Today marks the anniversary of my VSG. Wow what a journey this has been, with many ups and downs along the way. Although I have experienced regain, I can honestly say that I am in a better mind frame then I was this time last year when my spiral down the rabbit hole took a turn for the worse. It is very much a bitter sweet moment for me today.
I know I still have a long road ahead of me to get back to where I was two years ago, but just knowing that I made it there once, empowers me to get
Hello and Happy New Year to all! I am now 6 months after my sleeve surgery and still losing weight. I am almost at goal weight, just 1.6 kg to go - yeyyyyy!!! So far I feel really well, and even though I cannot eat big amounts of foods yet, I manage most types of proteins without too much trouble. The really bad constipation I had seems to have stopped now (thankfully) so that's an improvement.
During a recent trip, I tried Crystal Light to add to my water and have been drinking lots of tha
Hello! I am four days shy of being five months post op and I wanted to give a quick update. I saw my surgeon last week and all is going really well. My blood tests came back all normal, including my cholesterol which I had had borderline high for many years now. So I am very pleased about that. I also got extremely high levels of vit B-12, but the surgeon told me not to worry as this is because of the B-12 shot that I got last month, so he advised that I should skip the next shot due in January
So it has officially been 2 years since my surgery! I went into work this morning much the same way I did the surgery, as I now work at the same hospital I had my surgery in. That day, I went in very early in the morning, on the train as everyone else was going about their commute and I was thinking about how much my life was going to change! It was slightly different two years later, I still went in very early, on the train, and yet, I was one of the commuters heading into the city but this
So it is. I have made it on maintenance for one year. I decided to write a blog each month because I thought the first year of maintenance might be harder than the weight loss phase. I had never written a blog before, and it helped me reflect along the way. Here is a portion of my first post, one year ago this week:
Never done a blog before. But I love reading them on this site, and I think I have something to say. And I'm hoping it might strike a few chords with some of you.
I can l
Okay, I'm finally going to post the pictures I promised!! I'm adding this blog a couple weeks late, but I'm back. Back from a trip I'll never forget. My last blog was dated on the day we were leaving on our Alpine hike trip. It was everything I had hoped for, dreamed for, and more! Wow! What an incredible experience! I feel so lucky to have seen a part of the world not everyone gets to see, enjoy it with my fabulous friends and husband, and get to see it all through 14 days of hiking through Fr
This week, it was three months since I had my surgery. I am completely recovered from the incisions and sometimes I forget that I am sleeved.
I stepped in the scale this morning and when I checked the app in my phone (which is connected to the scale) it told me that my BMI is 29.9, so no longer in the obese range!!! It is very close, but still, my BMI is in the 20s now. I am very pleased that lately I have been losing weight very fast. I am not that hungry at all, so it is a bit of a challe
I wrote this 3 months ago, and by mistake didn't publish it, so I am doing it now.
Hello! I am not a good writer and have never written a blog, but I wanted to document what I am going through, because I have a terrible memory and unless I write things, I forget everything.
I had my surgery two weeks and two days ago, and I am feeling better and better every day. I am still in the liquid phase - my surgeon requires three
Today is the day! It's finally here! After 6 months of training, we are off to meet our friends for our Alps hike from Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland. I added up all the stats yesterday:
In 13 days we will hike 216 kilometers through 11 mountain passes at an average of 2,500 meters in elevation. We will have a total height gain of 15,000 meters and a total height loss of 14,400 meters. EEEEEEK!!! Good thing we are with 12 of our closest friends for decades! To say that I NEVER cou
Hello! Exactly two months ago I had the sleeve. It feels like it was ages ago, but it was only two months.... I have continued to lose weight, I believe that I am 16 kg down already, and feeling very well overall.
I still have some trouble eating proteins such as meat and fish. I went on a week long vacation abroad and managed to get almost all the required protein and fluids, despite the heat and days spent at the beach. Afterwards went away on a short weekend break and I vomited twice aft
Wow, can't believe this is my 9th month of maintenance. I've been reflecting today just how scared I was when I first entered the "maintenance cafe." I was so petrified of gaining it all back as fast as it had come off. The weight loss numbers seemed crazy, and I had ALWAYS gained right back before. I'm talking SINCE JUNIOR HIGH. I can honestly say for the first time in my life I feel like my weight loss efforts are working WITH my body instead of AGAINST it. I have officially been on maintenanc
I have been married for more than 10 years to a lovely husband. He's slim, a naturally healthy eater and fit, and has always supported me in my battle to lose weight. Anyway, in the last year I have been snoring loudly and often he had to gently wake me up for me to change position and stop, as I was disturbing him. Among many others, this was one of the reasons to have surgery, to improve my snoring and apnea.
