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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.

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