100 lb. Club - Strange things related to weight loss




H8cake
02-23-2009, 07:54 PM
I've recently noticed that I'm having a hard time adjusting the force I need to put forth when I move. The other day hubby and I went to eat and when I got up out of the booth I shot out of it a little too forcefully. I didn't fall but I kind of had to catch myself. I had to laugh at myself over it. I mentioned it to my husband after we got outside and he said he's noticed me doing that. I do it in bed too, when I roll over I flip too hard. This really cracks me up, but it is strange how long it takes our minds to catch up.
Anyone else have some strange happenings to share?


saef
02-23-2009, 08:05 PM
Mine has to do with the very heavy plate glass doors & revolving doors on modern office buildings. It's the opposite of your problem, though. I used to just place my hand flat on the door & push a bit to open it. Now I find the doors aren't yielding so easily. I don't have the mass & weight I used to. I really have to get my shoulder into it, too.

HeatherAngel
02-23-2009, 08:11 PM
Oh, I hear you! I tried to shift my weight on the ski lift a couple of weeks ago, moving like a Big Girl... I looked pretty silly when I fell off the lift!! At least I lay flat until the chair went over me and they stopped the lift.

'Are you hurt, ma'am?'
'Umm, no - just embarrassed!!'

:lol3:


kalikat003
02-23-2009, 08:35 PM
These are hilarious!! I notice though I haven't lost much weight yet but I was heavier at a younger age, so I am down from that point in time.. but I find it easier to get out of bed and I kind of launch myself if I am not paying attention lol

futuresurferchick
02-23-2009, 11:31 PM
Maybe this is why I'm so clumsy. lol I never thought about it.

H8cake
02-24-2009, 01:57 AM
the high heel thread made me think of another funny thing that happened to me lately. My feet have shrunk because of the weight loss. Not a lot, almost a half size, but now some of my shoes are a bit loose. A couple of weeks ago I was wearing these heels when I was late to a meeting. A man was holding the door for me as I was running up the steps and as I hit the top step my shoe flew off. He laughed at me and said "slow down, you aren't that late!"http://www.shoebuy.com/pi/kenne/kenne246502_138854_lg.jpg

FB
02-24-2009, 02:19 AM
I sit down really gently in chairs, ease my way down carefully out of long habit. I've been consciously flopping myself down to break that habit!

I trip over the sidewalk taking my son to school everyday admiring my reflection in windows. I still can't believe it's me! I suppose the other parents think I should get over myself - since they see me do it everyday and never knew me heavier.

rockinrobin
02-24-2009, 07:39 AM
I know exactly what you mean, with both instances you describe. Exactly. And I too get a big kick out of it.

One thing that stands out. I used to have to sit sooo far away from the table while I was eating. I didn't fit into the chair properly since my behind was so large, my stomach stuck out so far and I didn't want my enormous chest laying on the table, so sitting close to the table just wasn't an option. Well, I still sit so far away from the table. My family, especially my DH always tells me, "it's okay, I can move in, I can move in, there's nothing in the way anymore."

ChocLabLover
02-24-2009, 09:51 AM
I love this thread. I notice that I suck in my stomach (out of habit) if I have to squeeze through an area (i.e. between people, etc) and I think I am too big to fit through. I still walk into a bathroom stall sideways. :D

time2lose
02-24-2009, 10:32 AM
Rockinrobin and ChocLabLover,

You have both done so well! How long did it take you to lose your weight?

ChocLabLover
02-24-2009, 11:03 AM
Rockinrobin and ChocLabLover,

You have both done so well! How long did it take you to lose your weight?

I started in June. I am working with my doctor, low cal, low carb diet.

time2lose
02-24-2009, 11:07 AM
Carol,

Congratulations! That is impressive. You are losing much faster than I am. I am fighting a battle with impatience right now. I need to just get over it!

ChocLabLover
02-24-2009, 11:17 AM
It will come, believe me. Keep in mind that everyone's journey is different and it is fustrating a lot of the times. Weight loss will go at its own pace depending on your metabolism, etc. Keep in mind that I am really active. For me though, what excercise I did, did not really matter. I find that weight loss is 80% diet, 20% excercise. I am really carb sensitive. When I started cutting back on carbs (and processed food in general) it started to work for me. Keep at it, you will get there. You have already lost 40 lbs, that is great!

Thighs Be Gone
02-24-2009, 11:18 AM
H8Cake, I adore those shoes! Super, super cute.

The main thing I have noticed is how easy I go up the stairs now. The other day I went to sit in the backseat of a 2-dr car and it was easy to "gracefully" get out too.

