Your weight loss in the months to come will be unique to you. We are more than the statistics.
40 to 60% are the stats for weight loss. Nothing has to be set in stone as a goal weight right now. As you get closer to your surgeons goal weight. You can decided if you want to press on to your ultimate goal.
"So for any of you that have reached your ultimate goal weight, or you went above and beyond the 60%, please share your stories, tips/advice, input, exercise/diet regimens? I want to fully prepare for this mentally before diving in physically. I don't want to feel discouraged before even having my surgery"
You may have times when you feel discouraged after surgery. Stalls and mental battles Etc. Keep connected with support form bariatric patients. We are here for you.
I am four years out.
254 high weight - 234 day of surgery.
six months 140 - I went on to 130's
My motivation and perspective came from my mother. I watched her battle cancer. She knew she had months to live. I thought of her each time things got hard. She would have gladly traded places with me for my weight loss struggles. I was driven to make the most out of my surgery and life.
Surgery is work. None of this happens over night. You earn each pound. The sum of small things repeated day in and day out will get you where you want to be.
Nothing magic - I followed my eating plan and guidelines. Learned to log my food. I stayed consistent.
I discovered a passion read all things bariatric, nutrition and fitness. It was eye opening.
I learned food is fuel and not for comforting stress/emotions
Exercise was a necessary evil. It developed over time into something I enjoy
Let no one interrupt your gym/exercise. It's time you carve out for yourself. Use it to process life's issues and overcome the mental battles that may surface with WLS.
My first year: I dedicated an hour five /six days a week. I started with walking. Then the elliptical and a bit of weight lifting. I increased the resistance and weight as I got stronger. Over time my workouts evolved Into biking, distance running and lifting.
Log you food. Make sure you hit your calories, protein and carbohydrates for the day without going over. Get temptations out of the house, Grocery shop and cook your own food.
Congrats on your upcoming surgery,