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Top 10 List --The BEST Things About Being THIN!

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

I am always hesitant to call myself "thin." I am actually overweight according to the BMI charts, that's why I'm trying so hard to get down to that magical 144. Plus if I keep trying to lose those 5 pounds, maybe at the very least, I won't GAIN weight!! Of course I often wonder how much all the excess skin on my upper legs, stomach and upper arms must weigh. Maybe 10 lbs?

The Top 10 BEST THINGS about being thin:

10. I love mirrors and photographs. I even try to catch my reflections when I pass by glass doors and windows! How vain am I??? I have very few pictures of myself from the years when I was morbidly obese. I guess I thought if I didn't have evidence of how I looked, it wasn't real!

9. I just sat in a narrow kitchen chair to type this blog.

(Please ignore the varicose veins and excess skin on the back of my legs--they're not pretty but by God, I think I have earned the right to finally wear shorts in public!)

OMG, it's so nice to have spare room on either side of the chair. My fat thighs used to bulge out the sides of any chair I sat in. I don't hesitate to plop down in lawn chairs and those cheap plastic chairs that I used to avoid like the plague! Items made for normal sized people (those one-size fits all things) fit me now! Towels, chairs, seatbelts, bracelets, necklaces, blood pressure cuffs, hospital gowns, socks, hosiery. Oh I know they size hosiery, but when you're on the extreme edge of the biggest size they make and they're still too small--it sucks.

8. No fear of being ridiculed when I'm in public. I used to worry as I walked along the busy street by my work, that people would yell mean things at me as they drove by. It happened more than once! Today I walked into the pool store with a sample of water from our above-ground pool to be tested. I have been going in there for years and always felt a little embarrassed, I was just sure the employees were imagining my big fat body in a big fat swimming suit in my pool at home. Of course they weren't, but for some reason it was humiliating to walk into the pool store. Today I felt like I had every right to be there!

7. I have so much energy. I actually look forward to doing the laundry, and as I told hubby, while I'm at home all day recuperating from surgery, making dinner is the highlight of my day--I love it. I have always enjoyed cooking, and now I do it standing up, instead of sitting in my roller chair and rolling everywhere. Plus, cooking means I get to eat...which I still love! I am especially enjoying having the energy to be an active participant in my grandchildren's lives. LOVE those kids and being able to go places and do things with them was a huge motivator to lose weight. We are going back to the amusement park in Kansas City in August. Can't wait!

6. I have found I like so many foods that I used to avoid. Vegetables and fruits are my best friends. I love onions, caramelized or grilled or even raw. Broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, radishes, celery, carrots, SALADS are so tasty! And fruit is my snack of choice. Grapes, oranges and bananas are my three favorites, but I eat all fruits! We even have strawberry shortcake quite regularly. I have a small piece of homemade shortcake, then top it with strawberries sweetened with Splenda and some skim milk and non-fat whipped topping. Delicious, and the whole dessert comes in at about 200 calories--most of that is from that little piece of wonderful shortcake! I always loved strawberry shortcake, but this lightened up version tastes just as good to me. I attribute my new openness to all kinds of food to my hunger. I was never hungry before, I stuffed myself constantly. Now that I'm hungry almost all the time, everything tastes good to me!

5. Shopping! Not only can I walk for hours, I love buying pretty new clothes, all of which fit, and to my eye, look good on me. After looking like a fat blob in everything for so many years, it's such a joy to wear form fitting clothes that hug a figure I had lost long ago! I am a regular at all the malls in town, places I had quit visiting years ago, when nothing at any of the stores fit me anymore. And about twice a month I have my nails done out at the mall. I always hated my hands, I had fat pudgy fingers and my wrists were enormous. Now I LOVE my hands--my long manicured (fake) fingernails look beautiful to me! I even discovered that bone in my wrist that had long ago disappeared and the protruding veins in my hands are a sign of honor to me because those were non-existent before, hidden underneath all the fat.

4. My confidence is back! I'm still very introverted and shy, but no longer do I feel like I need to hide (as if that was possible at 328 lbs.!). Now I am proud of myself, and although I no longer feel the need to share with everyone I meet that I have lost a LOT of weight, I always carry that knowledge inside of myself and it adds to my self esteem. I always felt like I was destined to do something special, but as life passed by me and the years progressed and I remained morbidly obese, I wasn't special at all. I was just one of millions of overweight, unhappy people, unwilling to make the right choices and change my lifestyle. NOW...not only do I feel like I am going to be one of those rare individuals who not only loses a lot of weight but is going to KEEP IT OFF, I feel like I should write about it in a memoir. If I can help inspire others, it will keep me motivated! And that makes me feel very special indeed!

