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I am a 39 yr. old stay at home mom to 3 girls ages 10, 9 and 7. My goal is to be fit by 40! I want to lead a healthier lifestyle. I was banded on 4/5/2011. I tend to be a bit on the sarcastic and cynical side. I love to read, hate to excersise (but am learning to tolerate it!), love to shop and want to smack anyone who is a size 2 (not really!). I am learning to work with my band and my new self one day at a time!

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Let's Play The Game.....................Then and Now

Sorry I have been MIA for the last few days.  We have had MAJOR computer issues.  They are now resolved, thanks to the large satellite on my roof.  Anyway....................

Let's play a little game.  A game called "Then and Now".    It is in honor of my bandiversary (this coming Thursday).  Then being pre-band and now being, well post-band and 148 lbs. lighter.

Without further ado..................


THEN:  I weighed a whopping 318 lbs.  NOW:  I weigh 169.3 lbs.

THEN:  I looked like this:


Now:  I look like this:



THEN:  I wore a size 24W and 3X.  NOW:  I wear a 10 or 12 pants and a medium or large shirt.


THEN:  I wore a 10 wide shoes.  NOW:  I wear a 9 1/2 shoes.

THEN:  My ring size was a 10.   NOW:  My ring size is a 6.

THEN:  My kids couldn't fit their arms around me when they hugged me.  NOW:  They can hug all the way around me.

THEN:  I was on blood pressure medicine.  NOW:  I quit taking BP meds 3 months post-op.

THEN:  I hurt.  Everywhere.  My knees, my feet, my hips.  NOW:   I live basically pain free.

THEN:  I had NO energy.  I had to nap everyday.   NOW:  Most days there is no way I could nap. Too much energy!

THEN:  My clothes were worn for comfort only.   NOW:  The hubs may have to add a closet.

THEN:  I drank about 12 of these bad boys a day...........





NOW:  I drink at least 12 of these bad boys a day...........



THEN:  I couldn't tie my own shoes without a struggle.   NOW:  I tie my shoes in the MIDDLE not on the SIDE.

THEN:  Forget clipping your toe nails good.  NOW:  Clip my toe nails?  No problem!

THEN:  Chairs made me cringe.  Booths were even worse.  NOW:   I fit in ANY chair or booth.

THEN:  I knew two food groups:  carbs and more carbs.   NOW:  I am TRYING to eat more whole foods.

THEN:  I couldn't walk to my mailbox without breaking a sweat.   NOW:  5 miles?!  No problem.....is that all?

THEN:  I avoided social situations.  NOW:  I am much better.  Still don't love it....I am a home body...but I try!

THEN:  NEVER had my picture taken.  NOW:  I LOVE the camera.

THEN:  Ate way too much fast food.  Here is the proof:


NOW:  Avoid fast food.  It is what made me fat. 


THEN:  Didn't know a portion size from a shoe size.  NOW:  Eat off a small salad plate.....and am full!

THEN:  Had NO self-esteem.   NOW:  The hubs says I think very highly of myself.  Haha!

THEN:  Never took "ME" time.  NOW:   Turn my phone off until 10 a.m.  That is when I am done working out.

THEN:  Had no self control around food.    NOW:  Food has little power over me unless I have PMS.  :)

THEN:  Was sick all the time.     NOW:  Healthier than I have ever been.

THEN:  High cholesterol.  High triglycerides.    NOW:  Normal on ALL lab tests.

THEN:  Sleep apnea.  NOW:  Sleep like I am dead to the world.

THEN:  Avoided exercise.  NOW:  Crave exercise.

THEN:  Sad about life.  I felt defeated.      NOW:  I feel happy, strong and empowered.          

                       

So many things have changed in a year.  I can not begin to tell you all of them.  It has been an amazing year.  I look forward to beginning my 40's (June 6th to be exact) in better shape than I was in my 30's. 

This week will be full of reflection for me,  as I count the days until my bandiversary.

To those of you who have been following my journey..........thank you!  Without all the blogger support, there is no way I would have been so successful.  It is your comments that keep me going when I feel I can not go further.

To those of you just beginning your journey..............if I can do this, so can you.  I am just your average mommy, wife and friend.  Anything is possible.  Really.  You can do it.

And to my friends and family.........my thanks is not enough.  Without you, I would have never thought I was worth saving.  I love you! 


13 comments:

  1. Awesome post! Great job, you look wonderful and your legs are so super skinny!

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  2. You're awesome! I look up to you and have read your journey from the start. You inspire and I thank you. You are so worth it and your babies will thank you for taking the chance and changing your life and Im sure theirs when you're 90.

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  3. LOVE this! I started out 2012 at 317 (all time high 325) and my goal weight is 170 (I'm 6'0" tall). So our starting weights and your current weight/my goal weight are almost identical! That gives me LOTS of in inspiration and motivation to see where I can be!

    So many of the THEN things I can relate to. Thankfully a few of the NOW things are stuff I can do now too.

    Just recently found your blog. I'll hve to go through your older posts.

    Congratulations!

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  4. Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary and all of your "now" accomplishments! Awesome!

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  5. Wow, what a GREAT post! Congratulations on your success - you should be very proud of yourself (because we're proud of you, too!)

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  6. Great post!! So happy for you and your 1 yr mark. Keep up the great work, look how far you have come.

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  7. I love this post...YOU ARE A ROCK STAR!! You've come a long way, baby, and look at those legs!!! Woot Woot!!! I'm so happy for you!!!

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  8. This is just awesome. YOU are awesome!
    And you are lookin' good girl! DAMN! Hotty Boom Body!! lol.

    Keep up the great work! you inspire us all!

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  9. Congratulations on all of your success. Your hard work is very evident. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  10. GREAT post!!! Congrats on your successes...love the pics, too.

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  11. Your transformation is incredible. So inspiring! I can't believe the changes, not only physical, but mental as well, that you have gone through. Congratulations!! I hope it can be me writing a post like this in a year's time. x

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  12. you look faaaaahbulous! you've come so far, Brenda!!

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  13. LOVE THIS! You look so good! Congratulations on all your hard work paying off!

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