Sunday, February 15, 2009

Getting my life back

People always talk about how their surgeon or their surgery gave them their live back. I always thought I had a life, even pre-op. I was one of those "I don't let my weight hold me back" kind of people. But now that I've lost over 75 pounds, I can see that I did lose some quality of life even with doing my best not to.

For example:

-I can bend over to tie my shoes and don't have to sit down to do it

-I can shop for clothes pretty much anywhere (well, except Lane Giant)

-I can buy exercise clothes (they don't tend to come in the larger sizes)

-I'm off my blood pressure meds and my resting heart rate is in the low 60s most days

-I can run for 30 minutes

-I can bike for 16 miles

-I no longer suffer from gas, get massive cases of hiccups or constantly burp and belch

-My boobs are no longer "hungry" (I haven't stained a shirt with food in months)

-Sometimes I prefer to stand instead of always sitting the minute I am not moving

-People smile at me more in public and hold the door open for me more

-If I bump into people, they don't give me the evil eye, but often apologize even if it was totally my fault

-I don't feel self-conscious or defensive when I show up for group workouts with my Triathlon club; I look like I belong

-My GERD is gone along with the back ache from my hiatal hernia

-It's easier to get in and out of the car

-In the TMI category: It's easier to keep clean and I haven't had skid marks in my underwear in months

I'm sure there are more, but I'm already starting to take them for granted. Which is why I decide to document them.
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