No longer the new kid
Saturday, February 08, 2014
I am well into my 5th year of maintenance. I know the odds are in my favor that I will keep the 60 pounds off that I lost in 2008. I am fully aware of the struggle, and how awesome it is to be a long term weight loss maintainer.
Some days I miss the early weight loss triumphs....like the excitement of fitting into a new size that you thought you would never get into, or washing your hair and suddenly noticing you can feel the bones in your skull, or catching a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and thinking, "Is that me?"
Mostly....I miss the looks of surprise and comments from people you haven't seen in a while. The "oohs" and "ahhhs" and "you look greats" and "how did you do its."
I sat in a meeting this week and listened as this happened to a co-worker who recently lost 50 pounds. I wanted to shout hey...I've lost 60 pounds and kept it off for over 5 years...but I didn't. This was her moment.
But it was a realization...the people in my circle have become accustomed to me being a thin person. They don't see me as the overweight person I used to be.
And...I think I would much rather have that than the oohs and the ahhhs.