Personal Comments (ALL UPDATES ARE AT THE BOTTOM)
I decided in June 2001 that I needed to do something about my weight. When I was born I was not a fat baby. I weighed 9lbs 11oz and was 22 inches long. I was a thin kid until I was molested at 8 years old. And I didnt tell anyone I turned to food and thats when I started gaining weight. All the kids used to make fun of me. I remember in high school 1988 I was a sophmore. All the kids knew where to find the candy. I had it. My father and I decided to go to weight watchers and I was dumb founded. My father weighed 306 & I weighed 305. I did very well, I lost 90 lbs and stopped going. And put it all back on plus.
I wish I would have kept a journal. If you read this and are thinking about having the surgery keep a journal. I try remembering dates of when I found out things and cant remember them.
I told my pp that I want the surgery. He said ok and would get the ball rolling on what I needed to do. I was the first patient of his to request the surgery, so he was a little uneducated on what to do. I had received a call that I need to meet with a psychologist & dietician. Within a month I had met with both of them and they said I was a perfect candidate for the surgery and they would write up there report and give to my doctor.
I received a letter in October that they received the information and I would be notified within 3weeks to 3 months. I thought this was going to be a long 3 months.
I received a call on a SATURDAY from my pp stating I was approved. I couldnt believe it happened so fast. And I was told that I would here something within 6 weeks.
I finally received a packet in the mail(that was a long 6 weeks) about Kaiser sending there patients to Pacific Bariatric in San Diego. I didnt even think twice. I called PB on that Monday and asked when the next orientation class was. And I found out it was Febuary 12 2002.
I went to orientation with a friend who is trying to have the surgery but hasnt been apporved yet. The meeting was at Kaiser South San Francisco. I had thought there would be big people there. But when I got there I was in complete shock. I had never seen so many obese people ever. I was scared because I thought oh no I am going to have to wait for all these people to have the surgery before me. The meeting went very well. Very informative. They gave us all the lab work we needed done and a ton of paper work to fill out. I joke about my weight. I think alot of us do. When we left the meeting and took the elevator down. I saw the elevator full of obese people. And I kept looking at the maximum weight. I finally said SHUT THE DOOR, WERE AT MAXIMUM CAPACITY. And everyone laughed which I was glad. I didnt want to offend anyone. But that was kinda scary.
I fasted the night before and went and had my blood work done first thing in the morning. Boy they take alot of blood. I went to work and faxed all my info to Pacific Bariatric (19 pages). I missed 2 on my test. Not to bad.
I dont remember the date I got the call but I believe it was only a week later because my galbladder ultrasound was scheduled for Febuary 25. But I received a call from Susan who is working with Kaiser patients. And she said we got all the information and we can schedule the appointments to meet with the psychologist, internist, and surgeon. I was in shock when she said March 6. I was soo happy because couldnt believe it was happening so fast.
Febuary 25, 2002
I went for my galbladder ultrasound today in Vallejo at the hospital. And I thought everything went well. She didnt say anything to me. I went to the clinic in Napa to see my husband how is dr appointment was going. And our dr walked by and asked me to talk to him in the hallway. Now this was only 1 hour after I left my galbladder ultrasound. Dr said there was no stones but they want to do a catscan and to make an appointment with him within the next 2 days. They think I have a clogged duct. Now I am a little stressed because I have my appointment in San Diego that I dont want to have to reschedule.
Febuary 28, 2002
I met with my pp. He pushed on my stomach and asked if I had any problem eating or any pain. How was I feeling I said fine to all. Obviously I have no problem eating. The dr asked for my surgeons telephone number he wanted to discuss this with him. I thought oh great. Well the dr called me at work personally and said no big deal. All I have is an enlarged duct. And they will look at my galbladder during surgery to see if it needs to be removed.
