Saturday, February 5, 2011

Five unexpected things that I'm enjoying now that I'm thinner

I lost 2.5 more pounds at WW this week - so I'm down a total of 91.5 pounds! In honor of that, I'm going to celebrate being thinner today. 

OK - so it might be a little obnoxious, but I worked hard to get here. I've been overweight for so long and for so much of my life that I had no idea how nice it would be in a "normal" sized body. 

I am here to say, so far it rocks. 

People would say, "Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels" and I would chuckle to myself and think - you just haven't found the right food. (And I would still argue that there are some foods like creme brulee that comes pretty damn close to tasting that good.)

In any case, I'm writing this list out for those future moments where I'll want to blow off working out or binge eat, pig out or just plain over do-it. I want to keep the weight off forever and I'll be printing this list out and stapling it to my forehead (or the fridge) for constant reminder. 

The unexpected (or not so unexpected) good side effects of being 90 pounds thinner:

1.  Chairs have become so much bigger. It sounds silly but I am not kidding, certain chairs would be super uncomfortable because my ample hips, thighs and a$$ would require so much room. Flying was a nightmare, not only would I cozily and embarrassingly spill into my neighbors seat but the arm rests would dig into my flub uncomfortably. UGH. It just sucked. But now, those same seats are downright roomy and I'm so appreciative of that.

2.  Proud to go to the doctor. OK, this might sound crazy but I've always been an "A" student. I like gold stars and being patted on the head for good behavior. I am finally not only not embarrassed to record my weight on a doc's chart but downright proud of the number. And pleassse lets do my blood pressure because I'm sure that's pretty good now too. 

3.  It's easier to get dressed. When I was heavy, just going to meet a friend for coffee was a nightmare. I never liked how anything look and was always paranoid of fat sticking out. Is my a$$ covered? Do I have "muffin top?" Is this shirt "too clingy?" Now, I just get dressed minus the self loathing drama.

4.  Movement is easier. At 236, my knees hurt, my back ached, my feet would get sore. None of those symptoms affect me anymore and those pains could spring up from just a stroll around the mall. Plus, if I have to get through a crowd, shimmy past people in a crowded restaurant, walk extra far - it's all way, way easier.

5.  I run faster. Sure, this is a combination of training, hard work and practice but lets face it - running with all those extra pounds strapped to your body would slow anyone down. 

What have you found along the way of your weight loss or health journey that you didn't expect?



Caroline said...

I am so with you on the doctor thing!!!
I used to hate the getting on the scale part when the skinny nurse would yelled my number!
now she cannot say it loud enough!!!

getting dressed also much easier.

for me what I did not expect was all the comments..some not always good though...I lost too much weight now and I get negative comments that I could do without.

good job on your amazing weight loss dear!!!

Holleigh said...

OK Jen when I am at my goal weight I will tell you all about how much easier everything is so I will have to get back to you on that one. But right now I am a little more than half way there and for me the most exciting thing is being able to sit comfortably in a chair and cross my legs. Oh, and you celebrate every one of those pounds! You deserve that celebration!!! Way to go!!!

Kerrie T. said...

This is fabulous! You should celebrate it because you are awesome!

I love being surprised when a smaller size (that I'm just trying just to see...) FITS!

JenniferLeah said...

freaking awesome Jen!! Sending you a virtual hug and big old high five.
There are just too many things to list that being 107lbs lighter has changed!! :D Love your list

Courtney @ I CAN DO THIS said...

Great post, Jen. I only recently started following your blog, but I hope we can meet up in San Diego!!

Anonymous said...

I am a follower of #3. If I am going out with a friend I probably change into 5 different outfits because all of the previous ones were too flabby. ugh! I can't wait til I lose some weight and not have to worry about it.

Rose said...

I looooooooooooooooooove gloating to doctors about how in shape I am these days.

wannaberunnergrl said...

Congrats Jen!! You ahve evry right to celebrate!! Amazing accomplishment!

Jason said...

AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!!! Celebrate it and shout it from the rooftops b/c you have earned that right with all your hard work.

I am so happy for you and proud to call you friend. Keep up the great work and keep motivating me.

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Mrs. Kolca said...

Kumusta from Manila! Nice site here. Running is a good form of exercise. It can be a nice way of helping people too. Cheers to you!

Jen said...

Thanks all for the kind comments - and welcome Mrs. Kolca from Manila!