Saturday, January 07, 2012
It has been 100 days today since my lapband surgery (lapband.com does a nice job of tracking such things). In that 100 days, 40 pounds have vanished, and a goodly amount of inches in all the right places! But I'm going to focus on the 40 pounds, since it is fun to do the math: that means that each day I averaged 0.4 pounds. That is a COOL feeling!
I am trying to think of some common object that weighs 40 pounds. Nothing came right to mind, so I Googled "things that weigh 40 pounds", and ironically the first link was to a woman who was blogging about her weight loss!
Anyway, here are the 5 things she came up with:
a 15-foot canoe
a 3-year-old child
an average human leg
a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
five gallons of water
Five gallons of water resonated with me! When i used to do home brewing of beer, I always did it in a 5 gallon bucket, and I certainly know what that feels like to haul around!! What a strain that must have been putting on my body!!
My mom was always on me since my early adult years to get my weight down, but I usually just brushed it off. Thankfully the 33+ years of pestering by her finally sank in! And even better that I was able to share my success with her in early December of 2011 prior to her passing away. I know she was (and is) proud of what I have been able to accomplish to this point, and she will continue to be my inspiration going forward.
To all of you who have offered encouragement -- THANK YOU! For those of you looking for encouragement -- I'm here for you, and let me tell you, it is worth the effort!!
Saturday, December 31, 2011
My mom passed away today at the age of 78. This was not totally unexpected. She was likely at stage 3 of COPD, had fought off various skin cancers for sometime, and lately had been having some tummy issues. I talked with her two days ago, and she clearly was in some pain. Last night she went to the hospital and overnight they ran a number of tests and concluded there was nothing they could do for -- I'm guessing maybe some cancer had gotten into her stomach or other parts of her digestive system, and was just too far along. Thankfully the end came relatively quick.
In her spirit and memory, I have decided to keep my NYE plans, which is to spend the evening with our close friends. Mom was never on to sit around and feel sorry for herself, and I won't do it either!
There is so much to be thankful for what she did for me -- I could write for a LONG time and it would still not do her justice. So I will just leave it as a "Thanks Mom" and "I love you". I am so proud to be your son, and now you are free of all your pain!
BTW, Mom, if you see Glitter and Gator (our first two greyhounds), tell them hi for me!!
Friday, December 30, 2011
So I took a final set of measurements for 2011 this morning, and I have to admit I am quite pleased with the results:
Weight: 43 pounds gone for good!
Waist: 6 inches vanished, never to return again!
Hips: A whopping 8 inches of booty booted!!
Neck: 1.5 inches disappeared!
Of course, none of this would have been possible (or let's just say it would have been damn difficult) had I not made the decision to investigate weight loss surgery back in April, and followed through with the Lapband procedure in September. Some might call this "cheating" -- I call it a new lease on life!
I have 2 weight goals for 2012:
1) To get to 213 lb, which would drop me from "obese" to "overweight" on the BMI scale
2) To drop below 200 lb for the first time in I'm guessing 33 years (or darn close!). I have an idea of how I might celebrate that achievement, but am still not settled on a final choice.
Of course I expect the other measurements to follow.
I'm very happy that I am closing out a year on such a positive note. How many years have I gotten to this point and swore I was going to turn over a new leaf, etc, etc.? Well not this time! I'm ending 2011 on a high note! Bring on 2012!!
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Normally Friday is my weigh-in day of the week, but since we are seeing some friends tonight and I was SOOOO close to hitting 30 pounds lost last week, I jumped on the scale this morning (Thursday) instead. And I was not disappointed: 1 more pound down this past week, and 30. 8 pounds now shed for good since 09/22/2011!
What continues to surprise and amaze me is how satisfied I am after eating a meal! As I think I said a few blogs ago, I really wanted to create a more balanced relationship with food, focusing on the quality and enjoyment of the food and not the quantity of it, and that has turned out to be so true!
Three more big milestone to go: 40 pounds lost, 50 pounds lost, and the biggie: 56 pounds lost, which will put me at 210 and officially out of the "obese" BMI category (I think it is actually 213, but 210 sounds better!).
Friday, October 28, 2011
One month ago today, I was wheeled into an operating room early in the morning for what I hoped and thought would be life-changing surgery -- Lapband (weight loss) surgery. I had gotten a taste of what life was going to be like the week prior when I went on my 1000 calories / mostly liquid pre-op diet, but what I have experienced since then has been better than I could have hoped for. And the best part is that I don't feel like I am deprived!
Sure, less food, but that is "glass is half empty" viewpoint. If you look at it from the "glass is half full" viewpoint, I am SO much more enjoying the food I eat, I rave every time I get that feeling of being full (which my surgeon said would be an amazing experience!), and the tastes of food are so much better!
The bottom line results: Counting the pre-op diet week, 26.4 pounds have vanished, 4 inches around my waistline are gone, and even 1 inch has disappeared from my neck! I'm almost to the last notch on my belt, and for one pair of my jeans, they are flat-out too big!! I'm hoping I kept some of my "skinny" jeans from the last time I lost significant weight back in 2007. If not, well, I'll be out looking for new ones soon enough!
The big difference from 2007: I worked out like a fiend then (I was doing a "Biggest Losers" competition at my gym up in CT), and while I did OK for awhile with the food side of the equation, once some big stress issues popped up in my life, so went the food control. With the Band, I now have the tool I need to be successful in finally getting rid of the pounds and inches. The workouts are part of the equation now, but not the sum. Being able to consume 1500 calories a day on average and thoroughly enjoying my food is BIG difference!
So, while it has only been one month, I am convinced that the decision to have weight loss surgery was one of the best ones I have ever made!
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