It was one year yesterday that I had my surgery, funny that it ended up on Easter day! Here is the before and after that the nurse took 6 months ago. So me at 334, then at 235.
And here I am today, well 3 days ago at 197.
I have lost 135 lbs, and am finally below 200! I haven't been this weight since my Junior year in high school.
I know a lot of people say this, but it was the best decision I ever made. The first few months were the hardest, I couldn't eat anything (at least anything that I wanted to). I was so sick of yogurt and milk! But now I can eat almost anything as long as I chew it up good, eat slow, and don't eat to much of it. I even eat steak sometimes! The hardest thing has been eating slowly, I was so used to just shoving food in my mouth.
My weight loss has slowed down now, in the first 6 months I lost 100lbs and in the last six months I have lost 37 lbs. Not bad, but the slow down mostly had to do with me snacking (a big no no) and new foods that I could eat (including chips, cookies, and all those things I shouldn't be eating). Even with those foods, I still have lost weight. So my sleeve is working for me, I just have to keep working on my diet and sticking to it.
I go to the gym 3-4 times during the week and do 1/2 hour of cardio and then weights (usually the circuit). On the weekends I walk 3-6 miles a day with my dogs (they love the healthy me a lot more to!).
I remember over a year ago when I couldn't wait to be where I am now, just dreaming about being able to shop in regular sizes and not being noticed for being so big. Now I feel normal (at least physically normal, I'm sure I'm not quite mentally normal
), I don't feel like people are looking at me because I am fat. I will probably have plastic surgery at some point, tummy tuck and breast lift, but I am going to wait until I am sure I am done losing.
Today my BMI is 29, so I am no longer obese, just overweight. I still hope to lose around 20-40 more pounds, but if I don't it won't be the end of the world. As long as I feel good, am healthy, and can fit into regular sizes, I am good.