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14 months post op and Challenge update

Thursday, October 06, 2016

We are entering our 1/2 way point of the fall challenge.

I've been doing BL Challenges since early on in my SP time- 2009 sometime. I was on the Sapphire team until they closed down, and I've been on the purple team since then.

Every challenge was usually the same thing- I'd get excited about a 'do-over'. (If there is one thing I know how to do it's begin again- 45 years of dieting taught me that). And I'd really be dedicated and then when the scale didn't drop quickly enough or I'd get sidetracked by life- I'd find myself half-way through the challenge or even at the end of it with nothing to show for the weeks. Sometimes there was even a gain at the end instead of a loss.

And I'd begin again. I never have figured this out. I do not know why I use food the way I do and others don't- I don't know how to 'fix' that. I DO know that because of the necessity of surgery- the desire to fill myself with food is gone and for that I am thankful. I wish I could have figured this out and found the path here without surgery. I just couldn't.

But I looked back at the last year and here is how my challenges have gone: (we do 10 weeks with a couple weeks off in between so I accounted for that somewhat).

Last Winter Challenge: Lost 29 pounds
Spring Challenge- Lost 12 pounds
Summer Challenge- Lost 17 pounds
Fall Challenge - (So far) 5 pounds (I'm counting the in between weeks here)

I know I won't be losing a lot more- I actually want to lose about 13 pounds to "goal" though my Doctor says he thinks I should be happy with where I am, and I am.

Despite whatever path I had to take- I'm thankful to be where I am!
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    Wow. Reading your journey has been so uplifting.
    915 days ago
    You have been through so much and you keep focus on your goal to get better to be there for you and your family, I am so happy to see the progress you have made and your smile. I know you have had a lot of rough patches but you keep trying. You are an inspiration and so glad you are there.

    Hugs and smiles
    1485 days ago
    You are absolutely an inspiration. I, too, don't know why I have so little control over food. And I, too, begin each challenge with the hope that this time I will stay motivated and stay on track. I have gained over the last year, so I'm hoping this winter challenge will really be the one to keep me pushing. I've established a list of mini-goals and rewards to gradually get me to my goal.
    1494 days ago
    You've done great!
    1518 days ago
    Di ~ I like Matka also see you as a role model. I am so thankful that I found our little group as the support and fellowship is beyond amazing.
    1520 days ago
    Why? It's the toughest question for us all. We have to answer it, if we can, how we can, and be the better for it! You have, you are.
    1520 days ago
    Di, I'm so glad that you are here and that you are so willing to and generous with sharing your experiences and wisdom. You are one of my role models in how to approach post-op life and challenges. My path would be much lonelier and more perplexing without all that you (and the other team members) give here.

    I've never been able to answer the why? of food as a solution question either. And the conservative Midwestern judgmental part of my being struggles with accepting that I couldn't achieve or maintain a reasonably healthy weight without the surgery. But I couldn't. With the surgery, the rest of our lives will be healthier, safer, more satisfying, and filled with so many more options than before. We deserve that.
    1521 days ago
    I'm glad you're where you're at too!!! I love you friend.
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