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Eliana
03-19-2011, 01:11 PM
I just went on a five mile run on a trail I haven't hit since the end of last Summer, at which time it was still tough just walking this trail. It felt great! There were some significant hills.

While on the trail, I realized that a little more than a year ago, I could not even walk this distance. I walked a mile out and a mile back and I remember plopping into a chair feeling dizzy and like I had overdone it.

It was humbling to realize just how far I've come in just one year. Just one year...that's all it takes.

So if you care to, in whatever time frame, what can you do now that you couldn't do before?


sept15lija
03-19-2011, 01:14 PM
I'll give a simple one that I absolutely love doing now....

A year ago, I couldn't cross my legs. I had to do the "haul one leg up and kind of lay it on the other one" cross. Now, I cross them easily and I do it every chance I get, even under tables! :)

stacygee
03-19-2011, 01:17 PM
This should be inspiring. I know I have different things all the time. Such a difference a year and 78 pounds can make. Here are a couple...

1. Run up the stairs. ( I used to trudge up them and still be breathless.)

2. Paint my toenails.

3. We just got a trampoline and the weight limit is 250 pounds. a year ago I couldn't jump on it. Now I can jump on it along with my daughter!

4. Now when I take my kids to the park I play with them instead of watch them play!

5. Shop in normal departments and stores.

Thanks for making me remember why I do this hard work everyday and why it is worth it!


Shmead
03-19-2011, 01:38 PM
Too many to count, but the most important one:

A year (or so) ago, I couldn't grow a baby!

sept15lija
03-19-2011, 04:12 PM
That's a great one, Shmead!! :D

I just discovered another one...I was jumping around the kitchen making my 1 year old laugh, and I found I could jump in a full 360 degree circle! I'm pretty sure I couldn't do that a year ago. :)

Eliana
03-19-2011, 04:21 PM
A year ago my BP was 155/105.
Today it was 101/55. :D

RHR a year ago: 90+
RHR now: Usually 46

dcapulet
03-19-2011, 05:02 PM
1 year ago I couldn't

Cross my legs
Run more than 60 seconds
Fit into my biggest clothes

See a way out of my fat prison

seagirl
03-19-2011, 05:39 PM
A year ago I was just re-starting my yoga practice. I remember going into warrior pose (like a lunge with arms raised) and the teacher told me to go lower. I said "I can't. This is all I can do today." My legs were so weak.

Now I'm about 100 times stronger. It is really cool to remember back then, and see where all my hard work has brought me (and know if I keep at it, I'll get so much further.)

Eliana
03-19-2011, 05:42 PM
A year ago I was just re-starting my yoga practice. I remember going into warrior pose (like a lunge with arms raised) and the teacher told me to go lower. I said "I can't. This is all I can do today." My legs were so weak.

Now I'm about 100 times stronger. It is really cool to remember back then, and see where all my hard work has brought me (and know if I keep at it, I'll get so much further.)

About a year ago, a bit less, I tried my first yoga class and hated it. I wonder if I would like it better now. She kept putting us in "downward dog" as if that was the in-between "resting" pose, but it was anything but! My tummy was too big and I couldn't breathe.

seagirl
03-19-2011, 05:45 PM
About a year ago, a bit less, I tried my first yoga class and hated it. I wonder if I would like it better now. She kept putting us in "downward dog" as if that was the in-between "resting" pose, but it was anything but! My tummy was too big and I couldn't breathe.

Oh, yes, and my gut doesn't get in the way when I'm doing twists.

Try yoga again. Downward dog can be such a restful pose (and a powerful strength building one, too.)

And my arms are starting to rock!

gloo
03-19-2011, 07:06 PM
A year ago I got exhausted from doing a Costco run. Today we parked on the far end of the lot, did 2 sweeps through the store and back to the car, and I didn't think twice about it.

A year ago I got way wetter when it rained, because I couldn't muster more than a lazy stroll. Today we went out for breakfast and I ran across the parking lot in a torrential downpour.

A year ago the thought of doing anything fitness-related for fun was foreign to me. Tonight I'm taking a pole dancing class with my girlfriends. (That's right, POLE DANCING! Who do I think I am? :))

I still have a really long way to go, but 50 lbs and some serious attitude makes a huge difference.

time2lose
03-19-2011, 07:10 PM
I am using a 2 year period. Two years ago, I could barely make 4 laps around the walking track (.25 mile) now I walk 32 laps (2 miles) and could keep going if I had time.

pnkrckpixikat
03-19-2011, 08:35 PM
a year ago i could barely last 5-10 mins on the elliptical on resistance 1, now 30 mins on resistance 8/9 is normal 5 days a week and i'll go for an hour on 8 if i have the time and something good to watch

MusicalJess
03-19-2011, 08:43 PM
I am unbelievably proud of you all!!

shannonmb
03-19-2011, 09:43 PM
This is such a timely thread for me, because while I hadn't begun actively losing yet, March of last year was when I dragged my absolutely exhausted, 350 lb self into a new doctor's office, got some baseline labs done which were horrible (go next week to get them repeated for the first time!), my blood pressure was 150s/high 90s, and I basically sobbed to this poor woman that I was feeling like an early death was getting close. She set me up for a sleep study, I got CPAP for my off-the-charts awful sleep apnea, started feeling a bit better, and got myself started in May on a nice eating plan.

I could barely tie my shoes seated in a recliner, let alone bend over and tie them while standing.

