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What Does It Feel Like To Lose Weight?

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

I've lost almost all of my vacation weight in the last few days, and someone asked me what it feels like to be melting. Honestly, losing 8 mostly water pounds in 3 days feels like peeing. A lot. Frequently. It's good to be back where I was, and I knew it was largely water, but it is such a relief to be right about it, I'm so happy to be getting back to where I was and start moving forward again.

Losing weight feels like so many different things wrapped up in one package. I actually have moments of fear, where this sick part of me deep inside actually fears being thin. But mostly, I'm elated. WOOT WOOT, happy happy joy joy, jump up and down inside happy. Not pee my pants happy, because that would be stinky and gross, but pretty damn happy.

I feel like this inner amazon Jenn is waking up, and she is saying some really bizarre stuff like "We should go for a run! Let's go kickbox! Let's go hiking! Let's get a hot body and dress up and watch the people checking us out!" I kind of dig Amazon Warrior Jenn, she will really love the introductory fencing classes I bought. She may also like paintball as cardio, which really should be featured on the cardio tracker, and it a heap o' fun.

Losing weight feels like rediscovering an old world, the world of athlete Jenn, but with a newly developed sense of appreciation. I didn't appreciate it the last time when I could just hop in the pool and swim a few miles, or run a few miles, or do whatever without feeling out of breath, etc etc. Why? Because I was 17 and it didn't take that much effort. Some, but not that much. I was a teenager, it was normal to have perky boobs and a flat stomach and people checking out my butt. It would have seemed abnormal not to be athletic. I never even realized I was working hard at having a great body.

This time, I appreciate walking a little faster on the treadmill each week. I appreciate good health and lowering my cancer risk and I'm mature (old) enough to admit that one of the reasons I want to lose a ton of weight is for more acrobatic aerobicized sex. (I'm married, I'm allowed to say that) I also appreciate that I may have done so much damage to my skin that I should be putting 20 bucks a pound into a kitty for the plastic surgery I may need when I get to a healthy weight.

Losing weight also feels like a license to shop for lots and lots of new clothes, and a Vitamix, and a yoga membership, better jog bras, fancy wicking shirts with magic thumbholes (I love thumbholes), some more running shoes, a case of Evian, some special swimming shampoo, super duper squishy socks and lots of other stuff but I can't say any more about that because my husband might find this blog.

So, what does weight loss feel like?

Weight loss feels like freedom to me. If I had to pick a single word to sum it all up, it would be Freedom.
**Freedom to go for a run (that will happen one day, I will go for a run, not a jog, a full-fledged run) without having a massive heart attack and dying on the side of the road clutching my overly ample bosom. I will be like Forrest Gump, the Doobie Brothers will magically start playing "It Keeps You Running" as I effortlessly lope around being a runner type person.
**Freedom to stand in one place for an extended period of time without wanting to chop off my feetuses.
**Freedom to ride any roller coaster I choose because I actually fit into the damn things.
**Freedom to ride on an airplane and not wonder if I've finally slipped over that line that means I will have to ask for a seatbelt extender.
**Freedom to wear a mini skirt (they are a privilege, not a right, you know).
**Freedom to wear running tights in public without making people retch.
**Freedom to do high impact aerobics without needing to double bag Shamu and Orca.
**Freedom to buy clothes that aren't on the color wheel between black and light grey. Seriously, what is it about losing a few ounces that makes us all want to buy brightly colored clothes and get rid of all the black, charcoal, silver, grey, light gray, dark grey and heather grey from our wardrobes?

What does weight loss feel like to you?

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ISIS10884 6/30/2011 3:45PM

    I love the way you think! You have helped to keep me motivated and I thank you for that!

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SPARKBECKY2012 6/29/2011 1:14PM


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MMRB7111 6/28/2011 11:34PM

    I agree with everything you said. Great blog. My thoughts were on the same wavelength as you on Sunday when I gain weight again.I was thinking my weight lose, weight gain, the whole journey was like being on a kids see - saw. Up and down, up and down and both kids are having a great time and so I am in this new life even with all the ............well you know. This is freedom to be me, the person I was meant to me if I had not gain all this weight because I an doing something to actually become that person.

