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97 Note-ables about losing 97 pounds

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

As I close in on 100 pounds lost, I've been thinking about how far I've come in just 10 months... losing 97 pounds makes SUCH a huge difference in my life! Here are some of the note-ables:

1. I used to have to hold my breath to bend over and tie my shoes. I even avoided shoes that had to be tied, for this reason. Now, I don't even think twice about bending over, and it certainly doesn't make me lose my breath.

2. I used to sit down very slowly into a chair, for fear of breaking it. I exceeded the weight limit of most lawn chairs. I used to have a nice leather couch, and one day when I sat down too hard, I heard the wood break. Now, I know that if I break a chair, it wasn't MY fault--it was a faulty chair!

3. I used to feel very shameful buying candy or junk food because of what people would think. Now, I feel just as entitled as everyone else to buy junk, and I don't feel like people are staring at me thinking how fat I am.

4. I used to have a large open gap in my bath towel when I wrapped it around me--it just wouldn't go all the way around. Now, I can wrap it around me and overlap it with comfort.

5. Sex is TOTALLY different... in a good way!

6. I never used to be able to curl my legs up underneath me, or sit Indian-style or cross-legged. Now, I can do all of that with ease. I even sat Indian-style on my chair at the movie theater!

7. It took me a while to figure out why I had bruises just inside of each of my knees... I discovered it was because my knees can actually TOUCH each other now! When I sleep on my side, the bones press together and that's how I got the bruises.

8. I used to have to take breaks while blow-drying my hair, because my arms got sore from holding them up for more than a minute or two at a time. Now, I can blow-dry my whole head and never feel achy.

9. I can paint my toenails now! I used to not be able to bend over long enough to paint them.

10. I can take off my wedding rings now! They were stuck on my finger for more than 5 years.

11. When I go shopping, I don't automatically look for the largest size clothes and see if there is something I like. I look for clothes I LIKE first, then I look to see if it's in my size.

12. I don't feel horrified when I see pictures of myself. In the past, I HATED getting my picture taken, and now I kind of like it.

13. I used to snore and have sleep apnea, and now I sleep quietly and soundly :)

14. When I went to the doctor, they used to have to get out a larger-size blood pressure cuff to fit around my arm. Now, I can use the regular cuff just fine.

15. I used to be hot all the time... even when everyone else was freezing. Now, I'm always cold.

16. In group photos, I always used to stand in the back, trying to hide behind everyone. Now, I enjoy being in front.

17. I received a gift certificate for a massage two Christmases ago. I waited almost until it expired t use it, because I was embarrassed. Finally, I went to use it, and the spa robe wouldn't fit around me. I was horrified. Now, I KNOW I could fit into the robe.

18. When I go for walks, I love to see my shadow now--I can actually see nice curves in the right places.

19. I used to avoid hugging people because I didn't want them to feel my fat. Now, I enjoy hugging people.

20. I used to get winded just walking around my house. Now, I run 5k three times a week.

21. I once drank corn syrup right out of the bottle because I had such a strong sweet craving and we didn't have anything sweet in the house. Now, I can eat just about anything without added sugar (or sweetener). My sweet tooth is very sensitive now :)

22. I used to sweat just SITTING, and it was horribly embarrassing. Now, I love that I get super sweaty on my runs (and that I don't sweat unless I'm exercising).

23. When I hold up a pair of jeans, I think, "There is NO WAY I can fit into those! They're so small!" But then I try them on, and they FIT.

24. When my older son Noah was learning to ride a two-wheeler, I sat in a lawn chair and my sister ran along side the bike, because I couldn't do that. When it was my younger son Eli's turn to learn, I ran up and down the street with his bike over and over again. It was ME that taught him!

25. I asked the man working at a liquor store if he sold any other beer that was under 70 calories per bottle. He looked at me and said, "You don't need to worry about calories!" This meant a lot to me because he didn't KNOW about my weight loss. He only talked to me for a moment and assumed I was a thin person.

26. I used to worry about sharing a hotel room with other people, because I snored so loudly. Now, I don't snore at all and I'm more than happy to share a room.

27. I never thought that FEET could be fat, but they, too, went down a whole size.

28. Some girls have told me to stop losing, because I'll be TOO skinny... you know that means they only view me as competition! ;)

29. I've developed a whole new set of taste buds... I used to hate fish, and now it's part of my regular menu. I think certain foods are "too sweet" now. I love garbanzo beans! And OATMEAL. My goodness, I could eat oats for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

30. I used to head straight for the Women's section of department stores. Now, I can shop Misses or even Juniors.

31. I used to wake up feeling sore and achy. Now, I feel refreshed when I wake up.

32. I used to plan my day around binges--thinking about what I would binge on later. Now, I plan my days around my runs--I make sure to get in 3 runs a week, whenever I can.

