Weight Loss Support - Did you hate the weight before & love it now?

12-20-2007, 12:36 PM
As I traverse on this downward slope, I'm finding that I'm rejoicing in a weight I hated before. Maybe it took going so high to appreciate where I am now and where I'm heading.

Did any of you feel this way?

12-20-2007, 12:44 PM
Well, it's a different feeling. The first time I was this weight I knew I was this weight because I was doing unhealthy things. Now, just the opposite. It's also more possible to be happy with the way you look because you know you don't have to be totally satisfied, just be happy with the progress you've made. Congratulations on the weight loss! Hope you keep feeling that way!

12-20-2007, 12:55 PM
Yes, yes, yes!
I was aghast at getting UP to 170 before, and right now I would be thrilled to be DOWN there again!

12-20-2007, 01:12 PM
I absolutely felt that way. 1000% so.

I was THRILLED beyond belief with myself at 220 lbs, 199 lbs and down and down and down. Heck, who am I kidding, I was starting to feel wonderful when I had lost about 25-30 lbs. I really thought I was lookin' (and feeling) pretty darn excellent at even 220 lbs. And then when I hit the 199 mark, OMG, I REALLY felt PHENOMENAL. Amazing, because as I was climbing upwards, I didn't feel so great about it. After being SO heavy and SO big for SO long, I was ecstatic to be smaller. Even though I was still very much overweight.

Funny, because G-d forbid I should ever go up again (but I won't :crossed:), even 10 or 20 lbs, I would be in utter misery again. Amazing what we get used to.

diet fiend
12-20-2007, 01:20 PM
I know its the holidays but this really isn't a good thing, we need to take control here and stop putting the same crap in our bodies that got us to that massive weight in the first place.

Yes I may have been in better shape before but thats because I was eating healthier and actually exercising on a daily basis. I'm not going to lie to myself and say I'm happy because I'm not and its not just because I weigh more, its because I know I could be doing more either with my diet or exercising more.

I guess my point is that you shouldn't be rejoicing because of your weight but rather because your doing all you can to your knowledge to keep that weight off.

diet fiend

12-20-2007, 01:36 PM
I absolutely have felt that way. It's the same with fitting into old clothes again. I can actually remember crying in a dressing room when I first had to buy size 20 pants. A couple of months ago when I got back into them, I was thrilled. For about a month they were my favorite pants.

I think a lot of it is the relief in being headed in the right direction, and the compliments don't hurt either.

12-20-2007, 01:59 PM
Interesting question, I totally agree! I was in complete denial at 252 at how huge i was, i dont actually recognise myself in photos from that period, so to be anything lighter than that was a relief!!

Its strange though because before when ive gotten to this weight, ive been devestated, but as someone on here said its totally different when your going up, the coming down is a totally different thing altogether!

12-20-2007, 02:13 PM
Heck yes!

After my first year at university, I had gone from a very fit 160lbs to a hopelessly unfit 188lbs. I thought it was the end of the world, and got back down around 170lbs for a while. Then I came back to uni and in Jan 2007 I found out I was 209lbs... over my "never ever" weight of 200lbs. I was shocked, and as I slooowly work my way back down, I would LOVE to be back at 188lbs! :lol:

Funny how it works, eh?

12-20-2007, 02:50 PM
This is such a great topic. I remember feeling "fat" on my honeymoon, when I weighed about 120lbs!! Now, I went from 225lbs to 209lbs and I feel like america's next top model!! LOL...not really, but I do feel like I look a lot better, and I certainly feel better about myself after only losing a little bit of weight. Can you imagine how I'll feel at goal? :carrot: I think it's all relevant to where you are in life.

12-20-2007, 03:24 PM
Absolutely! And I have to quit liking the weight now because I have a ways to go! I've done this before..got to a point I liked but not my goal and for some reason seemed satisfied. I refuse to this time though...I am loving my weight now but I will love my new weight even more!

12-20-2007, 03:30 PM
DietFiend - that seems a bit harsh to me...you can certainly rejoice in the weight you ARE without omitting the fact that you still have room to improve. You can celebrate BOTH - how far you've come so far, and that you are doing all you can to keep going! Just because you're not at goal doesn't mean your body is not worthy of respect and love. Tying self worth to weight is a risky proposition.

Anyway - I don't understand this, because I was always heavy. Although I do remember crossing the 200 lb mark in 8th grade and being really upset, and getting down into Onederland was obviously cause for celebration. Now if I gained back up, it'd be, as Robin said, not good.

12-20-2007, 03:33 PM
Tying self worth to weight is a risky proposition.

Amen sista!!!:hug:

12-20-2007, 03:34 PM
Absolutely! And I have to quit liking the weight now because I have a ways to go! I've done this before..got to a point I liked but not my goal and for some reason seemed satisfied. I refuse to this time though...I am loving my weight now but I will love my new weight even more!

