When we lived in Florida I taught my weight loss class to a wonderful group of ladies. One of them, who I’ll call Samantha, lost weight during the class, but more importantly, used the tools she had learned to continue on her journey. She ended up losing 80 pounds and looked fabulous. A funny thing happened with her husband. He also got motivated and lost a large amount of weight. (That’s not the funny part!) Several months later, I ran into Samantha at the store, and she shared a very funny story with me.
Her husband was worried about a lump he felt on his chest, so made an appointment to see his doctor. The doctor came into the exam room, exchanged pleasantries, and asked her husband to lie down and show him where he felt the lump. He laid down, and pointed out the problem. The doctor felt it, and said, “Is this what you are feeling – right here?” He nodded. The doctor said, “Congratulations Jay – you are now feeling your sternum!” Jay left relieved he wasn’t dying, embarrassed he hadn’t felt his sternum in so long he forget where it was, and thrilled at his weight loss.
There are lots of good things that happen when we lose weight. The number on the scale drops and that’s happy. We wear smaller sizes, and that’s happy too. But in addition to those obvious things, there are many other little physical things that I noticed as I lost weight. Here are the first 10 that popped into my head. (I probably could have written 100 – maybe I will someday!)
»I did have collarbones, wrist bones. and knee bones after all!
»I no longer hung over chair seats.
»My calves fit into boots again.
»Tying my shoes and shaving my legs was easy.
»My kids could hug me all the way around!.
»I lost my double chin.
»I took up less physical space in rooms.
»My former pants size (28) was now my waist size.
»I looked taller.
»I felt younger.
In blog-land, and in my weight loss classes, we often love to focus on sizes, scale numbers and health issues. Those are all wonderful benefits of losing weight, but I found great joy in discovering and experiencing some of the other unexpected physical things that happened as I moved from obesity back to fitness. As you lose weight, make sure you take the time to appreciate those little changes as they occur. How do you feel when you sit in the car, and notice that you thighs aren’t hanging off the seat anymore, or that the seat belt doesn’t extend near as far as it used to? These little signs of progress helped keep me motivated, and were a lot of fun to discover. Hopefully you won’t have to pay the doctor to tell you the bone you are feeling is your sternum!
Care to share any progress signs you’ve noticed along your journey? I’d love to hear them! Diane