33. I used to get embarrassed and try to hide when I would see an old friend while out and about. Now, I stop to chat with them.

34. I never used to eat breakfast. Now, breakfast is my FAVORITE meal of the day (oatmeal!)

35. When walking the half-marathon at my heaviest, I thought that everyone would look at me and say to him/herself, "Well, if SHE can do it, I certainly can!" At the 2010 half-marathon, I was passing up people that were MUCH thinner than me.

36. I used to worry that I was an embarrassment to my family, because they are all thin. Now, I fit right in for the family pictures and I look like I belong.

37. I used to avoid social situations because of how fat I was and how embarrassing it was for people to see me like that. Now, I love to wear a cute outfit and spend time with friends.

38. I used to think my husband was a liar when he told me I was pretty. Now, I believe him.

39. I'm not embarrassed to talk about how much I love certain foods anymore, even if it's a junk food. As a fat person, I thought it would be humiliating to say "I love cookies!" Now, I feel like it's okay to say that I love chocolate so much I would marry it if I could.

40. When I was fat, I used to wonder if every ache or pain in my chest was a heart attack. Now, I know that the odds are very unlikely that I'd be having a heart attack.

41. My husband and I can lie next to each other on the couch now.

42. When my husband and I take a shower together now, we can trade places without bumping up against the walls of the shower.

43. My underwear doesn't look like a slipcover for an over-sized arm chair anymore. I can buy cute undies!

44. I used to shower 2 or more times a day in the summer because I was worried that the sweating would make me smell bad. Just one shower is definitely enough now :)

45. I used to feel invisible when at a store--nobody would really pay any attention to me. Now, as shallow as it is to say it's because of my weight, people look and smile and offer to help me.

46. If I'm cold at a friend's house, I can ask to borrow a sweatshirt. In the past, I used to pretend I was comfortable just because I knew her shirt would never fit me.

47. I don't have to take pictures at certain angles to get rid of my double chin... I simply don't have a double chin now!

48. I feel worthy of saying, "I'm hungry" or "I'm starved!" When I was fat, it would have been almost like a joke to admit to being hungry at 253 pounds.

49. My husband can wrap his arms around me far enough to touch his elbows.

50. I never used to drink water. Now, I drink an entire quart first thing in the morning, and I get an additional quart or two throughout the day.

51. I've set goals that I never would have thought possible when I was 253 pounds... like run a 5k, 10k, 15k, even a half-marathon. I truly believe that I can do those now.

52. I've come to terms with the fact that I CAN'T "be like everyone else" when it comes to eating and drinking what I want, when I want. I'll have to do my own thing for the rest of my life, but I'm actually okay with that.

53. I've really started to recognize signs of physical hunger (the not-so-obvious-as-my-tummy-gro
wling kind of signs)--headache, empty feeling, crabbiness, weakness. I've learned that my stomach doesn't growl until long after I first get hungry.

54. I truly ENJOY eating the foods I eat. I don't eat anything I don't like. In fact, I haven't eaten a single salad throughout my entire 97-pound weight loss!

55. I actually enjoy drinking my coffee black and unsweetened now. I used to put about 1/4 cup of creamer in ONE cup of coffee! And not to even mention the amount of sugar...

56. The closer you get to your goal weight, the faster the clothes sizes drop.

57. I've actually been hit on by men since losing the weight. That never happened when I was fat.

58. Knitting is one of my passions, but I never wanted to make garments that I would wear--it takes a heck of a lot of yarn and a lot more time. Now that I can knit a size small or medium, knitting sweaters is definitely an option for me! And I did--I've made two sweaters so far.

59. Numerous people have told me that I inspire them. That just blows my mind! I've never been "the success story" before.

60. I used to have horrible insomnia, and I would toss and turn all night long. Now, I sleep soundly (provided my kids actually let me!)

61. I've saved a LOT of money from eating at home. We used to eat out and order in very often, but now we never do. I truly enjoy home cooked food much more than restaurant food, and it's so much healthier.

62. When I went to see the gynecologist for my annual pap smear, I asked her about a lump I felt just under my breast. She informed that it was my rib! lol

63. I can see my knee bones now. Before, it was just a big round joint, and now it's angular.

64. I can see the bones in my hands and feet, too.

65. I actually FEEL feminine now. When I was 253 pounds, I felt like a sexless blob.

66. Feeling feminine gives me the desire to style my hair, wear make-up, and wear cute clothes.

67. Hell, I even wear cute pajamas now! No more of my husband's t-shirts.

68. I make everything accommodate MY lifestyle now--if I'm going to a party and I don't think the food fits in with my plan, I simply don't eat it (I eat in advance). I don't let anyone make me feel guilty for doing what's best for ME.

