Sunday, December 21, 2008

Quick Post

I'm not usually one to post on Sundays, but I had a weird little experience today. I was out shopping for Christmas gifts and ran into three people that I knew, but didn't know that well. Acquaintances I guess. All three of them had some variation on, "wow, I almost didn't recognize you - you've lost weight!" I smile, say thank you and that I've lost a little bit and then move on.

People that knew/have known that I'm losing weight have commented on little changes since the end of July. I noticed real changes somewhere around 30 pounds, when my face started to come back in. Now, finally, at 55 pounds lost, other people are noticing. I guess it's just harder when you're that big - I could lose 10, 15, 20 pounds, but because I was *so* huge, it really didn't make that big of an overall impact. I needed to lose 55 pounds, or 16.4% of my starting weight, to get enough of a physical change that others can tell.

So if you're just starting out, don't worry if people aren't noticing right away. Put in the work. Because if you do that, if you really work hard, the weight will come off. And people will notice.

I'm so surprised that I went out to buy Christmas gifts and ended up receiving three wonderful ones too!


Kristen said...

I think I remember hearing that at 5% lost, you start to feel 10% lost, you start to see a difference...and at around 20% lost, others start to see a difference. I would say this was pretty much true for me.

It's probably a little different for people that don't see you all the time.

Katschi said...

What a wonderful day for you! I know we have to do this for ourselves but damn it feels fine when others notice the results of our efforts.
3 very nice presents :) priceless

Ron said...

Glad to hear people are commenting! It sure makes you feel good about yourself!

Tony said...

Woohoo! You go man! Nothing can make for a better gift than confirmation that you are on your way to better health.

Pamela said...

Congratulations on the recognition for your hard work! You deserve it!

Skye's the Limit said...

What an awesome NSV times three! Kudos to you!!!

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