What I Love about My Body Now

By , SparkPeople Blogger
That headline, “What I Love about My Body Now,” implies that I ever loved my body in the first place.  No, I never did.  I hated and loathed ever part of it, except my face and hair, and even those had their moments.  I can’t say that before SparkPeople I ever did love my body.  Now, I’m wowed by parts of it, blown away with what it can do, and amazed at its ability to heal.
Let’s start with healing.  This very week, I got off of insulin shots!  I was taking two types plus 3 oral medications.  BIG!  I remember the doctors telling me that weight loss surgery was the only way for me to get off of insulin and heal.  I’ve stopped taking my blood pressure medication and my cholesterol is good, as well.  That is proof positive to me that, although I still have chronic pain issues from herniated discs, pinched nerve bundles, fibromyalgia, bad knees, and degenerative disease, I CAN improve something.  Around my 200-pound weight loss mark, my doctors plan to help me with some of my pain issues surgically.
What am I wowed by?  I am wowed at every muscle I see emerge.  One of these days I’ll take some muscle shots for my gallery.  I have more defined biceps, calves and hamstrings.  My hands look so much smaller--I look so much smaller. I catch myself looking in the mirror more, but sadly I do not see the person I see in pictures.  I keep my camera handy because the mirror plays tricks on my eyes, with the old me staring back. The camera somehow picks up on the new me.
I treat my body to manicures, new lipsticks, pedicures, and bubble baths frequently now.  I also treat it to clothes I LIKE.  I’m no longer stuck wearing things from special order catalogs, nor from specialty plus shops.  I bought a winter coat in red the other day.  I chose red because it makes me happy and feel vibrant.
I don’t short-change my body when it comes to workouts either.  My body and I need that time to heal, be "wow"-worthy, stay mobile, and do amazing feats I never thought possible.  Last month I did a 5K with my walker.  Yes, that blew me away!  I’ve done yoga in public and am now capable of more than a warrior and a tree pose.  I like to swim and do recumbent (seated).  I use an arm bike, a trampoline, a ball, weights, bands, and a yoga strap at home.  Most of these pieces of equipment do not require that you be on your feet and are great for people who are mobility challenged.
What do you love about your body now?

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CTUPTON 7/6/2020
It is so wonderful that you have shared your journey with us. Beth I hope you realize how much you have helped us by doing that!

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LADY_KATHY 3/1/2020
So proud of you and all you've accomplished. Glad to have you as a SP friend and share your journey. Report
Beth,you continue to be an inspiration to me ! I LOVE how you proved the doctors WRONG and got off your meds by yourself and are healthier than ever! Good going,girl!!!!! Keep up the good work! I love being inspired every time I read one of your wonderful blogs! Report
Beth,you continue to be an inspiration to me ! I LOVE how you proved the doctors WRONG and got off your meds by yourself and are healthier than ever! Good going,girl!!!!! Keep up the good work! I love being inspired every time I read one of your wonderful blogs! Report
GRAYGRANNY 11/8/2019
You Amaze me!!! Report
you literally worked your butt off! As well as arms, legs, thighs! LOL...You really are a champion of weight loss hero's!! Report
My body is healthy and I am treating it with respect Report
Beautiful lady inside and out. Thank you for sharing, caring and teaching me. Report
Thank you for continuing to share, inspire, and encourage! Report
Thanks for sharing your journey with us...you ARE an inspiration to so many people! Report
You are a true inspiration to me. Truly Awesome. Report
What do I love about my body? Size 4 is getting a little baggy!
Beth, I love, love, love your story. You are a testimony of how small changes, done consistently, can make huge differences. Report
Wow Beth you look fabulous. Love your blog. I lost 37 pounds. Still have 9 to go. You have been such an inspiration to me and you still are. You seem to say the things I think. Keep up the great work.
Wow, Beth! I love your article and all that you shared. Thank you so much! I needed to hear that it is possible to come off of the diabetes medications and other medications. You are such an inspiration to me! Thank you 😁 Report
WTG Girl....you are my inspiration!! xoxo Report
This is wonderful to hear. I relate to the old person looking back at me in the mirror. I noticed the other day when you posted your new look, I thought to myself, YOU should do something to make yourself feel good and think about Loving yourself and feeling good about who you are. THANKS to you Beth, I will remember to do it. And, I will give some thought to "What I love about my body?"

