~*~June 7, 2005~*~
I went to an informational meeting with my daughter to learn more about WLS. I had been on the fence about this but I am glad that I went. I originally went as a support for her but I ended up taking a packet to get the process started for me.
~*~June 21, 2005~*~
This is the real deal . . . I finished filling out all of the paperwork and sent it in.
~*~July 5, 2005~*~
I received a call from Nurse Barb to set up a consultation. OMG-OMG-OMG . . . I am so excited yet I am so scared. Am I doing the right thing? Should I take a stab at one more diet?
I have been on line reading other profiles, lurking on the message boards and researching other sites. I have realized that I am more than ready to go through with WLS . . . bring it on!
~*~ July 25, 2005~*~
I met with Nurse Barb today. What a great gal. We spent an hour reviewing the new life changing adventure that I am about to begin. I then did the psyche evaluation test (via computer-took over an hour) and then some blood work. I have appointments set-up for the next step of the process which is to take 4 hours.
I am more convinced now than ever that WLS is right for me.
~*~August 8, 2005~*~
I did the 4 hour assessment today (physician, psychologist, dietitian & physical therapist). I have a few recommendations from the various doctors to start working on. This is just one step closer to the finish line!
~*~August 17, 2005~*~
Went back for the psyche follow-up assessment . . . . Hey, I’m not crazy . . . WOW! Now the waiting game starts with the approval from the insurance company (fingers crossed).
~*~ August 31, 2005~*~
The paperwork has been submitted to the insurance company. Now it's just the waiting game.
I never knew I looked this big - I just thought I was "a bit chunky"!
~*~September 7, 2005~*~
I received a call today from nurse Barb. I have officially been approved and I have a date set-up with a surgeon (head spinning round and round)!!
~*~September 14, 2005~*~
I met with the surgeon today and picked a date. My new life transformation will begin on October 25th at 10:00 am! I am not even scared. I am so pumped. I am so tired of being heavy and lugging this weight around.
~*~October 25, 2005~*~
Today is the big day, the day my life will change forever.
~*~November 3, 2005~*~
Well, it has been a little over a week since I had surgery and I am feeling wonderful! I am amazed at how good I feel. I thought that there would be more pain. My surgery was moved up to 7:30 am on the 25th. By 6:00 pm that night I had dumped the morphine pump and started doing liquid percocet. I was released Thursday the 27th. I have found out that if I push myself too much, my body will implode on me. I was feeling pretty cocky and thought I could go into work on Saturday (4 days after major surgery) to take care of a few things. The few things turned into 6 hours. I paid for that the next day. I was so tired and felt like crap – my rheumatoid arthritis wasn’t helping much either. I have learned what it means to “hit the wall”. I am struggling a little trying to keep on track and get all of the liquids in. Over all, I am glad I made the decision to have this surgery.
My future looks bright and “lighter” (hahaha).
~*~November 19, 2005~*~
Me and Wendy at the Gala
~*~ November 22, 2005~*~
4 Weeks Post-Op
~*November 24, 2005~*~
Well, today is Thanksgiving and I am going to my in-laws for dinner. I have not told them that I had the surgery. I usually have a few cocktails before dinner but this year drank only water. I thought that that would be a dead give away that something was up. When dinner started, I put a little bit of turkey and a little bit of mashed potatoes on my plate. I was sitting next to my brother-in-law and he looked at me and commented "What are ya on a diet or something?". I just smiled and said yes I am. I said that I have decided to stop drinking alcohol and pop and no more large portions, that I need to watch what I ate. The subject was dropped. I ate my small portions and had a very good time just chatting with everyone.
Whew . . . . one holiday down and 2 more to go!
~*~December 24, 2005~*~
This morning we went to breakfast with the in-laws at Perkins. They still do not know about the surgery. I ordered a cheese omelet with hash browns (figuring my husband would eat them) and had the muffing put in a to-go bag. I was sitting next to my brother-in-law again. He wasn't feeling very good and only ordered a Carmel roll. When the food came, I cut the omelet in half hoping that I could eat most of it. I offered the hash browns to my husband but my brother-in-law asked if he could have some. Not a problem. When all was said and done, my brother-in-law had eaten all of my hash browns (yeah) and the other half of my omelet. Again, no one has a clue that I had surgery.