Thighs Be Gone
02-24-2009, 11:19 AM
ChocLabLover, I agree 100% that diet does make up the vast majority of weight loss. Yes, exercise is an important component but diet is where it's at. When I first began, I lost 20 pounds in three months by changing my diet alone.

rockinrobin
02-24-2009, 11:55 AM
I love this thread. I notice that I suck in my stomach (out of habit) if I have to squeeze through an area (i.e. between people, etc) and I think I am too big to fit through. I still walk into a bathroom stall sideways. :D


And do you know what I can't stop doing - I find that I PURPOSELY squeeze myself through small areas. We have this one spot at work that is so tight to get through. I'm telling you I make sure to "use" that spot at least 5X a day. Crazy, I know. But I get the biggest kick out of it.

Rockinrobin and ChocLabLover,

You have both done so well! How long did it take you to lose your weight?

Thank you. Thank you. I lost the first 154 lbs in 10 months. 10 VERY DETERMINED, on-plan months. When I decided (finally) to lose the weight, I just wanted it off and really, really, REALLY stuck with my plan. Not veering off more then a handful of days and looking back, those days were really nothing with nothing. I stayed that way for about 2 months and decided to lose another 11 lbs the following month.

Rosinante
02-24-2009, 12:10 PM
Rrobin, that's astounding, over 15lbs a month. Do you have a thread on here somewhere telling us how you did it?

rockinrobin
02-24-2009, 01:32 PM
Do you have a thread on here somewhere telling us how you did it?


You have to realize that I started out at a VERY high BMI, being only 5 feet tall and weighing 287 lbs, so the weight was going to come off faster for me then lots of other folks. And like I said, I was REALLY, REALLY determined and therefore extremely consistient. So how I did it in the time that I did was by sticking with my plan - through holidays, birthdays, weekends, stress and what not. Consistiency, consistiency, consistiency. That is without a doubt the key to getting the weight off in a timely fashion. It's not for everyone, but it's what I chose.

I copied and pasted my plan here, done it dozens of times, and then I left a link to another post of mine over at the mini-goal forum.

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=103330

I knew the only way this weight loss thing would *work*, permanently that is, would be if I could find something that I could stick with LONGTERM, forever in fact, because not only do I want to lose the weight, but I want to keep it off - forever. It simply won't *work* if you dont' stick with it. Consistiency, consistiency, consistiency. STICKING with it is of course the key. Lifestyle change. Creating a new normal. No going back to the old ways. Permanent, sustainable lifetime changes.

So of course finding something that I could stick with was essential.

Things I needed/still need to be on my plan:

- I could never, ever be hungry. Just not for me. I despise that feeling and need to AVOID it all costs. It would only set me up for failure.
- I need LOTS of food, volume that is.
- I love food, always will and need to get enjoyment from it. So eating delicious, very tasty, satisfying foods was a MUST.
- I am terrible with portion control. I have no boundaries. My intuitive eating button is totally broken or just missing completely. So I need to fake it. I need something that forces me to set limits.
- I want not only to be thin at this point, I want to be healthy. Strong bones & muscles, good vision, healthy hair and nails, low cholesterol, normal sugar levels, high vitamin count, lower my risk of cancers.

So therefore, let's see if I can do this with one breath - I eat frequently, every 2 hours or so, choosing low calorie/high volume items (veggies), lots of protein and fiber (to keep me full longer), I count calories (forced portion control/accountability), I eat foods with high nutritional values, I've found foods that I LOVE, not *diet* foods per se, food that any one and every one can eat.

I also set myself up for success. By ridding my home of the junk (very crucial in the beginning, and still is). I got rid of the sugar, the rice, pasta, bread, cookies, cakes, ice cream, etc... Sure I love the stuff, but I have no control with it. I figured I can not have it both ways. I simply can not have those foods in my life (very strict with it especially in the beginning, cold turkey in fact) and be that healthy, fit person I so longed to be. I have no control over them and realized I was just better off without them.

I keep my home fully stocked with tons and tons of veggies. I discovered fabulous ways to prepare them and now enjoy them more then the other garbage I was eating prior. Amazing how ones tastes change when you stop feeding it junk. Fruits and low fat proteins are my other main foods. I cook fabulous meals that my whole family enjoys. So finding yummy recipes that you like is essential. No reason to go off plan, when on plan is so good.

