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New NSV and knee update. on November 25, 2011 1:29 pm
I had my left knee surgery on October 24, 2011. It's a bit different than the right one I had done in June, I think mostly because there was alot more damage in it to fix. Physical therapy is coming along, though, so I'm confident it'll be a complete success like the first one. The hardest thing to deal with now is just the swelling.
I haven't bought any new clothes in a while, been wearing 10 jeans for a few months but I noticed they were getting a bit loose. While Beast was looking around in Academy this morning I decided to try on a pair of size 8 jeans, mostly for grins to see just how far away I was. You could have heard me scream when they not only zipped but I could sit comfortably in them! You can really see how swollen the left knee is as they are tight fitting regulars, but Beast says I'm the only one who will notice.
Never thought I'd be having amny NSV this far out but this one I'll keep!
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2 Year Surgiversary on September 16, 2011 7:42 am
I can't believe 1) it's been 2 years already and 2) that it's been a year since I updated this blog! Proof I take more time for a daily life than I do being online! To say my life has drastically changed is a huge understatement! For any Newbies reading this, you'll hear it over and over but it's so true that in order to make any type of surgery a success you HAVE to change your lifestyle. I am so grateful to all the Vets who went before me here on OH that took the time to help teach me all the ins and outs of this new life, how to make all those new changes into permanent habits, to understand the medical mumbo-jumbo that's so very confusing, and important, at the beginning. To everyone who shared everything of themselves so openly, thank you from the bottom of my saggy little body!!!
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To date, I've hit all my goals, in fact I'm below them, and I'm maintaining easily. I've lost a total of 185lbs. which is just a tad over 100% of my EWL, BMI has dropped from 57 to 27. Body Fat is now 35. I'm still considered Obese by the numbers but I'll take it! Clothing size has changed from 4X/32W to 10/Med. I'm off all 7 meds except one which had nothing to do with my weight. One thing that wasn't fixed with the weight loss was my knees. They were totally trashed after so many years of abuse and need to be totally replaced. In June I had the right one done and have the left one scheduled for October...I can hardly wait! Now my only hold back is the arthritis in my right hip but I'll take it in exchange of all the other things I've lost!
I can't possibly list all the changes, I wish I'd kept a top 100 list like some have done! Fitting into airline seats, booths and lawn chairs are at the top of the list! Buying clothes off the rack in absolutely any store I go into is still a huge adjustment for me....but I'm adjusting! LOL! Sending emails to the Plus Size catalog companies to please remove me from their mailing lists because I no longer can fit into anything they have was a VERY satisfying thing! As you can tell from my avatar I scuba dive. I'm now totally self sufficient again and that's one of the most satisfying for me.
I always think I'll get back on the board here, pay those dues forward by hopefully helping others but I now longer have the patience to sit in front of a computer for very long! I have so much energy now I have to get up and out and move...which ya'll know is totally new for me!!!
Take care....and I'll see you for sure next year on Sept 15!!!
It's taken a year to find out but...I do dump! on September 19, 2010 9:10 pm
It was my own fault. I got cocky and it caught up with me! This whole past year I have assumed I dump, just in case I really did. And at first it really kept me on the straight and narrow but the last few months I’ve tested it. Not intentionally really just small tastes here and there. You know how it is….a small piece of chocolate here, a small frozen yogurt cone there. Nothing happened so, of course, in the back of my mind I figured I just didn’t dump. NOT!
Yesterday was our Sewing Sisters monthly meeting. For one reason or another, this was the first time since March that all 6 of us been together. We had 4 birthdays to catch up! See where this is going?!? I had a couple bites of birthday cake…cake only; I knew not to taste the pure sugar icing. Later on the fresh baked white chocolate macadamia nut cookies started calling my name. I resisted…more than once…then they got moved to my table…right in front of me! I caved in and had one. Ah….that first bite was SO good, the first I’ve had in almost 2 years, and I should have quit but of course I didn’t. About an hour later I had another one. Lunch was a few grilled chicken strips and some raw cauliflower. Not nearly enough protein. Mid-afternoon I ate the Honey Crisp apple I had taken, it was a big one. I wasn’t feeling really good when I left the quilt shop. Nothing specific, just not right. But I just thought I was tired since I didn’t get much sleep the night before.
A friend was in from out of town so while I was on her side of town we met for an early dinner. To follow the rest of the day’s poor decisions, I had a small bowl of twice baked potato soup and half a grilled cheese sandwich. After about 5 minutes the stomach cramps started, I got that nervous, twitchy quiver in my chest, nausea, hot flashes and clammy skin. I had to leave. Linda is a very good friend and totally understood. Bad thing is I was almost an hour from home! I almost called Beast to come get me but I kept thinking if this passes quickly, like I’ve read some do, then he would have made a trip for nothing. If I keep driving I could be home by the time it either gets worse or is over, so I kept going. I made it home and felt like I’d been run over by a Mac truck! By then I was achy all over. I felt like I had the worst hangover in history except for the headache…at least I didn’t have that! I went straight to bed well before dark and slept until about 5am when I got up to potty then went back to bed. I finally got up around 10am. I felt like crap! Same hangover symptoms just not quite so bad.
