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Eliot Sieloff, M.D.
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Latest Surgery Support Comments
I'm 30 years old, married and have a 3 year old son. I've been overweight my entire life and have severe sleep apnea, in addition to many other health problems. I weigh 267 at 5'3''. I've been thinking about the surgery for a long time and finally got approved. I'm very excited and looking forward to a new longer life with my family. My surgery is set for 9/2/05.
POST OP PERSONAL GOALS:
1. Weigh under 200 pounds; get back to "onederland" DONE
12/12/05 - 3 months and one week post op. I weigh 200 pounds today; I've lost 67 pounds. Feeling great in my size 20 jeans and enjoying my new found energy. More energy for playing with my son and husband (hee hee!) I had a little soreness in my pouch before Thanksgiving (possibly overate) and after liquids for a few days, back to normal. Besides that, haven't had any problems since second surgery 9/14/05 (intestine blockage). I'm not quite ready to be re-tested for sleep apnea, but I can feel it improving. I've made alot of new friends through the local WLS support group.
04/11/06-Well, I had my labwork done at 7 months post op. I just got the results back. My cholestoral and triglycerides(sp?) were great! My HDL was low and the doc recommended exercise. Well DUH! I don't know how much more I can increase my exercise without keeling over...they just said to keep it up and they'll monitor me. It was 33 and it should be in the 50's. My B-12 was also low, which explains alot of things going on lately. So they doubled my daily dose to 1000 mcg. The rest looks good. I've lost 106 pounds to date and got into my size 14's. I weigh 161.
Been having problems sleeping though...I go for a new sleep study tomorrow and maybe they'll adjust my CPAP. Also, my doc may change me from Effexor to something different for depression.
4/18/06 - Got the results of my sleep apnea study. My sleep apnea is GONE!!!!! Doc said I only had one apnea during the night and my oxygen levels never dropped so I no longer have to sleep with my CPAP machine. This is huge considering my initial sleep study 3 years ago, I had over 600 apneas during the night and my oxygen levels dropped so low that they ordered a rush on the CPAP for fear of my health. They said it was the worst case study they'd seen at that clinic.
4/21/06 Typical exercise week:
6/12/06-I was feeling very tired for weeks, so my doc gave me B12 injections because I was low at the 7 month labwork. Last week, I had follow-up labs and now my B12 is high. But that's nothing to worry about they said. But at least my energy has come back. I'm currently huvering between 145 and 149, for the last month. I'm in a size 12 and trying to stay here. My waist is 33 inches, but my gut is 38. My chest has diminished from 44DD to 34D. My legs are 18 inches at the thickest part. My shoulders are getting boney and my ribs are showing big time. The weight I have left is in my gut and plastic surgery is the only way to fix that and that isn't even an option in my future yet. But I'm happy where I am. I've cut back on cardio some and I'm concentrating mostly on toning 3 times a week (Pilates, Yoga, Cardio ball). I'm eating 4 small meals per day to maintain.
7/10/06 - I've been holding at 145 since May and I'm happy. I think I'd look too thin if I lose more. I know I'm 18 pounds from goal, but I don't doubt that most of it is skin.
Typical exercise lately: slowing down on cardio; doing more toning
Typical meal lately:
I don't weigh my food, but my best guess is that I eat 6-8 ounces per meal.
That was yesterday so I planned to be really good today....but.......I SWEAR THESE PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS EATING!!!! WHY DO THEY TEMP ME LIKE THIS???!!!!! Yesterday they had ice cream and birthday cake. Today they've got homemade pineapple pound cake and blueberry creamcheese cake. And tomorrow they're having a going-away party for a girl, so lunch at the Seinyard(good seafood) and more cake in the afternoon!!! UGGHHH!!!!! I'm hiding….I can't take it!
7/17/06 - Well, I finally discovered the cause of my tiredness and weird cravings. I'M PREGNANT!!! 10 months post op and 5 weeks pregnant. I'm due 3/25/07. I'm so excited. We've been trying for 2 months since my surgeon gave us the go-ahead. We got off birth control in May. I had my period in June and the July no period. Wow, that was fast!!!!! It took us over a year to get pregnant with our son. I guess my body is in much better health, with a lower weight, exercise, good diet, and vitamins, it was just rarin to go! I hope I don't have morning sickness. I never did with my son.
