I watched Extreme Makeover last night. Then I was thinking today what have I done to make myself look better? So I made a list:
13 months of eating well
upped my protein till I am well
47 pounds of fat lost
12 pounds of muscle gained
over 25 inches lost
I've gone from a size 18 to a size 10.
sleep apnea machine, now I am sleeping better
weight lifting at least 2x a week for all but 2 weeks in the last 13 months- for good muscles, good bones
cardio- for heart, fat burning
I've done a lot. And I am proud of myself.
My hubbie says women are neurotic about their looks. (Well, duh!) But we have reason. It's not just the TV, the anorexic models and movie stars, the “let's have bulimia together” groups.
My dad told me when I was 16 (5'6″, 135 pounds, size 8, size D bra) that I would have to rely on my brains and not my looks because while I was very smart, I was not pretty. (Sometimes we all say stupid things. Too bad some of them stick with us so well.)
My husband often compliments me. He knows I need to hear it. I can still hear him saying that I look gorgeous last Sunday, that I'm bootalicious two weeks ago in the kitchen, and (unfortunately) that I'd be a 7 on Hot or Not, which he said 2 months ago. Guess which one of those is loudest?