Welcome to my Fatboy series. This is a chronicle of my journey after weight loss surgery in January at the University of Texas Medical Branch Center for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery.
I had to pay off a bet after my Texas Longhorns lost in football to my friend Kim Padgett's Baylor Bears. While ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, I had to wear a Baylor t-shirt and declare how all good boys and girls are Baylor Bears.
The photo was taken about a month before I went into UTMB Health for my gastric sleeve surgery. At the time, I weighed a bit more than 421 pounds.
I quickly compared that photo to one we took together at the Citizens for Animal Protection gala in November. I got a real kick out of it.
I browsed through more photos taken with friends of mine who've been so supportive during my journey. It did my ego good to see the side-by-side comparisons. My friends get a kick of it, too.
It reminds me of what a year this has been and how fortunate I've been to have my friends with me every step of the way.
Even my mother said she didn't realize what a year it had been until she looked at some photos of the two of us at a holiday concert a year ago and then at a holiday party this year.
I met Kathy Castillo of Galveston Wednesday night. Kathy has made it a point to post daily photos of herself on Facebook since her gastric bypass surgery in November. Like me, she agrees seeing the progress and the feedback she gets helps a lot in the motivation department.
So far, she's lost 75 pounds. You can tell how posting the progress photos on her Facebook page has helped her self esteem.
It was her remarks about the photos that got me looking back at my photos with friends over the last year. It's a simple motivation that helps remind me how far I've come and how far I still want to go.