Autumn has arrived! Which means that life is back to normal – school’s in, my schedule is busy, and obligations abound. But I won’t use those as excuses to slack on my goals. The great thing about fall is that the weather is cooler, which means that those wonderful fall fashions will keep me motivated. Plus, crisp temperatures mean that it’s never “too hot” to workout. I’m going to relish my nightly cup of steaming hot tea as another way to keep my water intake up. I look forward to all those hearty, satisfying and wls-friendly soups, stews, and crockpot meals that I’ll create for myself. This year, the changing season will mark new milestones that I haven’t seen in 5, 7, 10+ years! Bring on fall 2013 – it’s time to reach new heights! Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend, and will give me a positive goal to begin each new week. Throughout the fall, I’ll be giving Sunday progress updates called Fabulous Fall Weigh-Ins.
Week 25 went quickly with Monday’s holiday, but also because the days seem to fly by at this time of year, don’t they? Wednesday marks my 6-month surgiversary, and I go for my 6-month post-op appointment tomorrow. I’m looking forward to getting the results of the bloodwork I did a few weeks ago. (I actually got my labs back a few days after I went in to have the blood drawn, but I really can’t make heads or tails of it, so I’m very interested to hear what the doctor tells me).
When I weighed in this morning, I was 211.0, which is a loss of 0.8 pounds this week, and a loss of 66 lbs since surgery! I’ve lost a total of 104 pounds from my highest weight!! Even though this week’s loss isn’t even 1 pound, I’m content with it. I had fairly large losses the past two weeks, so it’s probably time for a smaller loss. Also, last week I weighed in on Monday, so this was a slightly shorter week. And really, any loss is a good loss, right?
This past week was one in which I was reminded just how far I’ve come. I’m still amazed when I go into a store and can try on regular sizes – given how much I like clothes, the thrill never gets old. The most difficult part is not overbuying because I know that the sizes I fit into now will only work for a short time; soon enough I’ll be smaller. That’s an incredible realization. I definitely need to start going to stores like TJMaxx and Marshalls to get some “filler” items that are inexpensive. And I do take comfort in the fact that these “temporary” clothes will end up in a good home when I donate them.
Beyond just looking better, this weight loss has really transformed the way I feel, too. At one point this week I had to walk up a couple of flights of stairs to get to my car in the parking lot, and I did it without getting out of breath at all. In the past, those stairs would’ve been a struggle and I would’ve done everything I could to mask the fact that I was huffing and puffing. And when I’m walking, whether it’s with Sofi or in a 5K, I am constantly pushing to go a bit faster to feel more challenged. I’m doing a Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving morning, and since it’s going to be my first solo 5K, I think I’m going to push myself to see just how fast I can go. I love all these physical barriers that I’m breaking down and surpassing even what I expected would be possible.
This week’s quote is perfect because WLS isn’t a magic pill. There’s such a misconception out there that once a person has surgery, s/he will automatically lose weight. And while initially someone might lose weight without much effort, that period doesn’t last long. It takes a complete change in mindset. It takes making this a lifestyle, not a quick fix. It takes hard work, organization, and persistence. It takes making choices that are nutritionally healthy for me when other foods might be easier. It takes planning meals daily. It takes logging every bite. It takes moving my body and working up a sweat, which gets more difficult the thinner I get. It takes time and dedication. And I wouldn’t change one thing, because I’m loving all that it takes.
Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!