I’ve lost 100 lbs with the Gastric Sleeve!
Hello fam! I am beyond ecstatic to report that I have officially lost 100 lbs!
From my all time highest weight of 322, I weighed in this morning at 221.6. Wow! This has been a rollercoaster of a journey but here we are. I still have about 50-70 lbs to go, so I’m not celebrating too early. But, I will say that it has been incredibly nice to see the scale move. These holiday months have been rather hard on me, if I’m being completely honest. The sleeve’s restriction hasn’t been as efficient either. Although I haven’t really been eating clean, so it’s no wonder my progress has been extremely slow. I kind of put myself in a mindset that I should just be happy to not gain any weight over the holidays. Was that the best choice? Probably not, but for me, it worked and it helped me still feel in control of myself. However, this last week, I saw the scale starting to creep down so I am starting to keep myself accountable and get back on track.
As I have probably mentioned before, you still have to work when you have any kind of weight loss surgery, especially the gastric sleeve, or you will not lose weight. When I was enrolled in my pre surgery class, I could not even possibly fathom how. No matter how many times I was told that “surgery is just a tool”, I really couldn’t grasp how weight wouldn’t just melt off. I would think to myself “my stomach is 1/3 of what it used to be, I logically cannot eat as much as before, this is impossible”. Then, after the post-op honeymoon phase ended, it finally clicked: I used to overeat before, and I can do it again now.
Everyone’s definition of overeating is different, so I’m going to be blunt here. Pre op, I would eat beyond the point of feeling full. I would be so uncomfortably full, overly satiated, but I would keep eating. Years of this is what allowed my stomach to continuously stretch a little at a time until I allowed myself to be morbidly obese due to my eating. If you aren’t on top of your diet, if you simply have the will to overeat, you can. Even post weight loss surgery. And you will be surprised at just how much you can eat, and how you can cheat the surgery if you wish to.
Food addiction is real, and it’s a compulsive disorder to many. Not everyone will understand the literal addiction that can formwith food. I really never have faced any sort of addiction other than food. I’m not a drinker, I don’t do drugs, but the similarities of food addiction to any other vices are so mirrored. It has almost become my mission in life to just educate people on how losing weight isn’t always as simple as putting the fork down. A little compassion and understanding goes a long way. It’s important for us to realize the complexities of food addiction, and how it should be taken more seriously. Anyways, that is the end of my rant.
On that note…
I know, the blog has been so stale these last 3 months! I recently started a new job as a hairstylist, as many of you may already have heard. With the holidays rolling in I have been so busy, so I have taken a hiatus on recipes until the new years. I’m not going to give too much away yet, but there is another surgery coming up very soon. I’m talking within the next couple weeks.
Does anyone have any ideas? Stay tuned!!
If I don’t update before the new year I just wanted to thank each and everyone one of you for your support. By following my journey, my blog, and enjoying my recipes. Your comments and support make me so happy. I love being able to give back to this community and to interact with everyone on their journey.
Whether you follow me on here, on Instagram, or on Facebook. I just wanted to wish you and your family a happy holiday season, and happy new years. I thought 2017 was going to be the best year ever, but 2018 is going to bring some incredible changes, and I can’t wait to continue to share my journey with all of you. <3