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People Break Down The Most Terrifying Experiences They've Ever Had In The Woods

For many people, escaping to the woods, either in a tent or a cabin, is just what they need to escape from their current realities and reset their mind.

Allowing themselves to be one with nature, and cut off from technology.

Not everyone finds the woods a peaceful place, however.

Indeed, being cut off from the rest of the world, all the while surrounded by wildlife, it's easy to see why some people find the woods scary, and not at all relaxing.

Particularly if their time in the woods included an experience which made them never want to return, ever again.

Redditor TheBigChief04 was eager to hear the most terrifying experiences people ever had while deep in the woods, leading them to ask:
"Outdoorsmen of Reddit: What is the most terrifying experience you’ve encountered in the woods?"

In The Company Of Wolves

"Walking in the pitch black out to a deer stand."

"So dark you couldn't see your hand in front of your face."

"Heard some circling around me of something large, it was trotting along."

"No big deal, figured it was a deer."

"Then it stopped and let out the most bone chilling howl I have ever heard."

"So loud it was like it was inside of me."

"A few wolves howled back in the distance and it ran off."

"Needed new underwear."- jubstep45

Who's That Cackling?

"I was backwoods camping in Canada with my ex."

"Deep forest, we'd been out there a day or two and hadn't seen anyone."

"That evening we were in the tent playing cards and heard something in the bushes, making a giant racket."

"It was getting steadily closer."

"It got to the area we were in and stopped."

"We debated what to do but finally opened the tent, both completely freaked out, and found... chickens."

"Three chickens, en route home to an organic farm we didn't know was nearby."- Worldly_Salamander_


Is That Water I Hear?

"An after dark flash flood that roared through camp."

"Twelve of us...five of them were sleeping in the canyon bottom."

"It's amazing nobody died."

"That was 32 years ago and I still sleep lightly and always pack clean underpants."- BrunoGerace

Stranger By The Lake

"When I was about fifteen yrs old me and some of my friends decided to go camping at a nearby lake."

"It was a 3-4 hr hike, and the nearest house was Maybe 3 hr away."

"We brought some homemade wine and drank the whole night and ate poorly grilled hot dogs."

"Life was good."

"We all shared the tent so it was crowded as f*ck in the tent but we all fell asleep around 2 am."

"At 4 I wake up because i can feel someone running their hand down my forearm."

"Not that unlikely that someone brushes up against me since there wasn't any space to move around in the crowded tent."

"But this is the arm that is facing the tent."

"So someone touched me from the outside of the tent."

"I sit up and gets instantly horrified to see that all my friends are sound asleep in the tent with me."

"I put on my deepest voice and shout 'whoever the f*ck you are you need to leave'."

"And a manly low voice answers me 'you should pack up your stuff and leave', not threatening or aggressive."

"Just calmly and in a dead kinda way."

"By now all my friends are awake and are just looking at me."

"No words just pure horror in their eyes."

"I say: 'Okay, we will go, but you need to leave'."

"Hurry up"

"When we get out of the tent this man, who is f*cking huge btw has taken the little row boat that was laying at the bank and gotten into it and is just sitting in the middel of the lake and watching us pack up our stuff and trying to get the f*ck away asap."

"We had to walk around the lake at our way back and he was just sitting there watching us."

"We never went back."

"This was 17 years ago in a rural Scandinavian country."

"We have a 'free to roam law' so we where not trespassing."

"We knew our way around the small town we grew up, everybody knows everybody."

"There have been no people missing and or found dead."


"There hasn't been a murder in generations."

"We told our parents who at first tried to calm us down and they said that we where probably overreacting."

"But the way he caressed my arm before he told us to go was not normal."

"When we told them everything and What he said to us we where told to never go back."

"After covid we all met up and the subject came up and we tried to do some digging."

"There are no houses or cabins anywhere near."

"The lake is way too small to fish in."

"When he was sitting dead center in his little boat there was Maybe 60 feet to land on all sides."

"No one has ever seen this man before or after."- Withthisaccountican

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Lose Lose Situation

"As a Boy Scout, we found a bunch of scorpions in our Adirondack."

"We ran outside screaming our heads off, and then lightening struck a tree like 20 yards away."

"We turned on our heels and ran straight back to the scorpions."- captainkatalis

A Bit Too Much Holiday Spirit

"Many years ago, when I was about 14, I was hiking deep in the woods behind my house with some friends."

