After 4 solid years of doing Weight Watchers and counting calories, I had lost 71 lb, then gained 40 back, and have lost another 20, for a total of 52 lb. While I am so proud of that number, I am still bummed that it’s taken so long and has been do difficult to lose and maintain. In addition to coping with having a chronic disease, I am a mom, a wife and employee. So in February I decided to look into Weight Loss Surgery (WLS) at Oregon Weight Loss Surgery (OWLS) with Dr. Emma Patterson. I had looked into my insurance (Cigna) and bariatric surgery is covered at 90%.
Today marks 3 years into my weight loss journey. I have learned a lot while traveling this road, this bumpy, curvy, long, road. I have learned that it is okay to fall off the wagon, as long as you get back on as soon as you can. It’s good to know how to portion your meals for 1 person, not 3. It is good to exercise, and you might even like it! Speaking of exercise, the best trick is to find something you love to do, not loathe. For me it was Martial Arts: Taekwondo and Hapkido. I learned that the word diet is not a good word, lifestyle is the word to use. This is not something that will be a quick jaunt, it’s a stinking journey and a life long one at that.
This week’s weigh in was a great one, especially after last week’s Mexican sanfu! I lost 5.2 this week!!! I am very happy with that number and will try really hard to lose another 1-2 lb next week so I break even on the month, and not post a gain!
I’ve started to weight lift 3 times a week following a plan from a book I bought: The New Rules for Lifting for Women by Lou Schuler M.S.
This week I’ve been spending time at the doctor due to the right side of my body being numb (think pins and needles, or Novocaine effects). I had this happen around Labor day and it took about 2 weeks to go away which sucked. I am numb from top of my head to toe. What was worse was that I was seeing double on the left. Um, not okay! So my Doc ordered a MRI of my brain to rule out MS, Stroke, TIA, brain lesion, etc. We are really hoping it’s just a pinched nerve. I missed a couple of my anxiety meds, which can cause the double vision, so getting better about taking at the same time at night has helped that symptom! So Wednesday I’ll be having a brain MRI to check. But I am praying it’s just a nerve that’s really pissed off.
I got to take a vacation in June, the first time away from the hubby and kids (for 5 days). I had never been to Hawaii (Maui) and I was looking forward to it. My plan for the diet was to maintain, but enjoy myself. I was going to eat what I wanted but make wise choices. Did I have dessert? Yep, and I enjoyed it! But I don’t drink, so I wasn’t drinking a bunch of calories, which I think is a saving grace.
We did a lot of walking and shopping, and I think having a house versus a hotel was awesome. We were able to get cereal and milk for breakfast (what I do at home) and had good snack choices (OK, Kettle corn is probably not the best choice, but it’s better than chocolate, LOL). Continue reading
Here are some progress shots. Before, middle and “after” photos. I can’t wait to share a final shot, when I hit goal, but it’s about 90 lb away. 🙂 Total loss so far is 61.8 lb as of May 17, 2013. Enjoy!!!
I feel like I have been trying to hit this number for ages; I suppose I have. This number means a lot to me, and here’s why.
1. I was 271 lb when I was a freshman in high school (I had my physical for Track, that’s how I know).
2. It tells me I am back on track. When you go back and look at my stats for the last year, it’s been tough. This was a goal I had 2 Januarys ago!
3. I get to add two more items to the list!
4. I did it before Hawaii!
This has been a great month for me! As I look back at my numbers from last year until today, I have a sense of motivation and a revival of purpose. It’s been a very rough week emotionally for me: strep throat for the whole family, antibiotics, my 35th birthday where we aren’t able to celebrate until the weekend, things I want to do falling through, just to name a few. But the one thing to bring me back to center, was weighing in this morning. I was down 2.4, bringing me to the lowest since July 2012! I am so proud of this, I can’t even begin to explain. I needed something positive today and I got it in the form of a few numbers.
In March, my mom bought me a fitbit as an Easter present. So on March 20, I put it on and got back to work on loosing weight and hitting 60 lb lost by June 21. My starting weight when I got the Fitbit was 280.8. Yesterday I weighed in and hit 279! I haven’t been in the 270’s since December. I am pleased with this, VERY! Total lost is 52.2, so I have 7.8 to lose in 61 days. Combined with going to WW meetings, hitting the gym/dojo 4-5 times a week, and watching my calories (1,800 goal). I should be able to do this, even if I was aiming for loss of 1 lb a week! So there it is. With a lot of work, I could be at -60 by the time I set foot in Hawaii, which is a place I’ve never been!
I am here because a year and a half ago I decided to do something to change my life. I would quit being fat! My dad died from being way too overweight, so I decided I cannot follow in his footsteps. January 2011 I joined Weight Watchers and started my journey to loosing half my body weight. Starting weight: 331.2 lb Half of that weight is 165.6 lb Current weight 275.0 lb I have 110.6 to go until I’ve lost 1/2 my weight. Above is comparison shot of before and 1 year in. I haven’t lost much in the last 6 months, and I think it’s diet fatigue. But we are going to Disney World in December and I want to be at 75 lb lost. So I am getting back on the diet bandwagon. It’s time.