My legs were horribly swollen to the point that they were getting that weird discolored thing going on.

I could barely drag myself across the parking lot at work, and I still don't know how I managed to make it through my 12 hour shifts.

Not only was I horribly embarrassed at squeezing myself into a booth in a restaurant, but I took my daughter to a concert and literally was in pain from the seat the whole time. Had to wedge myself in and stayed put the whole time.

I barely had the stamina to do *really*basic housework, let alone any of the nice touches that make a house a home.

I could barely even wash properly.

Since last year, I can tie my shoes any way I want, my legs are not swollen and are a normal color :carrot:, when walking across the parking lot at work I challenge myself to see how fast my feet can carry me now!, I have not found a booth I can't fit (and also was fine at Disney on Ice at that same arena!), my house has been decluttered top to bottom (except the garage :o), and I've painted and redecorated my living room -- it's lovely! and I can reach any old place I please to wash! hahahaha

Man, this has been cathartic for me. I can never forget why I started this in the first place. And I just now am starting to feel like it's about to get REALLY good. But even though I still have over 100 lbs to lose, the pay-off has already been HUGE! :carrot::D:carrot:

Edit: Oh, yeah, forgot to say that my BP is running 110s over 70s these days!!! WOO!

DixC Chix
03-19-2011, 10:24 PM
A year ago (truly my start time):

I could not skooch close enough to the table to not spill food from my spoon going to my mouth. I ruined a lot of tops with greasy droplets.

I could not sit for a long time without my legs going a bit numb from being bent at the knee.

I could not get my winter coat buttoned so I got cold.

I decided what to wear by what fit and the options were dwindling.

Angie
03-20-2011, 12:17 AM
One year ago...

I could not run for more than 30 seconds, I don't think I could run at all
I had to buy clothes exclusively in plus size stores and settle for what was there
People sometimes treated me as though I was disabled (which I only realized as I lost weight and reflected back)
I could not cross my legs *I love doing this now!*

milmin2043
03-20-2011, 02:31 AM
I teared up while reading this thread. All of your comments apply to my life a year ago. Seriously, every single one of them.

A year ago I could only do 10 minutes on the lowest setting on a recumbent bike. This morning I ran 8 miles in 80 minutes, without stopping.

I absolutely loathed getting groceries by myself because carrying them all into the house when I got home was excruciating. I had to take my outside stairs one leg at a time for fear that my knees would give out under my weight. So, you can imagine how long it would take me to bring in a trunk load of groceries.

A normal-sized bath towel did not reach all the way around me. Now there is room to spare.

A year ago, I had to lean forward to see my feet. My tummy was in the way and due to that, and wearing simple shoes like Crocs, I accidentally wore my house slippers to the store one time and didn't realize it until after I returned home. How embarrassing!! It sounds funny but I was mortified. Now I wear my professionally-fitted running shoes everywhere. (Just in case the mood strikes and I feel like running-LOL)!

Seriously though, there are so, so many things I can think of. My life is new. I am thrilled. I am so proud of each and every one of you.

mamakt
03-21-2011, 02:21 AM
i really want to post some of these wonderful things one year from now! heck, even 2 months from now. i am having a terrible time. it's TIME for a change. i especially would love to run again some day. i'm afraid those days are behind me. i guess i'd even like to walk for 80 minutes if it wasn't terribly boring or painful. you all ROCK! congrats! thnx 4 the inspiration!

Eliana
03-21-2011, 08:03 AM
i really want to post some of these wonderful things one year from now! heck, even 2 months from now. i am having a terrible time. it's TIME for a change. i especially would love to run again some day. i'm afraid those days are behind me. i guess i'd even like to walk for 80 minutes if it wasn't terribly boring or painful. you all ROCK! congrats! thnx 4 the inspiration!

These goals are well within your reach. ;) The whole point of this thread is that it happens in a remarkably short period of time. That year is going to pass by whether you lose the weight and move more or not. Here's to one year! :D

GirlyGirlSebas
03-21-2011, 11:08 AM
These are exciting! Keep them coming. I love the visualizing the changes that may be coming for me.

Bunti
03-21-2011, 12:51 PM
Thanks for this thread everyone, I needed it. what a motivator!!

In only 3 months I am noticing changes, cant wait for the one year ones. (I don't have to "hoist" myself into my suv anymore, I can just "step up" into it. The one I am waiting for, is not needing a seatbelt extender.

Trazey34
03-21-2011, 12:53 PM
There are truly too many to count, but 2 I know:

a year ago, i didn't think 'getting it done' was possible, that i was doomed to be fat forever

a year go, walking places as a default was impossible. There's a video store about a 15 minute walk away, and for 20 years i DROVE there. Never even occurred to me to walk there! ever! Now I only walk there! and only walk to the drug store 1/2 hour away! Only walk to a LOT of places now!

c_laura
03-21-2011, 04:00 PM
One year ago I could walk up two flights of stairs without taking a break and the walk from the parking garage at work to my office seemed like torture.

Now I take the stairs every time and I enjoy the walk to/from the garage as a time to get my thoughts together.

kallismom
03-21-2011, 05:18 PM
(I don't have to "hoist" myself into my suv anymore, I can just "step up" into it.)

This! My husband actually pointed it out to me one day when I hopped in. It was really ALL I could do to get in it a few months ago.

Could someone PLEASE sticky this thread? This has got to be one of the most inspiring threads I have read here.

CONGRATULATIONS to ALL of you AMAZING LADIES!!!!!!!!!