6 months later... on June 17, 2012 10:00 pm
Well hey all! I wish I could say that the last 6 months have been perfect and smooth sailing....but they haven't. The first 3 months were the easiest. I wasn't tempted to try any of the bad foods again, I was working out 6 days a week and on top of the world. Well...had some relationship issues, quit working out for 2 weeks, realized Im better than that, and started working out again and ditched the fiance for awhile.... well Im a dumb woman sometimes, so I went back to the fiance, and things are either perfect or rocky, there is no middle. He loves that Im getting healty, and fears that I will leave him at the same time....I'm not a shallow person and I fell in love with him for many reasons, and I'm not about to go looking for something different, the grass isn't always greener on the other side, and I am perfectly happy where I am at....on the good days. BUT, the good news, is that on the bad days, I no longer turn to food, I walk the dogs, hit the gym, catch up with old and new friends, etc. I have changed my mindset and lifestyle. Do I ever have temptations?? Yeah, definitely....have I ever had something I'm not supposed to have? Yeah, I have, but the difference is, that when I crave chocolate or whatever, instead of eating a whole bag of something, I have a bite, and realize that just one bite actually does satisfy my cravings.
I had some stomach issues starting about 4 months out, I thought it was just reflux acting up....well then one night I had horrifying cramps and was throwing up what tasted like bile, and couldn't quit....went to the ER and found out I had terrible gallstones, so goodbye gallbladder on that visit. That surgery was May 7th and took me out of commission at the gym for another 4 weeks. I could walk soon after, but the hardcore workouts just resumed about 2 weeks ago. Feeling much better now, although I'm kind of learning to eat again as some things I was able to eat before the gallbladder removal are not tolerated at all now... day at a time :)
On my positive note, I am ecstatic with my weight loss. It was a little slow this past month, I only lost 11lbs, but I know now that I am 6 months out and closer to goal it will slow down. I started this journey at 345lbs, today Im happy to say that I weigh 224lbs. I did lose 16lbs preop, so the day of surgery I weighed 329, so all together I have lost 121lbs and since surgery Ive lost 105lbs. I am so close to onederland that I can taste it now...it just makes me thrilled to know that when I lose 24 more lbs I'll be in the 100's!! My final goal sits at 165 currently. It's been so long since I've been in the 100s that I will have to evaluate that goal as I get closer to see if I still want that or if I want a lower one, etc.
One of the best parts of the surgery has been educating others on my experience, and spreading how my experience has gone to people who are considering the surgery. Although I have had ups and downs since the surgery, and I have missed some things about eating....I am SO much happier because I FEEL amazing, and I can do things I never thought possible. I have NO regrets and given the chance to do it all over again, I would in a heartbeat. Im getting my life back a day at a time, and I am more thankful than I could ever express in words :)
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I'm Home! on December 4, 2011 3:21 pm
Well I'm home now! And happy!! I feel as if I did well. I'm working on getting up to 3oz at meal time and sipping wter all day. I have very little pain today, so I'm thrilled about that. Maybe it's TMI but the bowels are working again, and that makes everyone happy! Anyhow, I am mostly frustrated that I gained 13lbs in the hospital, and I know it's the surgery gases and water weight, etc. But I'd like to see that disappear soon!!! Anyhow, I know I'm really early out...2 days, but I would do it all over again in a heartbeat ad am so thankful for the 2nd chance that God and the Doctors have given me!
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I made it! on December 3, 2011 3:42 am
Well I made it through surgery. The pain yesterday was horrifying, it's getting better today....slightly. The problem is that I have 3 things ordered, morphine, lortab and IV tylenol. Well I'm alergic to lortab and the morphine snows me, so it really stinks. Plus I'm still NPO other than ice chips. I should get broth or jello or something today sometime... So I can't take any med by mouth until i become able to have things by mouth. Anyhow, back to bed after my 2nd walk of this new day...I think I'm going to have to resort to the morphine....ugh...
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