It has taken me over 3 years to go from obese to healthy, and I am not at my goal.
For me the holidays mean that I could easily slip back, and I never want to be labelled overweight again, so I thought I would take this opportunity to celebrate with you things I have celebrated on my journey and things I love about having lost over 40lb (wow 25% of my starting weight)
So in no particular order
Collar bones seeing my collar bones, which makes my neck look longer, and I remember them re-emerging, although not when I lost them
Sitting in the bath and not damming up all the water behind me, as I realised that my thighs no longer touch the sides
Going from Obese to Overweight that was a fantastic day, if you have had that day yourself you know what I mean
Realising that the trousers I wore at my biggest I can wiggle out of without undoing.
My shoes fitting better I was never willing to up my shoe size, but some became really cramped
Realising I am the only person in my entire family who can run 5k, actually I am the only one who can run 1mile
Being willing to be seen in public in a swimming suit again my kids were pestering me to go, and I wouldnt even think about it until I lost the first 15lb
Rediscovering my waist, and my shrinking jelly belly 2.5 lost in a year despite minimal weight loss in the same period
Having guns, and working on getting rid of those bingo wings I am so proud of my biceps right up until evil youngest daughter wobbles my bingo wings
Realising that there is genuine male appreciation in the eyes of some guys I work with I am a vain creature.
Realising my hubby really does appreciate me whatever my size reassuring, although it does mean he tries to sabotage me at every turn so I wont run off
Not logging everything I do as exercise anymore (e.g. the half mile brisk walk from my car to the office every morning is now just activity)
Wanting to hit my calorie range just a recent victory, being part of BLC20 means challenges, and some of those challenges have been hitting my range, and as I am competitive, and because I dont want to let the rest of the Rangers down I have started hitting my range. Hitting my range has led to losses which in turn makes me want to hit my calorie range
Bothering with my appearance a bit more and realising I like looking nice. I sorted out my wardrobe a couple of weeks ago, and I realised that my old skinny clothes are nice, and that I want to wear them again. This led to making more of an effort (omg make-up most days for the past week or so) and discovering that I like looking good, and I can pull it off when I try.
My ankles becoming slender again speaks for itself
Awareness of new found muscles under the wobble strength is just sexy
Finding my muchness - I am so much more muchier now than I have ever been
And things I am looking forward to:
Fitting into the skirts I used to fit into was I really that skinny??? And if so why did I always feel massive back then
Being able to run further and fast than I ever would have dreamed
Building the courage to go and sign up for burlesque dancing classes, I have only been researching them for a year or so
Doing a triathlon
Seeing my abs they must be under the wobble.
Being fitter, healthier and hopefully happier.
And finally my journey in pictures
May 2009 about 185lb
November 2010 162lb
22nd April 2011 157lb
July 2011 149lb
1st September 2012 150lb
25th November 2012 143lb
With all of that I cant think of what holiday treat it is worth gorging on to leave me overweight and 5lb further from my goals so I am saying NO THANK YOU to the Christmas 5.
Take care out there