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Seven Months

delilas

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This months stats: 

 
Pounds lost since last month: 8
Total since surgery: 76
Total since highest weight: 93
Current BMI: 37.4
 
I actually took progress pictures earlier this month, and realized afterwards I'm wearing compression leggings, which is kind of cheating! I'm posting them regardless, because there is progress in my arms and the like as well. And I finally had to change shirts, because the original shirt is now a tunic on me!
 
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The past month, I've gotten several compliments from my new(er) coworkers on my weight loss. I started here in February, so they never saw me at my biggest, and met me after my two biggest weight loss drops in months 1 and 2, but it feels good knowing its still showing through!
 
I have a huge amount of loose skin/fat hanging around under my arms. I expected to have issues with my belly and the like (and still will, its definitely where Im currently carrying most of my remaining weight), but wasn't expecting such an issue with my arms. I've been dermarolling the area a couple times a month just to firm it up a smidge and that's been working okayish. It at least got rid of the stretch marks I had there :D
 
I finally redid some measurements earlier this month, which I haven't done since February. April 18th last year is when I started my six month pre-op program. October 12th is when I ended it. February was month 2 post op, and these are just after my 6 month mark:
 
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So in total, I've lost nearly 2 inches from my neck alone, which is crazy to me! Also 12 inches from my waist, and a couple inches from my calves. I'm glad I redid my measurements, as the scale was a bit sluggish last month. This helped reassure me, especially since adding in strength training and upping my calories has slowed my weight loss. 
 
I posted in general chat about my nutritionist upping my calories and carbs this last month. While I did lose weight still this month, I think I need to revert to my normal post-op eating, if for no other reason than this: old habits sneak back in when I am constantly in the mindset of "I need to up my carbs". Things like chips made their way back in this past month, and while last month I lost the same amount of weight without the cals and carbs, I simply dont feel comfortable with this all right now. I want to take advantage of every "good" month I can, and I feel as if the extra carb allowance has just turned into a rationale to eat things I shouldn't. 
 
We talk a lot about how that first year is to establish new habits and a new relationship with food, and I just can't put myself in a situation of falling back into what got me here so soon after surgery. I'd like to think my mental fortitude was higher 7 months out, but the truth is - it isn't! 
 
My foot situation continues to be a boor. I graduated from physical therapy finally (yay!) only to get waylaid by a severe paronychia/infection of the cuticle in my big toe. Goodness only knows how I got it, but after a round of antifungals, antibiotics, and as of yesterday, having the toenail actually removed (ugh), I hope its on the mend. 
 
In other news, I don't mind pictures nearly as much. We had a lot of parties this week at work to do a "farewell tour" for a doctor who is leaving. Each day had a different theme, and I found myself jumping in to the group pictures, and even (gasp!) sharing them to my facebook without shame. That's a nice damn feeling :D
 
Until next month :)
 


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Wow, those photos certainly show some dramatic changes, pretty lady! The change between months 4 and 6 are really impressive - remember that as you get smaller, a smaller drop appears more dramatic on your frame, so 8 pounds now will show more than 8 pounds before. 

I like that you're sticking to your color scheme for the comparison photos - I think that helps in visualizing. I'm not at all surprised that you needed a new shirt - you're so differently shaped now! And good for you for feeling comfortable getting your photo taken - that's such a relief, isn't it? Photo dread is the worst. 

Congrats on your measurement changes, as well. It's such a good idea to do those since sometimes that's where the changes are most apparent. I'm still noticing this now, and my weight has been stable since February (5 months!). My measurements have changed and my clothes fit differently (still can't hang onto my wardrobe, dangit). It's all the little measurements that get me - like neck and wrists! 

Sorry about your toe. Will you get a 10% discount on pedis now??? 

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1 hour ago, Jen581791 said:

Wow, those photos certainly show some dramatic changes, pretty lady! The change between months 4 and 6 are really impressive - remember that as you get smaller, a smaller drop appears more dramatic on your frame, so 8 pounds now will show more than 8 pounds before. 

I like that you're sticking to your color scheme for the comparison photos - I think that helps in visualizing. I'm not at all surprised that you needed a new shirt - you're so differently shaped now! And good for you for feeling comfortable getting your photo taken - that's such a relief, isn't it? Photo dread is the worst.

Yeah, I'm finding a struggle in clothing as what I've been shaped for so long (very apple-y) is now more pear, and so I can't buy anything without trying it on, and Im consistently surprised at how things actually look on me compared to what I think they will look like. 

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Sorry about your toe. Will you get a 10% discount on pedis now??? 

:lol: One can hope! Albeit, I know for darn sure there will be no showing off this monstrosity in sandals this summer, so I'll save quite a bit :D 

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As Jen stated, that is a dramatic change and you've done it in quite a sort time.  Pictures do indeed speak a thousand words.

Congratulations!

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Wow! Your pictures are amazing! I love hearing that you're jumping in group pictures and sharing them! You lost TWELVE inches in you waist!!! Wow wow wow! Sorry the carb-adding experiment wasn't rewarding, but I like how thoughtful and proactive you've been about evaluating what's working. Well done all around!

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3 hours ago, Gretta said:

Wow! Your pictures are amazing! I love hearing that you're jumping in group pictures and sharing them! You lost TWELVE inches in you waist!!! Wow wow wow! Sorry the carb-adding experiment wasn't rewarding, but I like how thoughtful and proactive you've been about evaluating what's working. Well done all around!

Youre the sweetest! I actually took a long time today after writing the post looking at the differences in my pictures because its been really easy to feel I haven't made enough progress the last two months. Between the pictures and the measurements, I feel like I'm still moving in the right direction!

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