Daily Archives: January 11, 2012

Ten Things I Have Gained By Losing Weight

I’ve been reflecting on my life a lot lately, and as I work to renew my weight-loss efforts, I think it’s important to remember how much I’ve gained by losing weight so far.  I’ve talked about this before, but I think it’s important to recognize what has changed because it motivates me to continue striving toward my goal.

  1. The understanding that most of us face obstacles and that I’m not in this alone.
  2. The ability to walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded.
  3. Friends I’ve made through my blog that I may not have known otherwise.
  4. A stronger body.  I can do push-ups, crunches, mountain climbers, and many other things that would have been impossible before I began getting fit.
  5. A better relationship with food.  It still needs a lot of work, but I control it now…It doesn’t control me (most of the time.)
  6. Recognition of my own tenacity as I continue trying to inch closer to my goal.
  7. Freedom from sodas and caffeine.  I quit drinking Dr. Pepper, Coke, Sprite, etc in April of 2009, and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made for my body.
  8. More clothing options…I can shop in stores that I couldn’t before, and that’s just going to keep getting better as I lose.
  9. Better blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.  I’ve substantially lowered the chaNces of having a heart attack or stroke.
  10. Confidence that I can change the things in myself that I want to change.

It was pretty easy to come up with a list of 10 things.  I’d love to hear what you’ve gained from losing…