Monday, December 30, 2013

11 Days Post-Surgery

11 days since surgery...where is the time going? After this entry, I probably wait until Day 14, then Day 21, and once a week unless something else is going on (e.g. braces on).

I feel like my progress has essentially stopped since about Boxing Day. My facial numbness hasn't changed, swelling seems to have levelled off, bruising is slowly fading, pain is about the same.

The majority of my pain now is the incision line, holy crap. Either the left or the right side is always stinging. Last night I made the mistake of being careless while I put on a hoodie and my incision hurt the rest of the night.

I'm able to go without pain killers now, especially since they don't do anything for the incision anyway.

I've also been able to eat soft foods, although I'm still pretty limited. I've eaten an entire thing of ice cream in the past few days, yum. My weight has gone back up to what it was pre-surgery and my energy levels are pretty good.

I am a little frustrated that progress feels like it's at a standstill. I guess I got used to seeing big differences from day to day, but obviously things never stay at that pace. I'm okay with the facial numbness, but I really want the incision stinging to go away. Part of the problem is that my nose is constantly runny and it's right under my nostil where the incision is, so it's always being rubbed (albeit very very lightly). When your face stings, it makes you feel miserable.

I do feel some progress with my facial muscles, it's getting easier to smile. Laughing still hurts, though. We had some people over the other night for the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl and I needed to take 3 Tylenol 3s because I laughed WAY too much and my incision was killing me! I felt extra swollen the next morning. Stupid funny friends! :-)

Looking more or less normal except for a little bit of swelling and some light bruising (not covered in makeup here)

I don't get why I look so porky from this angle, I'm starting to think it's a combination of where I store fat (my chin) and the swelling making me look bad. Bye bye jawline. I realize I've been taking photos in terrible lighting, it does make the bruising harder to see.

8 turns done, 9 turns left to go

Smile looking less pathetic...happy to show off my new Michigan pullover

Before (left) and after (right) 8 turns.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

9 Days Post Surgery Video

Long and probably boring unless you're particularly interested in SARPE. I tried to make the video more educational for future/current SARPE patients. I also talk about how I feel about the surgery in general if you're on the fence about going through with it.

9 Days Post-Surgery

The subtitle of this post should be In Pain and Tired of it!

The last few days, I've been in more pain than before, and it's pretty annoying. I've been taking it pretty easy the last few days: no driving, mostly just sitting on the couch all day. Granted I did spend 2 hours tidying up Anthony's house yesterday but it was nothing too vigorous.

Lately, I can feel the incision along my upper gum line and it feels irritated quite frequently, mostly on the left (less numb) side of my face. It feels like I have a canker sore that is always throbbing. Although laughing and smiling bothers it, yesterday I spent the day alone (i.e. no laughing at Anthony's antics) and it still ached. I read a blogger say their surgeon told them the incision can get irritated from the fact their jaw is widening while the wound is trying to heal.

My right lower eyelid has been stinging for about a day, too. My upper cheek bones are still numb and very sensitive to touch. Today we went out to TJ Maxx (our second home) and my nose felt like it was in a vice. I think it was my sinuses.

On top of all this, I tripped on the basement stairs yesterday and involuntarily clenched my jaw as I went down. There was a cracking sound and the back right side of my jaw was immediately sore, and still is a day later. Ugh. There was no extra pain when Anthony turned the key today so I don't think I did any actual damage.

To make all of this worse, I only have one Percocet left. I have my Tylenol 3s but as I mentioned before, they don't do anything for me. I took 2 about an hour ago and it had zero effect on me. Seriously. I'm not even drowsy, just continuing to be in pain.

Oh actually, on top of ALL of this, Mother Nature is reminding me that I failed to conceive a baby this month, too. Thaaaaaanks, Mother Nature. Although I have to say, I am impressed my body let go of 8lbs while simultaneously retaining water.

Speaking of my weight, it has not fluctuated at all in the past 3 days. It's been the exact same number, down to the decimal. If Anthony wasn't also weighing himself lately, I'd think the scale was broken.

