I’ve been chewing on this post for a while, should I write it or not???? So here goes. . .
One area my favorite group of bloggers hasn’t addressed is sex. Yup, I wrote it, S-E-X.
Sex didn’t suck before surgery. I think Jim and I were both very comfortable and content. But now, 200 lbs less between us (yes, that’s a whole person (plus) and no, I will not make a threesome joke) we are loving our physical relationship more than ever. I don’t know that this is a given. It’s a bit unnerving figuring it out all over again but that adds to the fun. We have increased stamina, better flexibility, heightened appreciation for the commitment and work the other has put into weight loss, and just plain better access. The biggest turn on is to feel sexy and that’s so much easier when you’re feeling confident and proud of your body. There is still weight to lose but the progress is amazing.
A blogger friend just posted about fitting into bathroom stalls – not a joke, so very true! I hope I never have to touch a toilet paper dispenser with my leg again. A girl can hope, although I’ve seen some small stalls in my life that even 125lbs would be a tight fit. Also, to look down and see the toilet seat between my thighs is unbelievable.
I recently caught the plague du jour and still had the mmph to go out for a run. Before weight loss that would’ve easily been an excuse to take four weeks off from the gym while my body recovered and my respiratory system cleared up.
Shopping. It’s now a dangerous proposition. I developed shopping fatigue because my shape and size changed constantly and every item in my closet has been transitional. However, I’m now a size Large and I’m finding I can grab items off the rack and just slip them on. I ran through Costco like a mad woman Friday night and left with work out clothes, a shirt, and two dresses. We went in for coffee filters. Ooops. I got home and everything fit, perfectly.
The shirt from Costco has little tiny sleeves and most of my arm is exposed. My arms never see the light of day at work but today they’re out in all their glory. I still have work to do but I’m pretty sure no one will run screaming from the building due to getting a glimpse of them.
Tomorrow is 11 months since surgery and we’re slated for our 12 month blood draw in the next few weeks. Our one year post surgery appointment is April 6th. We’ll have photos taken and the pictures will be posted in the surgeon’s office as a testament to our success. I think Jim and I are both pretty motivated to push hard over the next few weeks so the numbers (inches and weight) and photos are clear proof of our success.
Jim’s weight loss: 137 lbs 53lbs to goal
Linda’s weight loss: 75 lbs. 36lbs to goal.
A few fun shots from Jim’s folk’s 50th Wedding Anniversary.