Waisting away

Knew my belly felt smaller! Just measured and it’s down 2.5″ from 3/30 to 39.5 “. And that’s with significant post-flying bloat still in play. That’s a total of 12 inches off my waist since February 2011. (Which, sadly, isn’t even the biggest it got, it’s just the earliest data I have available at the moment.)

SO glad to see my waist shrink! Then again, I knew that my body had to start seriously tapping the keg soon, as my legs have already given up so much to the cause. And they were proportionately smaller to begin with! I was beginning to look like I had a hanker for a hunka cheese, frankly:

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Shouldn’t be too long before I’m below the high-risk for heart disease/diabetes waist circumference–35″ for women.

Actually some cheese does sound good…

Onward.

6-month post-op weigh-in: 228 (-77 lbs post-op; -102 lbs total)

Surgery: 305.0 lbs (10/21/2014)

1 month:   280.6 lbs (-24.4 lbs post-op)
2 months: 266.2 lbs (-38.8 lbs post-op)
3 months: 254.0 lbs (-51.0 lbs post-op)
4 months: 243.0 lbs (-62.0 lbs post-op)
5 months: 234.4 lbs (-70.6 lbs post-op)
6 months: 228.0 lbs (-77.0 lbs post-op)

10/21-11/21: -24.4 lbs
11/21-12/21: -14.4 lbs
12/21-1/21: -12.2 lbs
1/21-2/21: -11.0 lbs
2/21-3/21: -8.6 lbs
3/21-4/19: -6.4 lbs

Average monthly post-op loss:12.83 lbs

Kept going back and forth over whether to even do a 6-month update because it’s bugging me not to have the actual 4/21 number. I left for a conference in Florida on the 19th. In the end, though, I decided that my 4/19 stats would have to do — it’s about getting the big picture, after all and two days won’t make any difference in the grand scheme of things.

Thankfully it turns out that I’m not in a dreaded stall, but my loss has indeed slowed. 6.4 lbs is still over a lb and a half a week but I think I could do more. I’m still in the sleeve honeymoon period and want to wring as much out of it as possible.

I am inclined to chalk the decrease up to less exercise over the past two months. I worked out a lot in the early months, but my fatigue has been handing me my butt lately. I’ve been able to still workout under these conditions in the past but have opted out so many times this last go-round that inertia has kicked in and it’s become easier to not exercise. This is not good. Need to make like Nike and just do it. Because if I’m waiting until I’m not exhausted, I’m in trouble!

Onward.

Still buzzin’ about Buzzin’!

The happy high from reaching Buzzin’ is still going strong! So when we swung by the temporary tattoo booth at the conference I’m attending-was there any doubt what I’d get? :-)

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Traveling is still tough on me, but it’s miles better than it used to be 100 lbs ago. I’m thankful each day for having the courage to accept medical help, because I truly feel as though I’m getting my life back with each pound.

Onward.

Eyes are bigger than my stomach…

My brain hasn’t caught up to the scale yet and I still see myself as much bigger than I am. This is apparently especially true when shopping for clothes.

Headed to Florida for a conference tomorrow and decided to treat myself to a new dress in a bright color or pattern. I’m completely obsessed with lemon yellow lately and happily it’s all over the stores this season, so I went to a few spots at a local mall to try on some things.

Three things happened: First, I instinctively wandered over to the Plus section in each store, before reminding myself that I no longer wear those sizes. (And why do they seem to have more cute stuff in that section now that I can’t fit into it?!) Secondly, even in the misses section, I repeatedly took too big stuff into the dressing room and had to ask an attendant to bring me a smaller size. In one store, I did this twice on the same garment. Third, I kept steeling myself for inevitable disappointment each time I picked up an item and buttoned, zipped, pulled on, pulled down, etc. Only to be left in open-mouthed surprise when everything fit and, what’s more, looked nice!

One of my errands later today is to pick up a size 12 skirt on hold for me because the 14 in the store I visited earlier was sloppy big. I may actually need a 10. Which, WTF? Even with a stretch garment,  I wouldn’t have been able to get that thing on my arm before!

Didn’t find “the” dress I was looking for, but I found something else — tangible validation of my progress and a renewed sense of what fun trying on clothes can be. I’d avoided it for years, it was just too depressing. Easier to grab something, try it on at home,  and take it back if necessary. There’s something so enjoyable about going into a dressing room, trying on a pile of stuff, and liking what you see in the mirror. Glad that’s back!  Now if I could just learn to grab the right size…

Onward.

Must be the hunny! (Named Milestone: Buzzin’)

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Big smile? Check. Honeycomb reward earrings? Check check.

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First major milestone reached! Officially down a “hunny” (technically, a hunny point four) and I am still very much in happy shock.

Soooo I chickened out on going public with the blog, though I  did post my “before”/-100 lbs pic on Facebook and got a flat-out awesome response. Was bowled over by the amount of support and positivity! That’ll come in handy when I need a morale boost on my way to goal. Not quite sure why I’m not yet ready to share the blog, but I’ll know I’m there when I get there.

64.6 lbs to go and only 30.6 to Onederland. Boy, if losing 100 lbs feels this good, what in the world will it be like to see a weight that starts with a “1” again??! They’ll probably have to reset my jaw after it freezes from smiling so hard.

Picked the weights back up this week, so my expectations for my next weigh-in aren’t all that high. Don’t care, though, because this wonderful Buzzin’ buzz is more than enough to get me through it!

Onward.