†I'm 38 years old and married†7 years to my best friend. We have a†5 and half year old son together and I have a 19 year old son and a 16 year old daughter from a previous marriage. I have known about WLS since my mother had her stomach stapled 20 years ago, and then my oldest sister had her wls†12 years ago. Both have said they would have done it over agian..and have no regrets. They both support me through my journey, and also the rest of my family and friends, and of course my husband is right along by my side supporting me. I was not obese as a child, but after having my first baby at age 18, I gained around 80lbs and never was able to lose the extra weight and it just added through the years after each child and getting older. The highest I have weighed was 280 and only now through all the diets I have tried I am down to 230 after my 6mo dr supervised diet that Aetna requires now. I have decided my life and family is to important to live like this anymore..I want to be healthy and see my grandchildren born. I have arthiritis in my knees and feet spurs and found out 6mo ago I have type 2 diabetes which was not new to me due to having gestational diabetes with my last preganacy and being on insulin 4 shots a day. I have major family history that include ..diabetes/heart problems/attack/bypass's/death/high cholestrol/arthritis/morbid obesity/high blood pressure/cancer need I say more? I consider myself a very active person who loves to be outdoors during all sorts of weather and love to camp/hike/softball/bowl/play cards/board games and entertaining with friends and family. I have no fear of this surgery and that I can make this tool work. I have choosen a great surgeon.
I got a referal to see Dr Oh of Federal Way, and I attended his seminar weeks later after I decided I was really interested in it....I did the necessary gathering of my medical records and all information I needed to get approved..I had my first appt with Dr Oh in July and also got an appt for a EGD test..which showed that I had GERD...(I knew that already I had it for years) had my follow up appt with him afterwards..he asked me what I wanted my goal to be..I said..125lbs, well thats my goal..but my personal goal really is 118lbs I want to be that weight..I dont know why...but I just have it in my head that I would look and be really healthy at that weight, and in case years to come I gain some back..well I will be safe then.
Found out I had to have a 6mo dr supervised diet to get approved...sheshh!! Well no bother crying about it..what needs to be done has got to be done right? so I started today with my pcp and went to a dietian..(just found out I'm diabetic type2) got on a 1600 low cal / low cab diet. got weighed..and starting weight is†
BMI of 43.6
I will be weighed each month around this date if possible, 6mo will go really fast...I will be checking in with my pcp for my diabetes also. I took insulin when I was pg with my last child 2 and half years ago..I gave myself 4 shots a day and was checking my blood about 4-5x a day also..when I had my son, the next day..my gestational diabetes was gone and back to normal. I kept a eye on my blood sugar due to my husband being diabetic also. Then outta the blue..I started getting symptoms of being tired...thirsty...bathroom alot...I tested..and well it was up there...from being a sugar of 90 then going up to 170's was a jump! I was tested and diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I just cant blelieve that I have it....it really made me thing about this wls more...I had thought about it before..and went to the seminar..but not so seriously..now..Im serious! This is just the beginning.
I just had shoulder surgery yesterday..wasnt as bad as I thought it would be...the pain is not bad..yesterday right getting home was the worst..but then I took some pain killers and was out like a light....stayed on the pain killers round the clock till the next day..it was a whole lot better..I think that I can take pain really well...This is my 4th surgery i've had..my first was knee surgery/tubal ligation/breast reduction and then my shoulder surgery now..I've had no problems with any of them..and healed real quick. I was suppose to weigh in today but since I had surgery and weighed in at the Hosp. then I will wait till Dec to weigh in..my time is almost up and I'm getting really excited to get this over with.
Well its X-Mas Eve. and I weighed in a couple of days ago...my pcp went to India to visit her home and relatives...so I made sure I was able to see her before she left. I lost a couple of pounds..my sugars are staying the same..in the 130's range. I am now taking metaphormine(sp?) went up to 1000mg daily..started out at 500mg but didnt seem to be doing anything. I really believe that if I dont have this wls done..I will be on insulin within a couple of years..
YES!!! YES!!! my last appt was today!! I am so excited I can't contain myself!! I lost a few more pounds..which makes it a total of 22 lbs since I started my diet..my pcp printed out all of my chart notes of those months to fax to my surgeons office. I will get to doing that tommorrow..or the next day..but as soon as possible! Trust me..if you have to do the 6mo Dr supervised diet...dont waste time..it goes really fast..and make sure you weigh each month..and see a dietian, at least once. Thats all I had to do. Oh and...make sure with your chart notes...that they say..your weight..talk about your diet/foods..and exercise..as long as it says that..your good to go.
my ending weight is
Well my surgeons office faxed off my paperwork of my 6mo diet. now the counting days start. we'll see how long it takes to get a response..oh..I'm not the type to be calling the insurnace company all the time...I called to see if they recieved it..and that was it..by the time I called it was already a 2 weeks period went by...I believe that was sufficent time to give before I call them. So I called my surgeons office first, and they said they had'nt heard anything she said check back tommorrow..
