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.

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Published in: on October 9, 2010 at 2:37 PM  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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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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2 weeks out food log

I’ve been keeping a food journal since the start of my pre-op diet. It’s not just for myself, but for the dietitian, too. For some reason, Joanna and Joyce like to see what I’m putting in my body. Then they analyze it and tell me what I’m doing right or wrong. I’m hoping I don’t get chastised too much when I go back in early May. I may have pushed the diet just a touch a couple of times, but it was an eat or don’t eat situation that is for another post. Right now, I’m going to give you an example of a typical day for me.

The day that I chose was one when we were at a hotel b/c Bug had an appointment at a major children’s hospital. I wouldn’t normally use 2% milk or have a non-protein for breakfast, but I had little/no choice.

April 23, 2010 — 17 days post op
8:00AM — 1 single serve applesauce = 0g protein, 50 cal
9:00AM — Syntrax made with 1 cup 2% = 31g protein, 220 cal
12:00PM — 1 Scrambled egg w/ 2oz cottage cheese = 14g protein, 110 calories
2:00PM — 1/4 c. oatmeal made with skim, 1/4 c NSA applesauce = 4g protein, 120 cal
5:00PM — 2oz Tilapia, 1tsp olive oil (for fish), 2oz mashed taters, 1/4oz cheese, 1/2tsp margarine = 14g protein, 193 calories
8:00PM — 2oz Tilapia, 1tsp olive oil, 1oz mashed taters, 2oz cheese, 1/2tsp margarine = 12g protein, 148 calories

Totals = 75g protein, 841 calories

Published in: on April 26, 2010 at 12:30 PM  Leave a Comment  
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Stall. Blech!

I am quite sure I haven’t lost anything in about a week. If that really is true and my scale isn’t just a big piece of crapola, then I think I know why. See, my dietitian wanted me to take in about 600 calories a day. I was getting in around 450. For two weeks. Then 650-ish for a few days. Then I realized I wasn’t losing weight like I was the first two weeks. That was when I decided I really needed to push myself to get my caloric intake up to the recommended 800 per day. I managed to do that for the last 3 days now.

GO ME!

Now, I just need to see the pounds coming off again or pants falling off or something like that. Grrr…I was hoping I would get an early stall because, well, I can’t be like 90% of all other sleevers! I’m different, dang it!

But I’m not. And neither are you!

P.S. Protein intake has been easy peasy!

Published in: on April 26, 2010 at 12:11 PM  Leave a Comment  
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I know, I’ve been really lame!

I’m going to get back on the blogging bandwagon! I haven’t been on lately and that’s bad. I’ll give a quick rundown of the happenings of the last two weeks, but really? It’s been pretty boring.

There’s been a lot of protein drinks and soup. A lot.

There have been many nights of fitful sleep due to the drain. A friend of mine told me to name it as her husband found that naming his own drain made it easier to deal with. Since we have a habit of calling each other a “whore”, I went with “Hobag”. Thankfully, my little Hobag was removed on Friday, April 16th.

I’ve lost about 35 pounds since starting the pre-op diet. That’s about 17 since surgery. Not bad for two weeks, no?

During the first two weeks pre-op, I had a horrible time with getting 64+oz of fluids in. Calories were also hard to come by. I was lucky in getting 500 per day. I know many would say that 500 calories is pretty damned good, but not my dietitian. For the first two weeks, she wants to see 600-800 calories per day. How? Not sure.

During my post op appointment, the NP, Karen, said my incisions looked perfect, my Hobag was perfect (even better that she took it out) and my weight loss was perfect.

Getting the drain out was not perfect. I mean, from Karen’s perspective it was very much perfect. From mine, it was not completely painless. She told me there would be a “Wooot!” feeling. She told me to inhale, she yanked, I “Woot”ed then I laughed. I laughed to keep the tears at bay. Really, it only hurt at the drain site. It was still raw and just stung a bit, but I was nervous and didn’t believe Miss Karen. Really, would you expect just a small “woot” when having something pulled from one side of your abdomen to the other? No. And neither did I. All in all, it wasn’t completely painful, but painless isn’t the word I’d use, either.

Since then, I have felt about 90% normal. I still have the diet and I still have small pains here and there when I over do it. Yeah. 90%.

