Better sex life- The best thing that happened to me during this process is that my partner decided he would join in. Not only did it make it sooooo much easier to stay on plan with his willpower too, but I no longer had someone eating chocolate croissants and fatty takeaways next to me on the couch. So now, we both look hawt. I mean HAWT. And that has... added benefits. Moving on.
Learning to say Thank You- I hate compliments. Or at least I always did. My standard reply was "oh, its not really that impressive/interesting/cool/
insert positive thing
here." I have always downplayed my own abilities, especially
when confronted by others with them. Since about 20 pounds into my
weight loss though, when people were giving me verbal and physical pats
on the back to say how impressive what I was doing was, I've found that
no, screw you world/politeness/guilt complex,
I'm proud of what I've done! Now when people say kind things, I smile
broadly and say Thank You! and leave it at that. It started just for the
weight loss, but its flowed out to other achievements. Its nice to
finally take some credit for what I can do.
Peer Pressure doesn't pressure me so much- Related to above, but I don't feel like I have to eat something just because everybody else does to. My partner used to laugh at me as he could guarantee that whatever I was doing I'd drop it and come over to him as soon as he was making food for himself. I'd usually then leave the kitchen with something to eat. I still do it but I choose better options, and, more importantly, I can say no to most of the chocolates that show up in work. Except when someone brings in two homemade, delicious, moist carrot cakes. Then I have am forced to have cake for lunch. And maybe breakfast too.
Inner/Outer Me- Its kind of difficult to explain this, but here goes. My mental image of myself has never really added up to what I saw in the mirror. Its much, much closer now. Granted, in losing the weight my face has now changed shape which definitely takes some time to get used to. But I'm so much closer to that perfect me who has always been in my head now. It makes me feel younger.