            True, you never know. Even in metropolitan areas, from neighbourhood to neighbourhood, and community to community, the average weight varies greatly.

                                                                                                                            I come from a relatively food-oriented family. Most of us are currently overweight, most of us really care about what we stuff into our bodies, most of us overeat, and most of us have a stubborn metabolism. I grow my own vegetables, I cook from scratch,I avoid crap, I attempt to practice moderation to the best of my abilities, I exercise. Apparently, I'm slightly under the American average in the Wiki link, weighing in at 163 lbs, which gives me a BMI of somewhere around 26. I realize the BMI is a flawed measure.

                                                                                                                            This is purely anecdotal, but over the last 10 years, I've had the pleasure of meeting somewhere between 40 and 50 North American Chowhounds in person. About half of the Chowhounds I've met are similar to me (attempt moderation while eating well, struggle to lose weight or would like to lose weight, and currently have a BMI that's above 25), and about half my Chowhound friends are good at keeping their BMIs under 25 (I'm just using that as a line in the sand, so there's no need to get into lbs or height), through exercise, calorie counting, moderation and/or lucky genes.

                                                                                                                            I agree that eating a lot is different than eating well. But some of us eat a lot, while eating well! Or weigh a lot, even if we're eating well, and not eating a lot.

                                                                                                                            1. re: prima
                                                                                                                              Monica Oct 9, 2013 12:36 PM

                                                                                                                              Oh wow, you met 40-50 Chowhounders in person? that's pretty amazing. May I ask where you are?

                                                                                                                              and you guys talk about weight with that much details? what else do you guys talk about? =)

                                                                                                                              1. re: Monica
                                                                                                                                prima Oct 9, 2013 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                I'm based in Toronto, so most of the Chowhounds I've met are Chowhounds living in the Greater Toronto Area. Our Board has had quite a few Chowmeets over the years, so some of us have had a chance to meet one another. I've also met up with Chowhounds from Ohio and New Jersey.

                                                                                                                                We talk about food, recipes and restaurants, not weight! :-)

                                                                                                                                Two of my Chowhound friends have shared tips re: how they manage their weight. One calorie counts with an online food diary (I now use myfitnesspal, thanks to her), and the other exercises dilegently, with extra exercise before our big Chowmeet feasts, but other than that, weight rarely comes up in conversation.

                                                                                                                                I think about weight because I'm trying to lose weight. I'm ballpark guessing what my fellow Chowhounds' BMIs might be. It's not like we've been trading BMI statistics at any of our Chowmeets. :-)

                                                                                                                                1. re: prima
                                                                                                                                  LotusRapper Oct 9, 2013 12:51 PM

                                                                                                                                  Weight Watchers worked for me. When I started it 10 years ago, I lost 35 lbs in 18 months. Haven't been too successful keeping all of that off in the past 2-3 years mostly due to less exercising.

                                                                                                                                  Some *key* tips that worked for me:

                                                                                                                                  1) Avoid eating after 8pm
                                                                                                                                  2) Eat everything but in MODERATION
                                                                                                                                  3) Listen to your body
                                                                                                                                  4) Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper (and see #1)
                                                                                                                                  5) When eating out at restaurants, ask waiter to doggybag HALF of what you ordered, then bring the other half to your table on smaller plates/bowls if possible. You still get all the food you purchased, just not eat it all in one sitting.
                                                                                                                                  6) Start every meal with a big glass of water. Hot water helps satiate a hungry appetite.
                                                                                                                                  7) Drink LOTS of water, all the time.
                                                                                                                                  8) Exercise/active regularly.
                                                                                                                                  9) Don't stress out about weight changes on a daily basis. Look at the bigger picture.
                                                                                                                                  10) Eat, Drink and be Merry.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: LotusRapper
                                                                                                                                    jrvedivici Oct 9, 2013 12:55 PM

                                                                                                                                    I'm just skipping to #10.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: LotusRapper
                                                                                                                                      prima Oct 9, 2013 12:56 PM

                                                                                                                                      Good for you, LotusRapper! :)

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                                                                                                                                  meatn3 Oct 9, 2013 12:47 PM

                                                                                                                                  I'd add that age is a big factor too. The metabolism changes for most and even eating clean and in moderation - well - it becomes more challenging.

