Weight loss is going well, but slow. I will have measurements taken on Saturday and will post some pictures. On the 15th is my 6 month "surgiversary." I'd love to hit 80 lbs. lost by then, but we'll see what happens. I'll be happy being down a good number of inches and not losing any lean muscle mass. Since October I've actually put on 8 lbs. of lean muscle mass, which is a great accomplishment post-op. I stopped losing my hair -- I'm not sure if it was the Biotin I started taking twice a day, or just that the hair loss phase was over. In any case, the Biotin is really helping my dry skin and hair, so I will continue to take it.
I had a few personal milestones recently...
I can actually wear Nike work-out clothes! Gone are the days when I had to scour retail stores for functional and comfortable work-out clothing in plus-sizes. I found some new-with-tags deals on E-bay and treated myself. It's just one of those things I never imaged I'd be able to wear. I went to the local sports store and felt like everyone was going to tattle one me for shopping in the "wrong" department! No sirens or whistles blew, but it was a new experience for me. It's not like I'm a brand whore, but I do work-out hard. I like to feel comfortable and confident when I exercise; having the right gear does that for me.
Then, I bought my Inspi(red) tee back in December. I can wear it now; I even wear it out of the house! It was an XL from the GAP, so that was a serious mindf*k seeing I could actually wear it in public and not look like a stuffed Italian Sausage. I can't get a full-length pic of me with it on, by myself -- but I'll show off the new haircut and color!
I found these pics too. They are a reminder from where I came. The first was a night out and the second was just 4 months after my daughter was born in January of '04. I can still remember how miserable and self-conscious I felt when these pictures were taken. Not to be dramatic, but it hurts to see these and remember how unhappy about my body I was. Not that it's perfect now, but at least I'm leading my life again and not making decisions based on whether or not my body can handle a situation.
My last milestone (for now that is) has to do with running. I can actually jog for 15 minutes straight at 4.5 miles an hour. It freakin' amazes me. I really did hate running before, but now I kind of like it. I enjoy challenging myself minute-by-minute on the treadmill. Also, I had a personal best on the leg press of 460 lbs. My trainer says I am "pushing weight with the big boys." My husband was very surprised; as was my back the next day, but I did it and I'm only going to get stronger!
I've finally spent some time getting caught up with my not-so-fattie-sassy friends, and I'm so proud of all of you. Everyone is doing amazing and I love reading yourblogs and sharing in your successes and yeah, even listening to your rants about life and such too.
Have a great weekend all!
Counting down 6 months until the "40 and Fab" tour beings in Vegas. :)