It has been a while since I wrote an update on my journey to better health. I’ll start with the great news…I had my six month check up and Tiffany, the PA, at Blue Point said words that I didn’t expect to hear…You are no longer considered obese! My BMI is below 30 and that makes me normal in the medical world. Holy cow! Did I hear her correctly? So I asked her to repeat it. And she said it again.
The other news she gave me was that all of my other numbers – cholesterol both the good and the bad, Vitamin D, B, and all the other things they check are all GREAT! Blood pressure is so low that I don’t recognize it.
And it didn’t stop there…I have lost 72% of my pre-surgery weight. They consider a patient successful with 60 – 65% weight loss. And I am not done. I am excited to continue the journey to better health.
As I go through this journey, I am being challenged to “rewire” my brain to think more positively, to be kind to myself (yes, Tiffany, I am practicing your instructions), and to make me a priority. From accepting compliments from well wishers and friends to loving the look I see in the mirror now, I am learning how to embrace the newness of this in my life. This is a challenge that many have when it comes to weight loss – whether it is through the process of surgery or other methods – and it is one of the reasons that people can fail.
So how do I deal with this new phenomenon? Learning to simply say “thanks” and not to undermine a compliment – not as easy as it sounds – but I am practicing every day. I have begun beginning my day with a positive affirmations such as “have joy today in all that you do” or “today is the best day in the world” or “hello beautiful” – just a few things that you would hear if you were able to listen in on my morning ritual.
Another new thing that I am doing is a “time in” where I spend 10 minutes a day simply being quiet. Now for those that know me – you will find that fascinating – but it is giving me time to reflect, put things in order and understand where I need to head on this journey. I have to give the credit for this concept to Tim Durkin who was the facilitator at the IAEE Krakoff Leadership Institute this past May. It is very challenging to be quiet for 10 minutes a day but I am finding it to helpful to keep me focused. Thanks Tim for sharing this with us.
I am thankful for all the goodness that has come my way as I go through this journey. My willingness to talk about having this surgery has given me the opportunity to share with people on a level that otherwise would not be.
What are you thankful for that has come your way as a result of making a major change?
P.S. As I close, I realized that I haven’t told you the best news…I have lost 85# and am in a size 14!