Sunday, July 24, 2011

Feeling Fabulous

Yesterday I posted about some hum-bum feelings of going back and forth on the scale. Today, I put on a bathing suit and looked in the mirror. FABULOUS! I actually felt good in my skin, comfortable and confident. Simple, black, tankini-- Hoooooly cow! What a feeling I'd almost forgotten!

David and I packed up and headed to Toccoa for some family fun and lake time and not once did I worry about how I looked, tug at an ill-fitting swimsuit, or feel self conscious. Even when other people showed up (skinny people, even) I still felt good! So good, in fact, that I needed to write it down, lest I forget again! We had a great time of fun and laughter, and that's something money just can't buy.

I think this is a prime example of how overall health, happiness, weight loss, and the entire journey those things include are not just about the number on the scale, but the feeling you get when you look in the mirror, try on clothes, dressing up or down--comfort in one's own skin is something I can't even begin to describe--but trust me, its fabulous, and a feeling I've missed for the past few years!

While I'm here, I also wanted to share this. Its basically an example of what lost pounds amount to:

Your weight loss =

1 pound = a Guinea Pig
1.5 pounds = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts
2 pounds = a rack of baby back ribs
3 pounds = an average human brain
4 pounds = an ostrich egg
5 pounds = a Chihuahua
6 pounds = a human’s skin
7.5 pounds = an average newborn
8 pounds = a human head
10 pounds= chemical additives an American consumes each year
11 pounds = an average housecat
12 pounds = a Bald Eagle
15 pounds = 10 dozen large eggs
16 pounds = a sperm whale’s brain
20 pounds = an automobile tire
23 pounds = amount of pizza an average American eats in a year
24 pounds = a 3-gallon tub of super premium ice cream
25 pounds = an average 2 year old
30 pounds = amount of cheese an average American eats in a year
33 pounds = a cinder block
36 pounds = a mid-size microwave
40 pounds = a 5-gallon bottle of water or an average human leg
44 pounds = an elephant’s heart
50 pounds = a small bale of hay
55 pounds = a 5000 BTU air conditioner
60 pounds = an elephant’s "manhood" (yep, weighs more than his heart!)
66 pounds = fats and oils an average American eats in a year
70 pounds = an Irish Setter
77 pounds = a gold brick
80 pounds = the World’s Largest Ball of Tape
90 pounds = a newborn calf
100 pounds = a 2 month old horse
111 pounds = red meat an average American eats in a year
117 pounds = an average fashion model (and she’s 5’11”)
118 pounds = the complete Encyclopedia Britannica
120 pounds = amount of trash you throw away in a month
130 pounds = a newborn giraffe
138 pounds = potatoes an average American eats in a year
140 pounds = refined sugar an average American eats in a year
144 pounds = an average adult woman (and she’s 5’4”)
150 pounds = the complete Oxford English Dictionary
187 pounds = an average adult man
200 pounds = 2 Bloodhounds
235 pounds = Arnold Schwarzenegger
300 pounds = an average football lineman
400 pounds = a Welsh pony

(bye bye pesky two-year-old!)

So here's to a great week, working hard, and feeling fabulous!!

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