100 lb. Club - What Can You Do Now That You Couldn't Do. . .

07-08-2006, 05:32 PM
5 lbs. ago, 10 lbs. ago, 20 lbs. ago, etc.? I was thinking that it would be a great time to look back and see how far we've come on our journey even if we aren't at goal or even near goal.

I can:

walk up a hill without huffing and puffing
wear smaller than a 3X
stop eating when I'm full
cinch up an airplane seat belt and have lots of belt leftover
say "no" most of the time
not be so afraid to do things in public
run a race
lift heavy weights
look in a mirror
be okay with people taking my photo
wear a tank top in public

Anyone else care to share?

07-08-2006, 06:30 PM
Jump or run without worrying about my boobs bouncing too much or popping out of my bra. lol!

07-08-2006, 06:44 PM
I can...

- wear more flattering clothes
- run up the stairs
- walk up to the fifth floor
- ride my bicycle
- go through turnstiles without worrying if I'll fit (though I still check reflexively)
- get up from the floor without it being a production
- eat healthy food at restaurants
- NOT eat the candy from the secretary's basket - o - goodness.
- plan my days to eat healthy and exercise
- sit comfortably at the ballpark!
- lift weights at the gym
- not feel embarrassed because of my weight

07-08-2006, 06:59 PM
Last night I reflexively didn't go to the bathroom at the movie theatre, ( its up three flights of "gone with the wind" stairs) then I remembered...I can do that no problem! I fired up those stairs and wasn't winded in the least AND I beat DH!

07-08-2006, 09:04 PM
On Thursday while doing Pilates I pulled myself all the way off the floor to a sitting position using only my stomach muscles for the first time. My stomach is my biggest problem area and the muscle group I hate working out the most, so that was a pretty big deal for me.

I can also ignore the pie in the break room and wear a 1X again.

Most importantly, though, I can talk about my weight struggle openly for the first time without feeling shame. Finding this community has been a big part of that, so thanks, everyone, even those of you I haven't spoken with yet : )

07-08-2006, 11:54 PM
great thread! its always good to remember.

-i can sit in a lawn chair now.. i wouldn't sit in one before cause i was afraid it would break
-I can actually jog a lil ways..
-I have energy to go and play with the kids
-I actually have scrubs that are too big for me.. ive went from a 5x scrub set, and i can wear a 3x now... comfortably..
-I can actually turn down food now.. and not obsess about it for hours afterwards.

07-09-2006, 02:30 AM
I think the one thing said that really sticks with me is being able to talk about my weight and not feel shame. Now that I am actively involved in doing something about it, I can actually OWN the fact that I am fat. Before, when I was trying to "ignore" that fact, I would never try to call attention to my weight. I guess I was hoping that if I never mentioned it, people would not realize how overweight I was. Yes, this is what is commonly referred to as Denial!

I still look horrible in my workout clothes, but the fact that I am at the gym WORKING OUT makes me feel proactive- and I don't care what the person behind me might be thinking about my rear end!!!

Just the change in mindset and attitude makes me feel better about myself than I have felt in years.


07-09-2006, 06:17 AM
A long time ago in a galaxy 130 pounds away, I could not:

~Fit into my bathtub without flooding my basement
~Lift myself out of my bathtub in under 3 minutes
~Fit most back seatbelts in most cars (importantly my mom's)
~Towel myself off from a shower without breaking a sweat
~Sit up in bed to pull the covers over me in bed without getting out of breath
~Walk more than 30 feet without getting out of breath
~Wear a bathing suit in front of strangers
~Be around large groups of people
~Fit into a theater seat without my sides getting pinched & squeezed
~Go to an amusement park out of fear that I wouldn't fit
~Wear a size 14
~Pick something up off the floor (I'd just kick it out of sight)
~Wash dishes without my back aching
~Sit down in small chairs for fear they would break
~Walk on a treadmill for longer than 4 minutes
~Catch 3 year olds in "duck duck goose"
~Wear a size 9 shoe
~Walk around a mall without my feet killing me
~Eat a salad at a restaurant
~See my collar bones (do I mention this too much ;))
~Pass up a 3 for $1 sale on candy bars

Okay I could go on and on, but I'm sleepy. There's something odd I noticed awhile ago and I can't quite remember it. Now I'm annoyed with myself.

