Now, this is still not a weight-loss blog but since it's January, and millions of people are trying to stick to New Year's resolutions to lose weight and get in shape, I thought I'd share a few things I was surprised to learn on my own journey to skinny.
- ...you smash your nose into your knee. When you carry more than just a handful of extra pounds, you get used to flinging your body around with a certain bit of extra effort. And muscle memory is VERY powerful. Especially when it's cemented over many (too many!) years. When you do finally lose those extra pounds it takes a while for your muscles to make new memories. So if you're sitting cross-legged on the floor folding a few loads of laundry and you notice a sock a little way away and you launch yourself forward with more force than is now necessary, lifting your legs at the same time, and smash your nose into your knee - you may have lost weight. And you may have lost a lot of weight if you do it twice, with the same knee, within 20 minutes. Not that this has ever happened to me! I'm just saying, muscle memory is powerful and you may have lost weight if your muscles forget you're not fat anymore.
- ...you suddenly believe in phantoms. My husband and I were watching The Biggest Loser a few months ago and one of the girls went up to weigh in. I said, "She looks so great! I think I'll be close to her shape in another month or so." My husband responded, "Um, honey? You're quite a bit thinner than her." I didn't believe him for a second but sure enough - she was 40 pounds heavier than me. My husband picked one of the guys he thought currently had the same shape - he chose a guy 45 pounds heavier. We were so shocked and had a good conversation about what we were really seeing in the mirror. It's like the pounds we've lost are taking it personally. Like we murdered them and their ghosts are still trying to hang around our waist, hips and thighs. Many times we see our real selves but we also see our former fat selves an awful lot. So you may have lost weight if you also have phantom pounds you need to exorcise!
- ...you need a remedial shopping course. I obviously like shopping. My hobby is a style blog, for heaven's sake. As I study great style I ingest a lot of info about how best to dress different body types but the rules ingrained deepest in my psyche are those pertaining to my own body. Some of them no longer apply but I'm still shopping by them. Sort of. I'm so close to my goal weight and am chomping at the bit to rebuild my wardrobe. To curb that craving I've done a little "pre-shopping" or "size scouting." I've hit a few stores just to browse and try things on. Out of habit I keep reaching for the apparel that suits my old fit-and-flatter rules. While the sizes technically fit, the styles no longer flatter! You may have lost weight if you also find yourself in the middle of a Banana Republic with a silly dumbfounded look on your face giving yourself a brain cramp about what to choose next. Like me, you've been shopping by certain rules for so many years it's going to take serious effort not to reach for the old options and waste your time. And I am SO ok with that. It's utterly thrilling to be wearing these smaller sizes and applying wonderful new style options I couldn't wear before.
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