Ten Things I Have Gained From Being Overweight

1) Loved ones who accept me as I am, who support me in my weight-loss efforts and in the rest of my life as well.It is pretty awesome to call my parents, my sister and my boyfriend every week to tell them about my progress while hearing the joy and pride they feel for me and my accomplishments even in weeks that I wish I had done better.

2) The knowledge that I can change myself even when it seems impossible. I can do push-ups, crunches, bicycle crunches and loads of other exercises that I assumed I could not do until I tried.
3) A network of supportive friends who encourage me through my blog and their blogs and Facebook and twitter.
4) A boyfriend who loves me regardless of how I look. When I met him, I joked that I would be “good investment.” And while I’m trying to make good on my word now, he has treated me like I’m more precious than gold from day one.
5) The opportunity to be more than thin — to be thin and healthy. Healthy is important, but being pretty is the driving force. Now I’m diligently working toward both.
6) Awareness of the fact that most of us face personal struggles at (at least) one point in our lives.
7) A gathering of incredible people every Thursday night…a place to recharge myself for the following week and celebrate the accomplishments I’ve made throughout the previous week. It’s a place where I can walk in and feel accepted without explaining how I got this heavy. It’s a place that showed me that being me was an awesome thing to be when I wasn’t sure I believed that.
8) The ability to be in control of everything I put in my mouth. I never thought about things like that until I consciously decided to take charge of my body, but it is pretty darn awesome. If I want something, I’ll consider it. But that doesn’t mean I’ll always say yes to myself. It means I’ll pick and choose and make wise decisions most of the time.
9) Freedom from the bonds of caffeine and sodas. I’ve never been a coffee drinker so that was easy. I don’t drink sodas, and while it was terribly difficult at first, I no longer crave it. And I don’t sit around feeling bloated and tired anymore.
10) Love for myself. If you know me at all, you know that I love to pat myself on the back, give myself credit and love myself everyday. It wasn’t until I became an extraordinarily large person that I looked inside myself and gave myself credit for who I really am – a talented, accomplished and well-rounded person who treats everyone with respect.
Am I “tooting my own horn?” Of course I am. Would you expect anything less from me? In order to make the sacrifices it takes to lose weight, each of us has to believe that we are worth it. If you don’t think of yourself as valuable or worthy, you’ll struggle to find the motivation to create lasting change.
So I love myself. I’m worth the effort it takes to change, and while I probably could have become fully aware of this without gaining over 200 extra pounds, I choose to look at the silver lining. I choose to be thrilled that I’m already so light on my feet. I choose to be happy because I’ve come so far…and because I can honestly say that I’m better today than I was yesterday.

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    Lisa
    January 9, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    What a great list! You totally should toot your own horn, and you have every right to be proud of yourself. Congratulations on hitting a 70 pound loss!

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    Jen
    January 9, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Very well-written post. Thanks for sharing!

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    Lil
    January 9, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    That is so wonderful! Congrats on all of the gifts and realizations. 🙂

    (Had to laugh at #9, as I sit here slurping my coffee while reading. I may get there…someday.)

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    New England Girl
    January 9, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    This post is awesome! You should pat yourself on the back – and as often as you want to and see fit. 🙂

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    Trudy
    January 9, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    I just love your attitude Kenz…you are seriously like a big breath of fresh air. I know losing weight is never 'easy' but you sure put a new spin on it. I am so proud of you!

    Keep up the great work.

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    Deb Willbethin
    January 9, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Thanks, Kenz! Loved this post 😀 Deb

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    ♥ Kenz ♥
    January 9, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Thanks everyone. I think we should all love ourselves, and this is what I'm taking about…I've lost weight, but I've gained the support of so many of you that I may not have known otherwise.

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    Bethany
    January 9, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    I love this list. I love following your weight loss. It inspires me. Keep it up! <3

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    mellisarock
    January 10, 2010 at 12:11 am

    I hope that there are people who need to read this reading this!!

    What a wonderful post and attitude!!

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    Becca
    January 11, 2010 at 3:12 am

    You ROCK!!! I am proud of you!!

    ~Becca

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    jenjen
    January 11, 2010 at 6:03 am

    You deserve to toot your own horn. You are AWESOME and so inspiring! I hope you have a wonderful, shrinking 2010!!!

    One of my goals is to learn to knit this year too! Let me know how your progress goes. I think knitting sounds so fun!

    XOXO
    Jen

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    Christina
    January 12, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Amen to this sister!

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    Becca
    January 13, 2010 at 6:18 am

    You should be proud of yourself…you are making huge strides! 🙂

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