8 Months Post Op

Apr 13, 2014

Today I am 8 months post op from my revision from lap band to RNY, with a gallbladder removal during the same surgery.  I have to say that I have never felt better.  I just returned from a business trip where I spent almost 3 weeks in Singapore, and with the band, airplane flights, especially long ones, would tighten my band so badly that I would seek emergency medical when I reached my destination for an unfill.  I never experienced any complications on this last trip, thanks to RNY.  I was able to eat normally during the flight, where with the band, my surgeon recommended that I go on liquids during the entire flight and at least 1 day after I landed.  Just a total pain.  Anyway, the short story, is that I was not willing to go without some WLS tool, so my surgeon recommended revision to RNY and have my band removed.  I was nervous about RNY - had read how drastic it is and how you have to change your eating habits for life, and take so many vitamins.  I almost backed out at the last minute, but knew that whatever I decided, the band had to come out.  I had been dealing with such severe acid reflux for over a year by then, and hadn't been able to sleep lying down for about a year.  I would wake up with acidic fluid in my mouth and my throat would be burning and I would be choking.  This happened almost every night.  I was completely done with the band.

Fast forward to today.  As stated, it has been 8 months living with RNY, and I can say that this is the best decision I ever made.  I started on surgery day being 197lbs, and I am now at 117lbs, a total loss of 80lbs.  After 2 months I had lost about 33lbs.  Then in months 3-5, I averages a loss of about 10lbs per month.  Months 6-8 I have averaged about 5lbs per month.  I adjusted my goal weight 3 times, never thinking that I would get down under 120lbs, but here I am.  My lowest with the lapband was 129 and I stayed there for a hot minute, then started gaining back slowly.  When I started this journey, I knew that I was a revision and a lightweight, and had read that ppl like me tend to lose weight slower, so not to compare my weight loss progress with others.  I may be slower, but I have been steady, with only 1 real stall at just about 3 weeks post op.  So I am very happy with my progress.  Today I am a total of 56.25 inches smaller, and I wear a sz 0/2 pants and size Small tops.  I take my vitamins religiously, and I have a schedule so it doesn't seem overwhelming to me.  I just have my routine now.  I don't drink any alcohol, eat sweets or 'white' carbs, and I don't drink with my meals or until at least 30 minutes after.  I eat around 800-1000 calories a day, protein first, then veggies.  I eat fresh fruit only 1-2 times a week.  I typically eat 3 meals and 2 snacks.  I do eat a lot of Quest protein bars tho.  They fill me up and are easy to carry in my bag, so if I need a pick me up while out and about, I can grab a bar.  So I uploaded a picture that was taken yesterday.  I highly recommend newbies take their pics and weigh/measure monthly and keep a log.  I do it in case I get discouraged or sad - and I look back on how far I've come and want to motivate myself to hang in there.  So I wish you all a very successful journey of your own, and hope that my blog inspires some of you to either go for it - have this surgery - or keep on your plan to achieve the success you deserve.  Until next month -

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