Archive | January, 2014

5 Months Post Op

30 Jan

It has been a while since I posted so I will start out by sharing my current stats:

SW: 264, Size 20/22

CW: 206, Size 14

Surgery Date was August 30th so officially today is 5 Months!

I have learned so much about my new body some hard to learn some not so hard.  Here are some revelations:

  • When I feel full, I NEED TO STOP EATING! Otherwise I am in pain and end of throwing up.
  • This is not a quick fix.  I still watch everything that goes into my mouth.
  • Carbs are my enemy. They were before my surgery and still are.  When I eat breads, pastas, etc.  I gain.
  • Exercise has to be a HABIT!  No real loss without it.
  • Follow the plan, eat protein first then veggies.
  • One piece of fruit a day for a snack helps me be regular.

Those are my thoughts for today.  I wanted to share my current revelation photo.  The photo on the left was right before surgery with my cute daughter August 2013, the photo on the left is my cute daughter again and December 2013.  When I don’t think the scale is moving I look at this image and I am reminded of how far I have come.



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So it’s been a while…

23 Jan

Yeah, I came to update my stats, since I try to update them regularly, and realized that neither I nor Allison had updated the blog in 2 MONTHS…um, whoops!

In our defense, the holidays + our busiest time at work + our graduate programs + our families leaves us little time to do much else, and blogging takes a backseat.

Hopefully we’ll get better at making a weekly post at least. So Allison is around 5 months post op now, and I’ve just passed the 3 month mark. Both of us have lost around 50% of our excess body weight which some days feels like not enough, but when you look at the progress we’ve made in a relatively short time, it’s really incredible. The picture below is a before and after of a shot I took at a wedding in June and then wearing the same (oversized) dress and cardigan in December. It’s hard to believe that used to be me!

Before and Now

I think we both have to admit that the holidays somewhat derailed our eating. We both experienced some frustrating stalls and not nearly enough time in the gym. But I think a huge part of this journey is identifying your problem areas, correcting them and moving past them.

I’m working on doing some 5K training and I have to say, I’ve never found running so therapeutic. I can do a 60 second run/30 second walk interval so effortlessly and sometimes try to push myself more…but I really shouldn’t do that since it creates muscle pain/injury that I want to try to avoid. We are running a local Run or Dye 5K in April and I’m looking forward to being able to run most of the race.


This week I’m working on focusing more on my eating. I find myself hungrier these days and snacking more than I should. So I’m trying to find ways to be conscious of that snacking habit, and make good choices when I do snack (cheese, meats, etc) versus giving into the carb monster.

In NSV news, today we had a weird bomb threat/evacuation at work, which caused like 500 people to head for the stairs. I’m happy to report I didn’t get out of breath at all going down the three flights of stairs, or coming up them. In fact, I think it’s made me commit to using the stairs more regularly. With time NOT on my side, sneaking in exercise when I can

is a big contributing factor to my success.

So my goal for the 4th post-op month is to reach the magic 199.9 number. I can do it, right? Only 14.9 lbs to go!

I’ll leave you with a pic of myself and my hubby celebrating our 10th anniversary in NYC about a month ago. It’s awesome how much easier it is to do everything a vacation requires when you lose half of your excess self!

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