Here we are again... this weeks installment (41 - 50) of 100 Ways my life has been changed. Join SignGurl and company and list-away!
In as many ways as my life has changed, it is really challenging to actually think, recall and list them.
For the last few weeks I've been focusing on the positive, but I think it's only fair to give press to the challenges too
41) Ingesting an "alphabet" of vitamins... everyday.
42) A small price to pay for being healthy, but never being able to eat eggs, tons of sweet treats or carbonated beverages again.
43) Have to restrain myself when making clothing purchases... or go broke!
44) Learned who my "real" friends are; lost some in the process.
45) As much confidence as I have found, it doesn't change that I'm still shy in social situations
46) Although losing weight has not unveiled a total clarity in my life, it has poised me to make some career-change decisions
47) Never drinking 30 minutes before, 30 minutes after or during meals
48) Losing weight doesn't magically make you love your body; it takes practice.
49) I still let the number on the scale piss me off; though I know better
50) Always having the fear I will gain it back (again,know better, but it's there)
1) I am no longer Diabetic.
2) I no longer suffer from High Cholesterol.
3) I no longer need a C-PAP Machine.
4) I identify myself less with being the fat-girl-who-can't-lose-weight and more with just living in a healthy, fit body.
5) I no longer worry about food in the same way I did before; I'm not consumed with it.
6) I have better cholesterol, at 128, than my doctor.
7) My Husband's constant reminders of how he supports my efforts in everything I do.
8) Being able to really "play" with my Daughter... Cart Wheel anyone?
9) Watching who I have always been (or wanted to be) on the inside come out.
10) Prioritizing my needs; investigating and strengthening my spirituality.
11) Not having to buy just shoes and handbags (because you know they always fit!).
12) Never taking for granted the fact that I can be physically challenged.
13) While I aways enjoyed exercise, I love it even more now -- because I can do more.
14) Seeing glimpses of a person who is occasionally more confident and at times even more social in unusual settings.
15) Not avoiding eye contact with strangers.
16) Not overflowing the air plane seat; being able to cross my legs.
17) Nights of sound, restful, sleep; feeling good in the morning!
18) Slowly gaining the courage to deal with emotional challenges and move past them for good.
19) Going from a size 26W to a 16 Misses ain't so bad either.
20) Living life, not just watching it. Roller blades anyone?
21) Receiving the occasional note from a stranger who tells you, "You inspire me". It always inspires me to be an even better me.
22) Having a great job and receiving appropriate recognition; being taken for the value I bring rather taken on the perception of being fat, lazy and less than smart.
23) Every time I see someone's look of shock, surprise and awe at what I've had the courage to do reminds me how life-changing getting healthy really is.
24) I always took vitamins; but now, EVERY DAY.
25) I've been changed by the stories of others on the same journey and am thankful these "online friends" were/are a part of mine. Strangers sometimes bring the best support.
26) Everything just feels good. Feels better. :) "Nookie" included.
27) Now being confident that I am, in deed, a good role-model for my Daughter.
28) Losing the weight and gaining my health has taken some clutter out of my life. Things seem a tad more simple... well, outside the acceptable levels of insanity.
29) Not totally dreading the Summer and swimsuits anymore.
30) Accepting wholly and practicing the realization that the number on the scale is just a number... it cannot dictate my disposition or who I am.
31) People see "me" more often, not just my size. 32) Have I mentioned I just feel "good?" No, I mean I feel "great!" 33) I absolutely cannot wear "Women's" sized tops anymore - that freaks me out! 34) Actually enjoying making choices that will improve my health and make for better nutrition. 35) The confidence I feel when other trainers at my gym say to my trainer, "she can bench what?" (135 lbs., FYI) 36) I no longer feel like I live under a veil of hopelessness. 37) Because I feel more confident, I am finding the courage to make some life-changing career decisions. 38) The indescribable feeling of just wanting to do more, More, MORE! 39) Just being happy and having others notice my happiness. 40) Not really WLS related, but my new implants and teeth -- having the freedom to smile about the 39 other things I've listed -- and I can chew my food on top of it! :)