March 6, 2002
I left my home at 3am to go to Sacramento Airport on a 6 am flight to San Diego. My first appointment was with the psychologist at 9am. Everything went well and she approved me to have surgery. My next appointment was at 11:15 with the internist. Everything went well and he approved me for the surgery. Last appointment finally was at 3:15. Dr.Zorn was ontime thank god. I was exhausted by this point. He reviewed the surgery told me what to expect and sent my on way so I could hopefully catch an earlier flight. I was originally scheduled to leave San Diego at 8:30 pm, but knew there was an earlier flight at 5:20. So I flew to the airport. Southwest guy said I have to put you on standby its a full flight. About 10 minutes later he called my name. I wish I had his name. Because it was a full flight. He gave me an extra seat no charge so I would be more comfortable. And he gave me a pre board pass to. He was my guardian angel that day. I got home at 8:30pm instead of 11:30pm. I was so happy to be home.
I got the call this day. My surgery date will be May 8, 2002 at 7am. I couldnt believe that this was it. I had been waiting for this day for almost a year(shy 1 month). May 8th is also my 30 birthday. I couldnt ask for a better present. This is the present of life.
April 1, 2002
I am still walking on air. Counting the days until surgery. I really enjoy the comments people have sent me. And reading everyone's success stories. This site has been very helpful and I found alot of support here. I wish everyone all the best.
April 21, 2002
I am still walking on air. I just received my flight & hotel information on Saturday. Its becoming so real. I am not nervous yet. But totally not sure what to expect, because I have never had surgery or even stayed overnight in a hospital. I have met 2 great people here who are very supportive & they are Carol of Napa and Brandy of Windsor. I truelly appreciate there support & getting to know them both. Carol and I went to lunch today and I enjoyed her company. I was surprised how different Kaiser & Pacific Bariatric each handle the surgery procedures. I am leaving on May 7th for San Diego. So I will update right before I leave.
May 5, 2002
Well I am just a few days away from surgery. I am becoming very nervous and scared. When I get nervous or really stressed my exema breaks out on my hands. And boy has it broken out. I have been very busy trying to get everything together that I need to take. I truelly appreciate everyone's kind words and prayers. My angel Brandy will be updating the site often. I am scheduled to come home on May 14th as long as everything goes well. Keep your fingers crossed.
May 7, 2002
It's 4:50 am. Just getting ready to leave for the airport. Packing the C-pap machines his & hers. Can't wait to stop using it. I am actually pretty calm this morning. Can't wait to take the milk of magnesia NOT. I am just over 24 hours from surgery. I cant wait to be on the other side. Keeping my fingers crossed that everything goes smoothly. Well so long. Thanks for all your support. And will let you know how things go. My angel is keeping a good eye on me. Thanks a million Brandy. See you all on the other side.¤Ü¤
May 14, 2002
I am on the other side now and it feels great. I had my surgery on May 8th (also my 30th bday) and everything went great. Today is my first day home from San Diego and I feel good. I have not needed to take any pain medication at all. I took it the other night just to help me sleep and I wanted to throw it all back up it was soo nasty. I was discharged from the hospital on Monday the 13th. I had a pain in my chest. Come to find out it was because I was swallowing air when I sipped my juice. So I got an extra 2 nights for that.LOL Boy am I glad I stayed those 2 extra nights because I was so uncomfortable in the hotel for the 1 night I had to stay in it. And I am so glad to be home. It was 10x easier than I thought it would be. I had surgery at 7am and they got me up around 6pm to go on my walk. The male nurse (cutie)was totally shocked that I didnt fight him. I just got up and walked around the entire floor and a half. He said he hasnt seen anyone do that before. I dont know if he was just saying that to make me feel good. But it did the trick. And it got easier everyday. Well I will chat more tomorrow. I am tired from the flight home. Oh and I already lost 20 lbs only 6 days after having surgery..Yahoo..
