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Surgery Day!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I have to be at the hospital at 6am...

Today is the big day!!

  
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SETAGOAL1 4/12/2012 9:12PM

    Wishinga speedy recovery and no complications.
Janet emoticon

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KMIRANDA2000 4/11/2012 9:02AM

    I can't tell you how excited I am to br with you on this journey!!

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MARATHONGIRL29 4/10/2012 4:08PM

    I hope everything went well. Keep us updated.

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2BFREE2LIVE 4/10/2012 12:03PM

    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Keep in touch as soon as you can. Sandy

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NYKIMMIE 4/10/2012 9:03AM

    good luck

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BILL60 4/10/2012 6:57AM

    The very best to you.

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FITANDFIFTY2 4/10/2012 12:45AM

    Wishing you a successful surgery and a apeedy recovery!! Hugs...Kathy

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ALICIA214 4/10/2012 12:40AM

 

Good luck with your surgery!! emoticon

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Less than 2 full days left!

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Surgery date is 4/10/12

Holy crap am I nervous! There are so many things going through my head right now...

  


Meeting with the Dietitian

Thursday, April 05, 2012

There is a lot to digest from my meeting with the Dietitian. She went over a lot of things. I am thankful she gave me handouts. It looks like when i come home from the hospital, I will be eating pureed food. That is ok. I can blend my meat with cream of whatever soup... so that actually won't be bad. I am allowed tomato soup in stage III so, again, that will be awesome.

I think I am going to do alright. She did say she really doesn't want me drinking protein supplements, but she does want me drinking Carnation Instant Breakfast - sugar free. I am failing to understand why she wants me to drink that over protein supplements with 2x's the amount of protein, and less carbs and sugars? If that is what she says to drink, that is what I am going to drink. Personally, I think it is gross. I can only find the chocolate variety around here, and i am not a huge fan of chocolate to begin with. Again, if that is what she wants, then I will for sure do it. I figure she has to know what she is talking about! She works with Dr. Newlin's patients all of the time.

I made up a shopping list of things that I need to get. There really isn't a lot. I think for my meats I am going to stick with tuna and chicken for now. Mainly because both taste good when blended with a cream soup, and she also said that I am allowed to use a tablespoon of low fat/fat free mayo. I can make like a tuna or chicken type salad to eat too, as long as it is smooth. It will be weird eating chicken that is the consistency of pudding. I thought about ordering some of those protein infused puddings from a website, but I am not sure.

After my meeting with my dietitian, I went to the mall. Yankee Candle is having a fabulous sale.. $1 tarts! Yay! I don't usually burn candles, but I do enjoy burning tarts. I bought at least 50 of them, plus 2 warmers. 10 of them are for my mother, and I bought my boyfriend's mom a warmer, and we picked out a dozen tarts for her, and a bad of tealites.

After that, i went to the salon and got a Brazilian wax. I figured I needed it. It is an excellent stress reliever, and I won't have to worry about shaving for a while. The lady that did it said I was "a tough chic" because apparently, a lot of girls that get it done end up crying and saying they don't know if they can finish. Not an issue with me.

We are having dinner at my grandparents tomorrow for Easter. I hope it goes well. I know I am going to feel very deprived, but it isn't a big deal. I notice that I am less hungry now. I am not sure if my body is finally adjusting, or, if I am just so stressed out that I am losing my appetite?

I think that is all for now

ps: The Big Bang Theory was hysterical tonight!

  
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STEPHHAYES227 4/6/2012 11:46AM

    my bari team also went with Carnation Instant breakfast, and I am not a chocolate fan either but I used the chocolate and vanilla both and did things like warmed them and added pumpkin pie spice , or hazelnut extract , or cinnamon to them. That made them taste better.
I was on nothing but that for 4 weeks. Good luck

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NYKIMMIE 4/6/2012 7:15AM

    I love yankee candle! Have a great weekend.

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NEPTUNE1939 4/5/2012 11:39PM

    Protein drinks do not have to taste bad and there are more flavors besides chocolate. I'm into strength and in order to build your muscle (and to even to retain what you have) you need protien. In simple terms muscle burns fat and fat thrives on carbs so muscle needs proteins to help you burn fat. The timing of taking protein can also be important to muscle retention.

I have a scoop of Whey (which is aborbed by the body quickley) in the morning with breakfast; I take a scoop of Casein with milk before bed which is digested slowly.

Make a smoothie with protein; If you need a few smoothie recipes that give you carbs plus protein let me know. Hope this helps - there is a lot of info on the net about this supplement. Stay healthy, Earl

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Meeting with the Dietitian Tomorrow...

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

I have an appointment at 13:15 to meet with my RD. I am REALLY excited to meet with her. I wish that my appointment would have been sooner. That only leaves me 5 days until surgery to get my kitchen ready. I work the weekend. I will be working 12 hour days, getting up at 5:30 in the morning, so the last thing I want to do is worry about preparing food and stuff. I just want to eat, shower and go to bed.

