Well folks I am officially celebrating my 10 month surgiversary at 226.6 a 76lb weight loss. I have 1.6lbs left to my next goal of 225 at which time my goal resets to 200.
A little background: I have been over 300lbs at least 20 years of my life. At my heaviest in the 90's I was 345. I would "diet" and get to 300lbs and that's it. Never in my ADULT life had I ever seen under 300 so I really thought it was my set point. I decided on WLS after watching my mother die in the Fall of 1996. I weighed 318lbs at my PCP and WW to begin this journey. I weighed 302.6lbs at surgery. Months after I was under 300lbs and couldn't believe it. From the gate I have been a slow loser, averaging 1-2lbs a week BUT only loosing weight 2 out of 4 weeks a month.
I have also been fortunate to NOT be hungry which is such a blessing cause even when I have those "off" moments, I can literally jump back on the wagon in a matter of HOURS and NOT days like before. This by far has been the blessing for ME. While others don't like to use the word easy...WLS has been easy for ME. It would have been a struggle for me to lose weight without it.
For those who are "slow" losers if you check the bottom of my profile you will see my weekly weighs, my monthly total and my grand total. There are some weeks that I GAIN and boy at first I got upset until I saw it was a pattern. These last couple months I haven't gained but instead I STAY the same. Is it frustrating?? Yes and NO but I realize this is so MY journey and this is my body loosing weight truly for the first time EVER. Based on my drill team skirt I am about 10-20lbs above my weight. Mind you that means I probably weighed 200lbs at 14 and was wearing a 16...currently I am 226 and just getting into an 18.
I say this all to say that there are people who are scared they are loosing slow and have lost 25lbs in less then 2 months...that was ME and I am now 75lbs lighter. Would I like to be at goal? Yes cause I think I'm really good at maintaining, lol!! But I know I will get there, and I'm enjoying the frustrating journey along the way and more importantly I'm learning so much about myself.
This month I also accomplished MY climb to the top of the US Bank Building in downtown Los Angeles...check out the pictures http://msladyshell.shutterfly.com
What new adventures await for me? My 2nd 5K on October 12 =)