Not done yet, but I've lost 80 lbs or so, after a lifetime of being obese. Some of my favorite parts:
- Crossing my legs knee over knee instead of leg over knee. I never get over being able to do this.
- The first time I slept on my back instead of my stomach.
- Biking while standing up.
I'm training for an Ironman May of next year (days before my 35th birthday), and I run, swim, and bike a lot, and honestly, one of the biggest benefits I see of running is that it gets you to places faster lol Like I can actually use it in real life to get from the car to the front door somewhere faster if I'm running late.
I feel so blessed when I cross my legs knee over knee. In fact, I'm doint that right this instant. It is one of the coolest things about the weight loss.
I have to say the emotional side of it. Yes, it's the hardest part for sure! But I have learned SO MUCH about myself, how to deal with problems, how to improve my well-being by not turning to food for comfort etc. I really like the person that I've become now that I've disassociated food with comfort. Before this journey there were a lot of habits that I didn't like. I didn't like how I needed chocolate, and I wasn't treating myself as well either. I've turned so much around just by decreasing my sugar intake and I love to see how that affects me as a person!
There are so many positives! I think my favorite though is just the way I feel about myself and the way I look. I didn't start this journey for vanity reasons, but I love feeling so good and comfortable walking around every day. I'm still far from thin, but I LOVE blending into the crowd and not feeling like I stand out as someone extremely overweight anymore. I knew I was very unhappy before, but I don't think I realized just how uncomfortable I was in my own skin... comparing it to how I feel now, it's night and day.
Began weight loss ~ January 18, 2011 at 280 lbs
Met original goal ~ Normal BMI (147 lbs) on March 8, 2012 Goal story and photos
Met revised goal ~ 135 lbs on May 12, 2012
Pregnancy May 2012 - January 2013
Post-preg weight loss ~ January 2013 - July 2014
Now maintaining < 135 lbs
Putting on clothes that use to fit but now just dangle there. This will never get old for me. "Teehee! I remember when I had to suck my stomach in to button these and now I can pull them off without unbuttoning!"
Not beating myself up for NOT doing something about the 100 lb. weight gain at age 30. No matter how many other successes I had in my life, this always bothered me. So I've not only lost the actual weight, but the emotional "weight" of it on my mind nearly every day.
I love not feeling like I have to lie about my clothing size because of being in denial. I can safely say "I wear a 4 or 6 depending on the brand" and not "I wear an 8, but I actually am a solid 10 pushing a 12."