What Was The First Thing You Really Noticed?

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.

Annelies ,Tony, and Diane Attune Foods

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

24 thoughts on “What Was The First Thing You Really Noticed?

  1. Jenny says:

    The first thing my husband and I both noticed as I started losing weight was my hands were much thinner and I could actually see the bones and veins. Recently at almost 50 lbs gone I’m noticing changes in my feet. My toes actually have spaces between them and aren’t a bunch of run-together sausages. I had to have my wedding ring sized down and I’m looking forward to the next ring size down… Thank you for such an inspiring blog!

  2. Michelle F says:

    The first place I noticed anything was in my face as that’s one of the few places I look closely. My cheeks were getting flatter. I also noticed a difference in the shape of my tummy. More recently I’ve noticed that I can see the little bone bump on the top of my shoulder and the top of my sternum can be seen if you look closely and can be easily felt. If my daughter lays with her head on my chest, it hurts to have her head pressed on my chest as there is less padding on my sternum now. I’ve lost enough now to notice a difference all over. I can see that my legs are thinner, I’ve had to buy new pants and shirts. I can see the muscles in my arm more easily when flexed now too. I’ve had to adjust my bra band size (and possibly will have to move to a smaller cup size). It’s all a fantastic thing!…except for the extra skin on my stomach, but we won’t go there.

  3. Jennifer Duce says:

    I noticed first in my face, and neck. I’ve had to buy all new clothes as I am down over 70lbs. My concerns is what happens to all the extra skin? Does it go away? I have a lot of that right now, and it drives me crazy!

  4. Babbalou says:

    Hip bones and dimples (the ones in my face!) re-emerged after a couple of decades. The most thrilling thing was seeing a waistline appear – I thought due to my advanced age it was probably gone forever!

  5. KCLAnderson (Karen) says:

    I remember sleeping on my side and realizing that my knee bones were digging in to each other. I remember the veins starting to show on my hands. I remember the day I took down the shower curtain liner to wash it and didn’t have to rest my arms every few seconds…same when I put it back up again.

    • Michelle F says:

      I noticed that about my knees as well. I started wondering how skinny people slept. I’ve had to go to sleeping with a pillow between my knees.

    • Tracy says:

      Ha! I love the shower curtain example!! And the knees – I get that! This is the second time I’ve lost more than 40 pounds and the first thing I look for is my collar bones and the hollows that go along with them. Also – start to notice the space between you and your steering wheel.

  6. Jennifer says:

    I started liking parts of my anatomy that were once shameful or embarrassing. For example, I’ve always hated the excess hanging off of my bat-wing arms, but when I lost the weight, I could see muscles! I also got rid of my infamous double-chin. Never thought I would say goodbye to that!

  7. Meghan Rich says:

    I am from San Antonio I grew up there but live in Utah now. I love that city and miss HEB 🙂

    • Tracy says:

      Please don’t say “only” 🙂 whoo hoo! You’re down 25 pounds!! That’s 5 bags of sugar or flour 🙂

  8. Tanvee says:

    Hi Diane, the first thing I noticed was my toes and fingers getting skinny..I think it took a while for me to notice any change in my legs and thighs, these were my worst so I actually focused on them more but it took a lot of time to see a difference in these parts..

  9. L says:

    One of the first things I noticed as I began to lose weight was how consciously aware of my eating I had become. It was hard in the beginning to stop going back for second or even third helpings of food at meal time. Then it was hard leaving one piece of food on that plate after my initial and only serving. Then it was hard to not eat between meals. Then it was hard to not eat junk food on a daily basis. Food was definitely changing in my life. I was making little changes that added up to big results. It seems weird today that food was the primary focus of my life, but I really think it was. Also, physical changes freaked me out for a long time, so I think I tried not to think about how my body was changing. Even today, as the scale continues to go down, I get freaked out when I see new bones emerging. When I began, you would never have known I had a skeleton. There was too much fat and skin covering it to notice.

  10. Sally says:

    The first thing I noticed was my face becoming slim. Shortly after that I began to feel much healthier and way more energized. Then tons of motivation kicked in, and the rest is history. Have a good day!

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