"We were miles away from home- further than any of us had ever gone before."

"And we came up to the edge of a clearing and a little further down the tree line, we saw a lump of clothes underneath an old deer stand."

"We got a little closer and we could make out legs and arms and boots."

"They were wet from rain and had been there for a while."

"Obviously, our first thought was that it was a hunter who had an accident and fallen out of his stand and was dead."

"We were freaked out and it took us a little bit to get up the nerve to get a better look."

"It wasn't until we were practically on top of it that we realized that it was a dummy."

"We had wandered all the way up to the edge of a big Christmas Tree farm's property and the dummy was part of their decorations from a haunted hayride thing they did."

"They must have forgotten about it when closing up for the year."

"We had a good laugh but we were all scared sh*tless for a few minutes."- Ocksu2

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The Bear Necessities

"I work in the bush and sometimes spend months out there."

"Most terrifying was seeing a bear start to circle me right as the helicopter pilot radioed me to say he couldn't get to my location because of the weather."

"Luckily I had a shotgun with me, and eventually the pilot got down to me, but yeah, sitting there in the sleet while watching that grizzly slowly and sneakily try to cut around my position in the fading light was absolutely terrifying."

"The whole time I was trying to come up with possible ways to keep from being outflanked and to keep visual contact with it in case I had to shoot it."

"This was in the late fall, so the bear probably hadn't put on enough fat for the year and was looking to supplement it."

"Spooky stuff!"- Psychological_Put395

Not A Terribly Uncommon Discovery In The Woods...

"I was backpacking with my dog and about 12 miles from the road and trailhead."

"So pretty far from people though popular enough that other hikers might be around."

"Though we saw no-one all day."

"About 2 a.m. my dog started this really low deep growl and wakes me up."

"Turn on my headlamp and see his teeth showing and he's right on top of me."

"I hear heavy footsteps (black bear / moose?) near the tent."

"I leash my dog so he doesn't tear thru the tent and the footsteps move further away, but keep circling my tent."

"All of my food and toiletries are hung in a tree in a bear bag - nothing in the tent to draw a bear's attention."

"I clap my hands - something is still slowly circling - not something a moose would do, and a bear might if he wanted food - but I've got nothing and a really big dog with me."

"I decide to step out of the tent with the leash in one hand and bear spray in the other - yelling 'hey bear'."

"The footsteps stop - dog's nose is in the air telling me to look right - but nothing in my headlamp that I can see."

"Didn't hear anything run off, but it's quiet."

"I give it 5 minutes or so, get back in the tent, and it starts up again - slowly circling maybe 50 feet from me."

"Maybe an hour later, I hear the footsteps wander off into the woods."

"At dawn, I take the dog, and the bear spray, and start looking for tracks."

"I find a clear path in the leaves that had been trampled, but no tracks."

"The dogs nose is on the ground, and I follow his lead - and he follows the loop around our campsite."

"We finally see a few human footprint - not shoe tracks - a regular size (not bigfoot) bare human foot."

"Plus - yup a human turd and toilet paper."

"Some a**hole was wandering around the middle of nowhere, near the tent and circling my tent for an hour or more, and left a dump for me to find."

"Hiking and backpacking is incredibly safe. I've been doing this for decades, and this is the only weird experience I've ever had."

"The hiking community is incredibly friendly."

"The trails have become more crowded since covid, and your definitely seeing more people on trails, and less trail courtesy (litter - leaving dog poop bags, pooping too close to the trail and not burying you poop)."

"Also - I was very far away from civilization. "

"Bad guys don't hike 12 miles to do harm, and I'm pretty sure they don't carry toilet paper."

"I've hiked thousand of miles without a single dangerous human interaction."

"What I think happened?"

"Much as I'd love to say it was a young sasquatch, a skin walker or a wendigo - I'm guessing it was a disoriented backpacker that left their tent to crap, and got confused."

"I was hiking a somewhat popular long loop trail, and I believe someone was probably hiking the opposite way, and stopped somewhere off trail ahead of me."

"I was backwoods camping - not at a campground."

"Regulations are that you need to be 200 feet off the trail and into the woods to set up a camp."

"So they could have been a quarter mile ahead on the trail and I wouldn't have known unless they were noisy (or smelly enough for my dog to let me know)."

"The most likely explanation is that they were heavily under the influence, got up to crap, and got lost on their way back to their tent, and found my site."

