Awesome responses! I'm glad people are enjoying this one. I sometimes have to remind myself of the less-visible goals, and I think you all have come up with some I hadn't thought of yet. :)
One other thing I want to do, is go with my dad on a day hike around Mt Rainier. I want to go, it's an amazingly beautiful mountain, but I've never been physically fit enough to go. Before, even when I was thinner, I was a smoker. I quit smoking, and now I'm just too big. It was hard to get much further than a few little trails around the parking lot at Paradise (for people in the South Sound region of WA, that all makes sense - for others, it's a sort-of-resort on Mt Rainier). So, looking forward to that one!
I also kept clothes - mostly jeans, as they get expensive, and I kept telling myself I'd lose the weight. I now have at least one pair in every size from the size 20/22 I started at, down to a size 8. My goal is to be in a 6/8, so I'll have things covered for a while, it looks like. It's nice that I'm already getting rid of "too big" pants. :)
"Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they're yours." - Illusions
"Don't believe in yourself. Believe in [me] who believes in you!" - Gurren Lagan
"I will not Break. I will not Quit. I will do what I need to do today to be healthier tomorrow." - my mantra when things get tough.
12/13/12 12:01 P
I had kept a few clothes that had "become" too small.... went to see how much more I had to lose before I could wear them and holy moly! They were all too BIG... I'd waited too long... as in looking--dumpy-baggy too big... surprised myself!!
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12/13/12 11:40 A
I like this topic too! Some of my non-scale, non-clothing related goals are:
1) you know those tables at restaurants/diners that are fixed to the wall and have the banquet seats? I want to be able to sit at one of those tables and not feel like the table is squeezing my ribs! I want to be able to look down and see my lap.
2) crossing my legs with my foot hanging down and not to the side.
3) hugging my knees to my chest and my knees actually touch and my arms go all the way around. Or bringing my knees to my chest to tie my shoelace.
4) not second guessing if a seat on the bus or train is too small for me to squeeze into (or at least make the person next to me uncomfortable).
5) not having people under estimate my fitness level because of my size.
6) mountain climbers!!!! Right now, I just feel silly doing them as my stomach is in the way. But the goal is to do them (and hate them equally as much) and not have anything impeding my knees coming all the way up.
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12/13/12 9:44 A
What a fun topic! Here are my non-scale, non-pants related goals: 1) Look awesome for my beach-camping birthday tradition this year 2) When I'm backpacking, I'll be able to head up the mountains with the group instead of having to stop halfway up to catch my breath. 3) And while I'm backpacking, not having my gut flub over the top of my hip belt. 4) Feeling like I have more control over my life. When I stress out, I binge eat. Therefore if I can control the binging, it means I'm also managing my stress. That's a good thing.
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12/12/12 4:49 P
Well let me first get slightly off topic and say that a real eye opener for me recently (being convinced I wasn't "that" fat) was when I could barely pick up a 30 lb box of kitty litter. I have to lose twice that amount! I don't feel like I am carrying THAT much extra weight around but my poor collapsed arches tell a different story. I will be so happy when I get the equivalent of 2 boxes of 30 lb kitty litter off so that my poor feet don't sustain anymore damage and hopefully will even feel better and heal!
I also look forward to looking younger, my daughter recently told me (it wasn't unsolicited we were on the topic) that it isn't the way I dress or the graying hair that makes me look older, its the weight. I was concerned about wrinkles once the weight came off but my daughter assures me I am going to look younger and carry myself better...hope she's right!
I am not lucky, I am blessed and I do not believe in coincidences, I believe in God - Jen
Strong is the new skinny. I don't have a goal outfit nor do i want one. I have a goal size, but it is so much more than that. I am healthier now even overweight than I was when I was at goal weight. At goal weight I was on HP meds, I huffed and puffed up stairs, I ate crap (I didn't know what fruit and veggies were), I had acne, my hair was thin, my skin lacked luster. You get the idea. Now since I have been working from the inside out, even overweight all the above is reversed. However I may still huff and puff up the stairs, but it takes more than one flight to wear me out. I sleep so much better my skin has a healthy glow i don't break out I got all the toxins out of my body-- i detox daily-- not a detox diet i eat raw and love it i have more energy to burn I am working on becoming a fat burner vs a sugar burner I love to talk about my new lifestyle I got away from Western Medicine I haven't been sick in 2 years (I was always getting sinusitis, bronchitis, allergies, colds, and other assorted viruses. Since I got away from Western medicine and all the toxic medicines, I have been extremely healthy and I can prove it.) My nails are growing in strong My hair though still thin is much stronger and fuller No more periodontitis or gingivitis
There is so much more, but you get the idea.
