things i have learned losing 100+ lbs

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Friday, August 07, 2009

things i have learned/realized from losing 100+ lbs

-i have learned to accept compliments as truth-i used to brush off any compliments i would receive because i felt that people were "just being nice"

-i have learned that i CAN do anything that i set my mind to!

-i have learned that i have a strong will and lots of determination, something that i just had to find within myself

-i have learned that some people do not like or approve of me losing weight for whatever reason

-i have realized that maybe those people mentioned above are having a hard time facing their own issues and it bothers them that someone else is doing it because it makes them realize their own problems?

-i have learned that weight loss is so much faster when i not only eat well, but also exercise

-i have realized that i beat myself up over my appearance way to much-i seem to be even harder on myself now that i have lost the weight, and notice new flaws now that i never even noticed before--i am working on this issue!

-i have learned that weight loss is much faster when you first start out! i have lost about 2 or 3 lbs in this past month rather than the 10 or 12 i used to lose per month when i first started!

-i have learned to hop right back up on the wagon when i fall off

- i have learned that i am a compulsive eater-and its a horrible eating disorder to deal with, and i thank God for helping me get it under control!

-i have realized that losing this weight is a true gift to my son and my loved ones and myself

-i have realized that eating healthier and being more active are great ways to be a good example for my son!

-i have learned that it is a hard way to live being over weight, emotionally and physically

-i have realized that even though i beat myself up over my appearance alot, i still have a much better self esteem than before, and i enjoy feeling good about myself!

-i have learned to wear (and LOVE) color again! i spent way to many years have a closet full of dark jeans and black tops because i felt they were slimming! (as if people didn't realize i was fat since i was wearing black!) i have a closet full of lights and some darks and brights and every color and even LOTS of white clothes! i love it and i feel good in color-i rarely wear black anymore!

-i have learned that it is much less expensive to buy clothing at regular stores instead of plus size stores-i get to save alot of money that way (and looking forward to this fall and winter-i need all new clothes-NONE of my old fall and winter clothes fit me anymore, not even my coat!)

-i have realized that even my shoe size has gotten smaller! lots of cute shoes have gone to waste, but thats ok! its worth it!

-i have realized that it feels so good to go down a jeans size, and to give away the pair i once was so happy to get into, that i am now so happy to get out of!

-i have realized that i am so glad i kept ONE pair of old big jeans (size 22) to try on every so often to get a good look at how far i have come! (now i wear mostly 8s)

-i have realized that even though my husband has always been great to me, that he is much more attracted to me now

-i have realized that weighing 247 lbs did quite a number on my body, and now i have areas of lose skin as battle scars-sucks but i guess i like it loose and hangy better than stretched to the limit!

-i have learned that if i want to be a runner, i just have to keep on working at it instead of saying "i'm just not a runner" i can be if i want to be

-i have realized that i have been motivational to others, and that makes me truly happy

-i have learned to work hard and be very persistent and the weight will come off!

-i have learned that i am strong-physically and emotionally

-i have realized that back pain and knee pain and feet pain are all problems i no longer have since losing weight!

-i have realized that no matter what, i will always try to maintain my goal weight once i get there, and i will always have to work at it

-i have learned that having a great support system like spark people has helped me immensely!

-i have realized that no 2 bodies are exactly the same, but i still cannot help but constantly comparing myself to other women! another thing i need to quit! lol

-i have learned that carrots and celery are not as tasty of a snack as a whole package of cookies and a bag of potato chips, but being 100+ lbs lighter feels a hell of alot better than cookies and chips taste!!

-i have learned alot about nutrition and i believe that knowledge is power!

thanks for reading my blog! i have been thinking of doing one like this for a while, then this morning i read a blog from a girl i don't even know (tcarrier81) with a list of 100 reasons to lose 100 lbs, which was awesome! (check out her blog, it was such a good read!) and i thought, well i have already lost my 100, maybe it's time to reflect on what i have learned and how far i have come! thank you to all my spark friends-you are all such a great support!

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    This blog was very true to the feelings and responses I've had since I've lost 60lbs. My longer term goal is 110lbs and I'll get there the healthy way. This journey is for me so that I can be a better wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend and person. Thanks for sharing!
    4120 days ago
    I can see why this ranks up there as one of the most liked blogs!! :D It's a wonderful post and very insightful for those that want to lose the same amount you have. I've already dropped 120 pounds, and I'm approaching your STARTING weight, so it's interesting to see your perspective.

