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Old 12-11-10, 09:19 AM
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Want a chuckle?

I've recently gotten communication from some members of the ROAD forum, that I'm starting to look too thin. (No, I'm not laughing at the particular members, in fact, I appreciate their concerns). It's just the idea......

5 years ago, I never would have imagined the idea at all.

By the way, to the roadies that expressed the concerns....I am still a Clyde by weight, technically, since I'm just a couple of hairs over 209 pounds and 6'2 1/2". I float around between 199 and 209, on average.
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Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
I've recently gotten communication from some members of the ROAD forum, that I'm starting to look too thin. (No, I'm not laughing at the particular members, in fact, I appreciate their concerns). It's just the idea......

5 years ago, I never would have imagined the idea at all.

By the way, to the roadies that expressed the concerns....I am still a Clyde by weight, technically, since I'm just a couple of hairs over 209 pounds and 6'2 1/2". I float around between 199 and 209, on average.
Reminds me of all the people at work who thought I was too 'unhealthy' looking at 242 pounds. They think I'm a better physical specimen at 285.
 
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When a Bikeforums roadie says you are too thin, it's possibly the best compliment they can give. But, you know that.
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Congrats on the "compliments."
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When I was in my late 20s and went from 264 to 212, my boss was adamant that I stop losing weight. He was genuinely concerned about my health (of course he weighed probably all of 140 pounds himself). That's when I first formulated my theory that people judge other peoples' appearance based on their previous experience with them, and not on any kind of "absolute" standard. If someone saw me for the first time at 165 they wouldn't think I looked anything but "normal." But if they knew me at 304 and saw me shrink to 165, they'd be concerned about me becoming "too thin."
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Originally Posted by 2manybikes View Post
When a Bikeforums roadie says you are too thin, it's possibly the best compliment they can give. But, you know that.
No doubt. Now if the guys in the racing forum start being concerned you are too thin it might be a problem. Those guys manage body weight nearly to the point of internal organ shut down prior to target races.
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I hear you, Tom. I've gone through similar, albeit less, drastic weight loss, and I experience the same stuff.

My theory goes like this: People like having an overweight friend or two. It makes them feel better about their own health issues because, after all, they're not as bad off as Fat Richard. When Fat Richard starts losing weight, everybody's happy for him... until he gets to the point where they can't point at him and say "I'm not as unhealthy as HE is". At THAT point, they stop being happy for you. At THAT point, when they see you, they start feeling uncomfortable. They're uncomfortable because you've gone from a constant reminder that they're not so bad off, to a constant reminder that they ARE unhealthy, AND that if somebody worse off than them got better, they don't have to stay that way. To make matters worse, in their mind, you're still Fat Richard - and if Fat Richard is thinner than you are, then boy, do you have problems.

When they say "haven't you lost enough weight?" the unspoken reason is "because you're making me realize how unhealthy I am, and also making me feel lazy because I've done jack about it."
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I hear you, Tom. I've gone through similar, albeit less, drastic weight loss, and I experience the same stuff.

My theory goes like this: People like having an overweight friend or two. It makes them feel better about their own health issues because, after all, they're not as bad off as Fat Richard. When Fat Richard starts losing weight, everybody's happy for him... until he gets to the point where they can't point at him and say "I'm not as unhealthy as HE is". At THAT point, they stop being happy for you. At THAT point, when they see you, they start feeling uncomfortable. They're uncomfortable because you've gone from a constant reminder that they're not so bad off, to a constant reminder that they ARE unhealthy, AND that if somebody worse off than them got better, they don't have to stay that way. To make matters worse, in their mind, you're still Fat Richard - and if Fat Richard is thinner than you are, then boy, do you have problems.

When they say "haven't you lost enough weight?" the unspoken reason is "because you're making me realize how unhealthy I am, and also making me feel lazy because I've done jack about it."
Reminds me of the scene in the movie Charley where the protagonist, a ******** janitor who has his IQ increased, demonstrates to his coworkers that he can operate the machinery in the plant. They get him fired.
 
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My theory goes like this: People like having an overweight friend or two.
Witness two pairs of the best known 'buddies' in film - Holmes and Watson , and Frodo and Sam. Neither Conan Doyle nor Tolkien describe their people as fat, yet the popular conception of Watson, and now Sam, is that they are. (One of the Peter Jackson films gives Golem the line "stupid fat hobbit" to make the point clear.)
 
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Don't worry, Tom, I'm healthy enough for both of us.

When I joined BF in 2008, I think I went from just above 200 to just below 200 and said something about no longer being a Clyde. I'm upto about 230, close to my heaviest weight ever, and thinking about doing the all-out diet thing again with the new year.
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Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
I am still a Clyde by weight, technically, since I'm just a couple of hairs over 209 pounds and 6'2 1/2". I float around between 199 and 209, on average.
I am 6'2" and I am trying to get back to where I can maintain that range on a constant basis.
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Old 12-13-10, 09:42 AM
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Originally Posted by RichardGlover View Post
I hear you, Tom. I've gone through similar, albeit less, drastic weight loss, and I experience the same stuff.

My theory goes like this: People like having an overweight friend or two. It makes them feel better about their own health issues because, after all, they're not as bad off as Fat Richard. When Fat Richard starts losing weight, everybody's happy for him... until he gets to the point where they can't point at him and say "I'm not as unhealthy as HE is". At THAT point, they stop being happy for you. At THAT point, when they see you, they start feeling uncomfortable. They're uncomfortable because you've gone from a constant reminder that they're not so bad off, to a constant reminder that they ARE unhealthy, AND that if somebody worse off than them got better, they don't have to stay that way. To make matters worse, in their mind, you're still Fat Richard - and if Fat Richard is thinner than you are, then boy, do you have problems.

When they say "haven't you lost enough weight?" the unspoken reason is "because you're making me realize how unhealthy I am, and also making me feel lazy because I've done jack about it."
I had an experience at a Christmas party this weekend that could be explained by that phenomenon. The party was hosted by some old and very dear friends of ours, part of a circle of about 4 or 5 couples that have known one another since high school, and none of them had seen me since I was about 260 early in the summer. Every one of them was thrilled for my wife and me and there were lots of hearty congratulations going around, except for one of the husbands, who was glad for us but overall pretty reserved about the whole thing.

Of course his tepid response could also have something to do with the fact that he isn't nearly as fit as his hyper-athletic wife, and while he isn't anything close to obese, he could probably stand to lose 20 pounds or so. I suspect he gets that fact tossed back at him a bit. His wife told us that she's had a hard time getting him to eat and exercise the way she does, so there's a good chance he's a bit sensitive about the whole thing.

But it was an interesting phenomenon, and definitely noticable, at least in my conversations with him. I'll have to ask my wife if she got the same vibe.
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