"They approach my tent and realized they were wrong, and tried to find their way back to their camp."

"Then they heard my dog, and me yelling to scare off a bear, and either thought we were a risk to them, or too lit to answer back."

"The circle around my camp was several hundred feet - and my tent wouldn't be visible for most of the loop - I was camping between several spruce trees."

"I didn't get back to sleep!"

"I couldn't get back to sleep."

"It was late Sept and sunrise was around 6 a.m."

"When we found the poop pile, I relaxed - I really didn't think there would be anyone nearby as we were in a very tough area to get to - requiring going over 2 mountain summits from my direction, and 6 other mountains in the other direction."

"The total hike was about 40 miles IIRC."

"We were going to be out for 3 nights, and 4 days."

"After I realized it was a human, my first assumption was that there was a lost hiker."

"I texted a friend that does Search and Rescue in the area t see if there were any reports of lost or overdue hikers."

"If there had been, I would have had my dog try to follow that trail to see if I could have found their campsite."

"As no one was missing, we broke camp and went on our way."

"He was the best dog ever."

"I lost him about 5 years ago."

"I knew that dog would die for me."

"Several years after this incident, I got diagnosed with cancer. **(**ETA - I've been in remission for several years and things look good)."

"This dog was so in tune with me that he knew how sh*tty I was going to feel before I did."

"He would walk with me to the bathroom, and sit right next to me as a puked my guts up."

"He'd walk me back to bed and let me rest my hand on his back if I needed a little help walking."

"Everyone has a heart dog - he was mine."

"I swear he knew I had cancer before I did."

"He used to sniff me right where my tumor was located."

"I still get teary eye'd thinking of him."

"Rest in peace big guy."- BionicGimpster

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It's What They Didn't See Or Hear...

"Absolute silence. No wind, no animals, nothing. One second there were all the sounds of nature, then nothing. Lasted for a few seconds that felt like an eternity." Reddit

There's a reason that so many fairy tales and scary stories are set deep in the woods.

For while staying alert and using your best judgment will no doubt keep you safe, the possibilities of what could happen to you are endless, and terrifying.

People Reveal The Weirdest Thing About Themselves

Reddit user Isitjustmedownhere asked: 'Give an example; how weird are you really?'

Let's get one thing straight: no one is normal. We're all weird in our own ways, and that is actually normal.

Of course, that doesn't mean we don't all have that one strange trait or quirk that outweighs all the other weirdness we possess.

For me, it's the fact that I'm almost 30 years old, and I still have an imaginary friend. Her name is Sarah, she has red hair and green eyes, and I strongly believe that, since I lived in India when I created her and there were no actual people with red hair around, she was based on Daphne Blake from Scooby-Doo.

I also didn't know the name Sarah when I created her, so that came later. I know she's not really there, hence the term 'imaginary friend,' but she's kind of always been around. We all have conversations in our heads; mine are with Sarah. She keeps me on task and efficient.

My mom thinks I'm crazy that I still have an imaginary friend, and writing about her like this makes me think I may actually be crazy, but I don't mind. As I said, we're all weird, and we all have that one trait that outweighs all the other weirdness.

Redditors know this all too well and are eager to share their weird traits.

It all started when Redditor Isitjustmedownhere asked:

"Give an example; how weird are you really?"

Monsters Under My Bed

"My bed doesn't touch any wall."

"Edit: I guess i should clarify im not rich."

– Practical_Eye_3600

"Gosh the monsters can get you from any angle then."

– bikergirlr7

"At first I thought this was a flex on how big your bedroom is, but then I realized you're just a psycho 😁"

– zenOFiniquity8

Can You See Why?

"I bought one of those super-powerful fans to dry a basement carpet. Afterwards, I realized that it can point straight up and that it would be amazing to use on myself post-shower. Now I squeegee my body with my hands, step out of the shower and get blasted by a wide jet of room-temp air. I barely use my towel at all. Wife thinks I'm weird."

– KingBooRadley


"In 1990 when I was 8 years old and bored on a field trip, I saw a black Oldsmobile Cutlass driving down the street on a hot day to where you could see that mirage like distortion from the heat on the road. I took a “snapshot” by blinking my eyes and told myself “I wonder how long I can remember this image” ….well."

– AquamarineCheetah

"Even before smartphones, I always take "snapshots" by blinking my eyes hoping I'll remember every detail so I can draw it when I get home. Unfortunately, I may have taken so much snapshots that I can no longer remember every detail I want to draw."