Okay well its my sons 16th birthday! WOW!! We got him a video Camera..I know..thas a expencieve gift..well not for 16..I wanted to give him somthing special..and it was his stepdads idea..I thought a great one too!!! his face was priceless...anyways... after the last time I wrote..I recieved a print out of the diet regimen in the mail from AETNA and I didnt understand why they sent it to me..the last page was more information was needed..so I quickly called my surgeons office to found out why I got this...and then Casey called them..and called me back..get this..that day Casey recieved a call from AETNA that Teresa (in care of my packet) recieved only a piece of my fax, so all this time of waiting Teresa did'nt even recieve my fax..someone else recieved it and it didnt make it to her area. Soooo my surgeons office refaxed all my chart notes..my surgeons office said that hopefully we'll hear something in a few days..gosh!!! another few days...not its been 16 days..well not really..since they had nothing to dertermine..okay I'll post when I hear something.
I fulfilled all the requirements they asked and only took refaxing, then next day getting approval..I have been told of a date of end of April/beginning of May. Which is fine with me because of the pre testing still needed and not wanting to rush about it. My mother goes in for surgery in March, this will be her second one in 3mo, she's had 5 surgeries on her left knee of replacements..because of infection..so now she has a temp knee in and has to have it removed and the metal pieces in..I help my father out after the surgery at home, and glad that my surgery can come after hers to do that. I will be back to let you know when my actual surgery date will be..I started this journey of weighing 240 and when I got finished with my 6mo diet..actually 7mo. I am now down to 218. I am trying to keep it off untill surgery so it doesnt make it more weight for me to get off..i'm hoping i'm not a slow loser due to me being one when I diet anyways.
Found out what my date of surgery is..(drum roll pleaseee...)
MAY 11th 2004
I still cannot believe this...I stopped smoking back in Oct 2002 (due to having a breast reduction dec 10th 02) and stayed not smoking untill July 2003 when my dear husband started smoking agian..I know excuses..excuses..I really was doing well..I enjoyed not smoking..the smell of ick was gone..and I was breathing good...then camping..well i started smoking at night only..I guess I was fooling myself that I wasnt really starting back to smoking..then it was just a cig when on the phone during the day...but I can say I never started smoking right when I got up..was never one to do that..I had to start breathing on my own first..I didnt have a first cig untill late afternoon..Well I know that I dont want to ruin not having this surgery done..so I cold turkey myself on quitting...I just have to put my mind to it..and bam! I quit...I dont think about it..i dont count days..I'm now a non smoker..I dont even tell people that ask "do you smoke?" I say no. not that I quite..just no! I think its easier that way..mentally at least.
I want to see about getting my profile page spurced up, if anyone knows who I should ask please email..i've been looking online here and havnt found a person to ask..is there a special place I go on here? oh and before I forget..I made my appt for the pyhsd evaulation test..today for March 9th at 10am..thats going to be a long appt...well he seems to be a nice dr. other people have reviewed him and says he's a nice and layed back dr..and the staff is excellent..well I spoke with one and she is really nice...so i'm excited to start my preop testing with him.
well untill next time....
Hello...I got my approval letter from AETNA today..I have to call about it though..I dont understand why it has april on there..seems like its approved for 1 nite stay..and only good for 30days of april..my surgery is in MAY...will I have to wait to get another approval for that month? well I'm going to call my surgeons office about that. I didn't recieve my preop packet yet..I thought I would get it by now...
I still havnt gained any weight since I've passed my 6mo diet..I've lost 22lbs and have kept it off..so i'm staying in around 216/218 we'll see, I still have till MAY 11.
Well yesterday I made all my phone calls for pretesting appts. and as of yesterday, all pretesting is set for April 7th, I have to check in at 745am and my first appt is not untill 815am and I will have my Ultrasound and chest x-ray done..then at 9am I will have my PFT and EKG done..then after those, I can go get my urine and blood work done since I dont need an appt. At least I dont have to go back another day for them..I can have my parents watch my little one in one day and get it all done with..here is a list of my appts..
March 9th pychs eval. Dr Petek
April 7th pretests Ultrasound/Chest x-ray
(St Francis Hosp)
EKG/PFT/ Blood work/Urine
April 19th Internist Dr Farajo
May 3rd St Francis Hosp. (pre-admit)
May 3rd Dr Oh last appt before Surgery
May 11th SURGERY DAY!!!
On my journey here I will only be stating the things about my surgery..my weight and the ups and downs of this surgery that I may have, not EVERYONE will have the same emotions of before and after this surgery..after reading so many profiles of so many different people with even the same weight and height as me or someone else..I noticed that all DR's have different pre-testing done..some will prediet...some will go on a preliquid before surgery, and all dr's are different in the post op diets, So the one thing that I have learned is that I'm different in so many ways...and I will have a different outcome then anyperson I read about, from the losing fast or slow to how my emotions will handle the after of the surgery..I made the decison about this surgery and I will handle what is given to me each day. I made this choice to live a healthier life and to enjoy life to its fullest. I will make this tool work for ME!
