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Thursday, December 8, 2011

even my feet are smaller

Shoes were the only thing I enjoyed shopping for when I was fat.  Even if I found a cute outfit, I hated spending money, with the thought that I'd be "skinny soon" and it wouldn't fit.  (Which is a laugh considering how much time I spent being big).  But shoes, I thought, LIKE JEWELRY, would never leave my closet no matter how much I gained or lost.

Shoes were the only thing I enjoyed shopping for.  Oh and handbags & jewels.  They were never guilty of sending me home from a shopping trip in tears.

But now?  My feet have shrunk!!!

So ALL THE SHOES I bought over the last few years (guilt-free!) are falling OFF my feet!

How is this POSSIBLE?

I mean, my highest weight EVER was 246 (that I know of) when I was pregnant.  And by that stage of pregnancy my feet were swollen so huge I was literally "barefoot and pregnant."  In winter!

While pregnant with my first son, my shoe size increased a whole size, and after having him, my new bigger-sized shoes continued to fit.

Here was my theory---- I figured that all the extra weight on my feet, combined with the pregnancy hormones that cause joint laxity, had made my feet bigger permanently.  Like the bones had spread apart permanently.

Even when I went from 220 lbs to 180 lbs, my bigger shoes continued to fit just fine.

It is only now that I'm 150 (whoo HOO!) that I find shoes literally falling off my feet as I walk.  I've gone from a shoe size 9.5 to 8.5.

Yesterday, I walked into a store and my shoe literally went flying right off my left foot!  So embarrasing!

Some of my most favorite shoes no longer fit.  Sniff, sniff.

Then, this morning, I went up to the attic to look for something and saw a bag of shoes in the donation pile.  After having my first son, I had gathered up all of my too-small-shoes and donated them.  But a small bag somehow got separated from the others, and I found three pairs that never got donated.

Here they are:  red patent leather peep toe wedges.  Pewter colored peep toe wedges that are soo comfortable, like a tennis shoe.  AND one cute pair of turquoise slingbacks.

Too bad the weather will prevent me from wearing them anytime soon.

But hey, new shoes!

And a new low!  150 lbs.  OMG, I can't WAIT to see the 140's.  Being this close will help me get through the holidays without overindulging too much.  Unfortunately, the one thing this surgery won't do, is make you feel full from eating anything carby.  I could eat an unlimited amount of chips, crackers, cookies, and CRAP.  So I don't buy it (for the most part).  As long as I eat the foods I should be eating, I fill satisfied very fairly quickly and don't eat much.

I've now lost over 60 pounds.  About 30 lbs before surgery and 30 lbs after.  And I must confess---the weight I've lost after surgery was soooo much easier.  You know why?  Because I didn't feel deprived.  My tummy feels satisfied with normal portions now.  And I don't feel hunger or cravings (or whatever made me eat!) anymore.  Hunger and food used to consume so much space in my brain and it just doesn't anymore.  It feels kinda magical, in a way.

This surgery is the best thing ever.


  1. I'm sooooo happy for you Lee Ann! You've done really well. All that persistence in the beginning has paid off...good for you! And finding those shoes...a bonus!


  2. Cute new shoes and congrats on the new low! 150...I can hardly imagine!

  3. My condolences on the loss of some great shoes...but 150? WOO HOO! Kinda takes some of the sting away doesn't it? :-)

  4. Crazy how parts of us shrink that we never thought would, my feet have shrunk and I even shrunk in height, I shrunk an inch and a half since surgery!

  5. Cute!

    It's so weird how are body changes. And tragic when it deals with shoes. Oh well, at least now you get an excuse to buy new ones!

  6. LOVE those turquoise shoes!! and idk if it's new or not but i love the pic of you and your baby by the lake on the right, too! you look so happy <3

  7. Woohoo! congrats on the new low. I went from an 8 to a 7 from my highest weight so I feel your pain!

  8. congratulations!! I had my surgery 7/1/11 and I'm down 1/2 of a shoe size.

  9. all of the sudden my feet have shrunk too!! I wore a 9 or a 9.5. Now I am like an 8 or and 8.5. Insanity! But happy!

  10. Fabulous shoes! And awesome job on 150 pounds!! :)

  11. very cool about finding a bag of shoes! also loved the recipe you posted before....glad I found your blog, a good read!