Short 6 month update

I am still computer-less. Right now, I’m at my sisters house, 4 hours away from my own home, stealing time to do this.

I’ve missed you, dear readers!

I’ve recently celebrated my “1/2 birtday”. Since I started my weight loss journey, I’ve lost a total of about 83 pounds, 65-ish being since surgery. I have my 6 month follow up appointment on the 15th so we will see what my PA has to say. Hopefully she won’t tell me that I’m not doing well and that I need to change this that or the other in order to be “where I’m supposed to”. I’m quite pleased with my progress, although a bit upset that I’m letting Halloween candy slip in here and there and drinking more than one cup of coffee a day. I went for 5 months without coffee and now that its getting chilly in the mornings again, it has found a way to sneak back in. That’s life, though, right?

So, since I have to keep this short, that’s the update. I really miss you all and hope that I am back online at home very soon, but I’ve yet to find a job in this economy. A computer is just not in the budget.

Published in: on October 9, 2010 at 2:37 PM  Leave a Comment  
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Dead: one computer, Lost: 70 pounds

I am here. Kind of. I don’t have a computer so I am making due where I can. Today I’m not on a time limit like I normally am at the library. I can’t even pay bills, balance the checking account and check email in the half hour that I get at the library. Obviously, I don’t have time to stay on top of this blog. Sorry, peeps.

Onto the good stuff now. I am now about 4.5 months post op and doing well. I’ve lost about 72 pounds total, 55 since surgery. I am working out either at the gym or at the park 4-6 days a week. I am seeing a lot of toning and my stamina is definitely increasing. With that, my weight loss is not what it could be due to the additional muscle my body is accumulating. It’s bittersweet as I still have 55-60 pounds to lose before I get to my one year goal. I was told that it would be hard to get to that goal, but doable…I am determined, but won’t be too terribly disappointed if I don’t make it.

I had labs done last month. Everything except my iron was great. My cholesterol was better than ever, too. The iron thing isn’t anything new. It’s a family thing. A female family thing to be more precise.

Overall, things are good. My toe nails are always painted, my clothes are constantly getting bigger on me and my second chin is consistently getting smaller. I still love my VSG.

Published in: on August 19, 2010 at 7:11 PM  Leave a Comment  

BSN Desserts recipes

A few weeks ago, I bought some new protein because, well, I was out and needed some. I grew kind of tired of the Nectar Latte Cappuccino so I ordered some BSN Dessert in Fresh Cinnamon Roll and Chocolate Coconut Candy. Both are good on their own, made per manufacturers instructions. For myself, I prefer either a thin shake or an icy dream of a shake so I manipulated the recipe.

    The Almond Joy

8oz Almond milk
1 scoop (35g) Chocolate coconut candy BSN powder
app. 5 ice cubes
Blend everything together really well and enjoy

    Cinna-happiness

6oz FF Skim milk
1 scoop (35g) Fresh cinnamon roll BSN powder
App. 5 ice cubes
Blend it all together well and enjoy.

Yummmmmmmmm.

Published in: on May 31, 2010 at 7:12 AM  Leave a Comment  
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Going back to the beginning

I’m tired of thinking that my not losing weight steadily is my own fault. No matter what, I cannot eat enough to gain weight. I’m still sticking to protein first, water-water-water and keeping carbs within the limits set by my dietitian. I keep being told by other bariatric patients, though, to limit carbs to under 30 per day.

So, today, I am going back to shakes and foods that are very easily measured for protein, calories and carbs. My nacho night leftovers were not easy to measure…mostly because I didn’t do it from the very beginning. When I mixed the leftovers up to make a dip of sorts, I did measure it out by weight, though.

What I’m trying to say is that I got complacent. I measured weights, but got lax on everything else (except protein). I need MORE protein because I’m at the gym five days a week. I’m not sitting one my smaller, but still very substantial, butt.

I will not let this surgery not work for me because I can’t. It HAS to work. I will not be the 1%. I will be on that wall in my surgeons office.

Published in: on May 31, 2010 at 6:49 AM  Leave a Comment  
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How to overcome a stall.

You wanna know the secret to getting over a stall? Especially those that are early in your journey? Come ‘ere.

A little closer.

A leeetle closer.

You wait. You just wait it out.

Really, folks. That’s all you can do.

I got advice from so many people and I appreciate it all. The one thing I kept hearing is to increase my calories, which I did. At the same time, though, I started hitting the gym 5 days a week. I just couldn’t increase calories enough to make up for what I was burning at the gym. 1000-1100 calories total per day minus a 90-105 minute workout equals not enough calories.

It’s a catch 22, really. Everyone, from friends to professionals, wants you exercising, getting your heart rate up for an extended period of time, toning and staying strong. You want to ward off the excess skin as much as possible. The problem is that we can’t eat enough to balance it all out. We can’t eat more and exercise more. At least not within the first few months post op.

So, in the end, you will lose weight. Some people have no stalls. Some have one at two weeks out (raises hand) that last FIVE weeks (waves said hand wildly while saying, “OOH! OOH OOH! ME!”) and that’s really discouraging. No matter how the fat girl in me felt, the skinny girl in me kept saying that I will overcome it. I will start losing weight again and I am doing everything right.

And that skinny girl was right. I can’t wait to actually meet her.

Published in: on May 26, 2010 at 11:21 AM  Leave a Comment  
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My post op diet — NUT says do not restrict.

Most people listen to my diet or look at my food journal and say they don’t know how I do it. Others look and gasp, telling me to cut my carbs to no more than 20-30g per day for the best results. Still others said to eat only baked fish and chicken with no marinade, seasoning or olive oil to help with moisture. That last one makes zero sense to me, but whatever, right? To each their own?

