Today is my 2 year surgiversary. My highest weight was 292 & I got as low as 144 after all of my skin removal surgeries, but I’ve basically been maintaining 155-160 since 11 months out. Today was 157.4, which is still “overweight” according to the stupid BMI, so there’s part of my stupid brain that wants to get back to 144. But the reality is that I’m pretty happy (& my body seems content) where I am. My body fat is 23.5% (my goal was to be <25%), my RMR is 1660 (pretty much normal for my size), I exercise regularly (OTF, oh how I love you!), clothing sizes are weird but I’m comfortably wearing 8/10/M (vanity sizing still makes me crazy!), and my eating has fairly naturally fallen into the 80/20 pattern (good 80% of the time & not so good 20% of the time). I finally feel like I’ve found my new “normal”! I thought my OSW was 150, and I could probably get back below there if I wanted to start dieting again, but I’d rather focus on being healthy, fit & living my life… so screw you BMI! My new OSW is 160… if I see that number, I’m not going to panic, but I am going to pay attention & make sure that it goes no further!
So year 1 was all about losing weight & creating new healthy habits. Year 2 was learning to maintain. Year 3 I’m going to focus on fitness! Now that I’ve found OTF (have I mentioned how much I ❤️❤️ it??), my new goal is to increase my lean mass & get down to 20% body fat. Technically, I don’t have to follow up with my surgeon anymore, but my plan is to continue seeing him & get my BF/RMR tested every 6 months. My thinking is that continuing these regular check ins with him will keep me accountable (plus I ❤️ him), & the testing will give me concrete data on how I’m progressing (& since RMR usually decreases with age, I want to make sure I stay on top of that so I can adjust accordingly).
A typical day for me now looks like this:
1700-2000 calories, 120+g protein and <100g carbs (primarily from fruits & veggies, with some whole grains)
Coffee with premier protein
Greek yogurt with high protein or paleo granola
1 mile walk to work
2 hard boiled eggs with fruit
Salad with chicken or steak
Cottage cheese with whole grain crispbread
Some kind of meat/veggie meal (this week has been bell peppers stuffed with ground beef, zucchini, mushroom, cauliflower rice & cheese)
96+ oz water throughout the day
So that’s my 2 year update! I’m still considering 1 more skin removal to fix my arms & upper back, but that is 100% vanity, so I’m really not sure if it’s worth having to take 6 weeks off from OTF… but that may be part of year 3. Getting my sleeve has changed my life & I’m forever grateful!