                                                                                                                                  I've met perhaps 20 Hounds over the last several years. The majority have a few extra pounds on them - rather like much of the rest of the population. From what I observed at meals everyone ate pretty normal amounts. Lots of enjoyment but no gluttony!

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                                                                                                                                    LotusRapper Oct 9, 2013 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                                    Gluttony, sigh. I recently discovered double-baked almond croissants. It's slowly becoming habit-forming:


                                                                                                                                    1. re: LotusRapper
                                                                                                                                      meatn3 Oct 9, 2013 01:24 PM

                                                                                                                                      Back away very slowly....


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                                                                                                                                        LotusRapper Oct 9, 2013 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                                        Yeah, I backed right into some "frissants (cronuts)":


                                                                                                                          2. k
                                                                                                                            klyeoh Sep 8, 2013 05:19 AM

                                                                                                                            I'm 6' 2", 230 lbs - trying to lose 40 lbs for the last 5 years. I should think most CH males are about my size.

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                                                                                                                              alliegator Sep 8, 2013 01:06 PM

                                                                                                                              You live in Singapore! Throw out your scale and enjoy the bounty!

                                                                                                                              1. re: alliegator
                                                                                                                                klyeoh Sep 10, 2013 09:52 AM

                                                                                                                                Guilty pleasure, every day!

                                                                                                                            2. alliegator Sep 8, 2013 12:54 PM

                                                                                                                              I'm 5'2" and 100 lbs. give or take a couple depending on which way the wind blows.
                                                                                                                              This convinces my fluffier family that the hospital gave them the wrong baby :)

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                                                                                                                                pine time Sep 8, 2013 01:02 PM

                                                                                                                                My weight: less than my car, which--to my reasoning--means I'm at my weight goal.

                                                                                                                                Actually, I just celebrated 7 years as a Weight Watcher Lifer at goal, so I'm doing okay. Just okay, though, 'cause I'd like to lose about 8 pounds.

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                                                                                                                                  kitchengardengal Sep 15, 2013 07:46 PM

                                                                                                                                  Congratulations, pine time! I lost 50 lbs with WW two years ago, and need to get back in the saddle and get to my goal. You are an inspiration!

                                                                                                                                2. chartreauxx Sep 9, 2013 08:24 PM

                                                                                                                                  i just wanted to say to everyone on this thread, thank you for what i see as an abundance of honesty and a lack of body-shaming! i think it's fantastic (and rare) that people here have been so open, honest, non-judgmental, and positive about their bodies, sizes, shapes, heights, ages, and weights.

                                                                                                                                  everyone is built differently and nobody is perfect, but everyone is perfect just the way they are. thank you all for a safe environment to be how we are and eat what we want, and being supportive and accepting of all shapes, sizes, and preferences. you guys are awesome. it is really a rare treat to find a space where people are so diverse and simultaneously accepting.

                                                                                                                                  1. alliegator Sep 9, 2013 09:02 PM

                                                                                                                                    This is a good thread, zippypinhead. Nature of the beast to be curious. But I think the results are most often truthful. Why? Because we all have to tell little lies in everyday life. In 'hound world, there is no reason to not be truthful. So, hang on to your 10-15% :)

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                                                                                                                                      zippypinhead Oct 9, 2013 08:32 PM

                                                                                                                                      My goodness, look what I started....
                                                                                                                                      I had no idea of the number of responses this would generate.... And, the un-ashamed attitude taken by many posters.

                                                                                                                                      Up until 4 months ago, I weighed in at around 205. I'm now 20-25 pounds lighter.
                                                                                                                                      I just wouldn't recommend how I lost the weight. (major heart surgery & long recovery period) But, at least I'm feeling much better than pre-surgery

                                                                                                                                    2. j
                                                                                                                                      James Cristinian Sep 9, 2013 09:34 PM

                                                                                                                                      A few pounds short of an EMD SD40 locomotive which weighs in at about 360.000 lbs.

