Losing weight feels great, no doubt about it. My self-confidence has sky rocketed. I don’t break out into hives when I have to stand on the scales at the doctor’s office. I’m sleeping better. Aches and pains that used to bother me have disappeared. Losing 63 pounds is the best thing I’ve ever done for me!
But the fact that all those things happened was really no surprise. I’d read of all these benefits of weight loss, but still it’s nice to experience them in person. However, there were a few things that happened that I was NOT expecting.
- My choice of food gets scrutinized by everyone. It’s true! I had probably lost 30-40 pounds, and a friend saw me pick up one of those mini cinnamon rolls. You know, the ones that are about 2 bites? “Should you be eating that?” he asked. At first I was annoyed, but I just laughed, and told him, “I can have anything I want.” Seriously, that’s how I eat–whatever I want. You can read about that here. But people make comments about what I eat frequently. After a while, I stopped being annoyed and just took the comments as genuine interest in my weight loss and quest for health. Now that I’ve reached a healthy weight, I welcome the scrutiny because it gives me an opportunity to talk about how I approach food and eating.
- Wrinkles and flab happened. Yuck. Who wants to hear about that, but it’s true. Losing a lot of weight made lines in my face more visible and caused a little more jiggle you know where. This has been my least favorite thing about weight loss, but if I had to take wrinkles and flab over being fat, I’ll take the wrinkles and flab! They only happen because the fat that used to make my skin tight is no longer there. That’s a good thing, folks. And running and CrossFit have helped tremendously with the jiggle. The more I increase my muscle mass, the less flab there is. It just takes time. As for the wrinkles…Well, I haven’t found the magic cure yet, but I’ve started using Rodan & Fields skin care products and am hopeful that will help.
- Finding clothes that fit is hard. I bet you didn’t expect to hear that as a side effect of losing weight, uh? Yeah, neither did I. I figured I could just walk into any store and find tons of stuff that would fit. Shirts are no problem. Small size tops are pretty easy to find, but I’m fitting into size 2-4 pants now, and that size is really hard to find. I was really surprised! My wardrobe has been very slim over the last 2 years as I’ve lost weight. I didn’t want to buy a lot of new clothes until I reached my goal weight, so I would buy one or two pairs of pants in my current size and wear them for as long as possible. But I’ve been at my current weight for a while now, so I feel safe in building up my wardrobe again. The problem is that I can’t find pants in sizes 2-4! A nice problem to have for sure, but still kind of maddening.
But don’t let these things discourage you from losing weight! I just want to be honest about weight loss. Believe me, feeling so much better physically, mentally, and emotionally FAR outweighs any of these unexpected consequences of weight loss. And honestly, I’ll take all the wrinkles in the world if that’s what losing weight and feeling better means. And as for pants? It’s a good thing I live in scrubs and workout clothes anyway, uh?
What expectations do you have about losing weight?