In that time I've lost:
-110 pounds (give or take depending on the day)
-at least 38% body fat (I'm having trouble getting an accurate measurement on this one)
And I've gained:
-a whole lot of new friends, both online and in real life
-an athlete's body and lifestyle
-my life back
Okay, I didn't really get my life back. I got somebody else's much more fun and exciting life.
How did I do it? (Everyone asks me this)
I was very strict during the first 6-7 months of the weight loss phase. I journaled everything I ate and every exercise I did. I kept my carbs pretty low. I kept down the treats. As a result, I lost pretty fast. I got to my initial goal of a normal BMI at 6.5 months and continued to lose after that. I also never stalled. I am sure that is because (a) I was strict with myself and (b) I tracked everything so I could see when I was getting off track before it led to a stall.
I also exercised much more than average. At first this was solely motivated by the desire to lose weight. But once I signed up for my first triathlon, everything changed. It gave me athletic goals outside of weight loss. I had paces I wanted to improve and distances I wanted to conquer. And that meant increasing the time and the intensity of my training.
The great thing about having fitness goals outside of weight loss is that now that I've lost all the weight I want to, I still have reasons to keep moving. This helps with maintaining my weight even if that's not really my motivation any more. Previously, once I was at goal, I couldn't motivate myself to keep exercising.
Did you ever expect to get this small and fit? (Another question I get asked a lot.)
My answer is No, but also Yes.
When I first started looking into weight loss surgery, I was thinking of my goal weight in dieter's terms. I figured I could get down to 145 lb. and maybe stay there. I wanted to be a size 12, or better yet a 10, if I could get there.
But as I researched more and read more people's stories, I started to see that WLS is not like dieting. I saw people get down to healthy BMIs and become athletes. Eventually, I decided I wanted that transformation for myself. Did I think I could get it? Most of me doubted. But I opened myself up to it and I think that's all it took -- being open to transformation.
Weight Date of Surgery: 191 - 32 lb. loss in 7 months
First month: 179, 12 lb. loss
Second month: 167, 12 lb. loss
Third month: 159, 8 lb. loss
Fourth month: 151, 8 lb. loss
Fifth month: 144, 7 lb. loss
Sixth month: 134, 10 lb. loss
Seventh month: 128, 8 lb. loss
Eighth month: 122, 6 lb. loss
Ninth month: 116, 6 lb. loss
Tenth month: 113, 3 lb. loss