I guess I'll quit my whining and do the usual photos. I've noticed that I can tell in my photo if I'm having a good pain day or not. I don't know if it's evident to other people, but I think I look worse when I'm having a bad day.

Very little swelling left from this view...and I must say, it's taxing holding my mouth closed like in the photo.

Still looking porky from the side. The bruising covers up easily with makeup, as seen in this photo.

The gap is getting big!
Here's a fun gif I made, starting with the day before surgery, up to today. 
Sorry, I should have put captions on each photo so you could see what day each one is. Also, I think it's hilarious how awful the day of and day after surgery photos are. Other bloggers have said what I'm about to say: I looked a lot worse than I actually felt.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

7 Days Post-Surgery

Wow, has it really been a week? It's been a blur of sleeping, popping pills, sleeping, drooling, popping more pills, choking on everything I put in my mouth, sleeping, and then popping more pills.

I'm pretty sure I'm insane for undergoing this during Christmas. But alas, Christmas is now behind us and I can take it easier than I have been. It's also (mostly) the end of staring longingly at food I can't eat.

For this entry, I wanted to mention things about recovery pains that I haven't mentioned yet. I'm hoping future SARPE patients will read this, and I'd like to be thorough. It'll probably be boring for everyone else, sorry!

For starters, being in a car is just awful. I don't know if it's the angle I'm sitting at or the vibration from driving, but I can never find a comfortable angle to relax.

Secondly, my sinuses are really the main thing that hurts now. I've never had a sinus infection so maybe this isn't actually sinus pain, but I think it is. Right below my lower eyelids is so sensitive. My lower eyelids are really sensitive, too. Washing my face and removing makeup is a huge chore. I can't rub my eyes too hard because it hurts my face so badly.

Weirdly, the left side of my face is now less numb than the right side. I'm not sure if it has to do with how I sleep or what, but I hope it balances out soon.

Another weird thing is that my eyes have felt dry since surgery. I think it's because my lower eyelids are mostly numb so perhaps when I blink, my eyes aren't closing normally.

Walking and talking are pretty tiring, too. When I walk, my front teeth feel like they absorb my weight with every step. When I talk and I pronounce words that force my lips to close (m, p, f, b sounds), it also hurts my front teeth. Sometimes I try really hard to talk normally and it ends up causing sharp pain in my front teeth.

Also, the dreaded "w" word: weight. I wanted to be really careful I didn't lose too much weight from all this. That has not happened. My appetite is basically gone and you can only drink so many meal shakes in a day. Eating mushy food is still a pain in the butt because I'm still choking on everything and I'm still not used to the RPE appliance in my mouth (honestly, I hate that thing). I've dropped 8lbs since the RPE was installed last Tuesday. I'm probably going to end up losing more. I had to buy new jeans today because everything I own is too big now. That was happening due to my intentional weight loss pre-surgery but now my jeans fresh out of the dryer are too big. I know it's weird I'm complaining about it but it kind of freaks me out. I don't like unhealthy weight loss.

But anyway, now here's the good stuff:

7 days post-surgery

Still a bit swollen, the bruising is really taking its time fading (I am wearing makeup in this photo)

Gap after 4 turns (plus some during surgery?)

The lack of normal eating is starting to get to me, I have to admit. I didn't think it would but man, what I wouldn't give for a greasy slice of pizza right now.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

5 Days Post-Surgery

It's already been 5 days since my surgery, and it's one day until Christmas!

The last few days have been somewhat eventful.

On Sunday, Anthony and I came back to Sarnia as the dad's side of my family went out for dinner. I'm not sure if it's the surgery or the meds but my ears are very sensitive to noise. The noise in the restaurant was almost too much to handle. I was able to eat the clam chowder I ordered. It was delicious and so good to eat something normal adults eat. I was even able to chew it a little bit, although chewing feels very weird.

On Monday (yesterday), I had an appointment with my orthodontist. They showed me how to turn the key for the RPE. It felt very weird and uncomfortable. I swore I felt blood trickle down my throat from my nose, but the assistant seemed to shrug me off. I later had bleeding from my nose (first time since surgery) so I think I was right. They want to see me back in 2 weeks. My gap will be approximately 1cm by then!

