Weight Loss: 1 Year Later and 120 Pounds Less

by Robyn Wright on January 10, 2014

in Weight Loss

Weight loss 1 year later

Today is the 1 year anniversary of my weight loss journey. The journey is not over by far, but I am very happy with where I am at today. I feel so much better – I can’t even adequately explain in words how much better I feel. This journey for me was all about getting healthier. Had I not done this I think I would have been dead within a couple of years.

Last year I had Hubby take some pictures of me before all of this started. I kept that shirt and pants and had him take photos of me today in them and then more of me today in my newer clothes. Can you tell a difference?

Weight Loss 1 year - front viewWeight Loss - 1 year - side view

Weight loss - 1 year - back view

To date I have lost 120 pounds – that is an entire person! Yikes! Like I said, my journey is not over but every pound along the way counts. Now to share with you some of the common questions I get and some things I have learned over the past year.

  • How did you do it?

    This is the biggest question. I have made no secret that I had a form of weight loss surgery called a vertical sleeve gastrectomy. However, the surgery is not what makes you lose weight honestly. It simple is a tool that kind of forces you to do what everyone needs to do to lose weight – eat smaller amounts and make better food choices. So the official answer to how I lost the weight is really that I eat smaller portions, make better choices, and I exercise and am more physically active all around.

  • Would you have the surgery again?

    This is a tough question. I think, for me, this surgery was necessary. I needed the extra tool to help me. I do not think weight loss surgery (of any kind) is the right answer for everyone though. So yes, I probably would have it again, but I hate that I had to even consider it at all.

  • Non-Scale Victories

    NSV is what these are called – they are victories and accomplishments that go along with the weight loss but that are not focusing on the number of pounds lost. Examples of these include not having to use a seat-belt extender on airplanes, being able to cross my legs, being able to bend over to tie my shoes, walking without instantly being out of breath, and so much more. I’ve been sharing these here on my blog, on Facebook, and Twitter throughout the year.

  • Health Improvements

    I just went to my primary care doctor a couple of weeks ago. All of my blood work (except thyroid) have improved – my cholesterol numbers are a lot better. I have eliminated one of my blood pressure medications altogether and we just lowered the dosage on the other. I am also sick a lot less often these days. My vertigo is not nearly as much of an issue as often also. The doctor was so proud of me – she even hugged me!

  • Tackling Food Issues

    Along with the changes in diet and exercise I have to include that therapy to help me with my food issues has been critical in my journey. I have worked with my therapist on why I use food as a comfort mechanism and developed some strategies to change that behavior when it kicks in. I am definitely an emotional eater and will always be one so I have to always watch for this.

  • What can you eat?

    I can eat anything I want BUT I have to eat smaller portions. If I eat too much, which I have done, I know pretty quickly. Occasionally I will throw up, but that is the easier way because you instantly feel better. Most often I do not throw up from overeating but instead have this very uncomfortable feeling at the top of my stomach and I have to wait until it starts digesting and moves on along. It sucks a lot when this happens. Generally it is because I ate too much too fast and didn’t eat slowly and listen to my brain telling me “I’m full”.

  • I’m still Robyn

    One of the other things I have had to work on with my therapist is the fact that when people say “oh my gosh you look so much better”, “you seem so much happier” and the like that, at times, it has felt like people were bashing the person I was. Now I know (now) that is not at all what anyone means, but how we feel about things said to us is not always the same as what is said. Robyn is still Robyn – just a bit smaller and I do have a better grasp on dealing with emotions and feelings. Because of that new grasp I am happier.

  • What does Hubby think?

    Hubby has been the most supportive person – more than I ever imagined. He never complained to me about my weight as I went up over the years to start, but I knew it bothered him. He has held my hand, lent me his shoulder to cry on, been my cheerleader, nursed me through the surgery, and encouraged me every single step of the way. He also now calls me his “hot wife” which I do like. It doesn’t matter if other people view me that way or not – it is just nice that he does! By the way, your sex life greatly improves when you lose this much weight too – just sayin’.

  • Do you mess up sometimes?

    Yes, I sure do. It stinks too, but it is something I constantly work on. Instead of beating myself up when I do mess up I now try to think about WHY I ate that way and move forward. I used to beat myself up about it and just eat more again because I was mad about it – that obviously is not the way to go. No one is perfect – everyone falls back on bad habits occasionally.

