Every now and then, I get reminders of how cool weight loss and regular exercise can be. Let me elaborate.
Today I was doing puzzles on the floor with the kids, and had to get up to answer the door ... And getting up off the floor was effortless. No pain, no struggles, no starting once and stumbling back down and having to start again. Just up and away!
The other day I was bringing some cardboard to the basement (I live on the second floor in the apartment building). Mama Lego of old would have taken the elevator back up to the second floor. New Lifestyle Change Mama Lego didn't even consider the elevator - I just took the stairs. Four flights. Before I would have struggled after the first flight of stairs and would have been gripping onto the railings to pull myself up each step - and this time I was able to get up the stairs without even touching the railing! That was a huuuuge accomplishment for me! And even cooler - I wasn't struggling for breath.
For my birthday this year (in May) I bought myself a pair of capris. I'd been stupid and didn't try them on, I just assumed they would fit because they were my normal size. Yeah ... They were nowhere near close to fitting me. I could barely get them up past my knees!! So embarrassing and discouraging. But! It is now almost exactly two months later and they fit me! I can get them up and tie them! I just can't sit in them because the full moon would be out and about .. But maybe another ten more pounds and I'll be able to wear them. And that excites me so much!!
I found my hip bones!! I HAVE hip bones!!
I'm totally tooting my own horn here, but ... The fact that I was able to put those capris on at all, and effortlessly get up off the floor, and take the stairs easily all served as wonderful reminders of all the hard work I've done. It really does pay off in the end. And it is SO rewarding! So yay me! :)
What weight loss reminders have you come across along your way? Do you find you need less seatbelt to buckle yourself in? Or maybe you don't take up quite as much room on the couch? Let me hear them! Give yourselves a cyber pat on the back!