100 Pound CLUB!

Mar 10, 2010

I can't believe it, I have hit the 100 pound lost mark!  It is sooooo great.  I am at a weight I have not been at in 17 years.  It is crazy!!!!!  So exciting.  It has not been easy though.  I have to watch every bit of food.  Carbs are the devil.  Hidden sugars in everything.  It really is as they say, protein first, then veggies, then if any room left very little whole grain carbs.  I am finding that if I stray from that at all my scale gets stuck.  I am walking 3.5 miles 4 days a week and strength training 2 days a week.  The weather was great this weekend and GF and I went for a 5 mile walk.  It was so great!  I am finally at a point where my body craves exercise and I really feel crappy when I skip.  My dogs are loving that! 

Tell me how everyone has been -  Hope you all are well!
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4.5 months out

Feb 09, 2010

I am down 70 pounds from surgery and 97 pounds total.  I am off all my diabetes and blood pressure medications!  That is sooooo exciting to me!  My hair is still and issue, but got it cut off and now it seems to have slowed some.  They said that would be a side effect.  I have upped my exercise and have been food journaling everyday as I have had some major weight loss stalls.  Still feel really good!  I am getting close to the marker where the surgeon said would be my total weight loss benefit from surgery, 80 pounds, and then the rest is up to me.  I am feeling a lot better though and so glad that I did this!  Hope you all are well!

Hair loss Big TIME!

Jan 04, 2010

I am down 56 pounds from surgery, but my hair is starting falling out big time.  It is just coming out in handfuls.  I had A LOT of hair to start with, but it has never been this thin and I am really worried.  I have upped my protein and my Omega 3s.  I am just a little over 3 months out and they said to expect some hair loss, but WOW.   If anyone has any suggestions I am very open to hearing them.  Also, if anyone has found some creative ways with protein I would love to hear it.  THANKS

2 months out

Dec 05, 2009

Well I am a little over 2 months out and have lost 41 pounds since surgery.  I am starting to feel so much better with the energy.  I am working out about 3-4 days a week walking and strength training.  I am also doing Wii Fit.  Love it!  On the negative side I lost my job last week and it is going to be tough!  Things will work out.  They always do. 

1 week out from surgery

Oct 07, 2009

One week out today.  Feel great.  Keeping with my liquid supplements, water, and broth for another week as required.  Get a little hungry at night, but sticking to the plan.  Down 10 pounds since surgery.  I am amazed how easy this has been.  Shhhh, probably should not say that out loud.  Walking about .5 miles hoping to get back to my 3 miles a day soon.   Hope to return to work in another week.  Thanks for all your prayers

3rd day post op

Oct 03, 2009

Today is my 3rd day after surgery.   Feeling really good!  I do have a cough so I am watching that, but I am totally off of pain meds and drinking my supplements.  I still sleep a lot, but am up and around and feel good! 

Had surgery

Oct 02, 2009

Well I had surgery on 09/30 and  just got home today.  Not much pain at all through the process.  Kaiser has a wonderful staff and they treated me very well.  Now I am following the 2 weeks of liquids and so on.  I gained 8 pounds in the hospital!  I know this is swollen guts and all the fluids by IV.  I am sore, but not much more than when I had my appendix out.  Ready to feel back to myself to get my exercise program restarted.  Thanks everyone for your prayers and good wishes..
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Surgery Date

Aug 28, 2009

  I met with the surgeon with my husband.  I am trying to process where I am at right now.  I thought I would be more excited but after the "surgeon" talk yesterday I am, to be a honest, kind of second of guessing this decision.  I never expected to be in this place.  I have worked so hard for three years to get surgery and now I have and I am wondering if I can still do it on my own.  He also told me that my neck and back pain probably will not be cured by losing my weight.  He gave me the typical talk about how life is hard and the process is still going to take a lot of work.  Told me it will probably be the hardest thing I will ever do and that just as if I didn't have the surgery I am still going to have to follow the diet and do the exercise for life.  He always told me on an average I will probably only lose 80 pounds.  Well I need more like 130 punds. I know all of that, it is just how he put it.  It was as if he didn't think having surgery was the right thing.  I know that this is not the magic bullet. He kept saying that over and over about how lazy Americans are and we want the quick fix.   I know it is just a tool.  My head knows all of these things, but my heart somehow since yesterday has been very _____.  I don't really know even how to put it. 

So, today is a new day.  I am going to take my dogs for a walk.  Get some time on the beach.  Readjust my thinking, and know that this is the right decision for me.  I will be okay.  The Lords has given me this opportunity and I am his.  This is the beginning of a new life for me.

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I finally got approval!!

Aug 15, 2009

Well I have done all my classes, therapy, and lost my 10% weight - and FINALLY after approval after 3 YEARS and two changes in insurance.  I meet with the surgeon 08/27/2009.  I am sooooooooo excited.  Still have those few family members, ahem, who do not support me and think "I just need to try harder at diet and exercise", but to those I say THIS IS MY LIFE AND MY DECISION.  YEAH!!!!

Going on 3 years

Apr 05, 2009

I have been working on getting approved for surgery going on 3 years.  I have had three different insurance companies and now finally have approval to "participate in the severe obesity program and preparation process for bariatric surgery".  I have a long way to go to actual surgery.  I have 8 weeks of classes and several other steps to go through.  I am trying not to let my fear get in the way.  This is the farthest I have gotten in the process so I am looking at it as a blessing and know that I WILL HAVE SURGERY.  I love the approach that Kaiser takes in this process.  They want to make sure that I have made lifestyle changes and behavioral changes BEFORE I have surgery. 

What is hard is that I still weigh 357.  My knees are killing me and my diabetes is getting worse.  I am so tired most days and just want to get some of this weight off so I can walk and exercise.  I know I feel better when I do. 

Head up and charging ahead.
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