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?

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Thanks! Report
SUNSET09 12/16/2020
Learning is the key, SparkFriends. Report
PLCHAPPELL 11/23/2020
Great job Report
PLCHAPPELL 11/10/2020
Quite a list Report
EILEENNP 11/8/2020
Bless you for your story and your inspiration. Report
Brilliant list! Well done! Congratulations on the loss! Report
CECELW 8/8/2020
I'm so happy for those that have lost so much weight Report
TRAVELGAL417 6/23/2020
wonderful list Report
JAMISCHALK102 5/31/2020
#81 was a major wake up call. The day I had to soap my wedding ring off my finger because it was making my finger hurt was a sad day. One of my first goals that is not scale specific is to be able to put my wedding rings back on. Report
Great list! Report
RYCGIRL 5/13/2020
thx Report
that is a great, very serious list! Report
Your list is beautiful...just beautiful. You have strong motivation to maintain your weight loss. Keep on Sparking friend! Report
I've been a member for about 10 years. This article is the most lively, exciting, encouraging, fun and profound ever! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you! Report
I have quite a way to go yet before reaching my goal.
I too look at other people's shopping carts & it causes me to edit mine, especially if I was weak & had something unhealthy in it. Hey, it happens🐨
I am working on my message board for motivating slogans & liked this: Eat to FUEL not FILL your body. Report
This was an Absolute Awesome... Blog!!! It's very helpful for my Journey!!!! Report
Fabulous insights! Thank you for sharing your experience with others. Congratulations!!! Report
list.cut off but still wonderful Report
Congrats to all who accomplish this feat! Report
This is a great list. And yes runners are crazy in a good way. Welcome to the runners club. Report
Great job! Report
Whoo, hoo and way to go, SparkFriend. It is a lifestyle change and you've proven that it's so much more. Keep up the good work! Report
I always love to hear success stories and words of advice from someone who has accomplished this. Thank you.
Love this list Report
Thanks for sharing. Report
We are all different. What works for one could be different for another Report
Really good list and congrats! Report
Very encouraging! Thanks for blazing the path for me. Report
What a great list! Thank you for sharing it. It's incredibly inspiring! Report
Thank you for sharing these pearls of experience. A lot of them really do touch my feelings. Report
Awesome list! I can't wait to write mine...in about 55 pounds! Report
I just love, love, love this list Jerome!! :-) I feel like I could have written it as well. Maybe something as straightforward and as simple as this will "spark" my husband!! Note on that: he is finally working out again and making some dietary changes. I hope and pray it will last this time. Thanks as always Jerome for your wonderful blogs! Report
Spark Friends are the best friends and yes, runners are a little bit crazy! LOL I learned it from the best!! :)
"78.Most weight loss struggles happen between the ears" LOVE IT!

Thank you for all your inspiration! I am ready to get started! Report
What a great list! There were some that inspired me, some that made me giggle, most that made me nod my head. Enjoyed the read immensely. Way to go! Report
Yay for you!! Thanks for being a role model. Report
Such an awesome list! Thank you so much for sharing! Report
Wow!! What a great (inspirational) list!!! Report
i need to be my own hero..jus like you! thanks so much for sharing! Report
Awesome list, #73 I can't wait for and #78 I struggle with daily but I am not giving up... Report
Awesome list! Bravo for your accomplishment. Report
"63. I've learned that I CAN eat exactly what I want, just less of it"


Congratulations on your success.
Congrats!! Wonderful way to start my journey to a New Year...New Me!! Report
CONGRATS on losing 100 lbs and maintaining it! You are such an inspiration. Love the list you came up with. Thanks for sharing it with us. Report
Very Inspiring.......A great motivator as I try to get back on track. Report
Hi ,
Congratulation for your journey .
I wish you start new year healthy with your family.

#78! no truer words written than those! ;P Report
WOW! What an AWE~some education through AWE~some success! Gotta say that #78 holds the key to all the rest. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and success, Jerome. God bless~ *hugs* BB~ Report
Great list from a great guy. Especially related to sweat, sex, and shopping carts! (38, 56 & 66) Report