Well I've had a full day yesterday..and I won't go into it here..but lets just say i'm glad its over with. Nothing new has happened...just waiting on the days to come for my pre testing to start, then I will feel that this is truly going to happen for me. Just the waiting is awful..and I thought waiting on the insurance part was hard...this is totally a different emotion I'm feeling here...well another day counted down.
Well I had my physc eval today..and it was a breeze...I wasnt even nervous..when I got there I had some paperwork to fill out and it cost me..my portion of insur. $150.00 so far the most I've had to pay for anything outta this...the receptionist was really nice..and the office was comfortable. When I met with Dr Petek..he was nice also..very personable..he asked me a few questions about my family background..about any stress related things going on in my life or had...how much I knew about WLS and so forth...then he did a few little tests...like repeat three words I say then remember them..then he did somting like talk and ask me the three words..I said "penny...uhh..table and forgot the other one..oh my gosh..I felt like S..T..U..P..I..D
no not really..but he said...APPLE! I said..oh! I dont like them anyways..hehehe...he laughed...he said that was okay..most people only remember 2 outta 3 anyways...yea..liar...hehehe..he just did'nt want to hurt my feelings. Then when that was done with..I took three tests..one was the 370 questions...kinda stupid...I really wanted to do it phsyco on it...they would really then come and take me to Western State then!(mental Hosp)here in Washington. The second one I took was just a few questions different from the other one...and the last test was just a Food thing...like when I'm hungry..why I'm hungry..would I turn canniable...so forth..If I could eat a whole pizza...what my food bill is....Not really! I was just kidding..begininng with the canniable thing...I guess its really needed all those tests..and I didnt have a problem taking it..it made me feel like a school girl again! lol! anyways that was my day of my first pre testing..next day of testing is APRIL 7th keep that in mind and check back!!!
I had to come in here today..I was looking around for some pictures of me..and have we all noticed that, theres not a whole lot around...I mean I had to have my photo taken for my wedding....and then theres the x-mas photos..well I went ahead and made my little brag book of preop. I found..I mean I had to look for these..all through my photos of years...I have set a date of May 1st to take all my measurements and some photos of my front, back and side views..so every three months, I will plan to update those photos, with the same front,back and side views to really give an idea how I change with weight loss..I decided to do this when going through all the profiles..and reading and seeing what some people will go through for others whos thinking or have upcoming surgeries as myself. I thank each and everyone of you who do that for us...I want to give also, so that is my goal..Theres been some people that really put out thier all to help me and I am going to try and give my all on this profile..but like I said before..I will not discuss the things that do not cross with nothing to do with my weight loss journey. If you have any advise...comments..or questions...please EMAIL ME!!!
Well I suppose I should come in here and update what little is going on...I weighed myself this morning, i'm really trying hard not to gain anymore weight...but like we all know..its just so damn easy too!! I mean..I have went from 215 and next two days was weighing 219 with the same clothes and same time of day..so go figure..anyways I weighed this morning and I weigh still 217..at least I stay in this range of weight i'm happy with it..it will make it easier for me to get to my personal goal weight. Well i've told a couple more of my friends that i'm having this done...its not that i didnt think they would oppose to it..but just more of embarassed of coming to having surgery for me to lose weight..I know that this is normal after reading most of the profiles that talk about telling friends and family..normal emotion, and may I add that this is really the first big one I've dealt with...I mean..I all for this..you gotta do what you gotta do right? I believe that you try and you try and try again till you succeed..but if all else fails..have surgery! no really..you try every way possible for the problem and if nothing else works..then you have to go drastic...I'm thinking of buying a book on weightloss surgery...but then again...this website is like having a book. I've learned so much in the last few months researching on here...Thanks everyone for your profiles!!!
Well Easter is over and another day closer to my surgery date..I have finished all my pre testing on the 7th..all of it went smoothly, my oldest son who is 16 went to keep me company..I thought it was going to be a all day thing..but turned out I got there a few early actually a half hour early and they got me in early...I first had my adominal ultrasound. I think that was just about the longest one...lot of holding my breath and all the gooey slimmy stuff they use for the wand...the last time I had ultrasounds on my tummy was for 3 pregnacys..so when I was looking on the little tv screen I felt like I would be seeing some feet, hands, or a face...well thank goodness there wasnt any..my youngest one is 2 and half years old and a handful! he's the sweetest and loveable...but keeps me going all day long...and then I had a Tubal ligation so I best not see any of those parts on the screen..LOL! well after that was over I went in for the chest x-ray that took a whole 5min. Then I was taken to the next test which is the Pulmonary Function Test with Soa2 I have to say..anyone going to St Francis Hosp in Federal Way Washington..the Lady there doing the test was great!! she explained everything before and during..she also talked about after preop breathing...I felt really comfortable there...she made it easy and even explanied to my son what she was doing...every part of these tests I was escorted too...so there was no losing your way around. Anyways..there were 3 parts to the test and it was all about holding your breath..pushing out as much air as you can..and how long you can hold it..i'm really curious as to how I did...It didnt seem hard at all..but your mind gets boggled when your doing the holding and pushing air out..and then they ad the oxygen..sooo...thats what is all about...my Dr requires it. then she did the EKG..it took longer for her to take the maching out and hook it up then to actually do the test. lol! then I went over to give my blood and a urine test...all done..I was in there by 7:30 am and out by 10:00am not too bad I might add. Now my next appt will be with the internist to read my results and send to my surgeon. I'm going start preparing to get things together..like I said before I like to be ahead of the game...so theres nothing missing, forgotten, I'm ordering my vitimans, getting some protein together..and as much of the liquid stuff I can get ahead. I got a nice hawaiian bag from my sister for my birthday..she thought I would like it for taking to the hospital...perfect!! I'll get that ready. I'm reading through my lists of what to do and when to do it...and made my appt with my sister and mom to take measurements and photos of myself. I want a photo album of my weights loss months. I love seeing the changes. Well thats about it..I'll post after I have my appt on the 19th. Take care and happy weightloss!
