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Surgery Follow-up

Thursday, June 18, 2009

I went to see my surgeon on Tuesday for my nine month follow-up. I can't believe it's been that long since I had my surgery! As I said in my last blog post here, progress is being made and I'm happy with that.

He said I'm doing GREAT and obviously doing the right things. He said I look good and so far he sees no problems. He always checks me for a hernia. I don't want one, but he did say should I develop one, the insurance company would then pay for my stomach skin removal at the same time as the hernia repair. Otherwise, there is 14 pages of rules and hoops to get through (for my insurance company) and it isn't even a guarantee that they will pay then. You'd think if they approve gastric bypass, they would allow skin removal. I mean, how do they expect a person to go from 530 lbs to 200 lbs and not have hanging sagging skin? It's beyond conceivable to me!

He also said that I should set my goal at 220-240 lbs. Then when I do have skin removal surgery I would end up weighing about 185-195 lbs which is right about where I would like to be. So ... if that's the case, I'm about 40-60 lbs from my goal instead of 90 like I had thought. Woo hoo! I'm pretty sure I can live with that.

Exercise this week has kicked me in the butt. Since water aerobics on Monday I've had the muscle burn going on. Tuesday added to it with squats on the wall using our fitness balls. Egads! And then water aerobics again last night where she really worked our abs and we actually did circuit conditioning. It was fun but gosh I'm feeling it this morning.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot ... Tuesday night at class I decided to give it a go to run on the treadmill. This time, I didn't startle anyone. Some of you may remember the last time I tried to run and scared my hubby as he thought I had fallen off the treadmill there was such a pounding noise. LOL I warmed up with a slow walk and then cranked it up to 4.0 mph and was off and running. I only managed to run for 30 seconds before I thought I was going to crumble but it was running. I slowed back down and then about five minutes later, I did it again. It felt kind of good to run. Surprise, surprise, surprise! (said Gomer Pyle style) My fitness instructor said that was progress and next time to try to run three times. She said 30 secs was a good start and in no time at all I'll be up to 45 secs, then a minute, then building on that. I don't know that I'll ever like to run but knowing I can is doggone exhilarating! Gotta watch the knees, though, which is why I'm taking it slow.

Okay, enough rambling ...

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SYNCHRODAD 6/27/2009 1:08AM

    Every time I read your posts, almost every time anyway, somewhere in there is a smile. So glad to hear how well you are doing. That goal weight is getting closer. When I think back over your Blogs, I think the humor is when you are in the gym. I well remember some of your first ones. Hilarious moments at times. Thanks for the update and encouraging so many.

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BLACKIE2 6/20/2009 7:08AM

    thanks for the update

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HEALTHYGAL01 6/19/2009 5:20PM

    Fantastic progress. You have done an amazing job.

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REACHGOAL09 6/19/2009 1:56PM

You are doing wonderful! Keep up the excellent work!


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!!KELL!! 6/18/2009 11:21PM

    Wow...that is soooo look fantastic....and CONGRATS on the weight loss....I just got banded and although weight loss is a little slower than bypass, I hope I can be as successful as you...YOU GO GIRL!!!!!
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Nine months later

Sunday, June 07, 2009

A better month was had than last month. I lost ten pounds and am sitting at just under 100 lbs gone since my surgery nine months ago. The journey continues and I have a lot of the same struggles I had pre-op but I just can't eat a lot of food at one time. I seem to be able to eat pretty much anything. I choose not to, most of the time, but I do try things from time to time. I know that now it's more a matter of keeping my head straight and focusing on my health. I am stronger and feel great! Having the surgery was the best thing I could have done for myself. I am looking forward to many things and enjoying seeing people who haven't seen me for a long time. Life is good. Tim and I will celebrate 24 years together on Monday the 8th. I can't wait to see what the end of the year brings. Hopefully, I'll be nearing my goal by then. I wanted to be there by September but know that isn't going to happen. I'm about 85 lbs from where I'd like to end up. Then the skin removal six months or so from the goal date and on I will go. Life is indeed good!

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BLACKIE2 6/11/2009 5:22AM


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REDIS279 6/8/2009 3:29PM

    Happy Anniversary!!
Wow! You look wonderful! Glad you had a more satisfying month. Thanks for continuing to let us walk along with you.

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DIANMAXX 6/8/2009 2:49PM

    you go, girl! you look fantastic!! happy anniversary today! di emoticon emoticon

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JNEUBS 6/8/2009 1:49PM

    You Rock!

Keep going!

The mind is a very dangerous tool!

Wishing you a clear path free of bumps toward your goals!

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SYNCHRODAD 6/8/2009 1:46PM

    You are looking good! A real neck, a real smile, and a whole small person of weight gone! "Petite" is a foreign word to us, but "fit and in shape" works just fine. Much blessing to you.

