I am half the person I used to be!

Aug 22, 2012

Well on August 10th I was 2 years post op.  I started out weighing 362 when I got the referral to the gastric doctor.  I am now 177.  It feels really weird most of the time, I am not going to lie.  I still feel weird when I wear smaller size clothes.  I tend to wear baggier pants and shirts just to feel secure.  I wore a very sexy dress a few weeks ago and I was WAY out of my comfort zone, but I did it!  What a difference it made in how I felt.  

I wish I could say that this has been an easy road but it has been a little bumpy.  I don't regret a minute of it though! 

100 pounds gone!

Dec 31, 2010

I finally reached my 100 pound loss.  I am so excited!  It's kind of weird to think I was carrying around that much more weight.  No wonder I was tired all the time.  Geez!  I would be lieing if I said I don't miss the carbs sometimes but since the gastric bypass I can not eat them.  It's worth it, don't get me wrong. 

I just hope 2011 holds another 100 pounds gone.  Happy New Year to all of you.

From a size 28 to 22 in 3 months!

Nov 16, 2010

I have been wearing a size 28 since, well, for a very long time.  I was at work today and I had to clip my pants with a binder clip.  My pants were FALLING off of me.  So, I came home and decided to try on the size 22 pants that I had purchased from Good Will last weekend.  I thought, there is NO way these are going to fit.  But, I unzipped them and tried them on and guess what?  They fit like a glove!  Holy cow!  I started feeling a little cocky and tried on size 20, it wasn't pretty (they so didn't fit) but, it will not be long.

As a side note, size 22 is an impossible size to find at Good Will.  I have bought a ton of size 20 stuff, cuz there is plenty of those.  I guess this means I really need to lose the next 20 pounds quickly! haha

I have to admit wearing smaller clothes is really a weird feeling.  As of today, 11/16/10 I have lost 76 pounds since April.  This feels like it isn't really happening.  I am so glad it is!


Fair food is way too good!

Oct 30, 2010

Well, now that I have lost over 60 pounds I have a ton of energy.  I have been to the NC State Fair, and the Renaissance Festival twice!  I walk all over the festival and I feel great.  The only thing is... fair food is yummy!

I did very well though.  I had a bite of this and a bite of that.  I didn't overeat although I had every opportunity.  I was very proud of myself.  I wanted to eat all of the fried macaroni and cheese and all the bread bowl brocolli cheese soup but I just took a couple of bites of each.  I managed to drink two bottles of water while I was walking around.  

It is so funny how much more energy I have now that I have lost 60 or so pounds.  Last year there would have been no way that I could have walked all day looking at exhibits or shopping.  I am glad that I have this energy and feel like I am enjoying life so much more.  It is weird to think that extra weight had that much of a negative impact on my life.  Now I am enjoying life and I can't wait to go shopping for some smaller size clothing this week.  Woo-hoo, I love the way that sounds! 


Thank you from the bottom of my pouch

Oct 26, 2010

So, a co-worker brought in donuts this morning and slammed them down in front of me in our morning meeting.  He was just kidding of course and I looked and him and said "Thank you from the bottom of my pouch"  Everybody just laughed and I realized that I am doing ok with this adjustment.  I really thought that it would be harder to see others enjoying sugary treats while I was eating my half a pack of weight control oatmeal.  I am totally fine with it and am a little grossed out by the sugary foods. 

I am having a horrible time with any fried foods.  I snagged a couple of fries from my son this past weekend and it gave me bad diareah.  I will not do that again!  My husband fried some plantains tonight and I had a couple of bites and it is already making me go to the bathroom.  I think that fried foods, even just a bite, are out of the question.

The feeling off aggravation from not getting enough protein is still there.  I want to get the protein but I HATE the protein shakes.  Trying to get protein from food is a joke because I am getting so full off anything that I eat.  I will keep trying but it is a challenge.

The weight loss is still happening so I am very happy with that!


Yes pouch, I know I can't eat it all!

Oct 19, 2010

I am now 2 months and 9 days post op and still learning how much I can, or in this case, can not eat.  It was hard at first to stop eating but after I got sick the first time I realized that stopping was a much better option to throwing up.

When I go out to eat now I just bring the leftovers home to my sons.  They seem to love my new eating limitations. :)

I think it is the hardest to stop eating when I go out to eat.  The food still tastes yummy but I have to exercise some control. 

