1 year ago today I made a HUGE life altering decision and had Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Mexico. 115 pounds lighter my stomach wasn’t the only thing I left in Mexico. I also left behind the old me with some bad eating habits, a very painful knee, and sitting on the sidelines while watching my kids ride bikes.
It has not been an easy path!
No one tells you that strangers and family will grant themselves permission to critique your physical appearance. *Thanks for noting that my hips aren’t as wide.
That navigating the grocery store will cause you to forget that you no longer eat donuts and then be sad when you get in the car and realize you can’t have it.
They don’t put in the book that your hair will fall out and your son will flick the extra skin under your arms like a game.
You are told how great it will be when you buy smaller clothes! They first time I bought new jeans I was excited! The 3rd time I bought smaller jeans I was wishing jeans didn’t cost so much…
BUT don’t let that get you down!
I am stronger, healthier, and happier!
Mexico kept my stomach and they also kept my title of: “the fat friend”, “the girl with the pretty face”, they kept the pain in my knees, and some of my lack of self confidence.
Mexico can celebrate that they took my stomach and gave be back a life lived full and well; serving my family and others, working on the farm with more ease, and running full steam ahead to see what other adventures life throws our way!
With an extended 4th of July last week and all of our extra visitors it has been a long weekend of catching up both on the farm and in our personal lives.
I fielded a lot of questions from friends and family over the holiday about what’s going on with my weight loss. People wanted to know what I’ve been doing, how much weight I’ve lost, and if I feel better.
** I’m doing GREAT!
** I have lost approximately 110 pounds.
** With my gastric sleeve surgery I basically have to eat a very high protein and low carb diet. It’s not too bad to follow but I love me sweets and need to make sure I focus on protein and veggies before any treats get on my plate. By then I’m usually too full to indulge more than a small bite. My tummy will not tolerate bread well (I think it swells up in there and makes me uncomfortable) and I can’t do anything carbonated (bye bye my beloved Crown & Coke)
** As far as exercise goes, I walk about 10 miles a week and do Pilates twice a week.
I do have more energy but don’t realize that I move a bit easier unless someone points it out. Farmer notices the most because he sees me working and climbing in and out of equipment.
How much more weight do I have to lose? Only time will tell. My body will probably find its comfortable weight in about 30-50 more pounds if I can get there…
I’ve been lacking a bit in the motivation department lately and so I’ve signed up for a few 5K walks to keep myself on task. I did a Glow Run a few weeks ago and beat my previous time by about 4 minutes! This coming Thursday I’m doing a Wine Run (If you survive they reward you with a glass of wine) and hoping to beat that time too!
Farming and weight loss are very similar in the fact that you really have to be self-motivated and able to stay on task without a “boss” telling you when and where to do things. When we need to get things done on the farm no one is here saying “You should go fix the sprayer.” or “If you don’t get out and get the beans cultivated instead of going to the parade you are going to lose yield”
I have always been very proud and in awe of my farmer’s work ethic. I know this weekend that he would have rather sat around the bonfire telling stories with his sisters and family but he sucked it up and finished the last of our dry bean cultivating. *Which was a good thing because it rained and field work is on hold for a while again.
It’s the same reason I try to get up and go for a walk or go to Pilates class. There is just no way to get healthy without making the commitment to myself and making it happen.
What do you do to keep yourself motivated?
100 Pounds of Seed
Do you see those 2 bags of seed? They each weigh 50lbs. We were finishing up our last field of corn Friday night and Farmer needed 2 more bags of seed so I ran back to the farm and loaded them in my car. As I was struggling to lift one of the bags and carry it over to the planter it hit me. Right there in those bags was the 100lbs of weight I had lost and I could barely carry half of it, let alone both bags at once!
It was a bit of a shock and also a revelation. It has been a lot of work and commitment getting to this point and not every day has been a positive one. But today we celebrate the positives!
** I have lost 100lbs!
** I can walk 3+ miles without stopping
**I can walk faster~ 3 minutes less per mile than when I started
** I climbed up the tractor steps this planting season with ease
** I have more energy
I have a long way to go on the journey but today I’m stopping and appreciating how far I’ve come.
What is your positive for the day?
This past Saturday my college sorority was hosting a 5k fundraiser. I was fortunate enough that Farmer could hold down the fort at home. So I jumped in the car took off for East Lansing to participate along with some of my sorority sisters!
I have seen friends and acquaintances run 5k’s for years but have never participated in them. I don’t run and I didn’t have the stamina to walk 3.1 miles either…. But oh did I want too!
I’ve been working on me for the past few years and after a debilitating knee injury I had enough. Weighing more than I ever care to admit, feeling like crap, and wanting to be healthy for my future and my kids; I had gastric sleeve surgery in November.
Now, weight loss surgery is NOT for everyone! It was a big decision that was made with myself, my doctor and my husband. It has not been a magic fix to my weight loss. But, it has been (for me) a useful tool. My weight will always be a lifelong process and this is not a magic fix.
I started a few months ago walking a ½ mile and worked my way up to 3.5 miles. It still takes me forever and it’s tough. I can do it though and each week it gets a bit easier.
So, Saturday morning I tied up my tennis shoes and enjoyed a brisk walk through Michigan State’s campus weighing 95lbs less than I did two years ago and really happy with my accomplishment of walking a 5k in less than an hour, 53 minutes to be exact!!
I have a lot more work to do but getting to that goal gives me the confidence and excitement to keep pushing forward and keep working on it! Who knows, there may be another 5k in my future…