Thanks and Thanks again and again. Report
Oh, Beth, I am so thrilled for you, and by what you've accomplished. You are truly inspirational. Report
Awesome! Report
Now that I can actually see them again, I like my cheekbones and love my waist. Report
so inspirational !!! Report
Awesome! Report
Awesome! Report
Absolutely fantastic, way to go! Such dedication really big well done and I agree with every word in this 'your' blog! 10 years ago I couldn't piece together a sentence, I had to be pushed around in a wheelchair and I couldn't even stand alone. You're amazing truly! Report
Great motivating story. Just what I needed to hear. Thank you so much, and congrats to you! Report
Love, love, love this article!!! Such a positive attitude!!! And I read every word carefully! Thanks, Beth! Report
I love my legs. They keep me moving! I also like how my back is shaping up! I also am so very proud of you Beth! You never ever stop! If there is anyhing that anyone can gean from you is that! Never ever give up! No matter what! Keep up the good work Beth! I know that surgery can't come soon enough for you. Fortunately for me I didn't have your diabetes issue so was able to have my right knee replaced before I began my lifestyle changes. (((HUGS))) Report
Beth...congratulations! What amazing accomplishments you have made, especially with all the health issues you face. You are incredible!! What an inspiration to everyone who feels daunted by their challenges...thank you for sharing what you've been through and how far you have come. There are even more good things in store.... Report
Wow - congratulations on all those measureable improvements, especially getting off the meds. Report
I love that I can walk for miles and breath without taking medication. I love that I can go to the fitness center and do most all of the machines and strength train and sweat like mad. I love buying clothes that are stylish and I just feel wonderful.
All of your blogs are wonderful and truly inspiration. Thank You! Report
OMG Beth!!!!! You are AWESOME! Truly AWESOME!! You're an Inspiration. Your blogs are an Inspiration. Thank You. Report
Beth, I have been making excuses because of my injured knee and mobility issues. I am inspired and encouraged by your post today. Thank you. Report
You are awesome congratulations on your success. it is great to see such joy and happiness in your eyes.. they say alot about you. Report
I love that I can walk everywhere and no longer need a handicapped hang tag for the truck! Report
Great job, congrats!!! Report
This is such an inspiring blog! Thanks for sharing! Report
I applaude you! Great blog too. Such an inspiration, thanks! Report
Beth, you have done so well and I feel I have too. But mine is not so much in weight loss but in MOTION. When I joined Sparks (60 pounds ago!) I was in a chair and depressed and etc. Not only did I lose the weight but I gradually improved my health to my current goal of getting rid of the wheelchair FOREVER by my 49th b-day in early April. I was in it for a total of 13 years. I love that my balance is better; that I am stronger and healthier. Because I am on medication, my hair won't grow healthily. Evidently Spark changed that too! lol. I wash my hair with eggs (instead of eating em!) and yesterday we saw NEW GROWTH! Woo Hooo! HUGS girl and I'm looking forward to Chicago! Laurie Report
Beth, thanks for being my ongoing inspiration and challenger! Report
Lady, you blow me away!!! But mostly, this is silly, but I wish I had you for an exercise buddy....friend.

Thank you! Report
You are an inspiration. It just shows a person can start taking steps towards their goal no matter the difficulty. Power and prayers to you. Keep it up. Report
Congratulations to you! At the moment, I don't love a lot about my body. I had a knee replacement in November, and my body seems slacker than ever. I did lose about 11 pounds, which is awesome, but I really, and I mean really need to tone up. Looking forward to 2012. Report
I am in tears reading this...I am just so happy for you. It's like you have a new leash on life and that is so very wonderful Sweetie! Report
You are an amazing and beautiful and inspiring person. I too am mobility challenged and too often use it as an excuse to not exercise. My glucose levels have been rising and I need to control it through diet and exercise. Thank you for sharing your journey. Report
amazing how the body changes so nicely when we lose weight!!! Report
Thank you so much for your blog; it's just what I needed today. Merry Christmas!
Beth you are simply amazing and I am so happy for you! I am loving how my body is looking leaner and how good I feel. Report
I am amazed, that after 28 surgeries, a lifetime of severe RA, that I can still not only move, but do high impact cardio and hike for five miles over rough terrain and not feel tired. I have had my first hip replacement and am not sure what kind of activity they are going to allow me to do now, but you can be sure I will take it to the limit whatever is allowed. I love that my body never gives up and allows me to push it to its limits with little or no complaint in spite of all the ravages of my disease :) It feels great to be in shape and not out of breath!
Keep on going Beth, when you qualify for those surgeries, you too, will be able to do even more! Before I ever got my very first joint replacement my surgeon said to lose the weight first, and was that ever motivating!! I did, but the weight loss company went out of business before I was given a maintenance program, so I gradually gained it all back over many years. Thanks to Sparks, in February, it will be two years of happy maintaining! Report
Hooray for so much healthy progress!
Thanks for sharing this uplifting story Report