Just One Thing


I woke up this morning thinking about the fact that last night I had gone bike riding with my kids down our neighborhood road. We went slowly, as my little guys are still learning. The whole time we rode I thought about how much fun we were all having. I also thought about the fact that even though it has been 12 years since I lost my 150 pounds, I haven’t forgotten the little things that make me appreciate the fact I’m no longer morbidly obese.

♥ Folding chairs seem bigger now

♦ Swimming is possible

♥ Clothes are fun

♦ I can walk up many flights of stairs

♥ I’m rarely tired

♦ I’m not embarrassed to walk into a room late

♥ I weigh less than my husband

♦ People don’t ask if I’m pregnant

♥ I can run

♦ Chairs don’t break when I sit in them

As I was going from average sized to morbidly obese, I saw my range of activities decrease. It happened gradually, but it happened nonetheless. When I started losing weight, there were many things I looked forward to being able to do. If someone had asked me to name just one thing I’d like to be able to do when I got down to a healthy weight I would have said: “I’d like to feel better about myself, physically and mentally.” There were many other things I looked forward to, and imagined doing, but if I had to narrow it down to one thing, that’s what it would be.  Enjoying life more fully.

Today’s post is short. If you can narrow it down, what’s just one thing you are looking forward to being able to feel, experience, or share when you get to where you want to be? Or what’s one thing you’ve already experienced that holds a special place in your memory bank?  Diane

50 thoughts on “Just One Thing

  1. Deniz says:

    Number one has to be no longer needing the hated inhalers I have carried for decades for asthma – wow!

    But it’s such a good question that I can’t just stick to one. Agreed with MizFit about the energy levels as I’m really happy about this too. And something pinged into my head which happened just yesterday, but will stay with me for a very, very long time to come.

    It was going out with my lovely, but ever slender, sister to look at clothes… and realising that the things we picked up were the SAME SIZE!!!
    .-= Deniz´s last blog ..Random acts of kindness =-.

  2. Sue says:

    Okay, this one is totally superficial. but I want to wear a bikini. When I was in my teens and had a rockin bod, I didn’t FEEL like I had a rockin bod, and I definately did not have the confidence. NOW I have the confidence, but not the bod! Ha ha. So, next summer I want to buy a bikini and feel comfortable wearing it to the beach.
    .-= Sue´s last blog ..pathetic is not my comfort zone =-.

  3. Liz says:

    I’m looking forward to shopping for a bathing suit next year! I haven’t owned one in years and years, but next year I’ve already told myself I’m getting one. Maybe even something that isn’t a one piece! 🙂
    .-= Liz´s last blog ..Group Chibi Pic =-.

  4. Susan says:

    “I’m not embarrassed to walk into a room late” It’s funny you mention this, because walking into a room late used to terrify me. I used to skip classes rather than walk in 5 minutes late because I didn’t want everyone looking at me.

    When I was heavier, I always felt uncomfortable. No matter where I was, I was consciously aware of how big I thought I looked in comparison to everyone else in the room. I’d always be tugging at my clothes or folding my arms around my stomach. The best thing since losing weight (besides getting fit) is being able to be around others and just not have that on my mind anymore! There’s no other way to explain it other than to say it’s completely freeing 🙂
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..Another Weekend, Another Race =-.

  5. Pam says:

    Something that I am looking forward to is being able to buy normal sized clothes. I have been in plus size all of my adult life…most of my teenage years as well.

    Something that I already can do? Play with my son – get down on the floor with him, run with him. I know its only the beginning and this too will get better, and I am looking forward to it as well!
    .-= Pam´s last blog ..Weekend Wrap Up (And Prgress Pics) =-.

  6. Jody - Fit at 51 says:

    Always such a real post! I love it & love the thoughts you put forward.

    Way back when, I remember thinking as a teen when I lost my weight first that I just did not want to feel fat anymore.

    As I got older & was doing things “right” and gaining muscle, my thoughts were more to just feeling good about myself & what I had accomplished for my age. I will never forget do a bodybuilding contest for the very first time at 37 years ole.. and the smallest bathing suit I had ever worn as an adult!

  7. Bearfriend says:

    Hi Diane. This is an easy one – I want to be able to go out in public without being severely anxious about people looking at me. At the moment my stress levels at being out are through the roof. It definitely doesn’t help with my agoraphobia!

    Best wishes,
    Bearfriend xx
    .-= Bearfriend´s last blog ..The binge that saved my ancestor =-.

  8. Lori says:

    I always wanted to go unnoticed when I would go into a room. When I was obese, I felt everyone was judging everything I did, especially when eating out or going to an event where there was food. I hated things where we needed to be active because I couldn’t do it for very long without huffing and puffing, drawing attention to my fatness, which would make me feel horrible about myself.

    It’s funny, but I love the anonymity of being a normal-sized person. I can go anywhere and not stick out or feel like someone is judging what I do.

    Your list is the same as mine with a few other things:

    – I love knowing that I can go on an airplane and not worry about who has to sit next to me.

    – Rides at amusement parks are no longer thought of as “can I fit?”, but rather “let’s go!”

    I know that with working out, I walk with a sense of confidence and purpose and it feels really, really good.
    .-= Lori´s last blog ..Cold bike ride and tips to fool the bulk eater. =-.

  9. Gigi says:

    It would be nice to be known for something other than being overweight. I always think it’s the first thing people notice and remember me for – true or not. I just want to “fit in”.
    .-= Gigi´s last blog ..Catching Up =-.

  10. Leah says:

    If I have to narrow down what I look forward to when I reach my goal it would be to finally not be the fat girl/woman. For me not being the fat girl won’t necessarily mean that I have a quick metabolism, but that I have been able to get control over my eating habits and have implemented good exercise habits.

