I have not posted in awhile mostly because I debated if I should wait until I hit goal weight and would post before and after pictures. That plan will change and I will take pictures soon and post them. I am running my first marathon in Aug so will post those. I feel really awkward posting pictures because I am still struggling with thinking I am still fat and not a "normal person". I am still self conscious. I am getting better at being comfortable in my own skin though.
Yesterday I went for my 8 mos visit with Dr. Savoie with trepedation. I hoped to be at a lower weight and was feeling rather disappointed. My weight has flattened out and I can't seem to lose more. I also have not reached the healthy BMI of 25 - mine is 27. According to Dr. Savoie this is still considered a huge success and I should not focus on the numbers. I have lost almost 40% of my body weight already. I want to ideally lose another 10lbs and Dr. Savoie said that my current weight was great but if I wanted to lose more then to not aim to lose much more. The 10lbs would be fine but to lose more would likely get into a unhealthy range since I would sacrifice valuable bone and muscle density. This is still perplexing to me because at my height I would still be overweight at 140lbs. but he said to ignore that because for bariatric patients this whole BMI structure is different. BMI is a univeral gauge and it does not account for so many variables. It just lumps people into a mass catagory and is not accurate for the individual.
You have done so well. At my six week appoint with dr savoie..he explained the BMI thing to me the same way when i asked him where i should be in the end. You must feel so much better and should be so proud of yourself...even with aurgery it is not an easy path...keep in touch and good luck in aug in your marathon
I am really excited for you in that in less than a month you are having your surgery. I can't tell you how much that surgery saved my life and gave me a new life! I really hope that you experience what I have. Best advice I would give to you in preparation is to start slowly now with excercise. Even if it is just walking. When I went in for my surgery my recovery time was so much easier than other patients because I had that base. It really made everything much smoother. I am still in awe at the fact that I am never really hungry. The staff and Dr. Savoie are amazing and you are in excellent hands believe me. The nurses and staff on the hospital floor where you will be staying are also second to none. I have had other surgeries and this one by far was the easiest I ever had. The next few weeks will be like riding a roller coaster of emotions but ride through it. I remember at one point even considering backing out because I was scared but was so glad that I put those feelings in the back of my head. You have to remind yourself that you are worth and deserve a healthy and happy life. I did tell people after that I had the surgery and had some ignorant comments like "well you cheated" or "gee people are really sick in this province and can't get care but you got weight loss surgery that you could could have done on your own". Well I was dying as well. I have to tell you that the surgery really is not a magic bullet and it is a tool. You still have to make lifestyle changes but they are so much easier. I know that for a fact the surgery changed my metabolism and ability to convert food into energy. What I eat now gets into my system faster so I have more consistent energy. I have such a different relationship with food now - it is a healthy relationship. As for the marathon - I have not run it yet so I am crossing my fingers I can fini**** I will tell you that all those things in life that you though were so far out of your reach really are not. I have learned that you really can have the life and do the things you have seen others do and only wished to. The ability to do that is priceless and you are on the cusp of all of it. I was over 300lbs at one point and could not walk up the stairs but our bodies are amazing things if we take it slow and steady.