Thursday, June 13, 2013

160 lbs differences

1.  My purse doesn't fall off my shoulder anymore because there is SPACE between my elbow and my waist.

2.  My buoyancy in the pool has changed dramatically.  Before, I was my own fat, floating island.  Now, I have to work HARD to tread water or I sink like a rock.

3.  I can fit in all the rides at the amusement parks.

4.  I can go in just about any women's clothing store and buy off the rack, instead of having to special order from mail catalogs.

5.  I don't have to check the weight limit on step stools, ladders, or chairs.

6.  I fit through turnstiles- before they would have to open the side gates for me.

7.  I can reach to paint my own toes.

8.  Shaving my legs and under arms is much more precarious because my knees are knobby and my under arms are concave.

9.  I went from a size 9 wedding ring to a 4.5

10.  I went from a size 32 pant to a 12.

11.  I used to have to buy earrings with extra long posts because even my earlobes were fat, now they hang out of my piercings.

12.  I can run steps for hours.  Before, just getting off the couch would have my heart pounding.

13.  I used to have cysts and nodules develop between my thighs and on my butt on a regular basis- sometimes two or three at a time.  I can't even remember the last time I got one...years now.

14.  I used to get sweat rashes between the folds of my skin.  Not anymore.

15.  Children could not fit on my lap because my stomach took up too much space.  Now my two kids both fit easily.

16.  I wore a 3X shirt before.  Now I wear a medium.

17.  I wore a 44 C bra.  Now I wear a 38 B.

18.  I used to worry about being forced to buy two seats on airplanes.  I never did have to, but the fear made taking trips terrible.  Now...I understand the annoyance of having to share such a small place with someone who takes up more than their share.

19.  I get complements on my skin and hair now.  Before I was constantly fighting with pimples and thinning, scraggly hair.

20.  When I walk into a store, clerks often ask me if I need help, etc.  Before, that never happened.

21.  I get MUCH more eye contact, smiles, and greetings from strangers.

TO be continued...