May 17, 2002
I first want to thank my angel Brandy Wood for being such a great angel. And I want to thank everyone who gave me so many encouraging words here. I couldnt have done it without the support here. And I want to Congratulate Brandy, her surgery is scheduled May 22, 2002 so pray and keep her in your thoughts. I am 9 days post op and fell good. I am eating soft foods (egg,yogurt,cheese etc) and drinking lots of water. I am truelly surprised how I can fill up on those foods. I cant wait to actually start eating real food. I think just because I want something to chew.I dont know how much, or if I have lost anymore weight since my 6 day post op appointment. Unfortunately I dont have a scale that weighs over 400 lbs. And can you believe that Kaiser Napa doesn't have a scale over 350. Oh that iritates me. Will update again soon.¤Ü¤
May 23, 2002
Gosh time goes by fast. I didn't realize the last time I wrote was on the 17th. Well alot has happened since then. I had my first experience at a social function with food. That was hell. My husband was in a wedding, so we went to the rehearsel dinner. I thought I could handle it, I was wrong. When I walked in the door I walked into a house of aroma. The place was full of the smell's of food. Everybody was walking around eating and drinking. And I had my water bottle and yogurt. I started crying and told my husband I need to go home. My wonderful friend Lindsay came to get me. I told my husband he had to stay because he was in the wedding. He said as soon as you get home I want you to call Brandy (my angel). So I did. But she wasn't there. She was on her way to Lake Tahoe for her last rendevous, because her surgery is on May 22. So I called Carol, who also is going to be having surgery soon. And after speaking with Carol I felt much better. I also went on the website and talked to people in the chat room which helped to. The wedding was on Sunday the 19th. And I was planning on going for a walk during dinner. Well I didn't have too. They served mashed potatoes with dinner. So I was able to eat with everyone else. I also took a bite of the Tri-tip. Boy was that good. I chewed and chewed until every last drop of juice was gone, then ran to the bathroom to spit it out. The bride laughed at me. I highly recommend that to everyone who has a social event. It makes you feel like you are not missing out, and you get to enjoy the same foods everyone else is. And at this point I still don't know how much I have lost. Nobody has a scale that goes over 400lbs in Napa and I didn't have a measuring tape big enough to go around me. My next post op appointment isn't until June 12, so I will know then what I have lost.
Well I got sick for my first time on Thursday May 23. I ate chicken for my first time. My husband threw it on the barbcue. And boy was it good. About an hour after I ate just a tiny bit. I got a sweet craving, so I had a sugar free popsicle, and thats what I threw up. The chicken stayed down. I know I didn't dump. I think my stomach was just too full to hold anything else. Well today I went to Kaiser Sacramento with my friend Carol who is meeting with her surgeon on June 4th. And got to weigh in for the first time since May 14th. Well as of today I am 17 days post op and have lost a total of 43lbs. I weighed 444 day of surgery and I am now at 401. I couldn't believe my eyes. As soon as I got home I had some chicken cause I hadn't eaten in 7 hours. And within 10 minutes I threw it up. I think I ate too fast. Or the barbecue sauce wasn't diluted enough. So that's my 2nd time with getting sick. But I still don't think I have dumped yet. Well i'll write again soon.
May 30, 2002
Everything is going well. I am walking 3-5 times a week. I was craving pickles the other night. So I tried one. About 20 minutes later it came up and out. Oh well. It sure tasted good. I have discovered egg salad. Yumm! I eat it with just a tiny bit of mayo. No bread or crackers. Just egg,mayo,salt & pepper. And I can only take about 3 bites and feel over full. My other favorite is refried beans,cheese and imo sour cream. I have that alot too. I have not had chicken since Saturday. I don't want to get sick by eating that again. Even though I think it was because of the barbecue sauce. I have had really no problems. The only problem I have had is dizziness/light headed. I called the dr's yesterday, and Dr.Zorn called me back and said to drink more. I said I am drinking over 64oz of water a day. He said I just went thru major surgery and am dropping weight fast. I am suppose to go back to work on June 17th and the dr said if the dizziness hasn't gone away I am not going back yet. I am not driving because of that. So that's about it. My angel and friend Brandy just had her surgery last week. And she is home now. And doing well. Will update soon.
