2012 - I had Vertical Sleeve Gastric Surgery in October 2012, and this is my journey to push the fat girl aside and start living life without fear of lawn chairs, the middle seat, clothing shops and high heels. Among other things.

2017 - I'm preop for the Duodenal Switch procedure for my sleeve to help me get to goal weight....and to fix another hiatal hernia.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

2 Month Sleeversary

Okay, I'm a little bit late - 2 months was December 15, but I was away and I've been scrambling at the office since I got back, so today I'll have some time to get a proper post ready.

1 Month Sleeversary post.

2 Months
Starting weight – 301
2 Month weight – 260.8
Pounds lost – 40.2
Pant sizes down – 3
Shirt size down – 2


2 months in and 40lbs gone.  That's only a change of 10lbs from last month to this month, but in all seriousness, 10 FRAKING POUNDS is awesome. I don't know why I would say only. I guess that too is a mind shift that has to happen.  "only 10lbs"...  It used to take me 6 months to lose 10lbs, and then I'd just have gained it back in one weekend of ice cream binging.  So yeah, I am REALLY happy.

I continue to see and feel the changes. They are coming slowly, my eyes are still bigger then my "new" stomach, but I'm starting to get better at judging what portion I can and should eat. 

My main trouble area is water, good ol H2O. I used to be a gulper and be able to drink a liter at at time. That is not possible anymore, and its a poor way to stay hydrated to boot.  This last week has been really terrible. Travel, visiting, travel, busy work, not trying hard enough.

The changes keep coming.  Last night at my chiropractic appointment my Dr was REALLY impressed. She can see and feel the differences in my body.  There was a major breakthrough as well....as noted below....

Amazing Improvements in Month 2:
  1. Last night was the first time that my Chiropractor could adjust my lower back "normally", i.e. in the same way as she adjusts her other patients instead of the modified way that she had been doing it. It had to be modified because I was too large to bend my legs in the way that was needed because my stomach was in the way.  WOW! That my friends, is progress in a huge way.
  2. I saw a hint of collarbone in the mirror last night.
  3. Down a Bra Size!!!! 
  4. Zero allergy medications for the last month.
  5. No daily ibuprofen (WOW!, my liver really is thanking me for this one so I had to mention it again) down from my pre-surgery 4-6 a day.
  6. Getting hugged by the Husbeast is so much ...closer!!
  7. Feeling human.  I'm starting to feel like a human, that people aren't staring at me because I'm so big. I'm more outgoing with strangers, I found myself talking to more people in the airport and on the airplane.  
  8. Reduced food stress. I have found that I'm not so crazy with the food. I'm no longer watching for who gets the "biggest piece" of cake, I'm not worried about getting in line first so I get all the food I want. I eat, then don't think about food again until hours later.  That is a real freedom that I can't put a price on.
Time feels so much faster. Only 2 months?  The changes that have been made are monumental. The difference that this first 40lbs had made is amazing. I feel like a new person. I feel 10 years younger.  I feel like I am no longer ashamed of myself and my body.

I told a good friend in email: "even if this was all that I lost, the surgery would have still been worth it".  I know that this isn't over, and that I'm going to get to my goal weight. Honestly, that is such foreign territory for me, that I can't really even conceive of what its going to be like from my current perspective.  But I can tell you this... I'm excited!

In carrying on the tradition from month 1.  Here is a picture of my dog, asking why I'm on that phone and not taking him for a walk.


  1. Awesome progress!!! Don't you just LOVE your sleeve? This time last year I was 80 lbs heavier and anticipating getting my sleeve. What a difference a year and 80% less stomach makes!!! Happy Holidays!

    1. Yes Yes Yes! Its awesome. I often look at your blog - totally inspiring to see where I'm going to be in another 8 or 10 months! :) YAY!

  2. WOW Awesome job!! Ton's of NSV's in your post! Totally excellent!! Congrats to you! Keep up the great work

    1. :) Thank you!!! I certainly was NOT as productive as you were yesterday, but I have a weekend to catch up! haha

      NSV are some of the best!