I must have heard it a thousand times... "You must feel a lot better!"
After losing 130 pounds, I didn't really think much about it, but yes, I do feel a lot better. I no longer have knee problems, I don't wake up with nocturnal leg pains and I don't suffer from headaches. I never realized when I was obese that being fat really does hurt physically (and of course emotionally too).
You see it all the time... obese people having trouble moving in stores. They are often the ones that need to use a specialized wheelchair to shop. I'm sure knee problems are very common as the poor knees have to hold up all that extra weight. It's hard for someone to move well when they are over 300 pounds.
I think I was probably pre-diabetic a few years back. One of the reasons I think this is because I would get intense pain in my feet, some of which was burning and tingling. As you know, diabetes is a common illness that results from obesity.
Aside from the complications of diabetes, obese people can have problems with arthritis, depression, fibromyalgia, and back pain. Being obese can cause multiple health problems that indirectly contribute to pain. A survey mentioned in a journal called Obesity states that it was found that as weight increased, so did the likelihood that a person would be experiencing pain, according to WebMD.
I have a ton more energy after losing the weight. I am now able to do a 5K on the treadmill in less than 27 minutes. I used to use the treadmill at just 4 miles per hour... I'm now up to 7 miles per hour!
Also, I don't get winded like I used to. I would get so out of breath taking the stairs. Although I didn't get it at first, it's true, obesity can hurt, even though you may not realize it.
Congratulations Rich - you're a role model for anyone looking to get healthy - not just for those looking to lose weight! You've proven that it takes both a good diet and exercise to be healthy, and that there are no truly effective shortcuts. Well done! -Rick