I had my appt yesterday with the internist to let me know how my test turned out...I was weighed..and I am now 222 so I have gained 4 lbs with no different of a diet...anyways..everything was looking normal except my breathing part on one section I guess it showed that I breath like a obese person..well I can tell you that with out taking a test...then my liver..it shows I have a fatty liver..well go figure that! lol! of course I would have one..anyways my gallbladder looks fine no stones..and my blood clots at a normal time...so everthing looks good for surgery. my blood pressure was really good...on both arms..20 days left, I have bought some of the things I need for surgery and some liquid foods I will need..not to much...but enough to start out after coming home..my bag is packed except for the last minute things. My next appt and last one before surgery is May 3rd...that is with Dr Oh and pre admit with the Hospital. Ok well untill then...i'll post after my next appt. Email if you have any questions you would like to ask..
I got my vitimans that I ordered a couple days ago delivered by ups, that was fast! so now i'm prepared after surgery. I decided that I am taking the Isotonix liquid seems so much better then swallowing pills..Im not good at what so ever. I take two pills a day for my diabetes and I end up pushing my finger down my throat to push the pill further down cause it gets stuck, and seems to forever go down. I even take it with milk...water...coffee...warm water..you name it..food...I feel like a dog some times when I have to put it in some mushed bread...lol! I say thas pityful when I have to trick myself! but hey...it works...so...the less pills I have to take the better I am. I also have started my own business...a online store. I cant put my store site on here but if your interested in checking it out just email me and i'll be more then happy to send you a link to it. (just a warning...Adult Store..nothing illegal..all in fun)anyways just a little advertisement..pass it along...okay back to WLS..i'm still counting down the days and have just about everything ready...so nothing else to do but to pass each day and mark it off.
I'm now pre-admitted to the hospital..and had my last appt with my surgeon before surgery, I signed enough papers and thought I was being given a new car! well I'm getting something better then a car...a chance at a new life! and new health! I also recieved my protein today..I bought the Nectar Juice which is called Carribean(sp?) Cooler, which I tasted and almost like a pina colada...then I bought the roadside lemonade..and I will try that one tomorrow. so I'm set on my regimen. I will be taking pics of my before shots tomorrow...untill then..I will say nite ...
Okay I've started my liquid diet this morning for surgery. Not to bad..one day before, and I've taken my measurements and before photos, so far i'm not nervous..give me time I'll get there. I took my measurements and here they are..
Chest 46 1/2
Waist 49 1/2
Hips 53 1/2
Arm 15 1/2
I took my before pictures..and hopefully will keep up with them every 3 months..actually my daughter (13)is in charge of my pictures being taken..my bag is packed and ready to go..except the few little things my little one 2 1/2 unpacked, so other then that I picked up a couple things like chicken noodle soup to strain, sugar free popsicles and small minature disposable cups to drink out of. I want to Thank everyone who has sent me postive emails and wishing me a speedy recovery and prayer..I apperciate everyone!! My next posting will be when I'm on the losing side!
SURGERY TOMORROW Check in 5:30am and SURGERY at 7:30am
Well I made it. I'm now on the losing side. It wasnt as painfull as I had pictured it..I guess I was looking at the worst..I was medicated pretty good..never hurt to a point..My nurses there were all wonderful!They took very good care of me...I also got very lucky and recieved a private room..yes..to myself..rooms are still a bit small. I slept pretty good in there except when I wake myself, dont know why always like that when I'm in the hospital. Okay so on the day after surgery I was up and walking..I had a catheter in...never had one and it wasnt a big deal..so I got that taken out didnt hurt. I walked and drank water in little shot glasses and I had a popcicle and some chicken broth...and then some jello..on the second day, I had a buffet! haha! So I got to come home on Thursday, by thursday nite I had such bad gas pains I didnt know what to do..I was feelig nausated..I went to the bathroom..and tryed to do whateverI could..and it started...the air..I could have filled the largest hot air balloon. I would go sit back down...then have to get up again to the bathroom to release some more...finally the pain was getting so intense I could'nt stand it..so my hubby went out at 2am around there and get me some of that GAS X what the nurse told me about...its working..I also just looked it up on here and seems like everyone is using it and does really well with them, so i'm sticking with it. other then that i'm doin well...the liquid diet sucks!! okay well hopfully this profile has given someone some clue on what it could be like when their time comes.
