OK, Maybe Some Hints are Not So Helpful
Guest Post by Heather Lee
Remember the awesome guest post back in August called "Goodbye Girls?" Well, Heather Lee, a favorite Cranky Fitness commenter, succumbed to my pleading and whining and has penned another post for us, hooray! She also has a lovely blog of her own, The Spotted Cat so it's really not fair of me to exploit her talents over here, but whatever--I'm kinda ruthless like that. She's so dang nice I couldn't help taking advantage of her good nature.
So please welcome Heather Lee! --Crabby
If you hang around the weight-loss world long enough, you’ll probably see lists along the lines of “Things Nobody Told Me Would Happen as the Weight Comes Off.” Having been on this road for a while now, I can verify a lot of them through personal experience. Some are vexing, most are funny, and all are worth it.
But why do so many of us get blindsided by these things? For me, it’s because I looked at The Start Point (overly rotund!) and The End Point (fit and sleek!) without bothering to think about that whole Middle Part. You know: The Hard Work. Most of us don’t want to think too much about that part, and that’s when we get surprised.
So here is my list, both in the interest of helping other Cranketeers and because I like to make lists. Enjoy!
Holy CRAP, I am COLD!
Being a perpetually cold person, I’m used to freezing. This is coming from a woman who has blankets in her office chair even in the summer because the AC ices me out. I have always been cold. I didn’t think it was possible to be any colder than usual. Well…
Right on, Thorin. The mountains are freaking cold.
At this point, I have actually frozen my butt off (really, it’s way smaller). Every day this week I’ve been wearing a microfleece thermal, long-sleeved T-shirt, a heavy-duty hoodie, a knit hat, warm pants, and fuzzy socks. And this is just in the house. Boots, scarf, extra hats, gloves, and a wool coat get added if I have to go outside. This is insane. So be ready, folks, especially if you’re already prone to cold-bloodedness. Unsexy hats and chunky boots could be your new friends.
Wait, what happened to my clothes?!
If you’re not thinking about The Middle Part, you might not realize what’s happening to your wardrobe until parts of it begin to fit strangely and, in some cases, fall right off of you. Underwear is especially bad about this because we tend not to pay much attention to it until it’s doing something weird, like bunching up in the seat of our pants when it gets too dang big. Keep an eye on the rest of your wardrobe, too. While the underwear problem was the biggest surprise to me, it was followed closely by the shoes. Yep. Half of my shoes are too big now, and so are my hats. Just goes to show we really do lose weight everywhere (except where we want).
Wait, what happened to my other stuff?!
Fluctuating clothes sizes are weird enough. The real zingers are other things you use every day, like your office chair. It took a few weeks of my neck being sore to realize my chair could no longer raise high enough to keep my monitors at eye level. My butt is so much smaller I can’t sit far enough up in the chair now. On a similar note, hubs recently pointed out that he and I have both had to readjust the driver’s seat in the car due to our decrease in size, so watch out for that. And be sure you don’t stub your toes when stepping up to the sink in the kitchen. My back no longer hurts when I’m doing the dishes because I don’t have to lean forward over my foofy stomach. Bonus!
I forgot how anatomy works.
If you’ve been carrying extra weight for a long time (like me), you might have forgotten where some of your bones actually are (like I did). A few months ago, hubs and I were chatting while getting ready to sleep and I had my hands folded across my ribs. Feeling a big lump beneath my fingertips, I was like, “Aaaaigh, what is this hideous mass?!” Yeah, it was my sternum. Totally forgot that was in there. I might have had similar reactions to the joyous reappearance of collar bones and hip joints, but they did make for pleasant surprises.
Losing weight is a different experience for everybody, and I think we tend to get so lost waiting for The Big Changes that we forget to look for the smaller ones. Even annoying stuff like surprise chair adjustments and too-big footwear are signs of progress, and that’s what you’ve got to keep your eye on. Every step you take towards The End Point (fit and sleek!) is progress. You earned it, and you should absolutely get to enjoy it. Besides, who doesn’t like new shoes?