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People Share The Real Reasons They Just Up And Quit Their Jobs

People Share The Real Reasons They Just Up And Quit Their Jobs
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Quitting your job, ideally, should be something done with forethought and planning. It's a career shift that can take months, if not years to make and that "minimally requires" two weeks notice.


Now ... you and I both know we absolutely do not live in an "ideal" world and sometimes sh*t happens.

Reddit user Broad_post-6496 asked:

What made you quit your job?

Spoiler alert: It pretty much boils down to terrible bosses.

No Heat In Winter

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"I worked at a dry cleaners when I was in high school."

"The owner refused to turn the heat on in the middle of winter. She literally locked the thermostat with a key and I had to wear my winter jacket inside the whole shift. It got to the point where I could see my breath inside."

"After this happening multiple times, I called my city's health department to 'anonymously' report unsafe work conditions."

"Health inspector came that day and did a full inspection. Ended up writing multiple violations (fire hazards, unsafe worker conditions, etc.) which all came with a hefty fine."

"I was fully aware the owner would watch the cameras and see me giving the inspector a full tour. I never came back after that day and don't feel bad at all." - ta1234560

Family Business

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"The wide spread nepotism and narcissism."

"As a result, I'll never work for another family-owned business ever again, especially if they promote themselves as being a 'family-like' working environment."

"It just amounts to a lot of unpaid overtime, requests severely outside of your job description, and lots of begging for a minimal raise while the family members get fat checks." - ThatReaperGuy

"To avoid arbitration, our company's HR representative sent out a poll to unrelated departments asking them to 'vote' on the next admin assistant. The choice was between two women."

"The woman who 'won' was the HR rep's best friend." - LudwigWhitecollar

"I just assume everywhere that says they have a 'family-like' workplace means a highly dysfunctional and toxic family lol."

"No thanks. I've got my own family to deal with, I'd rather not add yours." - CappuccinoBoy

No Money, Mo' Problems

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"Not getting a raise."

"The 'seniors' that knew less and used me as a resource 24/7 for their important client meetings were all making $20k above me. I was also assigned the more technical and hard assignments."

"I asked for a raise and outlined why it was deserved. Boss said I made good points but his 'hands were tied' and I needed to 'Wait til annual reviews and we'll see what we can do.' "

"I put my two weeks in on the spot."

"Within 6 months all my peers, except for one person, were gone."

"Their reasoning? 'We knew if they wouldn't take care of YOU there was no way they'd do anything for us.' "

"They saw how little company valued an employee they heavily relied on, and decided they had no future there." - technical-reality-39


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"Once upon a time I was working as a delivery driver for Pizza Hut. My boss, F*cking Dennis, liked to say that he didn't have to go to college because he went to Pizza Hut University. Yeah, he was THAT GUY."

"I had an old truck that was having some issues and I couldn't deliver pizza. He told me to let him know when I had a working vehicle and he would put me back on the schedule."

"This was right around the Super Bowl."

"He wrote me up for not showing up the day of the game. Another week goes by and he says if I can't show up, he's gonna terminate me."

"At this point, I had just managed to buy a used car and luck would have it, I found a much higher paying job. So I go in and tell him that I'm going to put in my two weeks."

"He replies, 'You got fired the moment your truck stopped working.' and hands me a piece of paper I have to sign to get my last tiny bit of pay."

"It says I was negligent, blah, blah, blah. So I rewrite it and say that he told me to call him when my truck was fixed."

"He flips out and almost comes to blows with me. So I call the general manager and tell him the whole story."

"Sad ending - Dennis lies and gets promoted. F*ck you Dennis; and your stupid dumb mustache." - jimmygibbler

Executives And Emails

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"In my case it was executives that drove me out."

"Managers were tolerable. My Local leadership was fine. Middle management could be at times Micro-managing but tolerable."

"It was when an Executive VP was calling me to yell at me cause he didn't like something I said in an Email to another employee - an email which this VP nor his staff were involved in. Guess they actually do go through all our Emails."

"That call is what made me start resenting that place. It showed such a lack of trust or respect and exactly how incompetent those execs were if they were spending their time reading low level employees emails rather than literally anything else." - AWACS_Bandog


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"I called my boss from the hospital to let her know I'd been rushed in because I stopped breathing and turned blue."

"I explained that I was, at that moment, sitting with a cannula in my nose and hooked up to multiple machines, which I know she heard because they kept going off because my oxygen was low and I was tachycardic."

