Whitney’s Weight Loss Journey

8 months post op…

April has been a very fun and exciting month for me. I’ve hit the 90 lb. weight loss mark from my heaviest weight and have about 15 more pounds to lose until I’m at my goal. I went to my niece’s birthday party at the beginning of the month and I got so many compliments, shocked looks and a couple people that I hadn’t seen in awhile didn’t even recognize me. It’s really nice to be recognized for all the hard work and effort I’ve put into this weight loss journey but sometimes it can get very uncomfortable, especially when it becomes excessive. I mean after saying “thank you” for the fifth time after the fifth or sixth compliment from the same person within 5 minutes, I just want to run away and hide. Makes me think… “Did I really look that bad before?” I’m doing my best to remember that it will fade away once my weight stabilizes for a while. I won’t be sad when that day comes!

Starting to Date Again

This month, I also started going out to eat (and drink… already got a lecture from Dr. B about this one) with friends more. I’m going to Zumba classes on Sunday mornings.  I hiked up to the summit of Cowles Mountain for the first time, and even decided to start dating again, which has been very interesting and a little scary. It’s been almost 4 years since I was single and this is the first time in my life that I’ve been dating at this, much smaller, size and weight. I’ve been very forthcoming about the fact that I’d had gastric sleeve surgery and I’ve only had positive responses towards it, which I’m relieved about — although I still have to constantly remind people that I can’t eat much and that I can’t eat and drink at the same time. Dating now has been a much better and positive experience than it had been in the past for me and it has really boosted my confidence.

A Shopping Surprise!

I’d been avoiding going shopping for clothes since I didn’t want to spend the money — especially since I’m still losing and don’t want to constantly be buying a new size — but my clothes were so baggy that I just couldn’t take it anymore. I started out in size 18 jeans when I was at my heaviest weight and had been wearing size 14 jeans for a little while. So I figured I was probably a 10 or 12, but definitely not smaller than an 8. Well, I was soooo wrong. Turns out I’m a size 6!! Never in my life would I have thought I could fit into anything smaller than a size 10. I mean I was a size 10 in high school and felt like I was smaller back then than I am now! When I slipped those size 6 jeans on and EASILY buttoned/zipped them up… I literally did a happy dance in the fitting room. It was such an amazing feeling of pride and accomplishment and I’m not even at my goal weight yet. The funny thing is that when I look at other women wearing a size 4 or 6, I always think they look sooo small and skinny, but I don’t feel small or skinny by any means. I just feel healthy and happy… and that’s all that matters.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned… next month I’ll be talking about my upcoming tummy tuck experience!!

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