                                                                                                                                      1. viperlush Sep 10, 2013 06:53 AM

                                                                                                                                        Currently 5' 11" 140lb. Been this height since approx 8th grade and have slowly increased my weight from 100lb and 140lb over the course of 20(?) yr.

                                                                                                                                        1. financialdistrictresident Sep 10, 2013 09:21 AM

                                                                                                                                          Interesting thread . . .


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                                                                                                                                            debbiel Sep 10, 2013 10:15 AM

                                                                                                                                            Somewhere between 5'4" and 5'5", creeping down toward 5'4" I think. Recently back to the gym regularly and watching what I eat more closely. I'm at 152. Other than a four pound gain over two weeks last month the scale is not budging in this round of "Drop 15." I guess my body responds differently now in its late 40s Time to change up the balance of nutrients, I suppose.

                                                                                                                                            I won't stop eating delicious food. I am cutting back on stress and mindless eating of mediocre to "what the hell was I thinking" food. I fear my body wants me to stop eating bread, but that experiment will have to wait until after tomato season.

                                                                                                                                            1. lilmsmuffin Sep 10, 2013 10:22 PM

                                                                                                                                              5'3.5 and ~80lbs. Have been 200lbs in my early teens and 65lbs @ age 25, and obviously every weight in between. Another eating disordered chowhounder here. I'm pretty sure we aren't exactly few and far between around here. /comingout.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: lilmsmuffin
                                                                                                                                                chartreauxx Sep 10, 2013 10:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                as you say, i don't think we're rare here, we eating disorder survivors.

                                                                                                                                                i wish you good health and good luck in your battle!

                                                                                                                                                1. re: lilmsmuffin
                                                                                                                                                  Chatsworth Sep 14, 2013 01:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                  All best wishes during what is a hard journey. Try to take the help that's offered; that's often the hardest thing.

                                                                                                                                                2. KatheM Sep 11, 2013 10:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                  5'2 and 175#. I've been dieting, losing and gaining the same 10# for 6 months! lol! Body acceptance is so important, but so is healthy eating. So hard to do when we love to cook and do it well.

                                                                                                                                                  1. GraydonCarter Sep 11, 2013 11:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                    I'm lighter than Ryan Pickett

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                                                                                                                                                      SigneGT Sep 12, 2013 12:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                      I am 156 cm and 56 kg.

                                                                                                                                                      The mighty internet tells me that it's 5' 1" and 123 lbs.

                                                                                                                                                      1. WhatsEatingYou Sep 12, 2013 07:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                        5'5" and 120 give or take

                                                                                                                                                        1. RealMenJulienne Sep 14, 2013 01:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Male, currently 5' 9" and 181 pounds.

                                                                                                                                                          I've been fatter and I've been thinner but my median weight seems to hover around 175 pounds.

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                                                                                                                                                            jjjrfoodie Sep 14, 2013 02:28 PM


                                                                                                                                                            I also try to bicycle/mtn. bike every day.
                                                                                                                                                            Or walk.

                                                                                                                                                            And I'm not a sweet eater.
                                                                                                                                                            A pint of ice cream (good ice cream mind you) can go over a month undisturbed. Halloween candy is nipping at my heals tho these days. LOL.

                                                                                                                                                            1. Becca Porter Sep 14, 2013 03:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                              I'm a 5' 11" inch, 32 y old, female and I weigh 146. I was super skinny (117) until my second pregnancy, but now I have a very stable comfortable weight.

                                                                                                                                                              1. Monica Sep 19, 2013 06:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                5'3'' and 120lbs.

                                                                                                                                                                1. meatnveg Sep 25, 2013 01:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  5ft 9in and bounce between 130-140 depending on work load, stress levels and what food I am currently obsessed with

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                                                                                                                                                                    Harters Sep 26, 2013 01:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    I have no idea whether I'm an average Chowhounder, as asked in the OP.

