I missed my 7-month post -- too much going on in my life, which has been both good and bad. The bad - my dog was attacked by another dog just over two weeks ago, and it was very scary, plus a very rocky recovery. The good-and-bad - we are selling our house and moving! I'm happy about it, but it's been super stressful. We live in a very hot seller's market, and the pace of things has been daunting. First, finding the place, making an offer, getting it accepted - that was suspenseful and crazy! Then a week or two of crazed cleaning-out-and-throwing-away-and-putting-of-things-in-storage, plus we had a painting team in for a week of that. Then once the place was in top shape we had to list, and since listing it's been a week of boarding the cats (except mine), day-boarding Sadie (who does not love day boarding, let me tell you), dealing with the things that cropped up in her recovery process, and having to live in a show-house for a week while people invade periodically.
We had a total of three open houses (the first for brokers) and on top of that, 30 buyers toured the place individually with their realtors. As I type this there's a showing happening - one of the last, since so far no one has booked anything for tomorrow morning. Offers are due by noon tomorrow, but we already have two in hand - both of which are good, and one of which is VERY good. So we're already hugely relieved, but we'd like to get back to normal life soon. The kind of life where you can cook for dinner without fear of lingering smells turning off potential buyers! Where you don't have to throw blankets over your sofa in the evening so your dog can sleep on it!
Back on the WLS topic... things are going pretty well. In spite of the stress, I haven't done a lot of stress eating. I've had a few things that are carbier than my usual fare, but nothing crazy. I HAVE missed a few vitamins, so now I'm working double hard on getting them in on time every day.
Sizes... I'm down to 16 jeans, and could probably go to 14's but I haven't had any time to try any on. My XL tops are pretty big on me now, but my belly isn't quite ready for larges yet (even though my shoulders definitely are!)
I'm in my monthly 3-week stall right now, hovering at 204. SO CLOSE to oooonederland! I'll definitely be there by the time I see my surgeon at the end of May... I just hope it'll be low enough that I register as under 200 on HIS scale, which routinely weighs me 3-4 lbs heavier than my home scale.
My weight loss has slowed down a bit, but shows no sign of stopping altogether, so I'm just keeping on. I've also noticed I can eat more at a time now, which is good... because it's a lot easier to eat half a thing and save the other half than it is to eat a quarter of it and save 3/4! I have leftover-fear, I always worry something will have gone off, or just be too difficult to eat after it has been in the fridge. I still can't eat a huge amount, but enough that I no longer need to eat six times a day to get a decent number of calories in. That's ALSO good. I still supplement with premier protein shakes now that I can drink them again, and I always hit my protein target. Water... is an ongoing struggle, especially on days that get busy. So I have to be on my toes if I want to hit that target.
I've noticed so many new things I can do, though! That's always fun. I notice something new almost every day. For instance, I can comfortably sit on my sofa with my elbows on my knees, my head propped on my hands, and watch TV. I could never do that before. I can look for things under the bed... and then get up on my own! Right now I'm sitting on a sofa, bent over to type on a laptop on a coffee table... much less belly in the way! I can carry things (small things) up the stairs! And when I sit in my recliner, there's just a ton more room, and I often tuck my feet up beside me.
Every day, there's something to remind me how glad I am I did this. It's seriously the best choice I've ever made for myself!