"Makes me think my "memory is full.""

– Reasonable-Pirate902

Same, Same

"I have eaten the same lunch every day for the past 4 years and I'm not bored yet."

– OhhGoood

"How f**king big was this lunch when you started?"

– notmyrealnam3

Not Sure Who Was Weirder

"Had a line cook that worked for us for 6 months never said much. My sous chef once told him with no context, "Baw wit da baw daw bang daw bang diggy diggy." The guy smiled, left, and never came back."

– Frostygrunt


"I pace around my house for hours listening to music imagining that I have done all the things I simply lack the brain capacity to do, or in some really bizarre scenarios, I can really get immersed in these imaginations sometimes I don't know if this is some form of schizophrenia or what."

– RandomSharinganUser

"I do the same exact thing, sometimes for hours. When I was young it would be a ridiculous amount of time and many years later it’s sort of trickled off into almost nothing (almost). It’s weird but I just thought it’s how my brain processes sh*t."

– Kolkeia

If Only

"Even as an adult I still think that if you are in a car that goes over a cliff; and right as you are about to hit the ground if you jump up you can avoid the damage and will land safely. I know I'm wrong. You shut up. I'm not crying."

– ShotCompetition2593

Pet Food

"As a kid I would snack on my dog's Milkbones."

– drummerskillit

"Haha, I have a clear memory of myself doing this as well. I was around 3 y/o. Needless to say no one was supervising me."

– Isitjustmedownhere

"When I was younger, one of my responsibilities was to feed the pet fish every day. Instead, I would hide under the futon in the spare bedroom and eat the fish food."

– -GateKeep-

My Favorite Subject

"I'm autistic and have always had a thing for insects. My neurotypical best friend and I used to hang out at this local bar to talk to girls, back in the late 90s. One time he claimed that my tendency to circle conversations back to insects was hurting my game. The next time we went to that bar (with a few other friends), he turned and said sternly "No talking about bugs. Or space, or statistics or other bullsh*t but mainly no bugs." I felt like he was losing his mind over nothing."

"It was summer, the bar had its windows open. Our group hit it off with a group of young ladies, We were all chatting and having a good time. I was talking to one of these girls, my buddy was behind her facing away from me talking to a few other people."

"A cloudless sulphur flies in and lands on little thing that holds coasters."

"Cue Jordan Peele sweating gif."

"The girl notices my tension, and asks if I am looking at the leaf. "Actually, that's a lepidoptera called..." I looked at the back of my friend's head, he wasn't looking, "I mean a butterfly..." I poked it and it spread its wings the girl says "oh that's a BUG?!" and I still remember my friend turning around slowly to look at me with chastisement. The ONE thing he told me not to do."

"I was 21, and was completely not aware that I already had a rep for being an oddball. It got worse from there."

– Phormicidae

*Teeth Chatter*

"I bite ice cream sometimes."


"That's how I am with popsicles. My wife shudders every single time."


Never Speak Of This

"I put ice in my milk."


"You should keep that kind of thing to yourself. Even when asked."

– We-R-Doomed

"There's some disturbing sh*t in this thread, but this one takes the cake."

– RatonaMuffin

More Than Super Hearing

"I can hear the television while it's on mute."

– Tira13e

"What does it say to you, child?"

– Mama_Skip


"I put mustard on my omelettes."

– Deleted User


– NotCrustOr-filling

Evened Up

"Whenever I say a word and feel like I used a half of my mouth more than the other half, I have to even it out by saying the word again using the other half of my mouth more. If I don't do it correctly, that can go on forever until I feel it's ok."

"I do it silently so I don't creep people out."

– LesPaltaX

"That sounds like a symptom of OCD (I have it myself). Some people with OCD feel like certain actions have to be balanced (like counting or making sure physical movements are even). You should find a therapist who specializes in OCD, because they can help you."

– MoonlightKayla

I totally have the same need for things to be balanced! Guess I'm weird and a little OCD!

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Experiencing death is a fascinating and frightening idea.

Who doesn't want to know what is waiting for us on the other side?

But so many of us want to know and then come back and live a little longer.

It would be so great to be sure there is something else.

But the whole dying part is not that great, so we'll have to rely on other people's accounts.

Redditor AlaskaStiletto wanted to hear from everyone who has returned to life, so they asked:

"Redditors who have 'died' and come back to life, what did you see?"