    :D Take care and keep up your fitness lifestyle! It's apparent how wonderful it makes you feel!!

    4121 days ago
    Great blog! A friend of mine lost a lot of weight about a year and a half ago. A lot of people were not nice to her about her weight loss. I was glad that you mentioned that because it was really hard for her and has since gained back her weight.
    Congratulations on your accomplishments!
    4121 days ago
  • BIZZY240
    hey girl, u are an inspiration. You are reminding me of what it will be like in the future as long as I stay consistent. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4121 days ago
    Terrific blog! There's not much I can put that hasn't already been said by others but I just wanted to say thanks for sharing.

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    4122 days ago
    Great blog! Very inspirational!

    I can totally relate to your part "-i have realized that i beat myself up over my appearance way to much-i seem to be even harder on myself now that i have lost the weight, and notice new flaws now that i never even noticed before" What is wrong with us?! We are strong beautiful women that have worked SO SO hard to reach our goal yet here we are beating ourselves up. I swore losing weight would fix my insecurities, but like your self I find myself caught up on a little cellulite, or stretch marks, or poke at my loose belly in certain positions. It makes me mad b/c I shouldn't be that way but I still can't quite get over the desire to be thinner even though I'm at goal. I wish our society wasn't always trying to be like the unrealistic super models in mags that have ALL been airbrushed to the max. Soooooo unrealistic!

    Your beautiful the way you are. Congrats on all you've accomplished! I will pray that we both see our true beauty ALWAYS on the inside & out!
    4122 days ago
    This brought tears to my eyes. I've just signed up here with an initial goal of losing 60 pounds but realistically I need to loose over the 100 too and reading this, both the good and the not so good points, was a great start.
    4122 days ago
  • SAMIAM130
    Awesome! Thank you!
    4122 days ago
    THIS WAS AN AMAZING BLOG!!! thanks for sharing with us :) It is weird how sometimes even though people give us all these compliments..but we still feel like the 'fat girl' on the inside and can't believe those compliments.....
    4122 days ago
    Wonderful blog post! Thanks for the inspiration. My 100 lbs are shaking in their shoes!
    4122 days ago
    thanks so much for writing this blog! It reminds us all of the reasons why we are doing this, and that it is so worth it in the end! great! thanks for the inspiration!
    4122 days ago
    You have collected a lot of really good reasons and they sure helped me decide to work hard on a day where I was wavering a bit. Thanks!
    4122 days ago
    Wow, this is very inspirational. I enjoyed reading your blog and your SP page. Your transformation is amazing. Hope you have a wonderful day!
    4122 days ago

    so glad to hear it can be done,what a wonderful accomplishment.Thank you so much for sharing rebacca7 leader of sugar and food addiction team emoticon freee

    4122 days ago
    great list! very enlightening! I have lost 74 lbs so far and I would like to lose another 80-100 lbs but just feel like it is so out of reach.. thanks hope fully I can get my body moving again and start losing it all again ..
    4122 days ago
  • no profile photo FREESPIRIT15
    I am so very glad that I read this. You have done so well. Maybe I too can lose 50lbs.
    4122 days ago
    Thank you.
    I'm just getting started and have over 100 to go. That was really inspirational.
    4123 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5645667
    That is a wonderful blog, so very true and right down to the nitty gritty .. live your life, and love yourself.. never mind about the saggy skin, you look young enough for it to tighten up over time .. good luck to you .. you are a inspiration to all of us. regards Susie emoticon
    4123 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/10/2009 11:30:01 PM
    What a wonderful blog!!! So very inspiring, thank you!!!! emoticon
    4123 days ago
    My favorite point was:

    - I have learned that carrots and celery are not as tasty of a snack as a whole package of cookies and a bag of potato chips, but being 100+ lbs lighter feels a hell of alot better than cookies and chips taste!!

    So true and I am going to put this in my cubicle at work! Thank you for taking the time to post what you have learned!

