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START: 311/ BMI: 53.7
TODAY: 248 / BMI: 42.6
CHANGE: -63 POUNDS
SURGERY DATE: 9/24/07

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Various and Sundry... This month I noticed weight loss in my thighs and maybe a bit in my calves. My bust continues its monumental deflation -- I'm already on the tightest hooks on my 40DD bras that I bought in late October and they're a tad bit loose. I saw the PA on December 10th and he really laid into me about exercise and let me know that it is now imperative that I engage in a regular, vigorous exercise program. He said, if I did so, "the weight's just going to pour off you." I suspect he's right -- tomorrow I'll be going to the gym to pay my membership dues, and then I'll head to Lane Bryant for several sets of appropriate exercise outfits.

You might be able to tell that my left lower leg is slightly larger than my right in circumference and cankletude. Yes, I just made up the word cankletude. Anyhow, a maternal aunt of mine has Lyphedema, and in July I saw a vascular specialist in lyphedema because of the chronic swelling and pitted edema I have had in my legs since about 2003. I did receive a provisional diagnosis of lymphedema, but Dr. Nowak (not the love-struck astronaut of the same name) thought it could also possibly be poor lymphatic circulation due to obesity. Only time will tell. I will say that with the weight loss of 60+ pounds, the pitting has resolved about 95%. I still, obviously, have larger than normal lower legs, but I'm hopeful that continued weight loss will do nothing but help my condition. It won't go away -- poor lymphatic circulation doesn't ever really reverse, but it's manageable with proper care, weight loss being essential, of course. The darker patches of skin on my lower calves are also from the lymph issues -- my skin is getting softer (it had been pretty rough and slightly scaly at its worst) and isn't tissue paper thin anymore. I'm pleased by this, very much!

My blood pressure is normal (I am still on Lisinopril 20mg, but previously my BP was high, even with the Lisinopril)

My sleep apnea has resolved. I am no longer on CPAP.

I can walk two flights of stairs with relative ease, and have been voluntarily using the stairs at work, instead of relying solely on the elevator.

I can sit with my legs crossed on the couch, without discomfort.

I can sit Indian-style for short stints, with minimal discomfort.

Finally? I am closer to 200 than I am to 300. *beams*

So, yes, Happy New Year! ♥

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STATS:




START: 311/ BMI: 53.7
TODAY: 259 / BMI: 44.5
CHANGE: -52 POUNDS
SURGERY DATE: 9/24/07

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STATS:

START: 310 / BMI: 53.7
TODAY: 274 / BMI: 47
CHANGE: -36 POUNDS
SURGERY DATE: 9/24/07

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OFFICIAL BEFORE PICS

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My surgery will commence on 9/24/07; here are my stats:

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I have updated dewallflowered, with posts on my pre-operative pulmonary workup and sleep study, as well as some stuff on feelings. God, I feel ridiculous and silly -- UGH.

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Shadows fall onto me
And she stands there over me
And waits to encompass me
I lay here helplessly
But oh what can you do
When she's dressed in black
Dressed in black again . . .


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I have updated dewallflowered with two posts showing me BEFORE (before surgery - current) and WAY BEFORE (back in the day - skinny). I have also documented my stats and measurements.

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I have posted an update on the required seminar for Denver Bariatrics at dewallflowered: SEMINAR - DENVER BARIATRICS

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