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When you lose weight, does it help you feel better in other areas of your life?
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Joined: Apr 12
Posted: 30 Apr 2012, 11:02
My weight has yo-yoed over the years and as my mother, a former weight watcher lecturer, used to say, "nothing feels as good as thin.". I know that when my weight is up, I hide. My clothes are baggy and my energy is low. When I was dating, the weight loss made me feel sexier, I wore fitted clothes and was more outgoing.
Most recently, my success in weight loss included planning and tracking, which helped me to be more organized. It took discipline and commitment. An area that was particularly stressful to me was my finances. By tracking my bill payments and due dates, I improved my credit and got my finances in order which was an unexpected surprise.
Although I still have a few pounds to go before I feel great naked, I do have more energy and hope, as if the small efforts I am making matter. I am seeing every aspect of my life shift for the better: health, relationships, personal development, work and life.
Has any one else found that to be true for them too? In what ways does your life improve when you are successfully losing weight? I'd love to hear about it. Thanks.
Joined: Feb 11
Posted: 30 Apr 2012, 11:54
I think so too. I've lost some weight and have more energy. That means my house is usually cleaner. I've been working on fixing my thought processing and how I have put up walls to keep people away due to my weight. That helps with relationships. I'm wearing more form fitting clothes and they look good, which makes me feel better when I am out and about. I try to be as active as possible and more of my activities involve moving around more. I've started going to church - which I haven't done in almost 20 years. And now I am considering changing jobs and I think that would be a nice fresh start - no one there will know that I used to weigh over 200 lbs!
Joined: Jan 10
Posted: 30 Apr 2012, 12:00
I would agree 100%! When I am losing weight I have more energy and find myself not wanting to just sit at home. I spend more time playing with my daughter, I am less of a grump at work and I’m just overall less stressed. I have a blessed life but always feel like if it’s not one thing it’s another, but when I’m losing weight, I like I’m more mentally prepared to take on whatever life throws at me. It gives me a sense of confidence and comfort with myself.
Joined: Mar 12
Posted: 30 Apr 2012, 15:22
Losing the weight and feeling good about ourselves give us so much more confidence. For myself, this has helped every aspect of my life. Once I got the weight under control I found that I could focus on all of the other areas of my life that I had been neglecting due to the fact that I was overweight and unhappy with myself. What a huge difference, I have more energy and feeling fantastic shows in everything that I do now. I think that when we are comfortable with ourselves we can take on the world better, we are more in control. Great post!
If you have the right mindset then nothing can stop you from reaching your goals! Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels!
Joined: Mar 11
Posted: 30 Apr 2012, 15:31
For me it's not the losing weight so much as the eating healthier and exercising. I feel so good when I've had a day of healthy eating and I've gotten a good workout in. On the days I don't workout and I turn to junk food, I feel rotten, physically and emotionally. I've never had a huge weight problem, but I've always been a binge eater and have had self image issues. I've found that now that I'm making healthier changes for myself, my self image issues are getting better and I'm much more positive with myself. Having more energy doesn't hurt either! This post was a good idea, it's good to remind ourselves every so often why we keep doing this.
Goal 3: 125 whenever I get there
Goal 2(restart): 130 by May 25th (2013 vacation)
Goal 1: 135 by May 24th (2012)~~~~Accomplished!
Joined: Feb 10
Posted: 30 Apr 2012, 16:03
I think having the control over your health is empowering, and that leads to higher self confidence. Having more energy doesn't hurt either!
Joined: Apr 12
Posted: 30 Apr 2012, 20:35
Thank you for the encouraging responses. They are so inspirational! I know that I went to food when I was stressed and many times it was to avoid doing something that was difficult, painful or needed to be done. The need for immediate gratification and/or reward felt better for the moment but when it sabotaged my efforts or resulted into a food hangover,I beat myself up for taking a few steps backwards.
Taking back control of my eating, living a healthier life style, exercising and taking care of myself, makes me feel more confident and willing to take risks. If I want to change, I must be the change. That's worth remembering when I'm at crossroads.
Joined: Jul 11
Posted: 30 Apr 2012, 21:35
I found that weight loss has changed my life significantly. Last July I was 'standing' at 6'2 weighing 325lbs and diagnosed with Diabetes (all at the age of 22). I started to eat better, doing some exercises and the weight came off! I was just starting out a new job and didn't think I was going to last long..
Flash forward 7 months, I've lost 50lbs+ and am now supervisor at said job and not shy anymore!! so Yes, i have found that weightloss makes me feel happier in other parts of my life
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