Well, today is the day that I stepped on my scale to discover that I now weigh 100 pounds less than my highest weight! I haven't reached my goal, and I still have a poufy tummy, some back flab, wobbly upper arms, a saggy butt, and upper thigh skin that I can fold, but I have achieved every single one of the functional goals that I set for myself when I decided to have WLS.
I am off of all blood pressure medications.
I no longer have sleep apnea.
I no longer experience stress incontinence.
I have no more arthritis paiin.
I can shop in regular-size clothing stores.
My blood sugars are normal.
My cholesterol and triglycerides are low.
I enjoy physical activity.
I eat a healthy diet and enjoy occasional treats.
I can wear high heels without debilitating pain!
I can canoe, kayak and horseback ride.
No more seatbelt extenders on planes!
I look GOOD in a pair of jeans and a simple white shirt with a belt.
The bath towel fits ALL the way around with room to tuck in.
I can paint my own toenails without huffing and puffing.
I have collar bones, and hip bones, and cheek bones, and ribs!
I can ROCK a pencil skirt with fishnet stockings and heels.
I AM SO GRATEFUL AND THANKFUL!!!
I usually recognize my milestones with little gifts to myself, this time though, I have decided to donate $100.00 and 100 pounds of high quality protein food (Peanut Butter, Tuna, Beans, etc) to my local food bank. Would anyone like to join me in this campaign during the holiday season? All of us have lots to be thankful for - I think it would be fantastic if, to the extent each of us is able, we celebrated this with a gift of nutritious food to our communities, particularly in this period of recession and hard times for so many people.
Who wants to donate food or funds equal to the number of pounds they have lost, or equal to their weight loss goal, (or for the non-WLS folks who follow this blog, some other symbolic number)???
To make it fun, I will be taking a photo of myself next to the 100 pounds of food that I purchase to donate and will post this on here as well as on other forums in which I participate. I am actually curious about what 100 pounds of food will look like!
Anyone wanna join me? I would love to collate stats on how much we collectively donate - if anyone wants to send me their donation intent, I will compile the figures and post regular updates. (Of course, I wouldn't post anybody's name / personal info!)