I still get double takes in the grocery store and people coming up to me saying, you have lost a lot of weight, like I hadn't noticed lol, and I still get so many compliments from friends and family which makes the journey so much easier! I have a ton of skin. That is probably the only side effect I've experienced. I didn't lose my hair and my skin still looks fabulous (avon anew products help with that too!) and I've never had the dreaded "dumping syndrome" that people seem to always associate this surgery with. Plain and simple, I follow the rules. I take all my vitamins every day, I drink over 75 oz of water a day and I don't put sugar, bread or carbonation anywhere near my stomach!
At my 6 month dr. checkup with Dr. Smith, he said I was doing absolutely amazing and I am totally on track for making my 1 year post surgery goal of 175 lbs! That is just shy of 50 lbs to lose in 6 months and I plan to make it!
I would not have been able to make it through these last 6 months without my sweet Tom, Hannah and Hunter cheering me on and, of course, all my family and friends supporting me on a daily basis! You all have been wonderful and I am so lucky to have so many people who care about me and who are proud of me! I know my daddy and now my grandma Carol are cheering me on from above and I hope I can continue to make them proud as well.
Now it's Christmas. Treats are EVERYWHERE! It's hard, but, as you will see in the pictures below, it's totally worth it!
|Last Christmas morning|
|A couple of weeks before surgery at Hannah's make-over party! Don't I look beautiful!|
|About a month after surgery|
|Today, 6 months and 120 lbs later|
|Hannah was making me pose! It was a photo shoot!|
|Then she cut my head off!|
|These are the pants I wore at my almost heaviest (at my heaviest, these were too tight and I had to resort to stretch knit pants) These are what I am wearing in the picture of me and Ash on the bridge! I am in one leg of them.|
|Hannah wanted to get in the other leg!|
|Of course, Hunter wanted in on the photo shoot too!|
|I always wanted one of these pictures!|