Right after that we had to drive to London to see my surgeon. He told me I'm actually ahead of schedule as far as healing, and I can do more than most people can at this stage. That made me really happy although you couldn't tell because I can't smile! I have to go back to London in 6 months to see how things are going.

In comparing myself to SARPE blogs people have written, I do feel like I'm doing really well. I can move my lips/face more (this is what the surgeon pointed out), I've only bled from my nose once, and my swelling isn't too bad. I think I'm also eating more and getting up to do more moving around. My surgeon was surprised that I already have tingling in my face because that usually comes later. I've had tingling since the day after surgery so I am very happy that my nerves are bouncing back so fast.

I do get really tired out from being out of bed, walking and talking, etc. Talking and swallowing tire me out the most as the pain tends to overcome the Percocet.

I have to say, the idea of turning the key in the RPE has me pretty nervous. I've heard all sorts of stories about it hurting, although those who got the surgery to go with it (like me) say it only feels weird. So far, "weird" has been my experience. It makes sense, since my jaw is loosened up and all. It's just kind of a barbaric thing to do to yourself. If I haven't really explained, the appliance in my mouth widens my palate .025mm every time I turn the key in it. Younger kids are able to get the RPE appliance without surgery but as you age, your skull bones get fused into place, requiring surgery to loosen them.

Here's some photos from today. Sorry for the greasy hair. I have oily hair as it is and the lack of showering daily is terrible. I'm about to rectify the issue with a nice hot bath.

5 days post-surgery, holding the RPE key

Side view, still looking pretty swollen from this angle

The gap, after 2 turns of the key (possibly some during surgery?)

Smile progression...I can actually sort of smile today.
I would like to take this moment to brag about the fact I turned the key in the RPE on my own, on my first try. I keep hearing about how hard it is to do it yourself, how you "need" someone to do it for you. A desk lamp, a mirror, and some determination go a long way, my friends.
Oh and Merry Christmas to everyone! I hope your Christmas is joyous and relaxing.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

3 Day Post-Surgery Video

Not a long video...mostly just to show you all my ability (or lack thereof) to talk.

3 Days Post-Surgery

It's 72 hours after my surgery. I'm actually feeling worse today than I did yesterday, probably because I mostly slept horizontally last night. My butt hurts SO much from sitting in the same upright position 24/7 that I just couldn't bare to sleep on it last night. I put 2 pillows down on my bed and slept on that. Not horrible, but not ideal. My nose is now very congested.

Worst of all, I feel the most "out of it" I have since I was literally knocked out for surgery. I'm tired and feel like I'm asleep even though I'm awake. I guess it's just the effects of the Percocet since it is a "high" feeling but I've been trying to wean myself off them slightly as I'm scared to get addicted. 

Today is my and Anthony's 4th anniversary. I'm currently in his spare room that he set up for me, and he's out shopping for last-minute Christmas gifts. There's supposedly a vanilla McDonalds milkshake on its way to me. I haven't had one in months so it'll be a big treat. Later tonight we're going back to Sarnia as my dad's side is doing Christmas stuff. 

Here's what I look like so far today.

Is it just me or the swelling going down a bit? I didn't crop my shirt out; as you can see, I'm drooling all over it.

Still have a double chin. Lymph nodes are less sore today.

My hair is looking progressively worse! Anthony is going to help me wash it later today since we'll be going to a restaurant with my family.

Yesterday I ate quite a bit as I was so hungry. I had a large thing of baby food, chicken broth, an Atkins shake, a root beer, and a pudding. I had most of that right after another and my mouth hurt so badly after, that I had to take more Percocet and I was pretty much done for the night after that.

