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Five months out

Cardamom77

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Hello! I haven't written any updates about how I'm doing in a while, so I figured I'd make a blog post. I'm down 87 lbs total - 73 lbs since my surgery date. I've lost 65% of my excess weight as defined by my clinic. I have 42 lbs to go before I'm at my personal goal weight. That's pretty exciting! My weight loss has slowed somewhat, but that's to be expected. I tend to not lose anything for a week or two and then drop a few lbs in a matter of days. 

Today I did a lot of yard work - a good 5 hours worth - and it was a completely different experience compared to last spring. I'm able to bend at the waist with no problems, my knees don't hurt, and I'm able to work longer and faster. It felt great to get so much work done and not be completely worn out. I mean, I'm pretty worn out - I'm a human, after all - but I'm not aching from head to toe. I feel like I can actually take care of the yard this season instead of letting it go because I don't have the energy. And I actually enjoyed the work! 

I also noticed something really interesting yesterday. So before, when I was much bigger, when I would talk to someone, I would stand with my belly at a comfortable distance. I am still standing with the same distance between my belly and the person, but the issue is that I'm much smaller now, so it brings my face too close. I noticed yesterday when I was talking to someone that they were starting to slowly back away. I turned into a close-talker because I lost weight! Haha! It's such a weird thing that I never would have thought about. Now that I realize it, of course, I'll adjust my habits. But it's so interesting how there are these little things we don't even think about until they pop up. 

Eating is going well. Carbs are kind of sneaking their way back in, so I'm having to be more vigilant with snacking and such. Today I indulged in some carbs (after I got my protein - don't worry!) due to the massive amount of calories I was burning. MyFitnessPal is concerned I'm not getting enough calories today and is saying I need another 900. Haha! It's amazing how prior to surgery, I would have scarfed down some ice cream as a "reward" for exercise. That's just not how I think anymore - not to mention the fact that it would be almost impossible to eat enough to get those calories in. Instead, I'm focusing on making sure I get all my fluids in and I ate a few crackers with cheese and some low-fat popcorn while I was on breaks from yard work today - as fuel. 

In adjusting to my new body, I'm learning to appreciate what it can do. I've really struggled to find regular exercise that I can work into my day, but when I am able to do something very active, I feel fantastic! So I'm not giving up on working out a workout. I just haven't found my thing yet. 

Picture time! This is an Eileen Fisher dress that I found at a thrift store right before my surgery for $5!!! I snagged it thinking if it didn't ever fit me, I could always sell it (the dang thing sold for $260 retail!). But it fits now. It's actually a little loose at an XL (about a size 16 in Eileen Fisher, which translates to about a 14 in Lane Bryant), but that's a good look for this dress. I love it! 

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Aaaaahhh! I remember when you got that dress!  It seemed like it would be a while but dang, it fit quickly and well, I might add!  you are rocking it!

I think you're doing incredibly well....so much weight lost! (and more to come!)  Amazing!

I am so glad you got so much done and weren't sore head to toe....I like that I have more endurance too!  

i am not good at getting workouts in either...i think you said it right, and I need to find my thing too!  

i laugh that you are a close talker now!  That is so funny! :D

Keep up the great work!!!  you are phenomenal!

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Congrats! You look great in the dress :) I’m happy to hear that you’re able to enjoy yard work this year - it’s a whole lot easier when you’re lighter, isn’t it? 

Good for you for not even wanting to eat your “extra” calories for the day. FJ (Fat Jen) would certainly have found something to reward herself with, but TJ (Thin Jen) no longer thinks that way. 

Thats funny about becoming a close talker. I’ve found that I have a problem with standing the wrong distance from heavy doors to get the right leverage to pull or push them open. I don’t have enough ballast to stand close and still get enough leverage to open them, so I’m constantly having to fight against heavy doors. It’s pretty awkward looking. But at least I’m not a close talker!! :D 

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5 hours ago, Jen581791 said:

Thats funny about becoming a close talker. I’ve found that I have a problem with standing the wrong distance from heavy doors to get the right leverage to pull or push them open. I don’t have enough ballast to stand close and still get enough leverage to open them, so I’m constantly having to fight against heavy doors. It’s pretty awkward looking. But at least I’m not a close talker!! :D 

That is a RIOT, @Jen581791!  We should write a book about the funny things like that that no one tells you prior to WLS!  Those things just strike me so funny!  

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The dress is amazing! 

I totally commiserate with losing nothing for a couple weeks, and then losing a bunch at once. It bothered me to start with, but I've adjusted a bit now. 

I'm so glad you were able to enjoy your yardwork! I've always loved gardening and the like, but man is it ever a different experience when you dont need two days to recoup from some work! 

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