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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….



Unseen Progress and Changes

It’s a lot easier to fall into old habits than it is to stick with healthier ones, but I’m trying to carve out a routine anyway.

I have lived in my new apartment for over a month now, and the fact that this is my home now is finally starting to feel normal.

My apartment is perfect for me, and I have enjoyed living here immensely. In the last month I have joined a gym, hosted many guests and put up a big, pretty Christmas tree.


I’ve tried new restaurants, spent more time with friends including The Suit (whom I’ll refer to by name hence forth) and Matt, Shannon and more.

I am so thankful that I live close enough to friends that I can drop in to enjoy hot chocolate or just to say hi.


This move has been an incredible thing for me, and it was preceded by other important things this year. 

I have made progress in my life, and I have come a long way in accepting myself and locking myself so while it may not seem like I’ve made progress I have.

I weigh about 10 pounds mode than I did at this time last year, but I’ll lose it.  I believe that I’ll lose a lot more than that in the coming year too, but its important to recognize how happy I a, now in comparison to last year.

I’m happier now than I’ve been in a long time, and I am extraordinarily thankful for the positive things in my life.

Now I have the opportunity to create a healthier and happier life than I’ve ever had, and that’s an exciting feeling. Its also scary because I no longer have excuses to be complacent.

Sometimes,es change is scary, and sometimes,yes it’s necessary.  I am so thankful for the changes that have occurred in my life this year, and I can’t wait to see what happens over the next year.

Has your life changed this year? How is it diffefrent than it was at this time last year?