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What I've learned from losing 179 Pounds, so far

What I've learned from losing 179 Pounds, so far

A month short of two years ago I decided that I was happy with who I am as a person, but I wasn't happy with where my health and life was headed at my current size. Through this decision and a few more learning experiences with diets and etc I started on the path to have weight loss surgery. 

Since then I've lost 179 pounds. It's been a hard learning experience for sure. It's been worth it 110%. Here are a few of the highlights of what I've learned, so far. 

  • Relationships change, some for good and some for better. I have lost a few friends. But the people I consider my tribe, they are the amazing ones. 
  • Everyone has an opinion. And that's okay. You just learn to, sometimes successfully and sometimes not, tune the hurtful ones out. There are people who will have a friend who had the exact same surgery you did... and they had a weird complication that resulted in near death... or they gained back all of their weight and then some. 
  • Hair loss, it happens. Don't dwell on it too much. Mine is finally starting to grow back. It sucks, I won't lie. I worry way more about my  hair than I ever though possible. 
  • Food is still every freakin where. And life events still revolve around food. I still struggle with wanting to clean my plate. I've just reduced the size of my plate and I don't put as much on it. 
  • Lose skin, saggy skin, weird skin; It happens too. Pro tip, compression garments are amazing. I have no shame in my game and bought a maternity band to help with some lose skin around my stomach. Attractive, maybe not, but it works and has helped with backpain I was having. 
  • I can do HARD things. I have one body and it can take me cool places. I can hike for 8 hours at a time. I can kayak down a river and move the next day. I can do an hour plus hard yoga class and leave my mat drenched in sweat.  
  • A body in motion stays in motion. The days that I start with movement, usually end in movement. And I feel more calm and productive for my day. The weekends that don't revolve around binge watching the newest show in my netflix que leave me dreading Monday less and looking forward to life more. 

I am 101 pounds away from my "goal" weight. But I'm not hyper focused in on the number. Instead I'm thinking, maybe I can learn how to backpack... and what does my body need to be able to do to reach that goal? How can I start preparing for that now? 

I know I've written about this before, but to be here, from a place where I felt hopeless, is pretty good. 

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