- Username: monmira
- Location: El Paso, TX, USA
- Member Since: 9/7/2010
- BMI: 28.3
- Post Op
- Surgery Type: RNY (11/23/10)
- Surgeon: Jorge Acosta, MD
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Surgeon TestimonialJorge Acosta, MDDr. Acosta, is kind and professional. My first impression was that he is caring, and really passionate about helping people reach their health goals. His office staff is amazing, Nurse Becky is extremely helpful, and she was so excited to see me after surgery, how many Nurses do you know that are exceted to help you along your journey?! I am a little ove a week out and will be seeing them in a few days, can't wait:) I rate Dr. Acosta at a 10, he is one of the best at what he does! |
Drumroll please on August 14, 2011 7:13 am
Oh wow, I always thought I wouldn't be one of the members who all of a sudden changed my life and quit logging in, but apparently life is just really that great! I do still love my OH friends though! Lets see, I started working, Im a server, basically its a great position for me right now, good money, good hours, still get a ton of time with my kids, and a bonus, I am on my feet for 5-6 hours a day running around and carrying heavy trays....rarely need to workout now! My DH was deployed to Iraq 2 weeks ago, I am still sad he is gone, but I am staying busy to keep my mind off of the sadness and consant worry.
My weight....drumroll please.....189 this morning! I am so close to 100 lbs lost I can taste it! I was having issues with not losing as fast as I thought I should, but have come to realize that my body is my own and it is going to work how it should. I am thrilled with my weightloss so far, and I know I will have a lot more in the future! I was losing hair like crazy for awhile there, but then it stopped and started growing back with a vengance, I have millions of baby hairs, yay!
My daughter started Kindergarten, and is loving it. I was worried that all the change in such a short time would really affect us, but so far we are doing great. We went to CO to visit about a month back, it was great to see everyones faces when they saw me;) Even my ex said something about it, which was weird, but I still appreciated it. The attention I get is overwhelming sometimes, but at least I know that I am healthy, active and happy! My weightloss even inspired my mom to get her lap band retightened, she had kind of given up I think. I am proud of her going for it again!
I want to let you all know how much I appreciate the constant support!
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6 month appointment on May 19, 2011 7:02 am
Wow, I didn't realize it had been so long since I had written! Everything is going great, weightloss has slowed, but I have 50% of my excess weight gone! I am at 205 this morning. I wanted to be in the 100's by May 1, it didn't happen, but my Dr says I am right on schedule. I had my 6 month appt yesterday, everything is looking good, my protein was low in my labs, so back to shakes, which I just finished todays a few minutes ago. Dr Acosta said getting my protein up will kick the weightloss in the butt, lets hope he is right!!!! I have been paying much less attention to weight loss, and much more to how I feel, and I feel AMAZING!!!! I have never in my life had this much confidence! I guess its time to post a new picture or two, I will do that when this blog is finished. They will be from girls night out this past saturday:)
As far as the rest of my life is concerned, my weight loss has contributed to so much happiness that everything seems a bit brighter, and I am putting more effort into all areas of my life. I am amazed how much is changing, I love it, I am smiling just thinking about it! Ok, sorry this is a short one, off to post some pictures!
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The overflow on March 29, 2011 12:55 pm
I honestly can't stop being happy:) I was told when I had surgery that depression can often worsen after, well I am hoping I dodged that bullet. I can see how at the beginning this could be true, because I will admit, in the first month, I would have given the surgery back if I could have just had a slice of pizza! My emotions were all over the place, I slowly worked, and am still working through that. I must say I have learned more about myself in these 4 short months, than I have in YEARS. I am happy with myself, which is overflowing into most aspects of my life!
Ok the 5 day pouch test, HARD to do! I didn't stick to it 100%, but it did get me back into the basic habits of WLS:) LisaBeezee sent me an email about a blog she wrote about drinking while eating...I am SO thankful to her! I was under the impression that drinking while eating or shortly after would just flush the food out, making me hungry sooner...WRONG! It can stretch your stoma, which if you don't know, is the bottom opening from the stomach to your intestines. She stretched hers irreparably and wound up getting a revision with a lapband. She is doing great now though! This scared me straight though...no more liquids with, or after meals for me.
