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Seven months!

Jen581791

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Today is my seven-month-aversary. As of today, I have lost 110 pounds (well, 109.6, but I’m going to round up here). Holy smokes. That’s a lot. :blink: That’s a whole person. My losses this month totaled 10.4 pounds, which is the smallest number since the whole thing began, but that’s pretty normal, since I weigh a whole lot less now. I’ve figured out my monthly losses as a percentage of total body weight (calculating from my weight at the beginning of the month), and here’s how they look: 

M0: 6.6% (one month of pre-op low carbing)

M1: 5.8% (one month after surgery)

M2: 4.2%

M3 5.4%

M4: 6.3%

M5: 6.9%

M6: 5.5%

M7: 5.5%

Pretty crazy. I am truly stunned to look in the mirror now - I look pretty good, even to my overly self-critical eyes. I exercise regularly. I’m very careful about what I eat, but I always seem to find something that works for me (to be fair, I’m fairly selective about the restaurants I go to). I’ve got new students and new colleagues who will never know me as a fat person. That’s very liberating, mentally speaking.

I had a friend, who I haven’t seen in a couple of years, come to visit last weekend, and she was really amazed. I told her about the surgery (she’s a very very close friend and a tight lipped one, as well), and she was surprised, but supportive. It was kind of nice to have someone else I care about in the loop. It was also fantastic to be able to run around and be active in the hot temperatures and high humidity here, without ending up in a puddle of sweat, panting hard, and with a red face from overexertion. We took some pictures, and I was really surprised to see how I looked in them: regular sized. My face looks thin. None of the photos were “at a bad angle” (that’s what we say when we mean “not at that one very specific angle where I don’t look quite so heavy”), and all of them looked fine. What a great feeling to not be afraid of the camera. I have very few photos of myself (particularly more than just from the shoulders up) from the last few years because I hated how they looked. Now I guess I can go back on the photographic record again… sad how our feelings about our bodies determine how we mark our passage through time with photos.

*Note that the photos I’m attaching have no pictures of me - that is because all the photos of me are with my friend, and I’m not certain she’d enjoy her 15 minutes of WLS blog fame*

While my friend was here, I enjoyed more “discretionary” (healthy, low-carb, but larger quantities) eating, bumping my calories up to around 900+ per day (over 1000 calories one day!!!!!), and honestly it felt good to go back to 700-800 when she left. I didn’t lose any weight for about a week, but not sure if that had anything to do with what I was taking in, or whether it was just one of those weeks when it wasn’t coming off (the week previous I lost 5 pounds, so who knows). It felt like I was constantly full at 900+ per day. I’m starting to wonder how many calories I’ll be able to maintain on, now that the end of the rapid loss phase is at least somewhat within my sights. 

My first week of classes is in the bag. It actually went really well, both personally and WLS-wise, as well. The new students and colleagues are really nice and the program I’m working in is a good one, so I think I’ll be happy here. I took my food with me every day (greek yogurt, string cheese, almonds, protein shakes) and was careful to eat when I needed to during the day. I brought an emergency protein bar, just in case, but I didn’t end up needing it. Having it with me was a bit of peace of mind, though. I drank quite a lot of water all day every day. I exercised at the gym on campus EVERY DAY after class - I had forgotten that when I’m thinner, I actually enjoy exercising, and it helped keep my first week stress at a manageable level. All in all, it was a very good, if exhausting, first week at a new job. 

Unfortunately/fortunately :(/:D, I’m going to need to find a tailor or buy some more clothes because I’ve run out of the stuff I had squirreled away from my thinner days. It’s all too big for me now. I tried it all on before I left the US, and it was definitely not tight, but workable. Now, however, it’s unwearable, like I look like I’m wearing someone else’s way too big clothes. I have three skirts, three pairs of trousers and one dress that are just too big to wear. That’s a substantial chunk of my wardrobe, since I only brought what fit in a few suitcases with me. People, these are wardrobe staples we’re talking about here! I’m having a wardrobe crisis! I’m actually kind of looking forward to doing some shopping, though: imagine that! :o I think I’ll try to aim for some stuff that will work for a range of weights, like dresses and skirts in stretchy or drapey fabrics, because I’m pretty sure I’ll go through some more sizes in the next few months. 

