More Than Just A Weight Loss

I lost 2.2 pounds this week bringing me to a total loss of over 36 pounds.  I am pleased with the progress I’ve made in the last 16 weeks, and I’m looking forward to seeing my progress over the next 16 weeks.  

When you have as much to lose as I do, 36 pounds doesn’t always seem like much.  But I’d like to share a few things that are noticeably different now:
  1. I look in the mirror now without feeling bad because I know it’s only getting better.
  2. I have lost 17 inches, and I will measure again next week. 
  3. My jeans used to hug my body tightly, and now I can pull them off or on without unbuttoning them.  (TMI? If so, sorry. hehe)
  4. People have commented that I have “more pep in my step” which I’ve noticed myself.  I walked a mile up a steep hill from the train station a few weeks ago which I would not have even attempted a few months ago.
  5. I can ride my recumbent bike for over an hour without feeling exhausted though when I started it took all I had to ride for 30 minutes. 
  6. I can buckle the seatbelt in the Jaguar now! (This is a big deal because I had to place the belt behind my back to buckle it last year!)
  7. I don’t get winded as quickly walking up the stairs to my place — even when I’m carrying my gym bag or groceries. 
  8. Walking my dog is a much more pleasurable experience.  We walk farther and longer. 
  9. I don’t mind sweating. For the first time in my life I am enjoying the fun Summer has to offer.  It has been very mild in NY so far, but even on days that it’s hot I’m happy to be sweating.  Big deal…I’ll just take another shower.
  10. When I got home tonight I tried on my winter coats.  I have a few adorable, double-breasted wool coats neither of which would fully close in January.  The bottom button on each coat left a gap (of a few inches or more) whereas now they fit just as they should…no gaps and perfectly wearable.  
  11. I enjoy cooking more.  I’ve learned to make very tasty and very healthy meals. So now, when I have company, I don’t have to serve fried chicken (though it’s very good.)  I have a full range of options from which I can choose. Eating has become a lot more interesting and rewarding.
  12. I have become a human calculator…okay, that’s a stretch, but nothing enters my mouth before I’ve considered its point value, amount of calories, fat, dietary fiber, etc. 
  13. I’m aware of the vitamins I’m taking in…as well as the fact that we should all eat at least 25 grams of fiber per day, keep the sodium to less than 2400 mg per day, etc. 
  14. I feel confidence within myself.  I’ve lost enough to know I can lose what I need to lose, and it feels incredible to believe I can do it
  15. When my boyfriend hugs me he can tell I’ve lost inches because his arms wrap around my further.  I love it when his arms are wrapped around me..aahhhh xoxo
  16. I’ve met some incredible people with whom I have formed friendships that I hope to keep forever. If I want to call a friend to go to a movie, I can.  If I want to go out on a Thursday night, I can.  In fact, it’s a regular thing now. 🙂 
See?  These are just some of the reasons that losing weight has helped me gain so much!  I am so thankful for the support I have from caring and inspiring people.  And I can’t wait to look back, a year from now then two years from now, remembering where I started. 

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    Fran
    July 17, 2009 at 9:50 am

    It doesn't matter how much you still have to lose: you've lost these 36 pounds and that's something to be very proud of!

    And you have posted so many positive things which you gained by this loss.

    Keep up the good spirit, you're doing great!

    Fran

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    ♥ Kenz ♥
    July 17, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Thanks Fran! 🙂

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    Heather
    July 17, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    You are doing SO awesome!! Very proud of you! Keep it up and you will be to your goal in no time!!! 🙂

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    Rhonda
    July 17, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    That is awesome! You are an inspiration to so many! Keep it up! 17 inches. wow.

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    Suze
    July 17, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    u r doing great keep up the good work.

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    ♥ Kenz ♥
    July 18, 2009 at 4:34 am

    Thanks ladies…:) It feels good…

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    Funnyrunner
    July 18, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    I am SO PROUD of you! What you're doing is REALLY HARD and you are doing it!!!!

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