I have a few friends who have recently lost weight, both gave me summer clothes, YAY for saving money. I look at the clothes first, and my first thought is always, there is no way in hell this is going to fit me, then I try it on and TADA, it fits! As of this morning, I weigh 212, 13 lbs tile I am in ONEderland! My goal is to be 199 by May 1, wish me luck! I get to see one of my OH friends tomorrow for lunch, I saw her shortly after my surgery and right before hers, it will be amazing to see how much we have changed since then:D Thank you all for the great support, you are all amazing!
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All or nothing! on March 25, 2011 8:06 am
I am at 215.8 lbs this morning, woohoo! The last time I was this weight was in 2006 while my husband was deployed, but then during the second half of that deployment, I gained 45 lbs . I am feeling like a rock star to be completely honest, I am thrilled to leave my house, knowing people will not be glancing my way because I am looking frumpy. I don't feel like a house anymore, which is honestly freeing!
I do know what people mean when they say they still see the "old" them in the mirror. The mirror isn't my friend most days, but seeing myself in pictures, and trying on my old clothes sure does let me know the progress I am making! My husband also helps with this, he can pick me up, wrap me tight in a hug and I feel tiny, which I know I'm not, but it feels wonderful! He tells me all the time how much I am changing, the other day he was rubbing my feet and said even my feet are getting thinner, hahaha.
So, I have some confessions, I am a carb addict, drink with my food sometimes and haven't been keeping up with my vitamins. TODAY this is going to start changing! I am doing the 5 day pouch test, I know it seems kinda of early for this, but to be honest, I need to detox from my bad habits. So today and tomorrow are all liquids, day 3 will be soft proteins, day 4 is more solid proteins and day 5 is solid proteins. I am an all or nothing kind of girl, so I know this is the program I need right now. There is a bit of hope that this will give my weightloss a kick in the butt!
We went hiking recently at Hueco Tanks, it is beautiful and I can't wait to go again! It was shocking, I wasn't winded, my heart wasn't beating through my chest, and I didn't need to take 50 breaks! It is amazing how much a body can change in such a short period of time, THANK YOU DR. ACOSTA!!!!!
I love all my OH friends, thank you for the constant support!
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A happy girl! on March 15, 2011 6:54 am
Well, I have been really happy lately, of course just like before WLS I have my moments where my moods change;) I am loving the energy I have, love being able to run around with my kids, climb up in the playground and not worrying what everyone is thinking. I love not getting winded on the elliptical machine, and feeling like a rockstar when I get dressed. I love knowing I can shop at the Gap, and soon, any store I want! I am in a size 16 jeans, down from a 22! I am in a medium shirt down from an xl-xxl! Even my husband has lost weight since I had surgery!
I am at 217 lbs this morning, it is strange, I lose a pound a day for a bit over a week, then it stalls for a few weeks, but hell, I will take it! I am staying active, just got a membership to the YMCA, so that when my husband isn't home, which seems to be often, I can still go work out since they have child care. I found a vitamin that I actually like the taste of, one a day gummies, I take an extra one a day hoping to make up for the SMALL gap in vitamin content. I couldn't stomach the BA ones anymore, or the centrum silvers. These ones rock my world!
As far as food, I try hard to stay with protiens, but do indulge in my favorites every once in awhile, just in small amounts! I am happy to have some balance in my eating, never in my life have I felt so good about what goes in my mouth:) I did find out that I have dumping syndrome, which I pray to never get again! I had a bit too much sugar at one point, I got sweaty, but had the chills, heart was pounding, I got dizzy and shaky, felt like vomiting, and basically wanted to die. I am very careful with sugar content now! To be honest, I am SO glad I dump, I know it shouldn't take that to keep me honest, but for now it does, and I am thankful!
I appreciate everyones support, you all make me a better person!
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Hi OH members! I am Monica, I am overweight, and have been basically my entire life. There was a time as a teen that I wasn't obese, but i was still bigger than most people my age. I have been considering WLS surgery for a few years now, and have tried many many diets starting when I was 10. My entire life I watched the women in my family go back and forth in weight, losing and gaining 50-75 lbs at a time. I have grown to be those ladies, but I want to do something to break the cycle.