18 Month Update - Long Overdue

Sep 24, 2009

Wow.   I can't believe I haven't updated this since 9 months.  

I am a little over 18 months out and living my life to the fullest!   I have lost a total of 152.5 pounds and weigh half of what I did when I started.   I have gone from a size 28-30 to a size 10.    I feel fantastic.

We took a fabulous family vacation in August to the Bahamas and I kept up with the kids and rode water slides and climbed lots of stairs without getting winded and wasn't the largest person in a swimsuit by the pool.   I even had to tighten the seatbelt on the airplane!

I am very healthy and happy.

9 Months

Dec 15, 2008

It's been 9 months since my surgery and I'm down an amazing 110 pounds.   I didn't think I would reach the 100 pound mark until the end of my first year.   This is awesome.  It has slowed down incredibly.  I only lost 4.5 pounds in the past month, but down is down.   I'm having lots of trouble regulating my thyroid.  We've been working on it since August.  I'm hoping that once my levels are adjusted properly that the weight loss will pick up again.  I'd love to be losing about 10 pounds a month at this point.   

I took this great size chart off of a forum message and decided to post it here for inspiration.  

Women's Sizes: 5 ft 5 in-5'6" tall, average bust, average back  
Dimension/Size 38 40 42 44 46 48 50  
Bust 42 44 46 48 50 52 54  
Waist 35 37 39 41.5 44 46.5 49  
Hip 44 46 48 50 52 54 56  
Back-waist length 17.25 17.38 17.5 17.63 17.75 17.88 18  
Half Sizes: 5 ft 2 in-5'3" tall, lower bust, shorter back      
Dimension/Size 10 1/2 12 1/2 14 1/2 16 1/2 18 1/2 20 1/2 22 1/2 24 1/2
Bust 33 35 37 39 41 43 45 47
Waist 27 29 31 33 35 37.5 40 42.5
Hip 35 37 39 41 43 45.5 48 50.5
Back-waist length 15 15.25 15.5 15.75 15.88 16 16.13 16.25
Miss Petite: 5 ft 2 in-5'3" tall, average bust, shorter back    
Dimension/Size 6mp 8mp 10mp 12mp 14mp 16mp    
Bust 30.5 31.5 32.5 34 36 38    
Waist 23.5 24.5 25.5 27 28.5 30.5    
Hip 32.5 33.5 34.5 36 38 40    
Back-waist length 14.5 14.75 15 15.25 15.5 15.75    
Junior Sizes: 5 ft 4 in-5'5" tall, higher bust, shorter back      
Dimension/Size 5 7 9 11 13 15    
Bust 30 31 32 33.5 35 37    
Waist 22.5 23.5 24.5 25.5 27 29    
Hip 32 33 34 35.5 37 39    
Back-waist length 15 15.25 15.5 15.75 16 16.25    


My 4 Month Surgiversary

Jul 12, 2008

Well, today is my four month surgiversary.   This has been an amazing journey so far.   Here is the data:  I have lost 65 pounds.  I have lost 1 inch from my neck, 7.5 inches from my chest, 9.5 inches from my waist, 7 inches from my hips, 5.5 inches around both my thighs (together) and 2.5 inches from my upper arm.  

I feel terrific, have energy and am so happy I finally did this.  I live with my sewing machine in my dining room because I am constantly tucking in the waistband of my capris and shorts.   I'm trying not to clothes shop until it's time for school in September.   I did have to buy all new bras, gotta keep the girls up where they belong.  Oh yeah, and I bought two new bathing suits because I swim alot and had a boob fall out of my bathing suit at the college pool.  Oops!

I can't wait to see where this ride takes me next.  

The Story I've Never Told

May 22, 2008

Someone started a post this morning about your earliest memories of being overweight.  This is the story that came crashing to the front of my brain....

Okay, here goes.  I've never told anyone this.  I guess it's about time.  

When I was probably around 8 years old we went to a very small amusement park.  The old fashioned kind with the old rides like the cars that went around in circles.  I remember getting on the ride with the cars and the scummy carny guy starting it and it wasn't turning correctly.  He kind of pushed it with his foot and it still wouldn't work properly and he had all of us get off and ride the next ride saying something was wrong with it.   As all the kids filed off to the next ride and he let us through the gate, he muttered to me "You Fat Retard."  I remember feeling complete shame and knowing the ride didn't work because I was too big for it.  I was so ashamed that I never even told my Mom.  This is the first time I've ever repeated that story.   I've also never forgotten as a teacher and a Mom that children never forget what we say to them.

Six Weeks out and what a Journey It Is!!

Apr 23, 2008

Well,  it's been six weeks today from surgery.  Things are going really well.  I have been doing well on regular food and have been getting in my protein and liquids every day.  (Some days it feels like that's the only thing I'm working on.)  This is my fourth week back to work and I'm really tired but doing well.  I did take last Friday off because I'm tired of being so tired by the end of Friday.  

I have lost 35 pounds in the past six weeks which doesn't really register yet.  I still feel like the scale is just malfunctioning and I will get on it next week and it will be right back to where I started.  My husband and children are doing well and being extreemly supportive of me.  

I can't wait to see where the next six weeks take me!  I'm so glad I did this!

I've joined the loser's bench!

Mar 16, 2008

    Well,  I did it.  My surgery is over and recovery has begun.  I did think that I would die anytime I had to move the first two days, but I am steadily feeling better everyday.  My kids are off to my mother's for four days and hubby goes back to work in the morning.  I will have a few days of peace and quiet.  I have a couple of good books and I plan I reading them. 

    Clear liquids are going well and I move on to full liquids after tomorrow.  By the time I go back to work in two weeks I will be on regular foods, just not the regular amount or the regular way!  I'm doing pretty well getting in at least 48 ounces in this first stage as required by the doctor.  But,  that's basically all I'm worrying about now is following the diet and meeting the requirements.  We'll see how it goes when I return to work in a couple of weeks. 

    Oh yeah, I've lost 10 pounds since Wednesday!  WOO HOO!


I have a surgery date!

Feb 01, 2008

My RNY is scheduled for March 12th at 10:30 in the morning!  I'm a little nervous because I really wanted the 17th so it would coincide with my work vacation.  But, the surgeon is not doing surgery the week of the 17th.  That left my choices with either March 12th (taking 3 days off work) or waiting until summer.  I'm just too emotionally invested in this now to wait until summer. 

OMG - it's less than 6 weeks away.  My heart is racing and my stomache has done flip flops for the past 30 minutes.  It's a good thing that my husband is working until 8 tonight so that I can present this calmly because he needs me to be really okay with all of this.  He's okay as long as I'm okay with it.

the WOW picture

Nov 19, 2007

Hello,  I wanted to share on this supportive website what I have not shared with anyone in person.  I just uploaded a photo that my father gave me last summer.  It is a picture of my great, great grandmother.  If you look at the picture, she is a very large woman (especially for that time period).  After seeing this picture for the first time and much thought,  I finally have admitted that my weight might actually not be completely my fault.  I've always believed that it is just something that I have let be out of my control, but now I have something real to say that heredity might be involved.  My parents are not heavy people and my four siblings are also of "normal" size.  

After blaming myself for my entire life, I think I can actually say that WLS might actually be the only answer.  I'm really hoping for the resetting of my matabolism which my surgeon assures me is a very likely outcome of the surgery. 

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Dunkirk, NY
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Nov 18, 2007
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Six Weeks out and what a Journey It Is!!
I've joined the loser's bench!
I have a surgery date!
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