Sunday, January 31, 2010
Well, happy Sunday everyone!
As I said on my main page, I finally decided to put pictures on my Spark Page. I have always hated having my picture taken, and I don't know if that will ever change, but I decided after some urging from a friend, to go ahead and have one of my kids take my picture.
My friend lives in another state, and wanted to see a picture of me when she found out I had lost over 60 pounds. So, I sent her a picture taken in '08, and then one taken yesterday, so she could see the changes. She was amazed at the difference. I have to admit that I was, too.
It's so different to see a number on a scale or measuring tape and knowing it's a good loss, and then actually seeing the changes in pictures! I knew I had lost over 60 pounds, but you don't really SEE it that much, because you are used to seeing yourself in the mirror on a daily basis, and you never really see a dramatic change, because obviously you don't lose it all overnight, so it is done gradually, and you just don't notice.
Once I put the pictures side by side on my computer screen, it really hit home. I have lost over 60 pounds! I look so different! I know I will never be beautiful, but Ialso know that at least I will one day be in good shape, and be able to be happy in my own skin for the first time in years. I am already at the point where I am happy, anyway...happy to be 195, happy to be continuing in this lifestyle change, happy to feel healthier and to be able to do more in life.
It's amazing, really, how much losing some weight and changing your eating habits and exercising can really change your outlook on life. I have noticed that I am not as negative as I used to be. I am more fun to be around. I want to do more things besides sitting in the house. I will just jump up and go work out even on days when it isn't in my schedule. I can't sit as still as I used to be able to do. I want to use my energy! I don't have a regular exercise program on the weekends, but I jumped up earlier and went to use my stability ball, and I may end up using the exercise bike before the day is done. It's wonderful that I have that ability, to just be able to go do it if I feel like it.
We went out for breakfast this morning. A breakfast buffet, of all places. The first thing I did was fill up on fruit, so that I wouldn't eat too much of the more fattening foods. I did have a biscuit, but only 1. I did have bacon and I did have some grits....but I did NOT go back for seconds, and I drank only a small glass of juice and some water, and then a cup of coffee with Splenda. I am happy with what I ate. It wasn't a lot of each thing, and I was satisfied when I was finished. Since I watch what I eat all week, I tend to loosen up on the weekends a bit. I don't, however, pig out. One helping only, thank you very much!
I hope your weekend goes as well as mine has been going! Spark On!!