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One Year - a reflection and photo blog

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

One year ago today, I underwent RNY Gastric Bypass surgery. I was nervous and I was scared. I wasn't sure what was going to happen. The last thing I remember is being wheeled into a cold, sterile operating room and telling the nurse "It's freezing in here! It feels like my parent's house!"

I woke up in some place... though where I was at I didn't know. I felt sick and groggy and down right horrible. I felt like I could just drift away for a thousand years.

The hospital stay was crappy. Now, don't get me wrong... I loved being pumped full of morphine as I have (I will not lie) always hand a fondness for opiate type drugs, but I felt dirty and gross.

I came home and then the journey began.

The early days are hard to remember right now, but I know they weren't too bad. I had a textbook perfect surgery. No complications. No food issues. no vomiting, no blood clots, no hernia, no nothing. Everything is and was perfect.

As the year went on and I started to drop pounds, I became more and more active. I rode my bike, I worked out, I started volunteering at the local library.

My pants and shirts and underwear got smaller. My ability and endurance for physical activity grew.

So today, here I am - 1 year later -

126 pounds lost
95 total inches

my freaking waist is 32 inches! Heck, last year at this time that was the size of my thigh!!!

Taken on my birthday 2012 - my highest weight ever of 260


me at my heaviest weight, right before surgery


around 230 pounds - I hadn't been able to wear those jeans comfortably in a few years


around 210 pounds -


I cried -


80 pounds down in this pic - somewhere in the 180 range


wearing a vest from when I was 10 year old!!!!


somewhere in the 150s


after reaching my goal of 140 pounds - I think I am around 138 in this pic

There is is... a years worth of pictures -
oh and one more thing...

To my Elementary School Gym Teacher who used to call me chubbers and porky -- FFFFFFFF YOU!! I CAN run that mile, I RAN that mile and I am going to run more of those miles!!

I think that is all for now!
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PATTYR81 4/12/2013 10:31AM

    WOW!!!!

emoticon emoticon on all your hard work and effort paying off BIG emoticon Time!!!

I especially appreciate you sharing your journey (and pics!!!).

You always make me laugh, smile and reflect back to my own experience.

Happy Happy Day!!
Patty

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SOOTHINGGLOW 4/11/2013 3:44PM

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you look beautiful!

That gym teacher is an a$$

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CBLENS 4/11/2013 12:52PM

    You look amazing , my sister-in-law just had the sleeve done last week, hope she is as successful as you. She's a teacher too. emoticon

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LOVINGAFRICA 4/11/2013 12:57AM

    VICTORY!!!!
You look absolutely awesome. And I am so proud of you and all you have accomplished.
The smaller your outside got, the bigger your inside grew.
Bless you Sweety!

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BILL60 4/10/2013 9:46PM

    Way to go!!

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COCK-ROBIN 4/10/2013 8:36PM

    Wonderful success story!

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NATURALROCKS 4/10/2013 4:52PM

    emoticon Congrats on your success!

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SYLPHINPROGRESS 4/10/2013 4:42PM

    You look gorgeous. I had lapband 3 1/2 years ago, did very well in the first 15 months but then ran into trouble and regained a good amount. Have just gotten back on track and added something new -- I'm endeavoring to develop an exercise habit. That gym teacher can kiss your elbow and mine.

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PRETTYPITHY 4/10/2013 4:37PM

    Wow, your gym teacher said that? SO unacceptable. Well, you've certainly shown him or her (not that you needed to). Congrats!

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ATTACKFATCAT 4/10/2013 4:29PM

    YOU are amazing! Congrats on a year of great accomplishments! It sounds like you made the best choice to change your life and it has really paid off.

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MISSB8604 4/10/2013 4:28PM

    Nicely done!!!!!!

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HEATER1369 4/10/2013 4:07PM

    That is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JGIRL5799 4/10/2013 3:45PM

    emoticon emoticon That is awesome.. and how dare a teacher tell you that! That is awful!

I can not wait till I get into wonderland of below 200! only in a few short months! I can only imagine the excitement and crying, that scale pic was heartwarming for me!

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