heavensshadow wrote: »
For me, I didn't think I would be constantly thinking about food (but in a different capacity). It takes a ton of mental energy for me to plan, pre-log, think about groceries and the most nutritious bang for my buck, etc.
While I'm not terribly upset about this because I'm not just thinking about the next bite going into my maw, I was surprised when I realized how much mental time I spend on my health when it's a priority. It really *must* be a lifestyle change to make it stick (for me, anyway).
MellOnTheMove wrote: »
Nobody warned me just how many people would tell me what NOT to lose.
"Don't lose too much off your chest"
"You're going to lose your butt"
"Can't you work more on the bigger areas"
katescurios wrote: »
They don’t tell you how happy a spreadsheet and a graph can make you, seriously if I start losing motivation or craving a chocolate bar all I have to do is look at my spreadsheet and see my progress and all of a sudden I’m not hungry anymore 😆
Sand_TIger wrote: »
Something nobody told me about is how odd my body would be as I was losing the weight. How it would come off of unexpected places and how my belly would become this loose pouch of some fat, some apparently empty space, and a quantity of marbles made of Flubber. I'd heard of getting an "apron" but not a "partially deflated belly." How even though I am only around 30 pounds from goal weight, maybe less, there would be areas that still need MAJOR renovation - and I don't get smaller all over, not at all. Where the "skinny patches" are is humorous at times. I tell myself it's a work in progress and I'm glad I don't have judgemental people looking at my nakedself.
solieco1 wrote: »
That if you move your arm too fast the extra skin kinda passes the attached stuff and has a mind of it's own!
AlexandraFindsHerself1971 wrote: »
Nobody told me that losing 50 pounds would be something I couldn't mention in public without being told that I was fatshaming people and triggering people. Um, you do you. This was my project this year, and for that matter, I'm STILL fat, so it's not like I'm lording it over anyone. But that's my project this year and I'll talk about it if people ask me what I did during the pandemic.
heavensshadow wrote: »
Today's "what nobody tells you" reflection - and I'm sure this has been mentioned a ton of times already - is that the body dysmorphia IS REAL, Y'ALL (not in the clinical sense, that's obviously real). Even with slightly increased confidence/comfort in my skin, I cannot fathom the idea of people actually finding me attractive. I know, I know, it takes a while for brains to catch up with reality when it comes to weight loss, but knowing that and living it are totally different things.
Brains are stupid.
speyerj wrote: »
It was my understanding that maintenance would be just like losing except that you get more calories to play with. No one told me that actually, you don't get more calories to play with - unless you earn them through exercise.
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