Mini-Goals - youve lost Xlbs, now how do you feel?
07-17-2007, 02:05 PM
My mother in law is a chain smoker and we have been preaching at her to quit. She has so many health problems and i found this site that tells you after so many hours of not smoking your body will do ------ , then days, weeks, months ,years.
Well i just wonder.... how much you have lost... and what differance has it made? Of course smaller clothes... but health wise?
Me... Lost 30lbs so far. 220 to 190
I can stand and talk to people for well over an hour without looking for a place to sit. Before i would want to sit asap.
I have a long drive way ( not sure the distance, maybe 1/8 of mile one way, thats proably not right,,, i need to measure it) but at 220 i would ride a bike to the end and back and be out of breath , dry mouth, needing water!
Now i can go back and forth over 10 times without a break, ( still havent been able to ride to the top of the hill, i dont know that i could have when i was a kid and skinny)
07-17-2007, 02:32 PM
I've lost about 35 pounds and am pretty much at goal. I've been within 5 or so pounds of this weight for the past year. I also do some form of exercise every day, including lots of cardio, strength training with a personal trainer, running 6 miles once a week and swimming when I can fit it in. I mention the exercise because I expect that a lot of the benefits I've experienced are attributable to it more so than weight loss alone.
In addition to fitting into a size 2-4, here are some of the other benefits I've experienced:
I can walk up fairly steep hills in San Francisco and I'm not even winded. Two years ago, I would have been out of breath and sweating like a pig on those same hills.
When I'm out hiking with friends, I'm no longer the one lagging behind, out of breath, sweating like a pig, and red in the face. I'm the one in front that eveyone has trouble keeping up with. :carrot:
I can speak in front of a group, easily project my voice, and not feel out of breath. I also no longer sweat like a pig from the exertion.
I never have heartburn. I mean never. Two years ago, I was experiencing mild to medium heartburn around once a month. It wasn't so severe that anyone was worried about it yet, but it was clearly trending in the wrong direction. I've completely reversed that health issue.
I also had intestinal issues (gas, etc.) I still have some of this, but it's definitely a lot better than it was. I used to get horrible stomach cramps if I let myself get too hungry and that rarely happens anymore. Also, I could not stand to have anything even the slightest bit tight around my abdomen; now I can wear control-top pantyhose all day with no problem.
I can run six miles in one hour without stopping!!!! :cb::broc::carrot: When I first started, it took me 45 minutes to run 3 miles and I had to stop and walk every 15 minutes.
I'm starting to see some definition in my abs. :woohoo:
My doctor no longer suggests that I need to lose some weight. Instead she suggests that I ought to be teaching courses in nutrition! That is so awesome; I hated those "you really need to lose some weight" conversations.
07-17-2007, 02:33 PM
I have lost over 60 pounds and I can wear a tank top and not cringe at my arms. I sit with my legs crossed and there is shape to my thigh. I can go up and down dusting the ceiling fans without worrying that my knee won't give out.I sprained it last summer. I don't feel my hernia around my belly button because I have some abdominal muscles.
I can push mow for two hours straight( did it yesterday in 95 degree heat). I can climb to the top of a corral panel and sit there if I want- and I don't feel like a dork( and the horses don't snicker at me). I can do jumping jacks, mountain climbers and bunches of push ups. I can get up and down out of the back of a pickup truck and not be scared.
07-17-2007, 03:00 PM
So far i've lost 42 pounds. Some of the things I have noticed is...
1) I can cross my legs much easier
2) I can also stand longer periods of time without feeling the need to sit down
3) I can walk up the steps to my boyfriends apartment without feeling winded
4) and of course, i went from a size 16 to about size 8 or 10 (depending on the cut)
07-17-2007, 03:41 PM
ohhh... i forgot about the lawn mowing
Our yard isnt big enough to buy a riding lawn mower... we push mow... before i would mow and have to take a break between the front and back lawn... and pray that i didnt collapse while doing each side....
now i am do it all non stop and really not out of breath after wards
07-17-2007, 04:32 PM
I've lost 92 so far and I have way more energy. I took my son to a Red Sox game a month ago and we took the train and the T and walked A LOT and I don't get out of breath or have sore legs. I do the treadmill EVERY SINGLE DAY and I look forward to it !!!! I would never have thought that. My diabetes is gone - my sleep apnea is gone. I'm finally making strides with my self esteem (this was a problem even when I was thin) and I LOVE buying clothes that look good. The saggy skin is nauseating and will get worse but I try to focus on how I feel and the health benefits - and the fact that I am doing everything I can to be around for my son. I just got my first piercing to celebrate !!!!!!!!
07-17-2007, 04:33 PM
I've lost 58 lbs and I:
~can cross my legs without it hurting
~have the energy of a "normal" person (before I tired very easily and slept a lot)
~walk a couple miles without feeling winded or tired
~can sleep in a double bed with DH and not feel like the bed is too small
~can shop in a regular store (went from 18-20W to an 8-10 misses)
~can stand/walk in heels for most of a day without excruciating pain
~have good bp numbers now (I went from 135/89 to 117/72)
~can go to the movies and be really comfortable (this goes for trains/planes/etc.)
Oh, and I find this strange, but I get more attention from customer service people when I'm in stores now. Was I invisible when I was larger or what???
