The Small Changes
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
When you finally stop procrastinating and get your motivation, clear out your pantries and fridges, and head out to the gym, you start to notice tiny things that change about yourself. This blog post is dedicated to the sometimes weird things I've noticed about myself as I've lost weight.
+ I have hips! When talking to people, I used to stand and put my hands in my back pockets. (As I started losing weight and the pants got too baggy, I had to be super careful not to pull down my pants!) Now, I find myself setting a hand on my hip! A hip! Not a mound or roll of fat, an actual hip!
+ My knees and feet don't hurt as much! Sometimes at work, I have to stand all day on concrete. If I sit down at lunch, I'm lucky. Before I lost weight, my knees and feet would ACHE, and I would have to soak in the tub when I got home. I'm still tired and somewhat achey, but I don't have near the knee/foot pain I used to have.
+ There is more room in the driver's seat! I am blessed with a car that has a roomy driver's seat, but I had noticed my belly crawling closer and closer to the steering column. Now, there is plenty of room to move around in the driver's seat, so I don't feel cramped and uncomfortable.
+ I can wear my college ring! I used to wear this quite frequently and then I just stopped. And then I just didn't try because I knew it wouldn't fit. Now, I'm back to wearing my college ring daily. I love it!
+ The bed doesn't creak when I sit on it! I was afraid for awhile that I would be sleeping, and the bed frame would just collapse under me. Now, the bed doesn't complain when I sit on it, and I don't have to fear falling.
+ My grocery bills are smaller! When I was unhealthy, I would stop constantly to buy diet soda, chips, cookies, cakes, etc. - all the bad stuff that was SO GOOD. That doesn't include my two vanilla latte habit or eating out for lunch and/or dinner. Now, I spend maybe $50 a week on groceries and a couple of bucks for an Americano. Yes, that doesn't include the meal replacements, but even with that amount taking into account, I still see more money in the bank.
+ I don't feel terrible after having lunch/dinner! When I ate out, sometimes I ate "healthy foods" like sandwiches, but often I had burgers, pizza, or pasta (and pasta with LOTS and LOTS of white sauces). Afterwards, I would be in a food coma until about 3pm. Now, I eat my light meals every 2 - 3 hours and feel great - full of energy and ready to go!
Now, there ARE some bad things about losing weight. *SIGH*
+ You have to buy new clothes. Yes, you have to go out to the mall and buy a new wardrobe because your old, larger clothes won't fit.
+ You will probably need to buy new walking/running shoes. With all the energy you get from losing weight, you'll have a lot more energy for walking and running so will need to get good support for your feet. No more walking around in house slippers!
+ You will not be able to use the "I'm too tired" excuse to get out of stuff. Because you will be a lot more energetic and awake with all the healthy foods you are eating.
So yeah, keep those in mind ;)
What are some weird changes you've noticed as you've changed into a healthier lifestyle?