I backed out of surgery, and have lost nearly 140 lbs. so far!
This is kind of a big deal to me: I started my weight loss journey a year and a half ago at 305 lbs, severely morbidly obese for a lady only 5' tall. I wanted bariatric surgery, and went through all the pre op requirements fully intending to go through with the procedure. My surgeon told me the gastric sleeve would help me get to about 166 lbs, as long as I followed the prescribed diet and exercise program afterward. Eight days from my surgery date I backed out. I'm not judging, I just came to realize surgery wasn't for me. But when I backed out I promised not to let myself regret the decision. Well, this week I reached 166 lbs through my own program of diet and exercise, and I'm so tickled I just wanted to share. I'm not one to take selfies, especially not full body shots. But here's my face, before and after, at ages 57 and 58. My goal is to lose 20 - 25 more lbs, then have surgery to remove quite a bit of the sagging flesh that's been left behind.
I aim for no more than 1,200 high quality calories per day, focusing on lean proteins and fresh fruits and veggies, 64 oz of water each day, and moving around more and more as my body would allow. I started with some form of exercise one day a week, and have worked my way up to five days a week. I began with swimming, which was easy on my joints and supported my weight. I''m in my 50's, and have quite a bit of arthritis. I added walking when my knees didn't hurt so much, then riding a bike, and now some light strength training. I alternate these throughout the week. Although I'm strict about my calories in and out, I eat a small treat most evenings, like a bit of dark chocolate and/or pretzels or popcorn. And I allow a planned splurge on holidays, vacations, and special occasions. I also switched to decaf, and very rarely drink alcohol.
I use the myfitnesspal app to log my calories as accurately as I can, wear a Fit Bit to remind me to move, andbelong to several online weight loss support groups like this one, getting inspiration from you all!
Such an inspiration!3
Congratulations on your success. Truly an inspiring story and an amazing journey I’m sure. I hope you reach your ultimate goals and live a long and happy life.
I started “another” journey myself. I get heavy then drop some, heavy then drop, and on and on. So this time I started at 347 but today down to 325 24 days into it. My goal is 250 which I weighed 20 years ago.
I like this app because I log my food, and I don’t want to put anything crappy in there.18
You made the right decision for yourself! You've proved you have the self-discipline to make weight loss work. Even with the surgery, you would have needed the self-discipline to succeed long-term. I'm very happy for you!7
Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing.3
Congrats on you hard work and dedication.3
So inspiring!!! You should be so proud of yourself!!!1
That's awesome !3
You changed your lifestyle and changed your life, and that's so amazing. Thanks so much for sharing your success, I'll remember this when I get discouraged!
If I could reach through this screen to hug you, I would.6
Well done, I’m so pleased for you and inspired by you, your dedication and determination is awe inspiring, so chuffed for you!3
Well done . Keep up the great work. You look great before and after. 💃🏻💪2
Amazing! Congratulations, you look fantastic!4
WOW!! Have you been back to see that doctor yet?
That's a remarkable accomplishment! I agree with the above poster about reaching through the screen for a hug. You deserve it! Well done!!6
girlwithcurls2 wrote: »WOW!! Have you been back to see that doctor yet?
That's a remarkable accomplishment! I agree with the above poster about reaching through the screen for a hug. You deserve it! Well done!!
I don't need to see the surgeon again because I didn't have the surgery. But he was very supportive the whole time I was planning the surgery, and also when I informed him I had chosen not to do it. When he told me how much weight I could expect to lose through surgery, he was counseling me as to reasonable outcomes for a surgical patient of my size.
I do see my GP regularly, though, and have my vitals and nutrition checked.
Thanks for your well wishes. That means so much!!!8
springlering62 wrote: »If I could reach through this screen to hug you, I would.
What a happy thought! Thanks for your kind words!2
Congratulations! You look amazing and you're an inspiration to us all. I too went through the preliminaries for bariatric surgery when I was in my thirties, 5'0 and about 200 lb. I'm still struggling with my weight but I've made good progress, and I don't regret backing out. It may be a good option for some people but in the end I just knew I could do it myself, and I didn't want to take the risk with my health. So glad to see it's worked out so beautifully for you.6
Wow!!! Amazing job, you should be so proud of your heard work and success!2
Fantastic, great work!2
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