One Year Surgiversary

Mar 13, 2009

Post 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.


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Oregon House, CA
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