My weight waxes and wanes, as do my oestrogen levels. Currently, they're 5 times the previous record (or were, 3 weeks ago) for no apparent reason. And I've been losing some weight (Hurray!). the two may be connected: they're certainly correlated.
Back in 2006, I posted a picture of myself on my blog, at a time when I just started hormone treatment at full-strength doses, but before there could have been any effects visible from any hormonal treatment.
Hear I am, 4 years later, Age 51 not age 47. Looking a bit better than most of the pictures in between times, though I could look better still.
Now to go for another blood test at the end of the week. I've been off all oral hormones now for two weeks, but there's been few of the usual signs I get (skin oiliness, hirsutism) from oestrogen deficiency. Some PMT though... so we'll have to see what the next blood test brings.
I can usually forget that my metabolism is odd, and pretend that I'm just another woman with a Trans history. Not always though.
For comparison, the photo in 2006, in approximately the same natural pose (yes, I tried to shackle the variables, I'm a Geek Girl Scientist, remember, as well as being maybe a teeny bit vain... Ok, a lot vain...):
Hmmm.. could definitely do with losing a few more kilos... still, not too shabby for a woman in her 50's. That tum has got to go though.