9 Month Check-In: A New Perspective

14846107989_10c48e24b7_kLooking back at my 5 month update, I’m amazed at how much I have changed in only a few short months.  Aside from the physical transformation – which is pretty striking – these last four months have shaped my personality and approach to life more than anything else.  At the 5 month mark, I was still eagerly checking the scale every morning, disheartened whenever there would be stall or – heaven forbid – weight gain.  Although I had already lost over 70 pounds, I was so close to my goal that I had become a bit obsessed.

So much of this process is dictated by success on the scale, so I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least touch on this reality of weight loss surgery.  At 5 months out from surgery I was 182.4 pounds, less than 12 1/2 pounds from what I thought was my goal weight of 170.  Since that time, I have lost 21.4 pounds, and with this new weight comes a fresh perspective.  There is a peace of mind that comes with being comfortable with the number on the scale and knowing that you are done losing weight.  (Well, to be honest, because I’m still pretty early in this process, I will probably continue to lose some weight, but I’ve stopped trying.)  I’ve noticed that I’m more comfortable in my own skin, and am just a happier, calmer person; this is a change that I’m sure my husband was happy about during our recent trip to California.  (Traveling is usually so stressful for me.  But, seriously, isn’t it for everyone?!?)

However, this process is not without challenges, and particular portions of these last few months were especially trying.  For example, these last several months I’ve been having problems with dizziness, and there were periods of up to a week where I just felt awful.  My doctor attributes it to being slightly imbalanced and having low blood pressure, so he is not worried, but it is incredibly frustrating when it occurs.  I’ve also been challenged physically, which is the first time I’ve felt that in a while.  (Of course I get my butt kicked regularly at CrossFit, but I’m more talking about the “I don’t think I can finish this” feeling.)  After losing so much weight, it is just humbling to experience that again.

Invariably, though, I’m also surprised at how much is still the same.  Looking back at the 5 month update, I’m struck by my positive outlook about fitness.  I’ve never wanted to be model thin, and that desire to feel strong – not skinny – is still very prevalent.  I don’t think there is anything better than powering through a particularly difficult workout at a weight that you would have never imagined picking up, let alone cleaning & pressing.  And, instead of anxiously watching for the inches to fall off, I’m excited now that my arms are getting bigger and muscles more defined.

At this point in my journey I’d like to stop losing weight and focus more on toning.  Knowing there is not much I can do about the losing department, I would be okay with another 5-10 pounds being dropped, but I think I would be too skinny with anything more than that.  Along the lines of my toning goals, I would also like to focus on strength training more this month, making sure to get in 3 sessions a week, even if it is in my own living room.  Additionally, my challenge for myself this month is to continue the active lifestyle my husband and I embraced while on vacation.  Obviously 12 mile bike rides coupled with 7 mile walks are unlikely during the work week, but I’d like to continue my new hobby of hiking as much as possible.  (I’m already off to a good start – check out my photo from a hike with my mom this week!)IMG_1705So, at officially 280 days out from surgery, here are my results thus far:

Starting Numbers (taken 5 days before surgery)

  • Weight: 252.8
  • Fat: 56%
  • Chest: 42.5 inches
  • Bust: 44 inches
  • Arms: 15.5 inches
  • Thighs: 31.5 inches
  • Calves: 19 inches
  • Waist: 42 inches
  • Hips: 55 inches
  • Neck: 15 inches

Nine Months Post-Surgery

  • Weight: 160.8
  • Chest: 33.5 inches
  • Bust: 36.5 inches
  • Arms: 11.5 inches
  • Thighs: 21.5 inches
  • Calves: 15.5 inches
  • Waist: 29.5 inches
  • Hips: 42 inches
  • Neck: 12.5 inches
Original

This picture was taken the week before I got surgery.

5 months

These were my 5 month photos.

9 months

9 months in the books. Not too drastic of a change from the 5 month mark, but I think overall I’m slimming down and toning up.

Totals

  • Weight Lost: 92 pounds (officially broke through the 90 lb mark!!)
  • Inches Lost: 79.5 inches (including a total of 25.5 inches off of just my hips and waist!!)

Hope everyone else had a great month!

xoxo – SavvySleever

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