December 17, 2013

I can't believe it's been a year (more than a year at this point) since my weight loss surgery! I remember last year, wondering what this moment would feel like. Would I be happy? Would the surgery be successful? Would I actually be less than 200 lbs? The answer, of course, is a resounding YES!!!

It has been a year of learning, exercise and shopping! I have loved most of the process, but there certainly were times when a bowl of ice cream was tempting. There has been a lot of change for my family as well on this road to a healthier me. Gone are the days of endless sugary snacks. My son now reaches for a cheese wheel instead of a cookie and my daughter wants to eat my protein bars. Even my darling husband has taken to drinking protein shakes for breakfast.

I went back and re-read some of the blogs from last December and my journal as well. It is amazing to see the changes when looking back.

Where I started

What I wanted

Where I finished


I weighed 268 lbs. when I made my appointment with the surgeon.

Weigh 175 lbs.

I weigh 140 lbs. with a healthy BMI rating.


I barely finished walking the 1 mile race at my kids’ school Oct. 2012

Run 2 miles

I ran my first ½ marathon (13.1 miles) on December 8th finishing 10th in my age group.


I didn't have enough energy to make it through a day without sitting on the couch for several hours

Spend a day playing with the kids without being exhausted for two days afterward.

My kids can't keep up with me some days.  They have actually asked, “Mom, can we just rest for awhile?”

I had no idea how much I ate (to avoid feelings, celebrate events, or just about anything).  I ate a lot, a lot of the time.

Not be controlled by food

Most days are good, but I have my days where I will eat out of frustration, disappointment, etc.  I just don't eat as much and I am much more aware when I am eating “at feelings.”


I wore a 2X top/Size 20 (plus) pants

Wear size 14 clothes

I wear a size 4 petite (sometimes a size 2)!


At times when writing this blog I have felt like a real show off, which was never my intent. Being in the spot light, is not my thing. I am so grateful to have been given a forum write about my experience with weight loss surgery. Thank you to Fredericksburg Parent, Mary Becelia, and all of you who read my ramblings for the past year. My successes have been made so much sweeter by sharing them. I will be saying goodbye (for now) and signing off on this blog but want to leave you with one final thought:


My holiday wish this year is that someone read one of my posts in the past year and thought, “If this gal can lose weight, maybe I can too!”

 race-decMichelle 2




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