Not the Only Measurement

The other day I was changing my shoes, when I realized a few things.

I was sitting in my chair, tying my shoes tighter again. I haven’t been able to do this, either thing, in a lot of years. I know this probably sounds like 1 thing to you, but to me it is 2 things:

  1. Bending over in my chair tying my shoes!!!!!  Or I can do it standing up now too!
  2. Tying my shoes tighter because they don’t actually fit me anymore.

If you haven’t ever been morbidly obese, you REALLY don’t understand what I’m talking about.  I can’t even remember how long I’ve had to put my foot up on a chair to tie my shoe.  Well, of course I can:  it was 2009, when I lost 100 lbs.  And then it was a really long time before that.  Around 20 years.

But even aside from those revelations, I noticed a couple of other things.  The number on the scale is just one small measure of what’s happening for me right now.  These other things help me realize that losing the weight has other benefits:

  • I feel good.  Really good.
  • I can do a bunch of things I couldn’t do before.
  • I have a lot more energy.
  • I want to do things I haven’t done in years.  I haven’t wanted to do them because they made me really tired.

Tomorrow I find out how much I’ve lost this week.  I’m actually looking forward to stepping on the scales.  And I don’t really care what that number is.

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3 thoughts on “Not the Only Measurement”

  1. Sorry about the redundancy. I think I need a new mouse, as I got an error and had to tweek this comment to get it to go through.

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  2. Congratulations, Barb. Been there, done that. Perhaps, not to the extent that you did… after all, I am much shorter than you (especially now that I’ve lost 2 inches in the last couple of decades.) Sounds like you’ve found a way to do this that works, so continue on in this journey. I know how different one feels not having to carry around as much extra… after all, you’ve seen me at my highest and lowest weights. Was 180 when I came back from the summer of fishing with your dad (but the fish and chips every night were SO good). And, was 115 after I gunned my foot with a jackhammer at work… granted, the first 2 months weren’t that great, but after I got the cast off it was exhilarating being that light. So, have a great life.

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  3. Congratulations, Barb. Been there, done that. Perhaps, not to the extent that you did… after all, I am much shorter than you (especially now that I’ve lost 2 inches in the last couple of decades.) Sounds like you’ve found a way to do this that works, so continue on in this journey. I know how different one feels not having to carry around as much extra… after all, you’ve seen me at my highest and lowest weights. Was 180 when I came back from the summer of fishing with your dad (but the fish and chips every night were SO good). And, was 115 after I gunned my foot with a jackhammer at work… granted, the first 2 months weren’t that great, but after I got the cast off it was exhilarating being that light. So, have a great future.

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