Six Months Post Op Update
Dec 22, 2015
In many ways it's been a long 6 months post-surgery. But, in others it has flown by. There have been times that I have thought I'd never get past a plateau. Times I hated the scale because the fraking numbers wouldn't go down...or worse, would go up. But, for now, the surgery seems to have helped me do something I could not do without having this extra tool in my weight-loss toolkit.
A short recap - I started this journey in January 2015 after years of trying so many different things that I had just given up on the idea of being healthy. But, after a weigh-in at 322 lbs., I just couldn't put it off anymore. Come June it was time for the big day.
Yes...that's me just out of recovery.
Now, after 6 months I think there is a bit of a change.
My weigh-in this morning was 210. Quite a change. I have lost 112 lbs.
My BMI has gone from 48.9 to 31.9 for a 17% loss.
My waist has shrunk 12 inches - from a tight 50 inches to a comfortable 38 inches.
Some things I have noticed, besides just the numbers:
- I can fit in a booth in a restaurant. And have a few inches between me and the table.
- I can fit in movie theater seats without wedging myself into the armrests.
- I can buy clothes just about anywhere now. And no longer pay extra for the Big & Tall (which I have never been).
- I can stand for a pretty good length of time without my feet hurting.
- Climbing stairs isn't a chore anymore.
- I don't get out of breath when I walk for too long.
- I can bend over and pick up things off the floor without having to have support.
- I can hug my wife and we can both touch our hands behind each others' backs. (She had surgery as well)
- Our grocery bill has plummetted. We have gone from $150-$200/week to averaging $50/week.
- I look at the portions served in restaurants and wonder how anyone can eat so much.
- I find myself looking at my reflection in windows as I walk by a store and sometimes don't recognize myself.
So, it's been quite a road. But, it is not over, yet. I still have 30 lbs. to lose to hit my weight-loss goal. I'll get there.