I think it started when I was able to buy some cute, new, smaller tops. I didn't feel so frumpy and felt like I could look more presentable and a bit more stylish. I am able to walk and get around more, so I can do more. If I can do more, I feel better about myself if I don't have to constantly stop and rest and waste time.
The biggest change happened about 3 weeks ago. I had very long hair for years, past the small of my back. I always wore it pulled back into a ponytail or twisted up into a bun. Well, I cut it all off, above my shoulders and colored it a bit darker. Oh my goodness! It is so freeing, I just love it! It is kind of like the shag of the 70's, without the feathered bangs. Lots and lots of layers. My hair is almost all gray and the gray hair has grown into ringletty (is that a word?) large, loose curls and with the layers it just looks so cute. My real hair was always stick straight and without of bit of body. Now it is just the complete opposite. And, I have started to put a bit more effort into putting on makeup (I still have to work on the eyebrows...I HATE plucking!). All of this, just because I have lost 20 pounds.
So, if you are still on the fence about loosing weight, go for it. Just that little bit makes so much difference. It was hard and I still have a long way to go, and I may wander off here and there, but I am still headed in the right direction.
Just take some time off by yourself, and focus on yourself. Think about the things you like and don't like in terms of food, lifestyle and exercise. Really, really think about it. Can you honestly and truly put up with a lemonade diet? Can you honestly and truly give yourself shots of stuff made from pregnant women's urine and eat only 500 calories a day (if I understand that correctly)? Can you honestly and truly count calories or leave out carbs? Can you honestly and truly commit to working out X amount of hours X days a week? Ask yourself these things and many other questions and honestly and truly think about the things you can and cannot do, and the things you WILL AND WILL NOT do. What works for you may not work for me. I think to be successful, we all need to take the time and really think about ourselves and put together our own plan. Something that you will stick with for life.
Take care everyone and I hope you have a blessed and beautiful Easter. Love Carla