Sixty-Four Pounds

Last week was my three month mark from surgery, and I’m down 64 pounds. The first two months, the weight came off fast – about 25 pounds per month. Last month, only 10.

Many people are under the impression that the weight just “melts off” after you have surgery, but the last month was proof to me that if you’re not measuring and tracking every bite, it slows down dramatically. I have to admit, I’m not measuring and tracking what I eat on a daily basis. I’ve gotten comfortable with what’s on my food list, and I can usually “eyeball” the portion that I should be eating. But since I’m not dropping the pounds as fast, I’m back to measuring.

When I look in the mirror, I can see the progress in my body. I’ve lost 8.5 inches in my waist (from 49 to 40.5), 7 inches off my bust (52 to 45), and 8 inches off my butt/hips (62 to 54). When I look at my sideview, I see that my belly is flatter and less pronounced, my butt is smaller, lower and is less bubbled out, and my back is less flabby. My arms are smaller too, so when I have them at my sides, it doesn’t feel so jiggly.

But when people mention my weight loss, I still get a lot of “Wow, I really see it in your face!”

I went bra shopping last week because my bras all fit wrong. I have so much extra space in the cups and my band size is down 5 inches. I’ve gone from being really tight on the last set of hooks to being baggy on the tightest setting. I had three different people measure me and suggest bras, but I got three different sizes. 25 bras later, I didn’t find one that I loved. Guess that means more bra shopping.

This weekend I’m going out of town again. I have another cousin getting married, so I’m starting the drive to LA on Thursday afternoon. But I’ll be stopping in Las Vegas for the night, and meet up with some of my Bariatric Bad Girls Club friends. It’s the Weigh Loss Surgery Foundation of America meet-up, and I would totally stay the weekend if it didn’t conflict with the wedding.



  1. I’m truly cheering for you, Nicole! Keep on going and leading this healthy beautiful lifestyle!! Love and Hugs!

  2. So proud of the little steps you’ve turned into one big milestone.

  3. Awesome job Nicole, I am jealous!!!

  4. You are so brave! I have the hardest time looking at pics of myself. I’m impressed that you posted the ones you did here. Also, you looked AMAZING in the Stepford Wives party dress. I expect to see it in person…

  5. “…but the last month was proof to me that if you’re not measuring and tracking every bite, it slows down dramatically.”

    Yeah. Unfortunately. I don’t measure any more, but I still keep a log every day, so that I know what I’m up to. It’s too easy for a bite of this and a bite of that to end up meaning 300 or 400 extra calories.

    You’re doing great.

  6. Nice! I’m a Lane Bryant bra girl, but I totally understand not being able to find one that you like! I think you’re almost smaller than me now (not that that’s saying much)! A lot of people say the same thing to me about my face. It’s amazing how dramatically that can change. Sometimes to measure my own progress, I pinch my double chin or my underarms to gauge if I’m shrinking or growing.

    Keep it up, lady! I’m proud of you!

  7. Celeste says:

    You are doing so great! Keep at it! You look amazing !

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