Published in: on April 21, 2010 at 7:15 AM  Leave a Comment  
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Drain pain

Today I’m having drain pain issues. I am quite sure it is just the muscles trying to heal around it all because it only hurts when I, ya know, breathe or move. It feels just like a really badly strained intercostal (sp?) muscle.

This morning, I took regular liquid Tylenol thinking maybe I just needed to move around a bit. I walked, took a shower then thought maybe I just needed to rest it for a bit. It HURT! And there wasn’t a darned thing I could do about it. I did all I could think to do then cried for a minute because it hurt and I didn’t want to deal with it and I feel like I should be feeling like Superwoman or something by now! I’m five days out from major abdominal surgery after all, right? Yeah. Once I thought about it, I quit my whimperin’ and just waited until 1:00PM when I could safely take my Lortab.

Then I slept for two hours.

Now it still hurts, I won’t come close to fluid, protein or calorie goals, but oh well. Tomorrow will be better.

Published in: on April 11, 2010 at 3:48 PM  Leave a Comment  
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Finally back! LONG post-op update!

I had surgery on Tuesday, 4/06. I got to the hospital at 6AM, went straight back to get blood drawn then off to surgical prep where I changed into my gown and those lovely socks. I got my IV, had a visit with the anesthesiologist and my surgeons PA who would assist during surgery.

Hubs got to come in and see me for a bit before they wheeled me down the hall to surgery. On the way, I got to see my kiddos (ugh…leaving them with a quick “see-ya-soon” blown kiss had me close to tears) one last time before finishing the trip. From there, all I remember is a nurse putting the oxygen mask on, telling me it was oxygen then telling me they were going to give me some medicine in the IV to relax me.

Bull dookie, nursie poo! That didn’t relax me. It knocked me out. Liars.

Next thing I know, I’m awake and saying, “Owwww, owwwww, owwww”. I guess “they” knew what I was talking about because the next time I woke up, the pain wasn’t so bad. I only said “Owww” twice. The next time was even better.

After that, I remember being wheeled into my room. Let me just say that my room had an awesome view. I could watch the storms that we had during my stay roll on in and, really, it was pretty amazing. All through the rest of that first day, I slept. When I woke up, I’d ask (each time) how surgery went and if I could get more pain meds. The pain in my shoulder and ribs was horrible. I don’t think I even felt pain from any of my incisions. Now I know what people were talking about when they talk about the dreaded “gas pains”. It was bad.

On Wednesday, I was awake a bit more, but not a ton. I finally figured out that it was the Lortab that was knocking me out so I did all I could to go as long as I could between doses. I didn’t like the feeling of being so out of it. I went in the AM to get the upper GI done. The liquid that I had to swallow was horrid. Barium would have been a blessing compared to this. But, I was in awe at the pictures on the screen. My. Tiny. Tummy. Wow. Throughout the rest of the day, I was released to clear liquids since I passed the upper GI and in the evening, taken off the IV. I ordered SF Jello and broth for dinner and got about six spoons of broth in before I gave up. I had no interest. I took a few walks around the floor and took a shower that evening.

Thursday I woke up at about 5AM and was so excited to go home! All I needed was discharge instructions and my ride! I walked, sipped, packed, sipped, walked, watched TV, sipped, walked and sipped until hubs got there at about 10:30AM. The rest of the day, I walked, sipped and rested in my own bed. I ended up sleeping incredibly well that night. I was surprised, actually.

Friday, I ran some errands with hubs and the kiddos, took the boys to my parents for the weekend. Hubs had to work and my parents offered to take them so I wouldn’t get too worn out trying to take care of them all day and get up with them in the night should they need something. I love my parents. My step daughter stayed with me to keep me company. We watched movies last night. Well, she watched movies. I fell asleep. Oopsie!

Today, I’ve been trying to push myself to get more calories, protein and fluids. I’ve gotten to my 60g goal for protein and my calories aren’t too bad, either — 460 at 6PM. I’m only at about 40oz of water so far, though. Booooo! Gotta get better at that. I am still taking pain meds as needed, but every day that is less and less. I still have a drain, too. I’m starting to want some food that I have to chew, but have faith that I can hold off another 10 days on that.

Published in: on April 11, 2010 at 3:34 PM  Leave a Comment  
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