100 lb. Club - What have been your AH-HA moments so far?




InsideMe
08-03-2011, 10:53 PM
I had an AH-HA moment this morning in the shower......WHAT? I can breathe and STILL SHAVE MY LEGS!!!!!!!!! Bending over doesn't take my breath away anymore! LOL:carrot:

Anybody else want to share? I would love hear your AH-HA moments!

Moments like this make it all worth while!


LGW
08-03-2011, 10:55 PM
I can eat out and eat healthy -- just substitute....this has really made my life easy...I no longer have fear of falling off of the wagon after a night out :)

SLIMplicity
08-03-2011, 11:09 PM
OMG had a similar experience this past week! :lol:

I just got up out of bed! Like I didn't have to heave my fat belly over..it was incredible..such a good feeling!! Very freeing!

Another AH HA moment was when healthy food tastes better than the fat laden crap I was eating.. I feel so much less bloated and not gross..

-PLus I swear my vision is better, colour just seem so much clearer and brighter!


linJber
08-03-2011, 11:25 PM
I've had several, and each time it feels GREAT!

I realized I was sitting with my legs crossed one evening visiting friends. Prior to that, I would just rest my lower leg across my other knee. This was really crossed legs.

I can circle my wrist with the fingers of the opposite hand.

Stretching after class one day I had my hands on the back of my leg and thought, "What's this?" and realized I could feel my hamstring and not just fat!

Visible collar bones.

I love when these things happen. Here's to long lists of AHA's for all of us.

Lin

FitGirlyGirl
08-04-2011, 01:56 PM
I have had many, but my most recent one was when I realized that I can reach the spot that is always itchy on my back by myself without using the back scratcher

runningfromfat
08-04-2011, 02:44 PM
I can stop eating. Even if it tastes good even if there's a lot left I can stop and save it for DH or for another day. I don't need to finish it in one setting.

Oh, and I don't need to go to bed full. That's been a hard one for me but I'm getting more used to it now.

LaMariposa
08-04-2011, 03:16 PM
I finished Couch to 5K this Monday and got teary-eyed when I was done. I couldn't even jog for half a minute when I started, and there I was running for a half hour!!

linJber
08-04-2011, 11:09 PM
I can stop eating. Even if it tastes good even if there's a lot left I can stop and save it for DH or for another day. I don't need to finish it in one setting.

Oh, and I don't need to go to bed full. That's been a hard one for me but I'm getting more used to it now.

I have to say that this is a FANTASTIC ah-ha moment. I realized very early in the process that feeling hungry isn't necessarily a bad thing. When my DD was small and would whine that she was hungry a short time before dinner was ready, I'd always tell her to just sit tight for a few more minutes because it was impossible to starve to death in the time between lunch and supper. Now I have to remember that for myself.

Many times I'm asked by friends what I have been eating to lose weight. When I tell them, inevitably someone will ask if I am hungry all the time. Well, I'm not hungry all the time, but I do admit there are times when I am hungry. I tell them that and that I use the hunger as a reminder of what I'm trying to accomplish. Food is always available - it's not like there is a crisis here! I'm not going to pass out or starve (see previous paragraph!)

Then I read an article about how thin and heavy people react to hunger. Thin people tend to recognized the hunger, but wait until meal time to eat. Heavy people tend to recognize the hunger and eat immediately, no matter how close the next meal is. Here's to all of us learning to react like thin people!

Lin

Angie
08-07-2011, 08:43 AM
I share a lot of these...


I can reach the itchy spot on my back too!
I have BONES, I can't see all of the, but I can feel them, and its SO cool.
I can cross my legs.
I can paint my toenails comfortably.
I'm seldom the fattest person in the room anymore.
I ran the other day to catch a taxi and I wasn't even out of breath...in fact, I wanted to keep running...how crazy is that???

Ciao
08-07-2011, 09:53 AM
http://i845.photobucket.com/albums/ab15/JeMappelleSierra/Pictures/clipart2-1.png

A runner's ah-ha moment:
Being able to SPRINT my course. Not jog, not run, SPRINT!

Afterwords my legs were jello but that's how you
know each step you took was worth it.

http://i845.photobucket.com/albums/ab15/JeMappelleSierra/Pictures/clipart2.png

linJber
08-07-2011, 11:01 AM
Angie - When you said you're seldom the fattest person in the room anymore, I realized that I often think that now, too. I hadn't even realized that it was a conscious thought! I'm also no longer the heaviest of my siblings (and my siblings are both men, one over 6' tall. LOL)

And do you know what's sad about this statement? I'm still overweight. You are still overweight. And by comparison to the people around us, we are not the heaviest. That shows how prevalent the weight problem is, especially here in the USA. I wish I could grab the people I see (especially young people) who are the size I was in January and tell them that if a fat 60 year old woman could lose weight, they can too, and they'd be so much happier if they did. I never felt my weight hindered me, but when I see how much difference things are now, I'm amazed.

Hope everyone has a few aha's every day! They are the best motivators.

Lin

cortandcooper
08-07-2011, 01:19 PM
I realized that soda doesn't taste that good after all once I cleansed my palate of it for a while. Most of them taste like nasty chemicals to me now. This has made managing my former addiction to them pretty manageable, I don't even want them now!

twinmommaplusone
08-08-2011, 02:14 AM
This Picture....was another moment for me! I have them all the time! but this was my most recent!

This is my bro/sis and well....I've ALWAYS been the ONLY fat person...now...not that way at all.

