I started this blog in May of 2014 with the intention of getting my story out there and possibly helping as many people as possible with their decision to (or not to) get weight loss surgery. My 4 year surgiversary is quickly approaching (8/18/18) and I have a few things to update ya’ll on.
Since my last post in Novemberof 2015 a lot has happened. At that point in time my weight was 228 lbs and little did I know that I was only going to lose 3 more lbs, then gain 45 lbs back.
You heard that right. I gained 45 lbs from January 2016 to October 2017. It’s really hard to put that out there, but it happens. I never thought it would happen to me. I look back on my blog posts and see how adamant I was about never becoming who I was again! Stepping on the scale (having avoided it for over 6 months) in October 2017 really opened my eyes, 270 lbs, wow.
Lets look at a timeline of what happened over the last 2.5 years…
December 2015 – 16 months post op, hit 225 lbs (125 lbs lost)
January 2016 – Completed a half-marathon, was feeling super accomplished. I’m pretty sure I took everything for granted and started eating however I wanted again.
February 2016 – 230 lbs…and slowly stopped weighing myself for a while
June 2016 – 240 lbs… and at this point I must have realized, holy shit “I gained 15 lbs!” because I started weighing again every day and apparently changed something because the weight was sloooooowly coming off again.
July 2016 – 238 lbs
August 2016 – 2 years post op, weighing in at 236 lbs… seems like I gave up around mid August, because I stopped weighing myself, again.
September 2016 – Received a job promotion w/ relocation and started prepping my move to Boise, ID from Anaheim, CA.
October 2016 – moved to Boise, ID
November 2016 – 238 lbs, surprisingly ‘maintained’ for the 6 months prior to this.
January 2017 – 248 lbs… This is when I started drinking very heavily on the weekends. I was drinking about 3 bottles of wine every Saturday. And I was NOT watching what I was eating.
March 2017 – 259 lbs… What the hell was I doing?!?!?
April 2017 – 260 lbs, seeing this must have kicked my ass into gear because, check May out.
May 2017 – 253 lbs… deleted my Instagram account because I was feeling like a failure and I was under a microscope. I didn’t feel like I was a good role model.
June 2017 – 260 lbs, whoops just kidding, gave up again.
Stopped weighing myself after that, and I was very depressed.
October 2017 – 270 lbs… wow Michelle, just wow. I decided I really had to change, otherwise I would keep losing 5 lbs, but then gaining 10 right back. I joined Weight Watchers, and it definitely was an eye opener.
November 2017 – 264 lbs
December 2017 – 260 lbs… but then I let Thanksgiving, my birthday, Christmas and New Years get in the way…
January 2018 – 263 lbs, stopped doing Weight Watchers… didn’t want to pay the fee anymore and felt like I learned enough to move forward on my own.
February 2018 – 260 lbs… made a new Instagram account and started getting very serious about getting the weight off and I was working out 5 days a week (cardio).
March 2018 – 253 lbs… started lifting weights 5 days a week with some cardio at the tail end (15 min elliptical warm-up, 45-60 min strength training, 20-30 min cardio).
April 2018 – 253 lbs
May 2018 – 251 lbs… was stalled for a very long time, decided to cut out Dairy.
June 2018 – 242 lbs
As of today, 6/25/18, I am 238 lbs, where I was when I moved to Boise, ID. It has taken me 4.5 months to lose the damage I caused over the course of 1 year and 8 months. Now my next little goal is to lose 13 more lbs to reach my lowest. I really wanted to hit 225 lbs (again) by my 4 year surgiversary, but I’ve been losing about 5 lbs a month on average. I’m a little less than 8 weeks away. According to MyFitnessPal, I can achieve this goal, but… I doubt it. I’ll be happy if I’m 230 lbs by then, I think that is doable.
With all of this said, please don’t give up. Keep going. Do not let 5…10…15 lbs of regain deter you from reaching your goals. I wish I could go back and slap my old self from 2 years ago. However, I’m stronger now (mentally and physically) than I ever have been. I am 100% honest when I say, I’m glad I regained 45 lbs, it has taught me a lot and has given me the wake up call I needed to make this a lifestyle change. I look forward to waking up at 5am and going to the gym every day to push myself to the limit. It excites me. I am no longer putting shitty food in my body on a daily basis. I don’t go out drinking with my coworkers anymore. I am not going to look back on this in 2 years from now and think ‘What the hell happened this time?!’