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The Brink of 2014: Trying New Things

I know this is getting out late, but I wanted to write a quick post here about some goals I have for 2014.

First, I refuse to call them resolutions.  Resolutions are not binding, they’re often not resolved, and they are meaningless.  There are no consequences for not following through, and they are often hollow. Continue reading

December Weight Goal Met and Unexpected NSVs

I’ve been away from the blog for a couple of days and a couple of NSVs have happened since the last time I wrote:

  • I hit my December weight goal well before the 31st–I hit it yesterday morning.  While it would be awesome to drop another 10 pounds before January 2 (my 6-month followup appointment), I don’t think it’s going to happen.  But I’d like to get pretty damned close.
  • Then this morning, I noticed this:
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My belly is about 5″ away from the steering wheel here, and my seat is moved up about halfway. At this time last year, my belly was about an inch away, and my seat was pushed all the way back. If it were more comfortable for my legs, I’d move my seat up a bit more.

So those things were awesome and worth celebrating.

It’s the end of the semester and I have been grading student work like a fiend.  My aversion to grading has caught up to me so now I’m frantically trying to get it all done.  So tomorrow morning after I head to the gym to work out for an hour or so, I’ll be sitting on my ass all day working my way through a very giant pile of grading so that I can get a little rest on Sunday, write my final exam, and cook some meals to get ready for the upcoming week.

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Post-Op Week 22 Progress Report and the Holiday Gauntlet

Good healthy loss of 2 pounds this week.  Today marks exactly 5 months since surgery, and I’m super pleased with my progress so far.  I don’t think that I’ll be one of those folks that makes it to my goal in less than a year, but I’m okay with that.  I don’t care how long it takes me to get there so long as I get there.

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In the past two months, I have lost roughly a third of my total…that blows my mind! 40 pounds down in 60 days…crazy, right?  But it shows you what a gastric sleeve and disciplined behaviors combined with support groups and therapy can do to improve one’s health.  One must also keep in mind that I started out much heavier than the average bear (close to 400 pounds with over 250 to lose), so if you are considering WLS and are what is considered a lightweight (100 pounds or less to lose), your weight loss may not be as dramatic.  Every body responds differently to weight loss surgery and the subsequent aftercare plan.  So as the diet companies’ commercials say, “results not typical.”

I am two pounds from my December goal which I hope to hit before Christmas break. I think it is possible, and am just going to keep on doing what I’ve been doing…I’ve been successful so far!   Then after that, it will be time to set a new weight loss goal.

Winter has always been a challenging time of year for me, whether or not I am in weight loss mode.
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Post-Op Week 21 Progress Report and Evaluating Goals

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Weight loss during a holiday week is always a victory to celebrate, whether you have had WLS or not.  Holidays are always challenging, even when you plan every bite and sip you take.  I’m glad that I was able to post a loss this week, because this week’s loss puts me within 4 pounds of my December 31 weight loss goal.  I am confident that I will reach that goal in the next week or two.  I am thinking that it might be time to set some new goals.  But what goals to aim for now?

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Post-Op Week 16 Progress Report and Lessons Learned

This week’s loss was a good one. I’m glad it wasn’t as big as the previous two weeks’ losses had been–I was actually getting worried about losing so much so fast!  Of course, losing 20 pounds in 3 weeks is still pretty freakin’ fast.

This is the first picture in which you can see both knobs of the closet doors on either side of me in my front-facing picture.  When I noticed this as I was putting together the composite, I got very excited.  It means my shoulders are more narrow, that I’m losing inches around my upper arms, and that perhaps finally, the next time I fly on a plane, I’ll actually be much more comfortable, and so will anyone who has to sit next to me.

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This week I learned some important lessons about my new stomach and eating that I’ll be using this week and every week as I go forward.  This is Important Stuff if I am going to keep making forward progress. Continue reading

One Hundred Pounds Later, Part 2

So once I hit milestone losses, I like to go to Dick’s Sporting Goods and pose with weights that are equal to the amount of weight I’ve lost. It helps me to get perspective on just how much weight I am no longer carrying around.

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Post-Op Week 14 Progress Report

This week’s loss was staggering.  I did not expect to lose so much this week, but I did:  an average of a pound a day.  Seeing the number I saw on the scale this morning, I couldn’t believe it.  I haven’t lost weight like this since immediately after surgery.

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I stepped on the scale this morning and stepped off again, as I do every week because I don’t believe the numbers that I see when I step on.  I weigh at the same time on the same day each week to maintain consistency in measurement, even when I’m traveling (we pack the scale with us when we know we’ll be gone through a Sunday).  Today’s weight marks 55.2 pounds lost from the surgery alone, so an average of about 18 pounds a month since surgery.  Not too shabby!

But today’s weigh-in has me filled with mixed emotions.

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