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Small indicators of success

Saturday, December 22, 2012

I had three moments of pleasant surprise today when I realized my body has, indeed, been getting smaller.

1. I tried on a coat in my closet that I had purchased on line a few years ago and was never able to wear because it was too small. I hadn't thought about it much until I spotted it this morning and tried it on. It fit great... buttoned and everything.

2. At a meeting with my college president this afternoon I sat in a typically tight-fitting chair with arms. Every time I've sat in this chair in the past, I've had to wedge myself onto the seat then pry myself out afterwards so the chair wouldn't remain on my behind when I stood up. Today when I sat down there was room to spare. The chair arms didn't catch on my backside at all.

3. I realized today that I can now rest my folded hands in my lap. There's no way I could do that last August. I could clasp my hands together across my stomach, but they couldn't reach my lap (too much of me in the way). This may seem like a small success, but to me it was a major discovery.

It feels great when you can finally see tangible results from your cumulative daily decisions. On a day-to-day basis, the impact of your exercise and nutrition decisions is hardly noticeable. Over time, however, the results are visible. It's days of "ah ha" like today that keep me going.
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