March 13, 2012
Wow, I can't believe it that I havent posted here since November! I guess I havent really had any problems to report.
I can still eat just about anything but have totally dropped some of my most major "bad" foods". Since surgery I have not tried or even wanted to try pop, caffinated coffee, chips, popcorn, french fries, takeout burgers, and my all time old favourite Timbits. I don't even think about those old favourites. Some foods that still make me a bit ill that I did try are chinese food (can't take the fried), KFC, and pizza crust (ok, I won't lie I can eat the topping off one slice, but no crust). I still experience the night time munchies so I try to save some calories for then. Even a laughing cow cheese wedge can take the edge off. I am a sugar free popsicle junkie. I have 2 freezies every night. soooo good.
Weight loss is slow but steady. I just passed 100 lbs lost including my pre-op low carb diet. I am pleased with my loss particularly as I am not very mobile and walking and regular exercise is difficult. The loose skin is starting to get to me. The worst is when I go swimming in the condo pool and look down to see my fat floating higher than the rest of my legs. (LOL yeuch!) But still better than all the fat before. But where the hell did my butt and boobs go? I liked having a bit of a butt and it is getting to be a pancake and the girls are turning into tube socks. Starting at 334 lbs and now at 232. I don't think I have been this low in over 25 years. At 5 ft 11 inches I am looking better in clothes but still have about 50 more lbs to go. I have to take some pics but as a lifelong fat girl I still avoid the camera. At 58 years old I am not sure if I will go under the knife for the panni but time will tell. Depends on how I feel and who is seeing me naked other than the cats (they love me anyway).
My iron and Vitamin D have been low so I have increased to the feramax 150 and 4000 IU Vit D. I am diligent with taking my vitamins every day. I don't want to get malnourished with my spine surgery coming up. I use the OPURITY bariatric multi and calcium. They taste great so it makes it much easier to remember. My crazy cat Missy loves my unjury protein shakes. I mix the chocolate with strawberry in a glass of milk and shake it up. As soon as she hears the shaking she runs to the kitchen no matter how far away she is. Then she meows and runs ahead of me to my room where she knows I drink the shake. I pour a pill top capful out for her and she licks it out about 3 times. If I don't have a protein shake that day she complains and meows at me. I have 4 other cats that could care less but not crazy Missy. She likes her protein shakes.
Waiting for my spine surgery on May 10th. I really want to get that over with. My knees are also bad and I just had an MRI on my left one but still waiting for the results. By the time all the docs are finished with this body I will be the new Bionic woman. They are just replacing or removing my body parts piece by piece.
I have met so many new friends through the OH site all around the city and even out of province and country. It is so great to have friends that have "walked in my shoes" and truly understand all of our challenges. I think I have just finally understood what is meant when people say WLS is a tool, it is not a miracle cure, you have to work at it to be successful. It is not easy but it is easier than it was. The weight I lose stays off. The constant knawing hunger is gone. Most of the cravings are gone. I still have to deal with the emotional eating but I think I am getting a handle on it.
To all you pre-ops out there, hang in there, follow the rules, drink your water, take your vitamins and you will be successful.