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.


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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

One Year Later!!!

One whole year later…. As of today I have lost 63.8lbs.  Oct 15th I was up early and waiting for surgery.  I was actually calm, collected and completed unafraid.  I wanted to wake up and be skinny, of course, that didn't happen, but.... here I am a year later and I am really very pleased with the progress that I have made.  I knew that this was not a problem that I was ever going to be able to solve on my own, and I'm glad that I finally had the balls to do something about it.

I never set a goal for time and weight loss. I didn't have the 100lbs/1year goal.  63lbs has been a transformation in itself and I know that I am still working towards a goal weight  

 One Year: Wow… that really REALLY went fast. Much faster than I thought that it would.  

Funnily last night I was watching on TLC, my 6OOlbs life.  And although I was not 6OOlbs, I could totally relate in all ways to the experiences of the people on the show.  The before: teasing, uncomfortable, how hard everything was, walking, stairs, moving around, getting in and out of my car... crazy. The surgery and after eating: struggles, image, food, water, life. 
 
In fact it was a great reflection on my behaviors and how I could be doing better and more for myself. I echo their sentiment – this was the best thing that I ever did for myself.  I still struggle with head-hunger and behavior problems and food choices, but I keep on working on it and that is the key. 

I cannot believe some of the changes that have been made.  A serious transformation in a year.  Yesterday I was wearing a dress from Old Navy (XL) and it was slightly too large for me.  Mind Blown!  I wouldn’t have been able to squeeze into a XXL in OldN a year ago.  There were a LOT of things that I couldn’t do last year…..   

 Here is my weight chart for the year.  I took the 1st, 15th and last day of each month ad made a shortened version of my tracking.  It shows my progress pretty well.
 
 
 

I have a new pair of sandals that have an outside ankle side buckle.  I keep trying to do it up with one hand because "before" I wasn’t able to actually bend over and get both hands to the outside of my ankle. Not a problem anymore.  It was so strange to be able to jut bend over and reach the buckle with both hands.  Last night, just for a test, I tried to see if I could bend over and get my palms on the floor (like I could in university) and I could.  Awesome!   I’ve been taking pictures of my face lately at the office because I literally don’t recognize myself.  I stare at the photos and look at this “strangers” face.  

So many positive changes - SO many that I don’t even have time to write about them all today.   But this is going to be a great day of reflection and recommitment to my process of change, and to embrace it even more.
 
I'll have to do some pictures tonight and get a compairson journey up on here... This anniversary really snuck up on me.

Happy Anniversary to me!  I can’t wait to see what the next year brings for my weight loss journey.


10 comments:

  1. Happy Anniversary ...indeed! And I love that you have stuck with it, stayed with blogging and keep on marching down towards goal. It took me 18 months to lose -100lbs so always remember there is never an expiration date on your sleeve!!

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    1. Thank you!! I'm really pleased that I kept up with all my weigh ins and tracking. Its made a year fly by! More progress to come for sure.

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  2. How very wonderful, Tamzin! I'm so happy and proud of you too. More great experiences are in your future! :D

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    1. Many Thanks Marion!!! I can't wait to see what a year from now is like!

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  3. Happy anniversary! Congratulations on your loss and that you are still going down. I love the graph!

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    1. Tank you Linda!! I do love me some graphs for sue. :) Make the progress even more fun!!

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  4. Congrats on some great successes in the first year! I'm sure year 2 will bring more good things.

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    1. Thank you Connie! Year Two! Bring it on!

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  5. Good for you Tamzin! I like your reflection posts. I can see growth in them on an psychological standpoint if that makes sense. I don't think ultimate goals should have a time limit. It's really great to look back and remember how you felt 64 lbs heavier...how things were more difficult then. I think about this every time I head up or down the stairs to my 3rd floor apartment lol

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    1. Thank Melissa! I have good mental days and bad ones... important that I keep on it... of course. More blogging and keep on tracking. A full year of "data" is quite interesting!

      OMG - three floors with an extra 60lbs... I know how hard that is too... manage what that load off does for a body!

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