    4123 days ago
  • no profile photo 2FAT2GO
    Very, Very Inspiring.!
    Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your jouney.
    lol emoticon
    4123 days ago
  • 4MY4KS
    It is wonderful to know that there are other people going through the emotional turmoil. I can DO IT!
    4123 days ago
    Wow, I hope to learn at least some of those things as I lose!
    4123 days ago
    Wow, I hope to learn at least some of those things as I lose!
    4123 days ago
    Thank you so much for your blog. Alot of it has hit home with me, some of which I kind of felt but now totally understand why I felt that way until you said it. Thanks again, you a true inspiration. emoticon emoticon
    4123 days ago
  • no profile photo DAWKINHITCHENS
    just inspiring!
    4124 days ago
    That was a wonderful read. Congrats and thanks for sharing. I love that you saud "I will always have to work at it." That's something I'm struggling with: mostly accepting that that is true. You're such an inspiration to me! You lost so much weight and worked hard to do it.

    And P.S. a friend of mine lost nearly 100 over the past few years, and has kept it off for two years now. She said her loose skin has started to diminish and the stretch marks do go away.

    Congrats again on such an amazing accomplishment!
    4124 days ago
    i love this blog!!! you have come so far and look amazing! As for the whole thing about certain people not wanting you to lose weight....what are they CRAZY?!??! i deff agree....they must be jealous! Sounds like they are insecure and probably jealous of the fact that you chose to make a difference for yourself, and they dont have the cahoneys to do what you did! I say if they cant be happy for you, then forget them! Focus on the ppl around you who support you....we're all here for you =) You've done such an amazing job...and you're so close to your goal can do it! emoticon
    4124 days ago
    Thanks for the inspiring weight loss life lessons :) I am really at the beginning of my journey - would love to hear what you've learned about how to hop back on the healthy wagon when you've fallen off! It's so easy to break good habits and yet so hard to learn that committed sticktoitiveness!
    4124 days ago
    Thanks for the blog. I have discovered some of these things too - but not all of them since I have not lost 100 pounds. Congratulations!
    4124 days ago
    Very good blog. Thanks for sharing those words of wisdom. emoticon
    4124 days ago
  • LUCY419
    You go girl Woo Hoo !!!
    Here are some Quots i found and are very helpful especially when people try to pull you down : 1. " Refuse to acccept anothers estimation of yourself "
    2. " You were not created to cower under the disapproval of others "
    3. " Never let another steal your magnificence "
    4. " Let your light shine only you can carry it "
    5. " Inner peace is oxygen to the spirit "
    Loves and Hugs..... Lucy
    4124 days ago
    Thank you for this blog. I will be printing it out and re read it again and again!


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    4125 days ago
    Thanks for giving me some hope.
    4125 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4376424
    I'm so glad you decided to start your own blog!:)
    You're helping so many people!:)
    4125 days ago
    CONGRATULATIONS on your phenomenal accomplishment! It's truly inspiring and I hope to be able to write something similar one day. TFS!!! emoticon
    4125 days ago
    CONGRATULATIONS on your phenomenal accomplishment! It's truly inspiring and I hope to be able to write something similar one day. TFS!!! emoticon
    4125 days ago
    CONGRATULATIONS on your phenomenal accomplishment! It's truly inspiring and I hope to be able to write something similar one day. TFS!!! emoticon
    4125 days ago
    Great blog. Thanks so much for sharing it. I am hopeful when I read that most of your pains have gone away since you lost weight. I am hoping I will find it the same as some of the pain gets discouraging. Of course, regarding the back pain, I had back trouble before I got so heavy, but maybe it will get better. Thanks for letting us see inside your knowledge and your journey.
    4125 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2405644
    You attitude is phenomenal. Awesome!
    4125 days ago
    Wow I loved reading this. Inspiring! It encouraged me to read that knee pain can go away! Thanks for sharing.
    4125 days ago
    Thanks for posting this. I'm just starting out again after a like 8 year battle..this has helped give me motivation.
    4125 days ago
    This is a great post - thank you for sharing! It truely amazes me how many things we can learn about ourselves and others, that we all have our own journey and yet so many of the lessons are the same! Congratulations!
    4125 days ago
    Thank you for the inspiration. I am printing this out and putting it in my weight loss scrape book for motivation. I have Over 100 lbs to lose and I just started with spark people. Kristi emoticon
    4125 days ago
    I needed this today - thanks for sharing.
    4125 days ago
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