I could not stop staring at the picture!

runningfromfat
08-08-2011, 07:35 AM
I have to say that this is a FANTASTIC ah-ha moment. I realized very early in the process that feeling hungry isn't necessarily a bad thing. When my DD was small and would whine that she was hungry a short time before dinner was ready, I'd always tell her to just sit tight for a few more minutes because it was impossible to starve to death in the time between lunch and supper. Now I have to remember that for myself.

Many times I'm asked by friends what I have been eating to lose weight. When I tell them, inevitably someone will ask if I am hungry all the time. Well, I'm not hungry all the time, but I do admit there are times when I am hungry. I tell them that and that I use the hunger as a reminder of what I'm trying to accomplish. Food is always available - it's not like there is a crisis here! I'm not going to pass out or starve (see previous paragraph!)

Then I read an article about how thin and heavy people react to hunger. Thin people tend to recognized the hunger, but wait until meal time to eat. Heavy people tend to recognize the hunger and eat immediately, no matter how close the next meal is. Here's to all of us learning to react like thin people!

Lin

That makes (about the different reactions to hunger). I think another thing for me was really realizing that the time of day when I was hungry made a huge difference too. Being hungry at night is OK because I can go to bed. Being hungry in the afternoon=BAD because I'm at a HUGE risk for overeating, have a hard time working, and am prone to headaches/dizziness. It's really helped with my diet.

runningfromfat
08-08-2011, 07:42 AM
Angie - When you said you're seldom the fattest person in the room anymore, I realized that I often think that now, too. I hadn't even realized that it was a conscious thought! I'm also no longer the heaviest of my siblings (and my siblings are both men, one over 6' tall. LOL)

And do you know what's sad about this statement? I'm still overweight. You are still overweight. And by comparison to the people around us, we are not the heaviest. That shows how prevalent the weight problem is, especially here in the USA. I wish I could grab the people I see (especially young people) who are the size I was in January and tell them that if a fat 60 year old woman could lose weight, they can too, and they'd be so much happier if they did. I never felt my weight hindered me, but when I see how much difference things are now, I'm amazed.

Yes to that. As excited as I am to be back in mediums in some way it's an empty victory because of vanity sizing and it's a reminder that as a country we're gotten very overweight. :( It's hard because when I was at my highest I didn't realize HOW bad off I was. I wasn't in good shape, I got tired easily, seats were so much more uncomfortable etc. It's not just about looks but about health. I still have a ways to go but I can certainly feel a tremendous difference and sometimes I wish others could try being at a healthy weight for a day to feel it (I Know that would've been a great motivation for me at the beginning and maybe would've encouraged me to do something about my weight sooner!).

runningfromfat
08-08-2011, 07:43 AM
This Picture....was another moment for me! I have them all the time! but this was my most recent!

This is my bro/sis and well....I've ALWAYS been the ONLY fat person...now...not that way at all.

I could not stop staring at the picture!


What a cute family, congrats!

Toonses
08-08-2011, 10:12 AM
Ordering a large shirt and when it arrived this weekend, it was too large. That was a first for me.

Sophronia
08-08-2011, 11:02 AM
Some of these are not so much about weight, but about fitness. Which is great - cuz I think that's so much a part of what I know most of us are trying to accomplish.

We went camping this weekend. My son wanted to just explore the creek bed at the bottom of a very steep hill. Up until I started this, I would have been very reluctant to let him do it because I knew the effort it would take for me to get back up that hill.

This time, though, I thought, "Woo hoo! I can be a fun, responsible parent and burn extra calories." So we explored the creek bottom for a while, then began to climb that hill. I know if I were on a treadmill instead of actually climbing that very steep hill, I would have pressed the "decrease incline" button. But that was not an option, and today, I have a nice soreness in my calves and hamstrings to remind me - possibly because I went up and down that hill THREE times. It was AWESOME. (Plus, when we're at gatherings and children need to go to the bathroom, I'm always the one to jump up and volunteer to take them. I am so reluctant to sit for long periods of time any more, and I get a chance to move and get to be the good guy.)

twinmommaplusone
08-09-2011, 12:26 AM
What a cute family, congrats!

Awe Thanks! :hug:

InsideMe
08-09-2011, 08:52 AM
Wow these are great! It gives me even more motivation to keep going to see fitness wise how much better I can improve my health! You girls are very inspirational!

SugarRomeoTango4852
08-09-2011, 09:12 AM
I share a lot of these moments with people as well but my biggest one (recently) was when I tried on a pair of pants I had purchased a few months ago. Back then, they were tight and I couldn't sit comfortably in them so I hid them in my closet. I needed pants to wear on Sunday (and all my others were dirty) so I pulled them out and figured "bah, I need pants even if they are un-comfy" put them on..and froze. Not only were they comfortable but they were LOOSE. I nearly cried and it totally re-affirmed my goals.

MrsTee
08-09-2011, 08:42 PM
Thanks for all the contributions - really help me feel motivated again! I haven't really had any a-ha moments yet - have still a lot of weight to shift - but am looking forward to having some!

I hope the next months will bring me some...

linJber
08-09-2011, 09:48 PM
MrsTee - you've lost about 45 pounds! I'm sure there a many things that are different now that maybe you don't even realize. Just the realization every day that we "did it" is an AH -HA that we all should be enjoying. And on the days we didn't do it as well as we should have, the realization that we will do better the next counts, too. In the past, most of us just didn't do anything about our weight. A huge AH-HA for all of us is being able to say, "For right now, I'm aware of what I'm doing with food, exercise, and my health."

Lin

Madame Souza
08-09-2011, 09:54 PM
I went to an indian buffet for lunch and realized that I didn't need to go back for seconds and I had had enough to eat.