Anyway, last night he told me that since I had the surgery I have not snored onc
Four weeks ago I have my sleeve, amazing how time passes so quickly. I am doing well, still in the puree stage for one more week. Mi biggest incision is still bothering quite a lot, with a stabbing pain that feels deep inside my abdomen. I consulted with the surgeon who said it was to be expected, but I feel that it is getting worse rather than better. I worry that it can be due to the fall down the stairs that I had early on, or some gardening that I did 12 days post op, where I lifted some wei
I had surgery three years ago today: July 28, 2016.
I've been about the size and weight I am now for two years—two years ago I was about five pounds heavier, last year I was about five pounds lighter. I'm feeling pretty stable and solid—I had a little weight gain earlier this year, watched (and didn't watch) things creep just above 195 before I realized I needed to and could focus on it and intervene. I've taken most of it back off. I definitely had some fear and anxiety when I realized tha
OOOOOPS, actually doing this blog entry a couple weeks late. I was on Samoa time, Man! Promised pictures at the bottom of page!
It ended up being a great trip, and some new weight maintenance challenges that will help me in the long run. The main thing I was worried about was weight gain from being away from the daily scale weigh ins at home, away from the weekly weigh ins at Weight Watchers, no weighing and measuring and predictable food, not being able to run for security reasons, not
My two year surgiversary was last week, and had a my follow-up with my surgeon's office. My weight one year ago was 150, last week it was 153. She said she is not the least bit concerned since my BMI is still in a good range (23.3). My labs were good.
For most people 3 pounds is like nothing. For me, it's irritating. Normally I do tend shift 2-3 pounds. I am still under my goal weight which was 155. But that 3 pounds bugs me. :/
Maintenance is not fun. While I enjoy the freedom
Another month down. Some new, and not so great, little demon habits started sneaking in this month. Messy head messages, really. Because I was still "underweight" according to my doc, and because I have been nervous the last two weeks about a month-long trip coming up, I started letting myself snack way more, and even ate emotionally some. YUCK! Hated it! I gained 3 pounds, which is no big deal as it's in my happy range, but I'm not happy AT ALL about how it made me feel. It made me feel out of
We’ll start with the bad:
My husband totaled our car. He’s ok, though.
Our finances are still a hot mess and we can’t afford to buy or finance another car.
Now we have a great excuse (well, REASON) to ride our bikes literally everywhere.
So I’m averaging about 15-20 miles a day commuting and running daily errands and taking 40-65 mile rides on the weekends. I’m burning roughly 600-800 calories on weekdays and roughly 1000-1500 calories on my we
So, I have held the idea of a 5DPT in the back of my mind for when I “needed” it. I’ve been slowly but steadily going up since January. (I thought it was only 5# but when I looked back at my weight chart, it was nearly 10#!!!! GULP!!!! So, it was none to late to pull that fall-back out and use it. I wasn’t sure it would help me lose weight but if it at least helps me kick my carb habit and make my pouch remember its size!!!
Day 1: I got up (really early, it was an early schedule I wa
When there's a need to open up.
There are some things in life that are easy to talk about; work, life, simple day to day things. Then, there are things that you struggle to even face alone, much less involving someone else in it. It's time that I open up about my biggest struggle. A struggle that I've faced my entire life. A struggle that almost killed me.
I'm overweight. Those two words are so hard to say. I cry each time I associate them with myself. I have let that fact, and the peo
So I meant to post this last week, actually the week before but obviously I didn’t! My hubby is away and I have a little free time before bed tonight so I thought I’d post.
I have been pretty disappointed with myself bc I have slacked off a lot. Part of my problem is that I KNOW I can recover, so I feel like IF I gain 10#, i will just get serious and get it back off, which is a SUPER DANGEROUS way to think!!!!
Today I decided to do a 5DPT. I have been wanting to do it for a long
For the record, I am now 14 months post-op and 6 months under goal weight.
6 months? Really? Up to now I purposely didn't have the "M" word ("Maintenance") in my blog title because I didn't want to jinx myself if it wasn't going to happen. Looking back now, I can see I wasn't really in maintenance at first as I was still consciously, and unconsciously making myself lose more. But , even though I still feel like keeping in 5-10 pound range is scary, it's beginning to feel not like standing
Yes, I have neglected to write anything here for a long time! This isn’t because I’ve lost interest in TTF (I read it daily and comment fairly frequently). It’s just because things have gotten pretty routine for me, so I feel less of a need to do the soul searching I have spent so much time doing here in the past. I’m not taking anything for granted (working hard on that!!!) and I definitely haven’t gone back to my old ways, so I think things are OK.
As a catch-up since last summer (what??