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Published 9:50 am CST, Tuesday, January 15, 2019
- Weight loss can affect your life in ways you wouldn’t anticipate.
- Here, author Jennifer Still details how losing more than 120 pounds in a year changed her life.
In early 2018, I decided for perhaps the 100th time in my life that I was ready to make a change and lose the weight that was making me unhealthy and unhappy.
The difference is that, this time, I actually followed through with that decision and stuck to it.
To date, I’ve lost more than 120 pounds and am getting close to my goal weight. I’m proud of the big changes I’ve made — improving my relationship with food and conquering my sugar addiction, greatly reducing my chances of obesity-related illness, and more — but I’ve noticed some other, more subtle changes taking place in my life too.
Here are seven ways my weight loss has changed my life that I didn’t anticipate:
I actually enjoy clothes shopping now.
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This is such a small thing but a major one for anyone who is or has ever been seriously overweight. At 320 pounds and a size 24 US, I hated shopping for clothes. As a general rule, plus-size clothing selection sucks. Everything is sleeveless, has butterflies or ridiculous sayings like, “Live, laugh, love!” and is shaped like a potato sack. Nothing ever fit right and if it did, it made me look 80 years old. It was the worst.
Now, I’m a size 14 US, sometimes a 12 depending on the brand, and have discovered a whole new world of shopping. I like the way clothes look on me and there are more (not to mention way better designed) things to choose from. I don’t believe you should have to be small to find decent clothing — the fashion industry needs to start creating flattering, stylish clothes for all sizes — but this has definitely been an unexpected but welcome perk.
It’s given me a passion for fitness.
Changing my diet and shedding so much of the weight that my body was dragging around on a daily basis really helped amp up my gym sessions. The harder I worked, the harder I was able to work, and I totally fell in love with the gym.
In a way, I hardly even recognize myself — while initially I was winded just riding the stationary bike for 10 minutes, I now run, do spin classes, and even hit up long sessions on the dreaded stair climber five times a week. I love challenging myself and my body to see how far I can go.
I have so much more energy.
This likely goes without saying, but when I was heavily overweight, I was also tired a lot. This was largely due to my unhealthy diet, which contained a lot of takeout, convenience foods, and way too much sugar. Sure, I ate vegetables and healthier, home-cooked meals even at my heaviest, but not nearly as much as I should have done.
I lost my weight following a ketogenic diet and will continue with this way of eating for the foreseeable future as I love the way it makes me feel. Ditching the starchy and sugary carbs and filling my plate with healthy fats, lean proteins, and lots of vegetables on a daily basis has, in combination with my weight loss, taken my energy levels to new heights.
I no longer have those mid-day slumps and I don’t feel wiped out after a long day at work. Sure, I get exhausted sometimes when things have been particularly hectic — I’m only human, after all — but this happens way less frequently and I find myself bursting with energy more often than not.
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