This morning I weighed in at 149.8 pounds. Into the 140s at last! This puts my total weight loss since surgery at 107.2 pounds. In just a couple more pounds I will hit 147 and a BMI of 26, which I was told is the average BMI at which patients of the duodenal switch end up.
I have noticed that my weight loss seems to be decelerating, as evidenced by this graph from my SparkPeople account:
My weight goal in SparkPeople is set at 125, to be reached on August 28, 2012. The yellow line shows what it would have looked like if I’d had consistent weight loss since my surgery to get to that goal. As you can see on the blue line of actual weigh-ins, right after surgery there was a huge weight drop, and then for awhile my weights went along roughly parallel to the yellow goal line. Now, though, they seem to be drawing steadily closer to it, indicating a slower rate of weight loss.
I don’t know if I’ll actually reach 125; this was an arbitrary goal I put in based on the mid-range of what is considered a healthy BMI for my height. And I don’t know if I’ll end up at 147, which is where I would stay if I was exactly average. I’d love to get below 141, which would push me out of “overweight” and into “normal weight” territory, but I just don’t know what’s going to happen.
I already look and feel so good that it seems like I should be almost done with my weight loss. But this process can take up to two years, and I’m only just shy of eight months out from surgery. I’m not even halfway there yet, so it won’t do to get impatient. I may yet have more weight to lose; it just might take longer than it has up until now. Based on the rate of deceleration, I should be prepared for the possibility that my actual weight loss line will cross my goal line–that I won’t reach 125 by August 28, if I reach it at all. This should not be discouraging, because the goal was arbitrary; I put it in purely for the sake of analysis, not as something I was actually striving for.
And so I am leaving my final weight in the hands of fate. I’ll do what I can do be healthy by eating right and exercising, and then I’ll see where I’ve ended up on September 25, 2013.