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3/25/13 4:26 P

I absolutely see the change - lifting weights makes a huge difference in my upper body definition and I also now have really loose pants. Now the drive to the goal weight!

QUEEN3510VA Posts: 537
3/25/13 3:42 P

not really but my husband says he does. My endurance has increased but can't get out of the 170s.

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3/25/13 3:22 P

I can see and feel the change, but after a while it becomes the new"normal" and I feel the same as I was. When this happens I just step into some old clothes!!!

BARBWMS Posts: 1,396
3/25/13 1:37 P

The change comes in bits and pieces.. face, tummy, wrist... silly, but now I wear my watch in the 6th hole on the strap instead of the 1st! And my shoes are not all Wides now... I find people have noticed the change when I wear clothes that fit well.. so I've been shedding the fat clothes as soon as I can.. down from a 24W to a 16misses and some 14s!

That said, it's still me.. I never felt it was a detriment to work or friends, but it's sure nice not to be "the fat one" now! I still have a long ways to go, but I am confident I can do it. Maybe that's a change, too!

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3/24/13 2:15 P

Very much! My face is a lot thinner and I only seem to have 1 1/2 chins instead of the 3 I used to have.

HOOKCHICK Posts: 143
3/24/13 2:13 P

I don't really see much change in the mirror, but recently I've had several people ask me if I've lost weigh. And yesterday my sister, who hadn't seen me since Christmas, said she wasn't sure it was me walking across the parking lot towards her!

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3/24/13 11:28 A

i don't really see a change but i got to wear pre-pregnancy jeans a few days ago, i guess my body is just so different after a baby

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3/24/13 11:24 A

A little bit. Some of my pants are getting a little looser.

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3/24/13 11:23 A

Not as much change as id like to see.

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3/24/13 11:23 A

It's only been a few days for me so I can't see much of a change just yet. Pinching at my sides I'm grabbing onto less skin so I guess I'm losing inches already!

CALAMB245 Posts: 179
3/24/13 11:20 A

yes smaller pant size emoticon

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3/24/13 11:08 A

For me, the change was gradual. What really made me see it was the first time I tried on jeans in a store after I reached my goal weight; I was surprised that I went down not one, but two sizes from the size I was currently wearing at that time. It made me realize, "Wow! I CAN do this!"

3/24/13 10:56 A

@EM1: I changed. My body changed, my attitude changed, in fact, I had a complete paradigm shift in my life. About a year after my initial weightloss I started to notice people I knew started talking to me in a more friendly and inviting way. Women who had never given me the time of day would say HI to me first before I did to them. I even befriended a co-worker who later told me because I looked so out of shape and a creepy look on my face none of my female colleagues wanted to talk to me.

My self confidence rose, my wife hated me. She did not join my journey and would try to sabotage my efforts. Her family already didn't like me so she didn't shield me from them anymore.

I had to get out of there and when I started to show that I had free will that sent her over the edge.

I am the happiest I've been in my whole life, my 2 daughters love me, my GF loves me, I love me.

How did I get "past" it? I didn't, I EMBRACED it!

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3/24/13 7:44 A


JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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3/24/13 7:25 A

Absolultely. Not only have I physically changed after losing 55 lbs and weight training but my health stats have improved, my energy level, my strength, my ability to cook, my activity level, my interests/hobbies, my outlook, my family's eating habits, my entire life has changed. I am almost an entirely different person than I was last summer.

It takes more time to see the difference because it's gradual. In a year or so you'll look back at what you looked like, your attitude, your health, your life and see how drastic the change really is. These things take time, they don't happen over night.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 3/24/2013 (07:28)
TENNISJIM Posts: 11,750
3/24/13 6:25 A

Yes, I can

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3/24/13 6:10 A


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3/23/13 11:17 P

thanks so much to all of you! I am going to keep it up and hopefully start seeing it soon, i mean either way im healthier! :)

FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,045
3/23/13 10:29 P

Yes keep at it! I think it harder to see since we see ourselves every day. It's when people that maybe only see me once a year for holidays that they comment. Also I definitely see it 4 years in, 50 pounds lighter and muscle now. I could never go back!

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3/23/13 7:14 P

I see some changes. I've lost 18 lbs since January but I'm still wearing the same size. My pants are a little looser but my shirts fit about the same. As long as I know I am making progress it gives me motivation to stay with it. Progress can be anything we define it as-clothes fitting better, more energy, making it through a workout without feeling like your dying, or just the satisfaction knowing your eating better for your health.
Keep it up and eventually you will see the changes you want!
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BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
3/23/13 6:52 P

Since the change is gradual, plus "we are our own worst critics," I think it can be very hard to see the change in oneself.

I look in the mirror and really can't see much difference - even though my pants are a good size, almost 2 sizes, smaller. Either I was in SERIOUS denial about how i looked before (probable), or I'm being too hard on myself now (also probable!).

I think this is why it is good to take "before" photos. When I look at pictures side-by-side, the difference becomes more apparent.

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3/23/13 5:39 P

yes, I see the change as do people around me, but really at the 15# was it really easier to see.

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3/23/13 5:36 P

thank you, I do hope to see it soon...summer is right around the corner, plus the hubby is pounds ahead of me :)

FIREWOMN Posts: 638
3/23/13 5:30 P

Keep going! You will probably feel the change before you see it. Steady and strong is the key. Fad diets never work, but Spark People helps you change your habits and lifestyle to be more healthy all around. Stick with it, and you will see the change soon.

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3/23/13 5:19 P

Hi, i was wondering if anyone else actually sees their selves changing? I feel different because i now feel like i live differently but i do not see a difference and that can be kind of tough sometimes. My husband says he doesn't see a difference in himself either but i surely do, is it normal.... if this has been the case for you how did you get past it?

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