I knew I had to start this journey and stick to it no matter how long it took, no matter what it took. I knew in order to lose weight, I had to change my eating habits and start moving (exercise). Those two things are a given for this journey and those were my main focus. I didn't count on the following things:
1. You will Need a Whole New Wardrobe - Not only do you need a new wardrobe, but "transition" clothes until you hit your goal weight, especially if you have to lose more than 20 pounds. Remember, I wore a size 22 and used XXL. As the pounds begin to melt, everything starts shrinking, including your feet.
I tried to to wear some of the sizes as long as I could, I couldn't afford to buy every single size. I knew it was time to get a couple of new items of clothing when my husband, who really never has anything to say on what I wear, will say hesitantly and tactfully, "honey, I think those pants are a little bit too big on you."
I must admit, it is fun to shop for new clothes, especially in a smaller size, but it can get a little bit expensive when you have to get everything from underwear, bras to shoes. Now I wear a size 4 and use a Small. My shoe size went from a wide 8 1/2 to an average size 8. I'm still in the process of getting my new wardrobe. It's still amazes me....
I was burning more than the 1,500 calories I was eating daily, slowing my metabolism and putting me in starvation mode. This caused me not to lose any weight even though I was exercising aggressively and eating sensible. The scale was stuck for awhile. It wasn't until I added more calories to my day that I started losing weight again.
3. Loose Skin - I have to remember that I lost 113 pounds and that's almost a whole person. No!! -- not almost, it is a whole person because some of my friends weigh 113 pounds.
There will be loose skin in all those places where you’re carrying extra fat, including the face and neck.
The good news is that toning exercises somewhat help in getting your key muscles in shape and help with some of this lose skin situation. I’m still working on the loose skin thing myself, but it takes time and you have be patience. Sometimes besides the exercise you might have to look into non-invasive procedures and some firm skin creams.
4. Not Everyone Will Be Supportive - OK so this one took me for a loop. I encountered both ends of the spectrum. From people saying how great I look to how terrible, anorexic and sick I look.
Negative feedback will always be there no matter what-- because their is always "haters" (for lack of a better word), but I didn't expect the negative feedback from the people that were so supportive at one point. What happened??? I don't know how to explain this, but maybe its because these people are not use to seeing me the way I look now.
I want to clarify to ALL that while on this journey, I was monitored very closely by both my doctors. I lost the weight in a healthy way and gradually. Now, I weigh 125 pounds, hardly an anorexic weight for someone my height. I feel stronger and healthier than I have ever been.
Sometimes you just have to ignore the unnecessary noise and don't let this noise distract you from your goal and journey, especially when you know that you are doing the right thing for youself. You are NOT always going to please everyone. It's ALL about YOU!!
"Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you." ~ Denis Waitley
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