Celebrating a Loss of 100 Pounds

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For those of you that follow my blog, you know I had weight loss surgery in November 2013.  Since that time, I've lost 102 pounds! My initial goal was to lose 100 pounds. Since reaching that, I've made a new goal of losing 120 pounds. 
 
To give you an idea of my weight loss, I'm going to share some personal information…my weight and sizes…but I think it helps you understand.  I was a size 24 and/or a 3X.  I am now a size 10 and/or a Large.  I went from 246 pounds down to 144 pounds.  Now keep in mind, I'm only 5 feet tall, so I'm still carrying some extra weight (which is I why I revised my goal weight).
 
It's strange though that my body image has not caught up with my body.  I still 'see' myself as 'fat' and critique my body just as much as I did 100 pounds ago.  I simply don't 'see' the image in the mirror…my body image seems distorted.  I even still gravitate toward baggy clothes.  So much so, that my husband suggested I take someone shopping with me to help! 
 
The one difference I notice is how I different feel.  I haven't felt this way in years…I wake up feeling refreshed.  I come home after working a full day and I still have energy. Honestly…it's a wonderful feeling!  I can assure you the way I feel makes everything I've gone through worth it! 
 
To congratulate myself on losing 100 pounds, I ordered several new pieces of jewelry and a fitbit (yep – the device that tracks calories burned and steps taken, etc…remember I have another 18 pounds I want to lose…plus I realize this is a lifelong change.  I will always need to watch what I eat and include activity in my lifestyle.

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