100 lb. Club - What do you do now that you couldn't then?

01-06-2010, 10:34 PM
With any amount of weight loss comes benefits. What kinds of things do you do now that you couldn't when you weighed more?

For me,

I use my clothes dryer for....clothes! For the last decade, I've hung the majority of my clothes to dry because I lived in fear of losing any millimeter of fabric to shrinkage.

I can run if I want to (admittedly, I don't want to often, but I can do it, darn it!)

I run up the stairs instead of a slow dread-filled climb

I'm not embarrassed to go to the grocery store. I used to think everyone was judging my cart and me, like how dare she eat!

I turn my bod to squeeze through places I would have never attempted to squeeze through before - and I don't touch!

I'm not afraid I'm going to have a heart attack at any minute. I used to be able to feel my heart pounding even while sitting still. Now I can't feel it at all when sitting still (but it must be beating, because I'm still here!).

I'm not constantly looking for excuses to avoid doing things that are physical for fear of turning red and sweating (rearranging my furniture, walking with friends after going out to dinner, going shopping, etc.)

I'm sure there are more, but I want to hear what's gotten better for you! 5 pounds or a hundred and five, share your positive changes!

01-06-2010, 10:51 PM
*I can RUN! This is the most exciting part for me yet. I'm really getting into it. I love C25K

*I can eat fast food without once turning into every day or twice a day!

*I can chose water over soda without even thinking about it

*I can BELIEVE I will reach goal! (before it just felt like fantasy)

*I can get excited about eating fruit (seriously, blood oranges are like candy to me. LOVE them!)

01-06-2010, 10:59 PM
Yup, everything you said. It's really mind boggling when I think back to where I was a year ago and compare it to now. I didn't realize how much I adjusted my lifestyle around the weight. There is sooooo much I can do now, that I never considered when I was 300+ lbs.

I can walk without pain!!!!!! I had trouble walking distances (after about a tenth of a mile my legs would cramp and it would be too painful to walk). I can now go a few miles without any difficulty!!!!!
I can get up off the couch (or floor), without using my hands!!!!! It sounds kinda silly, but it was really embarrassing (I'm only 27) being able to get up only if I used my hands for leverage.
I can cross my legs (my new fav. activity, lol), and it helps a lot being able to tie my shoelaces.
I don't get out of breath so easily anymore. I hated getting winded going up a flight of stairs and then trying to cover it up so no one noticed (like that really worked).
I no longer dread parking lots, I enjoy parking super far away because walking a little more isn't a struggle (plus I save time & gas because I don't need to look for a close spot).
I can go to restaurants and not worry about being seated at a booth. Likewise, I can go to restaurants and order without feeling like I'm being judged.
I can stand up and wash all my dishes. Before I needed to take breaks or seriously hunch over because my back would start to hurt.

I know there is a lot more, but that's all I can think of at the moment. :)

01-06-2010, 11:02 PM
I can BELIEVE I will reach goal! (before it just felt like fantasy)
That's a good one. Losing weight always seemed like the impossible dream. I never believed I could lose weight much less reach my goal weight. Now it feels real and possible, it only took 100 lbs, but I do believe I will make my goal. :)

01-06-2010, 11:03 PM
Ooh, Grace, you made me think of another one...

I don't have to find a super big parking spot. I used to be concerned I wouldn't be able to squeeze out of my car if the spot was "too small" - the problem, though, was always I was too big!

01-06-2010, 11:41 PM
I can sit up after laying in bed without rolling to the side first! :D :carrot:

01-07-2010, 12:13 AM
I can walk To check my mail Without feeling like I am having a heart attack afterwards now(My driveway is a hill)

I can Go up & down The stairs without feeling that way either to my kids rooms.(they all have upstairs rooms)

I can Walk for long periods at a time.

I can say Holy crap I am Just 15 pounds overweight On my BMI! Thats a first!

I can Feed my kids more healthier Lower calorie Things Cause I now have the knowledge.

I can Buy clothes in single digits.(7's & 8's) For the first time ever in my Life~cause I have always been big.

I can walk into the grocery store With My head held high & not down in shame.

I can be lifted by My husband..Into his arms Sideways Not Just up real quick and down & carried...He actually as of today Lifted me up And carried me through the house ~I felt light as a feather...Use to I would hurt his back for just a quick sec of lifting me LOL!

