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Old 11-02-2005, 08:40 AM   #1
Michael J. Joyce
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I have been hearing this a lot lately. My body fat is decreasing, my strength, endurance, etc. is getting better, yet I am "too skinny". As Ken from CfitSW said, it's because I no longer look like the rest of the American public. If this is too skinny, I'll take it.
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Old 11-02-2005, 10:02 AM   #2
Roger Harrell
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Hahaha. Are you able to do more than you used to be able to do? Do you feel energetic? If you keep seeing improvements in performance and don't feel lethargic or start getting sick easily, you're not too skinny.
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Old 11-02-2005, 10:24 AM   #3
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I get that crap all the time. Don't worry about it.
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Old 11-02-2005, 11:02 AM   #4
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As a winter endurance guy, I feel compelled to add that for what I do (long ski tours and long ski days). A little extra fat keep me warm and helps out when it is cold, water bottle freezes and food is missed on long outings.
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Old 11-02-2005, 11:25 AM   #5
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Oh, man, I wish I had an excuse like that for staying fat (j/k) :happy:
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Old 11-02-2005, 11:51 AM   #6
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I get that too. In my case, it's probably true!
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Old 11-02-2005, 12:24 PM   #7
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Ditto that (also might be true in my case). I just respond that I'm determined to only take up as much space on this planet as I absolutely need. That gets me some weird looks and they leave me alone, wondering why they suddenly feel greedy.
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Old 11-02-2005, 01:03 PM   #8
Jason Erickson
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Two reasons why people say that:

1) You're emaciated.
2) They feel fat by comparison.

If you aren't emaciated, it doesn't matter and they are the ones with the problem. You can always close the topic with, "No, you just feel fat around me. Would you like some help with that?" (don't forget to smile when you say that...) :proud:
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Old 11-02-2005, 01:49 PM   #9
Frank C Ollis
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Look on the bright side, people look at me like I am going to start ripping seats out of the plane. I have to fly in these little Canadair Regional Jets all the time. I like the front row for the room, problem is, I fill the whole isle from chest height. Beleive it or not, people still bump into me and act like they did not see me. I also love the sneers I get because my shoulders, thanks to genetics, overlap the next seat by about 3 inches.

My suggestion, the next time someone makes a size comment, pick up the nearest ungodly heavy thing and tell them to give it a shot.

As a Marine, I always get these little track stars that talk smack about my 7:45 miles. My response, I could carry any one of you out of the line of fire, and my machine gun. Can you do the same?
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Old 11-02-2005, 02:49 PM   #10
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I have similar problem--I'm 6'3" and 260#, and people bump into me on the street all the time, like they don't see me. Drives me crazy! Was walking across the GG Bridge last weekend with a friend, sticking to my side of the walkway, had about 8 people either step in front of me or bump into me. My friend could not believe it. Of course, some were tourists that didn't seem to know better, so I cut 'em some slack. Finally, some short guy and his wife smack right into me (and bounced off) and had the nerve to stop and give me a look. I just stopped and smiled.

I do my best to avoid bumping in to people--if I see someone not paying attention, or about to step in front of me, I give them wide berth--but if I didn't know better, I would get the impression that some people do it deliberately. Either that, or there are an awful lot of idiots out there.

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