surgery day weighing in at
first day at home
I have my first post op follow-up on the 5/19/04 I'm really hoping that he moves be to the next stage of foods like full liquids. I am so glad and happy that I have so far no complications from this surgery, I still have some mild discomfort in my tummy and not from the insisions..my gas pains have really calmed down alot and my tummy has almost got that water bed affect back..what my son calls my tummy fat! lol! well I will follow up after my appt.
I figure I would update you on how things are going with me, I'm not so tired anymore, I've been walking everyday except yesterday..the first time I sat on by butt and slept all day, because of a sore throat and not feeling well..I prayed that I would'nt get the stomach flu and have to throw up, my oldest son was sicker then a dog when I dropped him off at his dad's from the weekend..he was fine then as soon as he was home he got sick and was sick all day and night..I am taking Nose and Throat medicine it helps so much with the draining which is making my throat hurt. my weight loss has slowed down..not to worried..I need to get more fluids in..water..water..and I need to be able to drink my protein..I cant seem to get it down with out wanting to throw it back up. I'm going to try some of the vanilla of Isolate..I like the smooth taste of it but chocolate is what I think is making me sick. But thats my goal..i'm still on a liquid diet until my next appt which is June 9th...and hopfully I will be graduated next to soft foods...I cant wait! Untill next time...happy losing!!
Well it's been a while since I wrote last in here..and updated...we were in the process of moving..and getting settled in. My last appt with my surgeon moved me on too solid foods..never really said what to stay away from..but I do know my protein first and then vegies..I dont eat any bread of any sort..I think the closest I eat to that is egg rolls and a half of a burrito...which I do fine with..I dont eat the salads like I use too before and do miss them...I was a salad eater..but now if I eat one its with chicken on it or shrimp..my main dishes is grilled chicken...shrimp...fish...salmon, tuna..cottage cheese...any kind of cheese and seeds..nuts...but then you know if you've checked out other's profiles..we all are about the same..the only fruits i have tryed so far is cantalope and watermelon, peaches. I was walking untill moving...and now I've started up walking again. So far the only problem I had was yesterday when I had really high sugar, I dont know how that became because only thing I had was my vitamins in the am and then I had cottage cheese and peaches for breakfast then we went to the zoo walked around for some exercise and then started feeling really weird and was hungry grabed some thing to eat cause I had to get to the grocery store and checked my sugar when I got home and it was 215..I was so tired and had to lie down and take a nap...when I got up I felt better and had a egg roll...and then started moving around...then for dinner I had a small piece of grilled chicken with some bean salad and two bites of rice..and then 2 hours later checked my sugar again and it was 92..totally wierd..something I have to talked to my surgeon or pcp about...I didnt know what to do when that happened. All my liquids are sugar free..no carbonated drinks. some days I got alot of my liquids in and some days I just cant accomplish it...my weight doesnt seem to be coming off fast..i seem to stay at the same weight for a week..then suddley drop 3-4 pounds. which I still am pleased about..as long as I am losing I'm not in a rush to drop the pounds. I still havnt the need to go out and buy some clothes..with summer here I started wearing shorts that I wasnt comfortable in last summer and then I tryed on some of my husbands shorts and they fit! I even found a pair of cargo shorts that I really like and wear them...haha!! that was acutally one of my goals to get too..was to wear his pants...and well I fit into them. I'm able to wear some bras that I had bought after I had my breast reduction and was to small around and now I can wear them. I even have new underware that I had bought and was to small and now they look baggy on me...so I can see shrinking but I still look at myself and dont see a HUGE difference as of yet...I think I'll see if when I lose another 40 pounds I think..my face is what every one is talking about noticing alot, even I can see my face is slimmer. oh and my rings are constantly turning around my fingers..I'm not getting them sized untill i'm done with losing or close to it..i'll just have to get something to keep them in place. my next appt with my surgeon is July 7th. and July 11th is 2mo for me. well untill my next update...good luck with your losing or getting approved!!!
well I had my 2mo check up and everything is going great..i had weighed in for once the same as my home scale 189 I cant believe that i'm in the 180's...this is the best thing other then having my babies and marrying my best friend! my next check up is in 2mo and I will be 4mo and have my blood work done.