7/27/06: I'm an omlet making fool!!!! I love this Xpress 101 grill I bought. I make omlets almost every day. Maybe this is why I'm only 5 weeks prego and gained 4 pounds already (149). My prego omlet cravings: egg beaters, skim milk, 2% cheddar cheese, diced peppers, onions, and celery, garlic salt and some kind of low fat meat (sausage, turkey bacon or chicken) topped with buffalo sauce. My baby is going to love spicy food!
I'm at 149 pounds today; that's 5 weeks & 3 days pregnant and 4 pounds gained. I'm still walking often but I've cut out my cardio classes at the gym and I'm eating alot. I'm not having any morning sickness but I'm very tired and I have a headache almost every day. I looked it up online and this is what it said: Figure out what's triggering the pain: Headache docs often recommend keeping a "headache diary" to help identify specific triggers. Write down anything you've eaten in the 24 hours preceding the onset of a migraine and what you were doing when it started. Some common migraine triggers include foods that contain monosodium glutamate (MSG), nitrites (common in processed meats like hot dogs, salami, and bacon), sulfites (used as a preservative for salads and also found in many dried fruits), artificial sweeteners, certain beans and nuts, aged cheese and cultured dairy products (like buttermilk and sour cream), certain fresh fruits (bananas, papayas, avocados, and citrus), smoked fish, chocolate and carob, things that are fermented or pickled (like soy sauce or sauerkraut), glaring or flickering lights, loud noises, excessive heat or cold, strong odors, and tobacco smoke.
7/31/06 - I was afraid this might happen. I've been tired, and a little lightheaded when I stand up or move too quickly, but I've been ok with food until now. I was getting a little cocky about the fact that I never had morning sickness with my son. And now I'm at 6 weeks with this pregnancy and it seems to be coming on strong. Saturday, I was queasy almost all day, and my energy would last about 2 hours then crash. Plus it didn't help that they decided to have a community event at the park behind my house with LOUD music ALL DAY, so I didn't get ANY rest. Then Sunday I was fine in the morning, then after lunch I started burping and felt like food coming up in my throat, then I literally had to pull the car over and vomit beside the road. I've NEVER had that experience before and I felt horrible. I don't think it was dumping, because I didn't eat that much, and I've never vomited from dumping before. I went home and slept for about 2 hours. Then I was queasy again at dinner time and I only ate 2 grilled shrimp, then I stopped eating because I was afraid it would happen again and we were at a church picnic. Then this morning, I got queasy again while eating my english muffin with melted cheddar cheese. Something about the greasy cheese.... Then again while I was packing my husband's lunch....the smell of Spagettio's almost made me run to the bathroom! How long does this last? Does it come and go? Ever since it first started Saturday, it's been almost every time I'm around food. I'm going to cry...I love to eat and don't want to have to mourn food again! At the moment, my face is broken out, my head is hurting bad, and I almost threw up in my trash can at work a few minutes ago. Luckily it passed that time. Woe-is-me!
8/1/06-151 lbs. I think I've got the snacking/grazing under control now. Maybe the morning sickness has something to do with it. I'm eating more smaller meals instead of 4 normal ones.
8/14/06 - 142.5 lbs. Last week was miserable. I've been very sick with a stomach virus. I lost 10 pounds in 4 days and now I'm lower than I was pre-pregnancy at 142.5 lbs. I have zero energy and constant diarrhea. I'm only sleeping 6 hours a night and James thinks I'm being lazy. I don't feel like cleaning the house or doing anything but sleep. And he's still hurting from his knee surgery so he's no help! I've already exhausted all of my sick leave at work so I will relying on the kindness of co-workers to donate leave when I go on maternity leave or I won't get paid. WAAAAAA! I'm getting depressed because I'm so sick.
8/22/06 - 145 lbs. Feeling better today. I'm over the virus and I've been morning sickness-free for the last 2 days. So I've been able to eat normally. Thank God! My boobs have swelled up to rediculous melons and they HURT! I'm jammed back into a DD. My hubby, James, has called me crazy 3 times this week...I really believe he thinks I'm crazy with my mood swings, panic attacks, and crying fits (did I mention I'm off all of my depression and anxiety meds due to the pregnancy). And he keeps calling me lazy because I'm so exhausted when I get home from work and get done making dinner and getting our son settled (4.5 years), then I lay on the couch and don't move until bedtime...which is usually early like 9:00. I'm so sleepy all the time. I know everything I'm going through is normal, but I wish he would come to my OB appt with me so that someone in a white coat will tell HIM that I'm normal.