"She yelled at me about how disrespectful it was for me to call in two hours before my shift, after I'd worked 12-14 hr days for three months straight. I hung up and emailed her my letter of resignation right then."

"I was a teacher at the time so taking abuse was a normal part of my routine, but I couldn't do it anymore."

"I had bruises from my students, I was so sick I couldn't move (they had to take me for imaging at one point and they had to transfer me onto the MRI bed because I couldn't lift myself), I was coming home in tears every day and dreading going to work."

"The hospital released me saying they couldn't find evidence of anything to explain why I couldn't breathe. I was at another hospital less than a week later where they found 'severe acute bronchitis.' My lungs were almost completely white on the image (which apparently means BAD)."

"I ended up with pneumonia a couple months later and I'm pretty sure it's because bronchitis went on for three months with no treatment because I couldn't get time out of the classroom to see a doctor."

"I'm an office admin now for a construction company and I'm 100% happier." - itsbadtonight

Boss After Boss

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"It's been bad bosses time after time."

"1st job - they stopped giving me hours to force me to quit."

"2nd job - boss got involved in my personal life and told me if I didn't apologize to a friend of hers, I'd have no more hours."

"3rd job - Company went bust, but I stayed til the last day when the doors closed for the last time because that's how I work."

"4th job - I was severely over worked and underpaid. I was trained as a receptionist and still expected to do that while taking over for a contracts administrator - with almost no training. Oh and all the IT work too. No pay raises despite doing 3 jobs."

"5th job - still here :) Hopefully I'll get to stay a while." - InnocenceBlue

Invaluable, But Only So Far As...

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"One, the 80 hour work weeks."

"Two, the 2 hour commute, and after having proven that I'm efficient AF working from home, still refusing to convert my position to a fully work from home one."

"But the final straw was my boss's boss's inability to promote me. When there was a vacancy at my boss's level, I worked my a$$ off and had more-than-proved that I could do my boss's job."

"Even so, when I applied for the position, I was told 'You're invaluable, but only so far as helping us hire the person goes.' Meaning: you're amazing at what you do, but you don't kiss our butt nearly as much as you should, so suck it."

"Joke's on them. I found a job that pays 40% more, is completely work from home AND at the level of my boss's boss. Exactly where I should have been. Who's sucking it now?" - sortitall6

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Hiring Someone With A Bladder

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"My boss constantly micromanaging my toilet breaks."

"Switched jobs where, surprise, boss doesn't give care about toilet breaks as long the work is in his inbox by the time he asked for it."

"Strange thing, now that I think about it... I don't really know WHAT my old boss wasn't happy about other than the fact that I went to the toilet occasionally and didn't respond within a minute after he messaged me."

"I mean, I still did all the reports he wanted within the time he wanted it, I joined all the weekend overtimes during crunch (also not during crunch)... Guess he just wasn't happy that he employed somebody who had a bladder." - TheDoorDoesntWork

Boss's Dating Life

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"My boss started dating my mom."

"We all worked for the same company, but my mom at a different location. Co-workers suddenly assumed I was getting special treatment- many left the location, always leaving us short staffed."

"Anytime my Mom or my Boss were fighting, my Boss would have a massive attitude change towards me and be cruel. I had a mental breakdown because of it."

"She made me work more doubles, too, and I missed a few therapy appointments (that she was very aware of) and didn't come to work for a few days, so she took me off the schedule. Had to get back on medications during this time."

"Asked her to place me back on the next week; she called me in one morning because someone quit, so I went in to cover with her. It was such a depressing morning working with her."

"She was so nasty to me for the two hours I had been there, then she sent me home because my 'attitude sucks.' I asked her to transfer me to a new location, but she told me that she didn't want another manager to deal with my mental problems because they're too problematic, so she refused my transfer request."

"I quit on her after she gave me 5 doubles for the next week, forcing her to work them all."

"I tried to complain to the district manager about my experiences working with her, but nothing happened because they didn't have anyone to fill her position." - AstronomicalArtisan


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"The company never really cared about its US branch, and always showed blatant favoritism towards the Singapore office."

"The CEO was toxic, and would always complain that we didn't work hard enough, and that he wanted everyone to work 9-9, and would mandate it for the US offices if he could."

