Weight Loss Journey update~ Month 10

Hi Friends,

Today marks 10 months since I started my Weight loss journey.

For those of you who don’t know I started a pre-op diet May 10th 2015. I had a gastric sleeve surgery June 10. 2015 ….so this is the journey.

I started at 275 pounds.

I now weigh 171. Yes. That is 104 pounds of weight loss!! However , for those of you following you know that I have not lost very much weight in the last month. 🙁

I started out in a size 22 jeans. I now wear a size 12. Hoping I can get into a size 10….by the next update….maybe that won’t happen?

I could beat myself up. There is no excuse for my lack of loss other than bad habits that crept in. I still find victory in the fact that I have not gained weight. I have maintained..pretty much. 2 pounds is 2 pounds, I guess.

So I cannot go into details…but I have had some major things happen this month that have my routine shook up. They have kept me from eating at home most days this month and truth be known the numbing behaviors of eating crap have surfaced. I was doing so well, for so long and this month I have been thrown for a loop. I don’t handle certain things very well…..and well….all I can say is that I have really felt sluggish, tired, depressed ect being on this diet plan. So a few days ago I started a cleanse and I am getting back on track. I am convinced that the only reason I have not gained any weight is because I am still working out and maintaining that part. Not as well as I was..because again…I am not in my normal routine.

I know we all have set backs…and I know we all need to live life and curve balls will happen. But I fear what will happen to my mental health if the scale actually goes up on me. I am so scared of how I will beat myself up for that …that I am not going to let that happen. So here’s to a growth lesson…in life and not on the scale this month. I am also pushing school off for a quarter until this situation, I am currently dealing with subsides.

I do still have some victories.

I made mashed cauliflower for my family and didn’t tell them it wasn’t mashed potatoes……they never knew the difference.

Trust me! that is a victory.

There have been several low carb recipes that I have tried and they have liked them.


Also in December, after my first race, Carl, my son was inspired to start running. He is not a sports guy ….and running seems to come easy to him. So  I was really happy that he could find something to get him in better shape.

Well this week Rob also started Couch To 5K (C25K). I am very excited about that because Rob needs to get in shape. He is only a bit over weight….which doesn’t bother me in the least. But Rob has a ton of health issues. I really think if he gets in shape and starts eating better he will feel better. So we shall see how this all works out. I know he likes bike riding….so I suspect we will get new bikes this year and start riding bikes again as well. So I am an agent of change in this house. We are eating better and working out more. I feel good about that.

I have been spending a lot of time out of town in the big city and have some free time sometimes. So I did go to Victoria’s Secret to be fitted and sized.

I will have to say that in all actuality I have never been sized & fitted because I just bought & wore the cheapest bras that I could find and that fit halfway decent. There are some things that I have neglected with myself and that is one of them. I figured that since I don’t have any nice fitting bras (I only have sports bras) that I would go get fitted. It was a good experience. The gal helped me and I tried all all sorts of bras to find the shape, fit and comfort that felt good to me. I have gone down 2 cup sizes and several inches. So it was time. Even if I lose the last 25 pounds, that I am aiming to lose, I think I can easily adjust and figure things out. But as all of us,ladies know…a well fitting bra is a life saver. I want a bra that I can’t feel and holds the girls up to where they are supposed to be 🙂

I think every woman should have a proper fitting.

So that is the best I have for this month. I promise you…but mostly to myself that I will be in the 160’s on the 10 of next month. It’s my goal.

I hope you all have a great day and that you start claiming your health. It’s worth it!

Blessings to all of you,





15 thoughts on “Weight Loss Journey update~ Month 10

  1. You are doing great! Life is full of up and downs so keep up your most beautiful positive attitude and you will hit your goals!,

  2. Charisma, You are an amazing testimony for strength, will power, stamina and of course, the ability to stay the course with you Lord’s help. Few do anything this hard without leaning into His arms. I know you are finding Him in your weak moments and He is giving you what you need to press on. Keep it up girl, you will NEVER be sorry for this lifestyle change. At 62 I can attest to the length of life, everyone says it is short, but it is really long when you are unhealthy and unhappy. It is joyous and exhilerating when you are on track, energetic and at your optimum health. This struggle will become your new habits and be easier with time. I greatly admire the way you have gone the journey alone with determination! You rewards will be great. You are changing the legacy of your family too. Yahoo for you. Prayers for you! Jill T.

  3. Dear Charisma — you are like a second daughter to me. Hang in there and know that YOU ARE OK!! Bad times come and we get thru them. I am so proud of you and your family — you are an example to so many. God bless you and know that YOU are fantastic! xoxo

  4. cCharisma, you are awesome!! I am so inspired by your story as I am sure many others are. And now, your family is also inspired. With God’s help, we all make it through the hard times and I am sure you will also. Prayers for you for continued success!

  5. Thanks for the update, I wondered how you were doing. 104lbs is an amazing loss in just ten months. C, if the scale goes up, please don’t beat yourself up, there is bound to be sometimes when you have a gain now and then. As you said, just like in life there are bound to be ups and downs.
    I had my surgery on February 18(3 weeks ago today) and I’ve lost 18lbs so far! I still have a very long way to go, but I’m grateful to you for giving me the courage to do what I knew was best for ME and move forward with the surgery. Thank you!!

  6. Charisma, we are on the same journey in so many ways. Hugs to you for sharing your ups and downs with us. You inspire me on my journey to better health. Thank You !

  7. Hello Dear One,
    You are doing so well ,
    Please do not beat yourself up. We are here for you, all you need to do is yell. I can listen and send a ton of hugs your way.
    Take care and remember to smile and have a giggle every day. Love you Dear, Pat

  8. You are such a talented, all together Lady. I am so grateful you have such Faith in God. He will help you through every trial. Congratulation on the Weight Loss and Exercise. What a great example to me. Kathleen

  9. Ditto to all the wonderful comments above from your many friends! You are indeed an inspiration to all of us. I admire your perseverence, your courage, your stay-with-it attitude and your ability to hang in there when the going gets tough….and “tough times” happen once in a while. Congrats to you for all the progress you have made…..losing weight, changing a lifetime of habits to new beginnings. and meeting the challenges right on! My admiration exceeds all bounds….

  10. Charisma, I think 104 is amazing. Don’t beat yourself up because of a lull in the battle! Keep up the healty work!

  11. Hang in there, girl. I have dieted my whole life and my Mom who is going to be 99 in June still diets. It isn’t easy!!! It is just before some of us all the time. YOu are doing great and you will continue to lose. You want it so bad. God bless your wonderful story and you and your family.

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