One Year Surgivesary

Mar 22, 2009

March 22, 2009

In a couple of days I will be celebrating my 1st Year Surgiversary and what a year it's been. 

My positive goals:
I have gone from a size 18 to a size 2/4 (depending on the make).
I have gone down 1 shoe size and I can wear higher heels than I use to.
I have lost over 106 pounds, I didn't keep track of my measurements (I really regret this, note to newbies, take your measurements before surgery).
I have met so many wonderful people on this board.  I honestly couldn't have done it without all you guys.
I look forward to the York Region Support Group Meetings (Andreadoe is a wonderful leader).
I can eat almost everything, but I also respect my tool and therefore I try to make wise and nutritional decisions when eating.
I am diligent in taking my vitamins and maintaining all my Nutritionist's and Surgeon's appointments and both are very impressed and happy with my progress.
I lost 100 pounds on January 10, 2009.
I reached a normal BMI on February 21, 2009.
I can cross my legs comfortably, I can fit comfortably in a chair, I actually shared a chair with my daughter yesterday. 
I wore a two-piece swimsuit when I was on vacation in January.
I shop at normal clothing stores and am able to wear all the trendy clothes out there including low-rise jeans.
I love shopping (a little too much).
I get hit on (and I have to admit, it is flattering and humorous).
My daughter is so proud of me, she thinks I'm beautiful and that means the world to me.
My nieces call me Paris Hilton (okay, don't know if that's a compliment LOL).
My husband loves to show me off, he's always been supportive even when I was heavy but I can really see how proud he is of me and constantly calls me bony (I think he's saying it in an endearing way).
I'm constantly getting compliments (it does get embarrassing at times).
I don't worry about chairs I sit in or that my seat belt on the plane won't fit.
I got a piercing in my bellybutton and due to the fact that my tummy isn't that bad, it actually looks pretty good.
I love going with my girlfriends (I use to dread going to bars or clubs, now I'm the one saying where's the party at).
I feel more confident when I'm at meetings or just walk into a room (I use to think that everyone was looking at how fat I was).
I'm off of the blood pressure pills, water pills and Celebrex.
My health is not perfect but I'm feeling so much better.
I can walk the Mall without being in so much pain.  I can walk the whole Mall instead of just a quarter of it and then need to stop because my knees felt like they would colapse.
I'm not embarrassed to walk together with my husband (I use to feel that people thought I was not only eating my portion but eating he's portion - he's so friggin thin).

What I need to work on:
I still haven't reached my personal goal (which would bring me to the lowest end of my normal BMI) but I'm sure I'll get there eventually.
My weight loss has really slowed down.
I don't drink enough water.
I need to watch my carbs, especially on the weekends.
I need to stop eating chocolate (I don't dump on chocolate, only ice cream and some desserts).
I need to start exercising, it's really hard especially because of my rheumatoid arthritis.
I have spent a fortune on my clothes and it's absolutely crazy, because I hardly get any wear and suddenly their too big for me.
I need to stop getting irritated by people telling me that I'm getting too skinny and I should stop dieting.

But overall I'm very happy with my progress and I truly love what WLS has done for me, as I have said in the past the only regret I have is that I didn't have the surgery sooner.

Thanks to all of you and good luck to all the newbies.  You have certainly found the right place for support and a wealth of information.

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