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I am so happy for you. Things are all going in the right direction and I'm sure you will hit your goal. I hope you have a wonderful anniversary and enjoy your time together. You look awesome my friend, way to go! Thanks for the kind words, they are appreciated.

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KITT52 6/7/2009 1:34PM

    Karon glad to hear your happy with your progress.

Take care


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Eight Months

Sunday, May 03, 2009

The following is my May blurb which may go unnoticed if not posted as a blog entry so here it is: Eight months out and the losing has slowed dramatically. My surgeon warned me at my last visit that I would likely only lose about one pound per week now. I didn't want to believe it, but he was right. The month of April, I managed to lose only six pounds. I'm a little frustrated with this as I still have about 90 lbs to go to get to the number I'd like to be at. The hanging belly skin is beginning to be an issue. Summer is on it's way and the moist folds have begun, no matter what I've done to prevent them. I know that the itching, scratching, and rashes are what I have to look forward to. The only good news is that every issue I have will be documented in hopes of getting insurance to pay for the skin removal when I get to my goal. Water aerobics has given me a renewal. I'm really enjoying being back at that. I can't wait for the next four weeks to pass. Then I can return to my Tuesday night classes which I miss so much. I never thought I'd say it, but it's true! I will continue to march forward and know that I am making progress slowly and surely and I will be just fine! 05/03/2009

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DIANMAXX 6/1/2009 7:48PM

    You are such an inspiration to us all!!! you look fantastic---the loose skin can be taken care of, do not get frustrated. Your weight loss is terrific! Keep moving, let the Lord worry for you!!!! emoticon di

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KAT06114 5/15/2009 2:55PM

  many congrats and BLESSINGS to you!!! try wiping with a small towel that has been moistened with hydrogen peroxide and then a medicated powder. it works wonders! i use this daiy (several times) due to my weight and eczema. hope this helps!

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SYNCHRODAD 5/10/2009 1:07PM

    LOL!! Aside from the skin fold issues, do you know how many people out here wish they could lose a pound a week, me included!! When you get down near your target weight, then you will be suffering with the rest us wishing for a pound a week. This is a "problem" to look forward to.
Nearing target weight, ahh... what days those will be for you, great days, days of lightness of feet, knees, soul and spirit. Is a triathlete lurking inside, one that will be striving for a third of a pound a week? One that will have been "skinned" in the best way (context is everything)? One that will have completed the Meek and Mighty Triathlon in St. Petersburg, FL? And be in the sponsor's tent looking longingly at that Cervelo P3? The potential end of your journey, "maintenance mode" and "triathlete" are joyful to contemplate.... Blessing to you...

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    Ask for a powder that will kill the fungus in the skin folds. I had to use a cream for awhile but it eats away at the skin. I do not have the problem now. I did have it when I was over three hundred pounds.

My skin is dry except my belly button will get the fungus reaction to some skin products.

I am so sensitive! j/k

Just my skin...I have rosacea.

Keep up the pound a is something. Do not despair the pound!


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MOV4WARD 5/3/2009 8:27PM

    Karen, u r just doing so awesome! Under 300 lbs and still losing, even if more slowly. Try not to let your feelings/discouragement be a reason to eat (from 1 who so did that for years).

you are going through so many changes, emotionally & physically i can hardly imagine but it's pretty normal to go through some emotional downs. Hang in & keep pushing through the struggle, and i hope your enthusiasm & good feelings returns soon :)


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NENATO2 5/3/2009 7:26PM

    You will see a decreased loss, BUT if you are consistent and determined with all your knowledge on how to lose, then you will reach your goal. At this point it is easy to get discouraged and start eating foods that you know are bad for you. Trust me, I know - remember? I've been there.

Glad you have had a great weekend!

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Monday, March 23, 2009

I cannot believe it's been so long since I posted here. Life has been busy with the job change but that's really just an excuse. I haven't had much to share or to say lately. Today I did have an accomplishment, though.

I completed, for the first time in over four years, the entire one mile walk with Leslie Sandsone ... her Walk Away the Pounds DVD. I used to do it when I weighed 530 pounds but did it from a sitting down position. Today I wanted to go walk outside, but it's raining and I don't own rain garb so ... I popped in the DVD and started to walk. I completed the entire workout standing up and moving my body. By the time I got to the half mile point, I wanted to quit but wouldn't let myself. I knew I owed it to myself to keep going. My thighs were burning and my calves were aching but I did it; I made it to the end!

Weight is still just under the 300 lb mark. Not much happening on the scale but the inches must be moving as people keep saying I'm shrinking. I don't see it right now, but okay. My hair loss has slowed but I don't see much new re-growth yet. I have an appointment with my surgeon tomorrow for my six month follow-up. It's about a month late because of scheduling but that's okay. The skin is becoming an issue and I'm dreading summer because of what I know may come. I'll document any problems because I may need that info later on to get the skin removal approved by my insurance company.

Hopefully, it won't be so long before I post again!

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BLACKIE2 3/26/2009 5:57AM

    thanks for the update!