3. Writing. I always loved to write. I was editor of my school paper in high school and started college as a journalism major. Now, having discovered Spark, I have found an outlet for my need to write. I could have blogged anywhere, but Spark is a great place for me to be. Here, I can write about all my anxieties, hopes, desires, failures, and successes without fear of being judged. I feel sort of anonymous too, and that allows me to be very open and honest. If I inspire anyone that's great, but believe me, this blogging has done more to keep me motivated than anything else. I LOVE not only writing my own blogs but reading people's comments, then clicking on their pages, and reading their stories and blogs. I am grateful to everyone who has ever commented on my blog--you motivate and inspire me more than you know!

2. My health. My only goal when I first started this journey was just to get healthier. I was a mess--high blood pressure, pre-diabetic, bad joints, all the bad things that happen to you when you are morbidly obese and getting older. I dealt with these problems for so many years, but when my mobility was threatened I knew I HAD to do something. Now I take one diarrhetic pill for my blood pressure, down from 5 medications I used to take that only got my BP down to 140/90. My BP consistently reads 125/70 now, and I will probably go off the last little pill I take at my next check-up. My blood sugar is normal and although my joints aren't great, they're not nearly so bothersome as they were 180 lbs. ago! I walk for miles on those poor sore knees and hips, and they don't hurt nearly so bad as they did when I first started walking at 280 lbs.

And the Number 1 BEST thing about being thin is:

1. FREEDOM!!! I felt so trapped before--trapped in a body that couldn't move without pain and exhaustion, trapped in a lifestyle I felt helpless to crawl out of. Now, I can't tell you the incredible sense of freedom I experience every single day. I can do anything, go anywhere and be anything I want. Nothing is holding me back anymore. It's absolutely exhilarating and joyous! Losing weight once and for all is the BEST THING I ever did for myself!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JOANNHUNT 2/11/2013 9:19PM

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MISSENG 7/30/2012 6:53AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon for sharing your inspiring story. I love it! emoticon on the weight loss and healthy eating. Keep it up! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EMILYDOODLE 7/11/2012 1:27PM

  great blog, i really liked your list.

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/6/2012 2:24AM

    What a wonderful woman you are!!!
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  you are amazing!

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DRB13_1 6/29/2012 6:46AM

    emoticon blog
loved them all, but especially #4 - YOU ARE SPECIAL
Thanks for sharing and showing us it's possible!

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NATWHEELER 6/26/2012 8:37AM

  So proud of you! These things are so much better then junk food!

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KATIWONT 6/25/2012 11:23PM

    very well put and very well done!!

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MISSLISA1973 6/20/2012 2:04PM

    Thank you for posting this. It's something for me to hang on to when I'm tempted to throw in the towel. You are AWESOME! emoticon

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VOLLEYGIRL77 6/20/2012 12:07PM

    Awesome list!

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ROCKINMOM776 6/19/2012 3:08PM

    Amazing!! So proud of you!

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KANOE10 6/19/2012 2:41PM

    Great reasons.. You did a wonderful job.

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KSHELTON21 6/18/2012 4:38PM

    What a wonderful blog!!! I read the one showing your pictures first and it was so good I wanted to read more! Thank you for writing these! Can't wait to read some more!

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MYKIDSFAN 6/18/2012 12:04PM

    thank you so much! awesome!!!! emoticon emoticon

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ALTRAOICHE 6/18/2012 10:53AM

    Maggie, I am seriously considering printing this out and putting it in my weight loss journal. I hope to have a similar list very soon! emoticon emoticon

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TOVEYTWIRL 6/18/2012 1:23AM

    Well done inspiration to all emoticon

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NELLBELLA26 6/18/2012 12:04AM

    Fantastic!!!! I love your list of ten. Congrats on your amazing accomplishment. I particularly can relate to the writing one as I also started college as a Journalism major. I agree that this is a great place to blog and a great community in general.

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STEPH-KNEE 6/17/2012 10:37PM

    You are amazing and such an inspiration to us all. I am so honored that you shared your story with all of us. emoticon

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LESLIESENIOR 6/17/2012 9:44PM

    I'm so happy for you!!! emoticon

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CHEROKEE1946 6/17/2012 8:58PM

    Great going.

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CAM2438 6/17/2012 7:47PM

    What a great list!!!! Congratulations on all you have done! emoticon

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CUDDLEY51 6/17/2012 6:33PM

    Absolutely one of the most honest and memorable blogs ever!!! You write with such enthusiasm, you obviously made the right career choice at one point. I could totally relate to sooo many of the feelings and observations in your fat list and reading how much you've overcome in this list is truly inspirational. I hope I will be able to read your blogs for many more years to come.....

Be proud always, you've earned that right!!! emoticon

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SNOWANGELDIVA 6/17/2012 4:30PM

    Pam, I loved your list!
Congratulations on your hard work!
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KATOFORNOW 6/17/2012 3:51PM

    what an inspiring blog! thank you...

