Wednesday, March 24, 2010

My "I've Come So Far" list...

A few weeks ago, my weight watcher leader handed out little slips of papers to each of us for us to write down 10 things on this list called "I've Come a Long Way". The idea was to list out 10 things that I do now that I could never do when I was at my heaviest. Kind of a "look at me now".

I thought I'd share that list with you guys:

(In no particular order)

  • I've gone from a size 28 to size 10. In this picture, on the left, I was trying on a dress in the dressing room when I snapped that pic (I did buy it and loved it). It was a size 28. On the right is me over a year ago when I was only 8 pounds heavier than I am now.
  • I've had to resize my wedding rings (and one of them needs resizing again)
  • I don't sweat anymore when I go shopping. This used to be terrible. I'd go grocery shopping for just a half hour and before I could make it to the check out line, I'd have sweat beads running down my forehead. It was so embarrassing.
  • I can cross my legs by putting one knee over the other knee. This was a huge one for me. I've been crossing my knees by putting my ankle on top of my other knee for so long. I really missed crossing my legs like a lady.
  • I can fold my arms in front of me and my arms aren't squeezing my boobs. Now my folded arms fall under my boobs and rest on my tummy like they should. This was another huge one for me. I always hated folding my arms over my boobs like that.
  • Walking up the three flights of stairs at work without getting winded. I remember when I first started taking the stairs I had to stop at the 2nd landing and catch my breath and I had to stop at the top of the 3rd landing before I opened the door so in case someone was standing on the other side of the door they wouldn't be freaked out by a panting fat woman blazing through the door.
  • I can buy clothes in regular stores, now. Not the plus size stores or departments. That's a huge victory. I remember the first time this happened I had the biggest smile and told my daughter, "Look, I don't need to go to that department any more". I was so proud.
  • I can fold my hands in my lap. I actually have a lap, now. Awesome!
  • I can pull my knees up to my chest and wrap my arms around my knees and sit like I used to sit with I was a kid in school. =]
  • I don't snore any more. I used to snore HORRIBLY. My husband recorded me one night and it was humiliating. But now, no more!
  • I can eat in public without feeling embarrassed or like the whole restaurant is watching that "fat woman" eat like a pig.
  • I can fit in a booth in a restaurant, now. In fact, most booths are too far away for me. I have to scoot up to the table.
Okay, so that was a little more than 10 things, but I had a couple more things I'm proud of.

What about you? What can you do now that you couldn't do before you started losing weight? Or if you've just started, what are you looking forward to doing again?

Keep these things in the front of your mind. Even write them down or blog about them like I did. They are great motivations. Great trophies. Great milestones in my weight loss journey.



Perfect Moments said...

You inspire me! I have about 50 pounds to lose and reading about your success gives me that push. I was recently diagnosed with Type II diabetes and know that weight loss is the first step in controlling my disease. I just found you in the blog world but am glad I did!

Jessica said...

You look great! Those are all awesome milestones too! I really like the idea of making lists, especially ones that are encouraging and make me feel great! Your list was very inspiring!

Mad Woman said...

I'm almost 40lbs in (with another 130 ish to go) and the first thing I remember being happy about was being able to pop the trunk on my car. It sounds odd, but I used to have to undo my seatbelt, open the car door, put one leg out and then lean down to pull the lever. Now? I just lean down. FAR less tummy in the way.

Great post. I'm SO proud of you!

--cara said...

I'm glad you found me, Perfect Moments. Those 50 lbs will be off in no time. Are you following a particular eating plan/exercise plan?

Mad Woman, congratulations! Keep thinking of those things you couldn't do before but write them down as you find them. You'll have a wonderful log to look back on and be proud of.

And Jessica, I'm glad you found inspiration. That's the main reason I started this blog was to try and help others through the struggles I've been going through.


screwdestiny said...

That's great, Cara! It's amazing how much extra weight can get in the way of you doing normal, everyday things.