Something that I have noticed myself since hitting the fifty pounds lost mark is that when I look in the mirror there is a strange person looking back at me. The changes are not terribly drastic, but they are there. Losing inches from the different parts of my body is something that I am very happy about, yet I never expected to see such alterations in my face.
It is thinning, of course, and there is a little more definition due to the loss of extra tissue over the skeletal structure. It’s just plain weird. I look at my reflection and, since the losses have happened over such a short time, see another woman staring back. I haven’t actually had an opportunity to adjust as it’s really only something that I have just become aware of and, honestly, it is enough to give me pause.
I have no intention of slowing my progress if I can help it – and I am certainly not about to give up all together – but finding myself with the beginnings of an entirely new face is a little scary. Sure, getting rid of the extra chins is great and losing the chipmunk cheeks is wonderful. I just hesitate to think about what the end result may be. What if I don’t like the way I look when this is all over and I am ready to start maintaining my new, lower weight? What if I miss the me that was in the mirror such a short time ago?
FOOD & BEVERAGES:
- 11 glasses of water throughout the day
- 1 banana
- 1 toasted whole wheat English muffin with reduced calorie strawberry jam and light peanut butter
- 1 cup of broccoli sunflower slaw
- 3/4 cup of creamy seafood salad
- 1 1/2 cups carrot, broccoli, cauliflower, snow peas, celery, and red pepper with fat free rancher’s choice dressing
- 1 wrap on a soft tortilla shell with sliced deli turkey, grated cheese, lettuce, dried cranberries, fat free Miracle Whip, mustard, and pepper
- 3/4 cup fat free lemon chiffon yogurt with 1 cup Force Active cereal
- 45 minute walk
- 12 sets of walking up and down stairs (not all at one time)
- 5 push ups
- 50 stomach crunches
- 15 squats
- 15 lunges for each leg