Almost Three Months Gone!

May 29, 2010

Well, it's been three months almost.  I am down to 198 lbs.  I'm in a 14-16 right now.  It continues to be very exciting.  I have a lot of energy but continue to have a difficult time eating four times a day. 

I have joined the gym and go at least every other day.  On Saturdays, I go to water aerobics class.  It's a lot of fun.  I am feeling a lot stronger.  I have also starting going to TaeKwonDo with my family. That was a major goal of mine in the begining.  It's a lot of fun, too.

The thing I love most right now is that fresh fruit is coming in.  I have been hitting up the farmer's market for strawberries,  blueberries, mango and pineapple.  That are so great in my protein shakes.  I put in a ton of ice and make them really thick.  I don't remember if I blogged this last time but I bought me a small ice cream maker.  It's really good for making frozen protein treats.

I'm still using Syntrax Nectars Protein: Chocolate Truffles, Vanilla Bean and Cappacino.  They are fantastic when mixed with fruit or SF syrups.

I've also been canning jam, jelly, pickles and relish.  I'm hoping to get a pressure cooker so that I can do some soups and chili.  The jams I have been make have been mostly made with Splenda.

I think that's about all for today.  I will try to check in more often but I'm so busy at the gym......~mo

Moving Right Along

May 09, 2010

Okay, so now I'm almost 9 weeks out.  I have lost a lot of weight!  I'm 6 pounds from the 100's.  I'm excited about that.

I joined the gym on April 27th.  I lost six pounds since then.  I've been going every other day.  I did a water aerobics class Saturday, it was my first aerobics class in 10 years.

My appt with Dr. Suh went well.  He was very understanding.  He ordered an upper GI and then went out of town.  So I won't get the results until Thursday.  He also told me to take two doses of milk of magnesia.  It totally worked!  I was able to eat again right away.

I purchased an ice cream maker (1.5 qt).  I have been using recipes from  They are really good when I'm tired of the same old protein shakes.

Now I'm having some personal issues with all of the attention my husband is showing towards me.  I hope I can work it out soon.  I don't even understand why it bothers me but it does.~mo

Six Weeks

Apr 29, 2010

I have had a really easy time until now.  I've been having pain in my pouch area every time I eat or drink.  It has gotten worse over the week.  I have an appt with Dr. Suh this afternoon.  I hope it's not serious.

I saw my primary dr yesterday.  He said that I look really happy and I honestly am!

I'm down 28 pounds since surgery and 48 over all.



Almost Five Weeks Out

Apr 12, 2010

Well, so far so good.

I have lost 21 pounds since surgery and 39 pounds total.

I was wearing a size 3x tops and now I'm in a Misses Large.  I was wearing a size 24 pants and now I'm in an 18.  Hooray!

Even my shoes are too big!

I'm keeping a close eye on my blood pressure because it is still kinda low.  I go back to my primary doctor next week.

Some post-op things I'm thankful for:
Magic Bullet - makes it very easy to mix up those protein shakes
Sno Cone Machine - I want everything ice cold!
Sugar Free Popsicles - the best!

My DH is out of town this week so we will see how I do.  The busier I get, the harder it is to keep track of and take in all of my fluids.  I think I will start grinding down more ice to mix with my SoBe and Vitamin Water.  I'm also starting to get tired of eating the same things over and over.  Once you cook something, it takes forever to eat it all.  It's not like you can just throw the chicken onto a salad.  Maybe I will try to make something like crabcakes with some left over chicken?

I'm thinking about my friend, who will be having surgery on Wednesday and wish her well.  I know she's going to do great.

Three Weeks Out

Mar 30, 2010

Three weeks out and I'm doing well.  I'm still following the instructions to the T.  My DH says he has never seen me follow dr instructions so well.

I'm down to 223 now.  I'm really surprised at how I'm losing the weight all over my body not just the hips and waist like so many times before.  I actually bought a few pieces of clothing from the "non-fluffy" department today.  I had to have a dress for Easter.  I'm hoping to get my camera hooked up so that I can download some recent pictures.

Last night I had a dream that I was at a buffet and was eating everything in sight and my pouch felt like it was going to burst!  That's a crazy dream and I guess it shows how much I miss food.

At this point I would say to pre-ops:
SF Popsicles are your friend!
SF flavored syrups are awesome and can hide the bitter taste of the worse protein drinks!
I love my Magic Bullet!

Sunday should be interesting.  We are going to an Easter brunch.  At least I can had some scrambled eggs.

My first and second WOW moments have happened.
1 - wearing clothes from the "non-fluffy" department
2 - my neighbor told me today that I look so different
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Almost a Week Out

Mar 16, 2010

I'm six days out and have lost 7 pounds since my surgery.  Today's weight: 230.