I can Actually say I weigh less than My husband.(He is 6 ft 1 inch & 174 pounds) I actually weight less than him~AMAZING!

I can Be the person I always was But just healthier.

AND SO MUCH MORE..........................TO MANY TO LIST!
Weight loss Has totally changed my life.

01-07-2010, 12:15 AM
CC I LOVE LOVE LOVE the one about the clothes dryer!!! I used to hang all my clothes for the exact same reason!

This is a great thread. Here are mine.

*I can swim at a fast crawl for 45 minutes and am faster than a lot of people in the pool. When I started, I could only do two laps of front crawl before resting.

*I can RUN. This one just boggles my mind. I never thought I'd run again.

* I can stand for four straight hours at work without constantly thinking about sitting down.

* I can see my shin bones-- I don't have puffy edema over them any more.

* I can wear every single item in my closet (except the pants that are too big.)

* I can get dressed up on a moment's notice instead of fretting about whether the one thing that looks decent is clean.

* I can buy an ice cream cake for my daughter's birthday and KNOW that I won't eat any of it. I can open the freezer looking for turkey the next day and be surprised to see it sitting there because I've forgotten it even exists.

* I can update my profile picture on facebook whenever I want instead of keeping that one picture that makes me look thin.

01-07-2010, 12:34 AM
I love this thread!

I can get out of the bath without straining myself
I can lift my arms to do make-up, brush teeth and hair without them hurting
I can wipe my butt in the morning without having to be a contortionist to do it!
I can clip my toenails AND paint them
I can cross my legs
I can sit tailor style for hours
I can do daycare, clean my house, go shopping, exercise AND STILL have enough energy to have a marathon *ahem* session with hubby
I can live... live my life. And it feels SO FREAKING GOOD.

01-07-2010, 12:44 AM
These are so great!

CFMama, I hear you on the bath. It's no longer like raising the Titanic to get up and out of there. And while I'm in there, I'm covered rather than bits sticking out of the water!

And Ubergirl, Oh yes STANDING! I love not feeling like I'm always looking for a chair...

01-07-2010, 01:03 AM
I can look in the mirror and respect myself.

diabetic z
01-07-2010, 01:56 AM
- I can jog for a complete mile.
- I can find the motivation to exercise, regardless of the weather, time of day, or how sore my body is from the previous day. No more excuses.
- Eating healthy is not a challenge anymore.
- I can travel by air without having to ask for a seat belt extender or worry about "intruding" into the space of my fellow passengers.
- My man boobs now pass the pencil test. :dancer::woohoo::yay:

01-07-2010, 02:04 AM
I can breathe! More specifically, my asthma has been reduced to nothing . . . I haven't had an attack since I've gotten under 285, even during the worst time of the year.

I can buy clothes off the rack! I'm still in the plus size section, but hopefully not for too much longer. And it's so much better than wandering around the store knowing that nothing but stretchy pants would fit me for bottoms.

And my best one: I don't have to rush off to the bathroom the moment I realize that have to pee . . . it used to be that when I had to go, I had to go NOW and it really limited my mobility in the outside world. I knew I had "overactive bladder" but was not only too embarrassed to get help, but the lack of insurance made going to the doctor difficult. I can hold it without a problem now and I know for a fact that losing weight and especially eating better has taken care of it.

01-07-2010, 10:03 AM
1. I can tie my shoes without holding my breath!

2. I keep going into public restrooms trying to find one that's tight and they never are anymore. I can't believe 27 lbs can make a difference between squeezing into a public stall and fitting just fine.

3. I no longer feel both sides of my rear end when I sit in movie theaters or any chair with sides. This includes a wing back chair I have in my house. We have "his" and "hers" sizes and I used to only fit in "his".

4. Getting up from a sitting position gets easier every day.

5. I love "slipping" into clothes that previously I could not button. :D Sometimes :^: I go to the bathroom just so I can play with my clothes, slipping them up and down. :^:

01-07-2010, 10:21 AM
5. I love "slipping" into clothes that previously I could not button. :D Sometimes :^: I go to the bathroom just so I can play with my clothes, slipping them up and down. :^: :carrot:

hahah i thought i was the only silly goose who did that LOL I had a top that I absolutely loved, bought it and never wore it because it was tight at the time and i had every intention of dieting to get into it - naturally that didn't happen, and 4 years went by!!! It was always hanging inside my closet, and i'd look longingly at it and then eat a cheeseburger lol but NOW i swim in it, but i put it on now and again and twirl around in it heheheh along with a lot of others!

