My kids would tell you that I hate to lose things. If I misplace my keys or notebook I will enlist (coerce) the whole family to help me find my lost item. It weighs on my mind until I find it.
Losing 150 pounds was different though. I did not hate to lose those pounds, but instead was thrilled to see them go away and even more thrilled that they have not returned after 14 years. Sometimes people ask me if I feel like I had to give up too much to lose that much weight. I always tell them “No, I don’t feel like I had to give anything of value up at all. Instead I opened the doors of my life to new adventures and more positive feelings.”
However, there were some things that I did have to give up in order to lose 150 pounds.
♦ I gave up dieting forever.
♦ I gave up lugging around an extra person on my 5’10” frame.
♦ I gave up not fitting in chairs with arms.
♦ I gave up seat belt extenders.
♦ I said goodbye to plus-sized clothes like these.
♦ I gave up feeling winded after walking for a short time.
♦ I gave up brownies for breakfast.
♦ I gave up the psychological distress of being morbidly obese.
♦ I gave up high blood pressure and joint pain.
I could honestly go on and on and on, but I’ll just stop right here before we all get bored! My point of this Friday’s post is the things I gave up to lose all that weight were things I gladly gave up. I did not give up anything I wish I had back.
The things I gained were far more important than the things I lost.
What are you happy to give up? Do you think you will miss anything? Diane