Saturday, September 17, 2011
Today was my 51st birthday.
I weigh 80 pounds less than I did a year ago.
I had gastric bypass surgery on March 6, 2011.
Although not without its challenges, I have had no complications, and I am amazed at how my life has changed.
When my husband and I celebrated our 2nd anniversary in August, we went kayaking, horseback riding, and white-water rafting. A year ago (and for many years before that) those activities would have been impossible for me.
We joined a gym together, and we are active and happy. A friend asked what our plans were for my birthday weekend - I said, "We're going out to do cleanup in a park and waterway." :)
A year ago I couldn't get all the way upstairs without resting on the landing and my heart was enlarged. I used a CPAP machine. I couldn't work in the kitchen for more than 15 minutes without my lower back becoming numb. My blood pressure was just crazy, even with medication.
I got my life back. I still have a lot more to lose, but I know I can do it, and I have the support of a few family and friends that mean everything to me.
I with that for all of you facing similar struggles - no matter how you achieve it.
Sunday, March 06, 2011
Yay! The deed is done, and my chubby a$$ is back home! I actually busted out of the joint on Friday, arrived home, and had SIX STRAIGHT HOURS of blissful sleep in my own bed, without anyone coming to take vitals or draw blood or give me something in my IV. Woot!
I feel a bit like I've been kicked in the belly repeatedly by ninjas, with the bruising to show, but that gets better after every 'sleep.' My weight is actually up a few pounds because of the swelling, but I couldn't be less worried about THAT.
I'll write a bigger post on my blog - www.ostridoodle.com/wordpress - but wanted to let my Spark friends know that I'm safely home!
Monday, February 21, 2011
Any of you here who know me know that I'm an atheist.
BUT...last month, I came across an article about Dudeism, and I had an epiphany! THIS is something I can BELIEVE IN!
It certainly makes as much sense to me as any other religion I've come across. Being a Professional Slacker, I find Dudesim exactly mirrors my deep spiritual convictions and motivations. Plus, I only had to send them $20 via PayPal to get ordained.
I'm now an Ordained Dudeist Priest, and I will be officiating at my first wedding on April 29th. Yee haw! The Dude Abides!
Yep, finally got it! I'll be having a Roux en Y Gastric Bypass on March 2nd! Woot! Only took six short months to get through the process of testing and insurance approval! Silly me - last September I had imagined I'd have it before the end of 2010.
Love you guys!
Monday, January 03, 2011
Yes, its true, and its a GOOD thing.
2010 was a tough year. For the first time in my 50 years I started having some pretty serious medical issues - all of which were related to my weight. I've been on Spark for a long time - and every other program known to fatkind. My weight just kinds of hovers around the same spot. I'm exactly the weight I was at this time last year.
BUT - and that's a BIG but! - suddenly in 2010 things started to happen. My blood pressure suddenly went up to 200/100 in a period of a few months. I was put on medication for that, and finally got that all adjusted, and I started becoming so tired that I was constantly exhausted, and a few times contemplating using a go-cart at Costco. Back to the doc to find out that I now have asthma and enlarged heart.
My doctor asked if I'd be willing to talk to a bariatric surgeon, and I just started crying. I've tried, but... here I am.
Yesterday I started the pre-surgical weight-loss plan. My surgeon expects that my surgery will take place before the end of the month - it will be scheduled as soon as the final approval comes back from the insurance company which could be as soon as this week.
Am I a shining example of what Spark can do for people? No. Am I thrilled to have a permanent surgical alteration of my body? No. Do I want to ride around in a go-cart at 50 because I'm too overweight to walk, and be dead in a few years? Most unequivocally NO.
I'll still be coming to Spark - after all - it has the best nutrition-tracking ability of anywhere on the Web, and great people. But there will be LESS of ME this year! :)
If you're interested in more detailed information, please visit my blog.
I love my homies at Liberal Atheists Hippies, and I'm looking forward to getting to know some new homies at Gastric Bypass Sparklers!
Happy Gnu Ear and SPARK ON!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
A few days ago there was a Spark Newsletter that talked about cleaning out the 'evil' things in your pantry and refrigerator. It really made me think about how Spark fits into my life, and about what I can change, what I have changed, what I'm not willing to change, and the importance of gradual change.
If you want to lose weight, you have to change your lifestyle. It's not about dieting - all we Spark folks know that. You need to reduce your caloric intake, and increase your activity. It's that simple. The benefits can be a better appearance, more energy to enjoy life, better health - and the health part is so important. Something that a lot of 'diets' really don't promote, amazingly enough.
In the last few months, I've conquered high cholesterol through my rather lackadaisical diet and exercise changes. My last test showed my 'good' cholesterol was too high for the test to measure. My doctor said I'm only the 5th person he's ever tested who has had that result. A round of applause for my great-great grandparents!!!! My blood pressure, which had elevated suddenly and rapidly over the previous year (and no weight gain) to the 200/100 range (yeah, I know, stroke zone) is now controlled through medication. Unfortunately, one of the side effects of one of the medications is to make me sometimes feel weak and tired. But overall, I'm in much better shape from a medical standpoint than I was a year ago.
The article in question was, "Where is Danger Lurking in Your Kitchen?"
* Throw out: Thick dressings, white rice, creamers, white pasta, chips, dip, soda, mayonnaise, pudding and just say no to Twinkies!
* Keep: Vinaigrettes [sic], spinach, nuts, sweet potatoes, whole wheat pasta, grain rice, tomatoes, oatmeal, carrots, salsa, yogurt, mustard, natural applesauce.
* Put on probation (if they become a problem, get a substitute): High-fat cheese, whole milk, butter, ice cream, eggs, cooking oil, beef.
My issue with this list is that if I am changing my lifestyle, what I can really LIVE with for the rest of my life? Will I never eat Marie's Blue Cheese dressing or eat a steak again? While that might be a reasonable choice for some people, it's not for me. I don't keep creamers, chips, dip, soda, or Twinkies on hand - never did, even when my kids were young. I buy sugar-free puddings because my husband is diabetic and he really enjoys having one for his afternoon snack. I DO have all the 'Keep' items on hand - I always have. As for the 'probation' list, most of those things will always be in my house, with the occasional whole milk and ice cream, the latter generally for company and the occasional piece of homemade pie with a small scoop.
I bought 'lite' mayo - used it once and gagged - threw it out. I'd rather eat dry tuna than put that in tuna salad. Quite simply, I won't buy - or eat - 'fake' food. I've also noticed that clipping coupons is an exercise in futility for me - if there's a coupon for it, I probably don't buy it. I buy 'whole' foods, and that's what I cook with and that's what we eat.
What I have changed - portion control. Increased activity. Although its been a real challenge for me, I've quit eating ANYTHING between dinner and bedtime. I can't say the pounds are melting off, but I feel better and my medical profile looks better. I've met a lot of great people along the way, and look forward to logging into Spark and keeping up with their lives.
Oh, and I really love my Wii. :)
Smooches, and good luck on your journeys, wherever they lead you.
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