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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?
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    I just realized today that if I meet my goal, I'm going to have to get my wedding/engagement rings re-sized. For a split second, I was like "Oh no!" Then I realized I want to lose weight, losing weight is good for me and if I have to get my rings re-sized, so be it!
    1634 days ago
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    Fantastic Blog! Very inspiring, and when I get to my half way mark, I plan to do a blog like this too. If im gonna pin point something now, id say I feel proud. Proud of making smaller changes to becoming a better me :)

    1635 days ago
    As someone who frequently battles depression, exercise is my greatest (and natural!) anti-depressant. emoticon Nothing can beat the endorphin rush and sense of accomplishment after a good workout. Plus, I always love non-scale victories :D
    1635 days ago
    What a fantastic blog! This might have to be one to print out and include in my "motivation binder" of articles, clippings, recipes, etc. Thanks for posting!
    1635 days ago
    Good blog and good for you! I haven't gone down a size yet but I have noticed I have more energy and can "sort of" keep up with my grandsons. Today they asked me why I was trying to walk fast on our hike and I told them about exercise and how good it is for you.
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    Loved this blog!!!
    1636 days ago
    Excellent blog!!!

    I notice that I don't want as much deliciously horrible for you food. Not unless I actually eat it.

    I notice this one, the best one. I am HAPPIER. I don't mean because I have lost weight. I actually can barely tell that I have lost at this point. Things are baggier, sure, but it isn't a huge difference yet. I mean that the good for me foods that I eat ACTUALLY improve my MOOD! I then after noticing that I seemed happier, read an article about how so many food foods do that, and some of them are in my every day diet!! That was fabulous!

    I'm rubbing off on some people! That was my favorite. My fitness and motivation is starting to encourage others!
    1636 days ago
    Cute blog. I find that I'm constantly preening and showing off around my husband. emoticon He loves it though because it's been a while since I felt good about myself.

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    See the best things really aren't the number on the scale. It's all the wonderful things you mentioned and they help the scale but it is only one tool. Awesome blog about all the great things you have gained with Losing.

    Have a great week. emoticon
    1636 days ago
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