Friday, August 12, 2016

Three Month Update, 10 Things I've Learned

3 Months! I can't believe how fast the time has flown since my surgery. The changes have come fast, and furious (sometimes they didn't feel that way)!

Let's start with the stats for those of you that don't want to go through a whole blog just to get to them:

Sleeved: 5/9/16
Highest weight: 358lbs
Surgery weight: 280.1
Current weight: 234.6
Total lost: 123.4
Total lost since surgery: 45.5
Total lost since official Pre-op: 62.4
Goal weight: 175

I don't have some mind blowing epiphany to share. I have just been trying to get through this journey one day at a time. I will say this is both the easiest, and hardest thing I have ever done in my life. The easiest because I am in my "honeymoon" phase of the journey. This is where no matter what I do, I will loose weight. This will last for about 6 months. The hardest because I have to watch everything I put in my mouth, be very careful with amounts, and make all new habits so that I will still be losing when the honeymoon is over.

Here are 10 things I have learned over the last few months:

1. I am stronger than I think I am. The mental battle this surgery puts you through is no joke! You can read about that here: It's a Mental Game...EVERYDAY!!

 2. Just because I had the surgery, doesn't mean I will automatically want to get up, and exercise. I still hate it, I still don't do that enough, but I am trying! My husband and I purchased a pool for the back yard, and I am using that for about an hour a day, well most days, and I going to try to start the Couch to 5K program because I want to run the Broncos 7K next year.

 3. It's really easy to get dehydrated. Seriously! When you have a normal stomach, you can get a lot of your fluids from your food. Since I can only eat about 1/4 to 1/3 of a cup of food at a meal, there is no way I can do that. I struggle with this everyday.

 4. It's ok to say you're tired. I'm not taking in many calories, so I run out of steam pretty quickly sometimes.

5. Taking your vitamins is a MUST! They give you energy, and nutrition you are probably missing from your diet. EVERYDAY, don't miss them ever!

6. Sometimes the scale will not move for days, or a week, or two weeks. This is normal, but surprisingly, I still loose inches during this time. There is always some sort of progress. It's not all about the numbers.

7. Speaking of numbers, don't weigh everyday. It will drive you insane! I got to the point that I was actually weighing in the morning, and at night. Finally my husband encouraged me to wait a month to weight. I did, and I am so glad I listened! I got to see one huge drop instead of the small ones, followed by a little gain, followed by a tiny loss.

8. Never, never, NEVER compare your losses to someone else. This is extremely hard not to do, but it is important to remember that while others are on the same path as you, this journey is yours alone, and no one person is going to lose the same way you do.

9. Sometimes you will reach what you thought would be your end goal... in the middle! I am half way to my personal goal, and I can already wear the dress I had that was supposed to be my goal dress. I will have to get a new goal!

10. There is no finish line. This is a journey I will be on for the rest of my life. Yes, I will reach goal, but it doesn't ever stop there. I will have to keep up my new habits to be successful for life.


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