Thursday, October 29, 2009

50 ways losing 50 pounds changed my life...

When I officially lost 50 pounds a couple weeks ago, I thought it'd be fitting to make a list of how losing that much weight has changed my life. When I first started the list, I wondered how I was going to ever come up with FIFTY changes. That seemed like an enormous amount, lol. It turns out as I got started, I couldn't stop, lol. I even went over 50 but decided to stop and stick with just 50. When I lose 100, I'm sure I'll make a list then also. It was really eye-opening and encouraging for me!

When I was done making my list (which maybe took me 15 minutes to complete), I found that my list contained actual physical changes as well as emotional and mental changes which I found interesting. As I've been on this journey, I don't think I've realized just how much my life is changing in so many ways...little ways and big ways. It's not just about dropping pounds. It's about changing my thinking (which has come naturally to me it seems), changing my actions and changing everyday habits for the rest of my life. I love that feeling!

So, here we go: (and keep in mind that a few of these have changed even now, considering I've now lost 50+ pounds!)

  1. I’m down 5 sizes in my waist
  2. Chronic pain has left my life
  3. I have energy like never before
  4. I wake up by 6:00 or 6:30am
  5. I am no longer a night owl
  6. I can walk up several flights of stairs without being out of breath
  7. I can cross my legs under a table, booth etc
  8. My seat belt stays between my breasts instead of on the side
  9. I can easily walk 2 miles
  10. I am able to buckle the airline seat belt with plenty of excess
  11. I smile more than I ever have
  12. Migraines have left my life
  13. I have learned there is nothing I could eat that would make me happier than I am now
  14. I feel like I have a fresh start in my life
  15. I feel amazingly happy and free
  16. I can fold my arms securely and keep them on my chest
  17. I can put on my socks and shoes by simple pulling my legs up to my chest
  18. I love and enjoy working out
  19. I’ve lost 21.5”
  20. I can do 100 crunches
  21. My joints no longer ache
  22. I have confidence in myself
  23. I have become truly aware of what “living life” means
  24. My bath towel easily wraps around me and tucks in nicely
  25. I like photos of me now
  26. I no longer get leg or foot cramps in the middle of the night
  27. I can sit in a booth without the table touching my mid-section
  28. I try new things and don’t beat myself up if I fail
  29. I look forward to standing on the scale
  30. I genuinely care about my body and me
  31. I own my feelings with less shame
  32. I’ve had to remove a link from both my watches
  33. I no longer have chest pains
  34. I can see my feet in the shower
  35. I can go shopping for hours at a time
  36. I can complete 20 minutes on the elliptical machine
  37. I know how much a portion is and only eat one serving
  38. I can tuck in my shirt and wear a belt
  39. I wonder what it will be like to lose a total of 130 pounds
  40. I work out everyday between 60-90 minutes
  41. I am responsible and accountable for everything I eat
  42. My BMI has went from 42.9 to 35.3
  43. I have a sense of self-worth that I’ve never had
  44. I can look at myself in the mirror and not feel miserable
  45. My tears in the dressing room are now tears of joy and not defeat
  46. My wedding rings no longer fit
  47. I’d rather be out doing something than sitting at home
  48. I’ve seen muscles I never knew I had
  49. I can eat anything without feeling like I’m being judged and snickered at

I love my list and I can't wait to see what my list will contain at 100 pounds lost! :)


Marjorie said...

Wow! Just Wow! I'm teary eyed. I can't say it enough Nicole...I'm so happy for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Maryfrances said...

I love your list also. So many things on that list Nicole...and I am so glad you have accomplished them.

kelly said...

Love your blog! You are so inspiring! Great list.

Rachel said...

amazing list. your list makes me happy and I'm so glad you are happy! you are a wonderful person and you deserve to feel wonderful about yourself. I'm so glad that this new way of life has become your way of life.

Denise Beverly said...

this week i think i have reached my miserable point. i am at my heaviest and hurt all the time. hubby has slipped into old bad habits from before he got diabetes so ....... we have got to get on it and you have reminded me how it feels to accomplish this type of weight loss. we have done it before,we can do it again. thank you!

Julie Ann Shahin said...

Nicole, I saw you photo avatar at Maryfrances' and had to come right over because you look so great!!!!

Cathy said...

Wowwee! I'm so proud of you!!!

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