Thursday, April 8, 2010

One whole year!

Well... First of all I want to start out by saying that I am sorry that I haven't updated my blog recently. I am a disgrace to all the faithful bloggers :) I am a Face Book junkie, but these blogs are such an inspiration to look back on for me, so I am doing this for two reasons. First of all, I want to update my friends and family on my progress in the weight loss department, and inspire others, and secondly, I'm doing this so that down the road I can look back on this post and see how far I have come. Today I had my one year post-op visit with Dr. Krahn. I always look forward to the appointments with him, because I leave feeling so inspired. One year ago today I posted a blog about how I was started the pre-op diet. I weighed 308 pounds. I was a happy person, but very insecure and unhappy with my appearance. This morning I was driving to work, thinking about where I am today, one year later. I just started crying, and I have been emotional all day long. I am come so far. So what if I haven't hit the 100 pound mark. So what if I have some jiggle under my arms. Who cares if I have saddle bags and stretch marks. Who cares if I have 5 little scars on my tummy from the surgery. I have transformed in this year. I have went from a size 26/28 to a size 14/16. Today I weigh 214 pounds. I still have a ways to go, but I am soooo much further down the road today than I was one year ago. I remember one day before the surgery I had went shopping at Lane Byrant. I had tried on their largest size skirt, and it was tight. I left the store and I thought, what am I going to do? I will Never get this weight off, and its hopeless. I can tell you today that it is not hopeless... It can be done.. I am doing it.. and it works. Has it been easy? NO WAY JOSE. It has been a complete change of life. But has it been worth it? YES WAY JOSE! Although I am the same person I was one year ago, I have also changed so much. I am not intimidated because of my size.I am me... I'm far from perfect, but so are you and if you don't like it, I'm very sorry :) I have sooo much compassion and love for people who are struggling with being overweight. I have met such incredible people who are on this same journey as I am. I have been able to help them through, and they have done the same for me. I wish i had never been overweight, but this journey has changed my life. For the good. I am thankful that I have gone through this. I hope that in the future I can continue to help others along the way, because its the right thing to do :) Thank you all for your love and support over the last year. Your compliments, and comments have helped me through some rough days. I am still tootling down the road, and Ill be getting thinner as I go!! I have posted a few photos of my hero, Dr Krahn and myself from today. Thank you everyone!


HG said...

You are BEEEUTIFUL !!! Love, love, love the pictures from today.

Thank you for the update, I'm so happy for you.

Keep on goin'girl - you are FABulous! I am so proud of you. You are a huge inspiration.

Thanks for the blog update - us NON FB'ers really appreciate these updates.

Hugs to YOU!!


Sharon said...

What a wonderful and inspiring post. I want you to know how proud I am of you.
You should be your Dr's poster child!!!!!
Just let me say, you have always been beautiful in more ways than one to me, but I am happy you are feeling better about yourself.
Keep up the good work, girlie.

momma sharon

Dieanna Estes said...

Definately Inspiring! Gave me the lil kick I need to work harder at loosing the 25 pounds Ive gained since last yr. Im proud of u! The girls better watch out down there. U might take all the men lol

Luv ya,

Kendra Thaler said...

Jen this is amazing! I had tears welling up while reading it :) You are such a strong woman for doing this! I am greatly inspired just to stay fit and healthy! It is people like you who are willing to beat the odds that I love, cherish and respect!

Here's to one year success and many more to go!


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