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LIZINVA1 3/25/2009 11:30PM

    This is unbelievable. Today I updated my page. I haven't been on here for awhile. I checked in tonight and clicked on spark pages and here was your page. I read your latest entry which was about doing a Leslie dvd. That is what I posted about today, Leslie!

Another coincidence was that you posted your latest entry on my birthday.

Keep on walking, she will change your life!

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KITT52 3/23/2009 6:54PM

    Great job Karon....yep the skin is an issues. I'll never get approval but hope I can at least pay for some of what I need done. but won't pursue it till I have gotten to my goal and stayed for for at lease 6 month.

Thanks for the up date.


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CAREWREN 3/23/2009 5:46PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Good for you! Be proud!

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DAWNINCASPER 3/23/2009 4:45PM

    Yay Karon!! Good job!!! I've missed your blogs, but I certainly understand not really having much to report.
Hang in there - sometimes shrinking is hard to see as opposed to number on a scale!

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Two Milestones in 24 Hours!

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

I had another milestone happen yesterday. At the end of the day I had walked 8349 steps. That is the most steps I've ever had recorded on my pedometer. According to the pedometer, that was the same as walking 2.37 miles. Of those steps, 1885 of them were aerobic steps over 20 minutes which means for at least 20 minutes yesterday, I was burning fat. I did 20 minutes on the treadmill at an average rate of 2.5 mph but did bursts of 3 mph when the instructor had others running. My knees were screaming but I made myself do it anyway. I can run but I choose not to right now. With my knees the way they are right now running just isn't smart for me. In time, I know I will be running with everyone else, but just not right now. I also did 20 minutes on the NuStep machine. After that, we did the 'Cupid Shuffle' and the 'Electric Slide' in our strength training class. It was fun and nice way to get us doing aerobics without it feeling like exercise. Do a Youtube search on that and you'll find out what it looks like. We first did a slower version and then one that was pretty fast later on. It was quite the workout. The song is catchy and I had a blast. Then we slowed it down doing a workout with a long band and then weights, ending with stretching on the fitness balls. I felt so good after that class but boy was I feeling it. Today I have sore muscles and am probably retaining some water but that's okay. I'll drink extra today so the muscles can repair themselves.

I also met another milestone that is even bigger, in my opinion. I am now down to under 300 pounds today! Yep, that's right. I no longer weigh over 300 pounds. Today's weight is 298.6 Woo hoo for me! I've left what I have fondly called the Tri Cities for what I call Twoterville. I've now lost 232 pounds since starting this process four years ago. Another ten pounds or so and I will have literally "lost my husband". Wow! I've lost 125 pounds over the last year. Gosh but I'm feeling so doggone proud of myself!

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FREEFROMFOOD 4/16/2009 1:07AM

    WOW! you are so brave...I am too terrified for surgery...and then all the exercise you do. That is so awesome. I have injured my foot trying to do the sorts of exercises you now I can only do swimming - but I am shocked at how many calories it burns, i never imagained it would be so many. Once I got over what everyone else thought of me in my shorts and swim gear, I find that i actually love it. I am also starting to swim better now that I did when i was a kid. ( The funny thing is I take my glasses off amd am as blind as a I can't see anyone looking at me, or their expressions of horror and disgust - and so I am less self concious about them! LOL)

Keep at it...I dream of the day when i am under 300's! You are such an inspiration.

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SYNCHRODAD 3/8/2009 12:49AM

    I was wondering what you were going to call the 200's. Twoterville sounds real good. I read your blog, I don't think I could do all that stuff you do. Congrats!

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DEBIAMB 3/4/2009 11:25PM

    Wow, you are a real inspiration and your story has motivated me to keep going. You are awesome! emoticon

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MOV4WARD 3/4/2009 5:23PM

    drags in purple balloons & streamers all tied up in bows!

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Fabulous milestones! Congrats on slipping below 300! Welcome to twoterville :)

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KATEWEST 3/4/2009 4:47PM

    Wow! Good for you!! 232lbs lost! That's incredible.


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064638M 3/4/2009 4:17PM

  Incredible!! You are such an inspiration.

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CAREWREN 3/4/2009 3:52PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon What a wonderful achievement! It brings tears to my eyes. It might seem like a couple of pounds is not something to shout from the rooftops about but when it is getting under a round number, it is a fantastic, fantastic thing! And, please pat yourself on the back for walking the equivalent of over two miles!

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TBRAX98 3/4/2009 11:02AM

    Congrats Karon. You are the best inspiration to all of your friends. You wanted to do it and you are successful! Way to go Karon. Diet, exercise and having fun all the way. I can't wait to tell Charlotte, Kathy, Brandee and a whole lot more who have been cheering you on from the sidelines. You go Karon. I'm so very proud of you.

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KITT52 3/4/2009 10:30AM

    Karon that is just truly is a wonderful day.

I am so happy and proud of you.

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