April 21st, 2006
I have already had my consultation. I have been meeting with many doctors, etc. My letter for insurance approval will be sent out in early May. I am very excited about changing my life for my husband, my kids, and most importantly, me.
May 24th, 2006
Today I found out that I am approved for the surgery. I am so excited and nervous. I began crying when I got the call. Tomorrow, I will call the surgeon's office to set a date.
June 23, 2006
I have a date! August 1st, 2oo6. It can't come soon enough.
I am still so nervous! I listen to everyone's stories about being on
the losing side....and I can't wait to be there with you. Wish me luck!
July 11, 2006
I can't believe that in just 3 weeks I will be doing this. I pray that God, my father, and my grandparents are watching over me so that my surgery is successful. I have too many people that need me to stick around...especially my baby girl. Keep me in your prayers and thoughts!
July 23, 2006
Only nine days until my WLS! My bag is ready for the hospital...but am I emotionally ready for this? I think so! I am so eager to be on the losing side of things. I was put on a liquid protein diet to lose some pounds before surgery. So far I am losing little by little!
I have been staring at before and after pictures of all the "losers" on here. I am obsessed with it! It is really motivational...I have the frame of mind....well, if they can do it, so can I! So, I thank all of you losers out there for your inspiration...especially my sister!
The countdown is on!
July 25, 2006
ONE WEEK until my WLS! The time is going by faster now. My toddler girl is sitting next to me right now. I can't wait to be able to get down and play with her the way I want to. I can't wait to sit on rides with her, ride a bike with her, and so much more. My hubby lovingly offered me a Reeses cup today....I said no...shocking yes I know...but I am so motivated to have this surgery and I am trying to get to the lowest weight I can before surgery...in this way my results will be...let's say...MAGICAL!
July 31, 2006
Tomorrow, really less than 10 hours from now, is the big moment...surgery day is here....YES, I am still nervous...who wouldn't be? I can do this....I know I can...Thank you to everyone on here for their support in bringing me to this day and especially to my awesome family...I will be joining the LOSERS club tomorrow and I can't wait!
August 4, 2006
I got home last night. I had my surgery on August 1st....I was so worried that something might go wrong.....but guess what...not only was my surgery uneventful...but, I also do not feel too much pain right now. I am so thrilled to be home and be surrounded my family and friends. Life is really good.....it feels so good to be alive....Now, let the LOSING begin! I have already started shakes today and I am 3 days out! I have retained like 15 pounds of water from the iv...so I am expected to pee this out this week...it looks like a lot of trips to the potty for me. I am so happy to be a "Post-Op"...wish me luck!
August 8, 2006 ONE WEEK OUT!
Well, I did it. The surgery was one week ago today. I am in disbelief at how well I am doing. I have taken it easy...but I've been walking around some local stores, using an electronic scooter at the grocery store, sitting in a chair on our beach at the local lake down the street. I am doing well...like I said.....better than I ever expected. I have lost all of that water weight I had initially and am losing real weight now. It can only get better. Bring on the clear liquids, pureed foods, protein shakes, I will do it if it means being healthier and being smaller! I have my 2 week follow-up next week. I will keep you all posted. Someone e-mailed me on here and asked me if I had any regrets about doing the surgery...I can still say....none. I am happy, thrilled, for this second lease on making my life better!
August 16, 2006 TWO WEEKS OUT!
I was two weeks out as of yesterday. I went to the doctor though today. It was a quick visit. He checked my main incision and told me to move to the "mushy" foods. I weighed in at 290.3 pounds...which is so exciting. Soon, I will be in the 280s and then I will just keep losing. I am a little bored with what I have to eat/drink and I still can't get all that water and shakes in. But, I am just doing my best every day.......
September 1st, 2006 ONE MONTH OUT!
Well, I have lost almost 50 pounds! I have lost 48.3 pounds. The doctor said that I looked good. He actually thought I was a lap band patient.....a little scary......because he doesn't normally see patients after a month. (usually I wouldn't see him until 3 months out!) I was so glad I went though and got my vitamin questions answered. I am still not able to get all my protein and water in......but I am doing well. Next week, I begin work and know that will be difficult. I will let you know in a month how I am doing!
By the way, remember that 22.7 pounds have been since the AM of the surgery...the rest of the weight loss was pre-operative!
October 1st, 2006- 2 MONTHS OUT!
The time is going by quickly. I am back at work now and getting around much better with the weight coming off! I am 264 pounds now. I have lost 66 pounds since my heaviest! So, I am really happy. I have been sick this month for a variety of reasons...but I am learning and doing as I should. People at work and family members are beginning to see the weight loss and notice...I started as a size 26/28 and I am now wearing some items that are size 22 or even size 18/20....I am having lower back/ sciatica nerve problems in my left leg. I already had 2 herniated discs.....I don't know if because of the weight loss it is acting up. I will keep you posted!
