This isn’t an “I used to be fat but now I’m skinny!!” story. Not yet, anyway. Instead, I thought I’d list some things that are true now that I weigh 250 lbs instead of 300 lbs.My back doesn’t hurt when I turn around to look behind me in the car.I enjoy perusing clothing catalogs. Turns out hatred of clothes shopping isn’t part of my personality, I just didn’t like the “oh yay, new fabric to feel uncomfortable in” outcome.I’m excited to go on trips where the plan is a bunch of physical activity. I’m planning a skiing trip and I’d like to take a surfing lesson next chance I get. I would actively avoid those types of trip activities before because they would be too difficult/embarrassing/exhausting for me.The daily endless thoughts of self-pity and embarrassment are slowly being replaced by other more normal and positive thoughts.When I applied for health insurance, I had to lie and say I was 250 lbs., otherwise obesity is a pre-existing condition (pre Obamacare) and I would have been disqualified (it happened to me last time I tried). Now I’m not lying anymore.I can wear jeans for more than one day now. We’ll just leave it at that.I’m not afraid of any bike ride. Bring it on.I’m taking better care of my teeth. It seems un-related, but I don’t think it is. Self betterment spreads.I’m proof to my family and friends that it can be done.I have a long way to go. I hope this list gets a lot longer.
01 Dec 2013