In just under nine months I have lost 151.5 pounds. I haven't been under 300 pounds in, I don't know how many years. While this is still a large number, keep in mind I am packing A LOT of muscle and I have some extra skin that needs to be removed as well. Both surgeons I have consulted with want my body fat percentage lower before I move on to that step.
From one doctor, "We could do an arm lift right now, and it would provide a tremendous aesthetic and functional improvement, but you would need to do a touch up operation down the road when you reach your goal weight, to re-tighten the loose skin. Your BMI is at 46.15 and we generally want it below 30."
So, it's time to shift my focus to reducing that number. I will be so glad when these wings are gone. Look at the difference. (Surgery would of course do them even more justice.)
...that we got to do a photoshoot with Victor Moreno, a local photographer. I got to see one of shots today.
I couldn't be more pleased with his work or myself. The shirt says, "150 Pounds (Down Arrow)". More fabulous images to come.
One of the biggest issues with all of my previous weight gain is the way it caused my lower legs, ankles, and feet to swell and grow. I had something beyond cankles and didn't know if my feet could even come back from it. I feared the pressure was compromising the actual bones in my feet and that I'd never be able to wear real shoes again. I have stuck with Crocs just about every day of my life for years and years. I didn't document this well because, I didn't want that on record but I do have a picture that does show some of what I was dealing with. (This was before it got even worse.)
Punta Cana 2012.
I couldn't wear shoes that had a heel because it would cut into the fat that was growing/hanging over the back of my foot. Well, that is no longer an issue and today I brought these babies home to help me continue my journey and to celebrate this amazing milestone.
I am ready to chip away at the next 100 pounds and find my way to ONEderland. Thank you to those following along and for providing with the much needed support and encouragement.
"Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success." - Napoleon Hill