A before photo to reference.
WOW! It has been an amazing 9 months! This time last year I weighed somewhere between 240-250lbs, and I had given up completely on ever being at a healthy weight. I would have given up a limb to get to 180. And a size 10 sounded like a mythical achievement!
I had my 9 month check up this week, and my greatest achievement thus far is the gift of health back to myself. I am now in better shape than I was when I started college 32 years ago! I was also really flattered to have been asked to be a mentor for a few incoming gastric bypass patients, that will start soon. I will also become a regular at the bariatric seminars on the patient panel and will occasionally also be introducing Dr Snyder as well. Truly honored to be a part of this world-class team!
Start weight was 241. BMI of 40. Size 22. Shoe size 8.5. BP 150+/100+. Body fat 53% (normal is 19-26%). I had health issues of depression, hypertension, pre-diabetes, sleeping issues, asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.
9 months post op I weigh 140 – yes, I have lost over 100lbs!!! My BP is 102/64. My BMI is 22.9. I wear size 4 jeans, size 6 in a dress. I am now a size 6.5 in shoes. I have no idea what my former dress size was because I didn’t own any. My body fat is now less than 23%. My health issues including the depression are gone! I have very mild joint discomfort occasionally. And this is all before I have the surgery to remove the extra skin in my abdomen. These numbers will get even better and put me from a fitness category into an athlete category!
I have no problem reaching for small sizes when I shop now, and in fact just had to purchase new winter jackets and coats that are smalls!! I have learned to try on the next size down with everything I buy because that is usually the one that fits. I had a huge AHA moment this week. I bought myself very cute extended calf boots several months ago. I had to get them stretched to even go on over bare skin. They now fit over jeans which is a look I love, and and can see that soon I will be able to buy normal size boots. I couldn’t do that even when I was young. My body has completely re-contoured itself, and it is small and sleek. And healthy.
I recently chopped off my hair and colored it red to go with my new look and I love it. Makes me feel sassy and strong. I think I will keep it this way for quite awhile.
One of my new revelations is that I am now cold. All the time! I used to keep my house at 60 degrees, and everyone else froze. Now I wear fuzzy boots on my feet and layer sweaters and scarves. A few days ago it was 70 here and I was dressed like it was mid winter. Hilarious!
I have so much energy! I stay up much later than I used to, and I am also sleeping a little longer in the morning…I still get up before 6:00 most days, but that is a big change from my previous go to bed at 9:00 and get up at 5:00 with lots of waking during the night. Now I usually sleep through the night, going to sleep around 11:00 and getting up around 6:00.
Every change I made this year has been worth it. No caffeine? Who cares! No booze? So what! Teeny tiny meals? Bring it on! I would do all of this again tomorrow!
A few shout outs are in order here:
Dr Michael Snyder, my bariatric surgeon and his amazing team – I LOVE YOU GUYS! And am forever grateful.
My husband Scott – I love you, you are my rock, and you helped me believe. There is no one else like you in the world.
My family – mom, Chelsea & Arin – you believed, and you cheered me on. I love you, and I am grateful.
My dogs!!!! – My exercise companions, my confidantes, my huggers when I was weak. You bless me with your uncomplicated love and your total conviction that I am the coolest person on the planet in your eyes. Everyone should be so blessed.
My friends – you know who you are. I love you. Thank you for believing in me.
Ok, a few photos: