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Weight Loss Tracker (Updated 06-03-09)

Posted by Jeremiah , 11 September 2008 · 1,304 views

Short but sweet entry...

I decided to start a "weight loss ticker" today.
It will be updated every time I weigh in at the doc's office.
I am three months out from weight loss surgery.
Here's to more and better days in the field...

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A note of clarification about the weight loss graph and pics. 425 lbs. was my highest recorded weight a few years back. I lost 75 lbs. pre-surgery by watching what I ate and getting more active. (Shifting from desk jobs to more active work was a big help.) When I was forced to leave my day job in December of '06 for health reasons (bone damage in feet / arthritis), I quickly "ballooned" back up to near 400 lbs. My last official weigh in prior to surgery was 395 lbs. Hence the graph above having started at 395 lbs. instead of 425 lbs.


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01/01/09
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Happy New Year!

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Now, as I was sitting here looking these over I have to say I'm getting to the point where I'm not seeing a whole lot of difference. But, the profile shows a lot more than I realized.
Take a peek at this...

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That's me in early August after I had already lost a good amount of weight and yet I still look like I have an inner tube around my waist compared to now. I would have never even dreamed of wearing my pants at my waist back then. (Where they actually belong, imagine that.) No, I always wore my pants lower in front to let my bulbous belly "muffin top" out over my belt. I don't think I had seen my belt buckle since the 90's. I'm glad to have found it again. Posted Image

Levity makes things easier. But, in all honesty, it's not always easy to look at these pictures. I sometimes feel ashamed of the older ones. Not even so much because of how I "looked" but because of who I was. I think people kid themselves a lot. I know I did. But, I was a morbidy obese man. You just don't get to be that big without being a "person of excess" and that doesn't sit well with me. I'm not entirely where I want to be yet, but I thank God that I am no longer on the path I was on before.

I also thank God that I am truly seeing things in a different light. I have no desire to go back. I turn down foods now I would have gobbled up before simply because I know they aren't good for me. (Mind you, I've experimented. I have yet to find a single food I can't still eat - including bread and things they said I'd probably never be able to eat again.) But, that's just not what I want anymore. I eat protein first at every meal and even take supplements. I had a follow-up with my surgeon last week and he said my protein level is the highest he's ever seen in a 6 month post-op patient. (I was high normal.. seven point something.) He actually told me to back off a bit. Imagine that, I'm actually doing too much of a good thing! I also do crunches and push-ups every day now. I'd like to get lean. But, above all, I am just thankful to be healthier. That was always the goal and that goal hasn't changed.


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02/14/09
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Just a quick addition. I was basically just looking through some things here and realized that a lot of my pics have my arms at my sides. You just aren't getting the full love-handle-melting effect that way. So, I figured I would rectify that that here. LOL

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Snapped that last week. It's hard for me to believe sometimes that I started this wearing a 5 or 6XL shirt and that one above in the pic is an XL off the rack from Tractor Supply. (On sale... Cost me $5. I don't remember paying under $20 for even a basic pocket t-shirt before surgery due to the size.)

I've lost a couple more pounds since the pic. The weight loss has slowed considerably. (As it should.) I'm at about 2 to 3 pounds a week loss now instead of 7 or more. Some weeks it's barely 2, but it's all good as long as it's still coming off. My surgeon told me the last time I met with him that I could expect the slow down and, sure enough, like clockwork, I'm here. That's helpful. (Otherwise I might have thought I was doing something wrong and started to skip meals or something dangerous/stupid.) Truthfully it feels better this way. First, it works patience which is something I can be short on at times. I can also stay in a particular clothing size longer than a couple weeks, which is nice. My hair is also no longer falling out from the stress of such a tremendous bodily change. (Yeah, that happens to a lot of WLS patients. I know it wasn't just male pattern baldness or something either as my hair was falling out EVERYWHERE. When I would take my shirt off the inside looked like a bearskin rug as I have a hairy chest. I could share more details, but just take my word for it that things weren't pretty.) So, I look forward to growing back some hair and losing these last 30 to 40 lbs. at a much easier pace.

