W – Why doesn’t anyone notice?

noticing weight loss

I started this weight-loss program about the middle of March.   We are now almost to the middle of May, and things are going extraordinarily well.  Amazingly well.  I don’t know what is so different about this attempt at weight loss, compared to all the other attempts I have made over the last 11 years, but I am not complaining. 

And I am still trying to finish the A-Z Blogging Challenge, which all my organized and disciplined blogging friends finished a week ago, on time. I think I am going to concede and say this blogging challenge has beat me.  Maybe I will clump X-Y-Z into one post and be done with it. It kind of seems like the loser’s way out, but what the heck.

But I digress. Back to the real subject for this post.

Here is the thing I find a bit curious – absolutely no one has noticed that I have lost 22 pounds, or about 6 inches off my stomach.  Not even my family. Granted, I had a lot of weight to lose, and I am pretty tall, so a couple of pounds off of my frame isn’t going to be as noticeable as a couple of pounds off of a 5’3” person.

And I know I am losing weight for me, and for my health, but even so, a complement or two, would be nice positive reinforcement.  And I know I shouldn’t require external reinforcement, I should be happy with what the scale says, and the way my clothes are fitting and the way I feel, but there you are.  And I am not fishing for complements, but what the heck, 88 sticks of margarine even off my frame must be slightly noticeable.

My boys say I need to start weight-training, to strengthen my core, and tone everything up.  I definitely have more muscle now that I have been swimming, but perhaps they are right. So, I am scheduled to meet my son at the gym, for a personal training session this week. I told him I didn’t want to spend hours and hours in the gym, like they do.  I just need a quick routine that I can bang out in a short amount of time, at least 2-3 times a week.  My oldest says that is doable. 

I can’t find any information about why an individual’s weight-loss is not noticeable to others around them for months.  All I found was forum boards, where people in the midst of a weight-loss program are asking the very same question.

Oh well, I will just keep plugging along because in reality, I am doing this for myself, and no one else. I feel the difference, it is as if I have finally dumped off a 20-pound bag of dog food after carrying it in from the car. It’s such a relief.  And that, in reality, that should be all the gratification I need.

10 replies »

  1. Way to go! I’ve read before that people shouldn’t say anything about someone’s weight loss because it might come across as saying they didn’t look before. Or something like that. Maybe that’s it, people are afraid to say anything?

    • Could be, just like I never ask a lady if she is pregnant, or when she is due. I have had people ask me that, and I say no I’m not pregnant, I am just fat.

  2. I lost almost fifty pounds and one of my family member’s responses was that she didn’t realize I was that big. And I had to TELL her that I lost the weight, like the rest of them, lol. Not a one notices.

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