1 Year ago today, I went to El Camino Hospital to have my Gastric Sleeve surgery. One year later I have lost 96 pounds since the Surgery, a total of 195 pounds since I started my weight loss journey. It’s a shame I didn’t quite make it to 200 pounds total loss, but I’m very proud of my weight loss progress and I’m nowhere near done.
Today to celebrate my 1 year anniversary from the surgery I took a day of PTO to have a little stay-cation. Now the old me would have used an anniversary celebration as a reason for cake, ice cream, or other treats, but this is an anniversary of weight-loss surgery. Instead I chose to celebrate my weight loss by having an amped up day. I started by making a high-protein low calorie hot breakfast. Barbara and I then went down to the gym for an amped up version of my normal workout.
A couple weeks ago I ordered a Spanx for men compression T-shirt. I ordered this not to make me look thinner, but because as I have lost those 195 pounds I now have a lot of loose hanging skin in my abdomen. This skin makes vigorous cardio very difficult as with every step it flaps and smacks against the rest of my skin. When I have tried in the last couple years to jog or run, this has become very painful very quickly and has prevented me from doing anything vigorous. Today, wearing my Spanx I was able to get up to 6 miles per hour and maintain that for several minutes. I did the rest of my 30 minutes on the treadmill at a still brisk 3.8 miles per hour. I then followed up with 25 minutes of strength training doing more sets at higher weights than I’ve done in the past. I’m very proud of what I was able to do today and I intend on spending the next several months continuing to amp up my workouts.