I also prepare ahead, as it is the ONLY way to succeed, IMO. Eating healthy does not happen by chance in our society. Therefore it MUST, MUST be planned out in advance. I know what I'm having for my meals and snacks days in advance. I pack food with me, taking it with me wherever I go, leaving nothing to chance. It's just THAT important.

I drink lots of water. It's something to do with my mouth, a delaying tactic and it keeps my tummy full.

And of course, there is the calorie counting. Would be no where without it. No where.. Since I don't know how to set limits for myself, counting calories is my answer. Counting and tracking my calories keeps me honest and keeps my food in check. Period.

Exercise has now become part of my life and is a big part of "my plan". I started out slowly and built up. Cardio & strength training. I make sure there is some kind of daily movement going on, 7 days a week.

Probably the biggest part of my plan though, was making a commitment. Deciding once and for all that I was going to "do this". I told myself enough is enough. I realized, once and for all that I didn't have to be fat if I didn't want to be. That it was something that I did indeed have total and complete control over. No reason on earth for me to waste another second of my life being miserable, worrying about my health and not living up to my full potential. Not being the very best ME that I could be. So I made a commitment - to good eating and good health.

Rosinante
02-24-2009, 02:29 PM
Thank you so much for posting all that. I have great admiration for your determination, I'm taking it as inspiration for my next month.

rockinrobin
02-24-2009, 03:06 PM
Thank you so much for posting all that. I have great admiration for your determination, I'm taking it as inspiration for my next month.

Oh, you're very, very welcome. I am touched that you think I am inspirational. Thank you for saying so.

lottie63
02-24-2009, 04:18 PM
robin, amazing!

MugCanDoIt
02-25-2009, 05:15 PM
I have found that I have more umph in my step, that it doesnt hurt my knees to go up stairs and the other day I sprinted through the hospital hallway (I was visiting my sister). Ive only lost a little so far, but what a difference it has made. I actually think I may be a smidge bit happier, I think it is becase my eating health has just made me feel better. Cant wait to welcome more positive changes to come.......

Ija
02-25-2009, 05:37 PM
I still turn sideways and tiptoe through turnstiles. It's completely out of habit because I know I can walk straight through now.

TJFitnessDiva
02-25-2009, 06:40 PM
I love this thread. I notice that I suck in my stomach (out of habit) if I have to squeeze through an area (i.e. between people, etc) and I think I am too big to fit through. I still walk into a bathroom stall sideways. :D

lol I know what you mean....I do this a lot and last time my husband was like "umm sweetie why are you walking sideways? you have plenty of room."

:lol:

Star2Be
02-26-2009, 01:50 AM
I still turn sideways and tiptoe through turnstiles. It's completely out of habit because I know I can walk straight through now.
Lol, I know for a fact that I would still be doing this, too, except that I very purposefully make myself approach smaller spaces straight-on now. Not because I'm confident that I'll fit; it's more like I'm testing it out to see if I can squeeze through without having to turn sideways. It's really weird when I see a space that looks too small, but then I walk through with no trouble, not even brushing up against anything. But I guess that's quite common for us! :dunno: Heh.

rockinrobin
02-26-2009, 07:58 AM
Meredith, I do the *testing* thing too! I love challenging myself to see if I could squeeze through this and that. I'll think, there's no way I can possibly squeeze through there and then sure enough, I do! Of course there were other options for me to pass somewhere else, but nope, I *choose* the one where I think I can't. Crazy, I tell ya. But fun!

lonegirl
02-26-2009, 10:25 PM
LOL the first time I lost 100 lbs (10 yrs ago) I was at a park and decided to do a handspring cuz even at my heaviest I could.....well at 135lbs instead of 230+ I almost did 2 full ones with the momentum I had going! Whew! :D

Star2Be
02-26-2009, 10:40 PM
^ OMG, that reminds me; I need to learn how to do a cartwheel, STAT! I have been obese my whole life, and have never been able to do a cartwheel... Any time I tried, I'd always fall very heavily on my butt (ouch!). :(

The last time I even attempted to do a cartwheel was once when I was babysitting over this past summer, cuz the kid was trying to teach himself, and he insisted that I try, too! Heh. Of course I failed miserably... But as soon as the weather gets warm... I'm heading outside to do cartwheels on the beach or something! LOL! :lol:

Thin4Good
02-26-2009, 10:53 PM
wow! I couldn't even do cartwheels as a kid! I would love to do them now! I would probably have to have someone teach me. :)

cfmama
02-27-2009, 02:36 AM
Getting out of bed I almost catapult myself off now!!! And there is a space between my highchair and center island in my kitchen that I can do fit inbetween... shocked me the first time I could!