* walking is a lot easier - i used to drive for all my errands (i mean, from one store in a strip mall to another omg!!) but now if they're a mile away or so, i always walk.

* I love that life isn't 'either/or' anymore -- as in, i'm a fanatical housekeeper, and i to cook nice dinners, but that would never happen in the same day as i didn't have enough energy, but now i can do them both and more! yay

* I feel free. The panic is gone ( i know it's lurking and i have to be vigilant not to let it creep back in) as in "do i have enough diet coke and treats to last me a few days"

* I've always been happy and proud of myself, but now that's thru the roof

01-07-2010, 10:35 AM
A new one I just noticed last night! I can lie in bed on my side and my knee bones and ankle bones touch each other. No fat pads to keep them apart.

01-07-2010, 10:40 AM
I can run! Let me say it again.... I can run!
I can dry my jeans.... I don't have to panic if someone else does laundry for the fear of them putting them in the dryer.
I can clean house on my hands and knees if I chose to without having the tow truck come get me up.
I can wear my son's clothes.... I have never been able to do that. I am smaller than him now.
I can see ALL my body parts without moving other body parts.
I can get out of my car (Monte Carlo) without having to lean back and roll out. I can sit in the seat now and have room on both sides of the seat.

There are many more! I can't wait to fly so I can see how much of the buckle i have left instead of worrying about an extender!

01-07-2010, 11:03 AM
I can see ALL my body parts without moving other body parts.

LOL. I'm still waiting for that one. :o

01-07-2010, 12:08 PM
I just thought of another one last night....I can actually get into my car and drive comfortably without my belly pressing into the steering wheel and scaring me I might get into a wreck! LOL~It is so weird how much more you can do the smaller you get.

01-07-2010, 12:15 PM
+ turns out I am *not* actually the slower runner in the world
+ I bought a pull-up bar and last night I actually pulled myself up a few millimeters! (I will do an unassisted pull-up before the end of the year, mark my words.)
+ I can attempt pull-ups without worrying I'm going to break the door moulding
+ I have the energy to get out of bed at 5 am and work out, then work out again after dinner
+ I can say in all honesty that I look forward to working out now (most of the time)
+ I can walk down the street (or into a restaurant/store/crowd/room/wherever) and not feel like everyone is staring at me because I'm the biggest person in the place

Loving Me
01-07-2010, 12:40 PM
What a great thread, makes you feel so glad you finally started on the journey doesn't it.

1. Energy - DH commented only last week that I am so different to how I was 6 months ago. Then I would avoid anything that meant using energy, would ask DD to go fetch something for me, wait to take laundry upstairs til I needed the toilet etc. Whereas today I went to the gym and did a full workout, then came home and shovelled snow!
2. I can have a planned treat meal on a Friday night and not have it be a whole day off plan, or weekend, or more.
3. I can feel so many bones I haven't felt in years! Granted there is still a lot of padding covering them, but they're definitely there!.
4. I can stand and walk for much longer without my back and feet killing me.
5. I can look in the mirror sometimes and actually like what I see!

01-07-2010, 02:40 PM
Congrats to all of you! This is such an inspiring thread...can't wait until I start seeing some of these changes. You make me believe though...

01-07-2010, 03:09 PM
This thread made me smile. And made me put on my workout clothes to go use my treadmill.
I can't wait until I can think up my own things to add to the list.

Thighs Be Gone
01-07-2010, 03:14 PM
Oh, I am loving this thread Ladies. There are SOOO many things I identify with--especially the dryer thing!

I like having a GoYgEoUs wardrobe for only a few dollars. I like belts and scarves now--before I felt like a roll of Jimmy Dean pork sausage with a piece of twine around it! LOL. I like being able to outrun my kids and hubby!

01-07-2010, 03:23 PM
I have a "can't"...

I can't wear 85% of what's in my closet. But now it's because it's all too big, not too small. Time to clean it out!

Thighs Be Gone
01-07-2010, 04:41 PM
YES! Clean it out..the openness of the space will create a new YOU even if you buy nothing new!!!

