Four Things I (Love to) Hate About Weight Loss

May 14, 2015 | By | Comments (8)

Losing weight is great. But then you have to buy new clothes. I’m down 50 pounds now (read about my journey), but it hasn’t come without its drawbacks. Don’t get me wrong—I wouldn’t give up my progress for anything—I’m just sharing what I’ve learned along the way.

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My friend asked me the other day if she could take me shopping. “You mean like pay for some new clothes?”

No, she said. “Just force you to go to a store and try on new clothes.” She knows I am putting off buying clothes, and most of my clothes are just really too big at this point. I’ve given away or stopped wearing the ones I really can’t fit, the pants I can pull off without unzipping and the shirts that basically look like tarps. I run almost everything through the dryer now, hoping for a little shrinkage so it fits a little more snugly. But here’s the truth: My clothes are too big, and I love it.

I’m a year into a weight-loss journey that has, so far, been slow, aggravating at times, but steady. I can still wear most of the clothes I was wearing 50 pounds ago, but the size difference is quite obvious.

That conversation with my friend made me think. I love to humble brag about my clothes not fitting. But I also hate that my clothes don’t fit. It’s a hate-really love kind of relationship we have going on here.

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All of these pants are too big–and headed to a clothes donation center soon. That means it’s time for me to buy some new ones–unfortunately.

Here’s 3 more things I love to hate about weight loss:

1) I have to want to become a runner. I used to joke that the only time I would ever run was if I was being chased by a hungry lion. And even then, I’d really debate what was worse: being quickly torn apart by a ferocious big cat or having to actually run. Running is a great calorie burner, and after a weight-loss plateau that required me to really change up my routine to finally see a number change, I need big calorie burners. Also, once you start exercising, you can’t stop. In fact, your body expects it. Now I have to exercise in order to feed the calorie-burning beast.

2) Warning: Cringe-worthy compliments ahead. When you work hard to lose weight, people can tell. They also make comments. Good, bad, or just weird, these compliments are mini cheers to the finish line. (Even the ones that make you roll your eyes.)

3) Your body will totally get mad at you. Recently I celebrated my best friend’s baby’s first birthday. We had cake and hamburgers and hot dogs and candy and ice cream. And then more cake and more ice cream. The next morning, around 2:30 a.m., I woke up with the worst case of heartburn I have had in quite some time. It kept me up for an hour, uncomfortable, writhing in pain. It was my body saying, “You really overdid it this time, Kimberly.” I’m learning to understand better when my body is telling me to chill out, and when I know I can really push. That means both food and exercise.

Tell us: What do you love to hate about losing weight?

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  6. Lisa

    Nice article and congrats on your awesome results! This is the result of proper diet and exercise. It’s really that simple. Anyone can do it actually, as long as they stick to it. I, myself, tried to lose weight for many years by trying various “diet hacks” but little did I know that they didn’t work AT ALL. I’m on a diet myself at the moment which was recommended at nnfitness.com and so far so good. 2 weeks in and lost around 10 pounds, which is HUGE compared to the results I was having before.

    May 15, 2015 at 3:06 pm
  7. Leah

    I definitely agree that #2 can be a powerful motivator and positive reinforcement. It really encourages you to keep building habits, as the most important part of weight loss is developing a combination of habits that promote an overall healthy lifestyle. That’s the only way to achieve permanent weight loss, and it’s fundamental to every truly successful weight loss strategy. In fact, check out the following article that does a wonderful job of explaining the key factors in an effective, long-term weight loss strategy: fatfreeme.net/big5

    May 15, 2015 at 8:56 am
  8. Me, Myself and DIY

    Oh my! So torn between old clothes and new. But old clothes make you remember your old self. Think about getting new. AND. Yes, it stinks when you eat a ton and then wake up thinking you are going to die at 2 AM. But it keeps you in CHECK. You start to think about “Gee, I don’t want to feel that way again. Maybe only one bowl of ice cream.” So I guess not a bad thing. 😉 What’s tough for me is “Oh gosh, I don’t want to gain it all back!!!” Just when you think the LOSS is tough…then you’ve gotta maintain!

    May 14, 2015 at 6:27 pm

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