I reached two major milestones today.
First - I have now lost 50 pounds. Well, 50.6 to be exact. I am thrilled about this. 50 pounds is a huge amount of weight, of course. I lost 50 pounds on Weight Watchers before I crashed and burned and gained most of it back. I struggled for every pound. I felt like 50 pounds was the end of something. I was done. I couldn't do it anymore.
This time it feels like 50 pounds is just the beginning.
Here is the other milestone: I am the smallest I have ever been as an adult. I got down to 239 pounds on Weight Watchers. I got down to 232 pounds on Jenny Craig. The coolest part is that I met my husband at 232 pounds. Today, at 230.4, this is the smallest that he has ever seen me.
I am so grateful for my band. I have hope. I don't feel deprived and I feel like I can do this for a long time.
I started out wearing size 26 jeans. I was miserable when I had to walk more than a few blocks. I regularly walk/run 3 miles at a time now.
To compare, here are some pictures.
This is from last summer. My best friend and I went on vacation. We were at Dollywood that day and I barely fit in the rollercoasters. I can't believe I am sharing this picture with you. I felt disgusting. This is mere weeks before I went for my first lap band informational session. Look at this - I was literally twice the size of Jen, if not more.
This one is from April, a little less than 2 months after I had my band installed. I had just come from a job interview. I had lost about 25 pounds at that point.
My co-worker took this picture of me today. I'm wearing my new size 18 jeans. I have a long way to go, but I feel like I am on my way.