69. My blood pressure is now 90/60! I've never had HIGH blood pressure, but it was about 120/80.

70. My resting heart rate is 50... it used to be 75.

71. I can wear cheap jewelry now--the cute necklaces, rings, and bracelets actually fit.

72. My hands used to go completely numb sometimes, especially when I was sleeping. That hasn't happened at all since I've lost the weight.

73. I don't feel self-conscious about what is in my grocery cart anymore... because 95% of what I buy is healthy food!

74. I feel really good about cooking dinner for my kids, because I know they are eating healthy. I make one meal for the whole family, I don't do a "diet" meal for myself and a "regular" meal for my family.

75. I enjoy food even MORE now--sweet foods taste sweeter, spicy foods taste spicier, creamy foods taste creamier, etc. It's like I have brand new taste buds that are super sensitive (in a good way!)

76. I used to get excited to go to events like weddings and parties because of the food. Now, I rarely even eat at the events, and instead I enjoy spending time with people.

77. I rarely get cravings for any particular food anymore. And if I do, it's for something completely random (like an english muffin, or a really crisp apple, or oatmeal).

78. I used to worry about getting sweat spots under my arms, and I would have to choose a shirt that wouldn't show the spots. Now, I only sweat while exercising.

79. I used to not be able to fit into certain chairs, or it was a very tight squeeze (chairs with arms). Now, I usually have room on either side of me to spare.

80. I used to love wearing oversized clothes in order to hide my body. Now, I only wear fitted clothes and I get rid of all clothes that are even a little bit big.

81. I choose what to eat based on whether it's really worth the calories. At the beginning of my journey, eating a 100 calorie pack of cookies was no big deal, because I could eat a lot more calories. Now that I can eat a much smaller amount of calories, the 100 cal pack of cookies is a HORRIBLE deal. I would never waste 100 calories on something so small and not-tasty!

82. I successfully gave up white flour for Lent. If you had told me just a year ago that I would do that, I would have laughed in your face. I enjoy whole grains a lot now!

83. Once in a while, I have a dream that I binge like I used to, and it makes me feel horrible. When I wake up, I'm SO RELIEVED that it was just a dream!

84. When I buy clothes, I can only plan on wearing it a couple of times before it's too big... so I shop at thrift stores and look for clearance items.

85. My bowels are very "regular" now... and that's all I'm going to say about that ;)

86. I've lost almost 4 inches in my neck... my NECK!

87. My BMI category went from "morbidly obese" to "obese" to "overweight"... and now less than 13 pounds from being "normal".

88. My thighs used to get chaffed from rubbing together. Now, they barely brush together when I walk.

89. I used to be too self-conscious to wear shorts. I would suffer all summer long in jeans. As soon as the temp went up this year, I bought about 10 pairs of shorts.

90. I went from a 24W down to a size 8 in just 10 months.

91. I used to look at old pictures of me when I was thinner, and wish to look like that again. Or anywhere even close to that! However, now I am THINNER than I was in those pictures! It's a very strange feeling.

92. I walked a half marathon at 253 pounds, and one year later, at 165 pounds. It was a MILLION times easier and SO MUCH MORE FUN the latter time.

93. My alcohol tolerance is much lower, now. I used to be able to drink a 6-pack of beer and not feel a thing. Now, my limit is 1-2 drinks before I start to feel like it's too much.

94. You know how when you get to a certain age, and someone asks how old you are, you have to stop and think for a minute? Well, I do the same thing with my weight. A lot of times, I still start off by saying, "Two--I mean, ONE hundred fifty-six pounds". It's going to take a while to get used to it.

95. I used to "hoard" my WW points/calories for late in the day. I was always worried that if I use them now, I'll be STARVING later. Now, however, I use them when I'm hungry and in turn, I'm rarely hungry later in the day after using my calories. Also, I always used to think I had to save my "dessert" for a bedtime snack. Now, I eat my daily dessert whenever I feel like having something sweet!

