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Old Mon, Feb-08-10, 16:19
absinthian absinthian is offline
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Plan: Modified Atkins
Stats: 297/251.8/150 Female 63
Progress: 31%
Default Finding out Skinny doesn't = Fit

I've had 3 interesting conversations this past week:

#1. Was talking to my mom on the phone and she mentioned some event was about 13 miles away; I asked if she rode her bike, she laughed and said she isn't as fit as I am. She is about a size 8.

#2. Was chatting w/ a guy at a get together and mentioned I occassionally do 50+ mile bike rides. He said, "You're in a whole other class, when you do more than 50 miles at a time."

#3. Was talking w/ an acquaintence and she mentioned she should get her bike out again; she's about a size 6. So I invited her to ride w/ me. She laughed and said she could never keep up w/ me; she'd never even rode 10 miles!

I think I have always associated being fat with being unfit, and by my logic then all skinny people are fit. I guess it's not always the case that fat equates with being unfit; I'm still very fat, so I find it weird for skinny people to say I am more fit than them.

Anybody else underestimating their actual fitness level?
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Old Tue, Feb-09-10, 06:03
robmedina robmedina is offline
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Posts: 178
Plan: paleo adaptation
Stats: 248/215/200 Male 70
Progress: 69%
Location: Cherry Hill, NJ

Yup. I am a "big guy" 5'10" 227lbs. I am a distance runner. I would be on a job site and would need to walk up stairs in a building- Some of the skinny guys would be huffing and puffing and I would be talking as normal. I LOVE that!
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Old Tue, Feb-09-10, 18:22
jschwab jschwab is offline
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Posts: 5,568
Plan: Atkins72/Paleo/NoGrain/IF
Stats: 285/253/200 Female 5 feet 5.5 inches
Progress: 38%

I am a distance runner, too. Having my ass beat at races by women weighing at least 100 pounds more than me (and I am already 100 pounds overweight) totally put that theory to rest for me. I regularly beat people who train well and "look like runners". I beat a skinny trainer from my gym who'd been training with seasoned competitive runners at a race earlier this year.

Skinny definitely does not equal fit.
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Old Tue, Mar-09-10, 12:57
angorabbit angorabbit is offline
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Plan: Atkins
Stats: 250/237.4/120 Female 65 inches
Progress: 10%
Location: PA

Not on the fitness front, but my aunt who has ALWAYS been skinny (I'd say between 120-135) has had high blood pressure issues since she turned 40.

Granted, I'm 23, but at 250 pounds, my blood pressure is perfect, I'm not even pre-diabetic and my cholesterol is fine.

I'd say skinny doesn't always equal healthy either.
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Old Sat, May-15-10, 14:13
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Jennyjuice Jennyjuice is offline
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Posts: 6
Plan: Atkins
Stats: 186/184/160 Female 5foot1inch
Progress: 8%
Location: Canada

I understand that one forsure! I work as an instructor in a gym and I have ppl that "look" fit come into my class and they kinda look me over, with doubt on what I can do or teach them. They catch on fast though when they are huffing and ready to hurl , I'm up there feeling great and smiling! It's victory for us " chubbies" being fit has no figure I think .
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Old Sun, May-30-10, 15:29
Sparklxx Sparklxx is offline
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Plan: Atkins
Stats: 180/159/135 Female 5'10
Progress: 37%

Thin most definitely does not mean fit. When I was a size 0 I was the weakest little thing LOL. I could barely do a push up. At 173 I was sooo strong just a bit too "thick" for my 5'10 frame. Now I'm trying to trim down and maintain or increase my strength.
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