8/25/06 - Yesterday James sent me an email at work telling my he was distracted at work but the sweetest things to be distracted about. He said he was thinking about the baby, and rubbing my feet and Jamie's smiley faces for good behavior. AWWW! I'm just excited that he's thinking about us. Sometimes he seems so shut off emotionally. He's trying to get the time off to come to my first OB appointment on 9/12/06. I'm very excited to watch his face when he hears the heartbeat.
I've been thinking about my morning sickness and now I wonder if I might just be dumping. I only dumped 4 or 5 times since the WLS and the symptoms are so similar but more often now. I wonder if I'm just more sensitive to dumping now that I'm pregnant. ?????
9/6/06 - IT'S A BOY!!!! I fooled you! No, we don't know what the baby is yet. But our newest addition to the family is a boy. We adopted a puppy named Jack. He's a pirate like "Captain Jack Sparrow" of Pirates of the Caribbean….see his eye patch? We were up most of the night with the new baby but I think once he gets over being separated from his siblings, he'll be ok.
10/06/06 - 145 lbs. today. I can't believe the scale hasn't budged when I've been eating like a pig and my tummy has gotten huge. I'm started walking again. For the last few weeks, I've been walking in the morning 2-3 times per week. Usually 1- 1.5 miles before work. This week, I got brave and decided to start taking the classes again at the gym. I want to get the most out of my membership which runs out at the end of the year. I took Pilates Monday which totally kicked my butt. Then spinning Thursday(I didn't do the jumps because of the BP=dizzy). But I survived and had fun. I miss Elin's spin class. She's so entertaining. Last night she asked me if I'm worried about gaining the weight back during my pregnancy like Carnie Wilson. I told her "Why do you think I'm here??!!" I am really scared of gaining too much weight during the pregnancy. Especially since I'm craving sweets alot lately. I'm trying to get back on track with my eating habits, I'm worried it's sabataging James too and his cholestoral is too high. Everything else is going ok lately. The morning sickness has lessened. I still have to sit still for a while after I eat or I feel queasy though. But no vomiting. My worst problem right now is acne...yuck. My face is totally broken out. And my patience has been pretty thin lately, Jamie's really defiant lately. He's telling us "no" and talking back and we're getting notes home from the teacher. Yesterday the teacher called me to tell me he hit a child in the head with a block on purpose. I'm so embarrassed. James and I have agreed to cut back on the extra-cirricular outings for a little while...Jamie is getting too spoiled. And we're going to work on being more consistant with Jamie's discipline.
11/13/06 - 21 weeks today. I've gained 11 pounds so far; I now weigh 156. I'm keeping up my cardio exercise 3Xweek. I'm trying to eat well although the Halloween candy was a terrible temptation for me. We found out that we're having another boy and we plan on naming him Jeremy although we can't agree on a middle name yet. I'm very excited that I've been feeling him move for a few weeks now. James felt the kicks for the first time last week. Jamie hasn't felt it yet. I also found out that I have placenta previa and if it doesn't move by the 30 week ultrasound, I will have to have a c-section. Most of the morning sickness is gone but I still get the occasional nausea but I think it's related to the WLS, because I can usually tell it's when I've eaten too much or too quickly. My energy has improved but I'm still tired alot. I'm having some ligament stretching pains but not too terrible.
1/21/07 - 31 weeks; gained 19 pounds; I weigh 164. The dizziness and lightheadedness went away by December. I'm still doing cardio at least 3 days a week. I'm trying to eat well, but I'm craving hamburgers all the time...specifically White Castle burgers. I'm also craving hot stuff; anything with buffalo sauce! We found a new home for Jack the puppy; I'm just scared he'll be too rough when the baby is born. But we found a good family for him and they live in our neighborhood and we visit him often. We decided to postpone the plans to close in the garage to make a 4th bedroom; that's just alot of money to spend with the baby coming. I'm having some emotional issues since I can't take my Wellbutrin or Zoloft, but I'm trying to cope. Everybody is getting on my nerves these days, especially James and Jamie. I'm just so tired all the time and wish I could sleep, but I rarely get more than 7 or 8 hours sleep. Luckily, Jeremy is growing healthy and I haven't had any real complications so far, and for that I'm greatful. But I am so ready to have him already!