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The differences that my weight loss has made to me!!

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

My weight loss continues to amaze me, the fact that I have actually lost – and will, I hope, continue to lose.
But I thought I might list all the things that have changed for me during my journey:
- Thighs rub less
- Shoes are more comfortable
- Have moved down many clothes sizes
- Snore less (if you can hear yourself snore – LOL!!)
- Sleep better
- Have more energy
- Have more stamina
- More Flexibility
- Easier to breath
- Not as puffed
- That odd irritating dry cough and throat tickle has gone
- Legs, hips, ankles and knees ache less (only if I do too much)
- Everyday walking is easier
- Can prepare and cook a whole meal without sitting down
- Feel more confident in myself, and my body – and thus mix more with others.
- Developed an interest in how I look, dressing more carefully, wearing makeup etc
- Can wear normal sized necklaces that didn’t go near fitting before
- Dressing each day – instead of slopping about in nightclothes all day
- Can sit on chairs with ease
- Can get out of bed without rolling
- No longer need an extension strap when flying
- Can fit in a single economy airline seat, instead of having to get 2 seats (and that saves a heap of money) however I still find having 2 economy seats is more comfortable for long haul flights – one seat doesn’t give one any too much room!!
- Can slip rings on and off fingers easily
- Have taken watch strap in a couple of holes
- Feel good about what I am doing – (about my weight loss, efforts, the future and life in general)
- No more high blood pressure
- Diabetes (type 2) has “disappeared” – off all meds A1C holding steady at 5.2 (remember that it can reoccur – you need monitoring all your life!!)
- Can buy normal size clothes off the rack
- Can wipe backside
- Can do shoes up
- Can bend over and touch toes
- Can wrap towel round waist and tuck ends together
- Going swimming at a public pool
- Skin looks clear and eyes bright and radiate good health
- More patience with people, more willing to look for ways to solve problems
- Tolerating heat and humidity better
- Balance has improved substantially
- Capable of carrying and manoeuvring heavier, bulky things
- Stomach problems and indigestion have gone
- Bladder and bowels working “normally”
- Self-confidence is so high now
- I can feel firm muscle where there was soft floppy fat – particularly in my thighs
- Can get in and out of small, low cars – no struggling

Though these make my life more wonderful and easier they all pale into insignificance when I realise that:
Before I lost the weight – I was using a scoter – I took a trip by train – had to have a person with me and book my scooter and use it almost completely on town I had 2 seats by myself and help when visiting the loo!! Also 2 people helping me on and off the train!! And we had to stay overnight because I wasn’t strong enough to do the 5 hr each way trip in the day.
A year ago I went to Town by train – I was alone- I took a bus to the station then walked to the train and had a single seat, and did the return trip in the day – but more than that – I WAS ON MY FEET!!

Yes- I never even use a walking cane now!! I can go out shopping ALONE – I can go anywhere – alone – I have regained a lot of my independence!!

This to me is ALL IMPORTANT!!

And just yesterday – I had an examination at the hospital as they were getting ready to do knee replacements, (my knees are bone on bone, severe osteoarthritis and collapsed inward quite substantially – I had been listed as urgent!!) and the surgeon examined me –examined my knees –and asked what I had been doing – my answer – exercise – his answer – “I really don’t think that at this point I can improve you by doing surgery!!”

I know I can never get rid of the damage but I am almost pain free and I can walk short distances –like round a shopping center!! I am doing this by strengthening my leg muscles – and it HAS to be consistent – and I use machines to do this at Curves – it’s a looooooog hard process but its proving possible!! How long it will last is anyone’s guess – whether I will eventually need surgery –but the combo of weight loss and exercise is working for now and that’s all I ask!!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BRADIA 12/31/2012 12:58PM

    I am reading this seven months after you wrote it and I surely hope by now you are doing much better. I wrote because I needed to tell you how impressed you left me after reading all the differences you have found by your weight lost and you have inspired me the desire to be able to say at least half of the thins that you have accomplished.
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IFEOMA4 11/2/2012 12:41PM

  wow the list seemed endless. well done

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CHARTHESTAR 9/2/2012 8:33PM

    What a model for success You are!
Congratulations I hope it continues to work for you

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AQUABUNNY 6/14/2012 12:19AM

    thanks for sharing--you look great and I am so happy you can do so much more and are feeling so much better, congrats on your weight loss and good health!!!
sorry i don't know why my comments always post twice....odd!!!

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BLUEBELLGIRLS 6/12/2012 2:45PM

  What an inspiration you are, keep up the good work!

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BRIGHTSUN4 6/10/2012 6:38PM

    You are truly inspiring. What wonderful accomplishments.

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EATVEGAN 6/10/2012 6:14PM

    Wow! I sure am glad I read your blog. I will be thrilled with some of those very things when I have lost more weight. What an inspiration that is. If you don't mind, I'd like to friend you so I can check back now and then and re-read the list. emoticon

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EMILYDOODLE 6/8/2012 12:32PM

  very awesome, one day at a time!

