So here is a little bit of a timeline for those who may be curious as to pounds lost and how long it has taken me.
Before I wore a size 24, attempted to run but my knees would hurt, could hardly breathe, and slept horribly.
Now I am wearing a size 4/6 (depending on what it is), I am able to run, workout, all while breathing & sleeping amazingly.
Here are a few questions I am asked a lot:
Do I have any lose skin?
Yep...that's unfortunately the reality of losing over 150 pounds. I have not quite determined if I am ready to go under the knife again to have body contouring surgery but will keep you posted if I do.
How did the Hubs feel about my weight?
He has always loved me at any size. I met him when I weighed around 220 and when we got married I weighed between 240-250. After we got married he stopped noticing the weight gain like I did. Once I decided I wanted to take control of my own life he fought for me & supported me and enjoys the new me. This territory is new to us because I have never weighed this amount in my entire adult life. It is interesting for us both to see my body change shape & how it even changes my facial features.
How did I do it?
Well, 7 years ago (in May) I had gastric bypass. I don't normally shout this from the rooftops because I don't want to influence someone else's decision to have such a drastic procedure. It truly saved my life and I would do it again tomorrow because it was what was right for me and my little family. After years of stretching parts of my stomach back out and not being quite as dedicated, as well as being pregnant...I found that I had put some of it back on but kept 80lbs. off. So a year ago I decided that I was done going up and down and being unhappy and hating myself in photos. So I have changed my entire lifestyle and dedicated it to living a happier and healthier life. I still eat very small portions and try to replace some meals with protein shakes or lower calorie foods. I don't believe in "cheat days" or denying myself because this is a lifestyle I have now adopted for the rest of my life. I am active every day which to me is the most important thing. For the first three to four months I just ran every day. i Then added walking once a day in the morning and running at night. Then I went to running longer and faster and sometimes twice a day on the weekends. I then added blogilates and I cannot say enough amazing things about it. And just recently I have really been concentrating on adding weights and toning, as well as, maintaining my cardio. Since starting this a year go I have lost over 60 pounds.
How much did surgery cost?
I was lucky enough to be fully covered through insurance. However the breakdown was over $28,000.
For those who wonder what I look like currently here are some photos from a project shot over the weekend.
Even though I can see imperfections and areas I would still like to improve on, I remind myself that this is a long term process. I abused my body for years and even though I know it has forgiven me, it is going to take time for it to completely heal. And for the sake of being fair here are 2 photos that were shot in-between takes that are the real deal....just in the spirit of showing the good, the bad, and the ugly. I hate side shots but this is my body and I am embracing it.
No sucking in...no flattering angles....just me. So that's the update I felt like you guys deserved. You have been so amazing to me. I want to help any of you that want my help so feel free to email me. I want to hear your stories and be there for you because at times I knew what it was like to feel alone throughout it all. And for those of you who live in Canada and need support, I was introduced to a fantastic weight loss center (Canadian based) which offers coaching, support, recipes, herbal health & nutrition called Herbal Magic Nutrition Centres.
Whatever you take away from (this extremely long post) today just remember to love yourself and be kind to your body. Reach out when you need help and be proud for just making a little step. You deserve the best life possible. See you lovelies tomorrow.