June 3, 2002
Boy what a time I have had since my last update. I think I have been eating too fast because I haven't been able to keep much down other than yogurt. I even got sick from my vitamins. Today I weighed myself and I weigh 394 now. I am under the 400 mark. Yahoo! So in 26 days I have lost 50lbs. I still have my dizzy spells. But other than that I feel good. I am walking everyday for about 30 minutes. Today I went with my husband and friend to the Culinary Institue of America in St.Helena. I got to eat purple potatoes, and they were really good. The waitress laughed at me when I asked for a doggy bag. She couldn't believe that little bit of potatoes I ate was fulfilling. Had a great time. I didn't mind watching my husband and friend eat some rich foods. I did have a bite of my husbands halibit. That was good. Well tomorrow I am going to my first post op meeting. I am looking forward to it. Talk to you soon.
June 4, 2002
I went to my first post op support group in Walnut Creek. I met alot of people at all different stages after surgery. It was nice talking to people hearing what they have been eating. And to know that the gurgling from my stomach is normal. Everyone was very excited to meet me and can't wait to see me next month at the next meeting. I would like to get a support group going up in Napa where I live. I know there are many people who have had the surgery and many who are thinking about it. I came home from the meeting and had a omelette with cheese. Boy was it yummy. I got the idea from the meeting. I also took a bite of my husband's cheeseburger. That was yummy too. And it stayed down. It had mayo,ketchup,bread,cheese & hamburger. I just wanted to chew and spit. But I swallowed it. I thought I would pay big time for that. But I feel fine. I haven't dumped yet. I go to my next meeting June 12th. That's my 1 month post op. I will be meeting with Dr.Rumsey. I am looking forward to that. Talk again soon.
June 10, 2002
Well it's been almost a week since my last update. Things are going pretty well. Other than my dizzy spells I keep getting. My 1 month post op appt is in 2 days so we will see what they say. This weekend I had a barbecue to go to. And was asked to bring macaroni salad, which I used to love. After I made it I took a bite to see if it tasted ok. It didn't. So I added more stuff. Tasted it again, added more stuff tasted again. So I had 3 bites. And within 30 minutes it all came up. So I know no pasta for me. Oh well. I really don't mind. I had barbecued chicken at the party and that was yummy. My friend Michelle is having surgery today. Keep her in your prayers. I am having a problem remembering to take my vitamins. I am going to get one of those daily pill boxes to see if that helps. I also have trouble taking the actigall. They want you to take with food. It just takes so much water for me to swallow that pill that I don't feel well after I drink the water. And I have been getting bloody noses. Boy I can sure go on and on. Well I will update when I get home from the appt on Wednesday and find out how much more weight I have lost. It's been a week today since I last weighed in so I am excited.
June 12, 2002
Well I have now lost 58lbs in 5 weeks.My weight loss has been
May 8 444 (day of surgery)
May 14 423 21 lbs lost
May 25 401 22 lbs lost
June 3 394 7 lbs lost
June 12 386 8 lbs lost
July 1 371 15 lbs lost
I went to my 1 month appointment today in Sacramento. Dr.Rumsey said it's ok to start eating cooked vegetables and melon. And I asked why I am still having dizzy spells. And he thinks it's because of the rapid weight loss. I finally got to meet my angel Brandy Wood's. She is a great person. I truelly am glad I have her for a friend. We went to the produce stand after the meeting. And I had some bing cherries. Boy were they good. But about 5 min after I ate them I didn't feel so well. My husband and I had to go to Smart & Final to pick some stuff up for my nephews birthday and I got sick in the store from the cherries. Thank god I brought in my plastic bag with me. I never leave home without it anymore. I am actually bummed that my weight loss has slowed down. I know that I have lost alot of weight in a short amount of time. It's just that I was losing 20+ lbs a week and now I am only losing 7-8 lbs a week. That's what I am having a hard time dealing with. I know it's stupid. I am actually going to check into going to a counsler. When I got home I went walking. And I didn't want to stop walking until I was not able to walk anymore. My 1 1/2 to 2 miles wasn't good enough and that's why I am not losing the weight like I was the first 2 weeks. I know it's all mental and I will even plateu soon. I am just scared how I will feel when I plateu, if I am going to be as sad as I was today. I am joining a gym within the next week. And plan on going daily. Well that's about it. Willl update soon again.
