Thursday, September 06, 2007

Ch...Chhh.. Changes

I always that swore when I lost weight I would still be the same ole "me." I truly believed this, too. I am not, however, the same ole me. I have changed quite significantly. I have gained and lost so much more than 180 pounds. Here's a little list, complete with cute little bullets:

* I have gained self-confidence. While this stands to reason, I am just amazed at this little fact. I no longer cringe when people look at me. Sure, sometimes people look at me and think "My GOD that woman needs to lose weight." Mostly people look at me because, oh I dunno, I happen to be in their line of sight. It's nothing nefarious. Just a casual glance. Then there are the few, but far more frequent, looks that maybe, just MAYBE, someone's looking at me thinking "hmmm not half bad." That's a new, and oh so nice, feeling.

*That chip on my shoulder? Gone. I no longer hate the world. Well, ok I do hate the world... just not everyone in it anymore.

*Clothing. I can't believe how great it is to be able to shop in almost any store I want for clothes. Amazing.

*The ability to flirt. Yes, flirt. With Gary. Uhm, yeah, sometimes with other guys. Don't worry it's all harmless and innocent. Usually.

*Flexibility. I can touch my toes bending over at the waist. Gary can't do that and he works out five times a week. I can also touch my nose with my toes. I'm thinking of joining the circus. This flexibility means I can do things like get on the floor and play with Gunner. Or lay on the floor while Maddy has tummy time and not have to have a crane heft my butt off the floor.

Yes, this weight loss thing has been an overall success. And now for some before and after pictures:

November 2003 (wedding picture)



November 2006 (Gary's redeployment from Afghanistan)


November 2006 (Anniversary picture)



September 2007

5 comments:

lorraina said...

oh. my. gosh. You are an inspiration beyond belief! Its been wonderful reading your blog and seeing you shrink. I dont even know your name but you are my hero!
Its really amazing to see the beautiful person emerge from where she had been hiding. You are an absolutely gorgeous woman and i am so very very proud of you. Congratulations! Keep up the good work.

On The Losing Side said...

Lorraina... THank you so much for stopping by and for your words of encouragement.

Fantastagirl said...

You.Are.AMAZING... simply amazing.

Congratulations!

Mimi said...

You have always been beautiful, in my opinion. You do look wonderful and I'm glad that you have more self-confidance, the whole thing is about how you feel and your health. I'm glad that you are able to get on the floor and play, it's a great feeling. My sister just told me last night that she is having the surgery, she weighs 257, only a little more than I do. I have been thinking about the lap-band, but right now, my weight is dropping off on its own, I've lost over 10 pounds in the last month alone. Any way, congrats.

annie said...

Wow! What an improvement! You really look good!