working out is so easy to do.

Apr 28, 2008

Hi all:

I just came back from the gym and my first training session. I'm now able to work out for about 1hr- 1.5 hours three times a week and walk 45minutes on days I don't go to the gym. I'm really committed to going as I'm trying to incoporate this important ingredient in my everyday life. The scale is moving slowly, I've lost 3 more pounds for a total of 19pounds. I will be three weeks post op on 4/30/08. I'm feeling really good physically. The only exception is that I can't stand any of the protein drinks, I just can't seem to stomach them at all. I will be so glad when I can eat real food so that I can get my protein from that. I go back to my hectic job as a social worker next monday, I took a month off to recuperate physically as well as take a mental health break. I'm so excited for life to get back to normal and I'm so looking foward to finally beginning this new life that I'm glad to have. This indeed is the best decision I have ever made for myself. To all those out there feeling guilty thinking that this surgery is the easy way out, let me tell you personally, This is not easy at all. Lots more mental work than anyone realizes, However well worth it.

until next time.


Staying at 15 pound weight loss

Apr 22, 2008

I will be two weeks out tomorrow and I just getting to the point where I feel good most of the day. I'm off diabetic meds since surgery and off most blood pressure meds. I'm able to tolerate fluids (except cold, must be luke warm) and I'm getting the protein in. However, I'm frustrated because I've only lost 15 pounds since surgery and 20 pounds pre op for a grand total of 35 pounds. I thought I would lose much faster. I know that I need to be patient, but It's so hard. I hope I'm not stalling already. I can't wait till I experience the drastic decrease. I know I should be happy that it's going slow so that I can decrease the sagging skin but I just want to see the scale move some. Sorry for venting, but I know that you guys totally understand. I go for my two week post op appointment tomorrow. I will be so glad to start the next phase of the eating. I've been exercising so I'm on my way to my new life. It's just taking a little slower than I thought.

Until next time.


food cravings

Apr 16, 2008

Hey everybody, today is exactly 1 week post op and i'm happy to say that I'm down 13pounds. I'm very pleased with the developments. I have been able to exercise for 1 hr a day on the treadmill and the elipticals and I feel great, On the down side of this story, I went to the grocery store yesterday to buy some lactaid milk and I was able to smell all the fresh dounts that just came out of the oven. I have severe allergies but my nose was in overdrive, I wanted to go over there soooo bad, but I kept in the direction of the milk. The sad part is that I'm really not a sweet eater but my eyes kept diverting over to the chips and cookies. I know I'm stronger than that so I just kept walking. For all those who are experiencing similar cravings, we have to keep our eyes on the prize, we didn't go thru all this to fail at this point in the game. I'm saying this to encourage myself as well as others, With God for us, we should not be against ourselves. Take care all and may God continue to carry us when we feel weak.

until next time.

6 days post surgery

Apr 15, 2008

I can't believe how time flies, it's now 6 days post surgery and I feel really great, I'm able to tolerate 64 oz of fluids 32 being milk/protein powder and the rest water, popcicles, tea etc. I've been walking every day and I went to the gym on sunday for 30minutes. Yesterday I did 1hr of cardio. Today I weighed in at 285, that 11 pounds down from last wednesday. I give God all the glory. I'm very determined to use this tool wisely because I know that If I fail, diabetes and hypertension is just waiting to welcome me back with open arms. I praise God that I haven't had to take in diabetes or hypertension meds since surgery. To everyone that's waiting for your day, remain strong and focus, and make sure that you follow the pre-op diet to the letter, I feel that since I had started working out before surgery that's why i did so well. This is truly the best thing I have ever done for myself. Now I'm forced to put the entire focus on me and not other people like I'm known to do. I have to work on my self image because even though I see the scale moving, I still can't imagine that I will be small in no time. This is truly not an easy way out, this is an opportunity to work on your mind and body. I'm hoping that the smaller I get the more self confidence I get and the more I will fall in love with myself and want to live the right way. So far I've had no head hunger, and I pray It never comes. I believe that I want to be healthy so much that I have willed myself to believing that all carbs are evil. Let just hope I can keep this frame of reference. Thanks to everyone that has shown me some love and support, I really appreciate you.

till next time.

count down

Mar 10, 2008

Hello all:

I'm now 30days away from surgery and the anticipation is building. I'm so ready for this surgery, It's all I think about day and day out. I'm not nervous at all and that just let me know that this is the right decision for me. The only problem that I'm having is that I can't imagine myself at a 140lbs which is my goal weight. I know what I have to do and I'm willing to go the distance, but I guess because I've always been overweight, I'm having an impossible time visualizing myself small. Lord I'm praying that you continue to walk with me on this journey because I know this battle is not mine but your's. Lord please contine to carry me when I'm weak and help me to be more patient. I thank everyone on this site who is brave enough to make this change and to share your story with others. I have gained such valuable insight and encouragement.

until next time.


excited about upcoming surgery

Feb 28, 2008

I have a date for my surgery, April 9,2008 @9:45am. I'm so excited, It seems I have been waiting my whole adult life for this moment. I can't wait till I'm on the losing side. I'm so ready for the journey. God is truly guiding me on this one. I have not had a monent's concern. I'm sure that this is the right decision. I had my upper gi today as well as my PFT. The only thing I have left is the cardiac clearance. Next stop pre-op and then surgery. I want to lose at least 15lbs before the special day. To everyone who is in the process of applying and waiting for approval. Always remember the bible says "the race is not given to the swift or the strong but he who endures till the end". I thank everyone that has shared their lives and stories with the world. You have no idea how some of your strories and successes have made an impact on my life. Here looking forward to the future and being excited about what's to come.


Feb 20, 2008

Thank the Lord, I found out today that I was approved. I will have a surgery date by friday. I'm over the moon right now. To everyone out there that's waiting, "your time will come". I pray for quick results for everyone, I know it's torture waiting, As for me, I'm looking forward to surgery. Right now I'm ready to run full steam ahead. I have no fear now nor have I had any since this journey began. Lord contiune to carry me through. I pray these blessings now and forever, amen.

waiting for a date

Feb 18, 2008

It's been one week since my surgeon's office submitted the necessary paperwork for approval.  Time seems to be standing still.  I called humana today and they are just so  causal about everything.  Don't they know that this is my life we are talking about here.  I work with insurance companies and it's a shame the power they have.  Anyway, I'm trying daily to keep my sanity.  I know that this is just a bump in the road. I haven't been waiting that long, I just became serious about my research in November.  I had to wait til January till my new insurance kicked in.  I'm been earnest working on this since January 7, 2008.  I know others have been waiting for years.  I sould  be a little more gracious.  Lord give me the strength to accept the things I can't change, change the things I can change and the wisdom to know the difference.  

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