You are so right! I was so pleased with my progress and the way I was looking and feeling, if it hadn't been for the fact that I wanted to get to a "healthy" weight, I don't know if I would have pressed on. But I'm sure glad I did. As good as I was feeling, I feel much, MUCH better now that I've gotten all the way to goal. It's hard though to know that in advance.

12-20-2007, 04:27 PM
Thank you Mandalinn. I felt the same way about that post.

I'm not rejoicing because it is the end. I'm rejoicing because I made a decision and have stuck to it. I'm rejoicing because, while I have a ways to go, I'm doing it with watching what I eat and exercise. I'm rejoicing because I can do it and I'm proving it.

Thanks for the responses everyone. Your words of encouragement are just that, encouraging! We all need that.

12-20-2007, 06:21 PM
Absolutely! I am thrilled to be at this weight! I love the clothes (2nd hand) that I have found that fit. I will mourn not being able to wear a couple of beautiful suits that I have found - LOL
I love feeling fit and healthy! I am at the same weight I was at AFTER my first son was born. I thought it was an awful weight back then. Somehow 25 years later, I have a completely different perspective on weight and health.

Will I continue losing weight, even though I am so happy here? Yes. Like Robin, I want to be at a healthy weight and have even more energy, flexibility, and strength. I want to be a very active and fit person as I move closer to retirement and beyond. I want to be a grandma that can keep up with her grandchildren.

I don't want to miss out on any more experiences because of my weight - ever - again!

12-20-2007, 06:49 PM
I have mixed feelings. I am happy that I am not 182lbs any more. On the other hand, the first time I lost weight, I started at less than I weigh now, and I lost 30 lbs. Yikes.

I am very pleased with myself for sticking to it for almost a year and for improving my eating habits a whole bunch.

12-20-2007, 07:18 PM
I'm really happy that I've been able to get to my current weight. But I'm not done yet--still trying for a bigger loss. I must say that 155, my first goal, looked a lot worse to me going up than it did when coming back down from my highest weight.


12-20-2007, 08:27 PM
lol, I loved this weight when I got to it because i hadn't weighed this little in decades....but now that I am back to it after regaining 6 or 7 lbs, I am not so thrilled!

I know what you mean though. The day I hit 150 I did a happy dance. Now if you had told me a few years ago that I would be THRILLED with 150 I would have asked if I had suddenly become 5'10";)

12-21-2007, 10:57 AM
It's so nice to hear so many people accepting their weight before they were at their ideal goal weight. I wish I could share in the sentiments, but I am just so unhappy with my body right now. I can't tell I've lost weight even though a few people can tell. The only way I can tell is by fitting into a smaller sized pair of pants. I guess I am happy about that...it shows that I have made progress and it's worth it. Maybe I would be happier if I could say that I am sticking with my program almost all the time, having only one bad meal a week (which is my "plan"), but I keep messing up and having to get back on track. I think once I hit 199, I will feel better about it all. I just have to not give up before then!

12-21-2007, 11:11 AM
Trooworld, don't give up!!! :cheer2: :cheer2:

Make it work! do what you need to do! :yes:


12-21-2007, 11:34 AM
Thanks, Jay. I am trying to hang on.

12-21-2007, 12:29 PM
I am definately more pleased with my weight now than when i hit this weight going up. Although, in all honestly, i never even realized when i was this weight or left it. But it feels really good coming down and being this weight. I am almost so pleased, it is hard for me to stay on track and lose more. I really don't want to be this close to 140. And as far as my clothes go, i like the way i look in the majority of my clothes but i really want to be fit for a 2 peice this year. Maybe even if i get to 120 i may not be able to wear a bikini...but i can still find a more suitable 2 peice anyways. But bathing suit season is why i keep trying to stay on track and lose...also, i really want to hit my first original goal of 130, at least. But knowing that i have managed to lose almost 60 pounds....being 137 feels really good.

12-22-2007, 11:53 AM
At my highest i was 250 and hated it. i'm now at 158, but still hate it.

12-22-2007, 11:05 PM
Yes, this is a good topic. When I found out I was 150 about 5 years ago I was aghast. But sort of in denial because I didn't _hate_ how I looked. But when I started my weight loss journey, at 187 lbs, I set my goal to 150. It felt great to be at that weight again. But even better to be 140! It makes me feel like it IS possible to reach my true "ideal" weight of 120-125. Thank you to all of you--you are my inspiration!

12-22-2007, 11:54 PM
Im loving it now totally. Kicking myself i didnt do it earlier, just wasted the prime of my life being fat, well im re-doing the prime of my life (hah you can call it midlife crisis if you want!) cause im not 40 yet!

And yeah, there were moments i thought 'damn im skinny! i dont have much to loose now because im so skinny!' , and now i look at those pictures and absolutly hide my face with embarassment "What was i thinking! was i blind?!" :D

12-23-2007, 07:35 AM
wishes! Look at the change you've made! :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: