- Name: Michelle S.
- Username: MichelleS.
- Location: North Jersey, NJ, USA
- Member Since: 1/8/2008
- BMI: 27.6
- Post Op
- Surgery Type: RNY (02/25/08)
- Surgeon: Mitchell S. Roslin
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8 mth update....81 lbs gone so far! on October 25, 2008 6:40 am
10/25/08 - this month has def. been a stall month. In total I've lost 5 lbs, which is still pretty great - but I'm now fighting for those pounds. Today I weigh 182.5 lbs. I know I should only step on the scale maybe once a week or once every two weeks...but i'm still obsessed & step on it EVERY DAY. That's why if you look at my ticker above you'll notice I've stopped reporting my weight loss, cuz there is nothing to report. I was happy to see a 2 lb loss this morning - but that can also be caused due to me having mexican last night. I cannot seem to get off the mexican craving - its almost at the point of passing sushi as my fav meal! The place we went to was super yummy (and close to the theatre district if you are heading to a show). It's called TOLACHE & I totally recommend. Here is what I ate at 8 mths out:
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First off, instead of ordering on my own - me & my sis shared everything. Started off with the homemade guac (OMG!!!!) I did use 3-4 chips to dunk at first and then my WW mentality of "why waste points unnessarily?" came back - so I plopped a bit onto my side plate & just ate it with a fork. For the main entree we shared: Skirt Steak tacos, Pinapple Pork tacos and a Chicken Quesadiallia. Sounds like a lot, but none of this is what you would normally think of as traditional taco bell style. Its all open and tapas size - so very easy to pick the protien's & veggies off the tortilla. Rice & Beans were an extra - so we switched that to sauted mushrooms.
I did order a drink at the beginning that lasted me the whole meal - a mango mint mojito, which I know is bad to drink while eating....but i normally dont do it - and it was SOOOOOOOOOOOOO good.
After that we went to see the broadway show ROCK OF AGES, which is a really fun show - it takes place during the late 1980's along the sunset strip & if you loved 80's hair metal music music (like poison, whitesnake, van halen, bon jovi, night ranger)...I promise you, you wont be dissapointed. The final song was Journey's "Dont Stop Beleiving" - and had the entire audience on their feet singing. Well, at least everyone that graduated High School back in the late 80's (which is me)! Oh - right now the lead is played by Constantine Maroulis (from American Idol), who is sooooooooo damn cute in person!
GOAL ACHIEVED: shop in normal size clothing store on October 21, 2008 7:28 pm
10/21 - just realized that I've achieved this goal!
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Today I was wearing a size 1 red average (size 14) slacks that I bought a little over a month ago at Lane Bryant & had to keep tugging them up. I also realized that when I was in MACY's last weekend (spending my b-day loot) - all the sweaters I bought were size LARGE, not XL. The only jeans I now wear are LEE, tho the GAP SPECIAL EDITION SIZE 14 are calling my name (I'm just not sure if Im ready to switch from boot cut jeans - which are the LEE's to straight leg jeans, which are the GAP)
The only thing that is gonna be a pain will be the time it will take me to take pics of all my clothes & post them on ebay. I did ok the last time I cleaned out my closet over the summertime. Made enough $ to pay for the bridesmaid dress I'm wearing next month. I cant wait to go back for my final fitting & see what that dress looks like now.
Oh, I'm at another stall. Last monday I was at 183.5 lbs, then this past Sunday I blew up to 185.5 lbs (I can say it is prob cuz I went out to dinner / drinking on Thurs, Fri & Sat). Yesterday I was back down to 184 lbs - which is where I am today.
i DUMPED & it was miserable (warning: gross... on October 17, 2008 10:17 am
10/17 - I really thought i was immune to dumping cuz although I have stayed away from any high sugar food since surgery (which is now 7.5 mths ago) - i figured that if i would dump...it would have happened.
