10 Months Post Op
Jun 13, 2014
I can't believe it's been 10 months since I had my lap band removed, and revised to RNY. It's been a pretty easy journey, after my post op complications from my gallbladder removal was healed. I have revised my weight loss goal several times, and seem to be holding somewhat steady now. This past month, I lost 2 lbs, going from 115 to 113, although I typically weigh 112, it didn't happen today, so I am logging the actual weight as of today. This puts me at a total of 84lb weight loss overall. I originally wanted to lose the 60lbs I had gained during my band complications, but since I kept losing weight, I readjusted to accommodate for possible bounce back. My measurements haven't changed much, either. I lost a total of .75 inches this past month, for an overall total loss of 61.25 inches. I do at least 30 minutes of exercise every day, and really need to up this. I also lift light weights, which is really helping my arms and legs - I may not even need PS on my arms now.
I currently wear a size 0 misses, but actually the Junior size 3 fit me much better. I also wear a Junior size S-M top. Misses are actually too big, unless I can find an XS. I'm struggling to find clothes that fit now, but it is a much better feeling to struggle with clothes being too big rather than too small. I found a great alterations place who do a beautiful job. I also shop at Goodwill and Salvation Army, and have found some awesome name brand clothes. I get tons of compliments on my outfits now, and I love wearing bright colors, as you can see from my 10 months post op pics I posted. Those pink jeans were $6.99 at Goodwill and are a Junior size 3. They fit perfectly.
I have been dealing with some old habits, like binge eating. I binge on a few cups of popcorn and a Quest protein bar in 1 sitting, and then deal with a carb coma and feel so full that I am in lots of pain. I have been doing this about 1/week, and am trying my hardest to break this habit. I feel so lousy after, that I don't know why I even want to do this to myself. I don't eat any sweets like cookies, cakes, etc., and I don't eat 'whites', like potatoes, rice, bread, crackers, etc. I just refuse to go there, but I am definitely a work in progress, especially when it comes to my head issues, and my apparent addiction to Skinny Pop popcorn and Quest protein bars. I don't keep the popcorn in the house any more because I can't stop at just 2 cups, but I do eat the protein bars, and limit my intake to 2 a day max.
I still weigh and measure my food - I eat 4oz protein per meal, and I log every morsel into Myfitnesspal app. I still don't drink with meals, and I typically eat 3 meals and 2 snacks per day. I have been eating more calories now - up to 1000-1100 a day, so this is helping with maintaining this weight, versus continuing to lose. I try to stick to 1000 calories a day, and this keeps me around 112 lbs.
I am so grateful for this surgery, and having a new lease on life. I take all my vitamins religiously, and my 6 month labs were great. Looking forward to nearing my 1 year surgiversary and seeing what these labs look like. To all who may be considering this surgery, but still unsure, I hope you find my blog helpful and feel free to PM me with any questions. Unless month 11 - wishing you all success in your own journeys.