Now that I’m on a somewhat regular diet, one thing that I won’t miss is having to keep detailed records of exactly what I eat and when I eat it.
For the two months after the surgery, I had to monitor my food very closely to make sure I was getting enough protein while limiting my calories. I created my own trackers to record what I was eating and drinking. If I missed something, the trackers served as a reminder.
Today, I still need to be very conscious of what I eat and drink, but I don’t need to record everything meticulously. So, no more paper trackers.
A few months ago, the Complementary Spouse bought this shirt at Old Navy, telling me that one day soon I’d fit into it.
Today, I fit into it.
Here’s what I looked like in mid-September:
And here’s what I looked like yesterday. Lucy the Wonderpup is joining me in the picture.
I’ll be honest. I only see a little change in the two photos, but I might be judging myself too harshly. Also, my clothes are kinda baggy.
I know this might not mean much to you, but I’m now able to cross my legs at the knee.
There are so many tasty things to eat in the breakroom today, including cupcakes that look like Cookie Monster and a pink cake surrounded by Kit Kats.
I haven’t had a bite.
For the first time in probably 10 years, I am wearing a 2XL T-shirt. I can’t begin to tell you how good this makes me feel.
Of course, University of Tampa is just the school’s nickname. The full name is Royal Tampa Academy of Dramatic Tricks.
I’m starting to come out of my first stall, which I described a few days ago. It’s been frustrating, but I have seen a little progress on the scale in the past two days.
I can’t be too upset with the stall. When I look at how far I’ve come, I’m actually quite pleased. (I took the numbers off the chart because I’m not ready to share them yet.)
I’ve had to order new belts. All the ones with notches are already too big. The one I’ve been using, which is braided, has about 10 extra inches on the end.
Here is what I looked like the day before the surgery.
And this is what I looked like on Sunday, which was one month and one day after surgery.
I can see some differences. Until now, most of the progress I’ve seen has been on the scale, but looking at the photos, I can definitely see that I’m losing weight. The roll of fat on the back of my neck is noticeably smaller. So are my calves (although this isn’t really noticeable in the top photo). And my stomach? Looking good. My shirt looks much flatter (Footnote 1).
I am still waiting to see improvements in my forearms and under my chin, but I’m sure that will come with time.
1. It’s a 3XL Mickey Mouse polo shirt that I bought at the gift store at Animal Kingdom many years ago. I had stashed it under the bed many years ago, because it no longer fit but I liked it enough to keep it. As you can see, it now fits again. I have a white one too, and a few more 3XL shirts I had squirreled away.
I started working back in the office last week, and I was a little disappointed that very people people complimented me on my appearance. Only the people who knew I was having the surgery said anything positive.
Today, out of the blue, a coworker who doesn’t know I had surgery said “It looks like you’ve lost some weight.” I was elated. “Yes, I have,” I said. “Thank you for noticing.”