- HEALTH TRACKER
At 15 months post op, I hit 100 lb loss! That’s the equivalent of my 12 yr old son that I was carrying around on my frame. I’m 10 lbs below my goal. My current weight is 134 lbs; I’m 5’ 6” and wear a size 4. I have plastics scheduled next month on April 17th and I’m very excited about being bikini ready this summer.
I visit this board from time to time and I see the posts from recent surgeries, some posts of frustration due to stalls and others just learning along the way.
There are a couple of things that I want you to know:
It will not happen overnight. I lost the 1st 50 lbs in about 4 ½ months and the other 50 lbs took an additional 11 months. I never really stalled, just lost slow but steady and I think that is better on your body.
I lost weight on a 1200 calorie daily diet. My diet consisted of all foods, including carbs. The sleeve is what you make of it and I did (and still do) make smart choices. I had to eat in a way that I know I can maintain for life and I feel comfortable. For maintenance, I'm trying to increase to 1600-1800 calories and it's not the easiest task.
You will lose hair! I lost about ½ the volume of my hair and I didn’t have a ton to start with, but relax…you will not go bald. Your protein, vitamins, etc.; these things are important, but you will more than likely still lose hair. Just know, that it does grow back.
Your food volume does increase over time. This doesn’t mean you have stretched your sleeve. I’m at a point where I really should not lose any more weight and need to increase my daily calories to just maintain and stop losing. I don’t want a lot of junk in my diet, so I enjoy that I can eat more and get my daily calories. It also makes me feel somewhat “normal”. Nothing quite makes you stand out like when your toddler/small child out eats you.
I do think attitude plays a part in your progress. I you feel like you are failing or are constantly comparing yourself to others; it can take a toll on you. Enjoy yourself along the way. Enjoy the progress you have already made and will continue to make. I no longer weigh daily and I’m trying to enjoy this new “skinny” life and not focus so much on food and the loss or gain. I eat right (most of the time), I exercise and I get my water and vitamins in. Looking back on all those times pre sleeve that I failed at weight loss; I now know that I just made it too hard. For me, it never was the type of foods I ate as much as the volume was the problem. I both punished and rewarded myself with food. I will be 36 this month and I feel like for the first time, I have a healthy relationship with food.
Now some photo whoring! Our 1st EVER family photos. Previously I never would take family photos because mama was fat and I didn’t want to be in the pictures.
But first - the embarrassing Pre-Op
That baby is 5 now and has hair!
A photo with the whole family - I am incredibly blessed
Size 2 jeans!