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 6/17/2012 3:39PM

    Cogratulations! Thank you for the added motivation! :) I'm really proud of you!!!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 6/17/2012 3:12PM

    This all reflects EXACTLY how I feel about my own weight loss and "thinness' - it's like you took everything in my head, changed the number on the scale a little, and wrote it down here, especially the part about being open to new foods. I attribute my more open and accepting taste to the same thing - being hungry and becoming more appreciative of food and all that.

Loved the blog, thank you so much for sharing all that. :) And congrats on your amazing weight loss!

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TRYN2MUCH 6/17/2012 2:34PM

    Thanks for writing an awesome blog! Many will identify with your journey. So many of your points I too have faced, especially #10. No we are not vain I think we just still trying out our new look and marveling at that person staring back at us. I also liked #1 because you are so right, Freedom is the best feeling!


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JAMJOJAM 6/17/2012 1:54PM

    I liked your #6 about being hungry all the time. Instead of being a negative you turned it into a positive because you are more open to eating all kinds of heathy choice foods. Thank you for giving me a new way to view the hunger that comes with the daily food monitoring that I must do to keep my weight in check. Great inspirational blog.

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    As soon as I am allowed to lift again, I am going to start carrying my hand weights with me when I walk and I'm going to attempt a few push-ups (the girl kind), to try to not only improve my upper body strength (it's really bad--I get weaker every day), but try to reduce those bat wings, although I'm pretty sure that excess skin is here to stay. But it's okay--I can keep it covered and only you guys will know!

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SNEVIL1 6/17/2012 1:29PM

    Love it!!!!

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    I love you so I am going to say what I always do! YOU are so inspiring and I learn so much from you. You have accomplished so much...and I can only hope to follow in your footsteps!

Love you,


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NYARAMULA 6/17/2012 12:25PM

    Great stuff!

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BUTRFLY_FREEDOM 6/17/2012 10:21AM

    Very inspiring blog! Congrats on your success!!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 6/17/2012 9:36AM

    And the 11th best thing is being able to wear those darling pink John Deer tops!! That is so adorable!! Almost as fun as those pink JD boots I see at Atwoods (my fantasy!!).
You're doing GREAT!! Thanks for sharing your experiences!! Oh and your nails are gorgeous too! I tend to bite my nails but every once in a while I get them to grow a bit. I have a girlfriend who is licensed cosmetology and she specializes in nails - so she likes doing the gels or shellacs on me, with the UV treatment to set the nails - they seem to last longest and feel the best too! A bit more expensive but worth it (says the gal who gets them for free because gf always wants to practice her technique and knows I don't give her grief for "mistakes".).

Keep it up!!



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  Very motivating blog! Yea! for you...

My main reason for losing weight....the peace of mind that comes with being free from obsession.

Sugar radar is off!!!

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GRAMMACATHY 6/17/2012 3:59AM

    Wonderfully inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

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SLFGOLF 6/17/2012 1:01AM

    What a great blog! Congratulations you have worked so hard and it has paid off.

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TALVARADO6 6/17/2012 12:35AM

    Awesome blog!

I'm at the beginning of my journey, nice to get a glimpse of what the end looks like. Thank you!

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GOING-STRONG 6/17/2012 12:23AM

    You are doing just GREAT!! I also suffer from the dreaded bat wings and over the past year I have seen some improvement (which seems like a miracle to me!) which I attribute to taking strength training classes at the gym twice a week. If you aren't lifting weights, it might be something you should consider. You will feel like at fitness goddess! Spark on!

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KPETSCHE 6/17/2012 12:11AM

    Thanks for sharing all your positives! You've made awesome strides with your health - you should be super proud of yourself.

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SHOES17 6/16/2012 11:32PM

    neat! wtg

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GOIN4GR8 6/16/2012 10:43PM

    This is a great post, your legs look great; and your hands ARE very pretty! Way to go, you!!

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LOGOULD 6/16/2012 10:16PM

    emoticon emoticon So Happy for you - You look and sound Marvelous! CONGRATULATIONS! emoticon emoticon

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MOMKAT4310 6/16/2012 9:12PM

    Awesome. Wow. I am so impressed. What a great list. Motivation, a good name for you.

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MELINDAKAYE2 6/16/2012 8:34PM

    Thanks for sharing!!

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LAMBCHOP4EVER 6/16/2012 8:19PM

    Great post!

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KATYDID412 6/16/2012 7:49PM

    Congratulations, and I *love* your John Deere T-shirt!

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MAPLECANDY3 6/16/2012 7:22PM

    Congrats on your success, you are such an inspiration!

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JLMALLETTE 6/16/2012 7:14PM

    Congrats on taking control and enjoying LIFE!!!! emoticon

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KDAILEY70 6/16/2012 7:07PM

    Congrats on your success.

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