A New Milestone

So, since the surgery, I have been wearing the same clothes I was wearing before the surgery.  Before the surgery, I mostly wore a size 28/30, depending on the style.

Well, today I am wearing a size 26 blouse that I have not been able to wear for quite a while.  I also tried on a couple of size 24 blouses I have hanging in my closet.  I was able to button all of them.  I tried them on before the surgery, and I could not.  A couple were still quite snug once buttoned, but more than one fit me pretty well after being buttoned.  I’m not sure that I am ready to wear them just yet.

When I tried the blouses on, I was not wearing the binder that I still have to wear.  I have been wearing a support garment since the surgery.  The binder is a bit bulky and I still need a little extra room under my clothing for now.  Once I get the clearance from the surgeon to stop wearing the binder, I will probably still wear something under my clothing for support.  I have a pair of Spanx, and I will probably buy a couple more.  The support is actually kind of helpful as my muscles continue to heal.  I’ve noticed that if I take the binder off for a couple of hours, my muscles in my abdomen and back start to hurt.

It was nice to try on the size 24 blouses and button them.  I know that before surgery, I could not even do that much.  I know that probably in the next few weeks, I will be wearing them.  I’m not ready get rid of my size 28-30 clothing yet, especially while I’m wearing the support garment.  I still feel that I can wear them comfortably without feeling as if they are ridiculously too big for me yet.  Once I move from the binding garment to Spanx or some other kind of support garment, I probably will be ready to toss that clothing.

On another note, I did go to the surgeon’s office this week.  I met with the nurse about my progress so far.  I told her all of my ups and downs with the diet, drinking fluids, taking vitamins, etc.  She is so wonderful.  She had the surgery herself 17 years ago, so she really knows first hand some of the things I’m going through.

She was happy to hear I had a menstrual cycle.  She did tell me they may become more frequent now that I am losing weight.  She’s told me this before, so I was not surprised.  I told her about some constipation I’ve been having.  She is convinced that I am not getting enough fluids.  I think she is probably right.  So, I’ve spent the past two days just drinking water like crazy.  The other day I was up until almost 1:00am to make sure I met the daily water requirements.  I have to say, it has really helped.  I will spare you all the details, but I am feeling much better.

Overall, the nurse felt that I am right on track.  I’ve lost 40 pounds.  I look much better.  I feel much better.  I’m walking a lot.  I can walk much, much farther than I have been able to in the past couple of years.  My back feels better.  My breathing has improved.  So many good things.  She really commented on how I looked.  She said that my face has really opened up.

Well, I guess now is a good time to post a current picture of me.  Just as a reminder, this is what I looked like before the surgery.  This is a picture of me and my baby sister at her wedding.

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Here is me today:

 

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I just took this on my laptop, so this is as recent as we can get.  My hair is still a little wet, and obviously I need a haircut.  Not to mention, I’d like to get my hair colored again.  The grey is getting crazy.

What do you think?  Do you see any difference?

 

 

 

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18 responses to “A New Milestone

  1. Yes, I can tell a difference. You’re looking great!

  2. Most definitely see a difference. Good for you. Keep up the good work.

  3. Night and day! 🙂

    Keep rockin’ it. 🙂

  4. I see a difference! You are awesome, Colleen. We are so proud of you!

  5. Absolutely! Can definitely tell a difference! Great job!!!

  6. colleen moore matlick

    wow!! you are doing great!! so glad to hear everything is going along as it should and that you are already feeling the positive effects of the weight loss with better mobility. keep up the good work. you are beautiful, always have been, and will be more so as you continue to.feel better about yourself as the months go by. i get your postings and enjoy hearing about/seeing you and your family. love you all ❤ colleen

  7. I sure see a difference. And it’s not just weight loss. It’s how HAPPY you look. That makes me happy.

  8. iammyownsuperhero

    hellofa difference! You’re looking great!

    Got to tell you that I’ve been stalking your blog since before the operation…BFF was going for the same type thing, and I was doing my research…

    Just to let you know, I bought a shirt that is much link the spanx type…but styled like a tank top. It keeps all my jiggley bits from going their own way, and it makes me stand taller too! It was only $20 and way less cost than my old spanx that always rolled down on me when I breathed.

    I have lost 42 lbs so far…I am dieting, but one of my BFF’s did the gastric bypass surgery at abount the same time. We are going through some of the same experiences, so I just thought I’d share the suggestion…

    Keep up the great work! (doesnt it feel OVER THE MOON???)

    • Yay I have a stalker! Thanks for reading! Good luck to both you and your friend. Fortunately, I checked out the Spanx website and got a tank type top on sale. It wasn’t $20, but not too far off that. I’ll have to check into other options as well.

      Yes, it feels awesome to be losing weight. I feel better than I have in years!

  9. You look fabulous!!!

  10. You look great! Keep up the good work! : )

  11. You look great, cant wait to c you in person, I am so proud of you!!

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