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before and after....finally
August 21, 2012 1:41 pm

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177 Days Ago.....
August 14, 2012 12:29 pm

177 days or exactly 27 weeks ago I had weight loss surgery.  The losing has been rather slow in my opinion, but I'm still pleased with my 48 pounds loss.  What puzzles me is my stalls, and I've had many.  I'm in one right now.  It's going on 3 weeks since the scale has moved. In the past 27 weeks 10 of those I've gone without losing one pound.   How can that be?  Granted summer is here and any exercise routine that I normally have has gone totally out the door since my son finished school  We have no routine.  But in the eating department I feel I'm doing pretty good.  I'm trying to get my protein in but perhaps not enough?  Maybe too many carbs???  Maybe not enough water?  I have to be honest with myself, I am not perfect.  I've cheated.  I've eaten some ice cream this summer..and a few hot dogs...and some wine...bad me.  Unfortunately it all feels quite good in my new small stomach. I even had a small ice cap from Tim's at the last meet and greet.  Granted it was 35 fricken' degrees outside, and to get there I had a 40 minute drive in a car that doesn't have air conditioning...I know, excuses excuses.  Maybe I should have got the RNY  'cause most everything I eat goes down just fine...and stays down.   

Right now I'm eating my's delicious.  A small garden cuke and tomato, cheese, 1 hard-boiled egg and a small piece of ham.  Is this my normal type of lunch...sometimes.  But I'll usually add some crackers.  Why?  Because intially Laura the NUT told me I was losing too fast so she said to add carbs.  I think this was a big mistake.  I think I was getting plenty of carbs through other means.  Granted I don't eat bread anymore...or vary rarely.  I can count on 1 hand how many times I've eaten a slice in the last 177 days.  Do we really need the extra carbs if we're not feeling tired and sluggish throughout the day?  I'm loving my cottage cheese, with berries...and I am crazy for greek yogurt with a tablespoon or so of hemp seeds. I eat that every morning, but I could eat it every morning, noon and night.  If you haven't tried hemp seeds, try them.  They're Manitoba grown, and they're full of protein and omegas....I buy them at Costco....sorry, got off topic, but I love hemp hearts and couldn't help myself!  lol.

So where does all this venting bring me?  It brings me to yesterday when I saw Dr. Hardy.  She asked me how I was feeling, looked at my incisions and told me that my weight loss should be leveling off since I'm at the 6-month mark.  Huh????  Leveling off???  I'm still waiting for it to everyone else I've read about...those that lose a 1/2 pound a day, those that had surgery the same day as me and have already hit goal by losing over 100 pounds.  I am not naive enough to not know that yes, the loss will level off but I was expecting it more at the 9-12 month mark.   I left the doctor's office totally disheartened and all day yesterday I was rather bummed.  But today is a new day.  I've decided to prove the doctor wrong.  I will lose my last 35 pounds come hell or high water.  I am going to stop listening to Laura the NUT and I am going to try avoid all carbs to the best of my ability.  And I will exercise.  But I am only human, sure to stumble, but I will get back up!    The surgery was an opportunity that so many others wish for and I certainly don't want to blow it.  I can't blow it. 

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July 31, 2012 8:16 am

I went back to work yesterday after being on vacation for two weeks.  Lately I have been getting quite a few compliments on my weight loss and yesterday was one of those days.  2 of my co-workers commented on my weight loss and how good I looked.  As you know, in my opinion the weight loss for me has been slow, and because of that perhaps I don't see the progress that others see.  Anyhoooow, I came home from work and decided to try on a pair of size 12 jeans that I had purchased in The States about 3 months ago.  When I tried them on back in May I could barely get them over my hips and there was no way in hell I could even think about getting the zipper done up.  But these were to be my "goal jeans" and heck, they were my favourite make and they were on the reduced rack at Gordman's for only 9 bucks.  Low and behold, I was able to get them on and zip 'em up without even laying on the bed.  I'm sort of stunned. 6 months ago I was wearing the same brand of jeans in a size 20.   I don't think I've been able to wear a size 12 since junior high.   

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Feeling Hot Hot Hot
July 12, 2012 7:23 am
Yes, I'm feeling hot!  Perhaps it's not for the reason you would's 'cause it's stinkin' hot outside, although when I came to work today I was greeted by a male co-worker with a "Good Morning Sexy".  Sexy??  Huh??  I was a little taken aback...but whatevah.  Back to feeling overheated...what a great summer so far and I give many thanks to whomever invented air conditioning. But what I really need is a swimming pool in my backyard.  Ohh wouldn't that be nice...and a poolboy thrown in for good measure. 

Before I forget, for any of you on FACEBOOK, did you know there's a Manitoba Weight Loss Support Group on there?   It's rather nice, as you get to sometimes put a face and real name to a person as opposed to the anonymity of people on the OH website.  Here's the link.!/groups/168348776514145/  I think you may have to request to join, only because the group is private so snoopy creepers with less than good intentions can't peruse it.

I haven't been typing a heck of a lot on this site but I have a good reason.  My laptop sucks!  I do believe someone in my household may have spilt something on the keyboard as two key's don't work at all.  The letter "N" and the number "8" and the letter "U" sticks.  I will be typing something then out of the blue I get a row of uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu's showing up in front of me for no reason.  It's driving me nuts, so therefore I just avoid typing anything in length.  FYI...I'm typing this blog entry at work...on my coffee break...really....I am.  