96. When I sit down, my stomach doesn't rest on top of my thighs anymore.

97. I can fit into ONE LEG of my old size 24W jeans!

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    #72 why does that happen? it happens to me too...
    351 days ago
    I find myself easily discouraged lately because I feel alone in this battle of the bulge. I try to make better choices but they still end up being the wrong choice. I was about to give up but then I saw your blog and this list. I looked at your age and figured you wouldn`t understand what I was going through because you are young and cute but your list made me see that it was not easy for you either. I can totally relate to every reason you`ve lost the weight and now I feel that I can do this as well. Thank you for sharing this wonderful list! emoticon
    2054 days ago
  • LE7_1234
    2182 days ago
    Such a great list! This one totally cracked me up: My underwear doesn't look like a slipcover for an over-sized arm chair anymore. I can buy cute undies!
    2182 days ago
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    2203 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/10/2011 5:17:39 PM
    I've read this thinking "Yeh-that'sme","yup-that's me too","yes,know that one".I only hope that one year from now I'll be able to write an "after" part too.I've lost 9 pounds so only another 100 pounds to go!!!!
    2203 days ago
  • ROBIN518
    this helps so much
    2316 days ago
    This is a GREAT list, I learned from it.
    ...#68~ I have eaten way too many deserts because I know how hard my mom worked on it or pasta dishes my coworker surprises me with at lunch...NO MORE!
    ...#81~"I choose what to eat based on whether it's really worth the calories."

    Just two of the many pointers that you have inspired me to really focus on.

    2340 days ago
  • STACEY3940
    I know you've heard it a million times but you truely are inspirational. I started at 250lbs. I've been yo-yo-ing for awhile now and only successfully lost about 15 lbs of that in the last couple years. Reading your blog was like a "ahh-ha" moment because I can related to many of the things you've described in here.
    2422 days ago
    You are inspiring! Thanks for sharing. I got excited on #54. To know that you did this journey without eating "salad," gives me added hope (smile). And I will definitely try the OATS (smile again).
    2424 days ago
    you are wonderful!

    I laugh 10 minute for the chairs. It's horror for me too. And the most difficult part is for the life belt in aeroplanes or cars of my friends.
    2446 days ago
  • WLB101092
    Thanks for sharing... I can relate to so many, but could never have compiled the list myself!
    2549 days ago
    I'm very much looking forward to reaching number 96! I don't know when it happened to me, but I am really looking forward to it not being that way anymore! Wonderful, wonderful notables!
    2550 days ago
    I can relate to SO many of your "note-ables" but the one that almost brought tears to my eyes was #19. People always viewed me as so stand-offish and sometimes even rude because I'd avoid physical contact (i.e. hugs) whenever possible. Now it's almost fun to see the surprise in some people when I go in for a hug!
    Great post!
    2555 days ago
    I love this blog! I think I need to do this when I get closer to or at my goal- listing something good for each pound lost is such a great idea!

    2563 days ago
    Love this list! Kudos on all of your hard work and commitment to realizing all of these wonderful things! I can't wait to get there someday!
    2586 days ago
    You are truly an inspiration!
    2590 days ago
    I absolutely love your list! you are such an inspiration! :o)
    2590 days ago
    I absolutely love your list! you are such an inspiration! :o)
    2590 days ago
    Congratulation on your weight loss. That is super that you lose that weight. Great job know you much feel like a person. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2601 days ago
    I am very impressed by your accomplishments and love the list. But I also have a question for you. You mentioned that your hands used to go to sleep. I have about 80 lbs to lose and my hands fall asleep when I am doing menial things brushing my hair, typing on the computer, or crocheting. I had always thought it might be carple tunnel, but now I am wondering if it is weight related. Can you explain your symptoms? Thanks!
    2605 days ago
    #58 is one of my motivaters also.
    2611 days ago
    I love, love, love this blog!! :D
    2611 days ago
    What a great list! Congratulations on your amazing weight loss.
    2611 days ago
    Awesome, you rock!!!
    2611 days ago
    I love this entry. Loved it. Congratulations. You are truly an inspiration.
    2611 days ago
    Excellent post. It made me look forward to making my own list when I get to where I want to be!

    Thanks for sharing :)
    2612 days ago
    #21 drinking corn syrup for the sweet craving....I get these and my choice is pancake syrup. Its nice to see that someone else is like me in so many ways! I can't wait to be able to do a blog entry like this!
    2612 days ago
  • IN_IT_2_WIN_IT
    Congratulations on your success. I look forward to the day I can write my 100 notables...
    2612 days ago
  • VLEASE84
    awesome blog. Congrads on your loss. Can't wait until I can write a blog like this!
    2615 days ago
    I love 62. That's your rib - hahaha! So wonderful. I'm so proud of you and I don't even know you. I can't wait to write one of these lists of my own!
    2616 days ago
    You are such a creative writer. Reading your blogs are like reading a story. When you reach your goals, you should seriously consider putting your entire experience in a book. Thank you so much for sharing.
    2617 days ago
    This blog is wonderful! I started reading last night and had to stop, and I searched for it today so I could finish it. So inspiring and made my day. Thank you for sharing and taking the time to record this blog. emoticon emoticon
    2617 days ago
    #88 is my dream! Congratulations, I think about often when I'm trying to talk myself out of weight loss or putting up barriers for myself. I appreciate you!
    2618 days ago
  • SMILE4ME05
    This blog is hilarious. My favorite one was "62. When I went to see the gynecologist for my annual pap smear, I asked her about a lump I felt just under my breast. She informed that it was my rib! lol"

