Saturday, April 23, 2011

A Change in Attitude

You know, it's funny.  I have only lost 20 pounds (I have so much more to go), but already I feel a change in my attitude, towards myself and life in general. 

 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


  1. Wow brave to change your hair so much...I'm glad you love it.
    I am SO on the same page as you about this plan being something for life. I couldn't bear the starvation diets, the food restrictions, the shakes, the points ....and the drastic surgical or HCG ones plain frighten me. I want to be like you, a plan for life.
    Good on you being able to buy cute tops...Im still wearing the same clothes just in sizes smaller, I think I'm scared of changing to wear anything cute....I wear mens shirts still even though I could easily fit into ladies. I don't know why..feels safe i guess

  2. Carla!! Shame on you! Stop putting that "ONLY" before you 20 pound success!!

    YOU HAVE LOST 20 WHOLE POUNDS!!! That's fantastic!!!

    I'm glad you're starting to feel a difference. It really is such a wonderful feeling to be able to surprise yourself occasionally with what you can accomplish. Keep up the great work.

    Oh, and whoever decided women need to pluck their eyebrows should avoid meeting me in a dark alley... Just sayin...

  3. I love that you are finding some wonderful non scale victories! It is fun finally paying attention to yourself again. Congratulations on the smaller tops and the new hair style!

    You have a great attitude and a wise outlook. You have a Blessed Easter too!

  4. 20, 20, 20 Pounds! That is no small feat there lady! Congrats on the lost! What an awesome thing you have done for yourself.
    Feeling the difference helps you keep going!