  • Excess skin

    Okay this part sucks, a lot! Yes, I have droopy excess skin from losing so much weight. My upper arms is where it bothers me the most. I also have it on my neck, stomach, butt, and thighs. And my boobs, well they are quite deflated and saggy these days. I had to learn to deal with this too as, honestly, the puffed up skin when I was fatter looked better than the saggy droopy excess skin. I will most likely have plastic surgery though once I am done losing weight, probably in 2015 sometime) to remove a lot of this excess. However, even if I never have the plastic surgery I will still be happier and HEALTHIER without all the excess weight. Hubby says when he notices the excess skin it just reminds him of how much I have lost and make him proud of me. Gotta love him for that!

scale 120 loss

I also want to thank Nicole Bullock, my dear friend, who has helped me so much. She was the reason I was able to start this journey because she was sharing her own weight loss journey. I owe her my life. Giant hugs if you are reading this Nicole!

Social media has really played a huge part for me also. When I share NSV’s or pounds lost on Twitter, Facebook, or my blog the amount of support everyone gives me is incredible. It really helps you by giving you a boost. Since I do travel for my work I am also lucky to see some of these same people in person and they have seen my progress in real life too and their hugs mean so much when I see them! I really encourage anyone trying to lose weight to find a place they are comfortable to share and have that same kind of support.

So, that’s has been what has happened over the past year. I am happy to answer any questions you have also. Ask away!

Robyn    

© 2014, Robyn Wright. All rights reserved.

  • Anne Parris

    You always looked great. It’s hard to lose one pound, so for you to lose 120 is such an achievement. Hugs to you!

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Thank you Anne! Hugs back to you!

  • Lindsay Chung

    Well done, Robin! What a difference a year can make!

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Thanks Lindsay – yes what a difference a year can make for sure!

  • kelly mcgrew

    this is a inspirational story! thanks for sharing!

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Thank you Kelly!

  • kim1t2

    So happy for your success so far. What an inspiration!

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Thank you!

  • http://www.superdumbsupervillain.com/ superdumb

    So proud of you!

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Thank you – I’m proud of me too!

  • http://outnumbered3-1.blogspot.com Melissa

    You look great and I am so proud of you! Your weight is just a number and doesn’t define you. I’m sure you are still that same sweet, funny and kind girl I met in NYC 2 years ago! Big hugs from across the miles.

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Thank you Melissa! You are very correct that the number does not define. That is actually one of the reasons I don’t post my actual weight – it isn’t “who” I am. But, the amount I’ve lost is definitely a great accomplishment which is why I share that number :-)

  • cuteculturechick

    I’m sitting at my desk, reading this post, and tears are streaming down my cheeks. I am so proud of you Robyn. You have made so many changes in your life, and been proactive in ways that many do not feel brave enough or empowered enough to do.

    Every time I hear stories of weight loss surgery success, I just want to shout them from the rooftops. It hurts my heart that there is so much stigma and negative associations with one of the most powerful weight management tools. But just as you says…it’s a tool. it comes down to personal accountability, smart choices, and support of those who love you. Being open over blogs and social media can help publicize the good and bad about WLS, and help others make the right choices for their health. I do feel some happiness that it was ME to help you decide to change your life.

    I am geeked out with joy for you. I think we’ll have to plan our skydiving adventure for this summer!!!

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      {{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}} Yes – skydiving in 2014!!!! I was thinking maybe we could do it in Atlanta while we are at Type-A even???

      • cuteculturechick

        I think skydiving in Atlanta would be PERFECT! Can you imagine the feeling of so many of our friends cheering us on?

        • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

          Yep – I will start doing some research and see what I can come up with for us!

  • MaricrisG

    CONGRATULATIONS! What an awesome achievement!

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Thank you Maricris!

  • FadraN

    What I love about this, second ONLY to your healthy transformation, is your willingness to share it all so openly. It’s important to women to see that beauty comes in all different shapes, sizes, and journeys. Rock on, Robyn!

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Thank you Fadra. I really did want to share about this with everyone for just that reason. I know that from me seeing others share all types of things I have grown as a person and learned so much. Sharing is so invaluable!

