Tummy Tuck This Fall

May 09, 2015

I'm excited and nervous about having a tummy tuck this fall.  Fortunately I do not need an extended abdominoplasty like I assumed.  According to my surgeon I only need a panniculectomy.   As it turns out, my ab muscles are right where they are supposed to be.  This means I am having a cheaper and easier to recover from surgery.

My biggest fears are complications from the surgery and that I will still not like my body afterwards.  I know that there is more plastic surgery in my future after this.

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150 lb goal met!

Dec 02, 2012

I hit my goal weight this morning. I now weigh 150 lbs.  According to the government and my health insurance company, I am no longer overweight but at the top edge of "normal".

1 Year Out, 15 lbs From Goal

Jun 07, 2012

Tomorrow will be one  year from my surgery.  I was hoping to hit my goal weight of 150 lbs by then, but I will not make it.  I am at 165 lbs this morning and that is fine.  I know if I had worked harder and joined a gym, I could have made the goal on time.  Fortunately, this is a life long change for me and I know that I am still making progress.  My weight loss has slowed down significantly and I will have to put forth more effort if I want to hit my target weight.

Down 100 lbs and Wearing Size Medium Shirts!

Mar 30, 2012

I'm now officially down 100 lbs from the date of surgery.  I'm also no longer Obese, but rather Overweight.  Bought my first size medium shirt the other day.  Progress is wonderful!

Stalled at 185

Mar 12, 2012

I've been hanging around 185 for a month now.  This worries me quite a bit.  I've been eating out far too often.  Currently, I walk 4-5 days per week.  I'm going to be adding bicycle riding to my routine to try to move off this plateau. 

On the plus side, I have uploaded new photos and am starting to see a bigger difference in myself.  I'm quite happy with my body when I'm fully clothed now but looking in the mirror naked is rather depressing due to the loose skin and saggy breasts.  I really hope some of this bounces back during the next year.

Down 120 from my Highest!

Jan 23, 2012

 I'm down 89 lbs from the day of my surgery.  Extra Large shirts are fitting nicely now and I'm wearing size 18 jeans!  It is nice to feel better about myself out in public.  I still hate what I see in the bathroom mirror before I get dressed though.  Hopefully I get past that emotional barrier as I get closer to goal.

Below 200 for the first time in over a decade!

Jan 07, 2012

Woke up this morning to a pleasant surprise.  The number on the scale didn't start with a 3 or even a 2.  I'm at 199.6 and couldn't be more thrilled about it!

Many Milestones

Oct 18, 2011

It's amazing how often we hit milestones while losing weight.  Keep yourself motivated, don't take your accomplishments for granted!

Some milestones I've hit
Dropping from 4x to 3x to 2x in shirt sizes
Wearing "Real Jeans"  instead of stretch jeans with an elastic waistband
Hitting my "college weight" on the scale
Not looking ridiculous wearing a belt
Going on my first hike ever
Seeing a waist in the mirror
Noticing my collar bones
Walking for an hour without breaking a sweat
Noticing on a rainy day that my body in stir crazy, craving exercise!
Buying heeled boots
Enjoying going clothing shopping
Catching guys checking me out

240 Exactly!

Aug 29, 2011

What a nice surprise this morning!  My scale read 240.0, on the nose!  It is hard to believe that I'm down 50 pounds since my surgery.  It has been almost 12 weeks.  I get compliments from friends and co-workers who have noticed the weight loss.  Once in a while I get a glimpse of myself in a mirror and can see a change, but most of the time I don't see a big difference.

I'm losing a few clothing items due to my shrinking size.  This is a good thing, but it means I need to do some clothing shopping eventually.  A co-worker that is at his year anniversary for his WLS suggested going to Good Will to find clothes for now, since I am not at my goal weight yet.  I'll get around to it soon, hopefully!

Going very well!

Jul 19, 2011

I had almost no problems advancing myself through the six stages of foods and have hardly had any problems with foods so far.  It still amazes me that I can feel very hungry, eat a few bites and suddenly feel over full.  The past few days I've been packing small lunchables for work and I can't finish them in one sitting.  It's crazy to think that I can't eat as much as a small school child, but I guess that's what it takes to loose the weight.

Walking at work has been a great way to keep myself motivated and moving.  Half an hour on my lunch break is just enough time to walk around the sidewalks here and "feel the burn".  I try to take lunch early so that it's not too hot outside yet when I go out to walk.  I figured that since I'm not really eating a lunch (a few bites at my desk hardly counts) and I know that I am at work five days a week, this is a perfect way to get the activity time in.


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