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"My dad's heart stopped when he had a heart attack and he had to be brought back to life. He kept the paper copy of the heart monitor which shows he flatlined. He said he felt an overwhelming sensation of peace, like nothing he had felt before."



"I had surgical complications in 2010 that caused a great deal of blood loss. As a result, I had extremely low blood pressure and could barely stay awake. I remember feeling like I was surrounded by loved ones who had passed. They were in a circle around me and I knew they were there to guide me onwards. I told them I was not ready to go because my kids needed me and I came back."

"My nurse later said she was afraid she’d find me dead every time she came into the room."

"It took months, and blood transfusions, but I recovered."


Take Me Back

"Overwhelming peace and happiness. A bright airy and floating feeling. I live a very stressful life. Imagine finding out the person you have had a crush on reveals they have the same feelings for you and then you win the lotto later that day - that was the feeling I had."

"I never feared death afterward and am relieved when I hear of people dying after suffering from an illness."



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"I had a heart surgery with near-death experience, for me at least (well the possibility that those effects are caused by morphine is also there) I just saw black and nothing else but it was warm and I had such inner peace, its weird as I sometimes still think about it and wish this feeling of being so light and free again."


This is why I hate surgery.

You just never know.



"More of a near-death experience. I was electrocuted. I felt like I was in a deep hole looking straight up in the sky. My life flashed before me. Felt sad for my family, but I had a deep sense of peace."



"Nursing in the ICU, we’ve had people try to die on us many times during the years, some successfully. One guy stood out to me. His heart stopped. We called a code, are working on him, and suddenly he comes to. We hadn’t vented him yet, so he was able to talk, and he started screaming, 'Don’t let them take me, don’t let them take me, they are coming,' he was scared and yelling."

"Then he yelled a little more, as we tried to calm him down, he screamed, 'No, No,' and gestured towards the end of the bed, and died again. We didn’t get him back. It was seriously creepy. We called his son to tell him the news, and the son said basically, 'Good, he was an SOB.'”



"My sister died and said it was extremely peaceful. She said it was very loud like a train station and lots of talking and she was stuck in this area that was like a curtain with lots of beautiful colors (colors that you don’t see in real life according to her) a man told her 'He was sorry, but she had to go back as it wasn’t her time.'"


"I had a really similar experience except I was in an endless garden with flowers that were colors I had never seen before. It was quiet and peaceful and a woman in a dress looked at me, shook her head, and just said 'Not yet.' As I was coming back, it was extremely loud, like everyone in the world was trying to talk all at once. It was all very disorienting but it changed my perspective on life!"


The Fog

"I was in a gray fog with a girl who looked a lot like a young version of my grandmother (who was still alive) but dressed like a pioneer in the 1800s she didn't say anything but kept pulling me towards an opening in the wall. I kept refusing to go because I was so tired."

"I finally got tired of her nagging and went and that's when I came to. I had bled out during a c-section and my heart could not beat without blood. They had to deliver the baby and sew up the bleeders. refill me with blood before they could restart my heart so, like, at least 12 minutes gone."


Through the Walls

"My spouse was dead for a couple of minutes one miserable night. She maintains that she saw nothing, but only heard people talking about her like through a wall. The only thing she remembers for absolute certain was begging an ER nurse that she didn't want to die."

"She's quite alive and well today."


Well let's all be happy to be alive.

It seems to be all we have.

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Trying to lose weight is a struggle understood by many people regardless of size.

The goal of reaching a healthy weight may seem unattainable, but with diet and exercise, it can pay off through persistence and discipline.

Seeing the pounds gradually drop off can also be a great motivator and incentivize people to stay the course.

Those who've achieved their respective weight goals shared their experiences when Redditor apprenti8455 asked:

"People who lost a lot of weight, what surprises you the most now?"

Redditors didn't see these coming.

Shiver Me Timbers

"I’m always cold now!"

– Telrom_1

"I had a coworker lose over 130 pounds five or six years ago. I’ve never seen him without a jacket on since."

– r7ndom

"140 lbs lost here starting just before COVID, I feel like that little old lady that's always cold, damn this top comment was on point lmao."

– mr_remy

Drawing Concern

"I lost 100 pounds over a year and a half but since I’m old(70’s) it seems few people comment on it because (I think) they think I’m wasting away from some terminal illness."

