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16 Things You Experience After Losing 50+ Pounds

You're doing it wrong if you don't act out the Rocky steps scene at least once.

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Hi, I'm Dan. If you met me today, you'd assume I've always been fairly sleek and slender like I am now. Well, you'd be wrong.

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Turn back the clock five years ago and I was 85 pounds heavier than I am now. The main reason I personally wanted to lose weight was so I could live a much healthier lifestyle. However, once the extra baggage began to fall off, I soon discovered that there were a lot more benefits than I could have ever imagined.

1. You may expect to see yourself posing in front of mirrors a lot more often.

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Given that you'll be fitting into a lot more clothes and have more choices of attire, don't be surprised to find yourself doing some celebratory poses in front of fitting room mirrors.

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3. You can walk up a flight of stairs without feeling like you've just climbed Everest.

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All that huffing and puffing while making your way upstairs will be a distant memory.

4. Speaking of stairs, you're doing it wrong if you don't act out the Rocky steps scene at least once.

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Move over Stallone, there's a new fitness fanatic on the block.

6. The motivation needed to keep fit can be found in unusual places.

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Man's best friend could be all the encouragement you need to get up off your backside.

7. It's not necessary to give up junk food completely.

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Everything is okay in moderation, so the crisps and chocolate don't have to be strictly off-limits.

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8. However the constant offering of treats can get annoying.

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Yes, it is frustrating when you're trying to keep the weight off and your colleagues in the office are constantly putting cake in front of you, but, y'know, decline in a polite way.

10. The only people who'll be disappointed in your newfound health habits are your local takeaway staff.

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13. Your wardrobe will soon be full of new clothes.

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There's nothing like joyous feeling of being able to wear more work dresses and tailor-made suits.

14. Laying in the bath could actually become comfortable again.

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You can now lie down and have a wash without worrying about creating a mini-tsunami in your home.

16. Of course, while there are plenty of benefits to losing weight, always remember: Size doesn't matter.

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All that matters is that you love yourself and you're happy. Everyone is different. Everyone is unique.

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