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A Perfect End to January


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Saturday, February 01, 2014

This was a good month in just about every way possible. My 90% goals are going great:

- I tracked my calories every day this month, even my surgery days. 100% success!
- Exempting the 5 days surgery and post-op, when I barely ate anything at all, I've had 5+ freggies all but 3 days. That's a 90% success rate.
- Exempting the post-op days when I was not allowed to exercise, I've exercised every single day this month. (And frankly, just walking around post-op got my heart rate to 130+, so it was definitely like exercise then too!). 100% success.
- I only ate out once this month. 97% success rate.
- Best of all, I had NO cross-contaminated days! 100% gluten-free in January!! If I include the last six days of 2013, since the last time I was cross-contaminated, I've now been 37 days gluten-free, more than DOUBLE my previous streak of 18 days. WooHoo!


(No FAILs!)

In weight, I began the month at 154 lbs and am ending at 148.6 lbs, for a drop of 5.4 lbs. Now, 2.5 lbs of that was skin removal, so they don't count, but that still leaves me with 2.9 lbs lost in January. Considering I only had a 4316 calorie deficit (aprox 1.25 lbs), I'm pretty happy with that number. I continue to believe that calories-in-vs-calories-out is absolute bunk, at least for my body, which has never once followed that rule. I'm happy to say that I'm back to my previous lowest weight on this journey, which I hit on November 15th. Of course, I still had the extra 2.5 lbs of skin back then, so to really be back at the same size, I'd need to be around 146 lbs, but that's neither here nor there. I'll get back there, someday. I'm in no hurry. I'm perfectly happy at my current size.

Which brings me to the really happy moment of the month - surgery!

I knew that having this surgery was going to help me. I knew it was going to make me feel better about my stomach area, which has long been the bane of my existence. But I had NO IDEA just how much it would change my perspective on my body. I've spent the last year maintaining my 100+ lb loss, and feeling terrible about the way I looked. I was at goal, but thought I needed to lose another 15-20 lbs before I'd look okay. I was depressed and miserable, still hated taking pictures, and didn't feel like a success at all. Then, surgery, and BAM, I'm perfectly happy with my body. I feel great about myself, I feel like a success, and I don't care if I never lose another ounce. Sure, it'd be great to lose another 10 lbs, so that I'm closer to the middle of a healthy weight range instead of at the very top. Sure. But if it takes five years before I'm there, if I only lose a pound or two or three each year, I'm perfectly okay with that.

This has changed everything. I used to track calories and feel guilty when I went over the top. I used to stress about stepping on the scale in the mornings. I used to look at my body and think just how fat I was. Now? Nah. I love the way I look. The scale doesn't matter to me one way or another most days. I don't care if I'm under or over calories as long as I've followed my hunger cues and ate decent food that day (because eating too much junk makes me sluggish and gross-feeling). For the first time since I hit maintenance, I feel like I'm learning to NOT be neurotic about food and body image, and that is a WONDERFUL thing.

Not to mention the fringe benefits from surgery. Fitting into my wedding dress again. Losing all those inches around my belly (and even a tiny bit around the hips!). Fitting into a size smaller pants comfortably, and knowing I'll probably drop another size once the giant bump around my incision shrinks. It's all good. No, it's all wonderful!


(Last year, I filled this jar with happy things in 2013, and the stack came about an inch from the top. With the way things are going thus far in 2014, I think I'm going to need a second jar this year...)

I'm a happy girl these days. Between eating a healthy, safe, GF diet (which means I'm sleeping well, having no skin problems, no pain, no insomnia, no depression...), and the wonderful results just in my first 2.5 weeks post-op, I'm feeling on top of the world.

I can't WAIT to see what February brings!
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MJREIMERS 2/21/2014 7:45AM

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KIMBERLY_Y 2/12/2014 11:02PM

    Yay for you! Well done! Love the jar idea. I think I need to do that. Thanks for the spark!

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03191952 2/10/2014 5:38PM

  Congradulations, February will be too

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CELIAMINER 2/9/2014 11:02AM

    So happy for you, and I love your success calendar!