June 19, 2002
I forget to update my profile more and more now. LOL. Well I am 6 weeks post op now. Not sure how much weight I have lost since last Wednesday. I don't like to weigh myself alot cause it seems every scale is different. I am doing pretty well, other than having dizzy spells. I get them alot through out the day. I have joined a gym. I have been going everyday. I really enjoy the water aerobics. I have been going to that 2x a day. I need to do more cardiovascular though. I feel my muscles getting bigger and bigger in my calfs and I don't want them any bigger. I got really sick the other day. I had chili & saltine cracker for lunch and was sick for the next 4 hours. I must have thrown up 6 times. I don't know why I got so sick. I had eaten both of them before. Someone said I dumped. But I don't believe I did. Who knows I just know I am never doing that again. I have been talking with people in my aerobics class and have found out that 3 people are in the process of having the surgery done also. And I have met a lady who had it done 11 months ago. I tell everyone I would do it again in a heartbeat. Will update again soon.
June 26, 2002
Wow another week has gone by. Well not much to update. I am still having dizzy spells EVERYDAY. I have not really been sick this week. Only got sick 1x and that was because I ate a red licorice. I should have known better. I was at the movies and didn't eat popcorn and the sugar was low in the licorice. Oh well. I love to eat melon. I got the ok to eat that. I haven't tried cooked vegies yet. I am trying to eat all protein. I have had some lettuce and that stays down. And I am going to the gym 5 days a week. So feeling pretty good. I am going to weigh myself tomorrow to see how much I have lost. I hope it's a decent amount.
I finally went and weighed myself. I now weigh 371 which is a total of 73 lbs in 7 weeks. I went to the gym today. I walked on the treadmill 2 miles and rode 7 miles on the bike. I wanted to go more but I had a dizzy spell. I haven't gotten sick in over a week. Boy am I happy about that. I went camping this weekend and discovered peanuts. And they agreed with me. Yahoo. I chewed and chewed and chewed. I was nervous of them causing a block. But all went well. I will be going back to work next week. I am glad to get back in the swing of things. My dizzy spells have occured less so I feel comfortable with going back. Will write soon.
July 10, 2002
Hi all. Well I went back to work today. It will be good to get back into the swing of things. I am still having my dizzy spells but they are not bad like they used to be. I weighed myself yesterday and I have now lost 84 lbs and weigh 360. I can't wait to be able to stand on a regular scale and not a bariatric scale. Everyone at work was excited to see me and how much weight I have lost.I am still going to the gym and doing my work out. I know if I stop excercising the weight loss will slow down. So I go 5 days a week to the gym. I would go 7 days a week but I don't want to get burned out. I am getting bored with the foods I eat. I need more of a variety. I am just scared to introduce new stuff cause I don't want to get sick or dump. I had fresh crab the other day and it stayed down. I just felt like I had to chew forever. Well that's the latest. Will update again soon.
July 17, 2002
Well I was a very bad girl today. My husband and friend went to the culinary institue of america in St.Helena tonight for dinner. And because my friends daughter works there they gave us all a sample of 5 of there desserts. I took a bite of creme brole(I think that's how you spell it), homemade chocolate and vanilla ice cream and had a strawberry which after I put it in my mouth I discoverd it had sugar on it. The worser news is I don't dump. I never felt sick from the dessets. And the creme brole(I don't know how to spell it) has melted sugar on top. So I am nervous that I don't dump. But I did go to the gym after dinner and worked out hard for an hour. I am going to go weigh myself on Thursday so I can hopefully see the scale go down. I have been back to work for a week now. It's good to get back into the swing of things. Will update when I weigh myself in 2 days. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
July 23, 2002
Well as of last Thursday I weighed 354, 90lbs lost. It feels great. I did have a bad food week this past week by eating the foods I know are bad for me. I had all that bad food at the culinary institue. I had also had McDonald's. I ate 4 fries and a bite of a cheeseburger. I used to eat that everyday. But I can say that it doesn'taste like it used to. And I don't care to have it again. It wasn't good at all. I was actually very surprised cause I lived on McDonald's #2 forever. I also had one of my favorite old drinks called a Mochachini. I usually got a grande so I asked for a small. I had about 3 sips and gave it to my husband. The caffine gave me a headache so I won't have that anymore. And the best thing of all I don't want it. It did nothing for me. Well with all the sugar I had this week I still have not dumped. I may be one of those few that doesn't. Will update when I weigh myself this week.
