000 and Vanity Sizing

I whipped up this infographic just now after reading about the new size 000 and surrounding controversy.

In the 1950s the smallest sizes at Sears were a size 9 for Juniors and a size 10 for Misses yet the measurements are close to today's 000.

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  1. All I know is... I weighed less 20 years ago, and wore a size 5. I gained 20 lbs and now wear a size 4. A woman would have to be delusional not to realize something's up! My mother once said, "At least you wear a smaller size!" So, it just proves that some women want to be lied to! Even though I wear a 4, I know that in 1993 it would've been an 8!

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  2. Vanity sizing makes no sense to me. A person is physically the size they are no matter what a tag says. I not only weigh myself, but measure myself as well. I know that even if I wear different sizes, according to which brand I buy, it's not because I've magically shrunk, or unknowingly gained weight, based on the size I need to buy. Silly.

    BTW, I've now lost about 25 lbs. I think I started posting here around December. So, I'm averaging about .5 lb. loss a week. Also, and more importantly, my blood pressure and my blood sugar levels have returned to normal. Even though I had to go to the doctor's for a general health check, I refused to be weighed by the doctor. I am still extremely bothered by the idea of being diagnosed with the "disease" of obesity. Anyhow, I'm only a few pounds away from officially being out of the obese range and into the overweight range. That alone is a huge relief for me. I still have a lot to lose, and at this pace, I'll be giving you updates for the next year+ before I finally reach my normal weight.

    Even though it has been very difficult to lose at such a slow pace, I know it will be better for long term maintenance. The slow pace is allowing my mind and body to slowly adjust to the changes, which seems to be making the weight loss almost effortless, despite the general agony of trying to be patient with such a slow loss.

    RL

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    1. I just double checked the date of my review for your book, and it was around December that I found your book/website, and began, at least, reading here at that time. So, I got my time frame/weight loss average correct.

      I believe I came across your book from Amazon's suggestion list for me, or a search I did..something like that. Anyhow, I am so glad I came across your book. I have changed my thinking about dieting so much. Now that I'm ignoring the typical diet advice out there, and am taking things slowly, weight loss is slowly, but surely, happening, and it feels very different this time around.

      I think some people's bodies are just extremely sensitive to drastic changes, which causes the body to put on the brakes immediately, making long term weight loss very difficult. I'm sure swift and drastic changes work for some people, but seeing how many struggle with long term weight loss, my guess is that most people fit in the same camp I'm in. My guess is that most people would finally achieve long term results if they just took things REALLY slowly, and avoided shocking the body, thereby avoiding the body slamming on the brakes.

      I admit, it is extremely difficult to lose weight so slowly when the impulse I have is to lose weight more quickly, but I know that didn't work for me in the past. I'm determined to lose weight in a smart way this time around, and be rid of this struggle for good, finally.

      I know, I know, I'm not done losing weight, much less maintaining, in order to be talking like this. But, like I said, the whole process FEELS different this time around. I feel good. I don't feel deprived. My body doesn't feel like it's being shocked. My metabolism appears to be doing really good. I'm not bouncing up and down in my weight; I'm having a consistent downward trend with my loss. I feel like the turtle in that child's tale...slow and steady wins the race. Anyhow, time will tell if things are really different for me this time around (I feel in my gut it really is different this time - not just wishful thinking), which is why I intend to continue giving updates in the future.

      Well, I hadn't intended to write so much this morning. Posting my update threw me into a contemplative mode, thinking over everything and how much has changed for me since reading Vintage 1950's Diet Tips. I can't believe it's already been almost a year since finding VDT. It really does not seem like it's been that long. Crazy. Thanks for listening to my "looking back" thoughts this morning. :)

      RL

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    2. I am so proud of you, RL!!!

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    3. Thank you! :)

      RL

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  3. Wow! I can't believe it's been almost a year since I last updated you on my progress. Time goes by so fast! Well, I'm down a total of 45 lbs. now. I hope you are doing well.

    RL

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    1. That is STUPENDOUS! Thank you for updating and being an inspiration!

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  4. Thanks! I'm going to post a link back here (in your current post) for others who might be wondering how I'm doing, but don't realize I posted an update.

    RL

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  5. Congratulations RL!!! How did you go about your new, healthy way of eating?

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  6. I've kept it really simple because that's what I do best with. If things become too in-depth I tend to ditch it after a short amount of time. It's not because I'm lazy, I'm not. It's because it becomes mentally exhausting to me to be hyper-focused on dieting, calories, weight, etc., day after day. I don't want my primary focus in life to be about food and weight.

    I needed to do something that I knew I would be able to stick with long term, even though I knew it would mean a much slower weight loss. I have always hated counting calories, and knew that I wouldn't stick with that. So, instead, I follow the general guidelines here of not following any fad diets and simply pay attention to what I eat and what my weight is in a general way, not in a hyper-focused way. I reign in my eating in non-painful ways if loss is not happening, but I do it in a non-drastic way so that the loss is slow and both my mind and body are not thrown into rebellion. It has been working really well because I don't deprive myself, so don't deal with the deprivation issue, and the loss is still happening even though it's been really slow.

    I've been averaging just under a half pound loss per week, which is my sweet spot. If I were to do anything more drastic to try to lose 1-2 lbs. a week, that's where it becomes unsustainable for me. So, as hard as it has been to lose so slowly, and how tempting it is to do something to make the weight come off faster, I won't go there. I know that approach doesn't work for me. I have not felt deprived at all doing it this way, and my body feels relaxed and happy going at this pace.

    RL

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  7. That's great, RL!! A few years ago I counted calories for 6 months and lost 25 pounds. After that I had gotten good at eyeballing servings and had a pretty good idea the calories I typically ate. But then I got lazy and gained most of it back over the last couple years. I could kick myself! I'm not counting calories this time around but I'm upping my fruits and veggies and trying to keep the processed food to a minimum.

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  8. That's good, Aileen. That's one of the main things I do to keep my calories in a good place. When I know I need to adjust my eating a little (I can feel it. I've become really good at sensing what my body needs me to do.), I make sure to eat more fruits and vegetables. It's a simple and easy way to eat healthier and cut calories a little without much effort or thought.

    Is the weight coming back down for you?

    RL

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  9. Hi Averyl,

    Your pictures are so motivating and thank you for sharing them with us! They show you are doing something right! Question for you:

    Could you share what could be a "typical" day of eating for you looks like?

    I know this question is really too broad since days can be so different and places you are at on any given day, can drastically change things up. Just wanting a glimpse of someone's routine - who achieved a wonderful goal.

    Best to you,
    Donna

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    1. Thanks, Donna!

      Yes, I can and will do a blog post on that soon. Much more will be in my next book, too!

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  10. I wanted to give you an update. Again, I can't believe it's been almost another year since I last updated! I'm now down a total of 75-80 lbs. I have a 5 pound fluctuation range that I've been maintaining at. I have no more weight to lose at this point. My body is happy at this weight.

    In some ways, it felt like it took forever to lose that weight, but at the same time it feels like the time flew by. I can't believe I'm already done losing the weight! Again, I'll comment in the current post that I've done an update here. I hope all of you are well.

    RL

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    1. You are amazing! Congratulations!!!

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  11. RL! Thank you for sharing your updates! I appreciate them.

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    1. Thank you, Averyl!

      You're welcome, Amy. I promised I would update, and I made sure not to let time cause me to forget that promise, which is easy to do.

      RL

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