I hit onderland today!!! I don't remember the last time I weighed less than 200 pounds. I've lost 68 pounds so far and have now officially lost more weight than i still have to lose!
I started my weight loss journey in February - 3 months before my surgery. I did this in preparation of my new post-op life. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. I was (and still am) so afraid of failure...which as it turns out is a good motivator for me.
Some things that I do to keep stay on track: I stay on plan. Period. No exceptions. I'm not going to lie. It's tough. There are days that I literally feel like crawling out of my skin because I want to "cheat". But I don't. My family often eats dessert in front of me. It used to drive me bananas, but now I just walk away - often to go work out.
I also track everything I eat. Every.single.thing. that goes in my mouth. I love using My Fitness Pal for this! This has truly been a godsend. It's amazing how much I used to "estimate" I ate before. This keeps me accountable as well.
I've had stalls but I try to focus on the losses (both in pounds and inches). I have a mantra that I am constantly saying (and sometimes screaming) to myself: be strong, persist, and push through it. I say this when I eat, I say this when I work out, I say this when I have stalls. I say this about 50 million times a day.
I also make sure to set goals, both long term and short term. Some of my mini goals were to wear a dress, wear shorts, exercise, go swimming, and ride my bike more often. My long term goals are to go to Hawaii next summer, do roller derby, have a normal BMI, and normal labwork
I also reward myself.....a new shirt here or there, a movie, etc. My reward to myself for hitting onederland is to buy a nice little something from Victoria's Secret
I've also had some pretty cool NSV's along the way so far. I can cross my legs (I'm obsessed with this right now, lol). I can sit in restaurant booth without any difficulty (and room to spare
). I no longer have to shop in plus size. I don't dread getting dressed in the morning anymore. I no longer get winded when exerting myself. I know that there are more that I'm not even thinking of.
I know that I still have a long journey ahead of me and that the real journey is going to start with maintenance. I will continue to be strong, persist, and push through it.
Some pics (i hope this works!)
This is me last summer (approximately 268#)
This is me the day I was discharged from hospital after VSG (233#)
This is me about a week ago or so
And another (sorry for the bad bathroom photo, I'm really short and don't have a full length mirror yet, lol)