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Progress Pictures and Goals

When I think about the fact that I’ve lost 70 pounds over the last few months it doesn’t feel real, then I look at myself in the mirror. It’s impossible to deny that I’m smaller, and it feels so good to have some pep in my step again.

I’ve always been aware of my size, but I’m hyper aware of it now. I’m sure that’s because it’s changing. My weight-loss feels so slow, but I’m averaging a solid 20 pounds a month (a little more actually.) That’s a lot more than I was capable of prior to surgery, and I’m finally at the point where I can honestly say that I’d go through it again if I had to.

I’m so far away from an average weight. It’s happening slower than I thought it might happen too, but I don’t care. I look and feel better than I have in years, and that’s worth more to me than arbitrary numbers.

I’m making real and significant progress, and food matters less than it used to. That’s good enough for me, though I’m definitely looking forward to continued progress.

Earlier this week Michael and I went out with friends to celebrate his 30th birthday, and I ordered a chicken taco salad.

It’s hard to go out to dinner with friends because my brain is still programmed to eat more than I can eat, but it has gotten a lot easier over the last month. When I’m at home it’s easy to just put my plate away, but it’s much more challenging when I continue sitting at the table with my food in front of me.

Thankfully, I’ve been able to discipline myself, in that, I’m not overeating. When I start to feel full I stop because I have no interest in making myself sick and/or stretching my stomach prematurely.

My friend, Stacie, took progress photos of me today, and we took a selfie as well because…why not?


I’m so thankful that I feel like to hardest part of the surgical process is over. I’m seeing my surgeon again next week, and I have an appointment immediately following with the dietitian. The latter seems kind of pointless because I haven’t gotten much direction from her up to this point. I’ve figured out a lot of stuff on my own, but I plan to see her anyway. If it’s not helpful, it’ll be the last time.

I saw the surgeon three weeks after my surgery, and I’ve made significant progress since then. I’m looking forward to hearing what he has to say about my progress and any tips he might have to make me even more successful.

I need to exercise more…period. I’m not doing enough walking, weight lifting, etc. I know that, but for a time it was more important to me to focus on taking all of my vitamins, consuming enough protein, etc. Now that I’m comfortably doing that it’s time to reintroduce more fitness. I’d love to get back to the point in which I took for granted that I’d workout everyday.

For now, I’m pleased with my progress, but I know I can and should do more. One day at a time….



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    January 5, 2017 at 6:27 am

    Looking good!

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    Sarah Atkinson
    January 5, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Keep it up, you got this!

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    Karen Scott
    January 5, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Love your smile ! You are doing awesome ! Not a race, enjoy the journey. I know these are all cliche’ but still pertinent.

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    January 5, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Wow! Way to go, Kenlie!

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    January 5, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    You’re so pretty! My son gave me some helpful advice. We were at the bus stop, I asked him, ” when will I have the time to exercise?” He says matter of factly” “On the weekends.”. I stood there thinking, kids are smart! Why do I need to work out 3 days a week? If I exercise only weekends, better than not at all!

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    January 5, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Yay! Proud of you!!! You look beautiful!!!

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    January 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Sounds like you are doing amazing! Keep pushing forward! You look great and your smile is contagious! 🙂

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    January 12, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Did you tell your surgeon that you are not finding the dietician helpful? Because that is the whole point of the surgery and what you eat (nutrition wise) REALLY matters. He needs to know, and you need referred to a really good one.

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    January 29, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Have you considered running? I started almost 2 years ago & it is the form of exercise that really made me lean. I carrry my weight in my butt and thighs & it really changed things. It even helped flatten out my stomach. No crunches! I know I need to add in resistance training, but I just have not figured what to do yet.

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