Left: August 18, 2014 Right: November 22, 2014
These past 3 months since surgery have flown by extremely fast. Back in May 2014, when I was considering surgery, I would have no idea the drastic changes that would take place in the 6 months that followed.
To recap, I weighed approximately 350 lbs at my highest known weight (I’m 5’9″ fyi). I had vertical sleeve gastrectomy surgery on August 18th, 2014. As of today I am 278 lbs. I’m down 72 lbs in 4 months (I include the month before surgery because I kicked ass that month and lost 30 lbs.) The last time I was in the 270’s was when I was 20 years old (10 years ago WTF!!!!) Aaaand I want to lose another 100 lbs. That seems almost impossible, but I’ve already lost 70 lbs, so I’m almost halfway there.
So if you’re curious what I eat on a daily basis…
Consists of either a protein shake or a greek yogurt with pumpkin seeds.
Leftovers (protein of course)! I’m always eating people’s leftovers. What would last somebody 1 meal will last me 3 meals.
If I don’t have leftovers I usually eat a frozen Morningstar veggie patty with some pickles and whatever condiment I feel like having.
Chicken… for the most part.
Cheese, lunch meat, almonds, peanuts, edamame, hard boiled eggs, etc.
These food choices gets really boring. Sometimes I’ll stand at the fridge, door wide open, staring into the abyss. Not knowing what I’m going to eat. I probably do that 5 times a day and never pick anything out. I never have HUNGER pains. I just know when its time to eat, when I need protein, etc. I’m not going to lie, there have been several days where I’ve only eaten once, simply because I forgot to eat the other 2 times. There have been days where I haven’t drank enough water and I paid dearly for it the next day! Dehydration is not a joke folks. Get your water in. Please.
On another note, I want to give a shout out to all of you who are cheering for me. Do you know that I’m one of the VERY few people that tell everyone they know about their surgery? SO MANY people keep it a secret. I would like to say that 9 out of 10 people that lose a drastic amount of weight have had weight loss surgery. I’ve met several weight loss surgery patients in real life/instagram/facebook and they would never tell anybody outside of their parents about the surgery… hell I think there are some people out there that don’t tell their parents. The reason why these weight loss surgery patients don’t tell anybody about the surgery is because they’re afraid they will be judged or gossiped about. F that!
What is it in people that thinks it gives them the right to judge other people’s actions? Especially if those actions only affect the person making the decision. Weight loss surgery helps people, it doesn’t hinder them. Sure there are people that gain their weight back, but they make very poor choices. They eat because of head hunger, not because they’re really hungry. They graze all day, snack, whatever you want to call it.
Long story short, thanks for not judging me and thanks for all of your support.
And if you’re reading this and you had weight loss surgery and kept it a secret, screw all the haters and the people who you think would judge you. They aren’t worth being in your life if they would judge you anyway.