I should reach the 40lb mark soon and this is quite significant for me as when I started my weight loss endeavours in August, 40lbs was my goal.
Taken before I went out last night.
And it's just dawned on me that 6 months have passed since I decided to lose weight (having more energy for my trip to NYC was my motivation). During that time I've lost on average 6lbs a month/1.5lbs a week. A nice steady, and as the doctors like to tell us, sensible weight loss rate.
This week's weight loss - 2.4lbs
Total weight loss - 38.8lbs (2 stone 10.8lbs)
I must say I've surprised myself. I was never unhappy when I was heavier. I liked my curves! It didn't affect my confidence. I have high self esteem and I wouldn't criticise my looks or start any negative talk in my head or put myself down. I'd occasionally wish my tummy was a bit flatter, but that was a momentary thought that would be forgotten quite quickly.
Very occasionally my Mum or my best friend would suggest it might be healthier to lose weight, but I didn't pay much heed - I was happy as I was!
If it wasn't for my New York trip, perhaps I would still be the same weight as I was six months ago.
When I started to lose the pounds my Mum would say "You must feel better for it. You must feel the benefit." And I would kinda think "Well, I don't feel worse for it." It's only since breaking past the 30lb mark that I have started to feel differently....
Here are a few changes I've noticed:
- I feel 'lighter' now. When I move around now, it's hard to explain, but it feels 'easier'.
- I've introduced running and hula hooping, and find it hard to imagine running around whilst carrying around 30+lbs
- I can wear high heels for longer without my feet hurting. Bonus! I haven't got the extra weight bearing down on my feet. My feet still ache, but it takes longer for that to kick in
- It's getting easier to shop for clothes and they fit better which equals less stress whilst shopping
- I don't crave junk or over processed foods anymore. My taste buds have changed.
- I'm really enjoying cooking and planning my meals and I make more decisions based on nutrients and listening to what my body is asking for - I need more vegetables today. I need more fruit. I need more carbs. I would like a little bit of chocolate (rather than the whole bar!) I'm eating more instinctively.
- My energy levels have increased. They must have done for me to take up running!
So now I'm feeling the benefits of weight loss. I don't feel this has been a hard, emotional, arduous time. Quite the opposite; it's exciting and I don't feel deprived of anything plus I'm really proud of myself too.
I still have a little way to go, but I'm getting there. I'm not in a rush and I'm enjoying the journey :)