"I saw the writing on the wall when they stopped hiring replacements in the US office. The last straw was when they said that we were no longer using C# for our software, despite the fact that it's what all the developers specialized in, and what all our software was written in."

"Apparently, the .NET runtime was just too much of a hassle to deal with, so we were switching to C++/JS effective immediately. There was some backpedaling when they realized how long it would take to migrate some of our larger services from C# to C++ (I guess they thought it would be a straight-port or something?)"

"Anyway, it was a good idea to jump ship. 6 months after I left that (during Christmas time) that they announced they were closing the US office, and moving all development to Singapore/China." - VeloxFox

Lost An Employee And A Customer

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"I was moving away for college."

"I actually left earlier than I'd originally planned because my coworkers started teasing me and being passive aggressive just because I was going to college and leaving them. I realized just how bitter they all were."

"I'm fortunate enough to get an education while they're spending their lives in a dead-end, minimum wage job, wasting all their money on booze and drugs. I'm glad I found out just how toxic a place that really was."

"It was a pit of misery, but I thought I at least had friends. I was fortunate enough to get out of it. If your wondering, it was just a local grocery store, but after working there I refuse to shop there anymore." - Arcinbiblo12


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"Worked at Wendy's - it was the first and only job I've ever quit. Nothing catastrophic, but they gave me like 4 hours a week during the summer when I requested more, and just stopped my training right in the middle of it."

"You're supposed to watch this series of videos; they start with basic stuff like food safety and sexual harassment, then go from there. Once I watched the one about manning the fry station they handed me a uniform and said 'ok get to work.' "

"I hadn't learned how to do anything else. Other employees rotated positions daily, making sandwiches and being at the register and whatnot."

"Quitting was frequent, and a lot of new hires came in during the brief time I worked there. I talked to them; they had all been trained on how to do everything."

"Not me. I spent my entire shift scooping fries and putting them in the containers, and they would yell at me because I wasn't fast enough."

"I had a panic attack once during a lunch rush and asked if I could go on break, they sent me home."

"It just was not worth the $15 per hour pay that was my sole motivation for accepting the job. Other duties were dull, but it's really demeaning to just scoop the whole shift." - chrisb0302


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"Spent 6 years recovering from a bad fall. Could have died. Nearly lost my leg. Still have almost constant severe pain."

"Boss was the CFO. I'm middle management."

"After a board meeting, my boss tells me I needed to 'improve how I sit in a chair and stop fidgeting.' I reminded the boss that I am disabled and fidget because I am trying not to scream in pain."

"Boss feigns regret, then essentially repeats the advice. Stop fidgeting."

"I live in a small town, so word gets around. This wasn't worth suing over; I just went to the nearest competitor, got hired, and dedicated myself to making my new company successful."

"New company CEO says I'm the best he's ever worked with. I apologized for being fidgety and he gave me the biggest 'so what?' look I've ever seen." - Powerful-Care-9964

Whatever THIS Is...

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"With my last job, it was definitely my manager."

"She insisted on having very graphic, adult conversations about sex and stuff which I tried to avoid and when I did, she would be like, 'What's WRONG with you? What, are you some kind of prude?' "

"She was also very passive-aggressive when it came to my husband and our relationship. She once asked me about my husband's job, how many hours he worked, etc."

"When I told her, she said, 'Well if that was MY husband, and he worked THAT many hours, I would tell him to just get the f*ck out, because I need him to be home more than THAT!' "

"My husband had a 2hr commute every day at that time, and worked about 50 hrs a week. This didn't bother me one bit because that had been the case for most of our marriage up to that point."

"She also acted like it was a crime for us to go on vacation (gasp!) as much as we do (2-3X per year) because she was (when she wasn't at work) a 'travel agent' and didn't get to go anywhere."

"She also kind of acted like there was something inherently wrong with me because I only have one kid."

"My body just did not handle pregnancy particularly well, getting pregnant wasn't ever easy for me and the second (and last time) I got pregnant, I had a miscarriage."

"I had accepted at that point that I was only ever going to have one child and was (and am) mostly OK with that."

"She acted like how dare I only have one child, that my son was going to grow up to be some kind of weirdo psychopath because he didn't have any siblings."

"She was 100% directly the reason I quit." - knockmeyourlobes

Response after response - Reddit basically just gave us different takes on the old idea that people don't leave jobs, they leave bosses.

So ask yourself, what was the reason YOU quit? Was it a management issue? Sound off in the comments!

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.