– dee-fondy

"Congrats on the weight loss! It’s honestly a real accomplishment 🙂"

"Working in oncology, I can never comment on someone’s weight loss unless I specifically know it was on purpose, regardless of their age. I think it kind of ruffles feathers at times, but like I don’t want to congratulate someone for having cancer or something. It’s a weird place to be in."

– LizardofDeath

Unleashing Insults

"I remember when I lost the first big chunk of weight (around 50 lbs) it was like it gave some people license to talk sh*t about the 'old' me. Old coworkers, friends, made a lot of not just negative, but harsh comments about what I used to look like. One person I met after the big loss saw a picture of me prior and said, 'Wow, we wouldn’t even be friends!'”

"It wasn’t extremely common, but I was a little alarmed by some of the attention. My weight has been up and down since then, but every time I gain a little it gets me a little down thinking about those things people said."

– alanamablamaspama

Not Everything Goes After Losing Weight

"The loose skin is a bit unexpected."

– KeltarCentauri

"I haven’t experienced it myself, but surgery to remove skin takes a long time to recover. Longer than bariatric surgery and usually isn’t covered by insurance unless you have both."

– KatMagic1977

"It definitely does take a long time to recover. My Dad dropped a little over 200 pounds a few years back and decided to go through with skin removal surgery to deal with the excess. His procedure was extensive, as in he had skin taken from just about every part of his body excluding his head, and he went through hell for weeks in recovery, and he was bedridden for a lot of it."

– Jaew96

These Redditors shared their pleasantly surprising experiences.


"I can buy clothes in any store I want."

– WaySavvyD

"When I lost weight I was dying to go find cute, smaller clothes and I really struggled. As someone who had always been restricted to one or two stores that catered to plus-sized clothing, a full mall of shops with items in my size was daunting. Too many options and not enough knowledge of brands that were good vs cheap. I usually went home pretty frustrated."

– ganache98012

No More Symptoms

"Lost about 80 pounds in the past year and a half, biggest thing that I’ve noticed that I haven’t seen mentioned on here yet is my acid reflux and heartburn are basically gone. I used to be popping tums every couple hours and now they just sit in the medicine cabinet collecting dust."

– colleennicole93

Expanding Capabilities

"I'm all for not judging people by their appearance and I recognise that there are unhealthy, unachievable beauty standards, but one thing that is undeniable is that I can just do stuff now. Just stamina and flexibility alone are worth it, appearance is tertiary at best."

– Ramblonius

People Change Their Tune

"How much nicer people are to you."

"My feet weren't 'wide' they were 'fat.'"

– LiZZygsu

"Have to agree. Lost 220 lbs, people make eye contact and hold open doors and stuff"

"And on the foot thing, I also lost a full shoe size numerically and also wear regular width now 😅"

– awholedamngarden

It's gonna take some getting used to.

Bones Everywhere

"Having bones. Collarbones, wrist bones, knee bones, hip bones, ribs. I have so many bones sticking out everywhere and it’s weird as hell."

– Princess-Pancake-97

"I noticed the shadow of my ribs the other day and it threw me, there’s a whole skeleton in here."

– bekastrange

Knee Pillow

"Right?! And they’re so … pointy! Now I get why people sleep with pillows between their legs - the knee bones laying on top of each other (side sleeper here) is weird and jarring."

– snic2030

"I lost only 40 pounds within the last year or so. I’m struggling to relate to most of these comments as I feel like I just 'slimmed down' rather than dropped a ton. But wow, the pillow between the knees at night. YES! I can relate to this. I think a lot of my weight was in my thighs. I never needed to do this up until recently."

– Strongbad23

More Mobility

"I’ve lost 100 lbs since 2020. It’s a collection of little things that surprise me. For at least 10 years I couldn’t put on socks, or tie my shoes. I couldn’t bend over and pick something up. I couldn’t climb a ladder to fix something. Simple things like that I can do now that fascinate me."

"Edit: Some additional little things are sitting in a chair with arms, sitting in a booth in a restaurant, being able to shop in a normal store AND not needing to buy the biggest size there, being able to easily wipe my butt, and looking down and being able to see my penis."

– dma1965

People making significant changes, whether for mental or physical health, can surely find a newfound perspective on life.

But they can also discover different issues they never saw coming.

That being said, overcoming any challenge in life is laudable, especially if it leads to gaining confidence and ditching insecurities.