October 8, 2013 marks a very important day in my weight loss efforts. As of this morning I have lost 200 lbs since my heaviest weight of 444.2 lbs on November 20, 2013.
322 days… slightly over 10 1/2 months… and my life has changed more than I ever could have imagined it would. Life is easier. Life is happier. Life is better!
I’m so glad that I went hardcore during the supervised diet and then yes, even after losing 107 lbs in six months, decided to have surgery. I don’t know if I could have gotten this far without the help of weight loss surgery, support of the readers of my blog, support of my family, and the support of my online friends on ObesityHelp.com (oh… and not to mention the mental health professional I pay a lot of money to sit and listen to me! lol).
A few of my favorite changes over the past 10 1/2 months? I love that I don’t feel sick all the time. I’m not in terrible pain. I don’t feel embarrassment when I go out into public – in fact, my confidence is still VERY high! I love that I can walk into a store and buy a shirt (XL) and that I can ALMOST walk into any store and buy pants (some stores I can, some I can’t just yet). I love that there are a lot more options for clothing (who knew??) when you’re not plus sized. I love that I look better (kiss my ass if you think that’s vain) and I LOVE that sexy time with my husband is more frequent and MUCH more fun! 🙂
What I have learned along the way? I’ve learned that you need to get real with yourself. You have to track your food consistently and honestly – no more lies, no more burying your head in the sand and not seeing doctors, weighing yourself, etc. Now more “getting on track tomorrow… or Monday… or at the beginning of the month.” I have learned that I cannot eat trigger foods. I have to stay completely away from them, for as long as I can! I’m human and I may slip up at some point, but for now… I’m going strong and have no desire to “eat ‘normally‘ like I used to, just less of it” – I don’t think so!
Personally, I think that a lot of people kid themselves when it comes to what the term “moderation” really means. There are some people out there that have a more balanced diet than I do when it comes to incorporating some complex carbs, fruits, veggies, etc…. and I would say that those people eat in “moderation” and do very well with their plan. I think when “moderation” starts to mean that you’re eating foods that are fried, high in fat with little protein, simple carbs, sweets, snacks, etc. on a regular basis but just “less of it” you’re on a slippery slope. That’s not what “moderation” means to me. I consider “moderation” to be the way I ate during the supervised diet. Of course, this is just my newbie opinion! 🙂
Here is a comparison pic of the start of the supervised diet (444.2 lbs) and this morning (244.2 lbs). It’s a little blurry because my husband sucks at taking pictures (j/k), but I think you get the idea! (I think I look a little high… but I’m not a morning person, so give me a break!)
Thank you all SO much for your constant support and cheerleading!