On Saturday July 27, 2013 I celebrated One year with having the lapband. I didn't celebrate with cake, going out to eat, making a toast to my health, the normal things that people do to celebrate. But I wanted to reflect on my accomplishments over the past year. Some of them include
Smoke free for 1 year and 3 months. Which is the longest stretch I've gone without starting back. I still have the cravings but I realize I am stronger than the cravings.
Being able to walk up and down my driveway without taking a break because I am out of breath. Now I can do this with no problem. I don't get winded carrying in groceries anymore
I didn't exercise much before my band. I would go to water aerobics 3x a week in the summer but I wouldn't put real work into it. Now I get 240 mins of exercise per week and love it.
My Starting BMI was 71.3, My goal was to get below 59 and I have. now my next goal is to get out of the 50's. So far i've lost 72 lbs. in the past year.
Which brings me to: being able to play wii fit. The wii board has a weight limit of 330 lbs. 5 years ago my husband got it for my birthday. I got to play for a few months until it told me, I exceeded the weight limit and to step off. Yep it literally told me to get off. I can now play with out it telling me to step off.
As I loose weight, I feel better about myself and now my self esteem is improving. I was never a really a shy person until I gained weight and other life events happening. Now I am not as timid in a crowd.
I'm very passionate about being healthier and I want others to know how much the band saved my life. My own doctors wasn't giving good reports and doubted that I would live to see 40 and that was their good estimate. I am 34 right now. I have went from taking 12 different meds to only taking 2. I take an allergy pill, and a water pill because I still have issues with blood pressure and swelling. But i'm expecting to be able to drop that medicine too. My allergy med well that I can't fix with weight loss, and i'm not willing to move to Arizona.
I want to be a good example to others about food choices. I have quite a few people ask me about my diet and a few people around me are trying harder to make healthier choices. I tell them it's about learning to say No to food that is slowly killing you. I still am perfecting this one.
Facing my fat fears about going to the gym- The place being full of young girls with perfect bodies who judge fat people is a myth. Some of the small girls actually get inspired by the fat people, I had one girl tell me that she hates to exercise and it's a struggle to get to the gym. She said "i hope this doesn't sound mean but I just keep thinking if she can do it so can I". I didn't take offense to that at all, I felt great that I was an inspiration to someone.
A few more goals i've met;
Sitting in chairs with arms- my booty wouldn't fit, most of the time I had to stand.
I can buy clothes at my local Walmart instead of having to order online from big girl stores.
I'm sure there are more accomplishments but that's all I can think of right now. But this list won't stop here, I plan on adding to this list many more years to come. Even after 40, 50, 60, 70 and so on. I'm not going to let my age define me or tell me what I can or can't do. I'm just going to keep moving.
to you all my Spark friends, may you live a long, happy, and active life!