Wednesday, September 18, 2013

I Liked What I Saw

It finally happened the other day.

I looked in the mirror and I liked what I saw.

If you have been reading for awhile, you know what a big step this is for me. I've told you about it hereherehere, and here

It's a funny thing...taking charge of your health and your eating. As I mentioned last Friday, I have been working hard at a new eating plan. Spurred largely by the fact that I spent most of last year feeling awful and gained almost 20 pounds. I spent most of this summer working with my doctor to make sure there was no medical reason for my pain and weight gain.  On paper, I am the picture of health. She did prescribe a low dose of an anti-anxiety medicine, but more because it also treats pain than for the anxiety. It has helped.

I've been working The Plan, which is an elimination diet of sorts, that helps to identify foods that cause inflammation in each individual, for about 3 weeks now. I've lost over ten pounds and have about 8 more to go. I'm not religious about it, I go off here and there, but I'm doing it enough to maintain and slowly peal off more pounds.

I looked in the mirror the other morning and I saw THINNER.  That's not something that happens easily for me, especially since I'm still not where I'd like to be.

That same day a friend sent me a silly photo she's snapped of me at our 5K. I looked at it and I saw thin again, in my face and my torso... I liked it so much I made it my profile picture!

Maybe it's because my clothes fit better. Maybe it was because I'd run a 5K the night before.

Whatever the reason, I'll take it. It feels good!

And I'll even admit, that when I walked by this person at a kids event and noticed that she had gained weight, I *may* have added an extra swing in my step. I know, I'm horrible, but I couldn't help it! *grins*


18 comments:

Angelwithatwist said...

So many people are on this be thinner, skinnier, better. I think healthy is more important and that can come whether rail thin or a little fluffy. Do what YOU feel better in as long as it does not endanger your health to get there.. IT is a good feeling though isn't it.

Shell said...

That is awesome! Of course, I thought you looked great before, too. ;)

Andrea B. said...

You know I adore you and think you look incredible always, but if you're happier and feeling better then that's fantastic, mama!

The Dose of Reality said...

Good for you! There is nothing better than that feeling! :)-Ashley

Aleta said...

Making the changes for you and seeing it as a travel for health, the journey, not just a "number on a scale" is so important. You have the right attitude! Proud of you!

OneMommy said...

It is so important to feel good about yourself! Keep it up! :)

Carla Bruns said...

Congrats on your weight loss but more importantly about feeling better about your appearance. I'm not strict with my eating either, it would drive me crazy!

I'm not going to lie, sometimes when I see people from HS I'm like "oh, yeah, I'M still looking good." LOL!

Leah said...

It's all about how you feel! So glad you feel better!

Renegades said...

Glad you feel good!

Blond Duck said...

I'm glad you're happy with yourself!

Chris Carter said...

YAY for YOU!!!!! What a beautiful feeling to look at yourself with pride and satisfaction. SO glad you are feeling great about yourself!

Stacey said...

Good for you for getting healthy! It is so important not only for ourselves, but for our children!

JeanHasBeenShopping said...

Wonderful! You are doing it!

Charlotte Klein said...

Good for you! That's so incredibly awesome. It's important that you like what you see when you look in a mirror, but it's not something that comes easy for a lot of people. I'm glad you are not only taking steps to improve diet/overall health but that you are feeling GOOD about yourself and your progress in the meantime.

Lately, I've gained some weight (about 14 lbs) and I'm trying to shed a few myself. Not as easy as it was to put them on!

Mimi B said...

I'm so excited for you! I can imagine how it felt to see yourself thin like that. How fun you made the picture your profile photo! =)

Blond Duck said...

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Melissa Swedoski said...

Congratulations to you! As much as I may joke about it, you hit it on the head - it's nice to see the thin in your face again. Thanks for giving me a little mini-pep talk :)
Stopping by from Pour Your Heart Out

Leigh Powell Hines said...

Congratulations! I've been on an eating plan, too. It's very difficult at my age now not to gain weight.

PS. Don't know if you are interested, but I do have a CATS tickets giveaway going on right now for opening night on Oct. 8.