Update December 2013

Dec 18, 2013

The good news is I have maintained my weight loss. The bad news is I never got as low as I should have.  I did gain 19 pounds but got it off with a strict Primal diet over a very short period of time.  I have kept up a very active exercise schedule of organized sports, three and four times a week for several hours each time.  I am not a gym enthusiast, so this has been a lifesaver.   

I have a minor complication with Reactive Hypoglcemia.  Prior to surgery I found no information on this rather common complication.  I can manage mine by following proper eating guidelines. But, when I get it all that goes out the window as the crazy brain seeks food, sugary food and protein. 

i am spending some time on Facebook where there are several forums for long timers.  The complications for some are frightening. Who knew!  It is so important to keep up with the vitamins and proper diet. Scary that people are dying after so many years.  But, would they have died earlier from obesity related illnesses.

Each day is a gift.  I dodged a bullet after surgery and I live with AFIB. So all of these days that I have lived happily since surgery are for me wonderful gifts given to me by my great surgeon, Dr. Pop, my government who paid for it and me for making it work.


It's been three years since my surgery

Sep 26, 2010

It's been three years since my surgery.  Life is good. I continue to be active with lawn bowling, golf and swimming year round.  In the winter I alley bowl, curl and do aquafitness.  This winter I am looking forward to getting a few ski trips in.  I gave that up about 10 years ago but it is a favourite sport and I hope to return to it this year.

I have maintained my weight loss quite well but have gained a few pounds. So I have  joined Weight Watchers with my husband and hope to return to my post weight loss low.  I have 7 pounds to go to my lowest weight and will make it soon.

I do have one problem that I didn't know about prior to surgery that is caused by weight loss surgery.  It is called Hyperinsulinemic Hypoglycemia.  It is a nasty complication that is difficult to predict and hard for GP's to understand. 
My blood sugar drops very very low after a meal within 2 hours. This is difficult for my doctor to grasp because I am a diabetic and my sugar should rise after a meal.  The symptoms are awful.  There is a good article in the New England Journal of Medicine if you are experiencing this problem.

To deal with this I am never without some access to food or sugar tablets.  I cope pretty well but this thing can creep up on you and leave you in a bad state.

Weight loss surgery is still a very viable option for the morbidly obese. It has improved my quality of life and has probably saved me from a premature death.
As I said "Life is Good" Keep smiling .

Good news, bad news

Jan 30, 2009

Jan 31 2009 9:00 am

I had a great time on the Cruise to Lose in January. Didn't gain any weight and had a blast.
I have seen the plastic surgeon and had some pre surgery testing.  It looks like they will likely be able to take me, in Strathroy. But............ my chest xray has some abnormalities.
Had a second one done and it shows some problems in a different area then the first xray did.  My doctor doesn't seem too concerned, at least not right now. But the radiologist suggests a CT scan. Doc suggests another xray in three months. What's a girl to do?


Can't believe how time flys!

Nov 08, 2008

November 9, 2008

It's been a year and a bit. What a year! I am struggling with my weight loss at the moment. Its been almost three months and I have not been able to lose a substanial amount of weight. I have been losing and gaining the same three pounds since the summer.  I find when I get a little extra water in though my weight will move down.  It has been going in the right direction but very very slowly.  I am still very active. I had a great summer taking up golfing and lawn bowling (which I love). Continued with my swimming and generally getting out and being active. I have now switched over to my winter activities, curling 2x per week, aquafit 2-3 per week and daily crunches (100) leg lifts (50) and lunges (25).  I walk with the dogs everyday but still hate the walking. It is just too windy out here in the boonies. I hate fighting the wind.
I have seen a plastic surgeon and will likely have to see another because the first one will not likely be able to operate on me in a community hospital where she has privileges because I am a high risk patient due to blood clots.  I am not too discouraged though. I will get there.

Weight today 192 lbs. 100 lbs since my highest weight. 42 more to go.  I will make it!

Everything is going great.

Mar 20, 2008

March 21 2008 Good Friday

Today I am down 70 lbs. My weight loss is slower than some but just fine with me. I feel so good.
There is bounce in my step. I walk faster. I bend better and my curling has improved by leaps and bounds. I am loving the exercise too. Aquafitness is a great morning starter for me, 3x per week. 
Won the last draw of my curling and enjoy it, too bad it is almost over. Will be taking up golf to replace the curling. I am looking forward to the summer in a smaller more mobile body.  I am not having any problems with food.  I am a little concerned about my recent 6 month blood tests as my liver is struggling a little.  I am anxious to hear from Barix about the liver situation.  
So many changes. I haven't been this small in over 20 years.  My hair is still falling out but I have cut it short and it looks okay. 

Cruise to Lose January 17 2009 Liberty of the Seas Royal Caribb

Feb 07, 2008

7 Day Cruise on Liberty of the Seas

Come join fellow WLS friends on an exciting 7 day cruise in the Caribbean.

