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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Progress Pics:7 months

The 17th will be my six-month bandiversary. Yesterday (and today), I've had a "fat day"-- one of those days when I lost sight of my progress and have just felt really large. I decided to take a few full-body pics for comparison sake and then I drank a lot of red wine and decided, what the hell, I'm posting them on the Internet (eek!).

So here I am at 278. I was 15 lbs down from my high at this point, as a result of the 6-month diet. I lost another 14 lbs before my surgery on September 17th, 2010.


August 10th: The start of my unofficial pre-op diet

And here I am today, weighing in at 195. The jeans are designer and size 14-- the white pants are size 12. The shirts are both in size L.



March 15th, 2011- 2 days short of my 6-month bandiversary

I am continually amazed at the comparisons, and also about how quickly I (we?) lose sight of all of our progress. Today, I was looking at my upper stomach (that is really not a traditional muffin top in the jeans-- I just have one stomach right under my boobs that is there no matter how loose my pants are) and feeling really fat. But I look at the pictures and realize that's just crazy. Yes, I'm still obese, and according to the charts I will be for another 15 lbs). But I've come a long way.

And you know what? So have you. I've spent some time tonight on a message board with other September bandsters and so many of them are completely deflated at "only" losing 30-50 lbs. I understand there is a natural tendency to compare ourselves to others, and I also understand that I am one of the "lucky" ones when it comes to this comparison so I probably don't have a lot of cred in this department. But still! Losing 30-50 lbs in 6 months is awesome! It's great progress. It's better than a pound a week, and I can guarantee it's better than anyone would have done in the same time period without the band.

I have the feeling my losses will be slowing down soon. I'm just getting close enough to the overweight/not obese BMI that it's inevitable. And I'm going to try really hard to remind myself that this is not a race-- that I've come a long way-- and that though I have a ways to go, I will get there eventually.

So will you, my friends! We are in this together, and we can do this as long as we don't get in our own way by psyching ourselves out, needlessly.


23 comments:

  1. Wow! You look great! Fantastic! I am much more critical of my body now than I was 116 pounds ago... It's crazy!

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  2. Wow! You've done great and you look great. More importantly, I'm sure you're much healthier now too. Well done.

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  3. What a wonderfully amazing transformation!! You're such an inspiration to me!

    Thank you for the terrific post!

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  4. Wow what a change in 6 months! So inspiring! You are looking wonderful, keep it up :)

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  5. You are so right on point! I don't know why we do this to ourselves. I told myself when I started that I hoped to lose 6-8 lbs a months. I am averaging more than 10 a month, and finding sometimes that is not enough for me? that is ridiculous! And you are looking H-O-T by the way!

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  6. You look great! Great post too!

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  7. u look great.....good job and ure post is so inspiring so thank you :)

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  8. You look amazing, well done!

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  9. Wow! Look at you... You are doing wonderfully!

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  10. You look so fantastic! You are right - we can't be so hard on ourselves. How about all the weight we haven't gained in that time. Your transformation is just amazing.

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  11. Love this post! You look fantastic!

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  12. Awesome awesome pictures... You look great!

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  13. WOW!! I love it when people post progress picks because it is just so inspiring. You look beautiful!

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  14. Fabulous progress! I've been feeling rather deflated (but not in a good way. LOL) lately too. We should never lose sight of our progress. Thanks for the reminder!

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  15. I am going to cuss! (pre warning) Holy Shit girl you don't even look like the same person!

    I am with you on comparing to other bandsters, we all do it and it is so not the right thing to do! But I still do it, damnit.

    I'd like to drink large amounts of red wine with you too!

    BTW I went to my second advanced yoga last night. I am so bloody sore today! gak!

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  16. You truly look amazing, you should be very proud of yourself.

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  17. you look great!! I think the situation was so bad at my fullest weight that I avoided looking at all much less critiquing the small things. As I got smaller it was OK to look and i then got all critical of those small things. I do the same in other parts of my life though so I suppose it is par for the course.

    I think it is OK to look with a critical eye as long as we don't let that eye defeat us.

    again...way to work that band!! You are losing so fast and much of that is due to your awesome hard work!!

    xxxooo

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  18. Wow! You've lost really quickly! It would be great if you could write a post describing what you're doing, what you eat, how much you exercise, etc.

    Great job! You look beautiful!

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  19. Looking fantastic. And you are right-we are in this together.

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  20. Just amazing! You look terrific, congratulations!

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  21. You look beautiful...Thank you for sharing.

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  22. Wowee! You have really rocked this band! What a huge difference in 6 months! Congratulations. And you are right...this journey is different for everyone and as we cheer for each other, we can't forget to cheer for ourselves.

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  23. You are awesome! So inspirational!

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