On a happier note I am going to be buying some new pants this week.  All my pants are falling off of me!  It seems like the weight is still coming off pretty quick, I am scared to ask when I am going to plato.  I guess I will just enjoy the weight loss and not worry about that stuff right now.  Instead, I am trying to picture what I will look like in 12 months.  I get so excited when I think about that!!!

I am officially, no longer, "morbidly obese"

Oct 13, 2010

Well, I am a little over 2 months post-op.  I have lost 43 pounds since surgery and I am feeling great.  When I was at my Drs. office he said "congrats, you are no longer in the morbidly obese category."  Wow, what a great feeling!
These 2 months have not been easy.  I am still very cautious about what I eat and how much. 
My husband and I went to the Renaissance Festival this past weekend.  It was a lot of fun and I was actually able to eat a couple of bites of the food my husband was eating.  The turkey leg was good and the bread bowl of brocolli cheese soup was very tasty.  I drank water and we had an amazing time walking the ENTIRE festival.  I would not have been able to do that 6 months ago.  Weighing less makes walking feel so good instead of painful!
My nutritionist told me it is ok for me to have a little bit of carbs but I was trying to avoid them all together.  I explained that I pick off the rice on my sushi and I am scared to eat carbs.  He said it would be good for me to have a little.  So, tonight I had a peice of wheat bread with some chicken salad on it.  It was good and it sat well in my stomach.  I am feeling a little more confident now about eating carbs.
I have a hard time getting enough protein and I can not drink the protein drinks.  It's the smell and the taste.  I don't know what happened to me.  I was able to drink them just fine before the surgery.  After the surgery, they just tasted gross.  I am drinking the sugar free carnation instant breakfast though.  So, at least I have an alternative.
The vitamins and medications don't seem to be a problem.  I am staying well on track with those.
Something really weird is happening though, my clothes are starting to sag and my rings are starting to slide down my finger.  More people are noticing my weight loss.  It feels weird but good all at the same time. 
I feel very fortunate to have such a loving, supportive husband.  I am so glad he is encouraging me.
The only thing I wish I could have is a magic way to get more protein with out having to drink it!!!!


Primary Care Doctors are not prepared!

Sep 21, 2010

So, I am sick and had to go to my primary care doctor's office today.  My primary care doctor didn't have an open appointment so I saw a physicians assistant.  I have had a fever and diarrhea.  When I went to the office they took blood and had me pee in a cup.  It all seemed pretty standard.  

When the results came back it was clear I had a virus.  But, they didn't know how to treat me.  She stated she wanted me to drink a lot of gatorade.  Regular gatorade, not the low sugar kind.  Then she asked if my surgeon would let me take immodium.  I was very surprised that they are not better prepared to treat a gastric bypass patient.  I wonder how many other people are going through this.  I am concerned that in the future I will not be getting the care that I need from my primary care office.
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I'm home from the hospital

Aug 12, 2010

I am happy to report that I am home from the hospital.  The big issue I am having is drinking the protein shakes.  I am not hungry and only want my sips of water.  But, don't worry... I am drinking my protein shakes.  I will be glad when we can introduce real food though.  The Oh Yeah shakes are high in protein but taste very sweet right now.  I think I am going to try a few other brands of protein drinks today.  I will report back if I find something I like better.  Other than that, I am feeling fine.  I am going to walk a little bit today and just try to feel awake.
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2 days til surgery!

Aug 08, 2010

I can not believe on Tuesday morning at 6am I am going to be checking into the hospital for surgery.  It just seems crazy!  Wow, I am so excited. 
I went to my pre-op last week and my doctor is very happy with my 5 pounds of weight loss in 3 weeks.  I have been swimming every night and following my nutritionist's plan.  I haven't really wanted to cheat with the exception of one time, and when I did I got a bad headache and stomach ache.  I personally think it is a sign from God that I need to change my eating habits PERMANENTLY!  I feel blessed beyond belief to be having this surgery.  I am going to have a lot of people praying for me and I am so thankful to all of them. 
I have also made a decision this week to go back to college.  I want to be a nutritionist!  I love what I have learned and I want to learn more and teach others to live healthy lives.  It looks like I will have to wait until January to enroll but that gives me plenty of time to take my placement test and get on the road to recovery after surgery.
Well, this will probably be my last blog prior to surgery so wish me luck!

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