This morning I made my chai tea but couldn’t face anything else to eat. My little belly has been ‘tender’ all day. That’s a new feeling for this Iron Belly of mine! So I’ve pampered her all day with shakes and simple food. She’s feeling better but is still not back to normal. So it’s no longer a question…I DO dump, it just takes a lot for me to do so. Cake, cookies, big sweet apple, bread and high carb soup. Sugar and simple carbs...yep, that’ll do it! I still don’t really know just exactly what my gram limit is just that it’s high enough that a little sweet something doesn’t do it…at least for now, but who knows if that will change or not? I have a feeling I won’t be testing these waters for a long time!
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1 year Surgiversary... on September 16, 2010 12:07 am
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Man, this year has passed quickly! It seems like just yesterday...really. I guess one reason it's gone by so fast is I've had absolutely no problems whatsoever. Not a single queasy feeling, no throwing up, no nothing like you see reported. Gertie, my little belly, seems to be made of iron because she likes, or at least tolerates, everything. I had very few things that caused any discomfort. Scrambled eggs, really cold drinks and dry meat. At a year out I still don't care for hard scrambled eggs, they just sit like a rock but will pass in about an hour. Gertie still prefers room temperature water but I can now drink cold drink as long as they are icy cold like a slushy. And chicken white meat is still very hard to eat so I just avoid it altogether. No biggy because I didn't like dry white meat pre-op either so I'm used to dark meat. I've had 2 instances of food that got stuck and both times were my own stupid fault. Both times I ate too fast and didn't chew well enough and both were with dense meat proteins.
All those months of my Pre-op required diet, as I read every word on the OH website, I read enough horror stories about what happens with vitamin deficiencies that I'm really anal about taking all my vitamins and supplements. Even to the point of sitting up into the wee hours of the morning to get every dose in. Or setting the alarm to wake up and catch up. It's paid off because my 1 yr labs were excellent. I'm proud to say I've followed the plan and it's paid off. The hardest part of this journey so far has been changing the mental aspect of the game. Of course I still have things I'm working on but I'm amazed at the difference in the way I relate to food now. I was never an emotional eater, more of a boredom eater, but the head games your brain plays is just as strong.
You hear people say all the time they wish they'd had this surgery XX years ago when they were young enough to really enjoy the results. Well, I'm glad I didn't. If I had done this 30 years ago when I was in my mid 20's I would not have been mentally strong enough to have made the changes that are required to be a success. I envy those young people you CAN do it. But at 56 I consider my life far from over! I'm just getting started!
My stats for the year....
Beginning weight Jan. 2009....353lbs
Weight at surgery Sept. 15, 2009....292lbs
Current weight 190.4lbs
Lost since surgery...101.6lbs
Excess weight lost....80.10%
Total inches lost....69.50in. That's roughly 5ft 8in....taller than me!!
9 months out...goals reached! on June 20, 2010 5:48 am
I tried to hit my major goal before the trip but missed it by 3lbs.
But I knew with the extra exercise I would hit it at CCV would more than likely do it. Here's the Excerpt from my diary....
Whew! It's been one helluva vacation! I hit a couple of goals while at CCV. Last Wed. I finally hit Onderland! I weighed 196.4 on Patty's scale. Going by her numbers I lost 8.1 lbs while there. At home this morning I weigh 197 on my scales, which is usually about 2lbs heavier than WW....we'll see what's what on Tuesday! I do know I need to kick up the exercise to get this last 50lbs off. It's been relatively easy up to now, it's still hard to accept I've lost 156+ lbs! Although it seems slow the losses have been swift in appearance...it's hard to watch your physical self change from week to week!
Another goal.... I hit my 1000th dive while there. Coming out of Lita's Hole an Eagle Ray was there to greet me just a few feet away. It actually stopped and watched me for a minute...too cool, and a real omen of things to come. It was also very cool that both these momentous occasions happened on my 9 month anniversary from surgery...6/15/10.
Although all the gals on OH warned me, it was really weird to have people you've known for 12+ years not recognize you at all! True, I have lost 100+ lbs since they saw me last but it was still hard to accept that I had changed so much...to me I still look the same! I admit at first it was nice to get the reinforcement of a job well done but after a week of it, it got old really quick! I realized what a topic of conversation I must have been when total strangers would ask "Are you the lady that lost over 150lbs?" How rude!!! I don't mind answering those questions from my friends but it's no strangers damned business!
Oh well...it is what it is!
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I doubt my story is much different from anyone elses. I always felt like the fat kid of the family, especially after being compared to a skinny cousin all those formative years. Looking back I was just fine, just taller than most. I stayed active and didn't start gaining weight until I graduated high school. Married at 19 and have gained steadily ever since. Oh there have been thousands of pounds lost through dozens of different diets, those both safe and ridiculous, using both legal and illegal products, and even more pounds were regained. Typical story of yo-yo dieting. I even managed to keep the weight off at times, once for almost 6 months. But once the 'diet' was no longer formost in my mind, the pounds crept back on.
Last year a very dear new friend approached me about the possibility of considering gastric surgery. I met him online first and later as part of our dive group to Roatan. He had had the surgery in 1980 and really cared enough to bring up such a sensitive subject. I'll always love him for that. I, of course, politely told him I'd look into it but I don't think he believed me either. He died last year of Leukemia and I sure wish he was here to see me start this journey. I have a feeling he is anyway!