Well under goal
Jul 27, 2008
I forgot to publish a final update. I am well under goal now. I am now tipping the scales at a lean mean 213 now. I think I may be able to drop a couple of more. I's like to hit 206 so I could say that lost 200 lbs. We'll see if the body lets me get there.
I went out the other day and got a suit for my wife's 20th year high school reunion. It was a 42 long and basically fit me off the rack. The only aterations I needed were cuffs for the length (which every man has to do on a suit) and they had to put extra padding on my shoulders to hide my collar bones WHICH WERE STICKING OUT!!!
I can eat normal meals now. I am basically a normal person.
25 weeks post-op
May 20, 2008
I am at 25 weeks post-op and weighed in this morning at 231. I only have a 11 lbs. to get to my goal weight. I now weigh less than I weighed my freshman year of High School (which, for those keeping score, was 23 years ago).
I am running yet another 10k this weekend.
I am eating and eating and eating...but for the first time in my life, I am eating healthily....where I would once have two double cheeseburgers on the way home from work...AS A SNACK, I am now eating lean, high protein foods, fresh veggies. I am so damn happy!Now my message: Here is how I did it. I shut the hell up and stopped second guessing. I ate what they told me to eat and kept the bad crap out of my mouth. I didn't get crazy, read every label to make sure it was low in sugar and fat. I ate when I was hungry and I pushed the hell away when I knew I was approaching fullness.
And I moved. I ran. I biked. I walked. I LITERALLY worked my ass off....WHY????
Because I have been given a second chance at life. A chance to tell all the people who have given me dismissive looks to go to hell. A chance to not be sweaty walking up a flight of steps. A chance for every woman who never saw what was inside of me to regret it and a chance to finally lose the freaking monkey that has been on my shoulder my entire life.
I will never, EVER allow myself to be as out-of-control as I once was. I am strong. I am quick. I am LEAN!!!
Apr 13, 2008
Time for an update So, I am 4 and a half moths post-op. I weigh 252 lbs.
I have dropped 137 lbs. so far. That's over 80% of my excess body weight gone. I only have 32 more lbs. to go to hit my goal weight of 220 lbs.
I am now wearing XL shirts and they are starting to get loose. I am wearing 38 inch pants. This week I picked up new pajama pants and they were a large!
Exercise is a joy now and I feel horrible if for some reason I miss a workout. I am eating like a normal person, just with small meals. My nutritionist actually said I am going to need to increase my food soon to stop losing weight. Trust me: It is a problem I am more than willing to deal with.
Let's talk clothes
Mar 13, 2008
Well I am down to XL shirts now and I am wearing a 38 inch waist.
The three-month mark
Feb 24, 2008
Well, here I am at 3 months since surgery. I weighed 285 this morning, which is down 104 lbs. since surgery.
I am fitting nicely into XL clothes on my lower body. I still have my barrel chest, so I am somewhere in between 2X and XL on my shirts. My feet are getting smaller in width, and I have had to re-tie the sneakers I slip into to work-out twice this month alone.
I weigh less today than I did when I played football my freshman year in college. Were I half my age, I would make weight to wrestle in a heavyweight match (they raised the upper limit to 285 a couple of years ago).
Here are the next thresholds that I looking to:
275: The weight limit for heavyweight wrestlers when I was in High School. I am hoping to hit this mid-March.
260ish: I wrestled around this weight my senior year (although I did drop some pre-season weight to get there)
245: What I weighed in 1993 when I married my ex-wife.
I will update as we get to them.
Where I am at the two month mark
Jan 30, 2008
I suppose it's time to document with words what is shown in pictures over on the left. It has been 9 weeks since surgery. When I went under the knife, I weighed 389 lbs., down from my all-time high of 406. This morning I weighed 309. Clearly the 80 lb. loss is a victory. But the real sign of progress is how I am doing physically. I go to the gym everyday now. I am now doing at least 55 minutes of cardio a day and am lifting six days a week.
I continue to learn new ways to eat and figure out ways to live normally. Soup is my link to the real world. I can order it when we go to restaurants and feel like a normal person.
This is a very scary journey. I am now within what I weighed as a 20 year old playing football (of course I am built a little differently now).
I have under 100 lbs. to go to get to my goal.