I’m melting… I’m melting… and loving it!

Published July 1, 2012 by minilophop

I hated how I looked so much that I would make goofy faces for the camera if I couldn’t avoid them all together.

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In 2010 I hit my highest recorded weight of 339. There are very few pictures of my from the past several years. I was too ashamed and embarrassed by how I looked to want to have any pictures. My pain levels were constantly high and I didn’t like to exercise. The more active I was the more pain I had, what fun is that? I can see in my face in the picture below that even just giving the cat a bath wore me out.

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I was in Paris for work for a week. Only one picture of me to prove I was there.

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Visiting Collin on his first birthday when he had back surgery.

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Joshua had a chess tournament in the city.

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Working on bonding Cinderella and Rebecca.

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The last Cephalon Christmas party, 2011.

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I started the process to have gastric bypass in November 2011. I weighed in at 322.

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Flower show 2012.

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Therapy rabbit visits 2012.

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I had gastric bypass on March 28, 2012. Five little marks that changed my life. After three weeks of an all liquid diet I weighed 295. The surgery went well and I was up walking the same day. I spent two nights at the hospital before I could safely drink liquids and go home. It was three weeks of recovery before I went back to work. I spent my days healing and starting to exercise again. I had to start off walking just 100 yards at a time then getting a little longer each day. I slowly built up my activity levels.

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Here I am setting up the new turtle tank in April. Joshua put all the rocks and dirt in because I couldn’t lift them yet.

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By May, I was able to walk around the park with the rabbits. Activity became so much easier as my pain levels went down. I was shocked that surgery didn’t create a fibromyalgia flare. Instead, I started to lose weight and was able to move joyfully. I expanded into water aerobics and strength training. I began walking during my lunch break since I didn’t feel like sitting around talking and shoveling food into my mouth. Now if I don’t get my mid-day walk I get irritable and can’t sit still. I still don’t feel like I”m a big exercise fan, but more of a person who enjoys activities.

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6 comments on “I’m melting… I’m melting… and loving it!

  • Wow Brandy you are looking good. I really enjoyed Aqua Fittness when I did it a few years ago. I ended up with 3 really bad chest infections (I still smoked then) Unfortunately the classes aren’t at times taht I can go.
    I’m looking forward to continue watchy your weight loss journey,
    Susan
    PS
    I bet the bunnies love those walks in that double decker stroller.

    • I love my water classes! The instructor is incredible and focuses on the fun of moving. Luckily they are after work so it works well with my schedule.

      The rabbits LOVE going to the park! Unfortunately it’s too hot to take them out for a while. Spring and summer we go almost every weekend. The fresh air and sunshine is so good for them.

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