I’ve been watching Chemistry Queen on YouTube this week. She’s just had brachioplasty and abdominoplasty and it was very interesting to watch her videos from just before and after. It looked like she was in a lot of pain, but the results, even so early out, are impressive. She’s a really brave blogger, though, totally willing to tell it like it is and put herself out there, showing just what things look like and feel like. Thank goodness for people like that. I’m not having a lot of skin problems yet, but I do have 30 pounds to go until I get to my (somewhat arbitrary) GW, so I don’t know if I’m going to end up a bit saggier looking than I am now. My skin all feels a bit loose at the moment, like it’s not that tightly attached to me and can slide around a bit. I’m hoping that it’ll tighten some after I get to GW and it has a chance to recover a little. It’s funny how it goes in cycles - I wake up one day and notice that my chin wattle has become a thing and looks saggy, and I stress out about it and slather it (even more than usual) with three different kinds of moisturizer. This continues for a week or so. Then, one morning, I wake up and look in the mirror and it looks OK again. The chin wattle is synchronized with the arm wings and jiggly thighs - they all get really loose for a while, and then suddenly they’re not so bad again one day.

Overall, I just feel really positive right now. I’m not really struggling with food issues, I’m still losing, I’m not hungry at all (yet?), and I’m looking and feeling good. Is this why they call it the honeymoon period? B)

Photos below are of one of the many many forts in Oman, plus a shot at a resort on the beach. The water/rock color combo is stunning! I'll need to do some swimming here.

 

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First off - congratulations on your progress! Secondly, it's wonderful to hear that you are doing well in Oman. Some real huge changes in your life and you are rolling with it and making it work for you. Kudos!

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@Jen581791!

You have done so very very well, and you make it look effortless. I so admire your calm demeanor, perseverance, and great habits.... like your use of tracking apps on your cell phone that you can share with others, your consistent approach in terms of intake, your moving on to exercising.... wow. And you have offered such good, common-sense advice on the Forum and been honest with your own experience, and provided a good example of how sticking to the Plan = Desired Results. Thanks for being there!

Perhaps you should not feel "really positive" - but exultant.

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3 hours ago, BurgundyBoy said:

@Jen581791!

You have done so very very well, and you make it look effortless. I so admire your calm demeanor, perseverance, and great habits.... like your use of tracking apps on your cell phone that you can share with others, your consistent approach in terms of intake, your moving on to exercising.... wow. And you have offered such good, common-sense advice on the Forum and been honest with your own experience, and provided a good example of how sticking to the Plan = Desired Results. Thanks for being there!

Perhaps you should not feel "really positive" - but exultant.

Thanks, BB! That means a lot to me, coming from you. Yes, life is pretty different now: lots of really healthy changes that I've been able to maintain consistently over a several month period, which bodes well, I think. I do feel pretty exultant, actually! 

I did manage to sneak in a glass of wine last night, but since we are not able to get our liquor cards yet (bureaucracy, wow), it was the dregs of someone else's box of very mediocre table wine that she was generous enough to donate to us. It was imbibed among new friends, though, so that was good. The wine, though, ugh. Next time I'll hold out for something with a grape name or place name on it...

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Congratulations on your 7 month surgiversary, Jen!! You've made amazing progress, and like BurgundyBoy said, you make it look effortless. So happy to hear that things are going well in Oman, and the pictures are just beautiful!

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Wow and congratulations Jen!  Your weight loss and your ability to thoughtfully self-reflect are both impressive and inspirational. I suggest that you do not buy too much clothing now as it will not fit once you reach your goal weight.

Thank you for posting the photos of Oman.  Oman looks lovely.

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23 hours ago, Res Ipsa said:

Wow and congratulations Jen!  Your weight loss and your ability to thoughtfully self-reflect are both impressive and inspirational. I suggest that you do not buy too much clothing now as it will not fit once you reach your goal weight.

Thank you for posting the photos of Oman.  Oman looks lovely.

Thanks! 

I've got my eye on some tailor shops - I think they're going to be the key. Luckily, having stuff tailored is not too pricey here. 