  • http://naturallyeducational.com/ CandaceApril

    Love everything about this–you feeling better, you enjoying life more, you being so open about it, you having such a healthy attitude about all the ups and downs.

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Thank you CandaceApril!

  • http://www.mommyreporter.com Mommy Reporter

    Wow, you look fabulous!! I remember sitting with you at… was it… BlogHer or Type A last year??? Can’t remember, anyway, keep up the good work, you are UH-MAZING!!!

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Thank you so much! Not sure where it was either – so many conferences LOL.

  • http://www.cathyherard.com/ Cathy H.

    I have always thought “Robyn” was pretty darn amazing, but I gotta say that a healthier, smaller Robyn makes my heart happy because it means you’ll be around so much longer and that is what matters more than anything else. Seriously, you are awesome and I couldn’t be more proud to call you a friend. Thank you for trusting us all with your journey.

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Mwah! I have been so lucky to have friends like you who have always appreciated me for who I am but still have been encouraging as I go through this journey. I agree- I plan on being around a LONG time – you all can’t get rid of me that easy! Plus now I’m a smaller target and not likely to get hit with bread!

      • http://www.cathyherard.com/ Cathy H.

        Well I guess I’ll just have to work on my aim. ;)

  • Marla Verdugo

    So extremely happy for you. The most important thing is that you are healthier! That is so cute that your doctor gave you a hug. :)
    You look incredible. xoxo

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Thanks Marla – I was surprised that she gave me a hug too but I know she was proud of me for really working hard at this.

  • Nancy Wurtzel

    Robyn, you are a true inspiration! Thank you for sharing your journey.

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Thank you Nancy!!!

  • http://w2ogroup.com/blog LionelGeek

    Robyn: That’s so awesome. Happy for you as well. Congrats!

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Thanks Lionel! I feel so much better than I did when I met you in Texas at DellCap for sure!

      • http://w2ogroup.com/blog LionelGeek

        That’s probably the best news of all. :)

  • Tammilee

    Thank you for sharing! You are absolutely amazing!

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Thanks Tammilee!!!

  • tannawings

    I never really saw the ‘big’ or ‘small’ Robyn since we have only known each other online. You were and always have been Robyn. What I do see in the newer pictures is a sparkle in those beautful eyes…….. it must be from being a ‘hot wife’ And a huge kudos to your hubby . Now thats a man and a partner . Never critical but more concerned for you , your health & your happiness. May your journey contibue and keep us updated!

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      {{HUGS}} I’m glad that you still see me as Robyn :-) Yes, that sparkle must be the hotness LOL. Thank you for the kind words for Hubby too – I’ll make sure he reads them :-)

  • blogomomma

    Congrats -you look fabulous and so happy! :)

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Thank you – I am happy!

  • Marie Moody

    Way ta go! CONGRATS! I know it’s a long rough road, and you did it. God bless you!

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Thank you Marie!!!

  • http://goodgirlgoneredneck.blogspot.com Andrea B.

    I’m so thrilled for you.

    And I got a little choked up when you gave Nicole a shout out. You both rock. <3

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Thanks Andrea. I got a little choked up writing about Nicole even.

      • cuteculturechick

        And I get choked up that both of you are choked up. Friendship asphyxiation?

        • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

          LOL

  • Alanna Kellogg

    Robyn – You go girl! Many congratulations!

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Thanks Alanna!!

  • Eileen Richter

    I have to say that it is hard to compliment someone on such a big victory, because if it were me I also might think if someone over the tops squeals WOW< you look FANTASTIC! It kinda makes you think, wow, did I look THAT crappy beFORE? It's hard for women especially to take compliments graciously. Take them as you get them Robyn because we all know this is a HUGE thing…a lot of physical and emotional work and a life changing time. I think most people are just so overjoyed at seeing anyone else be so successful that most compliments are deeply heartfelt. (occasionally there might be some jealousy though). Anyway, you did look beautiful before, and you look beautiful now. Your radiant smile is still the same…it IS still you! I gotta say though…you look younger. Your skin looks amazing! So happy for you! Wow, your husband sounds like a supportive sweetheart. Not all are so lucky.

