21 months post-op
Jan 23, 2009I really wish I had kept this blog up all along, so I would be able to look back over it and know remember what was going on and when, so I could help others who ask me questions. I'm down from 273 to 165 (108 pounds) and from size 26 to 14. I did gain up to 169 over Christmas, but am down to 165 now. My lowest was 162, but that was just a one-time thing--may have been a fluke. I've very happy with my weight loss--I feel normal again. Weird thing is that I'm size 14 at 165, but when I was 18 I was size 15 Junior at 135 lbs. I do still have a chubby belly and of course saggy arms, boobs, butt and thighs but no skin folds. I feel great, look great and have so much more energy. My diabetes has resolved, plus the sleep apnea which both made me tired all the time before. Blood pressure is greatly improved, I'm off the hormone medicine (progesterone) that I had to take all the time, skin conditions cleared up, feet don't swell anymore, no more gastric reflux. What hasn't improved is the back pain and my new conditions are cold all the time, Reynaud's Syndrome, and mild loss of sex drive.
I can eat quite a bit now and can eat sweets and that worries me. Almost a whole regular size hamburger (not the big ones). I rarely get nauseous anymore--in fact, I never once threw up the whole time. I eat at least 6 times a day. For breakfast, I have a slice of bread and a 3 inch link sausage at 5:00 am. At 8:00 am I have 9 crackers and 1-1/2 slices of Monterey Jack/Colby cheese. Lunch at 11:00 is a piece of meat (2-3 oz) and 1/2 c veggies and 2 pieces of caramel candy. Snack at 1:00 is 1 graham cracker spread with peanut butter. Dinner is at 4:30 meat & veggies. After dinner is my problem. Especially when I'm doing homework==I snack. I'm also drinking about 5 Diet Pepsi's a day which is probably not good. I need to get back on water.
I try to walk 3 or 4 times a week, and plan to start back at the gym (we quit last August) next week if my husband is feeling better. He's been sick with a cold.