Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Emotional health post weight loss surgery

If you watched The Ricki Lake Show episode I appeared on last month you know I have some body image issues that did not go away with the 158 pounds I lost or the reconstructive post weight loss surgery plastics I have had done. I'm working on them, chipping away at years of "stuff." The emotional journey of weight loss is way harder than anything physical in my opinion. Healthy eating choices, moving my body, I've got those. The head stuff... I am a work in progress.

I haven't worn a dress in public (except Halloween costume stuff) in decades. That is until this weekend at the Obesity Action Coalition Awards Dinner. This is me chipping away...

Obesity Action Coalition President and CEO Joe Nadglowski and I

"Outstanding Membership Recruitment by an OAC Member" Award
 
With my pal Beth (aka Melting Mama) also an award winner that night.
 

OK so when's the next time I can dress-up?

I would like to thank the OAC who unbeknownst to them planned an inspiring convention session on Body Image (Merrill Littleberry is awesome, friend her on Facebook) right before the dinner and my thighs would like to thank Victoria's Secret control top pantyhose. Where have you been all my life?!

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20 comments:

bariatricbeginnings.com said...

You look amazing!

Anonymous said...

You look fab in the dress and the award is well deserved. Keep doing what you do, you have inspired so many post ops with your story, blog and recipes!
Cheers, Donna from NZ

Bariatric Betty said...

You look adorable in that dress! The award couldn't have gone to a more deserving person. One thing I kept thinking since your interview on the Ricki Lake show - how many fellow WLS post-ops are you missing meeting by always hanging out with people who are overweight people at a party instead of mingling with everyone? I love meeting other post-ops - not only do we understand so much about each other, we can learn from and inspire each other.

www.mytinytank.net said...

You look amazing. You have a beautiful smile and always look so happy and relaxed to me. The dress was very nice but you looked spectacular!

Anonymous said...

I had my surgery in March, I've lost about 143 lbs and I'm (almost) single again after 13 years of marriage... I'd have to agree that the head stuff is much harder than the medical/weightloss stuff. How is one person supposed to process so much?

Nanette said...

Shelly you look great in the dress, I too have not worn a dress forever, I have gone to 6 different stores looking for a simple black jersey knit dress with sleeves. I hate my arms plus we got a cold front this weekend and my baby brother is getting married on the 10th.

Congrats on the award and thank you for all that you do for us in keeping us inspired.

JanBooth said...

OMGoodness!! You look GORGEOUS! You seriously need to wear dresses more often. Your legs are beautiful...as are you!

BetsyInRI said...

Shelly - you look gorgeous in that dress. I agree that the head stuff is harder - I'm still chipping away at it 19 years later! But I've chipped more and more away every time I push my old boundaries - and you will too. And wearing that dress - and looking beautiful in it - hopefully knocked a big chip off... Great job and congratulations again on your well deserved award...

Vitamin M said...

Thank you so much for your comments. Your story and your truth will free many... of their false Beliefs. For others our lives will be better just because you have entered into it. Merrill AKA "Vitamin M"

Andrea said...

You look stunning. I hope you feel as beautiful on the inside, as you look on the outside!

Sherry T. said...

You are very much an inspiration and I am so delighted to have stumbled upon your blog!! It could not have come at a better time in my life! Trying to sift through lifestyle, food, diet, exercise info. has been overwhelming! Thank you for all that you've done for yourself and for all the people that you've let share and learn from what you've gone through!! You are AMAZING!!

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Irma B said...

BEAUTIFUL, Michelle! As others already mentioned, not only with a nice dress on the outside, but most of all: you are beautiful on the inside. A true inspiration for me and so many others! Hope you had a great time out there, I hope one day I can join you at a convention like that!

Keep on bloggin, and keep up the good spirit!

Healthy and warm greetings (it's getting cold here in the Netherlands),

Irma B

Anonymous said...

You look Wonderful! Glad you had a great time, I would love and try to go next year if possible. Keep the blogs coming love reading them.


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Anonymous said...

Oh Shelly, you look beautiful! Congrats on your award!

Denise H. said...

Shelly you look beautiful!

Sandy said...

You look incredible!! Congratulations!=)

Sabrina said...

I have said it once, I will say it again, YOU ARE SO INSPIRING! It is so comforting to know that I am not the only one with body image issues even after the weight is gone. The head stuff is harder to swallow (pun intended) than the routine change stuff. While I don't still see the 3XL that I was (cause frankly, I didn't see it back then either) I don't see the Medium sized girl either. You look amazing in that dress! Work it chica! I never even owned dresses until recently and now they make up most of my wardrobe. Admittedly it is because their sizing is more forgiving when I shrink or grow (stupid same five pounds) but it is a world I am glad to be a part of now. Now that you have taken that first big step, I see a future in ankle baring in your future! ;)

Beth said...

I am having my bypass surgery tomorrow morning. I've been pouring over the web looking for support, food choices, life stories, etc. I am so very happy I ran across eggface. I've bookmarked it so you can help me through this pureed stage. I'm feeling a little better now knowing there is someplace to turn when I get overwhelmed with food choices. Thank you!

Wrosser said...

You look great in a dress Michelle, you have great legs!!