                                                                                                                                                                    However, my regular weight in recent years has been around 16.5 stone. Which makes me a short, fat,middle-aged man instead of being a short middle-aged man. I've just returned from three and half weeks in America and have added half a stone in the period.

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                                                                                                                                                                      boyzoma Sep 26, 2013 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Well, first of all, that depends on how tall you are. BUT, if you just got back from a 3 week trip here, 3 meals a day eating out, you are entitled to a few extra "stones".

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: boyzoma
                                                                                                                                                                        prima Oct 9, 2013 11:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Keep in mind, each stone weighs 14 lbs! A few extra stones would be somewhere between an extra 28 and 42 lbs, which would be a lot of weight to gain on a 3.5 week trip. Thank goodness Harters only gained a half stone.

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                                                                                                                                                                        RealMenJulienne Sep 27, 2013 06:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        I always get fatter when I'm back in the States. The first week back is +10 pounds, and when I get on the plane to leave it's -10 pounds, like clockwork. I think it's a combination of food being cheap, portions being huge and American car culture/city layout that precludes walking to places.

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                                                                                                                                                                          Monica Sep 27, 2013 06:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          funny you said that cuz every time I visit Europe, I don't gain an ounce even though i eat and eat and eat...i don't know what it is but there is something in the air or water but probably the reasons why French women are not fat. ha.

                                                                                                                                                                          Actually I think it's all the walking I do when I am in Europe..

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Monica
                                                                                                                                                                            RealMenJulienne Sep 27, 2013 07:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Well French cuisine is deliciously fattening but they just don't seem to eat much of it. Based on my observations as an ignorant tourist:

                                                                                                                                                                            Parisian Breakfast: a roll or something
                                                                                                                                                                            Parisian Lunch: a small sandwich with one slice of ham inside
                                                                                                                                                                            Parisian Dinner: ???

                                                                                                                                                                            And a constant intake of coffee and cigarettes will also keep a person fashionably slim.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: RealMenJulienne
                                                                                                                                                                              Monica Sep 27, 2013 07:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              I think it's all the walking they have to do. I did hear that French women in suburbs are fatter...lol

                                                                                                                                                                              I mean, I visited France twice but they seem to eat all the fattening baguettes with butter or croissants. For lunch, yes, they eat those sandwiches with one or two slices of ham.
                                                                                                                                                                              For dinner, don't they eat like 9 courses every night with cheese and bottles of wine...and desserts! ha.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: RealMenJulienne
                                                                                                                                                                            jrvedivici Sep 27, 2013 08:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            THANK YOU!! I have spent my ENTIRE life here in the state's, I just keep +10lbs this explains why I'm 300+lbs!! I need to go to Europe a few times a year and the pounds will melt away!!! I knew it wasn't my fault!

                                                                                                                                                                        2. EWSflash Sep 26, 2013 06:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Oh no you don't- not gonna say, wouldn't be prudent

                                                                                                                                                                          1. caseyjo Sep 27, 2013 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            5'1" and 115-118. I got down to below 110 a few summers ago and felt way too thin, so I started weight training :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                              Monica Oct 9, 2013 11:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              If there was a 'hate' button, I would give you one.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. JMF Oct 9, 2013 11:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              6'2", 225 lbs. with an inch on my waste. That's the past two years because I was office bound for much of it. I'm usually in the 210-215 lb. range the past 10 years. I hope to get back down to that. At 215 lb. I can see my abs again. I've been missing them lately.

                                                                                                                                                                              Before that I was in the 190-200 lb. range, but in super shape. Working out in the wilderness built muscle and burned fat like crazy. 5000 calories a day and always hungry.

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                                                                                                                                                                                jrvedivici Oct 9, 2013 11:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                Last time I've seen my abs Bush Sr. was President.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  klyeoh Oct 10, 2013 05:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  For me, it was Nixon.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. mels Oct 9, 2013 12:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Female, 5'7" and 145 pounds. I am medium build and pack some muscle (thank you, Pilates class) so while the number may seem somewhat high, I am actually fairly thin.