07-09-2006, 08:54 AM
This is fun, and such a motivating reminder for me. I have such a long way to go, and forget sometimes that I have made any progress.

I can sleep without being strapped to a machine (I HAD sleep apnea, but now it's gone)

I can lay and even sleep on my back, and still be able to BREATHE

I can sleep for more than 2 hours (ok, so it's only 3 or 4), without having to get up either to go potty or to turn over because the side I'm laying on is numb and painful from all the weight on top of it.

I can wash a (small) pile of dishes without having to sit down on a kitchen chair.

I can wash my hair in the shower AND condition it (I used to use a conditionig shampoo to shorten shampoo time) without pain.

I can take a shower STANDING.

I can ride a bicycle (not for very long, but I get on it, and it goes!).

I am willing to seen riding a bicycle (ok, this is weird, because I've always been able to put on a bathing suit and go swimming, but once in the water, I felt invisible - ok I know water is transparent, but it was a mental thing - but somehow a bicycle was different. There is no "hiding" during the whole trip.

Dressing in the pool locker room is no longer more work than the water workout.

The pain of my fibromyalgia is much better - when I remember that what I eat is as important as how much (too many days of red meat or salt seem to cause a flare, I've found).

07-09-2006, 11:38 AM
I can eat breakfast daily.

I can stay in calorie limits, both staying away from above and below (I know this is weird, but I would either be way too high on calories or way too low)

I can not get acid reflux at night.

I can enjoy playing with my kids.

I can enjoy a walk to the park.

I can keep up with my son while he is on his bike and I am walking (almost).

I can fit comfortablely in my clothes (at one point, I decided to not buy anymore clothes, so everything was really tight on me, now it isn't)

I could keep going on for a long time, but I think that is good for now. This was a great thread to start and I love it. Have a wonderful couple of days, I am off to take my kids on a mini trip and pick up my hubby from the airport that is about 4 hours away. So me and the kids are going on an overnighter, just for fun.


07-09-2006, 11:49 AM
I can go to bed without worrying that I'm going to die in my sleep!:D

I can fit into booths at restaurants.

I can drink water while my kids are eating ice cream.

I can wear flattering clothes.

I can exercise without feeling like I'm going to die.

I can look in the mirror and see that I am pretty! I love that my face isn't fat anymore.

I can sit on benches without worrying that I will break them.

I'm sure there's more...I'll have to think about it and add them later.;)

07-10-2006, 01:43 PM
This is a great thread! I'll just list one thing: This weekend, my husband and I took our 6 year-old nephew to a baseball game and out to eat. The restaurant had one of those photo booths where you can get a strip of four photos for $2. Anyway, I wanted all three of us to get our picture together but was convinced we couldn't all fit in the small booth. Guess what - we fit! And the pictures came out great. Couldn't have done THAT 50 pounds ago!

07-10-2006, 03:36 PM
I love reading these. Here's one I noticed over the weekend: I can easily paint my toe nails. :carrot: No more twisting this way and that, or shifting my tummy to one side to get the job done. :)

Highly Favored
07-10-2006, 07:03 PM
I can cross my legs! (that was a big one)
I can buy clothes that don't begin with a 2!
I can actually hug people!
I can share clothes with my "skinny" sister!

07-11-2006, 12:25 PM
Well... I havn't lost any weight yet, so, I'll post what I hope that I'll be able to do in the future.

I hope that I can lay outside in the yard and get a tan without feeling self conscious. I hope that I can not feel intimidated by the skinny girls that I meet. I hope that the buckle on my seatbelt doesn't dig into my thigh anymore. I hope that I can run and jump around comfortably.

Misti in Seattle
07-11-2006, 10:04 PM
Okay now admit it... how many of you can relate to this? :)

I can put my pants on standing up ... balancing on one leg and not have to sit down in a chair, pull the legs on and then stand up and finish pulling them up.!!

