My weight-loss journey moved relatively slow based upon surgery standards. On average, I lost less than 10 lbs a month for the first year. (110 first year) Since my progress was slow, I decided to focus on my “non-scale victories.”You know, the little items that showed progress even when the scale moves slowly.
Seat beltsMy first non-scale victory was when I flew to Europe nine weeks after my surgery. I was able to fit in the seat and use the seat belt without an extender! I was so excited. On that trip I also was able ride a Segway and walk all over Europe without my feet killing me!
As you can see, even 10 weeks out I was still heavy, however I had dropped two jean sizes! I often measured my progress in jean sizes. The first year I went from a size 24 to a size 12 in jeans! . I only changed jeans when they would literally fall off while still buttoned and zipped. What a freaky feeling, taking off pants that fit just a few weeks prior without unbuttoning or unzipping!
TriathleteMy next non-scale victories had to do with races. Finishing my first triathlon was my first major non- scale fitness victory.
Yes even 13 months out of surgery I was still obese as you can tell in the above picture, however I was much, much smaller and had a ton of athletic ability I never had before the surgery!
Rocking the dressEvery woman wants to be able to rock the dress. Well only two years out I was able to totally rock the dress! I like to use this picture as an after picture. It was a great victory that I was still able to turn heads in my mid 40s.
Staying on trendLast winter my big victory was being able to wear knee high boots that would zip up!! Yes I didn’t need the wide calf size just normal boots. Woo hoo! What an awesome feeling that was! I felt “normal” for the very first time ever.
My latest non-scale victory was today. I was on my bike. When I started riding my stomach went over the seat. Today not only can I see the entire seat, I can put my entire palm on the seat and see it. My stomach has recessed that much.
My weight-loss story really started after the weight loss. What I can do now versus what I could do before the surgery. I thought I was pretty and adventurous before, but now there is no stopping me. Weight-loss surgery has given me the ability to live. It is important to not only celebrate the weight loss but the victories of what it means in our lives.
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