I also have to agree with HEATHERSTEW. I had the experience too. I actually had to try on a dress in three different sizes before the last size -two size down - fit perfectly.

Thanks for sharing, really encouraging and motivating.

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MERAPHIS 6/28/2011 6:14PM

    FABULOUS list of freedoms! Not "double bagging Shamu and Orca" IS amazing. Unfortunately, I doubt I will ever feel free to wear anything but black when I work out, since I sweat... a lot. It's not that I'm ashamed of that (cuz I'm totally not), but I don't love looking like I peed my pants. Therefore, black. It only gets blacker, which is pretty safe. But hella hot on a steamy summer day!

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BESEVEN 6/28/2011 5:53PM

    Great blog!

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KMWESLEY 6/28/2011 2:14PM

    Thanks for the AWESOME blog!!

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MELSCHWAAB 6/28/2011 12:32PM

    I absolutely LOVE reading your blogs! Keep up the awesome work and I can't to read your next post! emoticon

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    Freedom is an amazing thing

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DOCDUTTON 6/28/2011 9:03AM

    way to go

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ECHAVEZ2 6/27/2011 11:26PM

    You said it so well! I'm feeling the ups and downs of losing. Some days I'm elated and some days, especially when I see the numbers drop, I acquire some fears. What will I do if I get hit on? Although I really want to be sexy, do I really, really want to be sexy? Do you know what i'm talking about? emoticon

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KEMPHL1948 6/27/2011 3:55PM

  I love this blog. Very motivational and inspirational for me since I am new this site!!! Thanks for sharing!!

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HEATHERSTEW 6/27/2011 2:42PM

    I know exactly how you feel and want the same freedoms! How about the freedom to try things on at the store that are too big? :) That was a REALLY new experience for me!

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LHIEBEL 6/27/2011 1:33PM

  Know what freedom is to me? Not having to pack a humongous amount of clothes for vacation trying to look good at various sizes--just being able to toss a few things in the suit case and know that I will look good in everything! When I am heavier--I have to spend so much time thinking about what I am going to wear to make myself look and feel better...not having to think about that so much is one of the best perks for me!

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CHANGINGELAINE 6/27/2011 10:40AM

    I feel comfortable in my skin now that I have lost weight. When I go to put on something I am not worried about how "fat" it makes me look.
Thanks for another great blog!

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CAALAN23 6/27/2011 10:38AM

    Well said! It's funny you mentioned the color thing, it was just this past Sunday I was shopping for some type of cooler t-shirts to wear walking and my hand picked up some island originated version of magenta. *shrugs* An active body wants an active color. Love your blogs, schweets, they are a joy to read. :)


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MINNESOTAMAG 6/27/2011 9:37AM

    I loved your blog! Very inspirational plus you have a great sense of humor! I share your feelings about running. My hubby and I were talking last night because I seem to be at a bit of a plateau and it was getting me down. He asked me what I did for cardio so far this week. I have been jog/walking 5-6 miles a day. Me. The person who was once out of breath at the end of the block and ready to go home. I think sometimes we forget to celebrate that amazing freedom! Thanks!

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WHISPERINGPINE3 6/27/2011 9:34AM

  Freedom is a good thing my friend!

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SHANNJ77 6/27/2011 8:52AM

    Freedom is a beautiful thing!!

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BEE171 6/27/2011 8:43AM

  Can't wait to get to freedom! Your writing style is so hilarious!

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CAM2438 6/27/2011 7:53AM

    GREAT BLOG!! Keep up the good work!

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KDESCHENE 6/27/2011 6:17AM

  So awesome!! So true and so much fun to read your blog. You have a gift! Freedom BABY! emoticon

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WNTMOREOFLIFE 6/27/2011 2:40AM

    This was fantastic! I was typing so much in your comments section that I decided I might as well do a blog post about this. Stop by and check it out if you like!

Really, great great post!

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CGOLDSWOR 6/27/2011 1:52AM

  Awesome! Freedom rocks!

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SM-ARTGIRL 6/27/2011 1:18AM

    Yes!!! Freedom to be a warrior, even if I am merely running to the growers market with a pack on my back!
And yes: I was compelled to buy a bright orange and white stripe t-shirt last week!

