I’m almost at my official one year mark! WOOHOO!!! I’m asked everyday if I’m going to go out and get a big ol’ steak and a bottle of beer on my year plus one day mark….haha. The answer to that is no-way! I feel amazing and don’t plan on changing my new lifestyle anytime soon. Their isnt’ a day that goes by that I don’t notice something else that is different from it was before. Besides the obvious physical differences of losing weight, there is a bunch of things that go along with it as well.
I walked to the gym today. I am lucky enough to now live about 3 miles away from Zen Fitness and was able to walk there. Ok first things first….I can walk 3 miles and then go into a work out. hahah that would have been unheard of for me a year ago. But I also noticed something else while I was walking this morning along the traffic. There was a guy in a car that stared at me. Normally my reaction would be to flip off and yell “f-you” to the guy that was making fun of the fat chick trying walk down the sidewalk. It wasn’t nice of him to stare at me when I was clearly struggling, and I would reaction with a bad temper and tell him just where he could go for making fun of me. But then I realized that the guy in the car was actually kinda checking me out. Have I become the chick that runs along the road that gets checked out??? This couldn’t possible be so, but then I paid attention to a few more cars with fellas and realized that I might just be getting checked out. I will be honest and say …… I didn’t mind one bit!
Around the time of the weather changes, I came down with a head cold. Sniffles, cough and congestion…you know the drill here…we have all been there. I thought about going to the doctor but I have never been big of medicine (or doctors for that fact), so I rode out the cold instead. When I was little my parents weren’t the biggest fans of doctors either. I remember my dad pinning me down and tickling me so much that I got all worked up and breathed really deeply until I coughed up all of the phlegm and I felt tons better. That was better than any robitussin! My mom used to put me into a hot bath tub and made me drink gallons of water when I sick to completely flush my body of toxins. I hated it, but I always felt better afterwards! I was thinking about both of these remedies when I was huffing and puffing during my cardio-thon. I was sweating, just like in mom’s bathtub, and I was breathing deep, just like the tickle-fest from dad. After my cardio, I will admit that I felt tons better!
And speaking of doctors, I do notice that when I go to a doctor (rarely), I still go in very defensive. I’m used to doctors always commenting on my weight and expressing their concern. I hated going to any doctor, because of the topic. Now I can lower those defenses, since they are really happy with my health and don’t show any concern at all. The last doctor office I left, gave me a super clean bill of health and compared my cardio ability to that of a triathlete. ummmm that’s pretty rad!!! I am no longer scared of the doctor….but I also don’t really need him. hehe!
Today I got to see someone who I haven’t seen in a while, and was faced with an awkward moment. I ran up to the person and said “HI!” and they stared at me and didn’t recognize me. I thought this was crazy….we used to work together and even hung out a few times. I was shocked and a little hurt that the person didn’t remember me. Then I realized they didn’t recognize me…and said “oh! it’s me, tracy…yeah I lost a bunch of weight!”. The person finally recognized me and freaked out. They said that even my voice changed! Now I don’t know of any medical proof that says that weight loss can cause a voice change, but I think my voice has changed just because I’m happier. 🙂
With these last few days flying by, it is time to look back at everything I have done and really take note and not get caught up in the small stuff. I have made numerous changes to my life (not just diet and exercise!) that have led to so many positive things. I wish that I could take back the years of the judgemental, nasty, temperamental person that I used to me! but I can’t. It is a great time to look forward and move forward (only forward!).