My 7th month surgiversary (a little late)

CheeringCJ

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It's been absolutely a break neck speed I've been functioning at for the past few weeks. Our oldest daughter had a new baby (our 5th grandchild!) and I got to be there for the birth again, one of our sons graduated, my husband's car died which left  us scrambling for a few days searching the web for a good deal that we could pay cash for and we found a terrific car for only $7K, my husband is having his ordination service this weekend and I am hosting a party/reception for 150 ppl afterwards, the kids program I run at church (3yr-5th gr) started up last week (I have to organize my 25 leaders, write the curriculum and teach two classes every week) and our dear friend passed away suddenly Tuesday, leaving a vacancy in the preschool room so I had to go in there and teach last night which was very difficult to do.  Saturday we have her funeral (my husband is doing that) and our granddaughter's dance recital and then back to church to set up for the reception.  So it's a mixed bag of joy and sorrow and a whole lot of late nights and work. The long and short of it, is life is precious ....and I CAN DO this!  I haven't stress eaten or turned to my long lost friend, the refrigerator.  It may be hard to keep up emotionally but physically I got this. I remember back in the day when I'd get so overwhelmed that I'd nearly give up.  Now with my new sleeve, my new body, my new brain and my new outlook, I don't get that same way. I still feel plenty confident that there is nothing God and I can't handle together.  (Addendum: I wrote this yesterday morning but didn't have a chance to post it bc my brother in law got rushed to the ER with chest pains (he was fine in the end) so my husband rushed up to be with him. He was there for ten minutes when he (my husband) dropped his phone, bent over to pick it up, and passed out and hit his head on his brother's bed! So then they threw him on a stretcher and checked him into the ER!  Turns out my husband was fine...he was prepping for his colonoscopy today so he was on just a liquid diet but he hadn't had anything yet (just a little water) when he rushed off to the hospital so his blood sugar had dropped (he's not used to the difference of fasting with being diabetic now) plus his BP was low bc he has lost weight and his BP meds are too much for him (his doc had cut them in half but may have to cut them out altogether).  So anyway, another brother of theirs left work to rush in and be at the ER with BOTH of them!  I told him to be careful bc there is only one more brother that could come help him out if he ends.up as.a patient, and he lives far away in Florida!!!  What a bizarre day, right?!?  You cant make this stuff up....my life is indeed interesting to say the least! I was keeping my adult kids informed via group chat and they were cracking me up talking about how the guys were doing a three stooges schtick there..."paging Dr Howard, Dr Fine and Dr Howard"!  Haha! At least we can all laugh about their crazy day.)

 

As for my past month, the scale didn't move tons, which was disappointing, but one day into my 7th month and I got to my doctor's goal weight of 170 he set for me to lose in the first 12-18 months!  Then I went up a few, down one for days and now I am consistently in my 160s (168.6, whew!) and pretty content there. My personal goal is 160 and I would be thrilled with that. I know that is totally doable now (where beforehand I doubted even 170 was doable....I hadn't been there is years. Last time I was in my 160s, the calendar was in the 1980s!!!!). (addendum #2: down more weight today...down to 166.4!!!! I've been losing every day this week...like back on the beginning!  Whoo hoo!  I'll take it!)

I am in a size 14 pants and a L top. My pants always look big so I get a new smaller size that seems snug until I look in the full length mirror at work and see the baggy thighs and then I know it's time to go lower again! (Again, I'll take that!)

My husband and I walk 3 miles (5 makes total for the day). most every night except when it rains. I don't make excuses.  Last night I was emtionally and physically drained when we got home from church (where I was running the kids program and teaching my departed friend's class in her place) so that would've meant come home, grab a snack (or two) and crash on the sofa. Last night, it meant have a cheese stick and go walk three miles for an hour with my hubby!  I like my new life!  

I have my 6th month check up next week with my bariatric surgeon and nutritionist  (a month late bc I needed the new insurance).  I'll be interested to see my lab work afterwards. I'm sure he will be proud I made it to his goal already. 

As for the way I look, I'll post my pic but I couldn't notice any difference.  However I know I don't hate my pics that candidly get snapped. (I don't have to edit them and crop out my butt or fat arm etc) Between my new grandbaby and my son's graduation I've had lots of pics I didn't know were being taken and I am shocked at how different I look. Oddly enough, our oldest DTR was behind us taking pics (see attached) at the grad and I was so surprised that my shoulders and the back of my neck were normal looking ( they used to be very rounded and almost hunched looking ).That is a nice surprise I never thought about as a result from my surgery. 

I'm adjusting well to my new job and I'm fine with the fact that I'm not off during the summer like when I was teaching. I am getting to know my co-workers which is much easier when I'm not so self conscious of myself. I have a walking buddy that walks as fast as I do so we can get about 1.75 miles in during our our 30 min lunch. 

Last night my husband was prepping for his colonoscopy (translate: couldn't leave the house) So I walked without him last night.  I got 10K steps but then kept walking. I had a call to make about the party we're hosting this weekend and so I just did that while I kept walking. Ended up with 14K steps!  I also added HIIT into it and did half the track speed walking or light jogging and was fine, not work out.

So all in all I am in a great place and loving it. Never a millisecond of regret!!!  

 

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Wow, so much going on! Look at you in those cute jeans with that precious new grandbaby! Great job not stress-eating through all the tough stuff. Huge congratulations on hitting your doctor's goal (& so quickly)! Well done!!!

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"My husband and I walk 3 miles (5 makes total for the day). most every night except when it rains. I don't make excuses.  Last night I was emotionally and physically drained when we got home from church (where I was running the kids program and teaching my departed friend's class in her place) so that would've meant come home, grab a snack (or two) and crash on the sofa. Last night, it meant have a cheese stick and go walk three miles for an hour with my hubby!  I like my new life!"

^^^Love it! With all that you've got going on, you're still making the healthy choices and putting your health as a priority in your life! :) Keep it up, you're doing great. My best thoughts to you at this happy/sad/stressful/busy/fulfilling point in your journey. 

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You look great CJ!!!  Such a sweet precious grandbaby too!  I soo love being Mimi!  Good luck also with maintenance. <3

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