As most long time readers know, my weight loss journey started long before my gastric bypass surgery. Well technically it probably started when I was a young teenager, but this most recent attempt started in 2009. I tried a number of different things before finally deciding to go ahead with the surgery. So while I am counting the lbs / kilos lost since January, I also consider the overall difference since my highest weight in 2009.
This weekend I reached a two of my goals and bought my first weight-related reward since the surgery!
I got a new, comfy pair of shoes for walking. A necessary reward, as you can see, my old shoes (on the bottom) are dead as a doornail. I bought them in 2004 on one of my many attempts to exercise and lose weight and they’ve been my walking shoes ever since. Nobody will ever say I don’t get my money’s worth out of my shoes!
Anyway, they are my reward was for losing all of the weight I’d gained in 2011 (I’d lost approximately 38 kilos / 85 lbs in 2010 and gained back almost 20 kilos / 35-40 lbs of it in 2011).
I am now less than one kilo away from my lowest weight from 2010 and I am so excited. Soon I will be seeing weights that I’ve not seen on the scale in years. In so long that I don’t even remember. I remember weighing myself after I graduated high school and being 205 lbs (93 kilos) and before I left Toronto to come to the Netherlands I was almost 110 kilos (240 lbs).
That means that the last time I weighed a kilo less than I do right now I was somewhere between 18-23 years of age. That’s almost 15 years ago… Long enough to not even remember what it felt like.
As I was entering my weight for today into my phone app, I realized something else!!
If you look at the first line, it says under “start” that I am down 37.4 kilos (82.5 lbs) and under goal, it says that I still have 37.3 kilos go to. I am now officially over the halfway point!! I have set my goal for 65 kilos (143 lbs) which puts me just on the higher end of ‘normal’. It’s entirely possible that I may find a comfortable spot before I get there, but I don’t know. I have been obese all of my adult life so I have no idea what my ‘happy weight’ is so I just had to take a guess. I’m sure I will know it when I get there.
I am quite small in stature though, I have very small hands and feet and can never say I’m big boned, so maybe that goal weight isn’t as impossible as it feels right now. We’ll see!
In any case, this is the turning point I’ve been waiting for, getting beyond my lowest weight from last year, getting past the halfway point and moving on to bigger and better things! … or should that be smaller and better?