When I went to San Antonio, Texas recently with Annelies from Attune Foods to be part of the H-E-B grocery store SlimDown Showdown competition, I got a chance to speak to some of the contestants after the presentation.
Here’s a picture of Annelies, Tony, and me before the event. Tony and I each spoke for a few minutes and then got to visit with some of the folks there.
Their contest was great because they not only addressed the food portion, but also helped the contestants understand some of the emotional issues that go with weight.
When I was talking to one of the ladies after the event, she asked me this question:
“What was one of the first things you noticed about your body as you were losing weight?”
I told her that at first, it was really hard to notice anything changing because I had so much weight to lose. She nodded and I knew that she understood exactly what I was talking about.
The truth is that because I had so much weight to lose, I didn’t notice much of anything at first until I had dropped about 50 pounds. Once I was around 25o or 255 pounds, then I noticed a few changes in my body.
- I noticed that when I washed my face, I could feel a bit of a cheekbone under my skin. That was thrilling!
- I noticed that I fit more easily into chairs. Now I still spilled over the edge of small chairs, but I could tell a bit of a difference.
- I noticed that my wedding ring didn’t look like it had become a permanent part of my finger but instead was sitting better and could even more a bit.
So at first it was little things that I noticed. From a different perspective, and not just related to my physical appearance, I also noticed when I was able to walk for a distance without feeling like I was going to pass out. Sure I was still morbidly obese, but even so, my fitness level was changing and I could tell.
Over the course of losing 150 pounds there were many, many things that changed from my ring size to my clothing size. The only thing that didn’t change was my shoe size. That was still big. 🙁
The woman I spoke to at the event later sent me an email and told me what an encouragement my sharing about how it took some time to notice changes was to her.
I want to encourage you to look for those small changes along the way because they can be an encouragement to you when the scale stalls or when you start to get discouraged!
What was one of the first things you noticed as you began to lose some weight? Diane