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Offline aztecan

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Its official!
« on: April 22, 2008, 11:39:29 PM »
I'm old and fat.

Yep, I was shopping with a friend this evening and he gave me a quizzical look as I was looking at some marked-down candles.

The conversation went like this:

Me: I like candles. It doesn't matter if they're marked down if you're going to burn them anyway.

He: That's not what I was looking at. Why do your pants ride down so low? Why don't you wear them around your waist?

Me: Because I have a gut and I haven't bought any new clothes lately.

He: I thought you exercised?

Me: I do, at least three times a week. I even increased the number of abdominal exercises I do and increased the weight on the machine to 100 lbs.

He: Oh? So why . . . ?

Me: Probably because I am 50 years old and have been on HIV meds that causes body shape changes for a dozen years.

He: Oh. Well, my pants tend to do that too.

Me: Yes, but you are in your 60s.

He: I'm only 60.

Me: Same difference.

He: Let's go look at the towels.

SIGH

Maybe I should get stretch pants and suspenders.

HUGS,

Mark
« Last Edit: April 22, 2008, 11:46:00 PM by aztecan »
"May your life preach more loudly than your lips."
~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

Offline Dachshund

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Re: Its official!
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2008, 06:56:00 AM »
Track pants are my friend and co-conspirator. I've stopped shopping for clothes and avoid functions that require a belt. I've become one with my aids belly.

Offline mjmel

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Re: Its official!
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2008, 08:04:16 AM »
...

Maybe I should get stretch pants and suspenders.

HUGS,

Mark


I tried the suspenders last year. I wore them for doing chores in yard and stuff around the house. Results: they fall off the shoulders when maneuvering to do task that require stooping or bending forward. (no sexual connotation ::)). I had to fasten them together so one suspender would not slip off the shoulder. I discovered the world of elastic waist pants to be the winning idea. A friend to 'old and fat'. Heehee! They are so much easier to manipulate. Plus a nice square tail shirt covers the elastic just swell. I now own several elastic waist pants for those days when I choose to eat as much as I wish to shovel into my stomach.

Mike
« Last Edit: April 23, 2008, 08:23:05 AM by mjmel »

Offline BT65

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Re: Its official!
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2008, 08:55:06 AM »
Mark, the next person who asks me 'when are you due' is going to get squarely punched.  I'm still in denial though, thinking I'll somehow be able to wish the gut off.  I do have more pairs of stretch pants than what I used to have.  At least I can breathe when I wear them.
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

Offline AlanBama

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Re: Its official!
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2008, 09:48:45 AM »
Mark,

I know exactly how you feel honey.   It seems my waistline has ballooned another 2 inches within the last week...don't know if it's bloat, true weight gain, or what....but I do know that I wore a pair of pants to work yesterday that physically made me sick.  My stomach hurt all night last night, after I finally got home and got out of them.

It's no fun to shop anymore, at least for me.  ***SIGH***

hugs,
Alan (who is today wearing a comfortable 33" waist khaki pant)
"Remember my sentimental friend that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others." - The Wizard of Oz

Offline Dachshund

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Re: Its official!
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2008, 09:56:57 AM »
Alan (who is today wearing a comfortable 33" waist khaki pant)

Hey Alan, I wear a 33, but for some reason I feel more comfortable in a 48. ;D

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Its official!
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2008, 10:12:32 AM »
33 is not THAT bad. (I scrunched into a 31 recently, but it was a frightening experience).
"Iíve slept with enough men to know that Iím not gay"

Offline MarcoPoz

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Re: Its official!
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2008, 01:04:31 PM »
Hmmm...ever think of wearing a kilt?  ;)  SUCH freedom!

Offline denb45

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Re: Its official!
« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2008, 01:08:37 PM »
33 is not THAT bad. (I scrunched into a 31 recently, but it was a frightening experience).

I wear anywhere between a 34 to 36 in the waist, but, I'm also 51 going on 52, and stand 6'3 190LBS, and wear size 13D shoes, so, I don't think it's all that bad (my Belly is big too) and I still wear belts, I have to loosen them form time to time, but, not much I can do about it, so, I just live with it the best I can.............
« Last Edit: April 23, 2008, 01:10:17 PM by denb45 »
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Offline bear60

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Re: Its official!
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2008, 01:13:51 PM »
I have one suggestion that solves the suspender problem:

BIB OVERALLS


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Offline rondrond

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Re: Its official!
« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2008, 01:28:27 PM »
I've found that  I need to have 'rest stops' lately while I'm shopping.


« Last Edit: April 23, 2008, 01:30:21 PM by rondrond »
"I may not be exactly where I want to be, but I sure as Hell am not where I was"
Wynnona Judd

Diagnosed/HIV
1993
AZT
Norvir
1994-2001
Crixivan/Epivir/Zerit
No Meds for 7 Years

04jul07/DVT-right leg/Bi Lateral PE's     
16oct08/DVT-left leg
Sept '09  6 blood clots in left arm
Coumadin 5mgs
                                     
Atenolol/50mg/2x
Hydrochlorth 25mg/1x
Gemfibrozil/300mgs/2X
Symbicort
Proventil Inhaler
Potassium
Rhinocort


*APR 08~Viramune/Truvada
March08  CD4 330 23% VL 452.000 
*Jan09 Med change~Epzicom/Viramune

Aug09   CD4 523 23%  VL<48
Diagnosed: COPD
Dec 2013: CD4 645 45% VL 49
Med Change: Viramune/Epivir/Ziagen/Isentress

Offline BT65

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Re: Its official!
« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2008, 02:01:50 PM »
I've found that  I need to have 'rest stops' lately while I'm shopping.

