I Can’t Believe I’m Doing This…

I mentioned in my WLS Meet and Greet post how I was insanely inspired by my new friend Denise that I met in Temecula. Let me tell you: Denise has been an AMAZING inspiration and motivation to me in the little time that I have known her. Quick recap? She started her Weight Loss surgery journey at 430 lbs, and has a before photo in her chonies. She has done SUCH a great job of keeping herself focused and motivated, and already lost more than 200 lbs. We are facebook friends, and that girl just keeps me going! Always words of enthusiasm and encouragement from her end. I adore her!

It takes a lot of guts to not only to show those photos to others, but it takes a LOT of courage to face those images yourself.

And so, I have decided to challenge myself. I am officially going to be that brave, and not only take, but POST those photos. I will update them every 30 days, and maybe we will be able to see the progress as it happens.

I have always avoided these types of things. It’s hard to see that number on the scale…and it’s hard to see photos and criticize how big your knees are, how flabby your arms look, how jiggly your thighs are…the list goes on. Sometimes, you just have to take a step back, and focus on the progress, rather than how much is left to be done. With that in mind, I figure if I keep those photos updated, where the world can see them, I can not only inspire others the way Denise inspired me (at least, I HOPE I can), but I can keep myself motivated.

As of today, I have lost 48 lbs. That’s like, two one year-olds. CRAZY!

I don’t know about you, but I think that’s quite the 11 week post-0p accomplishment! πŸ™‚ [FYI: I actually took these at 7 or 8 weeks post-op, but I’ve really been struggling with the idea of posting them. But as someone told me the other day: You never know WHO you are inspiring. I’d hate to think that I stopped myself from getting someone else started!]

Here goes nothing……

Front View....

Side View...

Aaaand the Back View....aka "Sondra, your butt is getting smaller!"

Ok. That was kinda painful….but at least it’s only going to get BETTER from here!Β  And hey, at least I wore pants! πŸ™‚

Let me just add really quickly before signing off that ALL of you have been an amazing source of inspiration, motivation, and enthusiasm. It is truly appreciated and cherished, and I love you all!

‘Til next time!


3 thoughts on “I Can’t Believe I’m Doing This…

    • sondrajo says:

      Cys, it actually wasn’t as painful as I anticipated. I had to be very careful for the first couple of weeks….but I was on the move just a few days after getting home. The worst was a crazy pain in my shoulders after the anesthesia wore off, due to a buildup of gases from all the stuff they pump in you while you’re on the table! My insurance covered the surgery in full, though, which was a tremendous blessing! Most insurances do, if you have a certain BMI or other qualifying health issues. On my resources page, there is a link to a chart with info for different major insurances in the US, if you’re interested! Smartest decision I ever made. Thank you so much for your kind words! πŸ™‚


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