I haven't been very good about updating here although I do think about it often. I know that I will wish that I had down the road. So many changes have occurred in the past 28 weeks. The other day my husband and I stopped by the grocery store to pick up a few items and on the way in I saw a girl that used to be on my team at work (I was her boss) and when I greeted her, she honestly didn't recognize me. I had to actually tell her who I was. It was a little embarrassing to be honest, but once she realized it was me, she grabbed me and hugged me. Her expression was either total shock or astonishment. I have to keep asking myself if it can truly be that I have changed that much? It doesn't seem like it's possible that I would be that much changed.
I had a pretty rough week, however, despite these kind of experiences. My eating has been out of control and actually rather like bingeing. Jim was home for the week, so we ate out a few times and he had a lot of snack foods that I helped myself to. I have discovered that my pouch doesn't seem to have any issue with M&M's as well as a donut or other miscellaneous bad for me items. If I factor in a stress-filled week at work, well...you get the picture. I have GOT TO buckle down this week and take better care of myself. If it weren't for the fact that I have tried to keep up with all my exercise I would have gained a lot more than the .4 lbs that I have to report. But, still, I am down to 170.4 from 247 since surgery. It's significant!
This morning I got on the treadmill and made it count! I ran for about 20 minutes all total, but did cardio for about 47 minutes total. I am determined to make ground this week and improve on my habits. When "normal" people have a few days of bad eating and not exercising, they don't usually give up and keep up that same behavior. I am trying very hard to be like this because the old Shelley would say she is doomed and continue on along that same path until all the weight is back. Plus some more. I made a picture collage this morning and it's really quite astounding to me. This is me at quite likely my highest weight ever. It was the day of my 1st son's wedding. What a time to look and feel your worst. To give myself some credit, I had been going through some very low and depressing times in my life and I am sure these were contributors to my weight gain, but be that as it may, I am in all of my sons photos looking this way. The side by side photo is this past weekend. Quite a transformation!