Sunday, May 25, 2014
Christmas, 2011, I reached my highest weight of 264. I wore size 2-3 X. Something clicked for me and I seriously began to work on losing weight. Spark People played such a crucial roll. The tracking is such a valuable tool. Several teams have great challenges. Access to recipes and articles helped as well. My spark friends and fellow team members has been one of my most valuable tools. Over two years, I lost 40 pounds. In December 2013, I had gastric bypass surgery. Since the surgery, I have lost an additional 60 pounds.
While I am not at my goal, I wanted to capture the changes at 100 pounds. I like being able to shop in the petite section again. Even more I like the way I feel. I have so much more energy and strength and flexibility.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
It seemed like I was stuck in the caterpillar phase for a number of years. I had developed sleep apnea and was having issues with my back and joints. I could only walk short distances. While I wanted to lose weight, it just was not happening by wishing.
December 2011, I hit bottom and resolved to focus on improving my health. I set a plan in motion. I lost but it was a slow process. The support of Spark People helped me stay on track. I joined a challenge where I learned thru my self exploration as well as from feedback and comments of other team members. I joined Curves as I like the circuit training. For additional accountability, I joined Weight Watchers.
I was beginning the process of metamorphous. I began to see the scale move down. After a year, I had lost over 20 pounds.
Because it was a slow process. I began to explore surgical weight loss options. I went thru a thorough evaluation and was deemed a good candidate for gastric bypass procedure. I was scheduled for the surgery in early August, but my husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died July 27. The surgery was re-scheduled for December 2. Because so much time had passed, I went they the class a second time. I was down 40 pounds from my highest weight.
The surgery was textbook. I began walking the halls that afternoon. My niece who had the surgery 7 years previously flew out to provide support. Due to the iv fluids, I gained 12 pounds immediately following but was able to take this off in a week plus some more. We walked around the aisles of stores as well as around the historic area of town. This have me a good base to operate from.
Last week, I noticed my slacks were so loose that I had to take action. I purchased a pair of jeans and a couple of tops in size 16. I had been wearing 2 and 3X. I took them home to try on thinking there was no way I could get into these. To my surprise, they fit perfectly. Since then, I have been purging my large loose clothing for form fitting clothes. Even my shoes now seem loose.
I am now, 75 pounds down. I am eating to live versus living to eat. I am more focused on getting as much nutritional bang I can from my foods. I enjoy walking and the gym more each week. I have significantly reduced the medications i was taking. I have begun to see the butterfly emerging.
Looking forward to increasing my physical strength and endurance this spring. I can hardly wait to see what other changes I will make. Life is good.
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