Well I was really shocked when I weighed myself today. I have now lost 98lbs since surgery on May 8th. I now weigh 346. I still am amazed. My friend Carol had her surgery 1 week ago today. She is doing well. She has had some pain & nausea but I talked to her today and she is feeling 75% better than when she came home. I am soo excited for her. I am going to go see her on Saturday. She was about the same weight as I was for surgery. So I am hoping it falls off of her as quick as it's fallen off for me. Well off to bed. I will update soon. I have my 3 month appointment in Hayward on August 13 with my fav Dr.Zorn. I can't wait to see him. He was my surgeon and he is the best. Night all.
August 1, 2002
As of today I am down 101 pounds in less than 3 months.I now weigh 343 and my weight the day of surgery was 444.When I went to my consultation with PB in March 2002 I weighed 451. I have only lost 3lbs since last thursday when I weighed in last. I am retaining water right now because of my period which I get every 3 weeks on schedule. That has never happened before. Everything is going well. My husband said I am doing circles around him. I don't like just sitting anymore. I have to be doing something. It feels great though. I have never done that before. I have been able to eat anything. Nothing bother's me. I don't dump. I have tried something very sweet and fried food and feel fine. I have also had popcorn with butter on it at the movies and felt fine. I try staying away from that stuff knowing that I won't get sick. I haven't thrown up in almost a month. Which I am glad about. I am wearing some clothes that I haven't woren in 3 years. I just don't seem to lose anything in my hips. But I am probably wrong. Everyone says you can see it all over. Which makes me feel really good. Well will update soon.
August 9, 2002
I am now 3 months 1 day post op. And I weigh 339. A loss of 105lbs. I still can't believe I have lost that much. I was finally able to put on a pair of jean shorts I have had for over 3 years now. I still am in shock that they fit me. Everything is going really well. I am still going to the gym 5 days a week adn doing an hour of cardio work out. I need to start doing some weights for my upper body. I had been doing really well not getting sick. It had been over 1 month that I threw up. And just the other night I got sick. I took 2 bites of a corn dog from the fair. So I won't eat that again. The only real problem that I am having is constipation. I had it really bad this week. I had to call the dr's to find out what I could do about it. I am still sore. I am glad it has passed. Other than that I feel great.
August 16, 2002
Well I went to Hayward on Tuesday the 13th just to see my surgeon Dr.Zorn and was disappointed. Dr.Tanaka was the surgeon that came and I don't care for him. He was very funny and personable with his patients, but when I went in to see him. He took 30 seconds to ask me a few questions and that was it. See you in 3 months. If I would have know Dr.Zorn wouldn't have been there I would have waited to go to Sacramento on the 15th. But anyhow enough complaining. I have lost 110 lbs now. I feel great. I am just about ready to start buying some new clothes. Well at least underwear. They are HUGE on me. I can eat anything and not get sick. I don't dump. I can eat more soft foods than I can of heavier foods. That scares me sometimes. I have joined a softball team now and still going to the gym 5x a week. I do 1 hour of cardio and every other day I do 30 minutes of weights on top of that. I truelly feel this is why I have lost so much weight in 13 weeks.
August 29, 2002
Well as of today I am down to 323. A loss of 121 lbs since May 8. The weight loss has slowed down. And it's because I can eat anything I want. I don't dump unfortunately. I do only eat small portions but I am trying to get myself back on the right track. I have joined a softball league. On top of going to the gym 4-5 times a week. It feels great to play. I wouldn't have been able to play before the surgery. My friend Darlene leaves next Wednesday for surgery with Dr.Zorn. Everyone please say a prayer that everything goes smoothly. Will update soon.
