Tuesday, November 13, 2018

3 years later: Comparison Photo

Hello friends!

I'm now nearly 3 years post-op and exactly 1 year since my last post. I miss my dad terribly. I've managed to stay between 180 and 185 for a majority of 2018. In August, I was cast in a role that gave me the kick I needed to get back to my post-op goals.

I had the great honor of playing Dolly Parton and used it as an opportunity to change my hair and eating habits. I lost 15lbs in 3 months by increasing my protein and vegetables while decreasing dairy and carbs and eliminating alcohol. My brother has been on Atkins for years and has been very successful at losing weight. I think we have similar metabolism because my body responds very well when I make a similar adjustment to my eating habits.

The experience of this show was incredibly cathartic. My character has a loving marriage, but she experiences sexual assault and isolation in her workplace. She stands up for herself and overcomes challenges, all while singing great songs written by Dolly Parton. My cast mates were phenomenal and our crew was spectacular. Theatre has been and always will be the greatest outlet for my creativity and energy - and I'm very lucky to have the opportunities to do so.

My Act 1 costume is the same pink wrap dress I wore in my before photos. By the end of the run, it was tied as tightly as I could make it, and it was still too large. This comparison really shows how my chest and stomach are now significantly smaller, but my hips have stayed the same. (I never want to lose my hips or butt!)

It's been a month since our opening night and I've managed to maintain this weight with my adjusted eating habits. I feel great, I look great, and I am still so thankful I had my procedures!

Bonus photo: Here I am as Dolly, with Dolly, and beveling my feet while sucking in my stomach as hard as I can. It's all about the angles, kid.