If your weight and appearance are a problem for reenacting, then they probably are for your real life, too. This is one part of the hobby that has to be a lifestyle issue and can't be changed like putting on a new coat. When I realized that I had $1,000 worth of clothing that didn't fit anymore, and I couldn't afford new ones, I knew what I had to do. I got in shape. That was 8 years ago. I keep my weight below the Army weight for height standard and work out daily. Some times I even enjoy it.
Pine River Boys, Co I, 7th Wisconsin
"We're... Christians, what read the Bible and foller what it says about lovin' your enemies and carin' for them what despitefully use you -- that is, after you've downed 'em good and hard."
-Si Klegg and His Pard Shorty