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Weight Loss Surgery and Pre-op Diets

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

About three weeks ago I was approved by the durgeon for gastric bypass surgery after 2 years of working with the medical weight loss center and doing everything they've told me to - up to and including Dr. Rx'd weight loss medication - and losing a respectable, but modest 25 lbs.

I'm really excited (and scared!) and there has been LOADS to do to prepare for the surgery. There are vitamins to buy, and protein shake mix to find, and junk food in the house to get rid of, and then there's all the legal junk, like a power of attorney and a health proxy.

Today I started the pre-op diet, which was given to me by the nutritionist that works with the surgeon at the weight center. It's a pretty drastic reducing diet...protein shake w/a half cup fruit for breakfast, another shake OR a piece of fruit for snack, 4-6 oz. lean protein w/1 C. non-starchy veggies for lunch, another protein shake for afternoon snack (optional) and the dinner is the same as lunch. The nutritionist said that I can eat the lower fat of the Lean Cuisine type meals if it's easier and so I bought a few for lunches, which I tend to forget to eat. So far the diet hasn't been too bad, but I definitely feel hungry. I'm hoping that increased water will help with that, but I also expect that my stomach will start to shrink a little before too long and it won't feel quite so much like I'm on rations.

  
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JTREMBATH 11/21/2012 3:02PM

    Gee you have to go through a lot here in N.Z. the patient has to lose 10 kg to prove they really want to lose weight then they are approved.

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20 lbs!

Friday, June 17, 2011

I really truly cannot believe I've lost 20 lbs so far! I haven't lost this amount of weight in probably 8 years. I'm truly stunned. Particularly because I haven't tracked my food since Sunday and I *know* I've eaten emotionally at least twice this week. Wow! That definitely motivates me to get back on the journey! :)

  
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NPA4LOSS 6/18/2011 8:40PM

    emoticon emoticon Welcome back to the right path. We all take a wrong turn at one time or another. emoticon

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LINDA! 6/17/2011 9:30PM

    Congrats! Seeing the weight decrease gives us motivation to keep going. emoticon emoticon

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TACONES 6/17/2011 9:29PM

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Happyafraid

Thursday, June 09, 2011

So...after a small gain of 2 lbs. (from 331 to 333) and a plateau at that weght for a few weeks, I've started losing again and am now 229.8. Officially under 330! Woot! :)

I weighed in yesterday and haven't told anyone yet. I tracked it here at SP, but I haven't mentioned it to my wife or anyone else. I think partly I just wanted to enjoy it quietly by myself for a little while. But the bigger part of it is that I've lost weight before and I've gained it all back again.....over and over and over and over. Because of this, I feel a little timid about telling anyone of my recent weight loss success. And also, I guess I'm a little fearful that it's somehow not *real*. Weird, I know, but there it is. I've spent so many years being overweight and gaining and losing...it's just hard to quite feel like I can really count on this being a true success. Which is so silly! And so uncharacteristic of me.

I've been asking myself at what point would I be able to feel like I could rely on the weight loss nd believe that it's real? I don't have an answer to that yet, but I think it might be a little ways away still...maybe when I get under 320? 300? Maybe it's not about the number...maybe I just need to see that I can keep up the momentum of a sustained weight loss over time.

  
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NORAB52GOOD 6/10/2011 10:38AM

    emoticon on your weight loss! I know exactly what you mean about feeling like it isn't a 'real' loss. I have been plateaued for about 2 years now. I lose 1 to 2 lbs and then gain 3 lbs. I lose 4 lbs then gain back 2.5 lbs. If you look at my weight loss curve over the last 2 years it is a FLAT STRAIGHT LINE, no real ups but not going down either. I try to hold on to the fact that I am NOT gaining all my weight loss back but it is frustrating as hell to not be losing anything either. Enjoy your weight loss, believe it, build on it. You can do this. You ARE doing this!
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Slimming Down More Than Just My Body

Friday, May 27, 2011

I like having things around me...my favorite book series from junior high, the invitation and program from my best friend's wedding tucked into the photo album with pictures from the event, the ceramic keepsake box my dad gave me for Valentine's day when I as 12, etc. My house is filled with memories in the form of my possessions. This natural tendency to hold onto things is a two-edged sword, though, and every so often I begin to feel hemmed in and weighted down by all the stuff. Maybe it's the sudden heat of summer that's just found it's way to Boston, or an abundance of free time this week, but that bloated-home feeling has returned. Experience has shown that the only relief from this feeling is to identify things in my house that I want to let go of and send them on to a new home. Today, I have found a shopping bag full of clothes, books, and other flotsam to send to the goodwill. I've also generated a large bag of trash. What will you do to slim down your body and your life today?

  


Today's Goal

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

I've noticed that while it's only a small amount, I'm consistently eating above my calorie goal this week. At first, I rationalized it by telling myself that it was only 100-200 calories. No big deal! I can burn that off in an afternoon of running around! Yeah...except that I haven't been burning it off. And really, this lifestyle shift is about learning to do things differently. I'm generally a "don't sweat the small stuff" kinda gal, but I think I need to reassess what "small stuff" means when it comes to my health and well being. 100-200 calories *isn't* a lot when I'm active...running around a unit for 12 hours a shift taking care of patients burns loads of calories. But I'm not working right now and my activity level has been pretty low. (I am working on that aspect of things, too.)

So! My goal for today is: I will eat normally but I will finish my meal *before* I feel 110% (or even 100%) full.

  
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MJREIMERS 5/25/2011 12:04PM

    I found that if I don't have access to a computer during the day, which you may not since you work 12 hour shifts, I write everything I eat down. Then, I can record it on Sparkpeople later. This has helped me learn the calories of everyday foods and how to avoid those that put me over the top. I can also prepare for a night of pizza with the family and still not go over my calories. Keep healthy foods handy. I love nuts, certain yogurts fulfill my craving for sweets, and I drink lots of water! Good luck and just keep trying. This is a life long change and it won't happen in a week or two.


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