One Year Surgiversary!!! on January 13, 2010 1:12 pm
One year ago today, I was a scared little girl lying on an operating table, with tears in my eyes, wondering how I got to this point, and would I ever see my family again. But somehow, deep down, I knew that this was my only chance of having a "normal", healthy life, one in which my daughter and stepsons wouldn't have to be embarrassed to be seen with me out in public. I know that they would never say that to me, but I didn't want it to be my future.
Well, I am happy to report that I have done well, and had no complications whatsoever. My weight has dropped from 343 pounds to 175 pounds, from a size 26-28 at Penningtons to a size medium top, size 10 bottom, from anywhere!!
My original goal was 180 pounds, which I reached in 11 1/2 months. I am 5 ft 8 inches tall, and would be very happy at that weight. However, I am looking at myself with more critical eyes now, and I see that I still have a bit more to go. So for now, I am setting a mini goal for myself, which is 160 pounds by the end of March, then I will re-assess again!! I love the way that I look in pictures now, but I am much more critical of myself than I used to be.
The one thing that helped me to stay focused was my daily walk. It gave me time for me to think about where I have come from and where I see myself going. I have achieved all the goals that I set out for myself at the beginning of this journey, and I am extremely proud of one in particular. I have gone downhill skiing with my daughter, and I have the energy to do this, no problem!!!
I have had a VERY supportive family through all of this, and they continue to inspire me daily. Without this, I could only imagine how much harder it would have been. Well, enough about me already!! To all the newbies, this is the best thing that I have ever done for myself, and wish you all good luck on your journeys! I am moving on to year 2 with confidence in myself to do well and take it one day at a time, and one step at a time! Thanks to Dr. Pitt for being such an excellent surgeon and to my OH friends for all of your support!!!
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