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JACKYZ 6/27/2011 12:32AM

    Your a funny bugger!! I love reading your blogs!! emoticon

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BLOOMING52 6/26/2011 11:06PM

    Love your honesty.

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SORCHA89 6/26/2011 10:32PM

    Totally with ya girl! This is the third blog of yours I've stumbled upon and have felt your words down to the soul.

Weight-loss also means freedom for me too, freedom to not be ashamed of myself but PROUD of myself, freedom to actually be HELLA excited to go wedding dress shopping instead of sorta-happy. I've lost 22lbs so far of the 35 that I gained after HS, and I'm so proud that by my college graduation (and coincidentally, my wedding) I'll be back to the weight I was my Sophomore year in HS....!

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KARMA70 6/26/2011 9:52PM

    I love what you said. No matter how you look at it you're absolutely right, everything about weight loss does create freedom.

Great post, Thanks!

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ANGIEUKFAN07 6/26/2011 8:21PM

    I love FREEDOM!!

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JOMAMA516 6/26/2011 6:52PM

    That is EXACTLY how it feels! I just love your blogs!

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KARENA228 6/26/2011 6:34PM

    You hit it right on the head - FREEDOM!

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LADYJAY25 6/26/2011 5:17PM

    I'd say I agree with all your freedom reasons!

I did go out and buy some yellow (bright yellow) tank tops to the other day!

with a 12 lb loss I wanted color lol!

Guess that happy feeling inside shows in our clothes too!

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THREADS3 6/26/2011 5:13PM

    Give 'em 'ell, Harriet!


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LORISEVERANCE 6/26/2011 5:08PM

    fancy wicking shirts with.....thumbholes?????? i never bought any with thumbholes...that i know of, any way....are the athletic wear stores deliberately withholding something wonderful from me??? emoticon

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GITTYB 6/26/2011 4:38PM

    i love your freedoms. I'm not at weight lost yet, but I think freedom would be fitting inside my body without being weighed down by the extra pounds and being exhausted after a few flights of stairs...

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MMRB7111 6/26/2011 3:44PM

    Freedom to be me and not try to hide. I am still obese but losing weight feels so good because I am doing something everyday to one day NOT be obese. Thanks for sharing.

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BANDMOM2012 6/26/2011 3:41PM

    Love it! It does feel like freedom :)

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AHODGES7 6/26/2011 3:18PM

    FREEDOM really sums it up!
I even caught myself in a shoe store the other day. WOW the cool shoes they have out now! Amazing!
FREEDOM it is!

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LEIRIA 6/26/2011 3:04PM

    Hearing about your weight loss makes ME happy.

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CTTAGENT 6/26/2011 2:21PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss! Great ways to describe how it feels. Keep going.

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CITA769 6/26/2011 1:34PM

    Freedom is a wonderful thing. It allow choices and many of them.

Thanks for sharing this emoticon blog!!

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JANLEH 6/26/2011 10:51AM

    You hit the nail on the head - FREEDOM!

Thank you for sharing! My favourite *giggle* moment?

... Shamu and Orca! emoticon That cracked me up!

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SWEETP84 6/26/2011 10:45AM

    Every pound lost feels like a small load being lifted right? that's how I view it....... This is way more articulate than I could ever put it lol, wow I actually wrote about how it feels like how you are trapped under a ton of bricks and every pound lost is like moving one...the load just gets a tad smaller every time, and helps you breather easier. ....

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JSPIN74 6/26/2011 10:32AM

    yes!!! freedom :)

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SUSANSCH 6/26/2011 8:34AM

    I like... no, I love your blogs... thanks for sharing your creative, funny and insightful self.

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    I've never thought about looking weight as freedom; however, you make some great points. With the 4th of July just around the corner this may be the push/thought/contemplation I need to push through this funk.

Thank you emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIZMORGAN 6/26/2011 3:25AM

    Awesome blog :D

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LUC7KY 6/26/2011 12:14AM

    Wooooohhoooo taking trip shoul be a time of relaxation but glad we keep our goals in the forefront... can relate in the FREEDOM! I love the jumping up and down..JOY! JOY!

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DWILCZKO 6/26/2011 12:13AM

  weight loss to me feels like happiness!

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