Quick, what are some things that weigh 100 pounds?
- A fully grown Labrador Retriever
- 2 60-inch LED Televisions
- A baby hippopotamus at birth
- The amount of weight I have lost since last February
Yesterday I climbed on the scale for my weekly weigh-in. This is what I saw:
I’ll be honest, I’ve been trying to make sense of this number since yesterday morning. It still has a sense of unreality to it. I keep asking myself: “How can I weigh this little?”
I can only contrast this to that day in February last year when I hopped on a scale at my doctor’s office and saw “302” staring back at me. How on earth could I weigh so much?
To lose 100 pounds – a third of my body weight – is almost beyond words. I feel like my body was previously a prison, and I have finally been released.
And my key was bariatric surgery.
Unlocking The New Me
There are still going to be those that do not understand it, that think that I have “cheated” somehow. I am no longer very concerned about those opinions. After all, the fact remains that, after years of failed “diets”, bariatric surgery worked. I did not use it in place of lifestyle changes. Instead, it allowed me to make lifestyle changes and stick to them. The switch in my brain that was constantly set to “Eat Now” has been turned off. Maybe someone who has never suffered through obesity won’t understand it. But those of us who are obese know exactly what I am talking about.
Losing 100 pounds has meant so many things. My high blood pressure is gone, along with the drugs I needed to control it. My joints work. I am willing to go out in public. More photos have been taken of me in the last 12 months than I had allowed in the previous 10 years. My days of watching wistfully as other people live their lives are over. I feel like, for the first time in a long time, I have a life of my own.
Today, I am going to be able to go to the gym, to lift weights and perform cardio for a couple of hours, not a few minutes. Today, I will be able to eat 3 small meals without being hungry. Today, I will be constantly thinking about writing, about life, and about future plans. I will not be constantly thinking about food.
Today I will weigh 100 pounds less than I used to.
How about that.
Next Stop 199,