7 Months Post-op and 91 Pounds Gone :) on June 23, 2010 8:40 am
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It has been 7 months already, I can hardly believe it...And 91 pounds...Almost 100!!! I thought I might make 100 lbs by half a year but I was wrong. Things are going pretty slow now, just as the Dr. said. I am still loosing but much slower and there are weeks when I dont lose anything. But you know, I am happy. 91 pounds it is a huge achievement in 7 months.. and I will take it.
My energy level is insane right now. I go to the gym about 4 to 5 days a week and I work out 1 hour. But when I say work out, I really do. I leave that gym a sweaty mess and I absolutely love it. Some days I swim and I do a full hour and thats about 65 laps in the big pool...Can you believe this? Michael Phelps better watch out :) My friends tell me that I work out like I train for a thriatlon ...but who knows what the future holds.. There is a park next to my house that the path that goes around it is 8 miles and I love to walk that path, it takes about 2.30 hrs.. One days my goal is to be able to run it :) So, my life right now is full with obsessive exercise but I absolutely love it. It gives me so much energy and makes me feel alive. When I was 300 lbs it felt like I was just waiting to die and now I can do so much, I just cant stop myself from doing all the things I once thought impossible.
Foodwise, I am doing good. I believe with all the exercise I do, I should eat more but I simply cant. Sometimes I get hungry but never like before (when I was 300lbs) I simply dont feel that starvation mode every again. And even if I get hungry, I get two or three bites from whatever it is and I get full. My husband sits across from me and makes fun of me..he calls me a bird. He even recognizes the signs I make when I am full, I start to look around and I guess my eyes get watery and he says I slow down a lot, like I dont pay attention anymore... And all that after 2 or 3 good bites. But I dont feel deprived. Never did. I still can try or eat anything he does I either choose not to or I get a bite just to kill that craving but most of the time I dont even enjoy it, as I used to do, so I never ask for it again. I eat very healty now. Primarily no breads, mostly chickens and beef, tons of veggies and fruit, skim milk and water. Sometimes brown rice and rarely potatoes. Some starches make me full very fast, so I try to avoid them.
Things are different now when I go shopping or go out to eat. I take a menu and look for the Light Version Section or if they dont have any the Salads or always on the look out to split something with someone, as I cant eat one portion myself anymore. I drink only water or skim milk. I cut off all juices and pop from mylife before surgery and I am glad I did. I used to live on Coke and maybe thats why my liver is so screwed.. Now, I feel better. People try to get me to drink when we go out...but I just say No. Its amazing to watch all my friends who are trying to live better but everything falls apart when they go out. I am the only one that sticks to her plan. Maybe I am the only one that has been hurt so much by being obese for so long...
Anyway, as I said...I feel great. Life is completely different. I went from size 26W to 14 (pretty lose now) in 7 months. From 298 to 206 lbs...and I feel amazing. I experience some jealousy because I am not the fat friend, who made everyone else feel good about themselve anymore but thats ok.. I guess at the end of this journey, I will also know who my true friends are too. I absolutely love my surgery and anyone reading this, doubing their decision - dont. Just go for it. It is the right way.