Non-Scale Victory!

I just got my cholesterol test results from last month – this is on no cholesterol meds, by the way –

Total cholesterol is 105 (was 149 before surgery on crestor everyday)

Triglycerides – 99

HDL – 42

I LOVE my RNY!

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Weekly Weigh In

Starting weight 4/28/09 – 321

Surgery weight 11/10/09 – 304

Last weigh in 2/16/10 – 247

Current weight 2/23/10 – 242

Beginning size – 30/32

Current size 22

Five Pound drop this week (um, yay!).  I haven’t done anything different, my body just decided to let some go.

Interesting Thoughts Get My Mind Churning

I have met some wonderful wonderful women in this crazy journey of weightloss surgery.  And those woman have taught me a lot about myself, and have pondered some interesting thoughts in my head in regards to weightloss surgery and its after effects.  I want to get these thoughts out here as I’m sure anyone who is reading this has the potential to be contemplating surgery themselves.

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SouthWest, People of Size, and Not-So-Silent Bob

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past couple of days, you have to have heard about this.  If you have been living under a rock, the guy who played Silent Bob, Kevin Smith,  purchased two tickets on a Southwest flight over the weekend.  He then went on standby for an earlier flight, and was told that the extra seat was not available.  He was seated on the flight, and before they took off, he was asked to leave the flight because he was too large for the seat.

Southwest’s Person of Size Policy is that if you do not fit into the seat with both arm rests lowered and the seatbelt doesn’t fit around you, you either must purchase another seat or you can not fly.  Kevin Smith knew of the policy.  He claims he always purchases two seats so that he doesn’t have to sit next to anyone else, but claims that he does fit in the seat comfortably, and can lower both arm rests.  According to their blog, he was given a call apologizing, and was given a $100 voucher.

Now, I have flown Southwest bunches.  And until this year was very much considered a “person of size.”  At 321 pounds, I fit into the seat, with both arm rests down.  I did have to have a seat belt extender, but not on all flights (weird, I know).  I generally took a window seat and crammed myself up against it as far as I could go, because I honestly felt horrible about my size and was mortified at anyone who sat next to me.  I knew of their policy, and in Southwest’s defense, I have never been asked to purchase a second seat or exit the plane.  And I’ve seen people bigger than me board the flight.

I also watched Anderson Cooper this morning – a train wreck of an interview – where he had a representative for the National Association for the Advancement of Fat People as well as a representative from the National Action Against Obesity.  Now, what pissed me off was this woman from NAAO who claimed that they should have to deal with fat, slobby people who chose to eat unhealthy.

Um, WTF?  Spoken like a true person who has never had a weight issue and doesn’t understand what it feels like…oh, and the fact that she can’t possibly be human or HUMANE under that bitchiness.  I hope the next time she flies, she’s forced to sit UNDER a person of size.  And I hope they fart.

Anyway, this year, it shouldn’t be an issue for me any longer.  I’m hoping to be under 200 pounds by the time we go to Colorado in May.

But the fat girl inside of me will still be terrified that I’ll be asked to step my fat ass off that flight.

Weekly Weigh In

Starting weight 4/28/09 – 321

Surgery weight 11/10/09 – 304

Last weigh in  2/9/10 – 250

Current weight 2/16/10 – 247

Beginning size – 30/32

Current size 22

I haven’t been posting much other than weigh-ins lately, and I apologize.  I have some things I want to post, but I’ve truly been very busy with work and school.  I promise a good update about being three months out within the week.

Things are going well, and I’m learning so much about myself through this process.  And I have something to say about this whole South West thing as I’ve flown with South West several times, as a person of size.

I have now lost 74 pounds since my highest weight last April, and 57 pounds since my surgery on November 10th.   I’m hoping to be down 100 pounds by the time we take our trip in May.  Fingers crossed!

Costs and Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery

Costs:

You really start looking like a baglady because you go through clothes too fast to buy new, so they hang off of you

No drinking (boo since we are going out to a bar tonight)

Batwings – omg the extra skin on my upper arms

Grouchy pouchy days – today’s one of ’em

Getting up an hour early every day to exercize

Freezing, all. the. time.

Your shoes get too big

Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery

Going through clothes so fast that you are able to wear sizes you never even fathomed would fit you

Buying off the rack

Smaller grocery bills

When eating out, a meal can last you a week!

Finding bones you didn’t think you had (hello jawbone…hello hip)

Getting rid of your prescription medicine

Controlling your diabetes

Being able to exercize every day

Feeling 10 years younger

Knowing you’ve added 20 years to your life

No doubt about it…the benefits truly outweight the costs.  I love my new body, even if it changes from day to day.  I love being healthier than I have in years.  And I love the fact that I bought a size 22 jean today – with NO spandex in them, and they zipped right up.  My jeans before surgery were sized 28 and too tight.

WHOOOOO HOOOOOOO

Goal met!

I no longer weigh more than 250 pounds.  In fact, I’m 248 today!  Go me…it’s my birthday…gonna party like its my birthday…oh yeah!

In other news, been trapped in the house ALL week.  Hoping to get out later today and see society.

SQUEEEE  248 people!!!  I weigh in the LOW 200s!!!!

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