07-17-2007, 04:39 PM
25 pounds gone, and I notice:
-I can fit into the bath tub comfortably when I take a bubble bath
-I've lost 2 pants sizes
-My waist is more defined
-I have alot more endurance
07-17-2007, 05:22 PM
I've lost 33.5 lb so far, and:
-scary heart palpitations are gone
-drastically less PMS bloating (used to have 4-6 lb of water retention and gain 4-6" around my waist...now I get maybe 1 lb!)
-my blood pressure went from 130/80 to 112/68, resting heart rate down to 65 (previously 80-something)
-I definitely don't get winded as easily when walking
-less knee/foot pains
-no more chafing between my thighs!
-I fit much more comfortably into chairs & bus seats
-I can shop in "normal" clothing stores
-my problem used to be that all clothes looked awful; now, the problem is that I don't have the money to buy all the clothes I like on me! :lol:
The only bad thing is that my autoimmune disorders are not happy with me, but I think they'll settle down once my weight does. :)
07-17-2007, 06:57 PM
I have lost about 38lbs so far and I can now shop in the juniors section a I actually bought a size 5 jeans!
*I bought a tube top and look good in it
*The 30 minute programs on my treadmill are way too easy now, when I started I thought the thing was trying to kill me!
* I can work all day, and still have enough energy to go work out at gym
* I have to have my wedding rings sized down AGAIN!
* My wedding dress is too big for me now!
* And I am begining to think I look sexy again!
07-17-2007, 07:37 PM
Even though I've only lost a little under 40 pounds so far, I can definitely feel the difference already.
Here in Sacramento the summers are hot, so usually once it hits triple digits, I would be very uncomfortable. But this year, even though we haven't had as many triple digits as we did last year, still, I can really tell the difference in how I feel. I am not nearly as uncomfortable as I used to be. :carrot:
Just goes to show how small steps can lead to big changes.
07-17-2007, 11:09 PM
So far I have lost 40 lbs, and though I still have a long way to go, I sleep much better.
Also, my outer thighs used be numb and I am starting to have more sensation in them again.
Shirts fit much better, since I have so far lost quite a bit in my upper arms.
Other than that, I think that most of the changes for me are due to increased excercise rather than weight loss.
07-17-2007, 11:28 PM
I've lost 74 pounds so far.
-I fit into plastic lawn chairs now without worrying about them breaking.
-I can shop in the regular section for some things now.
-I have more energy.
-I can cross my legs (and not just my foot to my opposite knee).
-I'm not as easily winded.
-My BP is lower (although it was always still in normal ranges, it's dropped further).
-My total Cholesterol went from 215 to 144. All my other ranges are in normal ranges.
-I can run around all day and not sit down as often.
07-18-2007, 08:37 AM
I've lost 54 lbs. and I notice that everything physical is simply easier to do! When I sit on the floor I can get up without effort, I can bend over and tie my shoes easier, I can get in and out of my low car easier, all the little things. I also have a lot less pain in my back and feet but I notice the biggest difference in my knees! I also notice that I have lots more energy and want to DO things rather and bum around laying on the couch.
07-18-2007, 09:23 AM
23Lbs. and counting:carrot::carrot:
* More energized
* Better body image, self confidence, self esteem
* Feel healthier
* More endurance when I exercise
* Motivated to loose more!!!
07-18-2007, 10:04 AM
I HAVE LOST 20 LBS SO FAR AND THAT MAKES ME REALIZE THAT MY GOAL IS REALLY ATTAINABLE AND NOT 'JUST' A GOAL.
I HAVE MORE ENERGY AND FEEL BETTER ABOUT MYSELF. :carrot:
07-18-2007, 10:38 AM
im not sure if it is weight related or not...
but that restless leg syndrome i had ... has left!
also i think this may be due to quit eating red meat....
but my monthly craps have gone as well... ( really think the hormones in the meat was hurting me) could be the weight!?
mommy to caleb
07-19-2007, 03:34 PM
I've only just started, but I wanted to say WAY to GO to everyone!!! You are all such an inspiration to me!!! I can't wait until I can come back and post my progress!!
07-22-2007, 10:46 AM
I've lost about 40 lbs. and I'm able to run or walk for miles, I don't feel my heart pounding in my chest anymore, I love shopping for clothes, and I have a high self esteem now! That's what I really wanted the most...to just love myself and be comfortable. Now I am and it's great!
07-23-2007, 01:25 PM
After losing 78 lbs:
- I've had a personality shift. I now more actively pursue my goals, and am much less intimated by the obstacles which tend to get in the way. I'm more outgoing, much more confident in social situations, and am sure of my abilities. I used to second guess myself whenever I made a decision, even trivial ones.
- I'm treated differently by friends and strangers. People are much more willing to start conversations with me even if they don't know me. Men open doors for me and it's much easier to cross on a crosswalk; I hadn't been aware of the differing treatments people get until I'd lost a substantial amount of weight.
- I'm able to do things physically which I never would have thought possible. I'm a jogger, and that in itself is amazing to me. I'm constantly looking for ways to increase the exercise in my life, such as riding my bike to work instead of driving, rather than spending my time trying to avoid any form of exercise.
- I'm much more willing to try new activities, because I'm not as worried that I won't be able to do it because of my size (i.e. anything that might require safety equipment, or physical exertion).
All of this has made me realize how very much I've missed out on, while I sat at home by myself determined not to go out and do anything new for fear of embarassing myself in some way or drawing attention to my weight.