Thursday, July 10, 2014

What a difference a year makes! 1 Year Surgi-versary!!!

Wow!  So, I looked at the calendar a few minutes ago and realized that today is my 1 year surgery anniversary!!  
One year ago, today, I made a huge leap of faith and had weightloss surgery.  I have had an amazing year, re-learning how to nourish my body, learning that food is fuel and not comfort, discovering how much I can actually enjoy exercise and learning what my body is capable of.  I began this journey in a size 24W at 194 lbs.  Today I wear a 12-14 (misses, not plus!) and weigh 170lbs.  

I wasn't even this size in high school!  

In addition to seeing the number on the scale and the tape measure go down, I've experienced some things that we in the WLS community consider Non-Scale Victories.  I love to walk places now.  Just this week, while visiting my parents, I decided to run to the store that is 2 streets over....and I walked.  I would have never done that pre-surgery.  I also out-walked my hubby when we visited Savannah in April.  I logged over 6 miles one day - and guess what?  I wasn't tired...I could have kept going if it hadn't started raining (and my sweet hubby hadn't been exhausted!)
I have started taking a Spin class at the gym, and LOVE it!  I am looking forward to discovering more classes and working on toning up the "jiggly bits" that I still have to contend with.

All in all, this has been a wonderful experience.  I am so thankful for all of the support I've been given from my family and friends. I wouldn't have done as well without their help.  I can't wait to make another post once I reach my goal of 155 lbs...stay tuned....

 Check out the difference from last year to now:
pre-surgery, 294 lbs

1 year post-op, 170 lbs

Monday, May 26, 2014

Long lost blogger, new update :)

Hi all!
It has been a while since I've updated my blog, so since I'm home and have a few we go.
It has been 10 months since my surgery and I'm staying right around 176 lbs now.  That's a total loss so far of 118 lbs!  I'm so thankful that I had the opportunity to have the surgery - it has truly helped me change my life.  I enjoy walking (and even jogging), working in my yard, and just generally being outside now.  I'd rather be outside than inside now - which is a complete change from last year this time. 
I'm able to eat a little more now, which makes me nervous, but I still try to make healthy choices and eat protein first at every meal.  Protein is hard to get in, but it is so important! 
I've also started working on toning up...working with weights, doing squats and lunges and yoga.  I'm actually happy with the weight I am now - so my goal is to tone everything up and increase my endurance when running.  I'd like to be able to run my entire neighborhood without stopping by the end of the summer...that's a little under 1 mile.  I would be so proud if I could do that!

I took measurements before my surgery, and then just a week ago.
June 2013
Waist: 49"
Left bicep: 21.5"
Neck: 15.5"

May 2014
Waist: 39"
Left bicep: 16.5
Neck: 13.5"

My surgeon's goal was for me to be in the 170's by my 1 year surgi-versary, and I'm already I know he'll be pleased when I go to see him in July.

Happy Memorial Day - enjoy time with your family today and remember to give thanks for our Armed Forces for all of their sacrifices!

:) Amanda

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

100 pounds (and I'm coaching soccer!)

I hit the 100 lb loss mark last week!  

I'm late blogging about it because I have a lot going on.  I've started classes online for a Specialist degree in Administration (next step towards a PhD) & I have volunteered to coach my son's soccer team!  Yikes!

I signed my Ricky up to play soccer with the rec center, and they sent out this mass email saying that if they didn't get volunteers to coach that our kids wouldn't get to play.  I thought about it and decided I could do that!  So, I went to a coaching course and downloaded the manual and I think I'm ready to do this.
Whew - what a difference 100 lbs makes!  I would never have thought about doing this before WLS.
Here's an updated photo - it's amazing to see the difference!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

6 mo Post-op Update

I can't believe it's been 6 months since my surgery - so much has happened in my life in this past 6 months.  It has been an amazing journey.
I try not to weigh every day, but I hopped on the scale yesterday morning and what did I see?  200 lbs!  finally!
So, that's a grand total of 94 lbs lost since I began this journey.  And, I've reached my first goal. 
I also did a few measurements to see how many inches I've lost. 
Waist:  started at 49", now at 40".  9 inches down!
Left arm: started at 21.5", now at 17 3/4". almost 4 inches!

The 500 Miles in 1 year challenge 500 Miles in 2014
 that my FB friend Jessica started is underway, and I have to get busy to get caught up.  The monthly goal is 40 miles, to reach 500 miles by the end of the year.  I sucked wind this week because of the cold weather....but I will catch up by the end of the month!  I am hoping that by adding lots of walking and some yoga, I will be able to tone and firm up.

I tried to upload more pics to this post, but blogger is being a booger and not, more pics to come.

Friday, January 3, 2014

91 lbs!

Well folks, it's been almost 6 months since my surgery and I've lost 91 lbs!  I am so blown away by what has happened over this past 6 months.  In addition to losing an amazing amount of weight, I've completed my degree to be a Special Ed teacher and I've landed a job at a local high school.  My new job starts next Monday.  I'm not a teacher yet, but I will be a parapro in a special ed classroom.  I'm so excited to have a job so soon after finishing school, and I know this will be a great step to finding a job as a teacher (hopefully in the Fall).

Back to the weight loss: a friend asked me today if I had anything special planned for when I reach the 100 lb mark.  I haven't really thought about it...I wonder what other people have done?  I'll have to ask around.  I am scheduled for a 6 month follow up appointment with my surgeon on 1/20, and it's my goal to hit the 100 lb mark by that day.