                                                                                                                                                                                I topped out at 175 pounds a few years ago after steadily gaining every year in my post-college life (I'm in my 30s now). Desk jobs and a love of cooking/food aren't too kind to my waistline if I don't stay on top of things. In 2011 I lost 30 pounds and have kept it off for 2 years now. I started counting calories using an app (My Fitness Pal), which brought my portion sizes down to something more reasonable than what I was eating. I scratch cook most things, so sneaky restaurant portions/calories tend not to stand in my way. I no longer count calories since I am now aware of what a serving/portion suited for my lifestyle/body type looks like but I am much more mindful of the amount I eat.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  linguafood Oct 9, 2013 12:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  "145 lbs. @5'7" may seem somewhat high"?


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                                                                                                                                                                                    debbiel Oct 9, 2013 08:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Yeah. I'm 5'5", 150. Would love to lose 10. Would never dream of 5'7" and 145 as high.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      linguafood Oct 10, 2013 09:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm 5'7" and quite happy with weighing 160. I guess I'm lucky in that it's all very well distributed.

                                                                                                                                                                                      If I go any lower, I start seeing ribs above my boobs, and I have zero interest in looking that way.

                                                                                                                                                                                      But we're all built differently, for sure.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        linguafood Oct 12, 2013 10:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Oops. I'm actually 5'8". Silly 'murrcan measurements....

                                                                                                                                                                                        That makes all the difference, of course :-D

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: linguafood
                                                                                                                                                                                          alliegator Oct 12, 2013 12:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          I much prefer my metric height. 157-158ish makes me sound much more formidable than 5'2". Sigh.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      mels Oct 10, 2013 05:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Ha...I have no concept of what weight matches what height. According to BMI charts, my height/weight puts me on the high side of normal, for what it's worth. Other than that, I am not sure what one would use to gauge how closely their weight matches up with their height.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Parigi Oct 12, 2013 10:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      99 lb, for 5'3".
                                                                                                                                                                                      Living in a 4th floor (5th in US standard) and walking everywhere helps. And 50 situps per day.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Monica Oct 14, 2013 08:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        you must be stick thin...!

                                                                                                                                                                                        I think walking is the reason why people around the world are skinner than Americans. People in major cities are usually skinner than people in suburbs perhaps because people tend to walk more? When I am in European cities or Asian cities, I walk a lot more than when i am in NYC...and seems to be pretty norm in those countries.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Parigi Dec 4, 2013 07:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          I am not stick-thin, but definitely not voluptuous. lol

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Monica Dec 4, 2013 08:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            I bet ya you are one of those people who eats everything but never gain an oz? I hate your kind of people. ha, i said it.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Monica
                                                                                                                                                                                              Parigi Dec 4, 2013 08:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Indeed I don't diet.
                                                                                                                                                                                              I eat whatever I want.
                                                                                                                                                                                              But I happen to live in a 4th floor walkup (5th floor in American standard).
                                                                                                                                                                                              And I don't have much of a sweet tooth nor am I wild about rich creamy kind of cuisine.
                                                                                                                                                                                              I also think that my upbringing helped: I am not what you wuld call a well brought-up kid. You well brought-up people were told by your mother to finish your plate, finish your plate, finish your plate.
                                                                                                                                                                                              I was not. Or it did not work.
                                                                                                                                                                                              I got the habit early to stop eating when I felt full.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Well brought-up people tend to continue to eat if something is left on their plate, even when they are full, because with they way they were brought up, they have lost track of their fulness signal, me thinks…

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Monica Dec 4, 2013 10:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Probably the reason why my 5 yr old daughter is getting a bellyache whenever we eat. I keep telling her to finish her food(although she never does)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Parigi Dec 4, 2013 11:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Stop ! lol

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Janet from Richmond Oct 14, 2013 03:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm 5'1", 145 pounds and 49 years old. It all went to hell when I turned 40.

                                                                                                                                                                                        The upside is my cholesterol is 165 and I lost 4 pounds last year without trying. But I am still a dumpling.

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