That is my inner voice, psyching myself up to do this!
Okay, it has been one year minus a day since I had bariatric surgery (I am a day off doing this after spending all day yesterday thinking it was the 18th). It has been the best decision I have ever made regarding my health. I have zero regrets.
Now that doesn't mean this has been easy. It has been one of the hardest years of my life. Not just the physical effort of losing weight, but the mental effort. When food is where you turn for comfort and then that is gone?! It is hard. So incredibly hard. And while it has gotten a little bit easier, I still struggle with how to deal with the emotions that threaten to take over.
What have I done to re-direct myself from eating? Get outside, exercise, reading, wasting time on the computer, house cleaning, visiting.... anything I can!
And I thank God every single day for the support system I have around me. My friends, family, blog readers, and community members have been encouraging me since the start. I draw so much of my strength from all of these people and wish there was more I could do instead of just saying thank you.
Well, here we go. Pictures. Of me. Nearly naked. From today. Here is what my body looks like one year later and down 118.5lbs.
|And today I weigh 200.5lbs. That is a loss of 118.5lbs in just over a year (my total includes 11lbs lost in the couple of weeks leading up to my weight loss surgery.|
|I have lost the weight it seems from the top down.|
|I can still see my capri tan lines!|
|My amazing bat wings that I am going to fly with!|
|The part that bothers me the most, yes I am going to share it all, is the stomach flap. I will be looking into surgery since it is so bothersome.|
|This really shows the change, eh?|
I have lost 17" off my hips.
I have lost 12" off my chest.
I have lost 12" off my waist.
I have lost 7.5" off of each thigh.
My BMI has gone from 53.1 to 33.4.
I am now just 30lbs away from my goal of losing 150lbs and I hope to hit that by late next spring or very early next summer. My weight loss has slowed to about five pounds a month, which is still pretty amazing.
I am excited to see what year two brings and feel ready to meet the challenge.
Again, thank you to everyone for your support! It means the world to me.