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!
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
I was about to blog yesterday about how things were going since my lapband procedure, but when I realized it was going to be 3 weeks today, I held off. And at the same time I was amazed that it had been almost 3 weeks! Where does time go? Well, I guess that is good that it has gone fast rather than the alternative!
So, things are going VERY well. My surgeon gave me the green light to resume all activities last week, so back to bowling (had my best night of the season last night), strength training at the Y, and even shot some hoops for the first time on Monday. As of last Friday, 22 pounds are gone (and hopefully this time will NEVER come back!), 2" have disappeared from my waistline, and I am feeling good! Pretty much able to do any soft food, and even tried a couple slices of apple successfully yesterday. My wife and I have been able to get out for dinner a few times already. Amazed at how much food has come home each time!
We have a wedding to attend Saturday, so it'll be my first time seeing some of our friends. Anxious to see what they think of the new and improved "me"!
All in all, things are going well!
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
It struck me when I woke up (or to be more exact when my male dog Tomas "wet-nosed"me!) this morning that almost to the minute was when the anesthesia was turned on and I was sent into a short but deep sleep while my surgeon and his team went to work installing my lapband (and fixing my hiatal hernia, thank you!).
While everyone's experience post-surgery is unique, my assessment at this stage is VERY positive! Sure, there was the usual post-surgery discomforts associated with any procedure that involves anesthesia and having incisions (although the beauty of this procedure is 5 very small incisions!). And of course then there are the lapband-specific items: liquid diet, the gas, and the very weird feeling of this somewhat hard object just above and to the left of my naval (the port).
But...the benefits already, in just a week:
- The scale is moving the "right" way
- An inch around my waist is gone! And the promise of more to come!
- Less pain in the leg joints when I am walking
- The positive energy I am feeling in knowing deep-down I made the right decision, and sharing that with family and friends!
- Creating a new relationship with food, based on enjoyment and not on quantity!
Will there be "learning experiences" (i.e...negative outcomes when eating foods that the band won't tolerate): sure! Already had one earlier this week with some way-too-dry tuna! But how do you learn unless you try?
So I just wanted to share a little this morning, especially for anyone who might not be sure if weight loss surgery is right for them, or how things will feel afterwards. I'm just a "newbie" in the process, but I can tell you I have no regrets!
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