I quickly looked at some SARPE blogs before writing this and it seems like the people who chose to do video blogs are way more capable of talking than I am. I'm still barely coherent. One girl sounded just fine a day after surgery! I do think I've had less bleeding than others. Other than right after surgery, I haven't had any bleeding. There's some blood around the incision when I wake up, but my nose hasn't bled at all which is a normal part of SARPE surgery. I think I have less pain, too. I'm just uncomfortable more than anything, and the congestion in my nose is frustrating.

I've been checking my weight regularly and I'm pretty consistent which is good. The morning of surgery, I was 126lbs, down 4lbs from my normal. Likely due to the fasting and not being able to eat solids (because of the appliance). The morning after surgery I was back up to 130. Yesterday and today I've been 127-128. Even though I was working on losing weight prior to surgery, I'm careful to get my calories in as I want to be as healthy possible. My main objective is always to be healthy.

I've been really appreciative of how supportive everyone is, so thank you! I didn't expect so many people to comment here or on my Facebook. It really makes me feel cared about which is so nice. I have some great people in my life.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

2 Days Post-Surgery

So my SARPE surgery and (2) wisdom teeth extraction was a little over 48 hours ago.

My mom drove me to London on Thursday morning and we got to the hospital right on time. I thought there was going to be a lot of sitting around but no sooner was I assigned a bed and a gown, they told me I'd been called to the OR! I got a little nervous at that point!

I ended up lying in a bed just outside the OR for over an hour. Not sure if it's standard to wait so long after being called to the OR, but it gave me time to catch my bearings considering all of this happened so quickly! Different people came out to talk to me. I think I confirmed my name, birthday, and allergies 100 times before surgery.

Finally they wheeled me in and hooked me up to the anesthesia. Next thing I knew, I was waking up while being wheeled into another hallway. I asked, "Am I done?" and they confirmed I was. For the first few hours, I felt pretty good. But then the drugs wore off.

We had a bit of an ordeal when it came to the narcotic they prescribed me. My mom came back up from the pharmacy and told me my prescription was for Tylenol 3. I've been prescribed T3s a few times and they've never done much for me (neither codeine nor acetaminophen do). My surgeon ended up having to come back in from home to write me something else (Percocet). He and the nurses were a little ticked with me, and were actually arguing with me that I should have known better and told them Tylenol 3 doesn't work for me. This was pretty upsetting being that I was in so much pain. Try crying when you can't move your face, not fun!

So my surgery finished around 2:15pm and I didn't go home until almost 7pm. I probably would have been discharged sooner had I not been in so much pain and had to wait for the surgeon to come back.

Anyway, I've been sleeping pretty well, sitting up. The percocet makes me sleepy which is nice. I did a good job of preparing everything beforehand so I've been comfortable. I'm at Anthony's now which is good because it helps with the boredom. I could probably write a novel about the whole thing but I won't.

Here's the damage!

The day before surgery and the day after.

2-days post SARPE. Everything from my lower eyelids to my upper lip is swollen and numb so I can't make any facial expressions or move my jaw too much. I think sleeping sitting up and icing regularly is really helping the swelling.

So swollen I have a double chin. Something I didn't expect is that my lymph nodes are super sore!

The gap has started!! My front teeth feel very weird today. I don't start turning the key in the RPE until next week (I think) so it's weird I already have a little gap.

I have a little bit of bruising in my cheeks and strangely, around my ears. My ears have a yellowish tint. I'm sure the numbness in my face will last awhile, and it tingles frequently. My face often feels itchy but when I try to scratch, there's no sensation. 

In general the pain is not too bad, my face is mostly just frozen in place which is uncomfortable. The only pain I really have is when I try to swallow and my neck isn't at the right angle. My palate cracks and it's the most unsettling feeling. Also, I've been lying on my ass since Thursday morning and it really hurts. I have to stand up regularly and give my butt a rest!

I didn't really have any expectations for what recovery from SARPE would be like. I think I'm in less pain than imagined, on weaker drugs, and more lucid than I figured. I am so excited to be able to eat real food again, whenever that will be. Steak seems like a distant dream.

Oh...this popped up on my Twitter feed today and I feel like it describes my current life perfectly:

Give her this, then this, and then these...

