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My 6th Month Surgiversary!!!

CheeringCJ

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I can not believe it has been a half year as of today!!!  It's been a whirlwind year and it is only half over!  I have gone through so many changes that I literally don't recognize myself!

I eat about 700 cals/day, get all my vits in (I've only missed a few), get my protein in 98% of the time and usually get my water in but not as often (maybe 80% of the time it is over 120 oz).  I haven't been losing weight like I was and it is frustrating BUT it is still waaaaaay more weight than I have EVER lost in a half a year.  I am at 65# down and only 6.5# away from the goal weight my Dr gave me at my first appt in June 2017.  I was really hoping to have reached it by my 6th month and I am so close, but it is ok, I hope to reach it during this month! :) Either way i am pleased because my Dr at that first appt told me it would take me 12-18 months to lose that so anything ahead of that schedule is a bonus!!! 

My body is changing more rapidly than my scale.  Things are rearranging and I am liking it better and better.  I do have some loose skin on my arms and thighs but it is better than having fullness in them!  I have a few shapewear items but find I don't need them as much as I thought I would.  (not saying I won't need them more later).  I went last night to Goodwill to get new stuff and they had a FABULOUS full length mirror that made you look really long and lean and it was like I could imagine what I would look like in another 30# (if I ever got down that far)....and darn, I looked INCREDIBLE! :D

I have hardly noticed any more hair loss since I got my hair cut.  I am sure it didn't stop, I just don't see the long pieces everywhere anymore!  I am soooo glad I did it!  And I am getting used to it and not hating it as much.  Nothing ever tangles in my brush anymore so my brush isn't pulling them out either!   Granted I still take my biotin and collagen religiously but I am not as panicked about going bald anymore!

Other than that, I have been at my new job and been enjoying it and enjoying dressing up a bit more than my old job. In fact, as I mentioned I went to GW last night to get more clothes. I now own 5 pairs of size 16 dress pants and quite a few dresses/skirts all in 16 or L) and I just bought 10 blouses last night!!!  That should hold me all summer! I think I really enjoy being able to put on most anything and not hate myself in it!  I still have an issue w/ button down shirts....my chest is still a little larger than the rest of me, so when I get one big enough not to gap, it is too big all over, so for now I am staying away from button downs! I did find a great blouse that looked cute but it was an off the shoulder one (which I must say my shoulders are quite nice now!) so i would need a strapless bra but it was only $2.99 (-15% educator's discount) and so if I never wear it it is ok, but when I got it home and washed it and hung it up, I realized it was a Medium! I remember wearing a M on my first day of school my senior year....don't remember when it moved up to a large but I do remember thinking I was so fat when I was a Sr (can't imagine why!)  Granted, no other M will fit me yet but I was excited to see that one did! 

I didn't take my pics this am because my husband left before I got up so I will take and post them tomorrow.  I like taking them because I can see such a difference as time goes on....though since I am closing in on my goal weight, I want the same courtesy given to contenstants on The Biggest Loser and I want to change my black shorts and tank in for compression ones so I look better in the pics!!!! haha!

So now that my first half of a year is done, I can't wait to see the second half! I am having ppl come up to me ask say how great I look now (which oddly enough I hadn't had much of before now).  I get nervous about having to maintain once I finish, but that is a long way off and I can worry about it when I get there!   So for now, I am just going to be happy about where I am in life!!!!  (and I appreciate the part you all play in supporting me in this....you guys have been the best!)

As promised....my 6 month before and after pictures!  See, Transforming CJ is really transforming! :)

 

 

 

 

 

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YAY!  You are doing so great, CJ - your updates are always so cheerful and uplifting.  I'm glad people are getting with the ball game now and telling you how awesome you look! 

I'm still behind you in #'s but it sounds like we're in the same sizes - I'm also in 16 jeans/dresses!  I have no idea what my blouse size is - I'm still wearing the XL's I bought three months ago, and they're a lot looser now but don't yet look too big.  So I haven't really tried to go down.  I did learn there's a Savers store near my new house, so after we move I'll probably visit!

Can't wait to see the photos when you post them!!

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You're doing an incredible job! I'm so happy you're loving the way you look and feel! That hard work is paying off! Woo hoo!!!

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Congrats! So happy to hear that you're enjoying shopping for your new current size (it just gets better) and that the hair loss has slowed or stopped. That was a thing I was very happy to see in myself! 

Best of luck as you continue :) 

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On 5/6/2018 at 9:36 PM, Kio said:

YAY!  You are doing so great, CJ - your updates are always so cheerful and uplifting.  I'm glad people are getting with the ball game now and telling you how awesome you look! 

