It usually starts with, “how many pounds have you lost?!” but the story of my journey is so much more than pounds. I am no longer diabetic. My arthritis does not bother me anymore. My blood pressure is almost always in the normal or low range. I can climb, hike, run, jump and not have aching bones, or muscles that are weak. And while my aging body has generated a few new illnesses, they are much more manageable with a lower weight. So what is the whole story, the bigger picture of being a Banded Becky?
It started with me collecting photos I’d taken or had taken during my Lab-Band Journey. Then I had to print them. Then I wondered what the charts would say about weight and BMI. Someone suggested that I take body measurements during my journey, but I had never looked at the story the data told.
The camera doesn’t lie- unless you get carried away with Photoshop! I did two galleries. The first is as series of full body photos and the second is just my face. The thing is, when I look in the mirror, I don’t see or remember the changes. The photo series blew my mind.
Then I looked at the charts of my weight and BMI:
Again, looking back over my journey, I knew I had lost weight. I knew I was wearing a LOT smaller sized wardrobe. But the charts seem to exaggerate the loss over the last thee years.
I’ve been keeping certain measurements- hip, waist, chest, thigh, calf, bicep, neck, and bra size. How does a total of minus 29 inches sound? Pretty amazing! It does explain why I’ve had to get rid of multiple wardrobes!
Going forward, I still have weight to lose. In the BMI chart I added a projected weight in the future where I would be considered at a “healthy” weight. Time is not reflected in the graph! Pounds are harder to lose now, 2.5 years out from surgery. Another 15 pounds off my bones would be great!
The title of my blog talks about my journey to a size 12. It seemed an impossible goal five years ago, yet here I am! I have lost about 65 pounds since April 2011, which was six months before my surgery.
But Lap Bands are forever! I will continue to work to get these last pounds off. But I’ll tell you a secret- I can fit into most size 12 clothes! Sometimes a size 14, sometimes a Medium. But I am almost there!