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A Few Unexpected Benefits of Weight Loss


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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Two years ago, before I found Spark People, I thought it was just old age creeping up on me that made getting up and down so difficult. I never dreamed I would ever again be able to sit on the floor and jump easily to my feet. Now I'm two years older, and I can do it almost without effort.

I used to think back of the way I'd kept house when I was younger (and thinner) and wonder why it seemed so hard to keep up with everything these days. I didn't attribute the difficulties to my poor nutrition and stressed body.

I'm still over 50 pounds from goal weight, but having shed 60 pounds, I'm finding some of the unexpected benefits amazing. I don't have to struggle to keep my house clean anymore. It's easy. I can sit down on the floor and get right back up without worrying if anybody is watching me flounder around like a beached whale. The stiffness is leaving my joints, and my knee hasn't bothered me for months now. I once believed I was doomed to have replacement knee surgery. Did I mention that my mood is also more stable now that I'm eating a healthy, balanced diet? Wow! Go figure!

Have you ever picked up a 60 pound sack and carried it around? Ugh! I used to do it every day, and wonder why life was so hard!

Which is why, if I struggle to do some things still, I'm a little kinder to myself than I used to be. After all, my poor body is still lugging that extra fifty pounds around everywhere.

Sometimes I feel as though I can't possibly reach that twenty minute goal on the elliptical trainer at the gym. It's so hard! So, I tell myself it will never be this hard ever again, because each day sees me a little lighter, a little fitter and a little closer to my goal.

Hard to believe I'm saying this, but I actually look forward to breaking into a sweat. Which interestingly enough, I never used to do until just recently. It's hard losing weight, but being overweight is much harder. Give me the gym any day.



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IAMSLIM135 12/31/2010 10:41PM

    I feel exactly like you did. My knees kill me when I try to get up and down, so I avoid it like the plague. As you said, like a beached whale - yuck. You have given me inspiration to keep going. Thank you so much and keep up the hard work. I agree, being overweight is harder. emoticon

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TROUBLEDKNEE 12/26/2010 9:34AM

  Your blog meant a lot to me today... I am starting new with spark and have too much weight to lose to even think about. Yet each day I will start a little lighter if I can manage to track my food and make better choices. Thank you for your inspirational post emoticon

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TROUBLEDKNEE 12/26/2010 9:32AM

  Your blog meant a lot to me today... I am starting new with spark and have too much weight to lose to even think about. Yet each day I will start a little lighter if I can manage to track my food and make better choices. Thank you for your inspirational post emoticon

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 12/23/2010 8:38AM

    Great blog, very uplifting, thank you!

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KIMBRLY11 12/5/2010 6:45PM

    Such an inspiration to read and really gives me alot of hope. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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313WOLFMOM 12/4/2010 7:05PM

  Terrific job!
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MELISSAJANEY 12/4/2010 6:27PM

    You are more than HALFWAY to your goal. You are doing great!

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MANDERSON19 12/4/2010 1:18PM

    You are an inspiration. Thank you.

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HARDEESHABIRE 12/1/2010 9:20PM

    Congrats losing 60lbs emoticon emoticon
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MRSHARKY 12/1/2010 8:24PM

    Congrats on the weight loss and good luck on losing the next 50!!

This reminds me of when I lost weight before, I just moved around fast and easier...and now that I've gained alot of the weight back, I'm really feeling it.

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BARBARAJ73 12/1/2010 7:19PM

    Been feeling it in my knees and joints too... imagining the extra pounds as bags of flour/sugar, bales of hay = m-o-t-i-v-a-t-i-o-n !!!!!!!!
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DARLENEK04 12/1/2010 5:48PM

  What an inspiration. You go girl..


Darlene

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 12/1/2010 12:25PM

    I like your last comment, "Losing weight is hard, but being overweight is much harder." I will remember that as motivation, because being overweight is NO FUN, it's hard work and losing the weight is SO WORTH IT!

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LATVIAN_SANDY 12/1/2010 1:35AM

    That is fantastic that you're looking forward to exercise - what a great feeling! And that you are actually feeling lighter, freer, healthier! emoticon emoticon

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SKPR2010 12/1/2010 12:18AM

    Thank you so much for this post. I'm lucky enough that many don't believe how old I am, but with the amount of weight I carry around - I FEEL IT!!! Even the last 25 lbs I lost surprised me on how some things got easier for me....I'd really like to lose much more and feel that much better. This motivates me to keep at it!!!!
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MOM2WILDBOYS 11/30/2010 10:54PM

  That's great! It gives me hope for my poor old joints in the future!

