RNY Success Story

Aug 01, 2012

For the first time today, I can officially say that I am out of the "obese" category, per my BMI. The timing could not be more perfect. Back in 1998, when I was single and first using the online singles ads, a cruel, less-than-a-man sent me a response to the nice message I sent to his ad, stating "I don't date obese people."

My wedding is this Saturday to the man of my dreams. He fell in love with me before I lost the weight.

12 Days of Healing

Jul 30, 2011

I am 12 days out and doing pretty well. I first lost my water weight from the hospital, then had my first plateau. I was advised by a few people that I was not getting in enough fluids. In the past few days, I was able to increase activity and step up the fluids. Now I am losing a pound a day.

I cannot stand the protein shakes. They taste OK; they are boring and repetivitve. It is also hard to get all 4 ounces swallowed in a 20 minute setting. I find it easier to do something else while taking them, like typing this blog. :) Thankfully, I will no longer have to take them on Wednesday.

As of last Wednesday, food came back into my life. I had my first tastes of oatmeal and mashed potatoes. Those foods never tasted so good in my life, especially the potatoes. In four days, I will get to drop the protein shakes in favor of scrambled eggs. I could also add tuna and salmon, however I cannot stand the stuff. Yuck!

After talking shop on the phone with a co-worker yesterday, I found I was pretty sharp again. I talked it over with the surgeon's office and they said I could go back to work Monday if I wanted to. They are mailing me a slip to go back with restrictions. Since I work in an office setting, I should be able to do what I normally do.

I am excited to return to work. Not only do I really like what I do, I miss my co-workers. I also think that I will feel better and my weight will go down more quickly if I keep busy.

This coming week's adventure awaits me. I get to try bits of egg for the first time, see my co-workers, help my customers, get feeling better, and maybe lose a few more pounds, as a productive member of society once again.

This time I know it's for real! (Sorry, Donna Summer!)

Jul 10, 2011

I am back after three years and I am scheduled for Roux-en-Y surgery on 18 July. I was thrown off track the last time by needing surgery to remove a benign tumour on my neck and my insurance issues.

I had all my appointments my insurance approval. I have lost about 12 pounds since I ballooned to my highest weight ever of 245 lbs. That was my breaking point.

I turned my mind around and I turned my life around. I started eating healthy, walking, swimming, cutting portion sizes, and making better eating decisions since the day I filled out the questionnaire my surgeon's Web site.

I cannot wait until the first day of the rest of my life. I understand it is a challenge, however I am ready and willing to tackle it head-on. It is a positive change that will make me feel better in the long-run.

July 18th, here I come!


5% off!

Jun 24, 2008

I've lost 5% of my body weight, and I don't care to find it again.

I weighed in at Dr. G's office and I am 217.4 lbs. That's 12.2 lbs down from my starting weight at his office, and over 17 lbs down from my highest weight.

I just need to get the psych eval and they will start the testing.

In the meantime, Dr. G would like me to lose the rest of the 20 lbs so that he will do the surgery. I'm sure I can get another 7.8 lbs off

I am going to call the psychiatrist's office tomorrow. Apparently she was supposed to call me, but she never did. Therefore, I got her number and will call her.


Weight gain, my foot!

Jun 19, 2008

Today I stepped on the scale for my at-work "Biggest Loser" contest...up half a pound! :( I'm now 220.5.

It could be due to the fact that my foot has been bothering me and I haven't been able to go on walks for the past few days...

X-rays were taken and it was discovered that one of my sesamoid bones (small bone in the ball of my foot) is split in two! It was hard to tell from the films, but the doc felt that it was not an acute fracture. He advised me that it could be either: 1) hereditary or 2) a stress fracture.

He put me on Naproxen, which just started to kick in today. I went for a walk in the afternoon, and my foot started to bother me half-way through. However, it's getting better.

I'm also starting to get cramps in my pelvic area, which I do every month when it's "that time." Therefore, I may have put on water weight. I just hope that it's off (plus some more) in time for my weigh-in at Dr. G's next week!

Biggest Loser

Jun 13, 2008

Got weighed in on Thursday for our work-sponsored "Biggest Loser" contest...down to 220 lbs! Woo-hoo! Down four lbs since last week :)

Things are looking up/pounds are going down

Jun 11, 2008

It's been awhile since my last update, so here goes:

I had my consult with Dr. Graniero about two months ago. When I first weighed in, I was 229.6 lbs. I weighed in two days ago, I am now 221.6 lbs! Eight lbs down I am!

Although I had a slow start, I am losing it a lot more quickly now. Since my last weigh-in (three weeks ago), I have lost nearly 4 lbs. Before that, I was losing about 1-2 lbs every two weeks. The meeting with the nutritionist helped a lot, so did the change in weather.

The nutritionist did a great job of breaking down exactly what food groups to eat from and how many calories to eat from each group. My biggest downfall was the puddings. I was turning 100 calorie puddings into 400 and 500 calorie puddings!  It's very hard to eat just one! I had recently discovered the 60 calorie puddings; she advised me that I was allowed 180 "additional" calories a day, and to limit myself to that (180/60 = 3 puddings max a day).

I have also switched completely from white starches to wheat.

I drink a lot of water, flavoured with Walmart's version of Crystal Light (no calories, plus they make grape!)

I walk at work; at least once a day, aim for twice a day. The day of my weigh in it was hot and I walked on all three breaks (lunch and two 15 min breaks).

I bought new sneakers; this made a world of a difference! My old sneakers were two years old and beat up.

I go for my next weigh-in two weeks from now. I am hoping and praying I can start the testing.

There has been some confusion over how much weight I have to lose. The doctor told me at my initial consult that he would like me to lose 20 lbs. However, that is almost double the 5% that the office and the insurance companies require! Having PCOS makes it difficult enough to lose as it is; to make me lose even more seems ridiculous. However, the doc sees a lot of patients and may have read my chart wrong.

Tis all for now.

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