Monday, October 25, 2010

Before I Lost Weight This Time...

I never imagined:
  • that eating fresh fruit and vegetables would become so "normal" to me that I'd miss and actually crave them if I went a couple of days without them;
  • that I would like doing push ups and any kind of arm exercises;
  • that I would really, truly like seeing myself in pictures;
  • that people would come to me - ME - for advice on weight loss;
  • that I would have a craving for M&Ms and NOT act on it;
  • that I would enjoy shopping for clothes as much as I do;
  • that people who didn't know me before think of me as a normal-sized person;
  • that I would look forward to wearing a swimsuit and actually go into the pool and ocean while on vacation;
  • that when I go to the doctor because I am sick, it's not automatically blamed on my weight;
  • that the booths in restaurants can be comfortable;
  • that my weight-loss blog would gradually turn from being all about food and dieting to living life and running;
  • that I would ever run a mile;
  • that I now feel comfortable calling myself a runner;
  • that life would be so different and so good.
Just a little self-reflection on a Monday morning...

37 comments:

  1. amazing huh?
    when we stop and look back...

    xo xo

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  2. You have made an amazing transformation, Shelley. A wonderful, inspirational transformation. Thank you for all you share with the rest of us! A little self-reflection on a Monday is good for the soul. I hope your week is sparkly! ****

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  3. I love this post, it shows how much you and your life has changed!

    And I'm happy to be a part of it.

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  4. Wouldn't you just love to go back somehow, and give your former self a big hug, and tell her it's going to be okay?

    Love this post!

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  5. Super reminder of so many benefits (on top of the obvious ones) to losing weight!

    Great post ...

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  6. This put a big ol' smile on my face!

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  7. Reading your list was a GREAT way to start a Monday morning. :)

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  8. You said it. I like the last one best. Who would imagine . . .that life would be so different and so good?

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  9. You inspire me, Shelley!
    This was a great start to my day.
    (My word verification is "swans." Makes me think of transformations, inside and out.)

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  10. An attitude of gratitude. What a great way to start the week!

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  11. Lord knows I'm way behind you, but I too am amazed at times at how different my body feels and my brain works. It is amazing.

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  12. Beautiful, Shelley! This is wonderful motivation and inspiration. You're a shining star. Thanks so much for posting this.

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  13. Sorry to double dip, but I wanted to tell you I just printed this list - am going to post it at work and home.

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  14. Love it!

    Ooh, I forgot about the restaurant booths! Thanks for the reminder.

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  15. This was neat, Shelley, thank you. I'm wondering how you even remember some of them now, since your life is so different.

    Hurray for your new NORMAL!!

    Celebrating with you,
    Chrissy

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  16. Yippeeeee! A whole list of things that have nothing to do with the scale!

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  17. You've come a long way. You have literally transformed yourself.

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  18. I rememeber your post the 1st time you ran a mile. I think I cried!

    Love the self reflection!

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  19. What a great reminder of how long you've come! I was just thinking to myself last night how when I first started eating well, all I wanted was single digit sized jeans. Now I want super duper single digit sized jeans! :)

    We've come a long way, baby!

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  20. I could have written this post! I relate on all counts... except the running. But all those other things are huge changes for us! Ain't life grand??!!

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  21. You are truly an inspiration. Thank you for this post.

    Kim A

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  22. Thanks for the tip my dear friend. I will definitely use it!

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  23. I LOVED this post. And I too, crave veggies & fruit if I haven't had them. A few weeks ago I flew to NC to visit a friend & I had a smoothie & fruit cup from Starbucks on the way & then no veggies for the next 24 hours - I was in major crank mood until I got some veggies!

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  24. "that people who didn't know me before think of me as a normal-sized person"

    Funny how we don't see ourselves this way, isn't it?

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  25. My internet has been out all day - waaahhh!!

    Love reading this post - actually you keep me inspired to keep going - remember that time you had such a long plateau - but you stuck with it!

    I've had a loss three weeks in a row - almost 5 pounds - now I just have 35 to go! :D

    Hope you had a great weekend!

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  26. I have tears of joy for you. I really get it, I really get it.
    I LOVE that you are in this place. Rock on Runner Chic!

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  27. isn't it amazing how we learn so much about ourselves and achieve so much by simply choosing to lead a healthy lifestyle? I love love love this post =)

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  28. It is SO important to make these lists, and often. It helps you see yourself for who you are NOW and not who you were!!
    Thanks for your kinds words of encouragement on my blog, you are always the sweetest. I still have the sticker you sent on my car and I think of you every day!

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  29. If only we could imagine what was possible before we see it, huh?

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  30. Inspirational! Now do not start talking about loafs of food and balls of food and you'll continue to inspire.

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  31. What an inspiring post! Love it!

    Winks & Smiles,
    Wifey

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  32. I'm inspired and I needed it. You have written a few posts that spoke to me like few others do. You're blog has helped so much.

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  33. You like arm exercises, I would have never thought how much I love doing leg exercises. It tones my legs and because my legs are strong, exercising makes them even stronger.
    The blaming on the weight issue with doctors, I can't wait to get rid of that.
    Running for a mile, in 8 weeks I've learned to ran 1.5 miles and that's also something that amazes me and make me feel as if everything is possible :)
    Great blog.

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  34. Lots of things to think about and look forward to. I can already see some changes in myself. So exciting! Thanks. Vee at http://veegettinghealthy.blogspot.com

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  35. Absolutely the most inspiring thing I've ever read. Life, craziness, divorce, etc.; I allowed to morph me from a 5 to 8 mile a day runner in CA, to an overweight couch potato in CO. Honestly, you have inspired me so much that I feel like maybe now I can attempt to take back when I gave up. Thank you for you intelligent, funny, honest posts and for allowing me to watch your success to spur my own on. What a blessing you are!

    Linda

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