I never thought the day would come where I would return to under 200 pounds!! I haven't been at this weight since I was in my 20's. It is a big, no HUGE milestone for me! I celebrated by having my kids take pictures and posting them on Facebook...one of which accompanies this post. I'm not good at bragging about myself, but I do think I'm looking healthier. In the past, I would have celebrated by going to Krispy Kreme for a donut. (How counterproductive is that?) After struggling with this particular roadblock for more than 13 years, I am ecstatic to have overcome it, and to have learned some healthier ways of celebrating.
Related to my rapid, wonderful, exciting weight loss, my wardrobe is dwindling much faster than I expected. I have always been a big fan of Goodwill, as they gave me my first job out of college. But the reality is I can't afford to replace all that I'm giving away, so it looks like resale/consignment is in my future. If anyone out there has suggestions of their favorite shops for "gently used", plus size, cute clothing, please let me know!
Post-surgery (part two) has been more difficult than the initial "perfect" recovery period. My guess is that because the stitches attaching my "new" stomach to the intestines are much tighter. I have had more pain walking around and it is harder to drink protein shakes I'm back on a full liquid diet, which has become boring. I confess I look longingly at pizza and even dream how tasty a bite of apple would be.
However, fear of returning to the hospital keeps me diligent. Also, I just went back to exercising today (six days after returning from the hospital). I am sticking to moderate walking on the treadmill for this week, then hopefully back to exercise class next week. Exercising does help with the healing process and I do feel better afterward, and I know I'm that much closer to attaining my goals when I incorporate exercise into my life. Speaking of goals, I am over half way to the goal weight the doctor gave me.
Focusing on my accomplishments keeps me energized and writing about them keeps things real. I hope this inspires others and that the difficult parts don't scare anyone from reaching their weight loss goals. So far it's all worth it to me!