April 07, 2014 @ 266 lbs
– Attended my first doctor appt.
June 24, 2014 @ 264 lbs – Started the 2 week pre-op surgeon supervised diet.
July 08, 2014 @ 251 lbs – Surgery Day!
Today 10/09/14 @ 202 lbs
= 64 lbs lost
It has been 3 months since my surgery this past July. I had my check up at the surgeons office on Tuesday and it went perfectly. The doctor was ecstatic that I had lost 60 lbs in 3 months. I pushed him to make a guess on how much he thought I would lose over all and with great reluctancy and a crooked smile he finally gave in and gave me his guess… but only after he played with his calculator a bit, I assume he isn’t the type to just wing it but need some scientific method to assist him. He projected I should hit a 100 lb weight loss 🙂 I hope he is right!
I met with the dietitian and we discussed what I should expect over the next 3 months. Her first question was “are you still losing weight” which I am. She said slowed or stopped weight loss is almost guaranteed because my body will go into starvation mode. She said if or when it happens I should increase my calorie intake by 100-150 calories above what I am doing now. That should put my body back into weight loss mode again. Weird right? Eat more the dietitian says!
Eating is still a chore more then anything else. I can and do enjoy the food I eat and appreciate the taste but I don’t really need food very often. The hunger feeling doesn’t present itself often and when it does it’s not strong. My daily goals are 800 calories / 80g protein / 8 glasses of water. I am pretty good about hitting my targets. The hardest one is the water because I can only take a couple sips or a gulp of water at a time and then I need to stop for a minute or two until it “goes through”. Imagine how many gulps or sips of water are in 64oz. Yikes! Calories are easy and really go hand in hand with the protein.. If I focus on eating the 80g of protein, the calories almost fall into place by themselves. If I use up any of my 800 calories on non-protein foods then most likely I wont hit my protein target for the day without going over on calories. It’s a learning game the entire time and I am constantly tweaking things to make them just right for me.
My BMI will never be “normal” because I am just to short. I would need to weigh about 120 lbs to be normal on that stupid chart. I started this journey with a BMI of exactly 50! I am currently at 40! I have gone down 10 points 🙂 If I reach 155 pounds, I will still be in the “overweight category” with a BMI of 30 but I am totally ok with that 🙂
The doctor asked me if I had a goal weight or target in mind. I don’t. He said he believes I will be very successful… I told him I am already successful. I am honestly happy where I am right now. I am still charted as “extremely obese” but I feel so much better and I can already do things I couldn’t before.
Milestones I have already reached:
- I can put my socks on without sitting down
- I can use the regular patient blood pressure cuff at the DR office instead of the fat person cuff.
- I can walk as far as I want to without calf pain
- I can sit indian style
- I can fit into a roller coaster seat
- I can itch my own back in places I couldn’t reach before!
Some of those milestones won’t make any sense to someone that isn’t overweight. It’s probably things they never thought of not being able to do, but to me… it’s pretty awesome to do those basic things again.