Well I have been locked out of my profile for a while and finally was able to get in...Alot has changed since I hav'nt been able to update my profile..everything is going steady and great..still no problems..lots of compliments..I have lost a total of 54lbs untill weigh in tomorrow..so i'm hoping for another 2lbs lost...that will make me 173 as of today i'm weighing in at 175 I have major skin still in the tummy area..and if it wasn't for it I would be in size 14 no doubt..so now i'm still in 16's with not so tight. I'm finding my bones I havnt felt in years. my rings are totally lose and doing the spin so I'm trying to hold back on sizing untill I really have to..anyone with suggestions on keeping rings fitted till I resize them would be great..but please dont tell me tape..doe'snt work well. I have only bought 2 pairs of jeans..and one other pair a friend gave me a pair..I told my husband..these wont fit...just looking at the waist...but hey i'll try them and know how far I'll have till they do...well I put them on right in front of him and low and behold...THEY FIT!! I couldnt believe it...WOW!! I still see myself losing more..and havnt really gotten the looking in the mirror and admitting that I look good even with 54 lbs lost..but i'm getting there and it'll take some time...I was so use to looking in the mirror and seeing an obese person..I dont have a problem with my picture taken now..I was proudly posing with the hubby for pics. well next appt is Sept 1st and get blood work done. untill then..happy losing!
Well I figure I would log on and update my profile. Nothing is new, I'm still weighing in at 173 but I have a feeling that in the next couple days I will drop at least 2lbs. I still have not started losing my hair..not that I'm wanting too. What a small world this is...I have met two people from here that I have emailed before and of those two people one knows and works aside my Aunt and the other is someone I went to middle school with...and how we met is my sister having surgery and was the one helping her into her room. I'm just so awwwed over this..so this is such a small world!! Well I will post when I have had my 4mo appt on Sept 1st...well I wont be quite 4mo until the 11th, of Sept. so until then..Happy Losing!!
Well I'm finally able to log on here to update my profile..we had a problem with out connection of the internet of Cable..but turns out it might be with out router..for networking...but i'm on here now and able to update...I had my 4mo checkup on the 1st and have to get my labs done..but want to save a trip so i'll be getting those done at my pcp appt on teh 13th..that way i'm not going out of my way..and it is closer to me being 4mo then almost 2 weeks before...I took a HUGE step with my sister today...we both joined Pure Fitness for 18mo..we just both prepayed so that way were NOT quitting..and I cant wait to take classes on Kick Boxing...and go tanning...I have a pure fitness right around the corner from me and then my sister has one where we joined down from her..so we can use either by each other's houses..now you see me and my middle sister is close...its like we do everything the same..or she does after me...well she was really against this surgery..but never said harsh things to me about it..was still supportive to me...but the day I got approved is the day she joined weight watchers...now here's the thing..she has always joined weight watchers but NEVER stuck to it after losing 25lbs, great thing is that i'm her support...i'm losing weight and she is trying to keep up with me..she now has lost 35lbs..and still going strong...shes never been on weight watchers for a year..and she has made goals for herself...you know how ever works more POWER!! what works for her may not work for me..and didnt..so I took more drastic steps and plus I had more medical problems then she has..but still makes no difference. were both doing great and that what matters! I'm going to be asking my pcp about b-12 shots...once a month..or prescribing them...okay i've had my measurements done at the gym and will be posting them soon on here..just dont have time right now..but promise I will..I havnt measured since before surgery..so this is going to be neat seeing..i havnt even compared yet. Well thas about it..and I'll post again with updates later...untill then..
Hi there...Well I started my first workout today..not to bad..but give me a week of it and I think or should I say I know I will feel it...I got a copy of my measurements that they took..here they are.
Thigh 23 1/4"
I'm a lifetime member of the gym and my husband plans on joining also...this is one incredible time in our life. weight is surely slowing down..but i'm okay with it...if I lose at least 5-8 pounds in a month i'm totally happy with it..I only have 37lbs more to go till goal. I believe that with me starting my workouts now at the gym will get my losing again faster maybe or even tone out some of the areas that need work. I'll log my test results of my lab work of 4mo when I get them back. Untill then HAPPY LOSING!!
Hi! well its been a month since I posted and I thought I would come in here and update on how i'm doing at the gym, and how my weight lost is going...slowly I can say.but still losing..thats what matters...my measurements have really changed..I am now wearing a size 11 jr...and boy do I need a TT..but not untill next year when I know i'm stable at my weight and after our house buying deal is over with...things are going great..I feel good..I've had no complications..knock on wood! and my eating is going great also..I've had no throwing up episodes or even feel stuff to where I am uncomfortable...I had to go out of state for my grandpas funeral in TENN and I was nervous on the eating out thing...but I feel I did really well..even at the brunch at his church they put on for the family..I tryed choosing the best foods and only ate a small portion..thank goodness for coffee though...some people that remembered me being bigger were really surprised at my size..even seeing pictures back years ago were amazing to myself! Well here is my stats on measurements
L Arm and R arm
I gained 4 lbs of lean muscle and I lost 10lbs of body fat from the time I first weighed at the gym to today..their scale is 3lbs off from mine and surgeons and pcp scales. so I go by my weight of 153 lbs...and can you believe that I have only dropped down in size of bra from having a breast reduction before wls I was a 40C and now I am a 36 B totally happy with that since I've dropped 75lbs..lets see where the rest of the weight takes me...please not A's..implants here I come...lol!! okay well I almost forgot..I got my test results back from the dr and everything is normal...hav'nt heard from my surgeon if anything needs to be changed with vitamins...well till next month...HAPPY LOSING!!!
