I was 265 lbs when I started eating healthier, riding more, working out, and walking the dog. Not only is the dog skinnier, but I am too, by 30 lbs as of the last couple of days. I have really started noticing lots of little things beyond things like clothes fitting much looser.
Probably the most important thing is my health has improved. I got my last physical 2 years ago. At that time, my blood sugar was 120, cholesterol was elevated, as was my blood pressure which had shot up a bit higher as I had visited the doctor a few times in that 2 years and was running as high as 150/110. I had my physical earlier in the week and my blood pressure was down to 130/80 (hope that keeps going down) and I got my lab results back today and was very pleased that my cholesterol is good and my blood sugar level was down to 99 (again I want to see that go down a bit more too).
I also have suffered from lower back and knee problems. My knees just plain feel good and I noticed something about my back last night. I used to pop my lower back by doing a sort of twisting stretch as I lay in bed which would result in a nice series of pops almost like wringing a big wad of bubble wrap. It would kind of relieve the pressure which was pretty painful if I was on my feet a while. I hadn't thought about it, but I haven't needed to do this in a while. I tried to make it pop and couldn't even do it. Walking the dog tonight, I remembered how much my back would start hurting about 1/2 a mile in. Now, it is totally pain free.
My back would also feel sore right when I woke up, even with my Sleep Number bed. Too soft and there wasn't enough support and too hard also hurt. Now, it is quite comfy.
At my heaviest, I couldn't bend over to tie my shoe laces without it making it difficult to breath. Another thing that is no longer a problem.
Eating healthier, fresher foods has made it harder to eat greasy, fried stuff. The last time I tried eat some Popeye's chicken, it made me feel woozie (not because the chicken was cooked bad, just fried). Same thing happened when I tried to eat fried catfish. That is enough to keep me away from that stuff. Grilled chicken breasts and grilled fish all the way!
I am married and have a beautiful wife, but I am not going to lie and say I don't enjoy a smile, nod, or friendly wave from an attractive woman. That sort of thing just makes one feel attractive and there is nothing wrong with that. It used to happen all the time when I was out on my bike when I was in my early 20s. It stopped when I started pushing over 240-250 lbs. I didn't notice it until a couple weeks ago it happened while I was out on the road bike. I got it again last weekend out on the trail bike. It feels nice.
Speaking of my wife, well enough said...
My wife's compact car is much more comfortable.
My motorcycle is a bit quicker and handles better because 30 lbs does make a difference on a 400 lb vehicle with just 65 horsepower. I am also stronger due to working out and feel much more confident and agile. Same goes for my bicycle handling skills.
The confidence gained from looking in the mirror and actually liking what I see is also terrific. I know I have a lot more work to do, but seeing such progress is great. I started tucking my shirts in because I feel like it now looks better than it did before. A lot of my shirts are a bit too large now, so tucking them in helps me not look so big. It was funny, the first day I tucked my shirt in for work, 4 people told me I really look like I've lost a lot of weight. Awesome!
A couple of years ago, I started growing a beard to keep my face warm for a motorcycle trip I was taking. I ended up keeping it because I liked how it seemed to cover up my chubby face and provided a faux jaw line. I decided to shave it off the other day and like seeing my old self in the mirror. It'll be cool to watch my face slim down even more without a beard blocking it all.
I know I am forgetting some things and will probably post them when they come to mind. Let me leave you all with this thought. Don't take for granted the small steps and victories you achieve. Those sometimes mean the most and keep you going. I was just as excited when I lost my first 5 lbs. Everybody who is traveling this path has a long trip ahead, but think of those little milestones as a place to stop and reflect on how far you've come.