I had intended on including pictures of me from 2007, but I could not find any. I know they are on my computer, just not sure where.
257.6 pounds lost
maintained weight loss since December 2008
weight stays between 135-140 consistently
no Coca-Cola for four years
What I am Doing:
Labwork 3-4 times a year
always eat my protein first
No sodas or liquid calories (protein drinks with milk and tomato juice being the exception).
Weigh daily (although I can usually tell if I am up or down a few pounds based on how my engagement ring/wedding band or jeans fit)
Tons of vitamins
Almost zero fast food. Most of it simply turns my stomach. I do like chili from Steak n Shake and Fazoli's spaghetti.
Eating frequently feels like a chore.
My stomach is very finicky. We make decisions on where to eat based on what I feel my stomach can handle at the given time.
My energy level seems to stay very low. I don't have a lot of stamina. After a few hours or activity, I'm done. HH helps out by dropping me off at the door at church, doing the grocery shopping, etc. When I bought our Brad Paisley tickets, I noticed they had "limited mobility" seating. I called and talked with the ticket office, saying I was not in a wheelchair, but didn't have great stamina, etc. We were able to purchase special seating. At the airport HH pushes me in a wheelchair through the security lines, because carrying our stuff and waiting a long time really tuckers me out. HH has also pushed me in a wheelchair through several museums too. I haven't talked about this too much on the blog because it has been a humbling experience needing help.
I have made the decision that I don't think it would be best for me to have children from a health perspective. Many people who have had the DS have had children. I just do not feel this is the best decision for me personally. HH and I do want to be parents, and we plan on pursuing international adoption (Africa) within the next 2-3 years. We' loe to have 2-3 children through this process.
In Continued Spirit of Full Disclosure:
I don't exercise.
While I always make sure my meal has a heavy protein base, I have been able to eat whatever I want.
Some DSers really have had to watch their carbs, I have not had to do that.
Looking Forward To...
Being able to wear knee-length skirts, sleeveless dresses, and shorts (not capris!)
HH's trust is coming in April/May. This means I will be able to do plastics. If we decided to move to South Dakota, timing might be more of an issue. Do I have them in KY and join HH a little bit later? Have them in SD? Get things setting in SD, and fly back for plastics? I am learning more strongly to having my plastics done here because I am very comfortable with the surgeon. He has a lot of WLS reconstruction experience.
Not retaining a huge amount of water in my thighs anymore! I have so much loose skin there they literally fill up like water balloons. It is painful and noticeable when I am walking around. I can feel the extra water weight swishing around.
Burning my last fat outfit. I've saved a pair of my biggest jeans and shirt. After plastics, I want to burn that outfit.
Would I Do It Again?
Outside of accepting Jesus as my Savior, and marrying my beloved HH...having the Duodenal Switch was the best decision I have ever made.