It is easy to get discouraged when the scale does not move or does not move as quickly as it did in the beginning. I have amped up my exercise recently, and I am trying to re-evaluate what I am eating to make sure that I am staying on plan and getting the right kind of nutrients. I’m thinking of cutting back on the cappuccinos and converting back to regular coffee instead. Fewer calories in regular coffee, although I will miss the foam.
Sometimes all I see is how far I have to go and not how far I have come. To test the waters and attempt to cheer myself up, I tried on an item of clothing the other day that I have not worn since high school. Yes, I still own one or two things from high school.
Let me preface this by saying that when in high school, I weighed between 120-135-ish range, depending upon the year. I still have my high school band jacket and a t-shirt from my first school play. I was in the orchestra my Sophomore through Senior years of high school. My skinniest, at 125, was my Sophomore year when the school did West Side Story.
So, I put on my high school band jacket just for shits and giggles. I can put it on and almost get it closed. I cannot yet, button it, but a year ago, I couldn’t even an arm through a sleeve. (Pay no attention to my messy hair and room, please.)
It’s strange, because in high school I thought I was fat. Everyone around me, almost everyone at least, confirmed this. I was always being encouraged to diet. I was always told how pretty I would be if I would just lose some weight.
Right before my surgery, my sister Sandy tried to put the jacket on. She’s 5’4″ and weighs maybe 145 pounds. She was always the skinny one. She put this jacket on. The sleeves were too short, and she could not even get it close to buttoned.
She turned around and looked at me and said, “Oh yeah, you were soooo fat in high school! Yeah right!”
If only I had known then what it was to be really fat…makes me sick to think about it.
So, when I’m feeling like I am making no progress, I put this jacket on. I cannot wait until I can get it buttoned. When that happens I will post a follow-up pic. Maybe I will even put on my West Side Story t-shirt with it. (I cannot believe I still have that!)
Happy Sunday, everyone and enjoy the start of football season! I cannot wait until the weather cools off enough so that I can start wearing scarves and jackets.