Oman is lovely. I think I'm going to be really happy here :) 

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Great job, Jen! You have accomplished so much in seven months. Wow wow wow! 110 pounds! I'm so glad you like how you feel and look. You have worked so hard and been so compliant, and it has really paid off. Just awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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Congrats on all of the achievements @Jen581791.  And what beautiful photos - even if you did tease us with your musings on re-emerging in your photographic history but left us with no more photos of your smiling face! Regarding the wardrobe crisis - consider loose pants or skirts with drawstrings.  Those have been the most forgiving in my wardrobe as the material is designed to look nice, even with gathering.  And the other option is to start belting dresses to get a few more wears out of them.  I had never before in my life considered throwing a belt over an outfit (especially since it seemed to emphasize my problematic belly area) but it really ends up drawing the eye in above the waist.  What a good problem to have!

Keep enjoying the honeymoon!

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Jen, those photos are amazing.  I'm ready to hop a flight right now and join you.  Travel is one of the things I've been missing out on due to my inability to walk easily at my higher weights.  It's awesome that you're doing what makes you happy, and being so successful.  Great work!

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Thanks, @Gretta!

@CurvyMermaid - I'm working on some of those strategies with the clothes. I have a pair of linen drawstring pants that I bought in June, and they're *just* still working. Belting a couple of the dresses may work; some, however, are just a lost cause at this point (you'd be surprised at what a difference 110 pounds will make ;)). It is indeed a great problem to have. 

@Kio if you're ever up for a trip to this part of the world... I've got spare bedrooms :) 

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You're a shining example Jen of how to walk the WLS road. Being happy is the best reward.....and by gosh it feels different doesn't it to look at photos and realise you actually look good in them. So glad that Oman is being really positive experience for you as well.

My dad did up discs of photos taken over their lifetime for my 5 siblings. I only found out about them at his 90th birthday which was just after my surgery. I mentioned that I didn't get one, only to be told there was only one photo of me so wasn't worth doing. I've always hidden from cameras in the past (i didn't realise that went back to birth though - in fact it didn't but that's another story), but last weekend I actually let someone take one of me with their dog on my lap.....I was shocked when I saw how happy I looked, let alone how thin I'd become. I even gave them permission to put it on their Facebook Page........that's never happened before.

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7 hours ago, Aussie H said:

You're a shining example Jen of how to walk the WLS road. Being happy is the best reward.....and by gosh it feels different doesn't it to look at photos and realise you actually look good in them. So glad that Oman is being really positive experience for you as well.

My dad did up discs of photos taken over their lifetime for my 5 siblings. I only found out about them at his 90th birthday which was just after my surgery. I mentioned that I didn't get one, only to be told there was only one photo of me so wasn't worth doing. I've always hidden from cameras in the past (i didn't realise that went back to birth though - in fact it didn't but that's another story), but last weekend I actually let someone take one of me with their dog on my lap.....I was shocked when I saw how happy I looked, let alone how thin I'd become. I even gave them permission to put it on their Facebook Page........that's never happened before.

Thanks! :) 

Your story is a painful one - years of hiding from the camera is a sad reality for most overweight people, and I am one of those that did that, too. It's time to start getting our pictures taken, @Aussie H! We've got some lost time to make up for. 

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43 minutes ago, Jen581791 said:

Thanks! :) 

Your story is a painful one - years of hiding from the camera is a sad reality for most overweight people, and I am one of those that did that, too. It's time to start getting our pictures taken, @Aussie H! We've got some lost time to make up for. 

Add me to the to club that used to hide from the camera whenever photos were being taken.  I hated the way that I looked when I was overweight and so there are very few photos of me in the 20 or so years prior to my gastric bypass.  Thankfully, now that I have reached my goal weight, I have no problem posing fro a photo and so there are lots of photos of and including me.

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Great update :D It's so exciting to hear how things are going for you, both with your weight and with your new locale! Sucks about the wardrobe - I mean, it's a good problem to have, but no doubt frustrating! Love the pictures, too :)

 

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8 minutes ago, delilas said:

Great update :D It's so exciting to hear how things are going for you, both with your weight and with your new locale! Sucks about the wardrobe - I mean, it's a good problem to have, but no doubt frustrating! Love the pictures, too :)

 

Exactly, it's a great problem to have :D I'm sure I'll shop my way out of it eventually, when I get to my goal, but in the meantime, my clothes are sagging... I'm hoping to avoid any wardrobe malfunctions! :blink: 

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