so a whole year has come and gone. as i re-read some of my early entries and think back to what i was doing and how i was feeling a year ago i realize just how far i’ve come, and how major my surgery was. i made some notes this month of things that are major differences.

i remember not too long ago getting up from my desk at work and feeling like i was 90 years old, being stiff from sitting still for an hour or two. that doesn’t happen anymore.

i’ve discovered that i actually have bones. some of them you an even see! the most notable bones i have are collar bones, or clavicles. my knee caps actually touch and can be uncomfortable when i lay on my side while i’m sleeping. if i’m laying down, i can feel a pelvis. :) it’s quite exciting to actually feel bones inside my skin. someday i’ll be able to see my wrist bones. that’s been a goal of mine since figure drawing in college.

this last check up with my surgeon the nurse told me that my bmi was 37 and if i were to apply for surgery right now, i probably wouldn’t even qualify. that’s unbelievably exciting news. when i started this whole thing my bmi was 55..

recently i had a dentist appointment and always dreaded when they would want me to spit, it was really hard to sit up from a reclining position.. this last time, no problem! i kinda wanted to mention it to the hygienist. sorta like i wanted to tell my seatmate on the airplane i last flew in that my seatbelt fit without needing a seatbelt extender. these little victories are so minor to average people, but they are thrilling when they happen, they make me giddy with excitement.

one downside i’ve noticed is the toxic flatulence that i experience anytime i consume sugar. it’s room clearingly bad. i should probably be thankful that i don’t really experience the traditional dumping symptoms of nausea, dizziness, sweating.. but hours later i have unspeakable gas.

another thing that i haven’t really experienced is an aversion or taste difference to some foods pre and post surgery.

so over the course of a year i’ve lost 95 lbs. pretty incredible, and my doctor thinks i will probably continue to lose for another 6 months, “cause i’m short”. :) let’s hope so.

here are some animations, and the side by sides..

back view 1 year

back view 1 year

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back view morph

front view 1 year

front view 1 year

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front view morph

side view 12

side view 12

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