Regognizing progress

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Justme65

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Posted: 24 Apr 2012, 17:28
I've been fighting obesity for years and have lost nearly 30 pounds in the last few months. Yesterday I was visiting my daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren. My daughter, grand children and I went to a park for the swings and slides and generally to have a good time. As we moved slowly from one fun thing to another, we ended up quite a ways away from the car. The weather changed as it often does here in Montana. As the rain approached we realized we needed to get to the car in a hurry.

My daughter offered to have me take shelter with the boys while she went to get the car. Without a thought I picked up the youngest and said, "We can make it." She carried the 3 year old and I carried the 2 year old. My little guy weighs in a just 30 pounds! I was carrying the same weight in my arms that I had just lost from my body!

It wasn't easy, by any means. But then I realized that just a few short months ago I was carrying that extra 30 pounds around with me every single day and in every single thing I did.

This realization gave me a new appreciation for just exactly what an extra 30 pounds adds to the difficulities of day to day living. It also gave me an appreciation for myself in having fought off those extra pounds. Kudos to ME! I've earned them!

I think we often get discouraged and need little reminders of just exactly how far we've come. Please add your stories of those things that have given you encouragement for the journey to weight loss and fitness.

Sandy701

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Posted: 24 Apr 2012, 17:39
Fantastic story. Sometimes we need real, tangible reminders of just how far we've come. Congrat's on all that weight lost thus far!
sararay

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Posted: 24 Apr 2012, 17:48
Made me smile!


Love the food that loves you back.

Take it one day at a time!
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DarleneW101

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Posted: 24 Apr 2012, 18:35
Awesome perspective to keep in mind - thank you. This came on a day that I really needed to read that!
"Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
ambtreh

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Posted: 24 Apr 2012, 23:59
That is a wonderful story. Not to mention that carrying your grandson is much more fun than that extra weight! Very Happy
kingkeld

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Posted: 25 Apr 2012, 00:10
It's SO important to have these discoveries. You're absolutely right - we need to realize when we're doing good. It made me think of this thread:

http://fatsecret.com/Community.aspx?pa=fmse&keywords=%22weight%22+lifting&dietid=0&f=0

I suggest you post a picture with your grandson. Smile
"Losing weight is never about eating as little as possible"
- Kingkeld.
"You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.
― Eleanor Roosevelt
"Do. Or do not. There is no trying."
- Master Yoda.

I went from morbidly obese to being the owner of TABDIG - a weight loss coaching service that helps people worldwide losing weight. It's been an amazing journey. From October 4th 2010 to April 3rd 2012 I lost half my body weight - 80 kilos/170 lbs. Since then, I have had two cosmetic surgeries to remove excess skin. I have now quadrupled my strength, gained several kilos in muscle mass, and today I focus on building muscle, optimizing my diet, living healthy and helping people to reach the very same goals. I am stronger, healthier, thinner, happier! If you feel that you need help losing weight, don't hesitate to send me an inbox message.
Sheryl10

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Posted: 25 Apr 2012, 06:37
Good work!

Man who say it cannot be done should not interrupt man doing it - Chinese Proverb

"Eat food, not too much, mostly plants." Michael Pollan
mlb98

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Posted: 25 Apr 2012, 07:27
Congratulations. Don't forget that moment...one more way to keep you motivated.


A year from now you will look back and wish you had started today.
JinksE21

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Posted: 25 Apr 2012, 07:50
You go girl! Wink What a great motivator!
ibelong2him4...

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Posted: 25 Apr 2012, 12:09
Great Story! Thanks for the motivationVery Happy
Justme65

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Posted: 25 Apr 2012, 19:35
Thank you all for your responses. Still, I'm looking for other responses on where you found your progress points. I think we tend to miss those moments that should be the times that encourage us. We need to see those times and share them so we learn to recognise our progress.
NCNOLE

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Posted: 25 Apr 2012, 19:58
What I found useful was photos. Of course, I like many, did not have many photos at my heaviest b/c I avoided the camera. I was able to find 3 pictures from the holidays. I copied them to a word document and then started posting pictures after I lost 20 lbs., then 45 lbs and now about every 10 lbs. I make sure to take a picture every 10 lbs. I don't always notice a difference, but definitely notice 20 lbs. It's odd how my face has changed shape - there are a few photos that my face looks really thin, but then 10 pounds later it looks like it filled back out, and yet still thinner than higher weights. Not sure how to explain, but it's like the face got real thin and then filled out which ended up looking better.

I look at the pictures almost every week, just to keep me motivated. Sometimes I take an extra picture just for the heck of it. The camera is now my friend!
debbily

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Posted: 25 Apr 2012, 22:42
Thank you for your story,what a great reminder for you.What an awesome memory to keep with you for inspiration. For myself, it was a big bag of dogfood. Not nearly as sweet as your story with your grandson, but real none the less. I had to buy dogfood and it comes in 50lb bags. I have lost almost 60lbs and I didnt realise just how much I had lost until I picked up this bag and carried it to the house. Wow! Was I ever shocked to think that I had been carrying that weight with me everywhere I went. This is a great reminder for me, all I have to do is look at that bag for motivation. Thanks for your post and a chance to share our stories. Grandchildren are wonderfull arent they?
If you have the right mindset then nothing can stop you from reaching your goals! Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels!
suremeansyes

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Posted: 26 Apr 2012, 21:15
I remember I had lost 10 pounds, and at 5'2" that's a decent amount, but I still felt like "So what?"...until one day, I picked up a bag of potatoes and then I realized.

Wow.

That weight was all on me before. That's a lot more weight than I thought!
MillaLite

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Posted: 26 Apr 2012, 21:47
Tuesday I walked the kids to the grocery store. It was a VERY windy day, and a bit chilly. As I pushed the stroller along, I couldn't help but notice that my upper thighs were really cold, specifically, the inner thighs in my girly zone space. I realized the speedy wind was whipping through my legs. My thighs weren't rubbing as I walked! I haven't NOT felt that sensation since the mid 80's, I was middle school age then. The fact that my legs weren't rubbing friction like usual was why they were cold. It was a bizarre discovery. But the realization of that fact warmed me immediately.
** You can’t solve a problem with the same mind that created it. –Albert Einstein **
greener333

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Posted: 26 Apr 2012, 22:00
The aha moments are great. Mine was when my pants suddenly got real baggy.
rico123

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Posted: 27 Apr 2012, 07:50
For me...it was when I went through some older dress shirts in my closet and discovered that the neck size on those shirts was too big. I actually looked like that guy with the top hat in the "Don't worry, be Happy" music video.
JinksE21

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Posted: 27 Apr 2012, 08:39
My most recent one was jogging on the treadmill realizing that my workout pants I bought 4 weeks before were falling down in back! Needless to say, I was finished jogging...finished my workout with a fast walk with a little pull-up of the pants evry now and then!
PhotogGal

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Posted: 27 Apr 2012, 09:48
That was a very inspirational story on a day when I need to be kind to myself and realize just how far I've come already. Too often we're in such a hurry to get to the next step that we don't really stop to appreciate and pat ourselves on the back for all we've done aready to get where we are today.
Justme65

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Posted: 28 Apr 2012, 13:07
Thanks to all. I love the dog food, the potatoes, the baggy pants, the too big shirts, and the breezy thighs. Maybe after a bit more weight loss I'll even test out a camera! Not there, yet, but I will be!



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