August 31, 2010
It was the last day of my 6 month insurance journey. I submitted my paperwork to the insurance company and now I await an approval. It has been a long 6 months and the time has finally come. I want this so bad, now that it's here, I am anxious and scared at the same time. I so need this to feel 100% about myself and to feel better. I have been overweight for so long (16 years) and enough is enough. I have a tentative surgery date of September 14 or 15th. The sooner the better. I am ready for the challenge and will do everything that it takes to make this happen. I have a goal to lose at least 50 lbs or more by the time I turn 40 which is coming up in January. Stay tune for those firework. I am new to the site and will try to post with updates on the regular.
September 2, 2010
I GOT APPROVED!!!!!!
I was so excited. My first letter was approved. I got the call from my insurance company at 2pm while I was sitting in the parking lot at Walmart and I was screaming in the car. When they said congradulations, I could not believe it. They told me they had already called my surgeon and they will contact me for a surgery date. Yippeeee!!!!!
September 7, 2010
About 9:15am my surgeon's office called and they asked me when I wanted my surgery. I said next week, so my surgery date is September 14, 2010 at 7:30am. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. I am excited, anxious, and nervous at the same time. This is a dream come true. I will finally be back at a healthy weight and hopefully be an inspiration to others that want to do the same thing. My family, friends, and loved ones including myself will change forever. I am ready for the challenge and willing to do whatever it takes to be successful. I will be sure to keep you posted.
September 8, 2010
I am taking another step closer to surgery. Today I went to the cardiologist to get an Echo done and to get my cardiac clearance. It should be ready by the end of the week. I also need to pick up a medical clearance from my PCP. Things are moving at a fast pace. Next Tuesday will be here before I know it. I still need to grocery shop and pick up vitamins and protein powder to have ready when I go to the hospital.
September 23, 2010
Well I am 8 days post-op and trying to feel normal. Last night was some of the best sleep I had on this journey. My journey began Sept. 14 at 7:30am. Everything was on schedule. The surgery lasted 4 hours or so. I woke up in recovery feeling horrible. I had the question in my mind "What have I done to myself??" I did not enjoy the tube down my nose or sleeping on my back. I was hungry after a few days and I thought the whole purpose to eliminate those feelings. Well, they don't go away. The doctor mentioned it would be there because I had not eaten in a couple of days. I have been on liquids for a while and I am getting tired of that. I am ready for some pureed food because I stay dizzy and light headed and I called the dieticion and she said it is because I need food so I started on some grits and did fine. Can't wait for those mashed potatoes. My stomach around the incision area is very tender. I just can't wait to feel normal again. Since having the surgery according to my scale at home, I have lost 7 lbs. I should be happy but I feel ok since its because all I've had are liquids. I just want to feel like my old self and eat because no matter what I eat, I will only be able to eat small portions. I hope I made the right decision to have surgery. I hate the waiting game. I want to see results instantly. Forgive me if I sound impatient because I am. I go see the doctor on Sept. 30. I hope he has good news for me in regards to my weight loss because any weight lost is gone forever. Keep me and my family in your prayers. My kids are hanging in there. They want mommy to eat but not eat at the same time. It's weird and I feel weird. I understand why a pycho eval is required, because it can seem like you are losing your mind about food. I am going to take it each day at a time. I find that I sleep a lot. I guess I need the rest. I am offically on the losing side and will do everything in my power to keep losing. It would be great to hear from some of you just to get a little feedback. Thanks!!!!!
November 12, 2010
Hello Everyone! It's been a long time since I've been on this site and things are coming along. I look at the before and after pics of other people and can't wait to get there. I have increased my exercise and need to watch my carbs. I am eating anything I want but want the weight to come off quicker. I know I'm impatient. It didn't come on over night and I won't lose it over night. I've been getting in a descent amount of protein but need to do better. It seems like everything I eat or want to eat is carb based like pasta, rice, bread and these foods go down for me and I'm not gassey either. The only time I get gas is when I have milk and I have cut that to Soy milk. I am going to make some changes in the upcoming week and see if that makes a difference. I love my DS and would not trade it for anything in the world. I am experiencing a lot more energy and that is a good thing. I will check the site when I can. I can't send updates through my phone and I don't have a computer at home. Good luck to all that consider surgery.
December 21, 2010
Hello Everyone!!! First to those reading this that are pre-op, hang in there your relief is coming soon. As of December 14th which was my 3 month anniversary, I have lost 50lbs. As of this date, I have lost 52lbs. I am over joyed. I don't know when the last time I was at this weight. My clothes don't fit anymore and my shoes are getting too big. What's up with that. It is a welcoming change that I would love to keep. My birthday is Jan. 10th and by then I want to have lost at least 60lbs. I know I will make it. Just have to keep exercising and watching those carbs. I have switched to Almond Milk. It takes great with my protein. I do eat a lot of regular protein and have slacked on the protein shakes. I will get back on track by the 1st of the year as with everything else. During the holiday break, I plan to be in the gym working out and making sure I stay on track for my birthday. According to my doctor, he wants me to lose 50% of my excess weight which is about 75lbs. From the looks of it, I only have 25 of those pounds to go and he wants me to obtain that by March 14th which is my 6 month check up. Keep your fingers crossed for me. Holiday eating is the worst but with us DSers, its the amount of food you eat. I don't know about everybody else, I am still measuring my food (5ounces) and truthfully I am stuffed. I never thought that much food would make me full. I am looking forward to doing a lot of shopping when the time comes which will be around summer to look summer sexy in all those cute clothes. For now I've been going to the thrift store picking up things I can fit so I don't spend a lot of money on clothese because I can't fit most of the clothes and I already didn't have much to choose from. I did take a few pictures on my phone,. I need to email them to myself so I can upload to the site. Keep hope alive and remember to take it one day at a time. Will post again next month.
February 16, 2011
I didn't realize that I didn't post last month. On the 14th of this month I celebrated 5 months post-op and I am down 75 lbs down and finally feeling normal. I am getting the hang of this DS and want the weight loss to pick up. Next month when I go to my 6 month follow up, I want to be at least closer to 100 gone by then. I continue to work hard at the gym and keep my carbs down low. That is a struggle in itself. Spring is almost here and I will look and feel different from one year ago. I am kind of excited about wearing short skirts and tops and showing off my new body. Over the next month, I am going to really focus on my fluids, protein, and exercising. My son graduates in May and I will be 100 lbs gone and will be looking great. I get a lot of compliments daily. Just today someone said that I was looking slim....... I smiled
June 16, 2011
Well, I am 9 months post-op and down 112 lbs. I did reach my goal of losing 100 lbs by my son's graduation which was May 20, 2011. I got so many compliments on the dress I wore and I felt great. I have run into a lot of people late and I basically blow them away. But my feelings aren't the same. I particulary don't like the reactions I get from people. They make it seem like I was this big fat whale and now I am too skinny. People tell me all the time now, "Don't lose too much weight" What do they know about my body. I am 38 lbs away from goal. If I don't lose another pound I would be satisfied and still in love with my DS. My current weight is 206 and I look fine, but I want to reach ONEderland so bad. During the summer, it seems to be challenging. I don't feel like exercising, but I do try to stay away from those bad carbs and eat fruit which I need to cut back on because of the sugars. I haven't lost any more weight in a while but I'm not complaining. I will try to add a photo so that you can see an updated picture of me. I don't like taking pictures but I am getting more comfortable with taking pictures. It's been a wonderful journey and I am not giving up just looking forward to more beautiful things to come.