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10 Things I’ve Learned Since Losing 10 Pounds

By caseymullins |

I turned 30 this year and on the first day of my third decade I realized that I was in a whole new age group. I was fresh and new in the over thirty crowd and suddenly I felt this giant weight fall off my shoulders. No longer did I have to be in the same age group as sorority girls and pop stars, suddenly I was in the age group of women who are eligible to run for president and women who do very grown up things like drop off dry cleaning and make dinner reservations. Yes, twenty year old girls have dry cleaning and and fancy dinners as well, but society tells us that twenty is basically the same as being a teenager who can legally drink.

If forty is the new thirty and thirty the new twenty, clearly twenty is the new boozier teens.

I woke up the morning after my birthday, comfortable in my 30 year old body, thankful it has carried me and my two babies through the last three decades. Imagine if your car suddenly gave birth to two perfect little cars. Would you really be mad that your car ended up with a few bumps and scratches in the process of giving you new cars? So maybe that’s a horrible analogy, but for the first time in my entire life I am content with everything on the inside of me and it feels wonderful. When I decided to do a little upgrade to the outside by losing a few pounds, I learned a lot more about my own self image, things I don’t think I ever would have realized had I not fixed my insides first.

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Things Learned from Losing Weight

Who cares if you see a roll? I'm happy!

If you hate the way you look in pictures, chances are it has a lot more to do with how you feel on the inside than what you see on the outside. I have pictures of me at my thinnest and I'm downright miserable in them. I have more recent photos of me 40 pounds heavier, super soft in places but so happy my insides are nearly bursting with joy. When we look at photos of ourselves we don't just see what we look like in that moment, we see everything about ourselves at that moment, our successes, our failures, our happiness and our despair. If you hate photos of yourself? Chances are it's more than just your hair or weight that's making you feel that way.

Bonus: Pinterest becomes flat out porn when on a diet.

What are you going to do with those candy bars? Put them in cookies? Oh! That sounds like a good idea. What’s that? Then you’re going to fill them with ice cream and dip them in chocolate and serve them with hot chocolate? Oh yeah, mmm…tell me more.

Before and after pictures eventually, because I’m not done yet (even though I really, really want to be. WILLPOWER! IT SHALL BE MINE!)

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Casey Mullins is a writer, photographer, and nice person living in Indianapolis with her two little girls, husband, and a one eyed cat. She writes regularly at her personal blog moosh in indy and can be found trolling local bakeries and napping whenever possible. Read bio and latest posts → Read Casey's latest posts →

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6 thoughts on “10 Things I’ve Learned Since Losing 10 Pounds

  1. Jennifer says:

    I am on the same journey and figured out how much more full I feel after real food…like from the ground or off a tree…rather than processed. The other stuff in moderation, and I have to control my eating when I’m bored. Pizza, donuts, and Mexican are yummy…moderation, moderation, moderation.

  2. Jen L. says:

    YES. I recently visited my nephrologist, who told me I had to quit caffeine. (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) I bought myself a cup like the one you describe, and, at the doctor’s urging, am downing NINETY SIX OUNCES of water a day. My skin looks better. I don’t snack as much. I feel fuller. I’m a snob like you, too, and have to have a similar mix of filtered ice and water. I’m down to one cup of coffee a day! I have also replaced all white carbs (pasta, bread, rice) with brown ones and OMG, do they fill you up more and last longer. Glad to hear of your success! It helps me keep going. :)

  3. Rebecca says:

    I’m currently at 60lbs lost and counting (I was indeed rotund and quite in need of losing major weight) I started tracking what I was eating using a calorie app, and let my husband talk me into getting on a bike again (eeks! but FUN!) and given that I haven’t kept myself from eating ANYTHING (especially the cravables) but just limit what of them I eat, I’m really feeling like I ‘get’ the lifestyle change aspect, instead of just ‘dieting’…
    Congratulations Casey! You’re doing amazing! (and you look beautiful, as always!)

  4. Heather says:

    How timely! I just downloaded a fitness/meal tracking app today and have committed to moving my body regularly. I want to feel more energetic running around with kiddo, a dog, my husband. And while I know I won’t be able to wear all my old clothes again (oh, do I hear you on the hips and ribs!) it would be nice to have at least a few items back!

  5. Krystal says:

    I’ve hated everything about my appearance as long as I can remember. (And I’m only 21) Having a baby did nothing to help my self image. I am in the process of learning to love myself, with the help of my amazing husband. This article really spoke to me. I will be using these points on my journey to self-love. Thank you so much for writing this, it was wonderful. I truly appreciate it. Also, you my friend, are just lovely.

  6. Katie says:

    I have that crazy eye, too, so I totally know what you’re talking about. Maybe you’ve seen it in the gazillion pictures of me you’ve been editing. But, with the weight, I’ve been there, too. I’m 5’1″ (shut up, yes I am, because that’s what my driver’s license says and you can’t lie on those, it’s illegal), and at my heaviest I got up to 156 pounds. I blame it on turning 21 and being able to legally drink. Whenever I want. And then go to Steak n Shake at 2 am for fries and a shake, because, yum. Then I got migraines and was on medication that made me gain a LOT of weight. But last year I put my foot down (and got my medication changed). I changed the way I ate (real food, rarely anything processed), and scaled down my portion sizes like mad. I started going to Pilates. And a year and a half later I have lost 33% of that original weight. I know when I have kids (that question has started already) I’ll have to do it all over again, but I’m ready. I’ve done it once, I can do it again.

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