It was my turn to host Christmas Eve for my side of the family. They all know about the surgery. I had all kinds of appetizers plus ham, cheesy potatoes, buns etc. It was amazing. The first time at a holiday function and I was not cramming food into my face. I had a few shrimp and some chunks of cheese. That was it. I was satisfied. I also drank water instead of having many glasses of wine or a cocktail. Only one more holiday to tackle.
I can hardly wait for the New Year!
Me & Wendy
3 Months Post-Op
~*~February 28, 2006~*~
I have really been struggling the last couple of months. I am not getting enough protein, water or exercise in. I know what I am supposed to do, but I just don't. I am dealing with a lot of head games lately. I keep comparing my stats to others who have had surgery around the same time as me. I am mentally beating myself up. I never realized how much I relied on food as my comfort. When I look back at where I started from 4 months ago, I have really accomplished a lot! I know I can do it. I need to remember the basics and do the best I can. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. I need to remember that I am changing 45 years of bad habits.
Baby steps . . . .
4 months Post-op
~*~March 31, 2006~*~
I am working on getting all of my water & protein in but I find myself coming up short. My weight loss has slowed down but I am not worried about it. I know that everyone loses at different rates. I would rather lose slow, working on changing my habits than have my weight drop so fast that I take it for granted. When the scale doesn't move the inches do. I have lost 8 inches off my waist, 9 inches from my hips and a total of 31.5 overall. Not to shabby if you ask me!
~*~April 28, 2006~*~
I attended the WLSEC Spring Thaw with Wendy this weekend. What a hoot! I had the best time. Friday night was a "Hoedown" with Jackie Guerra as the keynote speaker. What a lovely lady. I danced until midnight with my fellow weight loss buddies. Saturday was unbelievable! The key note speaker in the morning was Katie Jay – another great woman who has inspired me by her story. We broke out into small group sessions of our choice for the afternoon. I attended the Body Image session first. It was very emotional for me to here what others thought of the way they looked because it was what I hear running through my head also. I learned from Jo Ellen that it is OK TO BE HUGGED. I have this issue of letting people in my imaginary space and hugging me – weird. I then attended Bo McCoy’s session. He is an amazing man. I finished the afternoon with Chef Dave – nummy! That evening we had a fabulous dinner, another keynote speaker – Colleen Cook (not so exciting) and the fashion show. What a metamorphosis these woman have had in the past year! They all looked beautiful. The DJ that night was boring so I only stayed until 11:30ish. All in all it was a great weekend. I can’t wait until next year!
Mary, Sue, Gwen, Wendy, Michelle, Christine, Terri & Jo Ellen
Me & Wendy Friday night at the Hoedown
Me & Wendy Saturday night
~*~May 17, 2006~*~
Here are a few pictures from my trip to Cancun (May 17th – 24th). I was concerned as to what I was going to be able to eat in Mexico but I did just fine. I ate a lot of cheese quesadillas and chicken. I tried to drink as much bottled water as possible. A good time was had by all. It was much easier walking this year than in the previous years – I was not carrying as much weight around!
~*~July 8, 2006~*~
Here I am with my kids Kelly & Wendy
Me & Wendy
~*~October 25, 2006~*~
On the flip side, my rheumatoid arthritis has not improved. I know there is less strain on my joints but I still have several days with pain. I thought things in my marriage would improve but unfortunately things have not. WLS is not a cure all. Going into this surgery I knew this but somewhere deep inside I thought that it would fix all of my problems. The problems are still there. I still see the “FAT GIRL” in the mirror. I may have physically changed but mentally I have not. I need to work on my issues realizing that I can no longer turn to food for comfort. Every day is a new beginning – Focus on protein 1st, try to get in my fluids and take my vitamins. This is just the beginning of my new life. I will struggle with my weight for the rest of my life but now I have a TOOL that will help me be successful. I also need to thank my daughter Wendy. Without her I would have never achieved the success that I now have. She is my rock, she is my sounding board, she has always been there for me through thick and thin, but above all she is my angel.
Well, it has been 1 year since I have had surgery. I have lost over 100 pounds! A lot of things in my life have changed and a lot of things have remained the same. My overall health has improved immensely. I can do more physical activity with ease. I am able to do the simple things in life that others may take for granted.
Thank you darlin - I love you!
~*~October 31, 2006~*~
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