Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Paying Attention

Every so often, during the 99 days I've been dieting now, I will notice something out of the blue.  Today, was one of those days.

I slipped on a very familiar (comfortable) shirt, and jeans, and noticed immediately that the shirt is falling differently.  It even feels a little different.  I couldn't put my finger on it, but the thought flicked across my mind, before moving on to other things.

Then, as I walked down my driveway this afternoon, I noticed an ease in my movement.  It was so different, I actually tried to figure out what has changed.  Instead of the feeling like I was dragging myself along, I had ... power?  I don't know, but I felt more propelled, and less like I was pulling myself along.  It is hard to describe, but it is different than I've felt in a really, really long time.

So, of course, when I get home again, I make a rare appearance in front of the full length mirror inside the closet door.  Sure enough ...

The shirt IS hanging differently.  It is free swinging, not hugging the tummy on the way down.  I'm guessing I lost another quarter- or half-inch off the waist or something, though I won't know for sure until I take a tape measure to it on Monday.  The tummy is still there, but the shirt isn't hitting it anymore (cascading as it does, off the twins).

Something else I noticed ... more energy today.  I've been eating lots of vegetable and minestrone (fancy vegetable) soups this week, to be sure to get in lots of nutrients, since I have had to temporarily disontinue my daily multi-vitamin.  I'm wondering if that change has created the energy, or if I crossed some invisible line in my weight loss that led to finding lost reserves.  Maybe this is a result of my improved blood chemistry.  I guess time will tell.  Anyway, I'm paying attention to the cues my body gives me. 

Day 99 (already!!) and really feeling the benefits today, of a healthier lifestyle ...


  1. "Cascading as it does, off the twins."

    Bwahahahaha! I could have written that. :D

    Congrats on loose shirts and easy walking. It feels gooood, doesn't it?

  2. Go Thelma and Louise!
    That's the very line I noticed, too!

  3. It's all those little things that you notice that help you to stay on track, too! Way to go!!!

  4. It's the little things that add up and make you smile :)

  5. I love those little moments of revelation that "hey, this thing is working"!

    They are like energy packs of motivation.

  6. I LOVE reading your posts! You are on an amazing journey, and I'm so glad you're sharing it with us. :) Clothing is a great way to measure success! Isn't it funny how things seem to fit different from one day to the next? I'm so happy for you!!

  7. Hi Ann, you left an awesome comment in another blog and I followed your link here. You and I started out around the same weight but I actually weighed quite a bit more when I started out at 355. I'm very happy for your success, especially your success with your meds! Congratulations! :)

  8. It is the weight loss! That's awesome to get pay offs of feeling better...

  9. I love the way you write, Ann! Isn't it great to feel the victories!
    So happy for you!