This is what I have to take daily:
2 Percocets every 4 hours
400mg Ibuprofen every few hours (whenever I remember)
Decongestant, twice a day
Penicillin, 3 times a day
Ex-Lax, twice a day (not helping at all, TMI)
Stool softener, twice a day (see above note)
Periogard rinse, twice a day
Sleep aid, once a day, before bed

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

RPE Appliance Day One + Pre-Surgery Photos

Today I had the RPE (rapid palatal expander) appliance put in. The whole ordeal of getting this was not fun, for me or for the orthodontist and assistants. They had a hard time putting the elastic spacers in, they had an even harder time fitting the temporary metal bands, and I thought I was going to break my teeth getting the appliance put in. All of the assistants who were involved made jokes that my mouth was a challenge.

Getting the appliance put on was actually pretty quick, but not painless. They did a few dry runs trying it on before cementing it in. My teeth have been so sore that it was really annoying every time they said they were going to try it again. They'd have me bite down on a tool to help push the metal bands around my teeth. Keep in mind I haven't been able to chew anything, let alone bite down as hard as I can on a friggin' metal tool. When they test-tried it on for the last time, I joked, "I don't need the cement, let's just leave it how it is. It ain't coming off if it's that hard to put on, right?" I think they felt a bit bad for me.

But hey, it's on now. I'll admit I'm not thrilled about it. It fits lower in my mouth than I thought it would, and it's far more obtrusive than I thought it would be. I can barely swallow or talk, which is causing me anxiety and panicky feelings. I'm allowed to eat now but I probably will just stick to a protein shake before I head off to curling.

We had a potluck at work today (pre-appointment) and originally I thought I was going to be able to eat whatever I want. Not so with the elastic spacer pain! Fortunately we had a few mushy things so I filled up on hashbrown casserole, beans, and the best clam chowder I've ever had. My coworker's dog and I were both making sad puppy dog faces at the pulled pork and other delicious-looking (but crunchier) food.

Right now my mouth actually hurts less than it did with the elastics, which is surprising. This is going to take some getting used to, though. When my mouth is closed, my tongue is right against the RPE, causing me to produce a lot of saliva. You can't really tell in the photos below, but the RPE is barely higher than my teeth. There's very limited real estate in my mouth now, I have no idea how I'm going to eat. Fortunately, I don't really need to try as I get surgery in two days anyway. I just need to get through the rest of today and Wednesday. We're also having a potluck at curling but I'll have to settle for smells.

Here's the damage. I hate taking selfies but I guess I'll have to get used to it in order to see and show my progress.

The roof of my mouth for the next 4-6 months. The blue is the glue/cement and will hopefully chip off a bit.

Metal mouth side view

The elastic spacers (wore them 5 days to make room for the metal bands)

And now, pre-surgery/palate widening face and smile:
Bye bye narrow palate!

Pre-surgery face

Okay, THIS is my last entry pre-surgery unless something dramatic happens in the next 24 hours (gosh I hope not).

(P.S. I apologize for the long-windedness of my entries as of late. I'm trying to be thorough not just for my own sake, but for anyone reading who is interested in the process. I'm not trying to appeal to everybody; otherwise I'd shorten the entries. If you don't like it, feel free to look at the pictures instead!)

Monday, December 16, 2013

Preparing for Surgery

Greetings, friends. Did you know the final countdown until Christmas is on? Only 9 days left! It's also only 3 days left until my SARPE surgery.

Trying to prepare for surgery is a big task, as is preparing for Christmas. I get to experience the joy of planning for both at the same time. To say I'm not a little stressed would be a lie.

I'd been more or less procrastinating about buying Christmas presents, but I was able to finish that up this weekend and today. I just need to wrap everything and I'll be ready to go. Unfortunately I won't be able to start and/or finish the sewing projects I had on the go for Christmas gifts. The main thing will have to wait, and the other stuff can wait until next Christmas. And you know what? I don't feel bad about that. I always "should" myself too much and take on too many projects. It's not worth it.

