100 Things about Losing 100 Pounds

By , SparkPeople Blogger
December 10, 2010 was a big day for me.

That is the day that I officially lost 100 pounds. As the first anniversary of that date approached, I started to think of all the changes that have happened in my life because of my transformation.  Sure, the easiest part to recognize is the weight loss, but it truly is a transformation, inside and out!

I started writing down things that I’ve learned, things that are better, things I do now, etc.I thought it would be fun to share this list of 100 things about 100 pounds with the readers. 

  1. It takes COURAGE to admit you have to change
  1. I feel better
  1. My body doesn't ache as much
  1. No more constant back pain
  1. I walk much better
  1. I walk much faster
  1. I can walk up stairs without gasping for air
  1. I don't sleep in my chair much anymore
  1. I can spend more time with my family since I don’t sleep in my chair
  1. I've stopped snoring
  1. I look much better
  1. I am much healthier
  1. My waist is much smaller
  1. My muscles are better defined in arms
  1. My muscles are better defined in legs
  1. I have much more energy
  1. My eyes are much more open
  1. My head is clearer
  1. My clothes last longer
  1. I've learned everybody has something to say about how you lost it
  1. I've learned that tracking food is a must
  1. I've learned that fitness has to be a way of life
  1. I've learned that I have to do both of those every day
  1. I CAN live without Dr. Pepper daily
  1. I CAN live without Reese's peanut butter cups daily
  1. I've learned that after not eating junk food for a while, I don’t like it really, it makes me feel bad
  1. Chewing gum helps
  1. I've learned to LOVE water
  1. I've learned to eat slower
  1. I've learned I can eat smaller portions and STILL fuel my body properly
  1. I've learned to SHARE meals with my wife at restaurants
  1. I've learned to FUEL my body, not FILL my body
  1. I've learned it's not a diet, it's a lifestyle
  1. I've learned I WILL mess us. We must forgive and move forward
  1. I enjoy being "checked out" now and then
  1. I enjoy being a role model
  1. I enjoy working out
  1. I honestly enjoy sweat
  1. Running is cheaper than therapy
  1. Running is better with good shoes
  1. Runners are partially insane (in a good way)--OK, just plain crazy
  1. I've learned to LOVE running
  1. I've learned I don’t HAVE to sit and watch TV all the time
  1. It's fun to see reactions of friends you've not seen in a while
  1. I've learned that a lot of people say they want to lose weight, but they don't want to do the work
  1. I've also learned that a lot of people say they want to lose weight, but have no clue where to start
  1. I learned I hated to have my picture taken when I was fat
  1. I learned I don't mind having my picture taken now
  1. I learned that my before picture can motivate people
  1. I've learned that there are people who discriminate against obese people
  1. I can see my feet!
  1. I am much more comfortable in my car now
  1. My driver’s seat doesn't seem to go "flat" now
  1. Office chairs are much more comfortable
  1. Diet pill commercials make me angry
  1. Sex is better
  1. Having the whole family involved is very rewarding
  1. I wonder WHY I didn't do this years ago
  1. I wonder why I let myself gain all the weight in the first place
  1. I've learned that being overweight is a natural cause of depression
  1. I've learned that being fit is a natural high
  1. I've learned that I'm scared to get fat again
  1. I've learned that I CAN eat exactly what I want, just less of it
  1. I've learned that you can't help a person who doesn't want help
  1. I have learned to be sensitive to others struggles. Not everyone loses weight as easily as I did.
  1. I now check out what other folks put in their shopping carts at the grocery store.
  1. I now carry a granola bar with me, to avoid fast food drive thrus
  1. My children are just as easily influenced by my good habits as they are by my bad ones
  1. Change means that things are going to be different
  1. A dash of cinnamon added to my coffee grounds is a great alternative to creamer
  1. It is interesting to see others reaction when they learn I didn't have surgery or use any pills or diet scheme.
  1. I don’t dread shopping for clothes now
  1. There is a larger variety of options when clothes shopping now
  1. I am doing things I never thought I would ever do again
  1. My wife loved me even when I was heavy.  She likes me much better now.
  1. This journey began with one step in the right direction.
  1. This journey was not easy, but it wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be
  1. Most weight loss struggles happen between the ears
  1. SparkPeople showed me that I am not alone
  1. SparkPeople friends are the BEST!
  1. My wedding ring fits again
  1. Small changes add up over time
  1. I've learned that there are many emotions involved with a journey like this
  1. That my family is proud of me
  1. I've learned that I can influence countless people
  1. That I am accountable to myself
  1. That I am accountable to my family
  1. That I am accountable to SparkPeople Friends
  1. I sleep much better
  1. I wake up in a much better mood
  1. My resting heart rate is much lower
  1. I have much better control over my own future
  1. Travel on an airplane is easier
  1. When my girls ask me to play, I have energy to do it
  1. I have learned that I'm passionate about health and overall wellness
  1. I've learned that I am stronger than I thought I was
  1. I've remember how to communicate with my wife
  1. I've remember how much I enjoy talking to people
  1. I've learned that I have no limits
  1. Life is meant to be lived
What have YOU learned along your journey?