When I first began this journey, last December, I made a list of things that I expected to change in my life. I called them "milestones" to watch for on my journey.
I would like to share these with you now, 13 months and almost 44 pounds later...... my progress is in bold type
- My face looks like me again Getting pretty close, here
- I get a neck still looking for that
- I can reach to wipe This is no longer an issue (sorry for the personal nature of this one)
- My wedding rings fit Been wearing them for several months now – next milestone will be to get them made smaller again
- My necklaces fit haven’t tried to wear any of the ones I was talking about, actually....I tend to wear the same one all the time
- My pearls hang in an oval instead of a circle they tend to creep backward, making them hang in a circle, but when I pull them forward, they are in an oval (I love my pearls)
- I can curl up on the couch – comfortably Hmmm….don’t try this too often so I'm not sure
- I don’t have to sit with my legs spread in order to accommodate my belly not quite there – but at least my legs don’t have to be spread as wide
- I can roll over in bed without a big production still have to lift and roll, but it is not such a big deal anymore - I don't even always wake up to accomplish this
- I can pick something up off the floor without spreading my feet way apart I’m here!
- I can spoon behind my husband yup!
- I can cuddle next to Jim on the couch Getting much more comfortable
- I have a lap for my grandbabies to sit on I can hold both Seth and Kaden on my lap at the same time!
- I am not always bumping into things I've noticed that I’m not bumping into things all the time, but I'm not quite at the milestone where it never happens
- I can walk down stairs without having to think about it I am still very careful about stairs - but that may be just my cautious nature - I am alone most of the time, after all
- I don’t have to lift up my belly to wash under it Still have to lift that thing
- I have to buy a smaller size from size 28 to 20 shirts, size 24 to 18 jeans
- I have to buy smaller sized glasses don’t need glasses yet – but if I did, I’d probably get smaller ones
- I can wear high heels well, not my 5 inchers, but I can comfortably wear my 2 inch heels for the whole day - even if I have to walk alot
- I “fit” in the airplane’s seats haven’t been on an airplane since I went to England in April, and then it was still a problem
Now for some more milestones that I have passed but did not think to look for until they happened:
- I can feel the bones in my hip (through my buttocks)
- When I lay on my side, I can feel the curve of my body
- I can feel the bottom of my ribcage
- I can cross my legs if I am sitting in the right kind of chair
- I walk faster - all the time
- I can see the scale without pushing my stomach in
- I don’t hate myself
- I can get down on the floor and play with the babies - and stay there for as long as I want
- I can tie my shoe without using a footstool to put my foot on
- I am satisfied with much less food and do not feel the need to eat when watching a movie
- I am much more confident
- I don't want to cry when someone takes a photo of me
Now some more to look for:
- I can sit on Jim’s lap
- I can cross my legs when sitting in a hard chair
- I can sit Indian style in a chair
- I can easily get out of my small car
- I can run
- I like to see a photo of myself
- My granddaughter tells me I'm not so fat anymore
- I need to resize my wedding rings - smaller
I am sure if I really tried, I could think of more milestones, both reached and still ahead - and as I journey along this path, I'll pass some I did not even know were there.
I did not include several things I looked forward to back in Dec/07 that were of a very personal nature - if you've ever been more than 100 pounds overweight you can probably imagine what they were - but I'd rather you didn't. I only mention this to say that I have passed each one of those very inimate milestones. These were the things that caused the most despair and pain in my life.
The road is long - it is sometimes full of potholes and often under construction, but each milestone passed and acknowledged gives hope and vision for the rest of the road. I think this list was one of the keys to my keeping on, in spite of the slow speed of my travel and the occasional setbacks.
I would recommend a list for yourself - especially if you are just starting out....whether for the first time or the 100th time.
What milestones have you passed lately?