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SASSYSNAIL 11/30/2010 10:23PM

    Thanks so much for this! I needed it right about now!

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DESERTFLOWERG 11/30/2010 6:37PM

    So agree with you. We make life, work and play, so much harder by carrying extra pounds and not fueling our body appropriately.

The success you have already achieved will keep reminding you that the goal is worth the effort.

Thanks for sharing.

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CHANGE4THEBEST 11/30/2010 5:32PM

    well done and keep up the good work - you will get to your goal
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HIKETOHEIGHTS 11/30/2010 3:54PM

    Could not have said it half as well, but I have felt this to be true. Very well said.

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AMYRENEE1967 11/30/2010 3:24PM

    You lost so much already-- you know you can get to your goal- you are proving it to yourself everyday!!

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 11/30/2010 2:43PM

    Well done!

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TRYINGHARD1948 11/29/2010 8:59PM

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JAZZYJAZZ86 11/29/2010 8:56PM

    Such a positive and motivating blog.

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KLONG8 11/29/2010 7:33PM

    Oh, this is a good blog. Thank you. The weight creeps up on you and you don't realize how it's compromising your life. Thanks for shedding light on this and how you're winning the battle. Keep up the good work!

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JULIA75 11/29/2010 7:31PM

    I love reading this because it motivates me and because I just read a book which is supposed to be very insightful about the whole slim - heavy thing and which insistas taht (1) it's not even possible to lose weight permanently (apart from a frew statistical exceptions **eyeroll**) and that (2) being heavy isn't unhealthy at all. Good grief.

I'm very glad for your success and of course it's very inspiring to know that I can look forward to getting rid of some problems, too. Good luck with the next 50 pound!

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RYEJOE 11/29/2010 6:58PM

    My thoughts exactly! I have also lost 60 pounds, and my dream is to lose 50 more, though I might stop at just 30 more. emoticon

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ECLECTIC_CELT 11/29/2010 6:03PM

    You will make your goal on the elliptical!!!! I know it seems hard but it does get easier. When I started using one I couldn't even do 10 minutes on the one at the gym. I can now do an hour on the one at my house and the resistance level is even higher on that one.
Keep up the good work!!!! You can do this!!!

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TANIKEYA 11/29/2010 5:44PM

    Thank you for the motivation! I needed it!

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HLTHYETER 11/29/2010 3:08PM

    Great job--I relate to all you are saying. I am near 80 lost and have 70 to go. Thank goodness I found SP!

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VAJRA82 11/29/2010 2:10PM

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BRENDAF761 11/29/2010 2:00PM

    Your doing so great! Best wishes at continued success at reaching your own personal goal weight! You'll make it! Keep determined to do the best you can! Good Luck!!! emoticon emoticon

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BRENDASTARR2 11/29/2010 1:32PM

    Hope I get the same results as you as I journey with weight loss. Nice blog

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KATHLEEN0222 11/29/2010 12:32PM

    Very well written!!! Way to go!!!!! Keep up the sweatin'! emoticon

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SANDYMISA 11/29/2010 11:47AM

    Great job! Thanks for posting!

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CINDY1TWO3 11/29/2010 11:28AM

    emoticon Wonderful! And so true, I can do more now that I weigh less, even if I have far to go. Unfortunately although my walking has improved, still no sitting on the floor easily. But since I do not have grandchildren yet, no real need to sit on the floor....:)

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ANNITMARIE1 11/29/2010 11:01AM

    Your story is exactly like mine! I have lost 60 lbs and I am working on the next 50 lbs. I am so proud of myself! Everything is easier. Congratulations on your weight loss!

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BRIGETTEK 11/29/2010 10:29AM

  Congrats on the 60lbs! And I believe it's the little things in life that make a big difference.

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DOTTIEJANE1 11/29/2010 9:48AM

    Glad that you are able to enjoy the all life has to offer as you are loosing weight.I think we sometimes forget what being thiner felt like .Good luck on your journey as you will make it.Thanks for sharing.

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MOMTHENURSE 11/29/2010 9:06AM

    You're blog is an inspiration to me this morning. Have a wonderful day! emoticon

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PAMINHALF 11/29/2010 7:34AM

  Great blog. Thanks for sharing!

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