    I'm near where you started and I can't wait to be where you are now. It's funny because a lot of the things you mentioned I thought were things that just happened to me or were not things related to being overweight - like the tingly hand feeling while I sleep. That is even more of a reason to lose the weight. THANKS FOR A GREAT POST!!
    2619 days ago
    This is a wonderful blog! I think everyone can relate to several of your thoughts!
    I'm so happy for you! emoticon
    2619 days ago
    "62. When I went to see the gynecologist for my annual pap smear, I asked her about a lump I felt just under my breast. She informed that it was my rib! lol "

    This just cracked me up. My ribs stick out a lot, they look like lumps even at my current weight. I just have a very "sprung" rib cage. And when I was little, my mom took me to the doctor because she was worried about it. XD

    Thank you so much for all these thoughts. So many are inspirational and give me hope. The last few years I've developed problems with my hands going numb or tingly when I'm lying down, and that never used to happen. I hope when I lose weight that will go away!

    Thanks for sharing!
    2622 days ago
    This is the first time that I am responding to any person's blog on this site, but I just had to tell you that these 97 comments that you made with regard to your weight loss I totally identify with. Many of the things that you wrote about I thought had to do with normal aging since I am older than you, but yet, you used to have many of the symptoms that I now have, so I have to sit up and take notice and think that most likely all of the aches and pains, etc., are all due to being grossly overweight.

    You definitely have opened my eyes and I have to say, "Thank you", because I never would've imagined someone your age going through all of the same things that I am presently going through, so it's good to know that age isn't the issue, WEIGHT IS!

    As previously mentioned, I identified with every single thing that you wrote, but the " note-ables" that really hit home for me were numbers 14, 19, 72 & 85.

    And now last, but not least, note-able number 59. You truly ARE an inspiration to people and you should feel really proud of yourself because you have accomplished a goal that many people want to achieve. I tip my hat to you!!!

    2622 days ago
    Fantastic! I can totally relate to your list.
    2623 days ago
    Wow! Really needed this this morning. Thanks for the boost!
    2623 days ago
    "58. Knitting is one of my passions, but I never wanted to make garments that I would wear--it takes a heck of a lot of yarn and a lot more time. Now that I can knit a size small or medium, knitting sweaters is definitely an option for me! And I did--I've made two sweaters so far."

    This one is soooo true! I love knitting, but I never make anything for me other than scarfs and hats! I hope that knitting for me will be a better option pretty soon.

    This list was great, and so are you! Thanks for the inspiration.
    2623 days ago
  • PROS2H
    Great job - you are such an inspiration! I can totally relate to your 97 comments :) I just started Spark People and a diet this week. Hoping that this time will be the time I am successful. I am a size 22W right now, so I am in the same boat you were.
    2624 days ago
    You are amazing....
    2624 days ago
    Firstly: CONGRATULATIONS!!! I'm sure it was a long road for you. You should be SO proud of yourself!

    Secondly: Your blog is great. I love your positive attitude combined with your realistic views on yourself then and now. I have a hard time with seeing myself the way I really am.

    Thirdly: #62 cracked me UP!

    Keep up the good work, and I hope one day to be able to post 'now' pictures of myself that I can be proud of, as well :)

    2624 days ago
    You are an amazing woman
    2624 days ago
    Great blog so amazing..
    2624 days ago
  • HEATHER82601
    I just have to say...I LOVED this blog!! I can relate to every single one of these things (on the before side). The hugging thing really got me. I try to avoid hugs from anyone because I don't want their arms to get lost in my back fat :( I can't wait to get to the point of loving hugs again. Thanks for writing this. You are awesome!! emoticon
    2624 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/15/2010 10:43:09 PM
    Very thoughtful and inspiring. Thank you.
    2624 days ago
    Thanks for sharing. It made me think... a lot. It can be done. emoticon
    2625 days ago
  • TERRYT55
    Another amazing blog entry! Thanks for taking the time to write........I think I'll print this and check off the milestones I haven't reached yet! You are an inspiration!
    2625 days ago
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