How Weight Loss Has Changed My Life
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thought I'd reply to a blog prompt as it's been a while since I've written anything here.
I think the main way that weight loss has changed my life is my newfound confidence in myself and my ability to do other things, not just being healthy and losing weight. I'm just amazed at the discipline I've developed in every aspect of my life. Not only am I faithfully tracking calories every day and trying really hard to find new and interesting ways to get my cardio in, but I have started to think about other areas of my life I want to improve. For instance, my career has never really taken off and ever since I realized I was never going to get anywhere with social work here in the UK, I've been floating from one crappy temp job to another and feeling very frustrated that I'm not getting anywhere. Of course the recession hit at the worst time, but I've decided to go ahead and retrain in HR, so come October I'll be taking a course in that, so I'm excited to hopefully start heading in the direction of a proper, grown-up career, finally!
Also, I'm really proud of how I've been able to keep up with my husband, who's always been much more in shape than me! I love that we can go on longer walks now and that I don't feel like I'm going to have a heart attack when cycling up a big hill. It's still really hard work, but it's the fact that I don't give up and really try hard now rather than giving up. I really feel like that's what this weight loss journey has done for me thus far. My weight might be fluctuating every week when I do my weigh-ins, but I no longer let it bother me like it used to. I just pick up the measuring tape and see if I've lost some inches instead and usually I have. My clothes are fitting better every day and I'm definitely seeing a difference in my quality of sleep, my body shape and my energy. I'm just so proud of myself for getting this far and realizing this dream of finally being happy and healthy!