Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Today...One year ago...

This photo was taken at my surgeon's office one year ago, today. It was after the pre-op diet where I lost 15.6 pounds and so I weighed 452 pounds. My highest weight was 475 pounds the previous November at my Seminar... which means I only lost 7 pounds in the 5 months before the pre-op diet. The same amount I lost in 1 week on the liquid diet. I struggled to lose weight all through out my life unless I suffered and deprived myself on a strict diet. Well, It hasn't been easy this last year... I have worked for every pound lost of the 116 pounds but I kept with it, hardly ever felt deprived(Even after giving up chocolate 4 days ago), and most importantly... Maintained my weight loss when I screwed up or binged out. I am not on a diet, I feel normal for the first time in my life. I don't have to feel guilty if I have a cookie or cupcake... because this is a lifestyle and "Normal" people eat cake once in a while. I could have dieted and exercised like a maniac... and I would have lost more weight... and my road is long ahead. But I am on the right road, for the first time in my life. And I am never alone on that road... You are all with me, some of you have walked already when I have been and some are walking with me, and some will follow me along this road but we have each other and are "Banded" for life. I will post some during photos tomorrow on my actually Bandiversary.

19 comments:

  1. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! You should be so very proud. :)

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  2. And I will continue to walk with you .. you are pretty freaking amazing Maria.. welcome home!!! See you soon

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  3. Maria, you rock! I cannot wait to see you in Chicago!!!!! Congratulations on your 1 year Bandiversary!

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  4. I'm so proud of you Maria! We are band sisters, happy Bandiversary!!

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  5. You have made such amazing progress. Just awesome! Happy bandiversary to one of my favorite bandsters and someone I am proud to call my friend. <3

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  6. Happy bandiversary-- wonderful gains, and I so agree about not dieting and living a "normal" food life!

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  7. You are truely amazing :o)

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  8. You look great! Such a difference!

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  9. I am so proud of my roomie (for life!)

    smooches to you! love ya- Jen

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  10. I always forget that when we met in chicago and even here in pensacola and orlando, that you werent even a year out! That's so crazy. You are doing so good my friend. Now if you could only figure out how to not do posts in gigantic font and one paragraph...well...your transformation would almost be complete...hahahahah...

    just kiddin.

    love ya!

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  11. wow you are amazing! I can't wait to meet you in chicago!

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  12. You are amazing! I can't believe it's been a year. Wow. Look how far you have come.

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  13. Happy Bandiversary! You have come so far!

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  14. You SO ROCK!
    Happy Bandiversary Sunshine!
    SMILES!

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  15. Happy Bandiversary. Can't wait to see you in Chicago again.

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  16. You should be so proud, pretty girl! You've came so far and inspire man!

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  17. Woo hoo!!! Happy Bandiversary!!!

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