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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Crossing my legs has gotten easier and that is a very welcome change.
- 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.
- Sitting! Sitting is just more comfortable.
- Walking is easier.
- 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.
- Rocking my first pair of skinny jeans!
- 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”.
- 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!