I'm still behind you in #'s but it sounds like we're in the same sizes - I'm also in 16 jeans/dresses!  I have no idea what my blouse size is - I'm still wearing the XL's I bought three months ago, and they're a lot looser now but don't yet look too big.  So I haven't really tried to go down.  I did learn there's a Savers store near my new house, so after we move I'll probably visit!

Can't wait to see the photos when you post them!!

so there's my pics....I am so proud of me when I see my currents each month but I can't help but feel so sad for that really really big girl on the left....I never knew i was that fat and I looked uncomfortable and miserable.  SOOOOOO glad I had the surgery!!! :)  Look at me now....I am happier, healthier and dag gummit, I like me!!!!!  (and who knew I had a NECK?!?!? hahaha!)

 

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On 5/6/2018 at 10:15 PM, Gretta said:

You're doing an incredible job! I'm so happy you're loving the way you look and feel! That hard work is paying off! Woo hoo!!!

Thanks....it has been work, hasn't it?  Only those of us who have had this would understand.  It wasn't as easy as everyone thinks ("the easy way out")...but so worth it! 

I added my pics....which makes me think we haven't seen one of you in ages (not since just after Michael had his surgery which was nearly 6 months ago....I bet you look super incredible now as you looked fabulous then!)

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22 hours ago, Jen581791 said:

Congrats! So happy to hear that you're enjoying shopping for your new current size (it just gets better) and that the hair loss has slowed or stopped. That was a thing I was very happy to see in myself! 

Best of luck as you continue :) 

Thanks!  It is funny bc I remember reading your posts and thinking "how can you really change sizes that fast?" and I laughed bc today one of my new pairs of pants was baggy already...what the heck??? I've had them for 2 wks and they are turning into Canadian Mountee pants!!!  So, I think I am understanding how your body was changing so fast. I don't always see it in me bc I see me every day, but I can when I look back at my pics (which I was inspired to take and compare side by side like you did....see, I really do want to be you when I grow up!!! :D) then I really can see that my body is changing rapidly!

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Your pictures are AMAZING!!! everything looks so "smooth" on you, if that makes sense. Your hair looks great!

You're so sweet to imagine me looking great, ha ha. I'm feeling pretty good about how I look. I put on size 12 jeans today, which seems unbelievable at 178 pounds, but I do exercise like crazy, so that could be why.

CJ, you are doing such an incredible job! So happy you're sharing all your success with us. It's just awesome.

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6 minutes ago, Gretta said:

Your pictures are AMAZING!!! everything looks so "smooth" on you, if that makes sense. Your hair looks great!

You're so sweet to imagine me looking great, ha ha. I'm feeling pretty good about how I look. I put on size 12 jeans today, which seems unbelievable at 178 pounds, but I do exercise like crazy, so that could be why.

CJ, you are doing such an incredible job! So happy you're sharing all your success with us. It's just awesome.

must be your crazy exercizing bc I am 176 and I am in a 16...a big 16 but no where near a 12!  you go girl!!!  (and really, not smooth....if you click on it and zoom in you see the ripples! ;))

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CJ, great pictures. A+ for consistency - it really helps to see the difference! You're blocking one whole fewer panel on the door now ;) 

I like your new haircut. It looks very light and fresh. 

Keep up your hard work! It's going so well.

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Love your updates - and always happy to hear from our NN cheerleader! 

You're doing amazing, and I wish you could kick some consistency my way when it comes to vitamins. I don't know why, but theyre the one hard block I have. Ive tried containers, packing them in my lunch, setting them on my nightstand...doesnt seem to matter, I'll still forget them. I'm a little nervous to have my six month labs done :unsure:

I love your pictures - they really show your progress and oooooh girl that new haircut :wub:

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I have no clue why I am not able to keep up with these blogs! I am just now seeing this, CJ. You are doing an amazing job IMHO Also, I wish that I could see a clearer picture of your new haircut. It truly looks like it suits your face and your profile from what I am able to see.

 

Congratulations to you!!!!!!!!!!!!

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On 5/7/2018 at 10:41 PM, Gretta said:

Your pictures are AMAZING!!! everything looks so "smooth" on you, if that makes sense. Your hair looks great!

You're so sweet to imagine me looking great, ha ha. I'm feeling pretty good about how I look. I put on size 12 jeans today, which seems unbelievable at 178 pounds, but I do exercise like crazy, so that could be why.

CJ, you are doing such an incredible job! So happy you're sharing all your success with us. It's just awesome.

Wow!!! Size 12???? That is absolutely amazing!!! It's weird for me because I normally wear smaller pants at higher weights too. Last time that I was there, 170 was an absolutely perfect weight for me. That was not quite 20 years ago so, we shall see this time.

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