07-14-2006, 03:33 PM
Misti: I can SO relate! I've lost 15 pounds so far (65-75 to go!) and was putting on some slacks the other day and for the first time in a long while was able to balance on one foot while I stuck the other foot in, instead of sitting on the edge of the bed :carrot:

I'm also able to
* jog intervals of 10 minutes at a time
* lift 5-10 lbs. more weight on the weight machines at the fitness center
* fit into clothing that's one size smaller
* be almost heartburn free :^:
* stop eating when I'm full MOST OF THE TIME (used to be "almost never")
* migraines are less frequent too, now that i'm exercising regularly

07-14-2006, 03:38 PM
I think the one thing said that really sticks with me is being able to talk about my weight and not feel shame. Now that I am actively involved in doing something about it, I can actually OWN the fact that I am fat. Before, when I was trying to "ignore" that fact, I would never try to call attention to my weight. I guess I was hoping that if I never mentioned it, people would not realize how overweight I was. Yes, this is what is commonly referred to as Denial!

Oh, yeah, I relate to that!!
Tho I never thought of it as denial, as I KNEW I was fat, but just hoped others didn't notice! D'uh!

07-14-2006, 03:43 PM
I can actually feel full.

I can wear a pair of XL exercise pants (if they have some stretch).

I can go up and down my sister's stairs several times a day.

I enjoy exercising.

I can "see" better choices when I am out to eat or planning a meal.

:rofl: :D :D :D FYI.....You chicks who can stand on one leg and put your pants on WTG!!! (I am not the most coordinated and could never do it even at 160 pounds!) LOL:D :D :D :rofl:

07-14-2006, 03:50 PM
I can put my jeans on straight out of the dryer without laying on the bed and pulling them on.

07-14-2006, 05:40 PM
I can lift my dh!
I can do an hour's hard cardio at the gym
I can lift heavier than some of the boys at my gym
I can run (and have a medal to prove it)
I can fit into a size 14 dress
I can shop at normal stores
I can go to the supermarket and spen £100 and NOT buy anything processed
I can honestly say I would prefer a fruit salad than a chocolate biscuit
I went to Australia and didn't eat any fast food, chocolate bars or chocolate biscuits (we won't mention the cake though)
I can easily fit into an airplane seat, and could reach the television controls on the inside arm of the seat without having to stand up.
And I could bring my tray down flat to eat which I couldn't do two years ago
I too can see collar bones
My boobs stick out further than my stomach
I can look in the mirror and smile!

Misti in Seattle
07-15-2006, 12:35 AM
* be almost heartburn free

You know.... it never even occurred to me until you said this, but... ME TOO! I used to have heartburn a LOT and never even missed it; but I don't GET it any more!!! Yippee!

07-15-2006, 12:57 AM
1. my hearburns gone
2. my backaches are fewer and farther between
3. granny gowns and granny undies gone
4. dryer no longer shrinks my clothes
5. I can stand to get dressed
6. I can wear a towel all the way around me
7. I get to be on TOP

07-17-2006, 02:21 PM
7. I get to be on TOP

LMAO that sounds like one of the best reasons to lose weight to me : P

Here are some of mine even though I've only lost 28 lbs

I don't get heartburn anymore. although i really don't think it was the weight as much as it was the food i ate.
I can walk 4 miles in the morning.
better then that I wake up in the morning in less then an hour (used to be i was groggy for 3 hours in the morning could have slept at any time after waking up)
I don't grunt when i pick something off the floor anymore.
I don't get winded walking to the car from my door.
I can weed my garden for more then 5 mins more like 30 now : )
My monthly is no where near as painful. didn't have to take anything for it this last time
I can pass up fast food. thinking of it now makes me sick
I love fish now used to hate it

the number one thing i love the most though is the fact that i'm no longer an insomniac. I would go to bed at 4am becuase i couldn't sleep in bed. I would be WIDE awake the minute my head hit the pillow. I wouldn't be able to sleep unless i was DEAD tired. Since healthy food and excercise i have been going to bed before midnight and sleep even and wake up like clockwork at 7 am and out the door for morning walk by 8am.

ok thats enough lol prolly could think of loads of things. : )

07-17-2006, 03:49 PM
7. I get to be on TOP

Lilybelle, I love ya girl! You tell it like it is!! :)

My list:

I can tie my shoes without grunts, groans, or cutting off my airway.

I can last on an elliptical for 30 minutes when four months ago I couldnt even do 3 minutes.

I can ask the flight attendant for an extender, then hand it back when I find out that I don't need it anymore!! :)

I can put on jeans without a lot of drama.

I can make better choices most of the time (notice I did not say ALL the time! LOL)

There's probably more, but I'll stop for now...