There's been several great posts on perspective from blogger friends lately, and I thought I'd add my lighthearted post to the mix...
Diet happiness is: Putting on a pair of pants and realizing that they are finally too big. Oh the thrill of knowing that you've lose so much weight that your pants don't fit - I never got tired of it! And considering that I was busting out of my size 24s when I started my diet, I had LOTS of thrilling moments on my way down.
Maintenance happiness is: Putting on a pair of pants from a different season and having them still fit. I'll be honest - every time I pull a pair of pants out from my closet that I haven't worn in months, I have the fear that they will be too small. It's not entirely unfounded, considering that it used to be my norm for too many years. But this fall I pulled out my jeans from last year and they fit - whew! And last week I pulled out my capris from last summer (it was warm enough to need them) and they fit! Not only did they fit, but they were really comfortable...I won't go so far as to say they were loose, but they felt very good. Wow!
Diet happiness is: Trying on clothes and discovering that you are a new, smaller size. After being stuck in the largest size tops that Lane Bryant carried, it was incredible to fit into smaller sizes - and eventually, "undergrow" all the clothes in the plus-size stores!
Maintenance happiness is: Staying the same size. I recently went shopping for some sweaters - and even though I know I'm almost always a medium, I grabbed size large to try on. They fit, and looked OK. I walked around the store with those sweaters, ready to buy them, when I finally forced myself to try on the medium sizes. They fit much better and I felt great in them. Sometimes, I still can't get over that I'm not getting bigger. I'm the same size today that I was six months ago, and a year ago, and two years ago. Maintenance...so this is what it's like!
Diet happiness is: Seeing your reflection in a store window, not recognizing the thinner person staring back at you...and being thrilled when you realize that it's YOU.
Maintenance happiness is: Seeing your reflection in a store window, recognizing that you are the thinner person staring back at you, and still being thrilled. And I hope I never lose the excitement of being this new me.