Well it's definitely been a while since I blog'ed. I am well overdue. Next week is my 3 month surgiversary. I'm doing really well! My doctor is lowering my blood pressure medicine and I will probably be off my CPAP by 1 year out. I can't wait!
I did a 5k walk last weekend for Breast Cancer and I was so happy I didn't have to stop and I was barely winded by the end. I have a lot more energy, confidence and pride in my appearance.
I am so lucky to work with a lot of supportive people. They are constantly complimenting me. Although it can feel embarassing sometimes, I do enjoy the positive attention.
Food and I are doing ok. Sometimes I eat something that doesn't agree with me and it makes a reappearance. But overall I can eat a lot more than I could a month ago. I have learned a lot about portion control and chewing well. I still only drink water or sugarfree beverages.
Walking is still my favorite exercise and I try to do some band exercises to help firm my arms up. I am excited for Halloween as I got a feminine Gypsy costume and I can't wait to wear it!
My 3 month post op check up is this coming week and they'll be doing my first set of lab work to check all of my levels. I do a great job taking all of my vitamins so I hope it all comes back ok!
Today it happened, I stepped on the scale, and the numbers 299.7 blinked back at me..... HOLY COW was I excited. I've been waiting to hit this for the past couple of weeks and I am soooooo ecstatic. Meeting my first goal is so fulfilling. I will never ever see a number starting in 3 on that scale ever again. I just won't. I can't let that happen again.
I bought myself a new Vera Bradley bag as a reward (Stephanie style in Boysenberry) and I call it my 50lb bag.
I am doing well getting my protein in and I am progressing through to different foods every week. Tonight I had some turkey and chicken taco meat! It was yummy :) Some things that have been ok before aren't ok another time, but I think a lot of that is me not chewing them up enough. I have to remember that every time I put something in my mouth.
Vitamins are no big deal, I have a pill box where you can take out the am/pm for the day and I throw it in my purse as I head to work. I have a Nectar protein shake with 16 oz of non fat milk every day first thing. It helps me hit my protein mark.
Exercise is getting better as I can walk more and faster. I want to do a 5k this year. We'll see!
Happiness to everyone as you continue your own journey to a healthier you! I wish you well in your own experience!
Today is my one month anniversary of my surgery. I feel great! I've been back to work for two days and it's been ok so far. Let's see how I do when the real stress comes back.... I won't be able to turn to food. So I think I'm going to exercise it out!
Eating-wise I'm doing ok. I pretty much struggle with every type of meat except sometimes I can eat moist lunch meat. Everything else likes to make a second appearance. I've been doing ok with mushy food like applesauce, pudding, mashed potatoes, refried beans and cold cereal. I also still drink protein shakes to help me get to my protein goal each day.
I do well with my vitamins and so far I've been getting exercise by walking and sometimes swimming.
Soooooooo...... am I happy I did it? Heck yeah! As of today I've lost 46 lbs since I started the pre op diet on July 1st. It's amazing how quickly it has come off. I feel more confident, my double chin is disappearing, I have more defined shoulders and my clothes are falling off. I even flirt more! Watch out boys!
I am very lucky that I had a great surgical team who helped prepare me for what to expect. I also had a complication free recovery and that has been a blessing. The support from my friends, family and spark friends is priceless and keeps me going.
It's been a little over 3 weeks since my GB surgery and so far I've lost 40 lbs. I feel great. People have noticed the change and I have as well. This is 1/5 of my goal so I definitely have a way to go but my confidence is already improving.
I just took a short trip to Atlantic City and while there I tried a few new items. Most of them did not agree with me and I got sick for the first time since surgery. I'm ok with it as it's helping me learn. I think that part of it is I'm still eating too fast. So I am trying to make sure I count my chews 20-30 depending on the food and putting the utensil down between every bite. It's tough but it's much better than getting sick after every meal.
My daily focus is 60 grams of protein and 64 oz of water. It's so tough but I can do it. These are both keys to fighting the fatigue that I too often feel. I can't keep taking a nap every day. Today was the first day in a long time that I didn't take a nap so I think I'm on the right path
My 4 week follow up appointment is on Thursday. I should be released back to work then. Goodness! That will be an adventure in and of itself. Getting in my protein and liquids at work is going to be a struggle but I am committed to being successful.
Today was my 2 week check up with my doctor. Everything is going well and she moved me on to mushy foods. Next week I can try moist meats. Thank goodness, I was getting so bored of liquids. Today I tried some macaroni and then I made a noodleless lasagna for dinner but I don't think I baked it long enough.
Today my sister and I checked out the other YMCA in the area and I liked it a lot better. It is newer and was a lot less crowded. Tomorrow is supposed to be over 100 degrees so I'm either going to go there or to the neighborhood pool to workout and relax.
Not time to go back to work just yet. She said we should wait until after my next check up in two weeks.