April 19, 2011

From Size 26 to Size 8 Jeans at 14 months out

NO weight lost this month, but for some reason, the inches are melting away. Here is a photo from this morning in a new pair of size 8 jeans! (OK - confession - they are a little too tight to wear to work, so I am wearing a pair of 10's for the day instead - but really, being able to zip and button a pair of size 8's and still sit and breathe is a MAJOR victory!

In general: I am 14 months out now from my surgery date and I continue in the process of figuring out how this reconfigured body is going to work for me. I have found it a bit frustrating that the scale has refused to creep downward this month - a total of maybe 1/4 pound lost, but it is NOT going up and I am still gradually tightening up and losing some inches. I am happy to see the turkey wattle on my neck shrinking a bit, and have been losing some back fat and some of the belly as well. Still, I must say, I am overall rather wrinkly and sharpei-ish, but that is the consequence of being 100 pounds overweight for 20+ years.

Food: I can see that I am much more tempted by, and likely to succumb to the temptation of, yummy carby foods. (HELLO home-popped buttered popcorn!) Fortunately, this seems to be more occasional than regular, and is kept in check by the reduced capacity of my stomach. I still have a ton of restriction and if I eat protein first I find that I can't go too far astray. I have gotten into a good routine with my supplements and rarely miss a dose of anything, though if I am out and about around dinner time, this can get a bit dicey. I still have 1-2 protein drinks a day, usually mixed with a couple of ounces of almond milk and hot coffee.

Exercise: I got back to the track a couple of weeks ago after a VERY long absence - this entire school year really - and was pleased to find that I am actually faster and a bit fitter than I was in September. I am definitely no speed demon, but in September it was taking me about 65 minutes to walk a 5K and it now is about 40 minutes - and most days I do a modified speed walk / jog for part of my routine. Also, I used to be pretty tired and somewhat sore when I finished and now a 5K is just no big deal, even though I maintain a much brisker pace throughout. I am doing the 5K about 2-3 times a week now, trying to kick my metabolism up a notch or two.

If a job that I have been negotiating comes through for the summer, I will invest in some more personal training sessions and try to get back into a weight training routine. As it is now, I am just doing the odd set of bicep curls, chest presses and shoulder presses, with 10 -12 pound dumbells, when I think of it and feel motivated. I do think, now that most of the fat is gone, that when I do get back to training in earnest, I will really be able to see the results - improved tone and visible muscle definition. (Last year, I could feel that I was getting stronger, but still had a pretty good layer of fat obscuring any visual signs of progress.) Stay tuned for an update on how it goes!

9 comments:

  1. You are doing wonderfully. YOu know if you want some awesome workout routines go to www.crossfit.com. They actually list the exercises for each day. I have a friend who pays to do these at the CrossFit gym, I could never afford it. I am one week out of WLS and look forward to exercise.
    Keep up the good work!

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  2. You look fantastic! WOW size 8!!! I am just fitting into 14's and like you feel like I'm not ready to slide right into a whole day of them. It is quite exciting though. My start weight was 8 lbs less than yours and I can only hope to do as well at my 14 month post-op update! You continue to inspire me. ~Sheila www.thisonebody.blogspot.com

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  3. Thank you, B Lu and Sheila! Will definitely check out the link!

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  4. Very, very wonderful results! You look fantastic - this is exactly the kind of success I am looking for for myself. Thanks for the motivation!

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  5. You look amazing! And this was a great post!

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  6. nice work and committment.I am going to get my sleeve next friday in vegas.thanks for all the info.

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  7. Oh my goodness, sweetie! You are taking names and kicking (skinny) butt!!! Congrats, congrats and (as always) thank you for being such a huge inspiration!!!

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  8. Look at you with your skinny jeans, work it girl! I am 9 weeks (VSG) out and wish I was where you are now, but I know eventually it will happen. You are beautiful and an inspiration.

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  9. I'm just starting the journey. Meeting my (hopefully)surgeon tomorrow. You are such an inspiration! You look so beautiful and I bet you feel it, too! Keep up to good work! And congrats! Thank you for making a blog so that people like myself will hopefully do what needs to be done to start living again! God bless! By the way, I found your blog through www.verticalsleevetalk.com (I'm Penpen)... I think when I get my life jump started again, I will tell my story too...hopefully to inspire another as you have!

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