20 May 2014

The Small Things About a Big Weight Loss




I've lost a lot of weight, seven stone is a lot of weight by anyone's standards.

It has come off gradually, over eighteen or so months.

Losing a lot of weight has made a massive difference to my life. I can buy clothes anywhere on the high street (goodbye forever, Evans) and I have boundless energy, but I've also noticed other changes, smaller changes.

I'm no longer the biggest person in the room.

I can sit on swings at the park without fear they will collapse beneath me.

I can accompany my boys on the dodgems, and join them in the soft play (I didn't say that all changes were for the better...).

I've had to tighten my watch strap by five notches.

I can sit on the rickety chair without worrying that it will break.

I had to buy a cheap ring from Claire's Accessories to keep my wedding and engagement rings on. The ring I bought is size S. It's not tight either.

I'm not embarrassed going into McDonalds. Well, I am, I'm embarrassed that I let my children have Happy Meals as a treat. I'm not embarrassed about going in there as a fat person.

I can park anywhere, confident that I can get in or out of my car.

I no longer have to turn sideways to get through gaps.

My laptop now fits on my lap.

I run up the stairs to my hairdresser and don't have to pause near the top to get my breath back before I open the door and go in.

My skin is clear.

My entire wardrobe is a rainbow of colour, it used to be 95% black.

I hardly ever have a headache.

People who haven't seen me for a while walk straight past me.

I can get into child's pose for the first since I started doing yoga thirteen years ago.

I no longer get indigestion or heartburn.

My children can get their arms round me for a hug.



Actually, on reflection, these are big things.






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62 comments:

  1. This made me cry. I need to do something about my weight. You are an inspiration Sandy, you really are

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    1. @Jen, start today, my friend, in a year's time you'll wish you'd started today x

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    2. I'm with Jen. Near tears here too. I need to readdress this area of my life too. Vix

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    3. @Vix, you can and you will, when you're ready x

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  2. that is an amazing list Sandy! well done
    x

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  3. What an amazing change you have made to your life, it is the little things that we forget and its so lovely to see you reflect on them

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    1. @Boo Roo and Tigger Too, it's a massive change, that I'm slowly recognising now.

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  4. Well done Sandy that's a massive thing. Each and every one of those things is something to be proud of x

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    1. @Carrie, thank you. I am proud :) x

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  5. Wow! Well done you!!
    That is a brilliant list x

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    1. @Kim, thank you, I seem to be adding to it every day :) x

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  6. Awesome! and hopefully this time next year I'll be able to say the same!

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    1. @Mary, yes, you will, you've made a great start x

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  7. And you look gorgeous. You forgot that bit!

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    1. Oi, Scribble, you're making me blush :)

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  8. Inspirational stuff - well done Sandy x

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  9. Big things? Absolutely HUGE things! You are amazing Sandy x

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    1. @Mostly Yummy, I guess they are huge things really :) x

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  10. That is lovely. So well done you!

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  11. @SchoolGateStyle, thank you, Avril x

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  12. I can totally identify. Well done Sandy xxx

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  13. Sandy, I loved reading this post and how you have measured your achievement. Well done you for all the hard work.
    ...now save us further suspense and show us the new you. ;oP

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  14. well done sandy! from someone who walked past you! x x x

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    1. @NorthernMum, yes, I was writing about you! x

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  15. Yes, each and every one of those things on your list are GIGANTIC accomplishments! Congrats!

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    1. @Gigi, thank you, I'm just beginning to realise that :)

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  16. You are amazing. Such as inspiration. Its because of you I finally made myself go to Slimming World.

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    1. @Nickie, thank you. Keep at it, it works. Let me know how you're finding it.

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  17. As ever I am in awe of you Sandy. You are inspiring and lovely to see you enjoying every moment of this journey. It's been wonderful to work with you. And I agree - stop hiding and share a photo!

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    1. @Dawn, I really can't thank you enough for everything you've done for me. There will be photos soon...

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  18. Well done you wonderful woman. What a beautiful post. I hope you are proud of all those little-big things. xx

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    1. @Charlotte, I am, very proud, thank you x

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  19. Well done you, that is AMAZING, what a wonderful achievement. xx

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  20. as someone who also lost a lot of weight I nodded all the way through your list, and wanted to add - no longer feel like wallpaper in a room.

    Amazing achievement well done, its a complete gamechanger x

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    1. @Alyson, yes! I feel confident half the time, but feel so conspicuous too and I can't get used to it x

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  21. Well done! What a fab list of big things too

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  22. @Monica, I hadn't realised I was measuring, but yes, that's exactly what it is. Patience, my friend. I'm still not at the 'after' yet. I'll hopefully see you at BritMums?? x

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  23. These are very big things indeed. What an amazing achievement! xx

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  24. You are absolutely awesome! From someone who has struggled with the very concept of losing weight to the extent that I give up within weeks of trying, I am in awe and think you are amazeballs xx

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    1. @Tinuke, thank you. You need to get your head in the right place, then the weight loss will follow x

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  25. Well done, Sandy. Such a great post x

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  26. I said at Blog On how great you looked.I need to get my arse in gear and follow suit. I hope you're feeling better after your op.

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    1. @Aly, thank you. I'm getting there. Hopefully you're feeling better from all the walking x

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  27. That is really amazing! I can't get my head round what it must be like to lose seven stone - and how hard life must have been before. You must be feeling on top of the world!

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    1. @SarahMummy, I'm still getting my head round it :)

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  28. Ahh Sandy what a beautiful way to write about it. I'm so happy for you - you've achieved so much and you really do look amazing xx

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