Can’t believe it’s May already! And nearly June, now that I think about it. This year is flying by and it’s been a lot of fun to see how quickly my body is changing along with the calendar. Can’t believe that I was over 300 lbs just 7 months ago.
Though the scale isn’t giving up big losses the way it used to, my progress continues. I’m at 224.6 lbs now, a post-op loss of 80.4 lbs and an overall drop of 105.4. My next major milestone is 205 lbs, or -100 lbs post-op. After that, I’m gunning for ONEderland! Less than 25 lbs to go to that landmark–and I still can’t really wrap my head around that.
I’m seeing lots of changes in my body. My belly is finally starting to deflate and that makes me happy. (My butt is too, and that does not.) It’s weird how the body lets go of weight, I think. Totally random. And subtle. It’s sort of like a watched pot, you see yourself everyday but don’t pick up the tiny little changes that eventually build to a “wow, was that there yesterday?!” moment. I spent a few minutes marveling over my newly rediscovered right hipbone this morning, for example. And catching unexpected proof of my re-emerging waistline is still a highlight of any day that it happens.
I’m firmly in a modern size 12 or large now. My XL t-shirts are transitioning from everyday clothing to workout gear/sleepwear and everything else has claimed a spot in the “too big” box. My jeans are comfy enough to fly in and to wear all day–no more default elastic waists to accommodate swelling! Target had a 40% off all apparel sale around Christmas of last year, and I stocked up on their Mossimo jeans because they’re one of the few brick-and-mortar stores that sell long women’s jeans and it makes no sense to invest in fancier ones when I’m dropping a size about every 1.5 months. I bought the boot and skinny cuts in sizes 10-16 for about $15/pair. The 10s looked like doll clothes back then–hell, so did the 12s. Well, I’m typing this wearing a pair of the 12s and they feel great. Won’t be long before I’m in those 10s either…definitely before I hit ONEderland. The mind, it boggles.
Everyone notices at work now. It’s seriously funny to see the reactions of people who haven’t seen me in a while. It went from *quizzical* “have you lost weight?” to *shock* “holy crap, how much weight have you lost?!” seemingly overnight. People are actually calling me “skinny”, which is hilarious to me–hey I still weigh a deuce and a quarter, folks! What’s best, though, is that they’re saying how much healthier and happier I look. Pretty cool, I think, because that’s certainly how I feel!
I really need to step up the strength-training. My arms are the bane of my existence right now. They’re not loose or anything but they seem so resistant to weight loss, while everything around them shrinks. Blergh. Just gonna hang on til the last, huh? And to think I used to complain about my “stick” arms back in the day. Karma, you’re a cruel mistress! Summer’s coming and I want to wear sleeveless (like this cute jumpsuit I got in black for my nephew’s graduation next month*), but I’ve raised covering my upper arms to an art form over the years and old habits die hard. I think I am just gonna get over it, though. That jumpsuit is rockin’ and I lurve it, and I don’t want to fuddy it up with a shrug.
Next monthly progress pic will be on or about the first day of summer, Sunny Face.
*If you’re tall like me and looking for an affordable jumpsuit, the inseam on this one is superlong despite being listed as 31 3/4″ in the item description. My inseam is 35-36″ and this scrapes the floor on me. The fabric is substantial, too, like a medium-weight ponte with good drape and it looks much more expensive than it is. With the coupon, I paid about $20 for mine. Looking out for all the tall ladies!