I have lost a total of 45 pounds.  I have had 2 lengthy stalls and the weight loss is slow going.  I'm sure it's partially my fault.  I know I don't always put protien first and often lack in the required grams of protien I should be eating everyday.  I know I should be exercising more too.  I am however over halfway to the surgeon's goal.   About 3 weeks ago, while seeing Laura the NUT,  I ran into the gal that had WLS the same day as me at The Vic.  We both had about the same amount of weight to lose, and on that day we both had lost just over 40 pounds.  That made me feel good.  I often compare my weight loss with those of others on this site who have lost incredible amounts of weight in such a short time.  Like a guy in The States that had a VSG  the same day as me.  He hit his goal last month by losing over 100 lbs in 4 months.  Huh???   I mentioned that to Laura, and her response was "stop reading this site".   Like that's ever gonna happen. 

I feel amazing.  I have gone from wearing a size 20 jeans/pant to an easy size 16 and even a few 14's.  My tops were always 2X or 3X.  I'm now in a 1X and some XL's.  I get weighed and measured every month at Curves.  So this last time around I had consistently lost 1/2 inch everywhere on my body.  Then she measured my chest.  I was down 3 inches!   Holy crap...where are my boobs disappearing to???  I actually don't mind...I have plenty to spare.  And so far they still look okay.  Not yet like breasticles as someone on this site once described their sagging boobs.   I did buy several new clothes this summer, I needed them!  Not sure if they will fit me next summer, hopefully not but if they do, I will be okay with that.

I still hate my arms.  Not so much the bat wings that are developing, but these upper appendages are still rather fat if you ask me. I seem to still have globules of cellulitish (is that a word) fat on the inside upper arms.   Not pretty.  I take after all the other women on my dad's side.  Thick arms and ankles.  My mother on the other hand...I'd kill for her legs and arms.  Life can be so cruel...haha.    I do believe my hair is starting to fall least more than the usual.  In recent years I've been a "shedder" of hair...I blame it on my thyroid.  But after seeing the massive hairball that I pulled out of the bathtub drain yesterday, I'm convinced.  Yikes...that was gross!  

Although I will be on holidays, I'm going to try arrange my schedule so I'm able to make it to the meet and greet that's apparently being held on the 25th of this month.  (2 days after my birfday...bring gifts!...teehee)  There are so many new people in the MB forum that it's hard to keep track of who's who.  I'm looking forward to meeting many of them.  

'Til next safe and have fun!

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It's been awhile....
May 8, 2012 3:34 pm

I think today I am 77 days post op.  I have lost 36 pounds.  To me that doesn't sound like a whole lot, but I guess when I think about it, that's almost a pound every 2 days.   And I do only have about 50 pounds to go until I hit the NUT's goal...and in the big picture that's not very much.  At the last meet and greet that I attended, someone referred to me as a "lightweight".  I was a little taken aback as that is not a term I would ever use to describe myself...but if that shoe fits, I'll gladly wear it! 

I've messaged a couple of my OH friends telling them about the dreaded stall I'm in the midst of.  It's been 3 weeks since I've lost any weight.  It's starting to get very discouraging.  I think it's time to up the protien to the max and cut back on the carbs.  Not that I'm eating a lot of carbs, but when I saw the nutritionist 10 days ago, she told me I was losing too quick and she stressed the importance of having carbs in the diet.  I wish she wouldn't have said that, because since then I think perhaps I have eaten more carbs and more food in general than I normally would have.  Not that that's a lot, I mean heck, my new stomach can't hold a lot of anything, let alone carbs.   I have lots of protien shakes in my house from post op.  I got so sick of them, and haven't had any in several weeks.  I think it's time to get back at 'em.  

I went to Curves this morning and got weighed and measured.  The gal that took my measurements was stunned to see that I had lost 5% bodyfat in the last 4 weeks.  Apparently that is a lot.  I'm just hoping that perhaps my fat is simply turning to muscle.  Dang stall! 

I go see Dr. Andrew this Thursday for my 3-week post-op follow up!  Can you speak?   I had surgery 11 weeks ago!  And I still haven't seen the surgeon!  Thank god I'm feeling fantastic as I do believe that bariatric surgery follow-up care in this province is truly something that needs to be improved upon. 

When I first started this blog I kept it private so only my OH friends could read it.  Shortly before my surgery I set the settings so anyone could read it.  I just know that when I was thinking about surgery I read blog after blog.  I was so thankful to those who opened up to others by sharing their stories.  I'm not sure how many people read my blog, but if there is one person who can relate to my journey, or one person whose decision to have surgery I've influenced, then I think that's a wonderful thing.  

I have no regrets, except one.  Like many others, I regret I didn't have the surgery sooner.  Life is good and although I've only lost 36 pounds, if for some reason that is all I lose I would be okay with that.  Don't get me wrong, I plan on losing a heck of a lot more, but I'm just feeling so darn good and my clothes fit!!  Yeehaw! 

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I'm a 45-year old working mom, raising my teenage son on my own. (I hate the term single-mom....I think too many women use it as an excuse for their woes) I love my son, my life, my wonderful friends, my job, and everything else life has to offer. I have everything under control except my weight. *update-I'm now 46. Hopefully this will be my year.