I most certainly have not been keeping up with journaling our progress. I went to the doctor that performed my gastric surgery and soon found out I was put on the wrong diet/workout plan.
After meeting with the nutritionist I learned that in the system I was marked to have the Gastric bypass surgery (again). I had the surgery in November 2009. It was a rebirth of sorts. There was most certainly a change in body image. That first-year post surgery changes everything in your life. I seriously came out of my shell. This picture shows a woman who was more confident in her skin than she ever has been. I doubt I would typically allow a Victoria’s Secret bra to be an accessory to my Halloween costume, but none the less it was a great night. While on the outside I had all this confidence on the inside I was still feeling 100 pounds heavier. I remember this night. I remember looking confident and wanting to snatch those Jessica Simpson pumps right on off but I didn’t! Why not? Because I had lost 100 pounds and my feet would fit inside some Jessica Simpson pumps!
Fast forward 8 years and I look back wondering where this woman went? As much as I would love to be this size again, I don’t want to pay twenty thousand dollars out of pocket to be aided in this process. The nutritionist and I talked about best practices and ways to speed up my metabolism. We already adopted a healthier lifestyle, without watching What the Health! We eat leans meats, fruits and veggies.
At Marshall’s check-in last week at the Strong4Life Clinic his BMI was down a point! They said overall we are making slow and steady progress. I couldn’t be more proud of my children right now. We are not where we want to be but we are making progress to not stay where we are.
When I think about the things that transpired to pack back on the pounds over the last 8 years I have to stand in my truth. I faced eviction with two kids as a single mom. I completed culinary school even while suffering from major sciatica. I graduated at the top of my class and missed graduation because I had so many orders. I’ve started two companies, began homeschooling and gotten married. I’ve accomplished a lot in the last eight years and I am thankful for the journey. Right now our focus is to be healthy. Looking at these pictures I’m #TeamSkinnyNeck