The bigger task has been preparing for the days after surgery. I've spent over $100 buying stuff to prepare myself. Meal replacement shakes, various medications (extra strength Advil, extra strength Tylenol, Gravol, etc), dark towels I can bleed onto, soft foods. It's a lot of work preparing yourself to be incapacitated and unable to chew.

Preparatory shopping spree #1...the egg nog is Anthony's... ew!

Fortunately, my loving boyfriend has agreed to pick me up and drive me back to Ann Arbor so he can take care of me. I think it'll work a lot better than fending for myself in my/my dad's apartment. When I had my toenail surgically removed last year, my dad really wasn't much help. I know I'm going to need some help in the days right after surgery so it'll be best if I can have someone reliable to help me out. Also, my boyfriend has a great satellite TV package. He suspects I'm just using him for his TV...he might be right (just kidding).

I realized I kind of confused everyone with my last post. I had a few people wish me luck for surgery last week, thinking I meant I was getting it last Thursday. Last Thursday I had the elastic spacers put in my teeth to prepare for the RPE appliance. It's a metal bar that will be installed tomorrow. Unfortunately, I had no time to prepare for the fact that my days of chewing hard food were over (for awhile) on Thursday. My teeth hurt so much with just the elastics that I'm unable to chew even soft foods. The pain wasn't too bad on the weekend so I went all out, eating junk I haven't had in months. My final steak for awhile was a bacon-wrapped filet. Good way to go out, I must say.

Last post I said I was 95% excited, 5% nervous. Right now I'm 95% excited, 4% stressed, 1% nervous.

When I post next, it'll probably be from my bed, post-surgery! Hopefully my post will be coherent, and not just a drug-induced haze of curse words.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Oral Surgeries Consultation + Andi Day One

So today was a pretty big day, for both Andi and I. Again, sorry for the length.

Andi hasn't had time to write lately, but she decided to go with Dr. M (the last ortho we saw) and today was the day she got her braces put on. While I was waiting for the oral surgeon to arrive, she sent me this photo:

I'm hoping she'll do an entry about the process and how things are going!

Since I can't comment too much about her stuff, I'll focus back onto me. I drove to London today to see an oral surgeon. I was incredibly lucky to get in before 2014 since this was their last appointment until the end of January. Their other practice didn't have openings until March.

The oral surgeon (Dr. L) was really personable. As it turns out, he grew up less than a mile from where I grew up. He even used to work in the same building that I work in now. He made everything really easy to understand, and was interested in knowing what I want to see improved. For a guy who's been a doctor for a long time, there was no lack of great "bedside" manner.

My deformities...where's my nose?

We talked and looked at drawings, photographs, moulds, and x-rays of my mouth and teeth. As it turns out, I have several problems, more than any of the orthodontists and dentists knew about. The whole process is much more complicated. All in all, I require FIVE different procedures, and two visits to the OR.

1. SARPE (surgically assisted rapid palatal expansion): My orthodontist (I also chose Dr. M) will be putting a metal device in my mouth on Monday. Then next Thursday, Dr. L will loosen my upper jaw so my upper arch will be widened.

2. While I'm under for the SARPE, he'll be removing my 2 remaining wisdom teeth.

A few months of wearing the RPE appliance and I'll get braces put on. Then, sometime in 2015 or 2016:

3. Dr. L will cut out a piece of both my upper and (4.) lower jaw and put plates and screws in to properly align things.

5. Dr. L will then make an incision in my chin plate and move it forward. I had no idea this would be part of the surgery and it kind of freaks me out.

By some stroke of luck, they had a surgery opening for next Thursday. They called my orthodontist and asked if they had time to put the RPE appliance in my mouth before then and initially they said no. I was then looking at an appointment for the end of April! I was disappointed but understood, of course. So while the receptionist and I were discussing April, my orthodontist called back and said to book me for next week and they'll make it work. Even the receptionist was excited for me, haha. +10000 points for Dr. M. for that.

My phone, always the wise guy, played this song on shuffle when I left the appointment.