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GINIEMIE 6/4/2012 2:04PM

    Way to go, you are indeed an inspiration to those of us slipping or not remembering why we started SP in the first place. May you continue your road to good health.
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MARYELLEN301 6/2/2012 5:33PM


What a tremendous accomplishment!

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1GROVES2 6/2/2012 11:23AM

    You are really an inspiration! I know I can do little things to improve my health, my problem is doing them! With you as an inspiration, I will try harder and Do It!

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ERLYWA 5/31/2012 11:15AM

    You look beautiful and I LOVE this blog! I smiled through the entire thing! I love how you listed out each thing, b/c there are so many things on your list that I want for myself, so to hear someone say they achieved it by getting healthy, well, that just totally inspires me.

Thank you! And keep up the great work!! :)

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LIBRATAH 5/30/2012 9:14PM

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MMN1976 5/29/2012 11:28PM

  What a difference! You're like a completely different person, inside and out! Congratulations!

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SHERYE 5/28/2012 7:22PM

    Wow you are such an inspiration. Congrats to you.


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DISCIPLINE_DOES 5/27/2012 7:18PM

    I needed this today!!! These are all things I have trouble with but never think about. Your post made me realize that life doesn't have to be like this! THANK YOU for posting!!!!!!

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    You are an inspiration!

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RANOBC 5/25/2012 8:23PM

    I am so very proud of you and your accomplishments! That is so wonderful! emoticon

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CHOOSE2BELIEVE 5/25/2012 3:11PM

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ALTRAOICHE 5/25/2012 2:53PM

    You are an insipration. Thank you for sharing this!

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MCJULIEO 5/24/2012 9:01PM

    What a wonderful story! Way to GO!

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JUSTBIRDY 5/24/2012 8:59PM


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MCJULIEO 5/24/2012 8:58PM

    What a wonderful stury! Way to GO!

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LHARA2009 5/22/2012 12:47PM

  What an amazing story. You deserve a big hug from all of sparks people. Keep going you very brave woman.

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SWDESERTLOVER 5/22/2012 10:21AM


What a fantastic success story! You are truly an inspiration for others trying to lose weight. Thanks for sharing this.

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KIMI_SILVA 5/21/2012 1:16PM

    I have tears in my eyes. You are wonderful. Thank you for sharing your story, and helping to inspire so many others. I pray for your continued success and good health.

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CROWLEY123 5/20/2012 11:37PM

    Fantastic story and thoroughly inspiring! Thank you.

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SALEX52 5/20/2012 10:57PM

    Hip, hip hooray!

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FAITHH61 5/20/2012 4:47PM

  Your blog has given me a lot of hope. My knees are also in pain, and I have noticed that since I have lost 16 lbs, the pressure is lifted a little. I have been doing the Aqua Aerobics and Circuit Training for muscle. I laughed out loud when you said "Can wife backside"... I laughed but it is true. Just the small things are the best things. Keep it up, you give me a lot of hope. God Bless! emoticon emoticon

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SDORTON2 5/19/2012 11:32PM

  So many wonderful reasons to keep going! You are an inspiration! emoticon

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BIBS4664 5/19/2012 6:56PM

    You are amazing, and thank you for giving me hope!!!

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DANMAR1 5/19/2012 12:50PM

  You give hope and encouragement to so many!!

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SIMPLESAVER 5/19/2012 9:31AM

    Amazing list! I stand and applaud you BRAVO

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THEIS58 5/19/2012 6:15AM

    What a list. You have done an amazing job - inspiring!

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CHERRY666 5/18/2012 5:56PM

    Congratulations! That's so wonderful! You're an inspiration.

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MARCELP 5/18/2012 5:01PM

    Just beautiful,wonderful, only two words of many to express what a great job you have done. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUSANMYERS1 5/18/2012 12:10PM

    You are looking awesome. I too had a lot of issues with my health. Your testimony of your journey is phenomenal. Weight loss opens so many more doors that otherwise had closed for you! Thanks for sharing. Preservance is the answer. God bless you!

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MARYM1962 5/18/2012 10:26AM

  Your Pros list was wonderful - it takes someone who has been there and is truely appreciative of the improvements to be able to list as many as you did - keep up the good work and way to go on avoiding surgery!

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KELTIC-CARA 5/18/2012 8:16AM

    Such a list; keep at it Ann, you are truly an inspiration

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SCRAIG153 5/18/2012 6:48AM

  WOW! Inspiring!

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PRAYINGSUZIE 5/18/2012 12:32AM

    Way to go! I love the list!


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CATHRINE2010 5/17/2012 8:36PM

    Such a wonderful story! God has blessed your life so much. I am so happy for your freedom. Enjoy your life and all it has to offer. God Bless You! What an inspiration! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHAWNY2 5/17/2012 12:49PM

    Thinking of all the possibilities that are now available to you, brings tears to my eyes. You have to feel just wonderful, like you have been given a new opportunity. Good for you! Stay focused and see just how wonderful life can be!

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