50.5 pounds gone! Halfway there...
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I was thrilled to see the digital numbers on my scale this morning -- they showed 208, exactly 50.5 pounds less than when I started my weight loss surgery journey in early April. Four months, 50 lbs. I know I am very lucky and very unusual. Lap band patients tend to lose weight more slowly than those who have had gastric bypass.
Some interesting thoughts:
1. I don't feel like I look any different when I look in the mirror. It's that old "fat forever" mentality I guess. I know physically I fit into smaller clothes, but I see the same old me in the reflection.
2. I have 9 pounds to go, to hit the magical 199. I cannot recall (perhaps it has been about 20 years) since I weighed less than 200. Perhaps that milestone will help me reconcile the view in the mirror and my reality.
3. My recent fill was too tight. I have been nursing it along with low calorie liquids (protein shakes) and mushies (tuna salad with lowfat mayo, pureed beans, etc.) but will likely have to get a slight unfill this week. The object is to be able to eat about 3/4 cup of meat, chewed well. There is no way I can eat meat at my current level of restriction! Tea with nonfat milk has a tough enough time getting down!
4. I am thankful for my band -- it keeps the hunger away, and I rarely think of food in between my 3 feeding times.
5. I am thankful that I am not drawn to the milkshakes, the full calorie puddings, the cookies or cakes etc. In fact, I have recently been offered opportunities for "small tastes" of sugary foods and I just shrugged and said, eh, no thanks. Praise God!