Friday, October 28, 2011
One month ago today, I was wheeled into an operating room early in the morning for what I hoped and thought would be life-changing surgery -- Lapband (weight loss) surgery. I had gotten a taste of what life was going to be like the week prior when I went on my 1000 calories / mostly liquid pre-op diet, but what I have experienced since then has been better than I could have hoped for. And the best part is that I don't feel like I am deprived!
Sure, less food, but that is "glass is half empty" viewpoint. If you look at it from the "glass is half full" viewpoint, I am SO much more enjoying the food I eat, I rave every time I get that feeling of being full (which my surgeon said would be an amazing experience!), and the tastes of food are so much better!
The bottom line results: Counting the pre-op diet week, 26.4 pounds have vanished, 4 inches around my waistline are gone, and even 1 inch has disappeared from my neck! I'm almost to the last notch on my belt, and for one pair of my jeans, they are flat-out too big!! I'm hoping I kept some of my "skinny" jeans from the last time I lost significant weight back in 2007. If not, well, I'll be out looking for new ones soon enough!
The big difference from 2007: I worked out like a fiend then (I was doing a "Biggest Losers" competition at my gym up in CT), and while I did OK for awhile with the food side of the equation, once some big stress issues popped up in my life, so went the food control. With the Band, I now have the tool I need to be successful in finally getting rid of the pounds and inches. The workouts are part of the equation now, but not the sum. Being able to consume 1500 calories a day on average and thoroughly enjoying my food is BIG difference!
So, while it has only been one month, I am convinced that the decision to have weight loss surgery was one of the best ones I have ever made!
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
I was about to blog yesterday about how things were going since my lapband procedure, but when I realized it was going to be 3 weeks today, I held off. And at the same time I was amazed that it had been almost 3 weeks! Where does time go? Well, I guess that is good that it has gone fast rather than the alternative!
So, things are going VERY well. My surgeon gave me the green light to resume all activities last week, so back to bowling (had my best night of the season last night), strength training at the Y, and even shot some hoops for the first time on Monday. As of last Friday, 22 pounds are gone (and hopefully this time will NEVER come back!), 2" have disappeared from my waistline, and I am feeling good! Pretty much able to do any soft food, and even tried a couple slices of apple successfully yesterday. My wife and I have been able to get out for dinner a few times already. Amazed at how much food has come home each time!
We have a wedding to attend Saturday, so it'll be my first time seeing some of our friends. Anxious to see what they think of the new and improved "me"!
All in all, things are going well!
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
It struck me when I woke up (or to be more exact when my male dog Tomas "wet-nosed"me!) this morning that almost to the minute was when the anesthesia was turned on and I was sent into a short but deep sleep while my surgeon and his team went to work installing my lapband (and fixing my hiatal hernia, thank you!).
While everyone's experience post-surgery is unique, my assessment at this stage is VERY positive! Sure, there was the usual post-surgery discomforts associated with any procedure that involves anesthesia and having incisions (although the beauty of this procedure is 5 very small incisions!). And of course then there are the lapband-specific items: liquid diet, the gas, and the very weird feeling of this somewhat hard object just above and to the left of my naval (the port).
But...the benefits already, in just a week:
- The scale is moving the "right" way
- An inch around my waist is gone! And the promise of more to come!
- Less pain in the leg joints when I am walking
- The positive energy I am feeling in knowing deep-down I made the right decision, and sharing that with family and friends!
- Creating a new relationship with food, based on enjoyment and not on quantity!
Will there be "learning experiences" (i.e...negative outcomes when eating foods that the band won't tolerate): sure! Already had one earlier this week with some way-too-dry tuna! But how do you learn unless you try?
So I just wanted to share a little this morning, especially for anyone who might not be sure if weight loss surgery is right for them, or how things will feel afterwards. I'm just a "newbie" in the process, but I can tell you I have no regrets!
Sunday, October 02, 2011
So Day 5 since lapband surgery, and I was able to add in some food I can chew! Pureed foods, mind you, but I tried a scrambled egg, cottage cheese, and even some canned tuna. So far so good! And it was nice to be able to chew something again!
So I am beginning to see a new relationship with food. Enjoyment. Oh, I used to enjoy food prior to surgery, but it was not in a good way. Too many times it was how much can I eat instead of how good it truly was. And feeling full! My dinner tonight was just a shade over 400 calories, and I feel full. Not stuffed, not gorged, just nicely full! And that is with no restriction! Cool!
I think I am going to like this....a lot!
Thursday, September 29, 2011
So everything went well with my lapband surgery. Checked in at 5:30AM on Wednesday, and was home by 11:30AM. Needed pain meds throughout the day yesterday to manage the pain. Today, the only time I have needed it was at 3am this morning, and that was a 1/2 dose. Only clear liquids yesterday and today (and that has been fine!). Tomorrow I'll step up to liquid proteins, then if all goes well with that, Sunday will start the pureed foods.
Our puppies are quite happy to have me camped out in the LR with them. Daytime TV is an interesting proposition -- 200+ channels and still hard to find something I like. Thankfully, Cartoon Network has some classic Looney Tunes cartoons on.
And for my friends in RSN -- WOW!! What a way to end the season! It will be a VERY interesting off-season! I sure do hope Tito is still there. Theo and Curt -- I would not lose much sleep over them going, but what I am afraid may happen is that EVERYONE will be let go.
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