01-07-2010, 04:51 PM
This thread has made me think about this all day. People of probably wondering why I am sitting at my desk with a stupid grin on my face. Here is the list but I will probably think of more later. :)

* Walk without pain
* Walk to meetings and other places with my coworkers. Before I would leave early so that I could get there and get my breath without being embarrassed.
* Go up and down the stairs at home
* Clean my house much better!
* Shop!
* Find clothes that I actually like
* Wear shirts that cab button instead of wearing a shell under them and leaving the shirt open
* Can put on stockings now without breaking into a sweat
* Sit on the floor to play with my grandchildren
* Be in public without being self conscious
* Bend over and pick something up off of the floor
* I can get in someone's car without being afraid that the seat belt won't go around me.

01-07-2010, 06:11 PM
I can definitely identify with the dryer thing! Now I put everything in there hoping it will shrink up so I can wear it one last time.

The size of the bed is another issue. I got a queen size bed about 3 years ago because full size just felt too small. Now the queen size feels huge and I'm wondering about putting it in the spare bedroom so I can go back to a full size...I miss having more space in the master bedroom.

01-07-2010, 07:05 PM
Ok, I have a wacky one.

We're in the market for a new stove because two of our burners only cook on high. As I was researching and comparing, I noticed that the weights of the stoves are listed. The stove I want weighs 222 pounds. LOL! I can say I weigh less than my stove!! I couldn't say that 27 lbs ago!

01-07-2010, 09:34 PM
Ok, I have a wacky one.

We're in the market for a new stove because two of our burners only cook on high. As I was researching and comparing, I noticed that the weights of the stoves are listed. The stove I want weighs 222 pounds. LOL! I can say I weigh less than my stove!! I couldn't say that 27 lbs ago!

Oh my gosh-- those poor people in the Biggest Loser who are over 400 weigh two stoves.

01-07-2010, 09:44 PM
Oh my gosh-- those poor people in the Biggest Loser who are over 400 weigh two stoves.

Yes, or they're carrying around an extra stove. Can you imagine carrying around a stove and never ever being able to put it down. I'm currently carrying around about 8.5 extra gallons of milk that I can not put down.

01-07-2010, 09:45 PM
Oh my gosh-- those poor people in the Biggest Loser who are over 400 weigh two stoves.

I have NEVER though of my weight in stoves. i weigh over 1 stove. my uncle weighs 2.5 stoves. weird...

Okay, I have one! I can finally take off my wedding ring when my husband and I get into a knock-down drag-out. Lol. JK? JK!

01-08-2010, 05:38 AM
I thought of this thread early this morning. My husband had just got up and was getting dressed, and I was sitting up in bed, talking to him, with my legs pulled up to my chest, and my arms wrapped around them. And I was perfectly comfortable!

01-08-2010, 01:17 PM
I can run on an elliptical for 30 mins straight on a high incline and a high resistance with sweat dripping from my body and feel GOOD.(Instead of feeling like I'm going to die).

I can turn down food, because I really don't want to heavy sugary feeling it would give me.

I can go to the mall and spend the whole day trying on clothes, because they all fit!

01-08-2010, 01:22 PM
Here's a funny one. When I fold my hands in my lap they actually land in MY LAP. Before they used to perch on top of my tummy.

01-08-2010, 02:55 PM
I can downhill ski,
I can run
I can take stairs two at a time
I can jump down from a good height
When my boys climb over the fence, instead of going to the gate, i can climb over too (although i admit it is not very dignified :) )

01-08-2010, 05:27 PM
A new one I just noticed last night! I can lie in bed on my side and my knee bones and ankle bones touch each other. No fat pads to keep them apart.

Me too! And I'm finding the feeling of bony knees touching really skeeves me out. I'm having to put a pillow between them to fall asleep. :dizzy:

Oh, and I'm no longer the fattest person in the room! At the blood lab this morning, there were like 30 other people waiting and a good quarter were larger than me!

01-08-2010, 11:57 PM
I can breathe!!
I can sleep the whole night with acid reflux waking me!
I can use any bathroom stall and not wait for the handicap and think to myself that I have the right to use it because being fat is a handicap.
i can bend over and pick up things off the floor and run around the house or yard and not be red faced.
I can fit in the bathtub without my legs causing a dam, the water can flow around them now.

