Okay… so really long time no post… I apologize to anybody that really wanted to know how things have been going in my transition. Life has been crazy over the last several months. I moved across the country for a new job, while August remains on the west coast for a little while. I’m living in a crowded house in the meantime, residents here include myself, 2 adult roommates, and 2 children. With that many people in a 3 bedroom house doesn’t give much opportunity for privacy so I’ve found it hard to get around to taking pictures lately. Additionally my eating habits went down the drain the first few months here, and I definitely gained a bit of fluff, as you’ll see in the pictures.
That being said, I’ve gotten back into going to the gym on a fairly regular basis, especially since I got a new car (so nice to not be reliant on my roommate for transportation anymore!!!) and eating better. In fact, I am on day 6 of this year’s Whole30, and my roommates are both doing it as well. We’re working on being healthier and less prone to eating the kids’ snacks that we were guilty of grabbing when we weren’t feeling like actually cooking. So far, things are going awesome with the whole30, I’ve gotten into a good routine for cooking and I already feel like I’m past the worst of the cravings and am starting to feel my energy levels even out. I can’t wait for another week or so to go by and to really be seeing and feeling the effects of it fully!
So, yesterday was my one year T anniversary. As such, I have a series of comparisons to post. There’s some pretty obvious changes, I’m much hairier than I was before. I’m also a lot bigger, my muscles have grown a ton, and you can see some of the fat I’ve gained in my period of crappy eating too, unfortunately. I think my hairline might have changed slightly, though not a whole lot… but it’s hard to tell since one is a fresh haircut and the other isn’t. The full body pics I took were for my whole30 comparisons, so I’ll be taking another set of pics in about 25 days for that, which I’ll probably post on here too. So, here are the pics and voice recordings.
All the pictures are pre-T followed by the one year pics. I’ve definitely gotten a lot more body hair, though I’m still wishing I had more facial hair growing in. That being said, I really started noticing the facial hair coming in more significantly than it had been within the last few months, so hopefully it’ll keep up that pace. I would really like to go with longer sideburns, but need that stuff to grow in a bit thicker before I can realistically do that.
I’m pretty happy with how far my voice has dropped in the last year for sure. I’d love for it to drop even more, since a good portion of my job is answering phones and I still occasionally get a “ma’am” from people on the phone, but in person I almost never get misidentified, unless somebody sees my legal name before meeting me.
Speaking of legal names, I got my court order and doctor letters to get the name and gender marker changes on all my documents! I just mailed off the paperwork to get my birth certificate changed and a new one to be sent out to me, as well as a form for gender marker change that I have to mail to the DMV here and await approval before I actually go into the DMV to get everything changed. I’m so excited! Once I get the birth certificate back, I’ll take the necessary documents to social security and after that actually go to the DMV for my license. This state has veteran ID cards as well, so will be getting that done too (it’ll be nice to be able to take advantage of veteran discounts and such without having to worry about having my DD214 on me, lol). Can’t wait to have all of these things taken care of and no longer having to worry about the “Well, that’s my legal name, but I go by Alex” conversation with people!
Anyway, that pretty much gets you caught up on everything for now. I’ll be posting a follow up with comparison stuff for this Whole30 I’m doing, and… well… we’ll see after that. I can’t make promises on my posting frequency, I never seem to follow through on them… but I do want to try getting back into blogging more regularly.