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They Say...


Friday, January 10, 2014

They say that losing weight won't change you. I swear I've seen it on several SP quizzes, especially the one that's "Are you ready to lose weight?" I can completely see where they're coming from--your weight doesn't make your personality. There are confident girls who weigh a lot, there are un-confident ladies who weigh next to nothing. I get it. But I also think they might be wrong.

Here's where I'm coming from. I feel COMPLETELY different than I did two years ago. I started at SP a year ago or so, but I say 2 years because of similar experiences. In the past, I have gone to interviews and had to fight hyperventilation, my heart feeling like it's going to burst out of my chest, etc. In addition to just the nerves of how the people I'm talking to will think about me, I honestly just felt uncomfortable not just in the clothes, but also in my skin.

Now, this is a little on the silly side, but until this week, I have NEVER gone to an interview feeling like I'm presenting my best. Not only did I meet with the admissions director at the school I'm hoping to go to this coming summer and feel comfortable, but I left the 3 hour chat confident. A direct quote was, "I rocked the fudge out of it" (except with more profanity because I live with a sailor and I can't help it okay?).

It HAS to be a good sign with then admissions director is BRAGGING ABOUT YOU to the program coordinator. In front of a room of other potential applicants. It may have made THEM uncomfortable, but it made ME do a little dance on the way to my car.

So no, losing weight doesn't change who you are, how you feel about yourself, etc. But I have to argue that it helps. Being able to wear shoes that don't rub blisters in 50 feet helps a bit. But more importantly, the confidence I've gained from making goals, keeping them, and seeing that YES I CAN... are all part of losing that weight.

The admissions director promised me personally that I could expect an admissions decision by the end of February. That means that in 7 weeks I should be 12-15 pounds lighter and making plans to go back to school!
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SUCCESSN2014 1/10/2014 7:07PM

    i think it absolutely changes you. There is no way when I was over 200 pounds that I'd ever think about training for a half marathon, much less 2. Granted I still have more weight to lose I'm doing things I never thought in a million years I would. It has completely changed my attitude toward life. I look at myself in a much better light vs years ago where I couldn't even stand to look at myself in the mirror. I feel like a complete bada** now, whereas 200+ lbs heavier, I felt worthless and pathetic.

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SUE5007 1/10/2014 3:52PM

    I agree to a point. It certainly can change you. I think the people who do the fad diets and "skip" over the hardest parts about loosing weight are the ones who don't change. They don't have to learn to deal with disappointment when they hit a plateau. They don't figure out how to overcome hard times. They don't have to fight with themselves when their brain is telling them to put down the weights or turn off the treadmill. They suddenly find themselves 30 lbs lighter but are in the same place mentally, emotionally and have no new habits to rely on. It's the success and failures combined that change a person during this journey. It's the people who feel better and better about themselves along the way that change.

Keep up the good work, sounds like you are doing awesome! emoticon

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L3GIRL 1/10/2014 3:50PM

    I agree. I already know that I am awesome person. Losing weight just helps me be comfortable projecting it to others. emoticon

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