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My One Month Anniversary

GRANDMA

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IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT ONE MONTH HAS PASSED SINCE I WAS SLEEVED.

HIGHEST WT. 261 LBS.

WEIGHT AT BEGINNING OF JOURNEY 251 LBS.

DATE OF SLEEVE OCT. 21, 2016

WEIGHT ON DAY OF SURGERY 241 LBS.

CURRENT WEIGHT 213.1 LBS.

IF YOU ARE HAVING BARIATRIC SURGERY AS THE SOLUTION TO YOUR WEIGHT LOSS ISSUES, YOU COULDN'T BE MORE WRONG.

I AM SURE YOU HAVE HEARD IT IS JUST A TOOL.....AND IT IS. HAVING BARIATRIC SURGERY REQUIRES A LIFE CHANGING COMMITMENT .  HOW YOU ASK? WELL, MOST REQUIRED PREPS ARE VERY DIFFICULT.  FOR ME, IT WAS A STRICK DIET FROM THE DAY OF MY CONSULT UNTIL 2 WEEKS BEFORE SURGERY .  THEN, IT WAS A 2 WEEK LIQUID DIET .  THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY AND ALL LIQUIDS. NO CAFFEINE ,  NO SODA, NO ALCOHOL, NO SUGARY DRINKS AND NO CARBINATED DRINKS.

I LOVE THE WEIGHT LOSS I'VE EXPERIENCED AND THE COMPLEMENTS .  SINCE SURGERY I'VE HAD TO FOLLOW SEVERAL EATING PLANS.

WEEK 1: SAME LIQUID DIET AS PRE OP

WEEK 2 & 3: PUREED DIET. 1 1/2 OZ. PROTEIN AND 1 OZ. FRUIT OR VEGGIE. NOT ALL FRUITS OR VEGGIES.

WEEK 4 & 5: SOFT DIET. SAME AS PUREED EXCEPT FOOD IS NOT PUREED.

WEEK 5: I AM NOW ABLE TO EAT MOST FOODS AND UP TO 4 OZ. OF PROTEIN ,  IF POSSIBLE. THERE WILL BE ANOTHER DIET PLAN AFTER THIS.

IT IS IMPORTANT ,  ALTHOUGH NOT MANDATORY ,  THAT YOU HAVE THE SUPPORT OF FAMILY AND OR FRIRNDS. EACH PERSON HEALS AT A DIFFERENT RATE SO YOU MAY NEED HELP FOR LONGER THAN YOU THINK. IT TAKES A WHILE TO GAIN YOUR ENERGY BACK. I AM STILL WAITING. BUT I THANK GOD EVERYDAY THAT MY HUSBAND HAS BEEN HERE FOR ME AT EACH TURN OF MY JOURNEY. 

FOR ME, THESE ARE THE HARDEST LIFE CHANGES:

NO DECAF FOR A MONTH AND NO CAFFEINE AT ALL.

NO BREAD, PASTA OR WHITE POTOES UNTIL MONTH 6.

AND....TALK ABOUT LIFE CHANGES . .NOTHING TO DRINK BEFORE EATING, DURING EATING AND FOR AN HOUR AFTER EATING.

EATING HAS CHANGED, TOO....TAKE A BITE, PUT FORK DOWN, CHEW AT LEAST 20 TIMES PER BITE, SWALLOW, COUNT TO AT LEAST W0 BEFORE TAKING ANOTHER BITE.

NOW DON'T GET ME WRONG. I AM HAPPY TO MAKE THESE CHANGES. MY PURPOSE FOR THIS SURGERY WAS TO GET HEALTHY, NOT TO WEAR A BIKINI. SINCE SURGERY ,  MY BLOOD PRESSURE MEDS. HAVE BEEN CUT IN HALF, I AM OFF SOME OF MY HEARTBURN MEDS AND WILL BE OFF THE REST BY THE END OF MY 2ND MONTH. I HAVEN'T HAD TO HAVE A STEROID INJECTION IN MY BACK AND AS I SAID IN A PREVIOUS POST ,  I AM ABLE TO WALK BETTER THAN I HAVE IN YEARS.

SO READ THIS CAREFULLY .  USE IT AS PART OF YOUR RESEARCH TO SEE IF YOU ARE ABLE TO OR WILLING TO MAKE THE NECESSARY CHANGES.

GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR DECISIONS!!

Clip on the pictures below. The top picture was taken at the end of week 4. The bottom picture was taken the day before surgery . 

 

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Thx. Except for my energy ,  I  think I  am  there. My energy was never the greatest. I hope to join a gym and start working out next week .  That will help!

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You are rocking it!  And THANK YOU for your words!  I needed to hear that!  I love hearing the people who have taken this seriously versus others who have just continued to do what they did before looking for changes... I know I must make the changes and I love hearing your strength!   Way to go!

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Hi SuperMom69

I am happy you like my post. As you can see, I am no youngster. I am 61 and went into this because my health was deteriorating quickly. I have 3 Beautiful grandchildren I want to see grow. I have a loving husband I've been married to since I am 19. I want us to enjoy the fruits of our hard work......and I have been willing to do whatever I need to to be able to live my life fully. If I look better, it is an extra bonus. So think carefully about what you want and why and what you are willing to do.

GOOD LUCK!  

 

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Grandma, I'm right there with you.  Looking good at 60 is a nice bonus BUT the reality is, I don't want high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol. And diabetes and elevated cholesterol have been knocking at my door for 3 years. 

For me, I have missed being more energetic, going hiking on vacations, traveling to Europe and site seeing for 12 hours. These are all things that have gotten harder as the pounds packed on. I am so embarrassed to be with my thin husband and friends and always the last person up the hill OR worse not going up the hill cause I'm just too winded.

I had surgery Monday of this week. Had a complication that has crimped my best laid plans, but today I actually felt human. Took 2 10 minute walks, was able to start my protein smoothies.  I'm still really tired and because of the added complication I have to be VERY careful with each phase. Have to see the doctor next week.Glad I took 2 weeks off, not 1, I would never have been ready to do a 12-13 hours shift!!

Congrats to you, thanks for your words

Anne

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Hi Anne

Welcome to the loser's bench.  

Don't forget that you have just been through major surgery.  You cannot rush your recovery. Doing so will only lead to problems. I do not know how old you are, but it took me about 8 weeks to start to feel like myself and  gain my energy back. Be kind to yourself and listen to your body!!!

 

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Thanks

 I am 2 weeks out today. Finally feel like me:)  Started on pureed foods tomorrow. Back to work as well.  Have to be well planned, I worked 12-13 hours shifts often without more than a 15-20 minute break.  Made protein rich beef stew, BBQ chicken with bacon and pureed them. Measured and package, ready to go!!

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Hi anne

Wow, you went back to work! I am in awe of you. There would have been not way I could have done that. I would have fallen flat on my face.

Good for you that you planned and prepared your meals. Be careful with beef stew and the BBQ sauce. they are rich and might hurt your stomach. I hope not.

Keep up the good work and take it easy (as much as you can).

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