I have researched a variety of cruises and prices. I was able to find a cruise ship company who has previously booked Cruise to Lose cruises specifically aimed a WLS people. Terri herself has recently had WLS. This cruise will offer in addition to the cruiseship amenities, 
lectures on a variety of WLS topics from professionals in the field.  

Eastern Caribbean:   San Juan , St. Maarten, Labadee & 3 sea days
Pricing is as follows:   Airport transfers for those who do their own air are $29.60 Round Trip Per Person, and $14.80 One Way Per Person   Pricing for CRUISE ONLY:
 Inside:              $ 843.87.
Promenade:    $  898.87 
Ocean View:   $ 1,078.87 
Balcony:          $  1,228.87  

Pricing with airfare from Detroit :

Inside:              $  1,353.23
Promenade:    $  1,408.23
Ocean View:   $  1,588.23
Balcony:           $  1,738.23


 Pricing with airfare from Toronto :

 Inside:             $  1,396.12
Promenade:   $  1,451.12 
Ocean View:  $  1,631.12
Balcony:          $  1,781.12

Deposits of $250 per person ($500 per cabin) are required by May 1st.  

Final Payment due on November 3rd. 
You can check out Cruise to Lose on the Ruby Cruises website  www.rubycruises.com  You may contact Terri directly at [email protected]   
or call Terri @866-685-7829.  At the time of your deposit  Terri will need to know your name as it appears on their official ID (Passport), citizenship and date of birth.  If anyone wishes to book a triple or quad cabin, we can provide you with current pricing (thrid and fourth in a cabin are priced at reduced rates) if you call Terri.  If anyone has any special needs (medical, dietary etc.), it's best to let Terri know when you book so that she can accommodate you - this applies to handicapped rooms as well (available in Inside, Ocean View and Balcony categories). 

Cruise to Lose Jan 17th 2009

Feb 06, 2008

Look for upcoming details about the January 2009 Cruise to Lose. I will be posting all the details of the cruise here in the near future. Look for an exciting fun cruise to the Eastern Caribbean here soon.


Happy with the Changes

Jan 16, 2008

This is the month that everyone is noticing my weight changes. Lots of people are mentioning my weight loss and for the first time in my life I am comfortable with the comments. I used to be really bothered when I lost weight that the attention was unwelcome and made me uncomfortable. Not now! I am sooooooo very comfortable in my own skin. Everything is right for the first time in a very long time. I am exercising 5 times a week, 5 hours curling and 3 hours in the pool with aquafitness. I am loving our support group meetings in Windsor. What a great group of women (so far no men). Our meetings are so much fun, noisy and fun.
This is a good thing for me. I am not having any problems with food. I am switching to a side plate instead of the one I am currently using. My husband and I switched to a smaller plate several years ago but low and behold its time for me to switch to even smaller. I can't believe the change in my mental attitude toward food. I don't have cravings anymore. Food is about the sustenance not the taste or socializing.
This week has been good, the weight has started to come off again and I am 2 pounds from my lowest weight in 20 years.
Can't wait for summer.

Moving right along!

Dec 21, 2007

December 22, 2007

Well I hit another plateau at just under three months and stayed there for almost a week. But, now I am sailing right along again. This is an interesting voyage. I have found that my social life hasn't been altered too much, which was one of the things I was worried about. I am getting out most days to either go curling or to aquafitness or to the gym and other than having difficulty fitting it in to a busy retirement schedule I enjoy it.  I volunteer and my client has had a really rough month, in hospital and at home so I have been busy providing needed support. I think that volunteering is a wonderful use of my time in retirement, so rewarding. 
Just got back from a night at the sleep clinic and it looks like I found the answer to my chronic dry mouth, oh joy another piece of headgear to make the picture of snuffaluffagus
even more appealing when I sleep. Thank God for long suffering husbands they are a wonderful strength. Love mine to bits!

Oh Oh, stalled and don't know what to do!

Oct 25, 2007

October 26, 2007

It's been a hell of a week. I had been battling a wicked bladder infection since my surgery. Although, I had already finished a course of antibiotics it obviously didn't cure it.  I ended up in the emergency room on a Saturday night with blood in my urine and incredible pain. They did nothing for me except give me a prescription that I could get filled the next day. 
So now I am working on getting my energy back. I have had so many setbacks that I feel that I am starting from the beginning.
My weight has been stalled at 21 pounds for the past week. I am pretty positive person but this could test the resolve of a saint.

About Me
Surgery Date
Jun 15, 2004
Member Since

Friends 34

Latest Blog 15
Can't believe how time flys!
Everything is going great.
Cruise to Lose January 17 2009 Liberty of the Seas Royal Caribb
Cruise to Lose Jan 17th 2009
Happy with the Changes
Moving right along!
Oh Oh, stalled and don't know what to do!