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12/12/12 8:29 A
The benefits I've enjoyed after losing close to 40 lbs are;
1) I'm stronger 2) I have more energy and don't feel tired all the time 3) I don't sprain my wrist trying to push myself off the floor 4) I move quicker 5) I can keep up with my kids at the playground 6) I've lowered my resting heart rate from 80-90 bpm to 60 bpm 7) I don't get winded 8) I get more chores done around the house 9) I love eating healthy now 10) I learned to cook 11) I feel like I can accomplish any task 12) I am proud of myself for making such huge lifestyle changes 13) I have more self-confidence 14) I don't feel like everyone is focusing on my weight, I am not focusing on my weight as much. 15) I won't be mistaken for being pregnant anymore even though my youngest is almost 3! 16) I am no longer depressed 17) I argue less with my husband and kids because I feel happier. 18) I can jump, skip rope, play sports with my kids, run, be free! Because I'm not so weighted down.
"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. It doesn't happen, what does happen is you get results. Lifting Barbie weights does nothing but waste time.
12/12/12 7:40 A
I am officially off one of my Blood Pressure meds, one more to go! My hubby ha commented that he is really happy with my progress with walking. I ued to complain about knees, ankles, feet being in pain and agony, and hating every moment on the walks. Now, hardly a peep out of me on those subjects, and I can almost keep up with him.
My go to outfit is a skinny skirt and not jeans. Right now I own 4 pair of jeans and they are all too big. But it is so cold over here that I wear lots of layer and it helps keep the jeans from falling off. LOL!
12/12/12 7:12 A
Being able to climb the hill to the parking lot, at work-- without feeling like I needed paramedics to meet me halfway up with oxygen.
Being able to pick up heavy objects easily.
Being able to actually run, if necessary.
To hop on the scale at the doctor's office, with absolutely no dread in my heart.
To do 10,000 steps in a day-- and not only NOT feel like my legs were going to fall off, but to actually feel like I could do more.
To wear a pair of yoga pants out where the general public could see me-- and not be embarassed.
Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone
Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think - Christopher Robin to Pooh
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21,134 12/11/12 5:13 P
I still have the skinny jeans that I tried on over and over to check my progress. The triumph of being able to button them when lying on my bed to finally easily buttoning them while standing. I so appreciate the increased thriving of my health but the skinny jeans where a wonderful symbol of success for me.
Other benefits of reaching a healthy weight -Stamina to work 10 hour days, standing most of time, when vending at Fairs (an occasional thing but noteworthy improvement) -I have noticed that generally speaking strangers are kinder to me (this maybe my own projection of being a happier person, thus more easily approachable) -Keeping pace with my significant other (he is 16 years younger than me) -Easily getting up from the lotus position, or other floor sitting instances -Pride in self mastery
"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions." Albert Einstein
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421 12/11/12 3:21 P
LOL- I spend a lot of time telling people that "It's not about the scale for me, it's about the pants!" since the scale is an evil lying liar that lies (or something like that). But there are OTHER things I'm sure....like:
-Being able to hang out with my fit hubs when he does crazy things like wakeboarding or surfing or mud runs. I'm terminally clumsy, but I don't mind falling down and looking silly while doing stuff - I HATE not being able to even try because I'm too weak. -Picking up heavy stuff. I like surprising people with how much I can carry too. :) -Going to the doc and having him or the nurse remark on how healthy my heart rate and blood pressure are.
Yesterday is but a dream, tomorrow but a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to this day.
~From the poem "Salutation to the Dawn" generally attributed to Kalidasa ~ ------------------------
You see it all over the place on this site. It's not about getting skinny, it's about being healthy. About learning to make nutritious choices for your body. About learning how to exercise without hurting yourself or over-doing it.
I'll admit it. I have goal pants. They're amazingly tacky, hip-hugging, flared-bell-bottom-style in purple corduroy. I *love love love* my goal pants. I am super-excited about getting to wear all those awesome clothes I have to walk past in the store.
But I need to remind myself: It's not JUST about the goal pants.
So, in that spirit, what are some things you're super-excited about hitting your goal weight/size for...that AREN'T clothing-related?
1. Getting in closer to counters 2. Being able to squeeze through the backroom at work easier 3. Not having people be so surprised at how much I can lift/carry 4. Being able to finally bend all the way forwards in a seated forward bend 5. Not having people assume I don't know *how* to lose weight just because I'm still this big
There's more for me, but you get the idea. So, what are you looking forward to?
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