September 22, 2002
Wow! I can't believe how long it's been since I updated last. Well as of Saturday 9/21 I weigh 308. A loss of 136lbs. I feel great. The only problem I seem to have is I am very clumsy right now. Why, I don't know. I am constantly tripping, falling & running into things. Oh ya and thing's hitting me 2x in 10 days. First a softball, right into the mouth and then a bunge cord, right into the side of my face barely missing my eye. I now have a black eye and big booboo on the side of my face. I went to SSF with my buddy Carol on Saturday to a support group. And then we went to Making It Big clothes store and bought some clothes. I was soo happy for my friend Carol. She was able to buy smaller clothes. She was soo happy. And today I went to Target with a friend. And holy cow I was able to put on a pair of jeans. The 22w were a little snug. I still can't believe I am wearing jeans. Then I went to Walmart. I tried on a pair of 22w first and I couldn't even get them on. The 24w at least I got them on my hips but not buttoned. So I bought 26w. I am not sure if I am going to keep them or not. We'll see. I am playing softball now on the fall league. I need to get my butt back in gear and get to the gym more. I am slowing down with the gym. Just doesnt seem to be enough time in the day. Well gotta go. Will update soon.
October 4, 2002
I have really slooooowed down in my weight loss and I am only to blame. Since the last time I weighed in I was at 308 on 9/21. Well I have only lost 2 lbs since then almost 2 weeks later. I have never really platued yet. But I have allowed this to happen to myself. I don't seem to have enough time to go to the gym 5 days a week like I had the first few months. I am always busy. My going to the gym has slowed down to 1-2 times a week. I love going to the gym. I need to stop making excuses and just do it. I also know that I dont't dump. And found that I can eat anything. Work had some cupcakes. And they looked so good. I had one and ate the whole thing. It had a good 2 inches of frosting on the top. I also had to make chocolate chip cookises the other day. And I found that I ate them everyday. I just need to keep that crap away from me. I have a close friend at work, she said she would help me. And if she saw me eating anything bad she would take it away from me. No matter how mad I get I told her to tell me to shut up. I feel my old ways creeping back. And that's the one thing that I don't want. Well will update soon.
October 21, 2002
I am excited to say ao October 17, 2002 I went under the 300lb mark. I weighed in at 299. Yahoo! It felt great to be in the 2's. I havent been in the 2's since 7th grade. Well this update was just a quicky. Will have more later.
November 1, 2002
I am down to 290 as of a few days ago. I feel great. I have lost 154 lbs in less than 6 months. I should have lost a whole lot more. But because I can eat anything, you find yourself going back to some bad eating habits. Kinda like eating halloween candy at halloween time. But its all out of the house now so back on track I go. I have more of a sweet tooth now than I did before surgery. Go figure. I was soo excited I finally got to wear a cool halloween costume. And my husband and I won 2 tickets for a gourmet dinner on the Napa Valley Wine Train. Now I have an excuse to go buy a new outfit. Yahoo! I have my 6 month appointment on Nov 11. I checked my BMI for the first time since surgery. At my top weight my BMI was 57 Morbidly Obese. Today my BMI is 37.2 very obese. Just 2.2 less & my BMI will be 35 which is only Overweight. NO more very or super or morbid in front of over weight.Will update after appt.
Hospital Reviews(San Diego, CA) - Scripps Mercy Hospital
Surgeon: George G. Zorn M.D.
May 8, 2002
Morning of Surgery
October 8, 2002
5 months post op
Dr.Zorn will by my surgeon. I met with him on March 6,2002. My appt was at 3:15 pm & got in pretty much right away. He explained the surgery to me & where the scar will be. Anwserd all my questions & I was very happy with him. The office staff was very nice. I had someone who weighed me at the beginning & she had someone else's height & weight info in the scale. But that was the only problem I had. The dr stressed how important it is to follow the aftercare program to get the best results because the surgery is only a tool to help you lose the weight. If you continue to eat the way you used to, you wont lose the weight. I have weighed the benefits & the risks. And there is nobody going to stop me from having this surgery. It's going to give me my life back.