I feel a little bit overwhelmed at how quickly this is happening, but overall I'm very grateful I don't have to wait until the end of April. Can you imagine if I hadn't gotten to see Dr. L for this consultation until late January or even March? My surgery would probably then be booked for late spring, early summer, and then I wouldn't get braces on until fall, likely! Now I'll be able to get braces in the spring.

After I left the appointment, I had to make several phone calls and fortunately next Thursday is going to work beautifully. I'll be off work the week of Christmas which is convenient since I had only planned to work Mon/Tues anyway. I'll only miss one hockey game, and nothing else since everything breaks for Christmas anyway. I'll still be able to attend and eat at our work potluck this upcoming Tuesday, and I won't be able to pig out on sugary Christmas treats after the 19th.

Being the busy person I am, this does throw a bit of a wrench into plans. Mine and Anthony's 4th anniversary is 3 days after surgery so we won't be able to do our usual dinner. I probably won't be able to really enjoy Christmas dinner either since I have to stick to soft foods. I'm also going to have to break the low carb diet in order to actually get some calories in. On top of all this, it's normal to get post-anesthesia depression, so I may be feeling sad and down during Christmas.

All in all...95% excited, 5% nervous.

Saying goodbye to this crowded, crooked, narrow, crossbite, retrognathic smile forever.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Getting Fit, Progress Update #3

Well, I made it through another month! This month carried its fair share of invitations and opportunities for non-keto friendly meals, but somehow I still managed to lose weight.

I'm even going to post photos!

FYI, I'm doing this a day early since I had a good day (food and exercise wise) yesterday and knew I'd be getting a Starbucks latte today, so I wanted to do my measurements before potential bloating.


Height: 5'5½" December 6 November 7 October 7 September 7Total Lost
Weight 130lbs 135lbs 140lbs148lbs20 lbs*
Bust 33" 34" 35"36"3"
Waist 27.5" 28" 30"31"3.5"
Muffin top 35" 36.5" 38"39"4"
Upper thigh 21.5" 22" 23"24.5"3"
*I started trying to lose weight on August 26, but I didn't start going low carb until September 6.

Today was the first day I measured in at 130lbs, after bouncing between 131 and 132 for the past few weeks. This means I've now made my first big scale-based goal. This also means I'm now in high school weight territory. Can't complain about that.

Spinach and chicken salad

In other words, the sirloin kick is still in full swing. I think it's crossing into addiction land. I knew I had a problem when I bought a $38 4-pack of steak so I could get through a weekend in Sarnia.

  • I have a few articles of clothing I just cannot wear anymore, they're way too big
  • I bought a pair of size 6 (non-stretch!) jeans thinking they'd probably be too small and I could just hang onto them...but they were too big when I got them home.
  • Favourite blouses from Dynamite are starting to get baggy, especially in the stomach region. These are the same blouses I used to have to put double-sided tape in between the buttons around the stomach to keep a flat seam.
  • Met my November goal to work out 9+ times outside of organized sports. All in all, I was active 18 of November's 30 days.

  • Exercise 10 times outside of organized sports
  • Enjoy Christmas and indulge a bit

    I'm starting to see how rude people can be about weight loss. Twice in this past month, people have been pretty critical. The first time, I was asked how much more weight I plan to lose. When I answered, the person snapped at me that it was too much and I look fine now, why would I want to lose anymore weight? I shouldn't have even answered the question because it's nobody's business but mine. Secondly, the number I'd like to get to isn't underweight by any means; it's still within the "normal" range of the BMI.

    The second time, the person told me I didn't need to lose weight in the first place. Thanks? It's reassuring to know that not everybody was looking at me thinking, "Jaime could stand to lose some weight," but I'm not doing this for anyone else but me. Good or bad, other people's opinions don't really matter. I never understand why people make comments like that, especially since it doesn't take into consideration that I was really unhappy at 150lbs.

    Pretty nervous about this so be nice.

    I have a jawline again! Now I see the facial difference people have pointed out. August 4 and today.

    Stomach progression (September/October then second row is November/December)

    Clothes-on comparison (was already down 10lbs in left photo)
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