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Thank you Eileen. I do accept the compliments, but it is something I had to work on with my therapist for sure. It is funny that so many say I look younger but I think I look older – but of course my self-image is still skewed a bit and it is something I am still working on. And yes, hubby is a keeper!

  • http://stopdropandblog.com/ Jenna

    This is awesome, Robyn! I truly understand those NSVs, too. When I lost my 40lbs, a lot of my victories were NSVs. I wish you the best in your journey. You are an inspiration indeed!

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Thank you Jenna and congratulations on your 40lbs too – awesome! NSV’s are so much more exciting than numbers on the scale.

  • http://historyinculture.wordpress.com/ Robin

    Congratulations on everything you have accomplished so far! You rock!!

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Thank you Robin!

  • http://about.me/lizthompson Liz@thisfullhouse

    Fabulous, you look amazing, Robyn! I am thrilled to hear you are feeling better, too!

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Thank you Liz! I am glad I feel better too!

  • Ravzie

    You are doing so well and look so great!!! Congrats and continued success to you, hon.

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Thank you Ravzie!

  • http://chloeofthemountain.com/ Chloe

    Robyn, you are without a doubt one of the truly nicest people I know in social media. When I saw how much weight you’d lost I was so happy for you because you deserve to live long and feel great. Congratulations on your amazing achievement. It couldn’t happen to a nicer person.

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      {{{HUGS}}} Thank you so much Chloe!!!! I plan on being around for a long, long time!

  • SandyR

    Congratulations!!! You are amazing! I have been watching all of your wonderful accomplishments for years and you deserve only the best! …xoxo

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Mwah! Thank you Sandy!!!! Hope you are doing well – I miss our chats!

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

    I love you, Robyn! I think you are exactly the same wonderful person I’ve known for forever and a day. You are packaged differently, but what’s inside hasn’t changed an iota and I love that!

    It made me tear up to read where you said you could potentially have died within a few years. It has never mattered what size you are from a friendship perspective, but knowing that your health is being improved and you’re ensuring yourself a long life makes it all worth it! The world needs Ms. Robyn Wright to be complete.

    xoxo

  • nanlara

    Glad you are feeling better and your health is better

  • http://www.darcyandbrian.com/ Darcy Zalewski

    As I told you on Facebook – you are inspiring. You look great and have obviously worked hard to get healthier. I’ve struggled with my weight for most of my life and really need to lose 100lbs. It seems like I make it to about 20lbs then fall apart every time… but my biggest issue is really changing my eating habits (emotional eater here!). What food/eating change do you think made the biggest difference for sticking with it?

  • Laura Lanza

    I was wondering how you were doing and you are doing great!! Thanks for sharing your story. I’m trying to lose 25lbs and it seems to be just as hard! If I could get my mind right that is half the battle. Keep up the good work. What is your goal?

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  • AngelaLilly

    I want to wish you so much congratulations on what you have accomplished to date and much more good energy for you to reach your ultimate goals, whatever they may be. Thank you for sharing your journey with us and being so very honest about the changes and the emotions that go along with food addiction and weight loss. As you know, I too am going thru my own weight loss journey, so this post really spoke to me, even though we are going about it in different ways. I concur with so much of what you said. xoxo

  • Jane m

    You look amazing, your determination & raw honesty are such an inspiration.

  • Laila

    Congratulations on your journey to be a healthier you! You look amazing and are such an inspiration.

  • http://www.tommytrc.com/ Tommy Clifford

    Inspiring!

  • GlArthy

    Journals are wonderful to look back on to see where you started and so give added fervour to go on – and you have. Way to go Robyn! Your own feedback entry is wonderfully written and we can feel your desire to keep pressing forward. You look fantastic! Congratulations on your achievements – keep it up.

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  • http://www.girlgettingstarted.wordpress.com Allegratech

    Hey Robyn! I met you in 2012, before you started your journey, at BlogHer2012. You were so kind, and so encouraging, and such a pleasure to talk with. I love reading about what you’re accomplishing and I am trying to accomplish my own health and fitness goals right along with you. I once had a big, fast, unhealthy weight loss and it’s been a 10 year fight to rebuild my thinking into healthy, sustainable, thoughts and actions. Thanks for the reminder that people who lose weight are the same people they were before they started their weight loss…just smaller!

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