My mid-day BP was 99/65.  I hoping I will be off the BP meds by the end of the month.

I thought I would make a list of things that are making my life easier at this stage (Stage I):
broth in the big pour containers (32 and 48 oz)-Swanson makes low sodium/low fat
Tupperware Sheer Midgets - have measuring lines on inside, perfect for 1-2 oz of liquid and you can carry them around the house with the lids and they won't spill, also I don't get as bored drinking the same thing all the time
In and Out Carryout Tray - easy to carry all the little midgets and stuff in
4 oz ceramic ramikin - perfect to heat up 2-3 oz of broth
plastic baby spoons - it's impossible to eat too much in one bite with one of these things
1/2 cup Glad or Ziploc bowls - just right for the 2-3 oz jello servings
vitamin and med schedule - made on computer before I went to the hospital, grid large enough to write in the times
little spiral notebook - keep track of BP and fluid intake (amount and times)
small disposable sippy cups - Zoopals makes these, you can get them at the grocery store, I like to have these next to my bed for the middle of the night, I think Dixie makes a larger coffee one but it's so not neccessary, I can't even finish one during the night

Another thing that has been a lifesaver is taking the surgeon's shopping list and purchasing everything before I went to the hospital.  It has made it easier for my DH to take care of me.  I bought all the chewable and liquid vitamins as well as Propel Zero, SoBe LifeWater and Vitamin Waters.  I actually started buying stuff when I got the list 9 months ago at my first support group meeting.  Now I have a nice selection.  I also looked on-line for samples of different protein shakes.  I have been warned that your tastes change after surgery, so little packets from on-line or health food stores are perfect.  It is expensive to buy the big containers that I might not like when I get to that stage (Thursday, REJOICE!!)  I marked them all with a Sharpie so I or my DH knows which store they came from, if I find one I like.

As far as I'm concerned, easy is the key for me, because this process is NOT!

My surprises:
**Eventhough I'm on the liquid stage, I have found that there are some things I do not like the taste of.
**It is more difficult than I thought to eat slower and so little at a time.
**The pain was not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. 
**I had second thoughts as they rolled me into the OR.  (biggest surprise of all)  People had told me they did this and I didn't believe them.  I really panicked as the nurse was rolling me in.  "am I doing the right thing?", "did I really try hard enough to lose weight without putting myself through this?", "what if I die?", "it's gonna really hurt and I hate pain"
**I miss food more than I thought I would.

I have another good book with recipes and some indepth information: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Well after Weight Loss Surgery.  I can't wait to try some of the recipes.

I'm so pleased that I have so much support.  Everybody wants to come over and visit but I had so many people visit me in the hospital and it really tired me out.  I'm hoping I can have lunch (water) next week with one or two of them.~mo

Home and Sipping

Mar 14, 2010

I've been home for 2 days now.  I slept in my own bed last night.  What comfort!!!  All have been pretty good.

A small amount of nausea right after surgery but they took care of that.  I had an episode of dumping yesterday after I had to take my meds.  So today, I slowed down and took one pill every 15-20 minutes.  I fill really bloated but not too uncomfortable.

I've been sipping and walking.  I'm loving the frozen juice and popsicles. 

I think it's been smooth so far.

I had a lot of vistors at the hospital.  That was cool but tiring.  The staff took really good care of me.  I really recommend having surgery at Inland Valley.  Sleep was hard the first night with all the crap attached to me.  I asked for a sleeping pill on Thursday night.

I was surprized to have a private room.  I found out that all of Dr. Suh's patients have private rooms on the bariatric ward.

It was a good experience.~mo


Mar 06, 2010

Everything has happened so fast!  I received the call that I have been approved on Feb 24th.  They also gave me a date of 3/10/10.  FAST!  I really wasn't expecting to be so fast.  Here we go and I'm getting ready.  I'm nervous.  I'm excited.  WOW!  I can't wait!~mo

Waiting for Insurance Approval

Feb 02, 2010

Finally got everything together for the doctors and they sent in the request to my insurance company on Monday.  It seems that my medical group gets things done pretty fast so I'm hoping to hear something by Monday. 
I've been having bad back problems lately.  I have some muscle relaxers from the PCP they aren't helping a whole lot.  And the freakin' cholesterol meds I'm taking are making me have flushing.  They told me to take asprin of all things.  Well, that hurt my stomach so I'm trying Tyl and it's not working.  I hate these meds.  I'm ready for my surgery so I can ditch many of them!~mo
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Psych Eval

Jan 12, 2010

Had my psych eval today.  It took 12 minutes.  I still am not sure how this woman can make an informed recommendation in 12 minutes.  Even so, that is the last of my pre-ops.  I hear that Dr. Suh is scheduling out into March now.

I'm doing well with the no rice, potatoes, pasta or bread.  I've lost a few more pounds.  237 now.

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