Monday, 7 July 2008

5 Good Reasons

Week 26

Weight: 18st 2lb.
Loss this week: 2.5lb
Total lost: 65.5lb

6 months in, time for reflection. How has losing 65.5lbs affected me in real terms?

1: Clothes. I have a choice. I don't have to go to Evans for all my clothes. Actually that dress in my previous post is from Evans, but it didn't have to be. I had a choice. You don't know how big a deal that is unless you have been in the position of having no choice.

2: Self esteem. 65.5lbs ago my self esteem was low. I wouldn't say non existent, but certainly low. Now I feel like I could conquer the world. I smile more, I chat in the playground more, I go out and do more. Life is good.

3: Exercise. A little over 6 months ago I did nothing. I eyed stairs with trepidation. The car was my friend, and I made ridiculous excuses to use it as often as possible! Now I can run up stairs without a second thought, I am happy to go on long walks, and will even break into a jog. I enjoy exercise now! My car is using a lot less petrol - I wonder why!

4: Health. I was lucky really, in that my health hadn't obviously suffered despite my weight. The only tangible health benefit I can identify is that I stopped suffering from heartburn and acid reflux a few stones ago. I used to have to take regular medication to prevent hydrochloric acid searing my oesophagus on a daily basis. And now I don't. The less tangible benefits to my health are a reduced risk of diabetes, heart disease, strokes and obesity related cancers. What a bonus!

5: Blogging! I get to tap into my creative streak and write all this stuff down! I love blogging, and it shines through for me as a totally unexpected bonus of my weight loss. So expect to see me here for a long time yet :-)


Christine said...

Nice reflection :)

Also, congrats on losing 2.5 lbs this week - that's awesome. You're still going strong 6 months in!!

Jacquie said...

Going great Wendy. Your feelings after such a great weight loss sure tick all the right boxes.

You're doing great!

Anonymous said...

Hi Wendy,

re: No. (3) -- fuel consumption. I think PastaQueen did a little amateur research and write up a while back about how much less fuel her car needs now she is (nearly) 200 lbs lighter.

I realise you were meaning due to walking and not using your car so often, but there could be a twofold effect, in that a lighter driver causes the car to use less gas as well !

Double whammy!

Best Wishes,