    I like your “I weigh less than my husband.” point. 🙂 That would be dreamy for me since my husband has always weighed less than me. He was a stick (118 lbs) when we were married, but I don’t think he’ll ever be that small again. So, there is a chance I could weigh less than him some day. hhm…. whee!! 😉
    .-= Leah´s last blog ..Stopping At Satisfied =-.

  11. Hope says:

    One word: Confidence. Something that I experience all the time now. I don’t feel like every person that I walk by is secrectly making fun of me because I’m fat. I feel better in clothes. The confidence factor, at least for me, has been completely priceless.

    Great post. 🙂
    .-= Hope´s last blog ..And Update and Confession-time! =-.

  12. Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit says:

    When I took my daughter Pisa to the outlandish City Museum in St. Louis last month, I had a great time crawling through tunnels and climbing through crazy chutes and slides with her. A few months back, I would have watched the whole thing from the sidelines, probably absent-mindedly munching on a fatty snack and wondering why oh why I couldn’t get my act together and get in on the fun.
    .-= Jack Sh*t, Gettin’ Fit´s last blog ..Choose Your Own Weight Loss Adventure =-.

  13. Jo says:

    Well, one thing that was a goal I have accomplished: Being able to tie my shoes. In fact, my avatar is me when I was little, bending over (another thing I can do better now) and it was symbolic for me because I wanted to be able to bend and tie my shoe. While I’m still heavy and have a big tummy, I can now bend and tie my shoes.

    I cried when I was able to do it again.
    .-= Jo´s last blog ..Monday Morning Weigh In =-.

  14. Sarah says:

    I’m really looking forward to walking with confidence in my step. I’m so used to feeling ashamed of myself all the time and always wanting to hide. I’m just starting to feel that pride and confidence in my body and carrying that around all the time will be so amazingly awesome.
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Meal Deal =-.

  15. Cammy@TippyToeDiet says:

    The night I walked into a classroom at a local university and realized that not only did I fit in the chair, there was room left over! The photo that serves as my avatar is from that night. (Yes, I’m a geek and asked a classmate to take a picture of me.) I still get teary when I remember how accomplished I felt. Thanks for reminding me!
    .-= Cammy@TippyToeDiet´s last blog ..Makeover Monday: Back Away from the Computer =-.

  16. Barb says:

    Oh gosh…there are so many things I don’t know how in the world to pick one.

    Lori said something that was a big deal for me last week on vacation….A couple years ago I was at Busch Gardens with my family and several of them went on a roller coaster and wanted me to join. I knew I wouldn’t fit…I attempted to sit in the test chair and…nope…couldn’t ride. What a horrible moment.

    Fast forward to last week. My hubby and I took our kids on vacation and we went back to Busch Gardens. We were blessed to have no lines…and I rode every roller coaster (some twice)!!! And fit just fine!!!

    I still have a bit of weight to lose on my journey and everyday I find something else that is new and wonderful!!
    .-= Barb´s last blog ..Vacation ups and downs…. =-.

  17. Susan says:

    Some of the things you mentioned really hit home for me. Mostly, that your weight loss was 12 YEARS AGO – I am so glad you did not put the weight back on. That is often a lingering fear in the back of my head because I have done yo-yo dieting for so many years. I could really relate to all the other things though – like not wanting to walk in late, and wishing I was smaller than my husband. I still remember a few years ago when we went to six flags and we sat together on a ballon ride that would not go up because there was too much weight in it. My husband was kind enough to play it off, but we both knew the real truth. You would have thought that would have been enough to push me over the edge, but no, it was only this March that I started to seriously address my health. the only thing that makes a difference this time is I am walking 3 miles a day – every day.

  18. Crys says:

    Your observation about walking into a room late and being overly self conscious is so spot on! I love when I read things and say aloud, “I thought it was just me!”
    .-= Crys´s last blog ..Fast Fading =-.

  19. Chris says:

    Another one to join in about the increased energy level. I’m so happy that I no longer feel tired, lethargic, and exhausted by the end of the day. As much as I love all those little things like clothes shopping, they are not a constant, 24/7 thing that I’m facing every living moment.

    The euphoric post-workout feeling is so incredibly good that I’m almost sorry for my younger self to miss it out. Now I can truly understand how some people can actually be addicted to exercise!

  20. Betty says:

    A little late, but here. The one thing I would look forward to and miss is this. When I sit, I want to be able to have my arms at my sides, not always trying to hide my bulge. Or when standing, and having my arms hanging down, I don´t want them to feel my sides!

  21. Marcelle says:

    I feel like a whole brand new me.
    Everyone who sees me says I look and act differently – and I do, losing weight does that to one.
    I hated the angle I had to lift my legs to get my panties on as my stomach got in the way…that stood out to me when I was overweight..
    Oh thin tastes so good – I am going to work my hardest at keeping the weight off and have u as an inspiration.
    .-= Marcelle´s last blog ..Grandparents Day =-.

  22. teresa says:

    What an inspiring post. I’m coming back to read it whenever I get discouraged and can’t remember the “why” of my journey.

    I’m not sure I can explain this so that it will come across just right, but I look forward to a day when I will no longer feel like I need to “jump-the-gun” and make apologies for my size or point out that I realize I’m fat and XXX (as it applies to the situation at hand) every time that I’m in a new situation or around new people and feeling self-conscious about my size and/or appearance. I realize this is something that I do that is totally not necessary, but I’ve been doing it for so many years that its automatic. I want to be free of this monkey!
    .-= teresa´s last blog ..B A N G !!! =-.

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