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AndiRRTAndiRRT Member Posts: 3 Member Member Posts: 3 Member
"Andi, can you just lose some weight?"
That's what my surgeon said to me. I was there because I had a c-section incision herniate about 6 months after delivery. Entire organs were outside of my abdominal wall and the repair would be brutal. And I was tipping the scale at over 350 lbs. He was offering me a referral for bariatric surgery. I was more than qualified at my weight. I also knew I was otherwise healthy--no hypertension, no diabetes, no cardiac issues. I was just fat.
I had been fat all of my life. My mom used to joke that it took 2 people to put me in a shopping cart as an infant. For the President's Physical Fitness Test in 5th grade, I stepped on the scale and my teacher looked at me grimly: 200 lbs. I remember shopping the women's plus section for middle school clothes.
I knew I was active. I work in healthcare on my feet for 12 hrs a day. And I also knew that if I was honest with myself, I had not really given weight loss my all. I'm a smart person. You just burn more than you take in, right?
"Let me try it by myself first," I begged my surgeon. I know bariatric surgery is a fabulous option for many, but in my mind, it was not justified until it was a last resort.
And so I started counting. Measuring. Weighing. Nothing touched my mouth until my calories were logged. I didn't even care about macros at that point. And then something happened.
50 lbs of me gone. Wow. It's working, so now what? Well, let's get to a gym.
Man, those early days were a joke. Treadmill at 2 mph, 0 incline for 10 minutes and I thought I was going to die. But I did it. Over the following months, the pace increased, then the duration, then the incline.
At 90 lbs lost, my surgeon fixed my massive hernia. He also had to remove some loose skin during the repair. The surgery was brutal and it took a good 6 months before I was healed---complete abdominal wall reconstruction. I was terrified while I couldn't exercise, but by that point, my entire relationship with food had changed. I somehow continued to lose.
I left the plus size section for good. I bawled my eyes out in the fitting room when I zipped those jeans up. I had lost over 100 lbs. My belly was fixed. Now what?
Well, I had found what works for my body. Why should I stop?
So here we are. It has been 3 years. I went from a size 28/ 4X to where I am now: size 8/ Medium in mainstream women's sizes. At the age of 44, I am 8 sizes smaller than I was in middle school.
That 10 minutes on the treadmill at a snail's pace has become 30 minutes a day of high intensity spinning and an hour of lifting heavy 5 days a week. I've just recently added Crossfit into the mix, also. I am 25 lbs from my ultimate goal---the one I swore was a pipe dream back when I was trying to convince my surgeon that I'm just meant to be fat.
I have lost 197 pounds.2mezuw6k9f45.jpg


  • MaltedTeaMaltedTea Member, Premium Posts: 5,644 Member Member, Premium Posts: 5,644 Member
    Lots of "WOW" and well-deserved accolades in your testimony 😲. Thank you for all you do as a healthcare professional and congrats on your results!!! 🙌🏿
  • tuddy315tuddy315 Member Posts: 8,659 Member Member Posts: 8,659 Member
    WOW!!! You look fantastic and have everything to be proud of. Thank you for your story.
  • ggeise14ggeise14 Member Posts: 359 Member Member Posts: 359 Member
    Amazing accomplishment! Your dedication is paying off and inspiring!
  • cymande1961cymande1961 Member, Premium Posts: 22 Member Member, Premium Posts: 22 Member
    Incredible story - and incredible success! Thanks for giving me today's inspiration to keep at it!
  • kennerdy94kennerdy94 Member Posts: 2 Member Member Posts: 2 Member
    Your story is amazing!!! Thank you for sharing this, Andi! This will inspire so many people! :)
  • A_New_CreationA_New_Creation Member Posts: 157 Member Member Posts: 157 Member
    AMAZING! Wishing you the best in your journey
  • lilawolflilawolf Member Posts: 1,651 Member Member Posts: 1,651 Member
    Holy crap, fantastic work! Your bum and legs look amazing too. Love what heavy lifting can do!
  • Fancygirl76Fancygirl76 Member, Premium Posts: 21 Member Member, Premium Posts: 21 Member
    This is so inspiring. Thank you for sharing!
  • klangworthy69klangworthy69 Member Posts: 4 Member Member Posts: 4 Member
    What an inspiration! Bravo 👏🏻
  • Dootzy1Dootzy1 Member Posts: 1,130 Member Member Posts: 1,130 Member
    You are an amazing testament to the resilience that is in human beings. You have my deepest respect for changing your life in so many positive ways!
  • AndiRRTAndiRRT Member Posts: 3 Member Member Posts: 3 Member
    Thank you! And my leggings are from an online company called Constantly Varied Gear. I swear by them. Squat proof, durable, supportive, and lots of cool patterns. ;)
  • Sand_TIgerSand_TIger Member Posts: 710 Member Member Posts: 710 Member
    Fantastic transformation! I'm trying to rebuild my butt too after having dropped 94 pounds - you did a great job rebuilding yours. LOL
  • FABRICWOMANFABRICWOMAN Member, Premium Posts: 513 Member Member, Premium Posts: 513 Member
    You made my day, and thank you for your dedication to your occupation and the inspiration you have given to all of us here reading your post. May you continue your lifestyle journey for a happy healthy long time. Thanks for the online company name.
  • charmmethcharmmeth Member Posts: 890 Member Member Posts: 890 Member
    Yours is an amazing story: thank you for sharing!
  • AKTipsyCatAKTipsyCat Member, Premium Posts: 189 Member Member, Premium Posts: 189 Member
    and you are wearing fabulous CVG leggings... those thing are a blessing! LOL
  • suzij27suzij27 Member Posts: 155 Member Member Posts: 155 Member
    Your perseverance and dedication are an inspiration. You have a lot to be proud of. What a transformation!
  • TraceyRaveTraceyRave Member Posts: 4 Member Member Posts: 4 Member
    Not only inspiring but motivational too! You prove that any goal is achieved with the right mindset paired and effort!
  • g2renewg2renew Member Posts: 125 Member Member Posts: 125 Member
    This is terrific! How inspiring❤
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