'til next time... Posted Image


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04/08/09
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I updated the Weight Loss Ticker and added to the "Official" WLS Photo Strip above.
I can see the finish line! Posted Image


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04/14/09
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I'm only 3 lbs. away from officially no longer being classified "obese" according to the BMI Calculator! I'd have to go all the way back to pre-high school to remember the last time that was so. (I graduated high school around 250.)

Just playing around with some animators today...
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Now that's nuts.

'til next time...


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06/03/09
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Wow. I actually almost forgot that today is the one year anniversary since having my weight loss surgery. Well, there's not much to tell, really. The weight loss continues. I'm three pounds away from my pre-surgery goal. Of course, now I'm not so sure I don't want to raise (or would that be lower) the bar a little. I'm happy to be where I am, especially considering where I came from. Not having that word - OBESE - on my medical charts at this point has my doctors and I both smiling and breathing a big sigh of relief. But, I just want to be as healthy as I can be. My own assessment is that I could stand to lose some more weight. My doctors agree that another 10 to 15 might not be such a bad idea. So, we'll see. Posted Image




Wow! You better learn to sew my friend! I see a new wardrobe in your future.
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PA RIDGE RUNNER
Sep 12 2008 06:56 AM
My hat is off to you my friend. I can see fewer physical problems in your future too. I'll bet you can already leap small buildings in a couple of bounds.
Happy for ya Jer, CONGRATS thumbsup.gif yahoo.gif
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Rowdy Yates
Sep 25 2008 01:02 PM
clap.gif clap.gif It's got to be a confidence builder to see these results, congrats and know your goal is in reach. Go Jeremiah Go!
Jer, thats is awesome, buddy!! I know when i lost 65 lbs i felt so much better,keep it up!!

Bill
way to kewl.....gotta same I'm proud of ya smile.gif
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silvertip-co
Sep 25 2008 08:08 PM
COngrats Jer, you look great. In fact you look like my buddy Kenny in Renovo. Y'all could be twins.
ok I'm gonna give up choclate just as soon as he goes below my weight of 210 smile.gif
teetee_in_WV
Nov 01 2008 02:07 PM
JR, You are looking fantastic!!!!!! Hate that I can't get on much, but my kids are into everything coming and going. Working on college money ya know.

Again, congrats on the big change. Keep up the good work my friend. Next time you pass through the Huntington, WV area, let me know. Maybe we can sit in a blind together or even wet a line.

Take care and God Bless,

Steve
Wow I'm totally impressed...Congrats Jeremiah you look like a new man!!!!!!!!!
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PA RIDGE RUNNER
Nov 01 2008 07:57 PM
Man oh man Jere you are not looking great you are looking fantastic. Way to go Bro.
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Norm Sauceman
Nov 02 2008 06:57 PM
Lookin' great there Jer!
Whitefeatherwoman
Nov 08 2008 11:01 AM
Looking great and I bet feeling great too!!

I have walked in those shoes, and continue to everyday. Keep it up! Isn't is great to be a loser now! hehe!!

Take care and remember you can call or contact me anytime with questions.

Heather
Hungry Horse
Nov 13 2008 02:52 PM
Jere: Congrats on the new you. Hope you health is improving as you loose the weight. You will have to fight off all the "hotties" now. LOL, I assume you are not married, or in a serious relationship, if so did not mean to upset the girlfriend ! HH in Pa
WayneBizzle
Dec 27 2008 05:32 PM
Awesome Jeremiah. clap.gif
are we about due for another photo?
QUOTE (McBruce @ Dec 30 2008, 10:55 AM)
are we about due for another photo?


I was wanting to hold out 'til 250. But, I keep getting asked, so there's one... or three. smile.gif
Awesome Jeremiah! Awesome! clap.gif
Jeremiah , I'm totally impressed Buddy !!! So happy for you...Take it easy.


JohnA.
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PA SILVERBACK
Jan 07 2009 01:20 AM
Lookin Good Bro..... It's the Amazing Shrinking Man thumbsup.gif

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