The more weight I lose, the more energy I have. The more energy I have, the more vigorous my workouts can be, thus losing even more weight.
I can jump up and down more, hop. and jog a little. Before, my knees and ankles protested at this.
I can dance longer, with more energy, and even do the polka now.
My fingers have slimmed down. I can now wear some rings that I haven’t worn for years.
I’m comfortably wearing rings that used to be too tight.
There is less weight on my joints. I was starting to have problems with my left knee, and now I hardly ever have any knee pain. I can walk up and down steep hills again with little, if any, knee pain. Being able to walk steep hills means I get can burn more calories in a shorter time, plus I challenge my heart more.
I can walk up steep hills and not be so out of breath, which means I can walk up steep hills all the more, and get even better conditioning.
I’m walking to the top of of a hill at sunset.
I can fit into an airplane seat much easier. I used to be glad my husband flew with me because we could lift the arm between us to get a little more room. Now I can fly with the arm down and still feel comfortable.
No longer do I have to worry that the seat belt won’t click closed on an amusement park thrill ride. Before, there were some close calls. I’d have died of embarrassment if they had rejected me from a ride due to my weight.
My daughter Evaine and I (on left) are dangling over the edge of the Stratosphere in Las Vegas spinning on a thrill ride.
My bum doesn’t get so numb and sore when riding my bicycle.
My acid-reflux problem (GERDS) seems to have gone away completely. I can now eat oranges, chili peppers, and other acidic foods without problems.
I am more flexible overall. I can do deeper stretches than I could do before. I can touch my toes again.
My feet don’t hurt any more.
The skin on my heels isn’t cracked anymore. I believe the cracks and thick dead skin was from the extra weight put on my feet.
Lots of people have told me I look much younger. At stores, when paying with a credit card, I have had store clerks check my driver’s license with the photo taken at my heavier weight, and tell me I look much younger now.
Clothes in my new, smaller, size are much easier to find, and they tend to be cheaper as well.
I have an excuse to buy new clothes (though this can be a problem if you are broke).
I’m having fun getting new clothes for my smaller figure – I got this top for under TEN DOLLARS!
I no longer have a double chin, and have lost the jowls I was starting to see when I looked in the mirror.
By losing weight slowly and steadily, and building muscle at the same time, I have avoided having loose, flabby folds of skin on my upper arms that other dieters have complained of.
My blood pressure has gone down (my upper number was getting close to being classified as high blood pressure).
My HDL (the “good” cholesterol) numbers have gone up, and my LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) numbers have gone down.
My doctor no longer nags me about losing weight.
I’m proud to be setting a good example to my granddaughters.
My inner thighs no longer rub and chafe when I walk.
My balance is improving.
I feel more confident that I can make positive changes in my life.