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Well, last night I had a company dinner and we went for Mexican Food (Dos Cominos). I was able to resist the chips and just had a little homemade guac by itself for the appy. Then I had steak fajita's (and OMG - they were amazing). Just ate the steak & veggies straight from the skillet - it was THAT GOOD! On top of that, the table kept ordering pitchers of frozen margerhita's (first one was pomegranite flavor, then blood orange, then I started to loose count). All i knew was that the straw was attached to my mouth all night & my glass was never empty. I think the table went thru 6 pitchers, so I'm guessing in a period of a 3 hr dinner I drank 3-4 huge glasses. And yes - i know that is a lot. When the dessert came - the table ordered this huge chocolate mud pie with cinnamon ice cream & I did stick my spoon in it and had a bit of the warm pie with a drop of the cream melted on the plate. Again, I know that was bad - but it was just a taste...not eating the whole pie.
About 30 min later I was home & felt fine (ok quite drunk...but not ill). I put all the leftovers in the fridge for my hubby...but the homemade guac was calling out to me - so I opened my son's bag of tostido's & started muching on chips & guac. Stuffed my face for about 5 min & was done. Yes, again I know that was bad....but once I tasted salt - i could not stop.
Ten min later I felt sicker then i have felt since the surgery
Why i think i was dumping was not only did i feel like i had to puke (which i tried, but could not)...but I had out of control foamies each time i leaned over the toilet. Then my head started spinning, but not due to being drunk - a different feeling & i started having chest palpataions. Since it was barely 10pm, the only thing I could think of was to lay down & go to sleep. I prob got up 10 times in the next 20 min to try & throw up, but very little besides foamies would come up. I felt like i was having a heart attack while i was laying in my bed & then (thank goodness) i passed out. Two hours later my husband woke me up & i felt a million times better. I then farted so badly that my cat got up & left the room.
I'm not sure what caused this reaction at 9:30pm:
a) the frozen margerithas - i was drinking them non stop from 6pm - 9pm
b) the mudpie dessert (and no exaggeration - it was ONE spoonful) at 8:45pm
c) the chips (and this is the first time ive had chips since surgery) at 9:30pm
This morning I woke & pooped my brains out , stepped on the scale & gained 1.5lbs back......Today I'm 185 even!
WOW moment I didnt even think of until it happened on October 11, 2008 6:53 am
10/11/08 - I now weigh less then my husband!
When I went for surgery I was 263.5lbs (I'm 5'4") & my husband (who is 5'11") was 210. He changed his diet along with me & dropped 30 lbs in about 2 mths & went down to approx 180 lbs. I always thought he looked good, but now that he works out at the gym at his work - he is looking DAMN GOOD. With all the weight training, he's added approx 5 lbs back of muscle, putting him at 185 lbs.
I've been at another stall for this entire week - and today I stepped on the scale & it said 183.5 lbs...WOOHOO...I'm 1.5 lbs LESS then my 5'11" husband! I was so happy that I jumped on my hubby and he picked me up to congratulate me...and for once in my life, I didn't smack him to "PUT ME DOWN...NOW". It felt really good to be held with my legs wrapped around my hubby. Vanity then kicked in (cuz my scale is in my bedroom & my closet doors are mirrored) and I made him carry me over to the mirrors to see if I looked ridiculous...and you know what? I didn't....I looked like a normal girl being held by her hubby!
Another big milestone is that this loss brings me now to a total loss from surgery of 80lbs...WOW!
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Philly OH Event - review on October 5, 2008 7:15 am
10/5/08 - so yesterday was the conference in Philly. I thought it was going to be more of an "convention atmosphere with a ton of vendors and things to do"....so I was a bit dissapointed. I would classify the event as a "seminar". We left our house at 7:15am & arrived at 9am on the dot - and was surprised that it had already begun....and the only availble seat was at a table all the way in the back. It was packed - like at least 300 people, but it was a full day of listening to lectures from different people.
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Here is the rundown.
1st - Dr Horowitz - plastic surgeon
I know I will prob have to have PS in the future...but seeing before/after pics of extreme loose flabby excess skin & then frankenstein stitching first thing in the morning was not my cup of tea.
