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Update! Gastric Sleeve

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Since my last post my life has drastically changed! I had my gallbladder removed at few weeks after the last post and was out of commission for awhile. So trying to diet while learning what foods you can eat again is very complicated. I have a hard time digesting oily foods...don't know why. But no more pain and I don't need oily foods anyway, win win.

Then a few months after, that I had Gastric Sleeve, or the vertical sleeve. Then life got really interesting! I have lost 60 pounds in about 4 months. I went down two dress sizes and I felt fantastic! Then I had a stall for 2 months. AGH!! Try making a huge payment for two months with no results and no hope of it going any lower. Maybe I was just one of those people who it doesn't work on...But the stall broke this week and I lost another 5 pounds! Whoo go Me!

Anyway after the sleeve surgery I was lactose intolerant. So these days I am pretty much scared to death to eat anything. I have a few foods that I know wont kill my stomach and I tend to stick with them. I am slowly learning and adding new foods. Some foods that I LOVED before, I have no taste for now. Like bread. Before surgery I could eat a loaf of bread in a sitting, now I don't even buy it. No more milk, cheese, or ice cream. Too many sweets and I get sick to my stomach, and greasy fried food is out. But I can make a snickers protein smoothy that my whole family loves! I haven't had caffeine in 8 months and don't miss it at all. As far as I'm concerned these were necessary changes and nothing motivates like stomach pain.

I have more energy, I'm proud of myself and the changes I've made, and my family is in better shape. My 3 year old daughter does my boot camp DVD with me and if I stop she tells me to keep going. That's Motivation! I'm teaching her that exercise is suppose to be a normal part of life not something you kill yourself doing to be skinny. My hope is that if she grows up with exercise and a healthy diet being the norm, that she will have a better chance at a healthy life that I did.

All in all, I would not trade my sleeve. It has changed my life in a very fundamental way. I'm not dieting anymore, I'm changing my life, I see my progress, and I'm not starving myself. I still have problems, like eating when I'm bored or nervous, or upset, or happy....but I'm learning to control myself. My portion sizes are realistic now and even as I'm able to eat more, the portion sizes stay small. I would do it again in a heartbeat. I will write another post soon on my experience getting ready for the surgery and the main event, and life in general after surgery. If you have any questions about it feel free to write me. If you have been thinking about it and don't know if you should or not, do it. You are worth it!

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JAMIECASSELL 5/11/2014 9:01PM

    When I was that far out I stayed pretty close to eggs in the morning, ground turkey meat for lunch (they have a cheesy taco meat mix that tastes wonderful, no milk, at walmart), and a lot of fruits and veggies. The walmart brand lactose free milk is really good. it will really fill you up that close out tho but it will be good for later. Some of the milder cheeses don't hurt my stomach either. I heavily relied on my shacks for several months. Let me look in my journal and see what I ate at two months. Hope some of this helps. I'll write some more in a bit.

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LAUGHINGDEB 5/11/2014 7:16PM

  I am too months post gastric sleeve and have stalled with a 41 lb weight loss. I too became lactose intolerant and spend most of my time in the bathroom. I am now afraid to eat due to the discomfort and am looking for ideas for a daily meal plan.

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GODIV4 5/7/2014 2:48PM

    Woop Woop! Congrats!

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MLHAYES17 5/7/2014 2:37PM

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

This has been a hard week. I know I'm sounding like a broken record but this time I swear my hard time is under different circumstances. I planned my meals, I went grocery shopping in advance, I got my biggest looser boot camp DVD and I was pumped up for Bob to kick my butt. Then I had a gallbladder flare, and apparently have gallstones. Very painful stuff, so painful in fact I thought I was having a heart attack. Doctor said I was doing OK and put me on a special diet (so all my planning went out the window), my stomach is killing me and I had to skip a workout but hopefully I can get it in tomorrow and there could be abdominal swelling(just in time for measurements next week). Maybe It will be better by next Sunday. On the bright side I really have had a reduced appetite and I have gotten well over my seven hours of sleep a day.

Here is my workout list. Most of them are old. Hope you enjoy :)
Black Eyed Peas - Rock That Body
OK Go - Here It Goes Again (Absolutely LOVE this song and video!!)
Jimmy Eat World - Pain
Sean Paul - Temperature
Beyonce Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
Outkast - Hey Ya
Beyonce ft. Sean Paul- Baby boy
black eyed peas- imma be rocking that body
-lets get it started
-boom boom pow (This one is fun to dance to)
-hey mamma
shakira - hips dont lie
the pussycat dolls - buttons



Saturday, May 04, 2013

This week has been pretty bad too. I don't know why I cant get back on track!! This is so disappointing. Does anyone have any suggestions to get out of a funk??! On the up side my daughter and I have been going to the park lot for picnics. This is a very new thing for me. Usually I am very uncomfortable eating in public, even at restaurants. So this is the new adventure I accomplished this week, I know its not much but it was definitely out of my comfort zone. I have also been doing crunches, or my sad slow version of them! I hurt! Ready as I will ever be for the weigh in!

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SWIMLOVER 5/4/2013 2:14PM

  Please do not beat yourself up! We all have had and still have those kind of weeks.

Take one step at a time and one day at a time. Small steps are more than trying to do everything at once.

emoticon on going out of your comfort zone! That is a Big Thing! emoticon emoticon



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"A day in the life of my belly"

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Banana and a cinnamon waffle for breakfast, roasted chicken subway sandwich with tons of veggies and apple slices for the picnic with my daughter, and Shake n bake pork chops with green beans for dinner.

Yogurt and a cinnamon waffle for breakfast, Salad with croutons and bacon bits and ranch dressing for lunch, One serving of lasagna and two pieces of garlic toast for dinner.

Sliced strawberries and bananas with waffle for breakfast, Protien shake for lunch (See this is where the panic for the weigh in begins!), Protien shake for snack, Salad and baked chicken tenders made with almond flour and honey mustard sauce for dinner.

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SWIMLOVER 5/4/2013 2:20PM

  I do not see anything wrong in what you are eating. Maybe divide the meals to have six small meals. This might help.

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Visual Motivation

Saturday, April 27, 2013

This week I made collage as a visual motivator. I based it off of a simple question; What do you really want? And here is what I came up with:
To be the picture of health,
Get happy,
Spring to life,
To turn over a new leaf,
To feel my best!
I will post a photo ASAP. I have to charge my camera!
My whole idea for this is trying to sort out the real reason that I have started on this journey. I need a clear visualization of what I really want out of life and I need to go get it. This collage will be but on the wall behind my vanity, where I sit to journal.

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SHINING_ON 4/28/2013 12:27AM

    I love the idea of basing it off a simple question - that makes it easier to stay focused! Can't wait to see the photo!

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    I love this idea! Thank you!

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DLBROWN93 4/27/2013 11:34AM

    Great collage!

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