Well yesterday I weighed in and the scale read 229.8lb!!!! I thought that was great but decided to wait until today and try it again before officially calling my goal reached. Well, this morning the scale read 229.4 so I say it is official. Below are my stats.
Height = 6'0"
Highest = 370 (6/2011)
At time of 6mo monitoring = 358 (9/2011)
Day of surgery = 328.8 (4/12/2012)
Current = 229.4
So, I am just under one year out and have reached my goal weight that was expected to happen at 18 months. At my last doctor visit I had only lost 5lb of muscle from when I started so the doc was very pleased. I can tell you this journey has been very positive, not only in my life but in my families as well. I have gotten back to some of the activities I loved when I was younger and honestly feel I do some, if not all, of them better now.
During this journey I have reevaluated my goal weight and feel that somewhere between 210 and 220 would be a very good place for me to end up. My sights are now set on 215!
I did have a difficult time in the beginning and it really took me 6 months to fully heal up, relearn how to eat and to get my energy back. I started working out at the 2 month mark but felt exhausted for the most part. I really was having second thoughts and wondering what the hell I did to myself but that soon passed. Around the 6 month mark I stopped loosing and plateaued for almost two months which was very frustrating, the doc and nut kept reassuring me to stay the course and it too passed. My weight loss has been a series of plateaus and drops, usually it would run in a 2 week cycle but most always I say a net loss throughout the month. From the first if this year to now I have only lost around 15lb but the weather has kept me from mountain biking which contributed to some of my losses. I stayed very active with wrestling and BJJ throughout the winter but missed the bike.
I quit attending support groups around the first of this year. For me it was an 80mi drive to listen to a group of folks talk about ways they can cheat and how to eat foods they are not supposed to. I tried to give valuable input to new folks but was always over run by those giving, in my opinion, bad advice. I have found this site as well as some Facebook groups to be a great resource and highly recommend others seek them out if you have questions.
My advice to those thinking about surgery or that are currently struggling is to stay the course. You have the tools and have been giving the knowledge to be successful all you need is the will to see it through.
I thought I would share a few pics of my progress to date....enjoy.
A work in progress
Reaching a goal - My XL shirt and 38 waist pants are getting too big...bring on the large!!!!
Thanks all for the time and support....more to come.