Wednesday, May 27, 2009
...a response to the daily prompt.
Wow! Where do I start?
Before weight loss, I would get out of breath easily, I couldn't see my feet to tie my shoes so I resorted to wearing slip-ons, I couldn't keep up with my son, and I was depressed. I was stuck in an endless cycle of thinking I couldn't change, wanting to change, then givig up and burying my emotions and helplessness in food.
After I took control of my life with diet and exercise, I managed to lose 73 lbs. I can't imagine my life as it was. My outlook on life has completely changed. I can now keep up with my five year old son. We run and play together regularly instead of planting ourselves on the couch and watching TV. I take pride in my clothing and being able to wear styles that have shape instead of boxy tops and baggy pants. I am proudof what I am able to accomplish with hard work and dedication. Instead of daydreaming about doing things, I actually do them, such as hiking and running.
My son likes to mimic me and tries to work out to his young abilities. My husband has stepped up his workout routine. He has always worked out regularly and now we have a healthy competition on who can out sit-up the other. We share new weight lifting and cardio techniques and encourage each other.
Additionally, my self-confidence has soared. If I can lose 73 lbs and run several 5Ks, then I can tackle that challenging task at work or solve problems that arise at home.
Also, I have changed my relationship with others. I used to hide behind my weight. I wouldn't talk to friends or start up conversations with strangers. I used to keep "friends" at arms lenth so they were more acquaintances. Now, I have the self-confidence and courage to actually start the conversation or sustain conversations started by others. My relationship with my friends has improved and I've made new friends along the way.
Finally, I am happy to help anyone who has asked me about my weight loss and new habits. At first it was embarassing to have co-workers tell my I've inspired them. Now, I love taking the opportunity to help.