Hi guys! Always so wonderful to hear from/about all of you.
I'm doing great. Just returned from Paris, which turned out to be a great opportunity to notice many of the ways that my weight loss progress has affected my life. As some of you may have read on here, I was able to comfortably sit in an airplane seat without the need of a seat belt extender for the first time in over a decade. I actually owned two different extender models that I used to carry on to every flight to save myself the embarrassment of having to ask for one, but I'm pleased to report that they are now in the trash! In Paris, we walked A TON - every day was at least 14,000 steps, and one day we even did 25,000! OH - and the STAIRS! So. Many. Stairs. I felt really proud that I was able to keep up - Adrienne 5 months ago would have never been able to go on this trip. Eating/drinking in Paris was a bit of a challenge, because there were so many things that I wanted to try, but so little room in my tummy. Being with a group of friends, it was also hard not to be able to eat and drink at the same time. Someone was always ordering another bottle of wine with dinner, and I found it hard not to indulge - so hard, in fact, that I was sometimes unsuccessful. I definitely had a couple of "I'm way too full and kind of drunk" moments, but luckily I was with good friends who knew what I was dealing with. The solution was always walking me around the block several times to get "things" moving. Long story short, I was far from perfectly compliant on my trip and have zero regrets.
It's been nice getting back to my routine and also very meaningful to be able to prove to myself that I can relax my habits for a week of vacation, but then get back on track. I've never been able to do that in the past (as soon as I strayed from whatever diet I was on, it used to be game over). From a food perspective, I typically consume between 900-1000 calories a day. I have absolutely fallen in love with exercise if you can believe it, and if you had told me that I would ever be saying that a few months ago, I would have laughed in your face. I do around 35-45 minutes of cardio about 4 times a week and weightlifting 3 times a week and I feel awesome.
From a weightloss standpoint, I'm on the slower side, I guess - about 60 pounds since my surgery on 11/15, and 78 pounds from my highest weight ever. The weight continues to come off though, slow and steady, and I have no complaints. Generally speaking, I've become less fixated on being a perfect post WLS patient and more fixated on making lifestyle changes that I can and want to sustain.
In a shocking twist for a girl who has always had very thin, fine, hair, I haven't been losing mine. I was so sure that the hair loss thing would hit me hard, but so far, it hasn't.
Here's something that I've been struggling with a bit - I used to be a couch potato. As a single, childless woman in a town where I have no family and only a small handful of work friends, I had become a person who could sit and watch tv for hours and hours and hours. Now I find myself feeling kind of antsy because I have no desire to sit around nor to watch much tv. I guess I need to get some hobbies!
In closing, I'd like to ask for your advice, my TT pals:
To date before reaching my goal weight and having plastic surgery, or not to date before reaching my goal weight and having plastic surgery? That is my question...:)