Between IG, FB, and Bariatric Pal, I’m a pretty active member of the bariatric community. I interact daily with folks who have had surgery (or are planning to have surgery). And sometimes… well sometimes I find myself making too many comparisons between myself and other people.
Oh? You’ve lost 50 pounds? That’s awesome!
You had surgery in 2016 and have already lost 75 pounds? That’s amazing!
I look at my own weight loss and see *only* 30 pounds and feel as if I’m not doing enough.
REALITY CHECK TIME.
I am five weeks post-op. That’s only 35 days. 50 days since I started my pre-op diet at my highest weight. Know what that means? It means I’ve lost an average of .61 pounds per day.
Yeah, that’s pretty fucking amazing.
Those folks who have lost 50 or 75 pounds? They’re out several more months than I am. It’s like comparing apples to jigsaws. And frankly, every person is different. Every body is different. My journey is my own, and I shouldn’t look to anyone else for a standard of success. Who knows where I’ll end up, and how long it will take me to get there. I do know that I’ve made a wonderful start, even if sometimes I feel stuck. I just have to remind myself that I am not failing, I’m just going at my own pace.
Have I mentioned I’m impatient?
What I HAVE been successful with is my food. I do struggle a bit with my head getting the best of me, but I’ve managed to successfully say no to every temptation that pops up. I even told myself no when I considered going to Chick-fil-a for a perfectly acceptable grilled nuggets and diet lemonade. I haven’t eaten fast food in a good six weeks. I haven’t had soda in longer than that. I’ve never gone that long without either of them. In my life. And it shows.
Total Lost Since Surgery: 19.5
Total Lost: 30.5
Total inches lost: 14.75