September 4, 2010

A milestone achieved!

This morning, for the first time in at least 20 years, I weighed less than 200 pounds!

This is sort of an artificial milestone, because really - I don't feel any different at 199 than I did at 200 - but still, it is exciting. Even better, I am just a few pounds (3!) away from being at a BMI designated as "overweight" rather than "obese". I hope to reach THAT goal before the end of this, my 7th post-op month. I am now just 34 pounds away from my surgeon's goal for me, and 39 from my own goal. I'm not sure where my body will settle out at then end of all this. I think I would be pretty content anywhere between 150 and 180 - I would like to be solidly within misses sizes - a 12 would be ideal (just to make shopping that little bit easier!)

Life with my sleeve has been both easier and different this month. For one thing, I had gone through a short period of having a lot of trouble keeping vitamins down, and that seems to have resolved. I still need to try to add the fish oil capsule back in, as that seems to have been the primary troublemaker, but for another week or two I will continue to enjoy the lack of nausea.

Another thing that I did not expect is to feel much more restriction over the past month than has been the case since starting solid foods in March. I am able to eat very little solid food at a time this month - and I have much less hunger as well. This has been really a surprise to me, as I expected my capacity to continue to get a bit larger for a while yet. It is also weird not really feeling hungry - not that I am complaining!

My rate of weight loss has seemed to pick up a bit too. I lost 7 pounds in 14 days - something that I haven't seen since a month or two after surgery. I figured that I would probably next have a big long stall, but, as I mentioned, my weight dropped again after a 5 day break, so it looks like things are still shifting.

I have been feeling REALLY good about how I look in clothes. I was unexpectedly contacted last Monday about a potential teaching position at a local college and it felt SO good to know that I had clothing in my closet that fit, that was flattering, that was appropriate for the interview, and that I felt good wearing. When I was heavy, I always tried to have nice things, but there were many days when NOTHING fit (or felt) right.

Also - I got the job - so starting next week I will be teaching at the college level - my first teaching job and I am really excited! Now I NEED to wear nice clothes most days of the week!

Tonight I made a yummy salad with flank steak and broiled mushrooms;

 Husband's plate

I used the following ingredients:

Flank steak, pan fried to medium rare and sliced thinly
Portabello Mushrooms, sliced, tossed with olive oil, salt and crushed garlic, then baked at 425 until browned and cooked through
Homemade croutons (Made with low-carb bread, tossed with olive oil and garlic powder, and baked at 425 until toasted)
Herb salad mix
Cherry Tomatoes
Diced Red Bell Pepper
Black Olives
Shaved Parmesano-Reggiano Cheese
Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

It was a really tasty dinner, perfect for a sunny Saturday.


  1. That's great! Even if you don't feel different, it's nice to hit those milestones.

    Good luck with the interview!

  2. CONGRATULATIONS on the job, CONGRATULATIONS on 199... so much fantastic news and I'm so happy for you!!! I also think it's really interesting that this far out you are feeling more restriction and less hunger! I wonder if that will happen for me too! I have seemed to be on the lower end of capacity so far. I am still at 2-4oz (2 if it's something like grilled chicken, 4 if it's chili) and I'm at 3 1/2 months. Hubby can eat twice what I can. It's all so varied and confusing!
    Anyway I totally know how you feel about having an interview and not having clothes to feel good in - I'm SO happy for you that you did this time, and that you got the job!
    Doing a happy dance for you!!!

  3. Congratulations! You look terrific and good luck with your new job!