What can I say today? Life if GREAT!!
Hi! Well its the first of November already and boy..Thanksgiving is right around the corner..it will be my first big MEAL holiday and not worried at all..so far i've been to a few bar b q's and potluck last nite..no problem...I have to admit..it takes willpower and support from you friends and family..which I diffently have..so I guess you could say I get my willpower from them..My husband's company every year has this Huge FORMAL christmas party and this year its at the EMP in Seattle..they really go all out and spend loads of money on this party...well the first two I went too...then I couldnt with the third year due to a surgery I had back then..and of course last years I just wasnt going due to lack of self esteem..with the way I look...now you have to have background on his company...yuppies..young...(investing firm)and of course their either married to a young slim woman..or most of them or single and bring the slimest date they can find...well this year i'm going!!! I tryed on a dress and I slid the size 10 over my jeans and t-shirt..and figured..hey I'll get the size 8..well bought it and tryed it on..WOW!! diffently not me..lol!! I'm a levis jean and t-shirt kinda woman..and well just never thought I would see myself in a tight fitting formal dress like that..I just stared at myself in the mirror..and had to really focus that it was really me...you ever do that..I mean I have started out in a size 22 and through 15 years been so used to seeing myself in nothing but size 18/22 clothes and now seeing myself in the mirror wearing a size 8?? its unbelievable...my father keeps saying that people are wondering who he's with when we walk, because of me changing in weight so fast...I'm almost at my 6mo mark on the 11th and I've lost 82lbs I bought another pair of jeans..of course thier levi's and their a size 9jr I still wear my 11jr just because I dont like totally fitting clothes..I like a little room to bend stretch and move with having a 3 year old running after...so anyways...life is great..my husband has been the best thing in support..before and after surgery...I have to give surgery Credit to my surgeon DR. OH what a wonderful surgeon!! You've ever heard of Pay it Forward?? well I feel thats what I do with people that ask me about my surgery..one...I'm a walking advertisment...and two..reasearch your surgery...do your homework..and know its what you should do...it took me a year to get approved through insurance..never stepped down..and pushed for what I wanted. Found the perfect surgery..and dont think you'll be going into surgery with no complications...I've had none...and dont consider to be lucky..i'm not outta the woods yet...i'll feel more secure when my year comes..Well I guess I should go...I could keep typing but dont want to bore who is reading this...so...email if you have any questions..
Hi! Thanksgiving has came and went and it turned out wonderful..I had my family and others here..so there were 15 total around the table..thank goodness I have a table that seats 20 comfortable. yes..I said seats 20! Its an old table that has 6 leaves in it and I have extra chairs that fit around it. I had no problem with eating I spaced out my food and only took a tablespoon of mash potatoes and greenbean casserole and I fixed a 18lb ham which came out tasty! and of course I had some olives and hot pickels and pickled okra...and I had a sliver well not even a sliver of pumpkin pie. Of course I sat at the table and said "I'm full and couldnt eat another bite" with my hand on my tummy and everyone was laughing...my husband had 5 days off, which was really nice! We got up early day after for the big day after thanksgiving sale and met my sister like last year for shopping and then breakfast..we ended up like last year at the same place Shari's, I ordered the denver omelet and only ate 1/4 of it..but it was good. I woke up on Thanksgiving and weighed myself and saw that I lost 3lbs...and weighed myself again this morning and weighed the same..its coming off slowly, so i'm watching what I eat and when I eat..I've been getting more water in then usual which is a big problem for me..I cant stand plain water and drink the flavored water..which my son calls my exercise water...haha...cause its what I take with me to the gym....which reminds me i'm gonna hurt since I havnt went since last tuesday...ugh!! but I have to get back on the track and my monthly weigh in and measurements time is here so it will be neat to see what I've lost and measurements lost after two months working out...anyways well Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and safe one also..take care and happy losing!!
1/04/2005HAPPY NEW YEAR 2005
Well I'm sorda stuck at 133 I did gain 2lbs over the holidays but weighed myself this morning at back at 133 so maybe i'm not stuck at 133 and would have lost 2lbs but just lost the 2lbs I gained on another note I made my first appt with my ps that did my breast reduction 2 years ago to see how much a tummy tuck and implants that i really need bad..i'm almost a boy in that area...not that i'm going to get my tt now but too see whats all involved and cost..I'll let you know how it goes on the 12th when my appt is over. Till then ttyl
Hello all! well I finally hit the Century Mark!! 100lbs gone forever!! I am now weighing in at 129 can you believe that? I never thought I would ever weigh myself again and see 129..Life if so Great! and I'm loving every minute of it..I have 5lbs to meet my surgeons goal and lord help me I will make it there...well untill next time..Happy Losing..