November 1st, 2006- 3 MONTHS OUT!
Well, I have reached 250 pounds! I have lost 80 pounds since my preop diet and the surgery. I am feeling fairly well. I get sick from time to time. I have been lifting weights with my arms to help them get tone as I lose weight. I also have been doing crunches. Now, when I see someone who I have not seen in awhile, he or she goes on and on about my weight loss. My leg/back pain has settled down. I am enjoying this and trying to do my best. I have been losing hair. But, I have so much hair that it doesn't make much of a difference! I'll be back December 1st to post!
January 1st, 2007- 5 months out!
I am so sorry to have not written. I was very occupied during December with some medical problems with my daughter. Things have recently turned around and she is doing well. So, here I am again to update you on my progress. I have lost 100 pounds. I weigh 230. I weighed 330 a month before my surgery. What a difference! I feel so great. My hair is doing better. I am noticing that I am not losing as fast and that I am a little hungrier. So, I have to kick the exercise into gear and take in more protein. I have lost 74 pounds since the morning of the surgery. There you have it...I will be back in a few weeks with an update.
February 1st, 2007- 6 months out
I now weigh 220 pounds. I weighed 330 at my heaviest. It has been 6 months since the surgery already. The months fly by. My weight loss was about 10 pounds in the last month. It could have been more...but it was not until mid January that we were sure our daughter is okay...now that the stress of worrying is gone....I am back and focused! I am exercising again......I have hung up my most recent pictures and my before pictures to motivate me to keep up with the vitamins, water, etc. Sipping the water all day can be hard when it's cold out on the East Coast! I feel great and am quite happy. Talk to you all soon!
March 1st, 2007- 7 months out
I now weigh 212 pounds. Keeping up with everything....I can now bike with my daughter in a trailer behind me! I am accomplishing so many of my goals that I made pre-op.
April 1st, 2007- 8 months out
I now weight 201 pounds. I had my wisdom teeth out this month...I was only on soft foods...felt just like immediately post-op....I am still having trouble with my jaw from the extractions...I feel great weight-wise and looking forward to great weather and more exercise!
May 1st, 2007/June 1st, 2007- 9/10 months out
The last 2 months have been very difficult! I have much more hunger....after my teeth were healed I began eating more......only recently did I kick in the true exercise I needed! So, on May 29, 2007 I finally reached ONEDERLAND! I was so HAPPY to see that magical number! As of June 1st, I weigh 198 pounds! While things slowed down....I have put this in perspective......forgetting the numbers in the last month...overall, since last June, I have lost 132 pounds! What an accomplishment! I only have 38 pounds left to reach my goal of 160 and I know that could take a very long time. But, I am okay with that! Wish me luck!
July 1, 2007 11 months out
Today is my baby girl's birthday! I am so proud of what I have done this year and how much more I am able to do with her because of the weight loss. I am at 194 pounds. I only have 34 pounds to reach my goal....and just a few weeks until my one year anniversary!
August 1, 2007 1 YEAR OUT!
Today is the big day...one year since the surgery. I go see my surgeon tomorrow....I am so excited. I believe that I am at 189 pounds. Summary:
330 heaviest before surgery/liquid diet
304 morning of surgery
That is a total loss of 141 pounds!
115 pounds since the surgery! I will update this if my numbers are incorrect...I want to go by my surgeon's scale. I have only 29 pounds until I reach my goal weight. They will be the hardest pounds to lose! The surgery was a gift that keeps giving.....I am forever grateful.....my journey is just beginning.....because I will still have to work at losing weight and maintaining my loss for my life. That is MY committment. I am proud of what I have done and what I have yet to do! Today is a fabulous day! I can't wait to take pictures and get them up on here soon. I already cleaned out my entire closet yesterday. How gratifying was that! If you want to chat with me, please leave me a message! Good luck!
February 1st, 2008 1 and 1/2 years out!
I am stuck right now at 181 pounds. Recent months have been very slow! But, so have I. At Christmas time, must have been all the baking of cookies, I got back up to 189 almost like I was the last time I posted. But since, whether through activity, getting a treadmill for Christmas, or just watching what I am snacking on, I am back to 181 and stuck. So, it's time to kick it into gear to get my last pounds off! I can do this, I know it. 160 is still my goal and I will get there, now the real work starts as it gets harder! I am hoping to be at goal by my 2 year anniversary. That will probably be the next time I post, unless I reach my goal before then! We will see! Keep your fingers crossed! Feel free to message me!