One Year Surgiversary
Mar 13, 2009Post Date: 3/13/09 2:44 pm
I was chatting with a friend today and she was asking how things were going. I realized that today is my one year surgerversary. It's hard to believe it's been a year. I'm very happy with my results so far. Sure I wish I was losing a little faster, but I feel like my skin is keeping up and there are some advantages to being on the slow side of things. In the first 6 mos I lost 65 lbs. In the last 6 mos only 13, but I have lost 59 1/4 in. Cothing size I've gone from 2X to a L. I bought some capris in a 14 at Sam's club. They are still a little small, but I'm sure they will fit by summer. I have been horrible about exercise, but that is changing. I had my treadmill set up in our tack room and was starting to use it in the fall until we had a big snow storm. There was no way I was going out there in the cold. We have since added a sunroom onto the house and I now have the treadmill out there. I was being really good about till I got a bad case of bronchitis 2 weeks ago. But hopefully this weekend I will be able to start back on it without "hacking up a lung". I also go to a health club twice a week. I would go more but we live way out in a rural community an hour from town. So twice a week is about all I can make. But I'm doing some cardio, weights and I swim and then hit a little sauna and jaccuzzi time . Overall I have a ton more energy. My arthritis symptoms are pretty much gone. I'm back riding horses, which has been huge. I honestly feel like I have my life back and I will be around for my kids. As far as food, I can eat pretty much everything. Most of my protein comes from cheeses and almonds. I also love soups. I don't eat very much red meat, but I do eat chicken but in small amounts. I find that meat is harder for me to digest. When I worry about protein I fall back on my "shake" which is 1/2 C of OJ, 1 C of low sugar grapefruit juice, and a scoop+ of unflavored whey. I eat salads in small amounts. I haven't had a coke since I started theh pre-op , which for me is HUGE!! I was a self-proclaimed coke-aholic, sometime drinking 5-6 a day. I can honestly say I no longer miss it. I rarely drink, sometimes an occasional glass of wine in a social situation, but that's pretty much it.
I have faith that I will get the rest of the weight off. I thank Dr. Alvarez every day. This was the best decision I've ever made. I wish I could meet many of you at the reunion, but I just can't justify the expense right now. I kept hoping Southwest would have special fares, but I never found them. Maybe next year.
For anyone still on the fence, jump off and have the surgery. It will be the best thing you can do for yourself.