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DSJB9999 2/9/2014 2:40AM

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I love your ideas, you have lots to be thankful for, going to follow you!
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WATERMELLEN 2/9/2014 2:04AM

    Well done! Love the exuberance and the self-confidence!

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MOONCHILD8 2/6/2014 6:18PM

    Congratulations on losing all that weight and having the surgery. You are a brave and tough lady. You are an inspiration to me and others. I am so happy that you feel good about yourself. Linda from bean town emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KANOE10 2/6/2014 5:39PM

    That is great. I am glad your surgery went well. You are a wonderful success story.

Your maintenance is going very well.

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HOLLYM48 2/6/2014 1:51PM

    Congrats to you. What an inspiration you are. I am so happy for you that you have found so much happiness in your life. You are going about it all the right way and have a great outlook on life.
Keep up the great work!

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BBORDEN86 2/6/2014 11:23AM

    I have a jar that I put happy things in on my coffee table! It's awesome to look back at the end of the year. :)

Awesome job on 100% gluten-free in January!! I know you have been trying so hard to make that happen.

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FELINA 2/6/2014 10:22AM

    emoticon on your fantastic success - maintaining a major weight loss, your gluten free streak, and the successful surgery!
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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/6/2014 8:52AM

    Congratulations! What a great success!

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MANDELOVICH 2/6/2014 6:44AM

    I love that you use stickers on your calendar and put good things in a jar. I want to adopt those motivating strategies!!

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BESSHAILE 2/6/2014 6:28AM

    We're all so pleased for you - it's great to read about someone who's finding happiness within herself!

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MAREE1953 2/6/2014 5:19AM

    SO happy for you!! I agree 100% with Tanya602's comment!

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SUSIEMT 2/5/2014 10:58PM

    Amanda, I am so happy for you! Last March I had excess skin removal myself with the same happy results. I had lost 160 lbs and would look in the mirror and see this fat woman looking back at me. I had to keep telling myself it was excess skin but I think you know that didn't work. I would encourage anyone that can afford it to go for it!

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GEMLADYONE 2/5/2014 9:23PM

    Congrats! I'm so happy for you that the surgery went well and has met your expectations.... emoticon

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KELLIEBEAN 2/5/2014 8:45PM

    Congratulations on all of your accomplishments! Very impressive attitude! Very inspiring!

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MARMAERT 2/1/2014 9:23PM

    YAY for you! isn't it great to feel good and to love your whole self, too? Hope February is a good one!

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AMBER281 2/1/2014 5:46PM

    Way to go!!

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ADVENTURESEEKER 2/1/2014 1:56PM

    So happy for you!! I feel the joy radiate through this blog :)

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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 2/1/2014 1:34PM

    Fabulous. Your happy makes me happy.... it's contagious, and it gives me hope!!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 2/1/2014 12:07PM

    thatīs great love i am so pleased for you i canīt wait till the day i feel the same. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RYDERB 2/1/2014 9:58AM

    Congratulations Amanda! I loved reading this post! Your positive energy and self-love are infectious! What a great way to start February.
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HAPPYSOUL91 2/1/2014 9:41AM

    How nice it was to read your blog. Delighted that the surgery and all its effects have worked out so well for you.

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TANYA602 2/1/2014 9:39AM

    Your happiness can be felt like a beam of sunshine all the way here in San Diego. I am so happy for you! I still can't get over how it must've felt to take such a big step towards your surgery and I'm just so glad to hear that you are healing and feeling so good about it all. Your overall attitude about your health, size, and journey thru "maintenance" is truly inspirational. I think that we all have to discover what works best for each of us, and you are there in your discovery. For me, tracking is a game - I love numbers. ANd congratulations on your gluten-free streak! Overall, my dear, you are a rock star! The biggest of hugs to you - have a fabulous weekend and revel in your successes!

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WORDLILY 2/1/2014 9:38AM

    I'm so happy for you!!!

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AGOALOF150 2/1/2014 9:31AM

    what a great blog! so many success to be proud of! i am SOOO sincerely happy for you.

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