That’s right folks, it took me 8 months and 1 week, but I made it! I sit this morning just under my goal at 114.6!!! I am over the moon with happiness!
Here’s the Stats:
Highest recorded weight: 242
Pre-op Weight: 217
Loss on pre-op: -17
Day of Surgery: 200
My surgeon and I compromised on the goal, me wanting the top of a healthy bmi – him saying that I could go lower. We settled in the middle(ish) at 115. I am more than likely going to keep going down a bit, just to give myself some bounce back room.
Pants pre-op 20 (stretched tight, leaving red marks, refused to go higher)
Shirts Pre-op 2XL
I didn’t wear dresses or skirts. Suits I would squeeze into an 18P as long as I could, then went to stretchy pants and a nice blouse.
Shoes: 6.5WW to 7WW
Pants 3 in Misses – 2 or 4 in women’s, depending on brand
(NSV: Cheap Wal-Mart size small sweat pants are TOO BIG!! Omg, omg, omg, omg)
Shirts: S or 4
Shoes: Kids 4, Womens 5 – 5.5 no more wide width
Ring: 5.5 or 5
I have had a lot of cost in replacing clothes. My wedding was in June – and the dress was altered twice and still was big on the day of the wedding. I bought it a size 18, was too big for the dress when it came in last December – it wouldn’t fit. I had it altered down to a size 12. My wedding dress is now at my best friend’s mom’s house where she is going to make it into a quilt for me. YAY! My engagement ring wasn’t fitting before the ceremony, and the matching band didn’t match up to it. I had bought a temporary band, but that one lasted only a month before it was too big. I wore one of my mother’s old bands while I went through the debacle of ordering my new set. I wear that now. It’s a 5.5 and is a little loose. But I am not giving it up!!
My surgeon’s plan didn’t set a specific carb goal – just keep it low and keep the protein high. But I followed the guidelines that many here helped me establish. 600 cal, 40 or less carbs, 60-80 protein. I upped the cals to 800 when my energy levels tanked at the start of the fall semester. But I maintain the low carb lifestyle. I plan to have that be my goal for the rest of my life.
I don’t consider myself a success... I will when I have been in maintenance for a few long years without a significant regain. I am allowing a little bounce back (like I said, gonna go down a bit more) – and I fully intend to have plastics within the next two years or so. My boobs will finally be the same size, so help me. My panni will be gone – the skin is severely damaged from having two extra large babies and long term obesity. After the tummy tuck and boob job I will consider the arms and thighs.
Thank you to those that took the time to help: Ruggie, Frisco, Elina, Rob, Sleevegirl, and many others. I appreciate it all and I know I missed some great helpers. This site has been awesome and I have gained two very close personal friends from here. Jenn and Alison are my in life support group, surgery buddies and my personal heroes! I could not be at goal without those two. Wait til ya’ll see Alison’s new tatas!! I am jealous.
Now for the pics, I know that’s what peeps want.
Summer 2011 - Annecy France
Family Pics Fall 2011 - I am just going up and up again
Trying on my wedding dress in August 2011
My Little girl's 9th birthday
When it came in December 2011 - the back is clipped to hold it :(
My official post op pic:
Now for the more fun post op ones:
May 2012 - Trying on the wedding dress again - it's too big and this time clipped to keep it on me lol
My fam and I at the LA Zoo - I am shrinking
Our family pic from the wedding in June
My little girl's 10th bday - a huge difference
Me & my surgery buddies and Heroes at Halloween. I am so in love with these two:
The girls trip to Vegas, Oct 2012
My husband and I at Knott's:
And this morning - celebrating my goal by rocking my new purple sweater and sexy purple boots. I love purple - if you didn't know.
It's hard work - you can't get to goal by thinking you are going to do it easy, doesn't work that way. Use your tool and ROCK IT OUT!!!