Friday, July 11, 2008

The benefits of weight loss

During one of my Weight Watcher's meetings, our leader asked the group what they thought the benefits of weight loss were. Maybe nobody had their coffee yet, but there was more than a few long awkward pauses during that discussion.

Today I'd like to fill in that cricket-filled pause. I often tell people that benefits and non-scale victories happen as you get to goal, not when you get to goal. So, I've put together a list of all the things that happened to me along the way as an example.
  • Started to like fruits and veggies
  • Discovered stomach and leg muscles
  • Clothes started to fit looser
  • Had the stamina to walk a 10k race
  • Face started looking thinner
  • First compliments came after only a few months
  • Old tight clothes fitting again
  • Became less afraid to appear in photos
  • No longer felt tired after grocery shopping
  • Bought a bra without crying
  • Exercise is becoming fun and something to be enjoyed
  • Lower back pains significantly diminished
  • Was able to reduce medication for depression
  • Dentist says I look like a completely different person
  • Donated 28 lbs of too-big clothing to charity
  • No longer had to shop in plus-sized stores
  • Bought a new fall wardrobe in "regular" sizes
  • Am told I'm acting more confident
  • Walked a half-marathon
  • Wedding ring falls off and has to be moved fingers
  • Recurrent dream about being overweight no longer haunts me
  • Doctor extremely excited and proud about my weight loss
  • Fit into an old pair of "skinny" jeans
  • Not embarrassed to go to social events
  • Can finally fit into clothes at Mountain Equipment Coop
  • Compliments keep flowing in
  • Confident enough to sign up to exercise classes alone
  • Discover I have a ribcage
  • Wedding and engagement rings fall off completely; both put into safe storage
  • An old ring fits again
  • Can wear husband's underpants again
  • Cat discovers there isn't a "perch" on my hips/bum anymore
  • Lung capacity makes my voice stronger for voice-over work
  • Discover that I like eating healthier more than eating junk food
  • Ran a 10k race
  • Can squeeze through tight spaces without brushing up against anyone
  • Discover I have "neck things"
  • Parents are extremely proud of me
  • Coworkers are starting to emulate my healthy habits; am told that I was an inspiration for one of them to start losing weight
  • No longer embarrassed to ride my scooter again
  • Bad cholesterol lowered
  • Doctor and receptionist both extraordinarily impressed with the improvement to my health
  • Bought a bathing suit without crying
  • Can wear size "small"
  • Not embarrassed to go swimming
  • Thighs no longer rubbing together
  • Realize I'm more outgoing and self-confident than I've ever been
  • Intrinsically believe that there's nothing I can't do
And that's just the tip of the iceberg! There's even more beneath the surface, ready to be discovered.

I hope that by looking at my list you'll be inspired, too. Whether you're just starting out or on your way, you have so much to look forward that it's downright exciting.


Julie said...

I am always inspired when I read your blog. This was a great post!
Way to go!!
Enjoy all you have accomplished.

Paige'smom said...

I always used to be inspired by your blog..

Since you have reached goal.. I am even more so.

I am resigning to lose the last 15 NOW.. and I believe that blogging is the way that I am going to be able to do it.

Thank you!!

Life At 40 said...

that is a wonderful list and there are several I would love to include in my own when I get there