WEEK 5: Cleaning out the Closet and Drawers
I can’t believe it’s been 5 weeks since Kevin’s gastric bypass surgery. Since March Kevin has lost an amazing 60 lbs. When he weighed in for his first appointment in February his weight was the highest it had ever been, at 283 lbs. He was dangerously approaching 300 lbs. His health was failing and he was tired all the time. I think he was tired because he was frustrated that he was gaining weight and had been unsuccessful losing and maintaining the weight. But he is a different person now weighing in this week at 220 lbs. We laughed together when he said, “I haven’t weighed 220 since I was in my 30’s.” Wow, that’s 20 years ago! His lowest weight since then has been about 240-250. Every day he hops on the scale he loses more. It’s definitely melting away. And this week as we were out on one of our runs he couldn’t fasten his shorts tight enough and they began to fall down! I said, “It’s time to buy new clothes.”Since he works from home and wears mostly shorts and tee-shirts all day we decided to stop at Sports authority (which by the way is going out of business). All of their clothes were 20% off this week. We decided to take advantage of this sale. Needless to say we spent about $500 on new clothes, shoes, and other sports gear. We spent most of the day in the store. For those that know me, I hate shopping! But I had a ball watching him buy his new clothes. He was so excited about his new size; he was like a kid getting a whole new wardrobe. His pant size went from an XXL or XL to a Large! When he got home he didn’t realize he could have actually fit into a medium! But the large fit him perfect.
When we arrived home with all our buys of the day he cleaned out his drawers and closet. He had some clothes that he couldn’t fit in before and came out modeling his new look. He was so excited when he came out with his old Air Force field jacket and he could zip it up! He hadn’t attempted to put that on in almost 28 years! Amazing. He was beaming from ear to ear and had it on for at least an hour. When it was all said and done he had an overflowing box filled of clothes. This morning he went to the Goodwill and donated all his clothes that no longer fit. (he did come home with two used pair of pants size 40; in case he needs to go out in public)
This journey to wellness has been exciting. It’s also been a lot of hard work. I too have switched my diet to a high protein/low carb diet. As of today I have lost 10 lbs. I have another 5-7 to go to reach my goal. I know I will reach my goal. Kevin has 40 lbs. more until he reaches his ultimate goal, and from there it’s all about maintain. It will awesome to see him reach that goal. He has never been below 185 in his adult life. Who knows his he may be fitting into a medium yet! With proper diet and consistent exercise, you too can be on the road to wellness.