Re-Learning A Routine
After my skin removal surgery in May 2017, I had to slowly ease my way back to my daily routine.
Since over 30 pounds of skin and fat was removed from my body, I was in a lot of pain for the first couple of months. I had to relearn how to walk, stand, and sit. Along with that, I had to re-train myself at the gym since I had a brand new body. I also had to get a whole new wardrobe.
Walking was really hard at first. I walked with my back completely bent over. My stitching was very tight which caused my mobility to be slim to none. It took me over a month for my back to be completely straight again. My spine immediately felt different. Since I had so much weight attached to my body for so long, I had a slouch to my posture, but that was completely gone. I can’t even begin to count how many people told me that I looked taller after I had the skin removed. Sitting also felt different. I didn’t have my love handles touching the sides of my desk chair. Being in a car for the first time also felt very strange. Wearing a seat belt finally felt comfortable without sucking in my gut or without the belt getting lost in my fat.
When you’re obese, you're used to clothes sticking either too tight or too loose to your skin. I always wore loose-fitting clothing to hide how big I really was. Wearing man Spanx also really helped. Throughout my weight loss journey, I had changed my style and my wardrobe more times than I can count. In the past 3 years, I’ve spent a lot of money on new clothes because of how much my body changed on a month-to-month basis. Now that I’m done losing weight, I’m able to wear more fitted clothing, athletic wear, such as Under Armour. I’m now able to fit into a pair of jeans and a suit/tux without being uncomfortable or self-conscious.
Retraining my body in the gym was difficult. I basically had to restart from the beginning because I was now sculpting a whole new slimmer body that I wasn't used to. I had to take things slow for the first couple of months. Once Fall 2017 came, I fully invested in the gym again. Although cardio is part of my daily routine, there’s something about weightlifting that gets my adrenaline going. Nothing makes me happier than being sore the next day. Weird, right? Being sore means that you worked your butt off during that workout.
My body has gone through a lot of physical changes in just under 4 years and I’m proud of myself for that. Losing weight is something that I needed to do and something that I wanted to do. I’ve learned to put myself first before anyone else. At the end of the day, my happiness and my health is what matters the most to me. Many things in life aren’t equal, but everyone gets the same 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We make time for what we truly want.