Lori Bell
01-09-2010, 11:13 AM
Great thread! Sometimes I forget how bad it was for me, and thinking about this sort of thing from time to time keeps me grounded!

* I can can get out of bed and go...go...go from 6am to 11:00pm. With only a few breaks to sit down and eat.

* I can fit into any chair...even a child's high chair. (I was at a friends house the other day and the only chair left around the table of card players was a little red, what I thought was a bar stool. I took a seat and a little later her 4 yr old daughter came in and told me to get out of her high chair! :))

* I can fit into any ride, vehicle seat, stall, booth, etc without a second thought.

* I can buy off the 75 -80% off rack and find super bargains in smaller sizes.
* crossing legs, clipping/painting toe nails, picking things up off the floor, cleaning the shower, shoveling, EVERYTHING is easier! EVERYTHING!! :)


* Like cfmama said, wiping is a a breeze.
* inserting a tampon used to be torture...now a simple task.
* Shaving any thing I want shaved is easy
* Takes 1/2 the soap to clean my body

This is only a partial list, don't want to bore you all!

01-09-2010, 11:31 AM
My butt fit into a chair yesterday! Before I could have shimmied it in (I think) and sitting would have been uncomfortable. Yesterday I just sat down.:belly:

01-09-2010, 11:39 AM
What do you do now that you couldn't then?

My list could go on for miles. So many have already been said. The chairs one that Loribell mentioned is a big one for me. I had the biggest anxieties about of all things - chairs.

Anyway, a very small portion from my enormous, never ceases to amaze me list:

-I can go to bed at night and not worry that I won't wake up due to having a massive heart attack in the middle of the night.
-I can walk up a flight of stairs and not worry that I will keel over from a massive heart attack. I can also walk up those stairs without worrying that I will be all out of breath and sweaty and have to face someone that will see me in that state. Wait a sec, I can in fact I can RUN UP THE STAIRS.
-I can shop in hundreds of stores instead of a handful of stores.
-I can check the mail without having to worry if there's a wedding invitation or some other invitation in there.
-I can fit a normal bath towel around me
-I can get tons of things accomplished in a day with all this energy that I've got.
-I can speak my mind without worrying about the fact that people aren't really listening to me because they don't value my opinion because all they're thinking is "why in the world is this woman so fat?". I always believed that's what people thought when they were speaking to me.
-I can go anywhere at anytime, at any moment, and always have a great outfit to wear. ALWAYS!!!
-I can go confidently into any place at anytime, not fearing younger and prettier women, because I know that I am the best me possible.
-I can go any where at any time not fearing that people are talking about how fat I am.
-I can walk down the street in the middle of the summer (no jacket on) and not worry that someone is staring at my enormous behind.
-I can fit between any tight space and if I don't it's the *spaces* fault, not mine.
-I can go on a boat with out worrying that I will sink it.
-I can go wherever, whenever without having to contemplate it, and worry about it.
-I can look forward to the day ahead of me instead of DREADING it.
-I can look forward to my future instead of doubting that I will have one.

01-09-2010, 12:21 PM
Thought of a few more I just had to add

-I can use and revel in my femininity again.
-I can be in pictures, gladly and willingly, instead of hiding from the camera
-I can be proud of myself
-I can respect myself
-I can set a good example for my family
-I can look forward to doctors' visits instead of pushing them off and pushing them off for YEARS at a time
-I can look forward to being a grandma instead of A- wondering if I'll be around to see them and B - if I were lucky enough to live that long, worry how I would ever keep up with them. BIG RELIEF here.
-I can do things. Just things. Lift things. Move things. Clean things. Get things. I am strong now. And capable. I'm no longer weak and INcapable.
-I can participate in life instead of sitting on the sidelines and peeking in.
-I can be happy instead of sad
-I am living instead of dying...

and they say passing up on *those* foods is depriving oneself, and they say staying on plan is hard, that adhering to a healthy lifestyle is hard.... thanks CC, good reminder of what hard really is - a trip down memory lane...

01-09-2010, 02:00 PM
I can go downstairs in the morning without using the wall to take stress off my knees..ok...that's good, but I'm still waiting for the day when I can put a napkin on my lap and not get stains on my shirt

01-09-2010, 02:28 PM
I can walk and breathe at the same time now :D