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From Obese to Healthy Weight

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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 wouldn’t 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 won’t 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 don’t 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 can’t 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

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
NOHA_ALEX 12/6/2012 8:54AM

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NAN111 12/5/2012 9:04AM

    Way to go!!!!

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MOULEE1 11/29/2012 9:49PM

    What an emoticon blog! You have done and are doing so well!

I too see old photo's and clothes and think about how I didn't appreciate how healthy and 'skinny' I actually was! It's crazy.

emoticon Congrats on going from classed as Obese to Healthy. I am looking forward to that day for me!


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JUSTCHELLE75 11/29/2012 5:09PM

    WTG. I agree completely.. No treat is worth it. You look great.

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CHANGINGSAM 11/29/2012 12:44PM

    Great blog! Congrats on all your progress! emoticon

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NUTZ4HARRY 11/28/2012 9:05PM

    Awesome blog. You are doing great!!

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B-FLAT 11/28/2012 7:51PM

    Looking great! Love your list of discoveries!

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BIGPAWSUP 11/28/2012 7:01PM

    How wonderful! Those pictures really drive home your point. Congrats on looking wonderful and doing such a great job at taking care of yourself.

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PHILTRILL 11/28/2012 6:13PM

    emoticon to you my dear. Keep taking it one day at a time and stay active with exercise, portion size and eating the right way. Your pics look great and I know they will look better as you get closer and closer to your goal. You look awesome.

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81MSMITH1 11/28/2012 5:37PM

    You look great. I can really understand abou the collar bones. Mine are my latest obsession. I can't stop looking at them in the mirror. emoticon

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 11/28/2012 5:17PM

    emoticon Marg!!! Look at you!! You look wonderful, hooray for all of those NSV's!!! emoticon

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