I have been shopping online at a few different Bariatric food sites. Well, I wouldn't say shopping, but rather getting ideas. I found a few sample packs of various protein drinks i think i will order once i get the ok from my RD on what I am to have. A lot of the stuff I found, I can get elsewhere cheaper, so I will do that once I find out if it is ok, and if i like it.

I have been really stressed. I know it is nerves from my surgery. I keep projecting it onto other things. Like my cats... I had myself so stressed out today about my cats acting like cats. They were just acting like they always do, and i am making up things that aren't even there because I have no where to direct my stress. I normally would deal with it by eating something. Since I can't do that, i worked myself into a tizz and eventually did my dishes to calm down. It worked. Focusing on washing my dishes helped relax me. Then I put laundry away and that helped even more. By the time I was done with all of my household chores, I felt pretty relaxed. I don't know why that helps, but it does. I guess if I redirect my desire to eat when stressed into cleaning my house, I am going to have the cleanest house in East Freedom!

I think that is all for now

  
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SETAGOAL1 4/5/2012 4:53PM

    Just want to say thumbs up on your surgery. Sending light and good thoughts your way

Janet

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TOTHEFUTURE1 4/5/2012 1:00AM

    There is a group on SP that may help ease your nerves. Relax.

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ERICAW2012 4/4/2012 10:28PM

    Just wanted to wish you the best of luck!

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KMIRANDA2000 4/4/2012 10:24PM

    Breathe...this is a time to really take care of yourself.

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Weight Loss Surgery - The "Easy" Way Out...

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

I am not a violent person, however, if one more person implies that I am "taking the easy way" by getting weight loss surgery, I am going to punch them in the face. If one more skinny person says... "Oh, I wish I could have weight loss surgery" I am going to deck them.

I really wish people were better educated about WLS. I wish people would see that this is, in no way, the "easy" way out. It is far from it. If anything, I think it is the most difficult way to go about weight loss. I think they have it easy. They can just work out, eat healthy and the pounds melt away. With me, I eat healthy, work out, and the pounds keep coming on.

I guess people have the misconception that I will still get to sit on the couch all day and lose 100 pounds and never have to do anything, and be able to eat whatever I want...

I guess they won't see me in the hospital, with a drain in my stomach, a tube in my nose, and a catheter... well you know... They won't see the fact I have to give myself injections for a week, they won't see the pain that I am in from having myself, in an almost literal sense, gutted. They won't be around at meal times to see me eating 1/4 cup of pureed chicken...

Yeah... easy way out my a$$

Ohh, and one more thing while I am at it... Yes, I have lost 11 pounds in a week on my preop diet. Which I know is water weight, however, if one more person says... "why can't you just do that diet for 6 months, and you won't need surgery" I am going to tell them to shut the front door!

I actually haven't been that open about my surgery with many people, but what is happening is people are listening to my coverstations and butting it... because you know, they know it all

  
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LADYBUG76135 7/15/2012 12:37PM

  I just had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy 6 weeks ago. This is most definitely NOT the easy way out. Just another tool... in my case, it seems to be an effective one for portion control (a huge issue for me).

I hope you're doing well.

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RADAZZLE 5/12/2012 11:54PM

    I had my Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass surgery in 2004. Although I'd originally lost 134.5 lbs, I sabotaged myself and not only didn't get to goal, I regained a little over half my lost weight. I am now back on track and down 14 lbs (which is below the half-way lost).

WLS is not the easy way out, but it is a tool that can help ease the process by speeding up weight loss at least initially and helping moderate your eating. But, as you can see from my experience, it doesn't do it for you. If you choose to not watch what you eat and not exercise, it can actually be totally defeated. BTW - not everyone has severe reactions to foods (dumping). It is important that you understand not only what you have to do before the surgery and right after, but you need to understand that you must change your attitude about food and, hopefully, exercise. You need to make your health a priority, and with that, your happiness should be a big goal.

Whatever you do, I wish you luck! Feel free to contact me! ♥ emoticon

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VIANA1 4/30/2012 4:46AM

    I've decided that wls is the right choice for me and now I'm doing more research about it. Is it bad that in my mind it is the "easy way out"? I don't think it will be easy like walk in the park easy but much easier than facing my demons with a stomach big enough to take them all in.

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TRACYDUKA 4/3/2012 10:17PM

    I've had several friends who've had bariatric surgery. And they can't have sugar at all, one friend literally passes out if she eats/drinks anything with sugar. They have issues with hair loss, and with excess skin because the weight came off too fast. NONE of them would change things. But it is FAR from easy. A few have had complications that threatened their life. And that's expected because as with ANY surgery, you never know how your body is going to react to it. It's not an easy fix. And anyone that thinks it is such, really has never looked into it.

Your journey to weightloss is your own. And if this is the direction your going, I wish you all health and happiness. I'll say a prayer for you that God guides your surgeon's hands and that you heal well and quickly.

Take care and be blessed.

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