Hi! its been few over a month since I last updated on my losing..I hit my surgeons goal about 2 weeks ago I now weigh in at 125..then last week when aunt flo came to visit I some how gained 4lbs...just outta the blue I weighed and I was back up to 129 but weighed in this am and back down to 125 I was thinking someone was messing with my scale...but I know no one in my family would do that...I have been buying some clothes and trying not to buy to many..I now wear a 4/6 sweat jacket and shirts..but all depends of course on the brand..but no matter what I wear a medium and I wear a size 6 jeans..but I know if I had a tt now I would wear a 4 or even 2 its weird cause with the size 6 jeans I have alot of room in the hip and thigh/legs and then the waist is whats doing it too me..due to the excess skin I have..but of course the lower the jeans the smaller I can wear..I cant wait till the summer where I can be more active and maybe help some of my skin out tighting it..I had my wedding ring resized..or should I say..we traded in my old set and bought a new one..bought two rings..one was a solitare princess cut 1.5 carat and then had it made into another ring that had 3 diamonds on each side that total another 1.5 carat...I never imagined ever having a 3,000 ring on my finger..my husband said that I deserved it..and now that we could afford it why not do it...well I also went from a size 8 ring down to a size 6 and in fact I could wear a 5 1/2 but my knuckle would keep it from getting on my finger so now it spins aroundI have to find something to stop it..oh and another thing that we did was buy a house....his second, but my first house I picked out and now buying...I just cant wait...we close on the 17th of March...its even came with a 4 person hot tub! I still cant get over what this past year has brought me and my family..my kids just cant get over my with my weight loss..my son turned 17 on friday and still loves the fact that he can hug me with arms around me and also that he could pick me up..and of course him being taller then me also..im 5'2 and he's now 5'7 he's always been a small guy..but really getting up there..so I guess with me being so petite now he's loving it..I can even fit into his jeans...lol! who would have ever thought that! My 14year daughter is trying to borrow my clothes outta my closet...or...i'm somtimes wearing her jeans..of course her larger ones..since she is still a bit smaller then me in areas..and due to the fact that i've had 3 kids and my hips and other areas have grown out....oh..okay heres something else to talk about..for those of you that have had breast reduction prior to wls..I was a ddd before BR and went down to a 40C now at 9mo post op of wls I am now a tiny ole little
34 barley a B no cleavage...unless I find that darn waterbra im looking for..I do have some..thier just so little...i'm totally fine with that...I have thought maybe down the road after having a TT I might want implants..back up to a C...but you know..im just not ina rush for it..I was large for so long that I love not having to worry about them and well I think thier cute! and the hubby doesnt have no concerns with them being tiny either...but not saying later on down the road I am interested in getting them larger...and mainly for the cleavage..thas what I miss the most. Things are going so good right now..with family, relationship with my husband, which has always been great..just better then before. I'm still not eating anyhting with over 10g sugar in it and staying away from certain foods..but mainly I can eat about anything...oh except I cant do alot of milk products unless its nonfat or ff and still if I eat alot of ff cottage cheese it turns my stomach for the rest of the day and gives me bad gas and sounds...so I'm very careful on that...other then that..I just wanted to check in and give the low down on whats happening in my life after wls..untill next month..Happy losing!!
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Well here it is already a new year...and a happy one again! I've kept myself stable weight not letting myself get back into a situation of eating and being lazy! I have more energy then ever...I can hold a bit more food then I was able to before...but I still make the right food choices and really dont go out to dinners very much, specially to fast food resturants..which is the more dangerous! I've decided that I have to finish what I've started and have my plastic surgery done...I've been searching around and making calls pretty soon on consulations before I make a decision on my plastic†surgeon, I used for my breast reductions before I had wls just to make sure with prices and creditonals on procedures...I'm looking into having a† TT and Breast Augmentation done...and dont know whatever else that REALLY needs to be done...but those are the two that bothers me the most! other then that that is whats going on with me and my 3 year anniversary is coming up in May 11th...gosh....3 years..WOW! I'll report back when I find out what i'm doing and when its going to happen...and of course post pics! till then...Happy losing!!
I am having a Tummy Tuck today with Dr Nyte of Maple Valley..I made a excellent choice and in good hands. pray for a fast recovery for me!
Well i'm back online...I made it through with flying colors..everything turned out great! but can I say out of all the surgery's I've had this was the most painful yet! he had to repair my stomach muscles which he said if he had to it would be painful to recover..he wasnt kiddin either...he took off a little over 2lbs of skin no lipo was needed and it was just a bikini cut tummy tuck incision nothing out of the ordinary oh and I got my little belly button...i'm almost two weeks out and looking forward to the months to come to see it all healed...it looks great now imagine months from now...have I said I love life? I'm sure I have....I feel wonderful and happy with my choice of plastic surgeon..Thank you Dr. Nyte!!
I also have uploaded some photos of before and after but they will be taken down after awhile...Thanks!