Here’s the deal and I’m sure I’m in the minority with this — I eat mostly protein, some carbs, some fats and some sweets. My meals consist of about 2 ounces of chicken, steak or seafood. With that, I will also have a bite or two of veggies. If it’s there, I may also have a tiny bit of potato.

On any given day, my food journal adds up to 1000-1100 calories, 70-90g protein and around 60-75 total carbs. This has been the norm for about a week now. I do not deprive myself even though a lot of people say I should really restrict myself to get all I can out of my “honeymoon” period post-op. I didn’t have surgery to go on a diet, I did it to change my life. I’m not eating a pint of ice cream anymore. I’m eating 1/4c or less of sherbet/ice cream/gelato once in awhile (I’ve had it once so far…yesterday). I’m not eating a few fudge-sicles a day, I’m eating a couple NSA popsicles or fudge-sicles a day. Yes…a couple on most days.

The only things that I do stay away from now are white pastas and rice. I will eat a bite or two of potato, but if the pasta/rice isn’t whole grain, I don’t eat it.

Oh, and I am at the gym 5 days a week doing 45+ minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of sculpting/toning/weights.

What are your thoughts? Are you pre-op, post-op or just thinking of bariatric surgery? What surgery are you considering/having? How do you want to/did you treat your life/diet post op?

Published in: on May 26, 2010 at 11:06 AM  Leave a Comment  
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3 days + 2 diagnosis + 1 antibiotic + no gym =…

What does all of that add up to? Come oooonnnn…think! Don’t think logically, though! It adds up to 5 pounds lost!

When I went to the gym on Friday, there was no change from my Tuesday weigh in or from the 2 weeks before that. Or the 2 weeks before that, if ya wanna get particular! Friday night, at about 8PM, I got a scratchy throat. By 9:15, I was asleep…for 10 hours, which is unheard of for me. When hubby got home from work at 10AM on Saturday morning, I went back to bed for another 3 hours then was a zombie for the rest of the day.

On a side note, I think every person should own and use a Neti Pot. Seriously. It saved me from the pain of a sinus infection.

By Monday morning, I could feel it moving to my chest and wasn’t about to deal with bronchitis so I went to the doctor. I had a 102.8 fever (huh? Who knew?), but my ears, nose and throat didn’t look terrible and although it was “crinkly”, my lungs didn’t sound awful. I got 10 days of an antibiotic and at least 2 days away from the gym. I finally went back today…after 4 days of not going at all.

The point of this post, though, is that I LOST 5 pounds! In a week! While I wasn’t eating the healthiest of foods and not exercising at all. Go VSG!!! Even though it has been a LONG 5 weeks of no losing, I still LOVE my sleeve!

Published in: on May 26, 2010 at 10:36 AM  Leave a Comment  
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Didn’t want to bring it down, but I have to.

So, that stall? It’s still, STILL, hanging around. My PA and dietitian both say it’s due to either not getting my heart rate up for long enough several times per week and/or because I’m not getting enough calories in.

To make the PA happy, I joined a gym. The kids aren’t allowed there so they can’t keep me from going fast enough to get my heart pumpin’.

To appease the dietitian, I have managed to get my calories around 1000 per day.

Here’s the new dilemma. I’m only getting in 1000 calories per day and I’m burning much of that away doing 30-50 minutes of cardio and circuit training 5 days a week. I’ve only killed one bird here, people! If I increase calorie intake, I’m going to be eating all day to net myself 1000 calories!

Someone help!!! In the five weeks since surgery, I’ve lost between 21 and 24 pounds. I’ve never been able to do that before, but I’m still not happy. I’m still wearing clothes that I wore pre-op. I’m swimming in the pants, but I’m still wearing them. I just. don’t. get it.

Published in: on May 17, 2010 at 7:34 PM  Comments (4)  
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That stall that was over? It’s not.

My scale is just a piece ‘o crap. I tested it today. I stepped on, got a number. Moved it one inch to the right, got a number that was 7 pounds lower. Moved it an inch and a half up, and got a third number that was 1 pound heavier than the first.

I went to my PCP’s office after playgroup.

I’ve lost about six pounds since my 10 day post op appointment which was two weeks ago tomorrow. I should be happy with my 3 pound per week loss for the last two weeks, but I’m having trouble with that. I lost 17 while on my two week pre-op diet and that gave me 1200 calories the first week and 950 the second.

I know, I know. My calories are low, my body is rebelling.

My rational mind tells me that I am completely normal and doing well. Problem is that my rational mind is reserved for telling that same thing to everyone else. I can’t be rational when it comes to myself. NO WAY! Can I?

All I know is that I better lose another inch off my waist (lost 3.5 so far) or lose 5 pounds over the next week or I might do something crazy. Like put some honey in my tea instead of Splenda.

Published in: on April 29, 2010 at 4:08 PM  Leave a Comment  
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A little Bug love

Yesterday, as I was sitting here reading email, my 6 year old, Bug, came to me, put his arms around me and gave me some love. A few minutes later, he said, “Mom, I’m so glad you had surgery to be skinny. You aren’t so hard to hug anymore.”

It brought a tear to my eye in a couple of ways. First of all, he’s SIX! He realizes that his mom was/is very obese. Second, even if nobody else can see it, he can tell, by his hugs, that I have made progress.

With that, I can say that I will NEVER regret having this surgery. Second to my life being prolonged, my kids are the reason I had a sleeve gastrectomy performed three weeks ago. They are the reason I WANT to live a long(er) life.

And today I made a new goal. Bug will hug me…and his arms will touch. Not just fingertips or hands, but arms.

Published in: on April 27, 2010 at 4:26 PM  Leave a Comment  
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