A Clear Difference
September 22, 2014
Things are chugging along nicely at Hudson HQ. Both Lovely Husband and I are making slow and steady progress towards our goal and I am still benefitting from seeing the journey and all that WLR has to offer through the fresh eyes of LH.
It was LH who made me realise that not all the benefits are “waistline based” and I am sure won’t he won’t mind me sharing a big positive with you.
During his teenage years hormones meant that he developed a tendency for a very spotty back and greasy skin. It has been with him all his life and he just assumed it was “the way his skin was”. However last weekend he was changing into a t-shirt and doing a close inspection of the part of his back that he recently had surgery on.
He was primarily concerned with seeing just how much of a scar he was going to be left with… but as he peered into the mirror he suddenly realised that his back was no longer covered in spots. It was almost clear – and very definitely the clearest I had ever seen in during our twenty-three years together.
LH is completely convinced that the healthy diet that he’s been sticking to over the past two-and-a-half weeks is the main reason for the improvement. He has eaten more fresh fruit and vegetables in the past seventeen days than he has over the past seventeen years and he is in no doubt that his body is benefitting from his radical change in diet.
He has also noticed that his face is no longer prone to the oily T-patch that he has had for most of his adult life – and again he puts this down to the change in what he is eating.
Like me, he has something of a penchant for pastry and his daily packed lunch would often contain a pastry-wrapped pie or pasty and more often than not a sweet treat in the form of bakewell tart or something similar… or a couple of chocolate bars or a slab of cake. However since he made a commitment to his own WLR journey these have been substituted with fresh salads with ham or chicken and a wholemeal pitta bread to pack it all in.
Cakes, crisps and chocolate have been banished and instead pots of fresh fruit salad have been his “sweet treat”. He does have his daily indulgence of 75ml of single cream drizzled over the fruit salad – it makes it feel a bit more decadent and like a “proper pudding” and given that cream and low-fat salad dressings are the only things to contain any significant quantities of fat (and in any case we need some degree of fat in our diet) it seems like the “food swap” is paying dividends.
I have to confess that the main focus of my WLR “success” is based on two things. What my scales tell me on my Sunday morning weigh in, and “looseness”, (from my trouser waistband to my wedding band feeling less tight on my finger).
It hadn’t occurred to me to look for other benefits – but having witnesses for myself the marked improvement in LH’s skin I decided to do a close up inspection of my own… and discovered my chin, which has been a source of oil and resultant blocked pores for as long as I can remember, is actually looking remarkably clear.
Every morning I sit in front of the mirror and put my foundation on without really “seeing” what is in the mirror… so I decided, this morning, to take a long hard look… and was amazed to discover that some of the tiny broken veins by my nose (the result of enjoying a “stress-busting glass (or five) of red wine after a seven hours at my day job) had apparently vanished.
I also noticed that my tendency towards red skin tones (I suffer from outbreaks of rosacea) also seemed to be markedly less noticeable. In fact, I was almost minded to go to work without out any make up on whatsoever… not only to allow my skin chance to “breathe” but also because my mottled complexion, which I had kept hidden for decades, didn’t seem to be very mottled at all.
I too am eating more fresh fruit and vegetables (although not nearly as much as Lovely Husband) but I think my skin is benefitting from that and also the significant increase in the amount of water I am drinking. I dislike the taste of water (I have been told that it is due to the fact that I have “old-fashioned” fillings which have a tendency to make water taste metallic) – but I am making strenuous efforts to drink at least two litres a day.
The downside is that I am still making late-night journeys across the length and breadth of my house (we have a downstairs bathroom which is about as far away from my cosy bed as it could possibly be)… but with time that will pass and in the meantime the benefits of brighter eyes and clearer skin mean it is a downside that I am happy to put up with.
So... as you wend your way on your weight loss journey – why not take a moment to look for the “other things” that let you know you are absolutely on the right track and that you are doing absolutely the right thing for your body.
Whether that is a less spotty back or less ruddy complexion. Whether you are getting a better night’s sleep or just feeling “better in yourself”… the benefits aren’t just found on the scales or in the label in your clothes… Check yourself out. You could be very surprised and very pleased by the “hidden” benefits that your WLR journey is giving you.
Have a wonderful WLR weekend.
With a Hug