Rock on!

In June 2008, the Complementary Spouse and I went to a concert in Dallas (Footnote 1). I bought a concert T-shirt as a souvenir, even though it was a 2XL and I knew it wouldn’t fit me at the time. I just thought, as I always did, that one day it might fit me.

I found that T-shirt. I put it on last night. It fit me perfectly.

1. It was a concert we really wanted to see, but due to our schedules we weren’t able to go in Tampa or anywhere else in Florida. Cyndi Lauper was the headliner, and first song was “Hole in My Heart.”

Roll Tide, I guess

As all my clothes are too big, I have been raiding the Complementary Spouse’s wardrobe a lot recently (Footnote 1). The Complementary Spouse is a huge fan of Alabama football. Ergo, I am wearing a lot of Alabama clothes these days.

Yes, that is an Alabama T-shirt under the Alabama sweatshirt.


1. This is a real advantage of being a same-sex couple. If we were straight, it would be weird to borrow my spouse’s clothes.

My first before-and-after photos

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.

A rewarding trip to the mall

My shorts are a little baggy, so the Complementary Spouse and I went to JCPenney to see what would fit me. It turns down I’m down a pants size and a shirt size. While I don’t want to spend too much money on new clothes when I’m certain to lose more weight, I did buy a new pair of shorts, two polo shirts, and a T-shirt. This being JCPenney, where everything is always discounted, the whole shebang cost me less than $70.

As you might recall, I’m superstitious about buying clothes before I know they’ll fit.