Today I am officially 4 weeks post-op. I feel great – basically back to normal, except for the differences in how I eat. I have 2 more weeks before I’m cleared for exercise, and I’m ready. I’ve picked a place to try that looks like a lot of fun, and the owner is super nice (Carolina Barre & Core). I’m really looking forward to trying it out.
I feel like a lot of the swelling in my stomach has finally gone down. I definitely still have restriction, but less than I did (which is good because I was struggling with 1 oz of shredded chicken at some points). Dinner last night was a 2 oz hamburger patty. It was delicious – and almost too much food! What blows my mind is that size is 1/4 of what my old burger patty would have been. The idea of eating that much now just makes me feel sick.
I’ve decided the scale is utter bullshit. I was so excited because I expected to hit 30lbs down today – yesterday morning I was at 29.3lbs down. So I get on the scale this morning, and the bastard tells me I gained nearly 2 pounds. Now of course, it’s impossible to gain 2 pounds of fat overnight. I know that. I’m retaining water (I started my period yesterday, argh) and my bowels are still trying to figure out what the hell is going on.
Luckily, I’ve had several NSV’s this past month:
- The shirt I’m wearing today is one that hasn’t fit for probably close to a year.
- I wore a dress on Monday that fit beautifully – without Spanx.
- My 2x bathing suit is too big, so I had to wear the 1x I bought 2 years ago.
- I’ve had minor psoriasis since I was born (thanks Dad!). Growing up, it covered my knees and elbows and was a constant source of embarrassment. I’d put lotion on and be dry and scaly by lunchtime. Somehow, I grew out of it on my knees but my elbows have remained a source of frustration. I’d use prescription topical steroids, but once I would stop using them the white patchy scales would come right back. Today, at 4 weeks post-op, my elbows have just the barest hint of white dryness – and that’s after 4 days of no lotion. Cutting out the sugar and soda and carbs seems to have reduced a lot of the inflammation in my body!
- I haven’t had soda in over a month.
- I haven’t had fast food in over a month (this is huge y’all – I was eating out 3 meals per day).
In other good news, I got cleared to take regular vitamins instead of the chewables. Despite trying multiple brands, I just couldn’t handle those chewables anymore! Bleh.
I’ve done my first set of comparison photos – and I gotta tell you… I don’t see one damn bit of difference (other than the hair, of course). Other people keep telling me they do, so maybe I’m just blind to myself. All I see is fat and a double chin and more fat. But it’ll come. The weight is coming off, and will continue to do so.
Total Lost Since Surgery: 16.4
Total Lost: 27.4
Total inches lost: 11.75