Three Months and 68 Pounds

I had surgery three months ago yesterday, and I’m down 68 pounds since I started my pre-op, liquids phase. It seems like weight-loss is different for everyone, but I’m happy with my progress so far. 

Right now, I can eat one whole egg with part of a piece of toast, or I can eat about 1/4 of a small bowl of Pho. (That’s the only way I enjoy beef. It just takes too much effort to eat it now.) I can also eat about 2 ounces of chicken or pork in one meal, and one string cheese is enough to keep my full for a few hours.

I drink ISO 100 because I like it more than ISOpure. I also drink peanut butter Quest protein shakes with Fair Life milk. Drinking protein is the easiest way to ensure that I reach my daily protein goals. I can also drink sparkling water again too, which is awesome.

This year was easily the best holiday season I’ve ever had. I spent the week with family, got engaged, rode a train up Pike’s Peak and introduced Michael to my favorite people and one of my favorite places. I couldn’t have asked for more.

 

On Christmas Eve we dined at my sister’s house, and we spent Christmas evening at the home of her in-laws, who moved to Colorado recently. We had delicious food both nights, and even though I served myself tiny portions, I wasn’t able to try everything. There was so much food that I couldn’t even taste a lot of it.

It was hard to sit at the table while everyone else continued eating, but it was one of those rare moments when I didn’t push my plate away. I didn’t continue to either though. I just sat and enjoyed the company while reminding myself that if I ate too much I’d be uncomfortable. I don’t like getting to that point, so I try to avoid it.

I wished I could eat more than I did during those two meals, but when I got home and stepped on the scale I remembered that it’s worth it. I wasn’t able to try everything prepared for each of those meals, but by eating such limited portions I was able to lose several pounds over Christmas. That’s pretty cool.

We did some walking while I was there too. Michael proposed to me on a short hike with my mom, sister and brother-in-law, and we went for walks around the neighborhood with my sister because the weather was so awesome. It was cold and blistery outside, but I love that. 

There’s something about being in Colorado that makes me want to be more active. Maybe it’s the 315 days of sunshine that they see every year. Maybe it’s the crisp, clean air. Maybe it’s the fact that I’ve dropped a fairly significant amount of weight since the last time I was there. (I know that was a factor.) Regardless of the reasons, I felt lighter on my feet and more active than I have in the last few years, and it was great. I’ll be there again in the Spring, and I wonder if I’ll feel even lighter and more active than I did on this trip.

These adjustments to life after weight-loss surgery haven’t been easy for me, but I’m happy to see and feel the changes in my body. It feels like I’m making some big, positive strides, which definitely makes it all worth it to enjoy a longer healthier life with my family and friends and my future husband.

 

 

If you’re reading this I hope you had a happy holiday season, and I wish you the best in 2017.

 

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11 Comments

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    Stephanie
    December 29, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Congrats on all your accomplishments this year. Toast to you and the new year.

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      Kenlie
      December 31, 2016 at 6:19 pm

      Cheers to you, Stephanie!

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    Sophie Jones
    December 29, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Congratulations, and you look really happy which is so nice to see! It’s very good that you’ve stuck with it since the surgery and are now enjoying the results

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      Kenlie
      December 31, 2016 at 6:18 pm

      Thanks, Sophie. I’m happy, and I’m glad it shows!

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    Toni Martin
    December 29, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    rejoicing in your journey and thankful for the deep Joy of your heart!

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      Kenlie
      December 31, 2016 at 6:18 pm

      Thank you so much, Toni! I love you!

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    Phyllis
    December 30, 2016 at 7:04 am

    I enjoy reading about your journey. You are an inspiration. I’m so happy for you. Congrats! God bless you!

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      Kenlie
      December 31, 2016 at 6:17 pm

      God bless you too, Phyllis! He’s so faithful!

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    Lori
    December 31, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Great job on your loss and your life journey so far! Wishing you the best in 2017!!

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      Kenlie
      December 31, 2016 at 6:17 pm

      Wishing the same for you in the coming year, Lori!

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    Michele
    December 31, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Congratulations, Kenlie, on a great year. I know it was not an easy go with that weight loss surgery-but you will not regret it. Good for you. Congratulations on your engagement.

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