OK, so yeah, I stole from David Bowie right there with the title of the post. I have not written in a while because I have been afraid that I would spill the beans about something before I was actually able to talk about it.
I have been going through so many changes since the surgery. I have lost 78 pounds. and I am creeping up on the momentous 80 pound mark. I am now able to wear clothes that I have not been able to fit in for years. I had my hair done, cut and colored.
You never know though what one little change in your life can bring about once you get started. Yes, I have lost a lot of weight. I have made big changes in my personal lifestyle. I am walking more, breathing easier. All of these things I just love. I had also anticipated a lot of these changes.
There is a lot that will happen that you may not expect once you start making changes in your life. Friends of mine have told me that I am much more energetic, that I am happier and bubblier and more confident than before. One of my writer friends at my writer’s group told me that when I critiqued someone else’s work, I was much more confident than I had been in the past.
But the biggest change of all happened a couple of weeks ago…I got a new job!
I can hardly believe it myself. I have not put this on Facebook, my blog, or any other social media because I wanted to make sure that I had left my old job and given them the appropriate notice before announcing it to the rest of the world. I have no hard feelings about my old employer. They were very good to me. But this new job a big promotion for me.
I was not actively looking for a new job. I found this job through a friend of mine who recommended me. Then the company pretty actively recruited me for the job. That is a nice feeling. I went in to the interview completely relaxed and really not even that sure if I wanted the job. The more they told me about the job and the company, the more excited I became. They made me a pretty good offer. I thought about it for a long time before accepting, at least a couple of days.
I had a lot to consider. I was with my old company for eight years. I had accrued a lot of vacation time. But I did not see a lot of advancement opportunities. I would not say I was unhappy with my old job, but I was starting to get kind of bored with it. If this job did not seek me out, I could see myself in that job in another year, maybe, before I started looking around if things had not changed.
I am convinced that the 78 pound weight loss had a lot to do with my getting this new job. If I had not had the surgery, I might not be looking at this new opportunity. Well, that and the new hairdo…obviously!
Another thing I have changed recently is my closet. I have finally decided to get rid of all of my clothes that are a size 26 and above. Most of the pants I had before the surgery were a size 26. Some tops ranged from 26-32. I had only kept the clothes that were in good condition in my pre-surgery closet purge. So the clothes I have decided to get rid of this time are in really good shape. I am currently looking for a place or person to give them to. I reached out to a friend of mine to see if she has suggestions. If that does not pan out I may just give them to Goodwill or a women’s shelter or something.
In another ten pounds, I will start getting rid of the size 24 clothes as well. I figure around 210-200 range, I should be looking solidly at size 18-20 clothes, if memory serves me right. Once I get below 200, I will be moving into the 14-16 range. After that, I will be in the strange limbo between fat girl clothes and skinny girl clothes. Once I move beyond that, I will be in territory I have not been in since college. Wish me luck!