Monday, November 17, 2014

8 months post vertical sleeve

It seems crazy that it's been 8 months since I had surgery.  My "new eating" has become like second nature to me.  It still seems crazy that the whole thing is done and over.n it all happened so fast.  It hasn't even been a year that the mere idea of surgery was even brought up to me.  One year ago I didn't even know what vertical sleeve gastrectomy was.  I had no idea that there was a life changing procedure, an alternate to bypass that seemed less scary to me, that could change my life so much.  I am so glad that things went so fast and that I was approved for this surgery.  I only wish I had done it sooner.   For the first time ever I feel like I have a handle on my eating.  The weight is the side effect of that...just one piece of my complex puzzle.  Here's some before and after stats:

Before:  252 lbs
Today:  169 lbs (83 lbs!)

Before: size 20/22
Today: 12/14 bottoms, M or L tops

before:  everything and anything all day, everyday
Today:  3-5 small meals a day, protein powder in my coffee every morning(yum).  I try to keep the carbs down but I don't ever count calories or carbs or anything anymore!  It feels amazing!

Before:  embarrassed, ashamed, avoided others, discouraged, bitter, focused on my obesity
Today:  myself!  I can be myself!  More confident, happy, love shopping, better mom and wife.

Before:  tired, sore, hard to move around myself, sluggish, LAZY
Today:  more energy, more agile, active, MY WEDDING RINGS FIT AGAIN!!!,  I now do fun things with my kids!, capable of so much more

It's hard to put 8 months in a nutshell like this but it's great for me to be able to look back and see my progress.  If anyone is just reading this feel free to scroll back to March when I had surgery.  Or before that where I have been blogging for years about the ups and downs of my wieght loss(and gain) journey.  It's been a wild ride!  Surgery isn't for everyone. I never dreamed it would be for me.  But it's done and it's now part of my crazy journey.  I am so happy about this!

I hope my blogging buddies have all been doing great.  I haven't been on here in ages and I need to catch up on some of my favorite blogs.  Would love to hear from some of you!