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Want to carry comfortably IWB? Lose 10 lbs (or more)!

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by racer88, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. racer88

    racer88 NRA & SAF mbr

    Oct 14, 2009
    I've been about 20 lbs overweight for a while. But, getting motivated to lose it is a challenge to say the least. At my recent annual MDVIP physical, my blood tests showed signs of pre-diabetes. That put the fear of GOD in me. I was drinking regular soda at least once a day. Ice cream (the good stuff) almost every night.

    The doctor's news about pre-diabetes put an instantaneous "kibosh" on that **it! I stopped the soda and sweets cold turkey from that day. That was about 5 weeks ago. And, JUST doing that has taken 11 lbs off, so far.

    I feel better. I look better (face and neck aren't as "swollen"). Pants aren't as tight. I do miss the Blue Bell Dutch Chocolate ice cream, though! [​IMG]

    But, another nifty "side-effect" is that my G27 in a CBST holster is nearly unnoticeable to me now. Much more comfortable. Huge difference!
  2. racer88

    racer88 NRA & SAF mbr

    Oct 14, 2009
    Doc wants to see me again in 3 months to test again. He also wanted me to lose 6 lbs. I'm going to see if I can triple that! :)

  3. xmanhockey7


    Dec 6, 2010
    Congrads keep up the work.
  4. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    I've lost more than 10 pounds in the last 2 months. That's 5 times what my gun weighs. So I'm not b*tching so much anymore about 4 or 5 extra ounces in a gun. But still, about 36 oz is my upper limit for all-day carry and I still prefer 30.
  5. eclark53520


    Feb 12, 2007
    Due to a busy schedule lately i've been gaining weight...and yeah, i'm getting uncomfortable.

    Time to make room for the gym and start eating right again.
  6. Ryan-17


    Jan 18, 2010
    Congrats!!! i'm trying to be more aware of my health as well, trying to slowly but surely change my eating habits....
  7. racer88

    racer88 NRA & SAF mbr

    Oct 14, 2009
    haha... I was doing that. The problem is it becomes a nuclear escalation with no end in sight! :shocked: I kept buying bigger and bigger pants.
  8. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

    Sep 24, 1999
    Hartford, Vermont
    I have lost a moderate five puonds in the last month.
  9. The key to weight fluctuations is to buy "comfort fit" pants. I get them at Lands End. Works unbelievably well for IWB.
  10. slickt0mmy


    Jan 17, 2011
    I recently lost about 10 lbs. as well. My girlfriend and I both started doing P90X about a month ago and it's working wonderfully, IMO. And it's noticeably easier to conceal the G19 too! Win/Win :supergrin:
  11. After a lifetime of being very active, I also began to put on weight. It started after I injured my back. It has been hard to get back in the routine. It should be easy, but I know I am a carbon junkie. Nothing fits me right and I have not got ton used to the weight.

    I hope you do well with the weight loss program and you can keep it off.
  12. WASR10


    Oct 9, 2011
    When I began carrying IWB I was faced with resizing my entire wardrobe in order to successfully carry concealed. I found it much cheaper to lose 2" off the waste line :) I gained 1" back and have to lose it again.

    Controlling my fat, salt, and sugar intake was probably the greatest success factor. Well done OP!
  13. tophatxj


    Feb 12, 2010
    Yea I have put on some pounds in the last year. Started carrying OWB because of it. Gotta work on getting back in shape.
  14. Sheepdog Scout

    Sheepdog Scout Behind you!

    Jan 23, 2010
    Who knows?
    Congrats, keep up the good work.

    You know, eating a little treat of ice cream or what have you from time to time won't kill ya.
  15. Louisville Glocker

    Louisville Glocker Urban Redneck

    Dec 17, 2010
    Louisville, KY
    A plug for exercise and good health: being overweight is more likely to kill you than a bad guy's bullets. In essence, you become your own "bad guy" when you don't take care of your body.

    Getting in shape, exercising, actually makes you happier by producing natural chemicals in your brain. Plus, it drastically improves quality of life as you age. Sure it takes some time, you need to find out what you like to do.

    Personally, I mix it up with some weight-lifting three times a week (done in the convenience of my own home - basement, with loud music, sometimes even while watching kids and/or watching sports on tv); also some martial arts a couple times a week (traditional, also sparring, also jiu-jitsu). Nothing like being able to fight without getting in trouble for it! Besides getting you in amazing shape, sparring prepares you for hand to hand combat that could occur in real life scenerios. In tournaments, I'm typically fighting against guys in their prime who are currently in the army. (Ft. Knox is nearby)

    Really, it is win-win, and for a few hours a week lets me relax, stay in shape, and become better mentally and physically trained for an adverse confrontation. I'm age 45 by the way. And yeah, I play some hoops when I can, and random sports with the kids too.

  16. KiloBravo

    KiloBravo Lifetime Newb

    Congrats OP!

    I started a lifestyle change this past April of 2011. The first thing I learned was to never call it a "diet." It is a lifestyle change, and it takes a life time commitment.

    I had lost 60 pounds by around October, and have kept it off so far. I just started easing back into my weekly runs and such as of late, but I was still able to maintain what I had lost throughout the winter. I am to head off to the police academy in June. That was my main goal when I started to lose weight and get in shape. I would like to lose another 10 pounds before I start my training.

    I also noticed how much easier and more comfortable it is to carry now as well. :cool:

    Stick with it, and congrats again on your success thus far. :wavey:
  17. Rustin


    Oct 12, 2011
    Central Ohio
    To carry more comfortably I could definately GAIN 10 lbs. I am 6'0 145 lbs and it is hard for me to conceal the G19. Congrats though on your weight loss. My OWB holsters are so uncomfortable in the summer because they hang off of my hip. In the winter I have long johns on constantly and tuck in my shirts therefore gaining more bulk. Much more comfortable this way.
  18. Just1More


    Mar 18, 2009
    Are you sure it's the pop, or are you eating better elsewhere? I'm sick of people blaming pop for obesity.....and not ding-dongs, cereal, gatorade, etc. It's ridiculous.
  19. snappy


    Jan 10, 2008
    North Cakalaky
    No man, can't be soda. Coke in the can only has 39 g's of carbs in it and 39 gms of sugar, can't be. Drink 2-5 a day, no chance that'll add weight.