I should probably preface this post by stating that I don’t think that weight loss equals instant happiness but losing weight has done a hell of a lot for me both mentally and psychically.
When I started this journey I was 28, turning 29 and I weighed over 15 stone and it wasn’t pretty. I felt fat, I was wearing baggy clothes in the hope that people wouldn’t notice how big I actually was and now I’m on the road back to the weight I was happy at (when I was 18, I might add!) and I feel great. I wanted to tell you all what I’ve found the benefits are to losing weight so far because I have realised that being so overweight did me good mentally or psychically.
Confidence – This is the biggest thing I would say losing weight has benefited me. I have much more confidence now, in myself, my ability, what I wear and how I act. I feel like a different person, it’s a strange way to describe the sensation I do, but I do. Friends, colleagues and family are noticing my loss now which is a big thing for me. They can see how well I’m doing and are always saying how well I look. I even have noticed that I’m wearing my hair up more which may seem a bit daft but I didn’t before, I felt self conscious with my round face but now I love to wear my hair up in different styles.
Healthier Mind – I used to be an emotional eater and I haven’t felt the need to if I’ve been stressed over recent months. I went through redundancy at work for the second time in a year and I didn’t binge whereas last year, I would have. My mind feels a lot less clouded which is good and in the back of my head there’s a voice telling me how far I’ve got and how far I want to go and that I won’t sabotage myself any longer. I also feel more relaxed and happier in general, I don’t feel anxious all the time and I don’t feel self conscious around friends.
Exercise – I find that I can walk quicker, and I actually enjoy going for walks now even if I go on my own which I quite often do. I can also walk up flights of stairs without getting ridiculously out of breath which I might not have been able to do before. I am ready for my long walks in New York and I even have some Sketchers to wear while I do my thousands of steps each day.
Losing inches – Sometimes I get on the scale and it says I’ve maintained or gained weight and initially I get a feeling that I’ve not done well but then I remember, I’m losing inches. I’ve gone down 2 dress sizes, my clothes fit a hell of a lot better and I feel so much better. These days I am more focussed on how my clothes feel than how the scale is going and hey, even my pants are now big. Who would have thought it?
If you’ve lost weight, what benefits have you found?