Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. ~Philippians 4:8~

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Celebrating One Year Since Surgery

Tuesday was the one year year anniversary of my bariatric surgery. I was feeling a little adventurous, and wanted to 'commemorate' the date by doing a mini makeover. So off I went to the beauty salon for a change of hair color. I'm still not used to the drastic change, so I'm thinking I should have done this gradually. What was I thinking? Anyway, it's done, no turning back. I mean I can change it, but I am not crazy about the idea of exposing my skin to all those chemicals again so soon after the double color process I underwent. I was told I should wait before changing it again. So here's the new hair look- oh, but wait, I should probably mention that I also have been celebrating the weight loss. I mean, isn't that what this whole journey has been about? So far I've lost 119 lbs! I am still not at my target weight, in fact, I have about 30 more pounds to go, and it's going slow. But slow is good. I'm in no hurry. I just know that it has been worth it- every moment of angst and discomfort was worth this newly found feeling that I'm going to be alright.  The Lord has been good to me and has seen me through the long days of before and after.


And just to illustrate the changes I've gone through, here are just a couple of before









and after pics:



The before photos were taken on August 12, 2010, just 4 days before the surgery. The after photos were taken I believe back in May or June of this year. I've since lost just a little bit more weight. I had hoped to have reached my target goal, which is why I hadn't shared any photos before here on this chronicle. But it's all good. And now for the hair color photos:





Quite a drastic change I daresay. It's taking me some time to get used to that haircolor. I will likely be changing it up again. I'm thinking maybe red haircolor? Oh, I'm having fun with this aren't I?

All right, I know I sound trivial and light hearted, yet perhaps in the next post I can share more 'serious' things about this journey. I didn't embark on it for my looks. I didn't set out with the thought that I wanted to do a makeover or change my image. NOT AT ALL. A million thoughts have gone through my mind in the past year, and I'm hoping to be able to share what it has all meant to me. Life can be tough. But we have to look around us for strength and inspiration to get through those hard spots. The best advise I can give myself or anyone: just trust in the Lord with all your heart.

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