Posted by: chlost | November 12, 2012


One unexpected, hard-earned and now greatly appreciated benefit of my surgery is that I lost a lot of weight. I was unable to eat and was totally uninterested in food for approximately three weeks. My husband’s estimate is that I had approximately 2000 calories in the first two weeks after the surgery. If you recall, I believe that my diet primarily consisted of red popsicles.

In the last few weeks, I have also lost a little more weight. This has not been quite so hard-won, but it has added to the total. I hesitate to tell you the full amount (let’s just say it is substantial). unfortunately, there is still room for more loss.

It has been quite a while since I was at this weight. I don’t have any of my next-size-down clothes any more. Not too long ago, I gave them all to the local Goodwill. I was certain that I would not be able to wear them any more. There is a saying that if you haven’t fit into it in more than 3 years, it’s likely you never will….so get it out of your closet. Over the years I have struggled with a thyroid issue, and have gained a little more weight each year. It didn’t seem likely that I’d ever be losing weight.

Now that I am back at work, I am trying to figure out what to wear. Do I hope to lose more weight? Yes, in fact I do. So, does it make sense to buy a whole bunch of new clothes for my current size? I’m not sure. My job requires that I look professional. Does it look professional to have clothes that don’t fit? Probably not, but it does show that I am less of a person than I was before the surgery!

You’ve heard of droopy pants.  I hate that. Many of the kids I represent can barely keep their pants up as they walk. Now that’s me. My jeans come off without the use of a zipper. My dress pants flap a bit in the breeze as I walk.

And this morning I was shocked when I looked in the mirror and noticed that I have a collar bone. It’s true! There was this strange shape showing just below my neck. It took me a few seconds to realize what it was.

Merle hasn’t made much of this. I am not sure that he can see the difference. He suffered with me for every pound in those first two weeks after the knee surgery. It’s not as easy to see if you’ve been there throughout the ordeal. It is much more obvious if you have only seen me before and after the operation.

It’s a “problem” that I am enjoying, but it’s also confusing.  I didn’t expect it, and I am not quite sure how to handle it.

I’m sure I will figure it out.

As long as I don’t unexpectedly lose my pants, I’ll do fine.



  1. Maybe you could get just a few interim clothes, and then take them to a tailor and have them taken in later. I did that recently with some skirts and pants and it’s not very expensive.

    But good for you AND your collar bone!

    • There doesn’t seem to be a tailor in this area, but I am going to check for someone maybe a little farther away. I think interim clothes sound like a good idea. But I hate to shop!

  2. Enjoy the effect of surgery! The same thing happened to me last year, but I regained my appetite right before the holidays. I miss being a little more svelte. It must be a bit easier on your knee, as well.

    • The holidays will be a big challenge for me. I have made changes to the way I eat, but I haven’t had my willpower tested yet.

  3. Glad to hear that the surgery went as planned, and the other added bonus–as you said–is that some weight started dropping off;))

    • Thanks-the bonus is wonderful.

  4. Good for you! When you see some weight loss, it’s a great motivator to keep on track. I agree with the comment above, about getting a few interim clothes to get you buy. It might be the easiest, most cost effective way to bet by.

    I have the opposite problem – I had to go buy a couple pairs of jeans the next size up last weekend. I’d like to lose the weight, but it seems I find other stuff to do with my time (like blogging :lol:)

  5. Something good came out of all that pain and suffering. I say you should buy some new clothes to celebrate.

  6. It’s true. Clouds do have silver linings. Dieting is hard. Surgery is harder, but free weight loss is an excellent bonus! Now, about that clothes issue. There must be a couple good consignment shops with smaller clothes that used to belong to someone who is now bigger. You can save and look put together at the same time. I do have to say here, that having met you I did NOT see a fat woman. Remember that our personal perceptions are skewed. Just be healthy and happy.

  7. Yes, joy over the weight loss, plus getting to go shopping. Yeah, the basics. Thrift Shops? That’s what I would do. Buy just the basics…perhaps in black. Shoes and new underwear too. 🙂

  8. Congrats! And by the way, what’s a collarbone? I can’t seem to find mine anywhere….. 🙂

  9. At least this is a good side effect from the surgery. Do they have resale shop in your area? We have a couple of nice ones in Atlanta and you can find some attractive slightly used career clothes at a great reduced cost. I also found some deals (new clothes too) on eBay.

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