Weight Loss

Top 10 Benefits of Losing Weight

After working to lose weight for a while I have found that there are some unexpected changes and upsides to losing weight.

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I’m going to list them out as a reminder to myself of how far I’ve come, so here they are:

  1. I just have to state the first and most obvious, for some this is the main motivation to lose weight – your clothes start to fit better… and then worse. I’m pretty cheap so I don’t buy new clothes until they are either falling off or I start to look pretty shabby. I’ve done this a few times and it still hasn’t lost its charm. Though it does get a bit expensive.
  2. The next thing I noticed, when I got past 60 pounds lost, was that I could actually see my collar bones. I was so excited the day I first noticed them! I had never seen my collar bones peak out from beneath my skin like that before. And Recently, as my weight has gone even lower, I’ve noticed that I can feel my shoulder blades becoming more pronounced and my wrist bones even poke out a little. This might seem so inconsequential, but I can tell when I’m retaining water now my looking at my wrists. It’s a really good indicator for me if I need to up my water intake.
  3. Crossing my legs has gotten easier and that is a very welcome change.
  4. I used to sleep on my side but now, I can’t get comfortable stacking my knees on top of each other like I once did, since there isn’t as much padding between them anymore. But sleeping on my stomach has now become MUCH more comfortable.
  5. Sitting! Sitting is just more comfortable.
  6. Walking is easier.
  7. Standing for long periods is less painful than it used to be. I’d have back pain when I stood a lot during the day. That pain is gone.
  8. Rocking my first pair of skinny jeans!
  9. Confidence. I can’t emphasize this one enough. I feel way more confident now, in everything I do. This confidence comes from the achievement of something I thought, for a long time, might be impossible. As a teenager I thought I was just destined to be heavy, that I was “big boned”, “built this way” and that I would never be “skinny”.
  10. Last, but certainly not least, is improved health. I FEEL BETTER! Most of the items above are a sign of improved overall health. I feel healthier each day!

I’m sure there are more but for now I am happy with this progress and I’m excited to see what my body will look like as I get healthier and healthier.

I’d love to hear your favorite part about losing weight in the comments section!

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