2nd - Eggface & Melting Mama.
They were SOOOOOOOOOOOOO adorable in person! I'm not going to go into details, but besides cooking, we got to hear a whole bunch of personal stuff about Michelle....like about her new BF, Jeremey, a hint what she's wearing to the LA Halloween party (sorry, I cant tell you - she swore all of us to secrecy!) Some of the foods that were made or made in advance & distributed while they were talking were:
- Bean Salad
- PB-2 Protien Shake
- Click Protien Shake
- Pizza Bites
- Protien IceCream (not sure which flavor)
me & Eggface (Shelly)
me & Melting Mama (Beth)
The only bad thing was that since I was sitting in the back - I didnt get to sample anything until a break when I met them in the hallway when I tried Eggy's PB-2 Shake & her Bean Salad
3rd - Lynn Meinke - Life Coach
Maybe it's cuz I'm just not into Life Coaching, but I was bored beyond tears (sorry)
LUNCH....it was pretty good, though I was surprised to see Kaiser Rolls out next to the Wraps for people to make sandwiches. Even more surprised to see people eating them (and they were NOT pre-ops!)
4th - Megan Kristel - Personal Shopper (her company is Kristel Closets)
I thought I was gonna be bored, but she was actually fun to watch. She also gave some very good tips! I think she was very, very nervous (cuz her voice sounded like it was shaking), which is silly cuz everyone in the audience was looking up to her.
5th - Ramon Lopez
He is an OH member & lost over 295 lbs....and was enjoyable to listen to (and boy do the ladies LOVE him!)
6th - Bariatric Fitness Expert
SOOOOOOOOOOOO BORING! I tuned this guy out totally & started reading emails on my blackberry. Instead of having some interactive demonstrations...which would have kept the audience awake (and laughing), he droned on & on & on about working out after WLS.
When it came to commenting on the event I listed which speakers I enjoyed & which were boring....and that I was VERY DISSAPOINTED that there were NO VENDORS attending (like PB-2, Bariatric Advantage, Kay's, any Protien Powder, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, etc) and also that except for lunch - there was no other food provided. As for drinking - just coffee & water. Hello, no Crystal Light! We all know that 3 normal meals a day isnt gonna work with us - we need a few mini meals to get us thru the day now since take is limited calories at a time. I was STARVING when it ended a little after 5pm!
The drive home was only 1 1/2 hrs...and I aplogized to Randy cuz I really thought this was gonna be a huge event (he was soooooooooo bored to tears - he was prob the only non WLS person there). We planned on going to dinner at EAT (Jose Tejas) since by 4pm I was jonesing fajita's...but the wait was over an hr, so we went next door to Houlihan's and got fajita's (which were surprisingly VERY GOOD...they had an option to substitute Corn Tortilla's with Lettuce Cups - which we did...YUMMO!)
Did my day end there? Nope. Me & randy then brought up all of our Halloween decorations up from storage & started decorating the living room. Will decorate the outside prob this afternoon.
I'm excited for the Philly Event tomorrow! on October 3, 2008 7:49 pm
10/3/08 - I feel like I'm attending some sort of HS reunion...which is so weird, cuz I dont know most people's real names & some I dont even know what they look like (just what they use an an avatar)...but I'm super excited to meet my OH friends tommorrow in Philly. I'm absolutely gonna get there early enough to get a good seat to cheer on Eggface & Melting Mama.
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Here I am trying on clothes to see what I'm gonna wear tomorrow (also known as my 7 mth pic):
I decided on a whim to try on jeans that have always been too tight for years now...I dont even know why I never threw them out (except that I loved them).....and tonight I got into the size 14 version of....O-M-G....my GAP SPECIAL EDITION BUTTON FLY (aaaahhhhhh!)
Just to prove that these are them - he ya go:
I'm so proud of myself...I cant wait to get in to the size 12 version, cuz then I'll be back to my "normal" size - if I really even have one.