One Year Ago

ONE year ago… there can be such a difference in just a year

One year ago, I went to see a surgeon. I had pain and after a couple of different doctors, I landed in the surgeon’s office on the next stop to find the pain.

My weight wasn’t a huge topic of conversation when I would see my primary care provider. It was usually mentioned in passing. I had been on blood pressure meds for over 10 years – two of them.

The surgeon wasn’t really following along with what I said was my pain. And it was intermittent…so it was hard to nail down. She tackled, very bluntly, my weight. She brought up weight loss surgery and I met with the surgery coordinator.

It was a Friday. I thought about it and maybe even mentioned it to a friend or two. By Monday, I started the surgery requirements and didn’t look back.

Yesterday marks 8 mos since surgery. I haven’t been near a scale…so I really don’t know where I stand. I’m crazy close to being 100 lbs down.

Thanks for joining me on the journey.

Chris

Vacation Part 2

This vacation was a lot more family time. It was very relaxing and a lot easier to work the meal plan.

Holiday barbecues…luckily they are full of protein. And they are full of family.

It was a great visit. I’m working my way home. Early flights in the morning and the kids are staying with the grandparents for THREE weeks!

I’m going to take the opportunity to try to refine some dinners we can all eat and try to get back to family dinners during the week.

Thanks for joining me on the journey!

Chris

What a change

Vacation packing used to consist of throwing whatever for in a suitcase…I may or may not remember a swim suit…and it was more capris than shorts.

We are leaving for family vacation today. I started organizing Thursday, which is totally uncharacteristic…I’m normally throwing it in a suitcase on the way out the door. I was weeding out (again) clothes that don’t fit and figuring out what to bring.

Friday night after work, I was still trying stuff on deciding what to bring. I packed all shorts…no capris AND sundresses and tank tops – cute ones at that. I have 2 or 3 swimsuits (down from the 5 or 6 I had as options.) A discussion with my husband about no longer looking like a beached whale in a swim suit…makes them fun to buy.

(Of note, the dress in the pictures is a LARGE from Old Navy…I haven’t seen an L without multiple X’s in front of it in forever!!!)

A whole week of family and the only plans include relaxing and actual vacation (and honestly, probably work…it’s how it goes…)

Thanks for joining me on this journey.

Chris

Thoughts

I’ve seen some memes in the last week or so that kind of spoke to me.

I’ve talked about it before – this whole weight loss surgery process is a lot of MENTAL work. There is a lot of physical work, but there is a whole lot of mental work.

I decided to go “public” with my surgery and process partially because I didn’t feel a need to hide but also because I hoped someone stumbled on to the blog and it helped them as well. There is soooo much information and like so many things, everyone has an opinion. There is also a lot of differing opinion among programs. It makes it difficult for one to find their way in this new life. The only person I’m an expert on is me – and that is questionable sometimes – but maybe seeing my story helps someone.

And then there is the always good advice that you have to choose happy – every time.

The next adventure starts Saturday.

Thanks for joining me on the journey.

Chris

Transformation

I posted these pictures on my personal Facebook page this week. The one popped up as a memory from last year – Fathers Day at The Melting Pot. I remember taking the picture and looking at it – and I remember being uncomfortable in the booth.

On that date, I hadn’t even begun to think about weight loss surgery. I was still 3 weeks and a vacation away from that day.

The difference is really noticeable…there have been LOTS of comments – Facebook and in person.

Vacation is coming up again…travel brings challenges. This trip is fewer theme parks, ball parks and less hotel/restaurant living and more relaxing with family. Food shouldn’t be as big a challenge.

Thanks for joining me!

Chris

It wasn’t all bad…

Vacation has been great! We accomplished a lot of what we set out to do – but there is still plenty more to see. We covered a little something for everyone in the family.

There was LOTS of walking and way more stairs than I care to think about. I didn’t die. It really wasn’t bad at all. Walking didn’t worry me like it used to. Too much walking used to mean very painful feet and sheer exhaustion – and not a lot of comfort while it was going on. My body is tired – but it’s not dying like it used to.

I don’t know what the scale is doing but I can feel my body changing. The dang shorts I JUST bought in a smaller size are starting to feel large (any one notice that summer clothes slowly disappear earlier and earlier?). The capri’s I love are starting to feel larger…

Much more energy and stamina, not as winded or exhausted AND fitting in airline and ball park seats…all in all – it’s a great new life since surgery. I just need to work on my expectations of food in certain places…I had beef jerky in the car – I just had that on the ride back.

Thanks for joining me!

Chris