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    Wednesday, April 25, 2007

    Happy Day!

    Today marks six months since my gastric bypass surgery. My weight loss total so far is 115 pounds and 6 clothing sizes.

    Here are some things I've noticed in the past few months:

    • I can walk up more than 1 flight of stairs without being out of breath for 10 minutes.
    • The seat in my van had to be moved forward and the steering wheel lowered.
    • Mr. Sign and I can hug face to face instead of belly to belly.
    • Both of my girls can get their arms around me with room to spare.
    • People talk to me now who wouldn't give me the time of day when I was heavier (this one infuriates me).
    • At the end of a workday, I'm not so exhausted that I can't function.
    • I'm no longer afraid to try and sit in a restaurant booth for fear that I won't fit.
    • I can see part of the seat in my car when I'm sitting on it.
    • Mr. Sign's little car no longer tries to kill me when I get in and out.
    • Did I mention sex after both parties have lost over 100 pounds each?
    There are many more but of course, I can't think of them at the moment.

    I've decided that I'm tired of hiding what I looked before and now. Here are the before and now shots that will probably horrify you all. I haven't gotten brave enough to tell you my weight, but maybe some day.


    27 comments:

    Lily T said...

    Cool! I love before and after pics!

    Felicia said...

    WOWSERS!! You look great!!! Look at how much you have changed!! Oh and hey... drinking much? You seem to have the leans LMAOOO *hugs* =0)

    Kim said...

    Congratulations!!! You look incredible! :)

    kimmyk said...

    WOW. You look great SG!!

    You should be so proud of yourself!

    G-Man said...

    OH HELL YES!!!

    Lara said...

    The biggest change that I noticed is in your face... I think you look much younger now. :) I know it hasn't been an easy 6 months... you've worked hard, and it's paying off. Can't wait to see what you do in 6 more months!

    As for telling your weight... hey, it was hard for me and I wasn't even technically overweight. But it was freeing too, so I'm glad I did. You do what feels comfortable for you... we'll be proud of your accomplishments with or without a number. :)

    The Savage said...

    You look sextacular!!!!!

    wmy said...

    You look fanfuckingtastic!!
    Its so funny that you mention the booth thing...that was one of the major things for my friend that has gastric bypass too!! BTW..you look great in that pastel color!

    Danyele said...

    Awesome! Congratulations sweetie!

    barman said...

    You look so wonderful Jenn. It has made a nice difference especially in your face.

    You know the funny thing about people more likely to talk to you now, I would be the opposite. You are someone I would be less likely to talk to now then before. Why? I guess I would figure you were less likely to want to talk to me. Of course I know the real SignGurl no matter what you look like.

    Congratulations, that is amazing how far you have come in only a half a year. How wonderful.

    MilkMaid said...

    That really is awesome Sign!! The profile picture really shows your progress, FABULOUS!

    jillie said...

    OMG...those are great photos and it's amazing the difference between those.

    You look MAHVELOUS MY DEAR!!!!

    xo

    ~~R~~ said...

    You look great way to go I agree you do look alot younger in your after pics but congrats on the the loss..I second the motion you look fucking fantastic

    DZER said...

    keep up the good work ... and as for those who talk to you now but wouldn't before ... slap dem bitches!!

    Crabby said...

    WOW! What a difference you've made in your life! The energy increase alone has to feel awesome.

    I love the pics and like always...I think you're beautiful.

    No One In Particular said...

    Amazing! You have made such incredible progress. As for the number on the scale, it is so not important - your health & happiness are all that matter! I love that shirt too, it's cute!

    cadbury_vw said...

    you look great!!!

    i sooooo admire you


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    on the sex front...

    i was going to post this link yesterday, but chose not to because i was worried about whether it would be viewed as insensitive. it is an article discussing the active role that fat plays in the body - fat used to be viewed as inert storage - but not anymore. i did this research after i lost my 60 lbs and discovered that my sex drive had revved right up. i couldn't believe that it was all psychological. in the various articles i discovered that fat plays an active role in regulating sex drive related hormones. hope this is of interest - it may be something you already know.

    "In the old days, people used to think fat tissue was a passive organ," said Rexford S. Ahima, an endocrinologist at the University of Pennsylvania. "Now it's obvious that it makes and secretes more hormones and proteins than probably any other. It's at the center of a very complex system. It coordinates how much we eat, how much energy we burn, how the immune system works, how we reproduce. The list goes on."

    Decoding the Surprisingly Active Life Of Fat Cells

    lime said...

    oh honey, that IS cause for celebration. the ability to truly enjoy life in a better way and the health benefits most importantly. you're a beautiful person regardless of your size but i am really delighted for the improved quality of life for you. you look great though. bravo!

    Mimi said...

    It takes an incredible amount of courage to do what you have done. I admire that greatly. Congratulations for taking a postive step toward saving your own beautiful life!

    *S* said...

    Big congratulations, Jenn! You look splendid! Add crossing your legs and being able to bend more easily. That said, the stupid scale at my PCP's read 5lb more than my home scale this morning.. so I'm up three. Grrrr.

    BTExpress said...

    You look great! Time to get some clothes that will show off your new body. If you get a chance to watch the "What Not to Wear Show", you'll get some good ideas. We've learned so much by watching it.

    Kristen said...

    You're beautiful......

    Manny said...

    I want to hear more about the sex.
    xoxo

    SIMPLY ME said...

    So happy for you and your hubby. I'm glad this is working so well for you.

    Gary said...

    When you think of them, you should try to do another post of the things you have noticed. This post was very good.

    terry said...

    wow, jenn... you look fantastic! and even more important, you feel good. what an amazing accomplishment.

    What the Chuck said...

    Hi Jenn,

    You ROCK!!!!!

    I'm so happy for you!

    XOXOXO

    Chuck