Me too.  I go down the aisles very slow and sometimes stop and look at shit I'm not even considering buying to take a break.
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

Offline hartiepie

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Re: Its official!
« Reply #12 on: April 23, 2008, 02:28:40 PM »

I know exactly how you feel honey.   It seems my waistline has ballooned another 2 inches within the last week...don't know if it's bloat, true weight gain, or what....but I do know that I wore a pair of pants to work yesterday that physically made me sick.  My stomach hurt all night last night, after I finally got home and got out of them.

It's no fun to shop anymore, at least for me.  ***SIGH***

hugs,
Alan (who is today wearing a comfortable 33" waist khaki pant)

After working out for a couple of years, I was literally just beaming to my housemate about finally reasonably wearing my new size 34 jeans, and I read this .......

Wah! 33-inches is considered large??? How depressing is that?

 Man.............I hate the way lipo has changed the way fat is distributed on my body, but I think I'll still keep telling myself that my personal best ---34 jeans!--- is good enough under the circumstances. I'll just avoid taking my clothes off in front of anyone unless the lights are out.
« Last Edit: April 23, 2008, 02:50:57 PM by hartiepie »

Offline rondrond

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Re: Its official!
« Reply #13 on: April 23, 2008, 02:46:21 PM »
Me too.  I go down the aisles very slow and sometimes stop and look at shit I'm not even considering buying to take a break.

I usually make it 4 aisles before my first 'rest' and it's the chips aisle, I can spend some time checking for 'sodium content' (I have suddenly developed high blood pressure) before moving on. :) then the clothing dept is in between groceries and toiletries, so I can look at a rack of pants/shirts, I can't even fit into  :-[  My last rest is standing in line...
"I may not be exactly where I want to be, but I sure as Hell am not where I was"
Wynnona Judd

Diagnosed/HIV
1993
AZT
Norvir
1994-2001
Crixivan/Epivir/Zerit
No Meds for 7 Years

04jul07/DVT-right leg/Bi Lateral PE's     
16oct08/DVT-left leg
Sept '09  6 blood clots in left arm
Coumadin 5mgs
                                     
Atenolol/50mg/2x
Hydrochlorth 25mg/1x
Gemfibrozil/300mgs/2X
Symbicort
Proventil Inhaler
Potassium
Rhinocort


*APR 08~Viramune/Truvada
March08  CD4 330 23% VL 452.000 
*Jan09 Med change~Epzicom/Viramune

Aug09   CD4 523 23%  VL<48
Diagnosed: COPD
Dec 2013: CD4 645 45% VL 49
Med Change: Viramune/Epivir/Ziagen/Isentress

Offline AlanBama

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Re: Its official!
« Reply #14 on: April 23, 2008, 02:52:35 PM »
33 is not that large guys, it's just large for me!  I'm a skinny guy, always have been.

It'd be great if elastic waisted pants suddenly came into fasion... ;D
"Remember my sentimental friend that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others." - The Wizard of Oz

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Its official!
« Reply #15 on: April 23, 2008, 02:59:22 PM »
Cheer up, ladies

"Iíve slept with enough men to know that Iím not gay"

Offline denb45

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Re: Its official!
« Reply #16 on: April 23, 2008, 05:38:48 PM »
33 is not that large guys, it's just large for me!  I'm a skinny guy, always have been.

It'd be great if elastic waisted pants suddenly came into fasion... ;D

no it's not that LARGE, besides, I love a man with some meat on his bones, skinny guys are ok, but, they seem to be all dick and nothing else.....LOL
but a good balance between meat & skinny is always a good thing to me  ;D
"it's so nice to be insane, cause no-one ask you to explain" Helen Reddy cc 1974

Offline aztecan

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Re: Its official!
« Reply #17 on: April 23, 2008, 06:41:26 PM »
It isn't so much the waist size, its the drop in waist.

My belly pushes it down in the front and I have no butt to hold it up in the back. The end result is my belt buckle ends up riding on my pubic bone.

Of course, after looking at Ahnold, I guess the old bod is just fine.

HUGS,

Mark
"May your life preach more loudly than your lips."
~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

Offline BT65

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Re: Its official!
« Reply #18 on: April 23, 2008, 07:01:37 PM »
It isn't so much the waist size, its the drop in waist.

Amen.
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

Offline denb45

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Re: Its official!
« Reply #19 on: April 23, 2008, 08:30:43 PM »
It isn't so much the waist size, its the drop in waist.

My belly pushes it down in the front and I have no butt to hold it up in the back. The end result is my belt buckle ends up riding on my pubic bone.

Of course, after looking at Ahnold, I guess the old bod is just fine.

HUGS,

Mark


Hey! your my age, so, I don't think you look as bad as you say you do   ;)...............don't be so hard on yourself  :-*
"it's so nice to be insane, cause no-one ask you to explain" Helen Reddy cc 1974

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Its official!
« Reply #20 on: April 24, 2008, 10:25:57 AM »

uuuGGHHHH....   :-\  I remember , when I had to buy those pants with the extended waistline. I still have a a few pairs and wear them (mostly to work). Also bought an adjustable stretch belt, which works pretty well.

(((hugs)))----Ray
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Offline AndyArrow

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Re: Its official!
« Reply #21 on: May 01, 2008, 12:19:55 AM »
Woohooo!  I've been trying very hard to pack on the weight and I'm now offically 175lbs and 33w.  I feel so normal ... well, kinda sorta. 
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