May 15, 2018
I can't keep track of how many weeks post op I am any more, lol, so I am counting the months instead.
Spring is finally here in Norther Ontario and I have been feeling so much better now that I can get out and about on a regular basis.
Yesterday I did a 21 km bike ride, and had a fantastic day. The day before I did 14 km, and I've cycled 93 km in the last 3 weeks, which is great. I also walked and hiked for hours.
My weight is still fluctuating and I'm having terrible water retention, especially after walking or cycling. My legs are swelling up so much that they look like tree trunks, and I have to lay with them elevated for hours before they go back to normal. My doctor cut my water pills down to half a pill a day after I lost all the weight, and I think I need the whole pill. I've emailed him and am waiting to hear back. I've struggled with edema since i was a teenager, even before the original weight gain, so I guess it was wishful thinking to hope weight loss would make it go away.
The results of my 1 year blood work were great; everything is as it should be. The nurse appointment also went well, and I was told that I totally exceeded their expectations as they didn't think I'd get lower than 220 Lbs. I was told I should be eating at least 1200 calories a day, especially with all of the exercise I've been getting.
I've been eating well and getting lots of exercise but still can't get my weight to go down more but I really think it's from the water retention. Yesterday I ate 900 calories and burned 1320 calories from bike riding, and most days are like that so I'd think the weight should go down again.