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5 month update

Everything is going well. I'm currently weighing 240lbs. That's 113lbs down form my highest weight. 66lbs down since surgery. Average 13lbs loss per month. Pretty good. I had my 100 day post-op checkup with my clinic last month. Checked in with the nutritionist, psych, and nurse provider. Everyone was pleased with me. I'm pleased with myself. Sometimes I feel like I'm losing too slow and sometimes I feel like I'm losing too fast. I'm just grateful to be losing anything at all. Currently I'm

ThriftyTheresa

ThriftyTheresa

 

Two weeks

On the one hand, it feels like these two weeks have been a slow-mo of trying to force down protein and water. On the other hand, I can't believe it's already been two weeks!   I met my surgeon for my first post op today. My pain with the stricture has somewhat improved on its own, and he is not convinced from my barium swallow right now that it absolutely needs dilation. We're in a "wait and see" holding pattern.   I can get down about two ounces of puree. More if it's thinner l

delilas

delilas

 

Milestone! My first weight stall! Haha!

Well, I've hovered at 247-249 for the last several days. I had decided to stop weighing daily, but did it anyway, and now I know why I should knock that off. I'm not worried. My average daily calories hover around 450-550, so I'm doing as I should. I'm betting it's because I've had trouble getting all my fluids in and I'm hanging onto water weight. I'm working on that, though and should get it sorted soon. I had plans to start my exercise program this week and decided I'd better postpone it unti

Cardamom77

Cardamom77

 

Tomorrow I go back to work....

I probably took off longer than anyone here....and though my first few weeks were a blur I tried to make every moment of the last few days.....tho, sadly they flew by I am not ready to go back....just baby fears I guess....like will I get enough fluid in?  how will I respond if anyone in the teacher's lounge asks why I am eating so little?  what will I say when they say "where were you?"  or "what kind of surgery did you have?"  Funny thing is I am down 30#....enough to notice if you are pa

CheeringCJ

CheeringCJ

 

Starting month 4...

It's really hard to wrap my head around it, but today is the start of month 4 / end of month 3 after surgery!  Getting the business stuff out of the way... Weight loss:  I was 355 when I started this process in April, 298 on surgery day, and I'm 251 today.  That's 57 lbs lost before surgery and 47 lost since - a total of 104 lbs down!  My monthly post surgery stats are:  M1: -17, M2: -14, M3: -16.  So I'm giving myself an A+ for the first quarter in the weight loss department.    You Novemb

Kio

Kio

 

All good.....

My appointment went great! I was down 18 lbs from my pre-op appointment. My incisions look good. I was cleared for all activity, as long as it's not in lakes, rivers, etc. (due to bacterial concerns until my incisions are 100% healed - there's still a little scabbiness). My diet was progressed and I had about a half a scrambled egg today. It was SO GOOD! I felt like I was eating eggs for the first time. The flavor was stronger (in a good way) and I felt completely satisfied after eating half of

Cardamom77

Cardamom77

 

My HOLY MOLY Moment!!!

So I took my measurements this morning and was going to tack them on yesterday's entry but I was so stunned that I thought they needed a post all their own!!! Remember when I posted about the ribbons I was doing to take my measurements? well, here is the STUNNING difference when I took them today! I was so shocked!  This explains why my clothes aren't tight anymore!!!     And my total inches went down 15.25" in 6 weeks ....the best being my abdomen which literally

CheeringCJ

CheeringCJ

 

My One Month Surgerversary!

Well, I can hardly believe it was one month ago today that I "went under the knife" as they say.  Not a second of regret, not when it hurt so bad, not when the room spun for 2 days, not when I threw up for the first time and thought I split an incision, not when I couldn't walk without dragging IVs all over with me, not when I got home and tried my hardest not to sneeze or laugh which was so painful, not when I couldn't sleep in my own bed but had to position myself just so on the recliner, not

CheeringCJ

CheeringCJ

 

'Twas the day before my post-op appointment, and all through the house....

..... I choked down another 4-in-1 shake, though I'd rather eat a mouse. I hate these shakes now. HAAAAAAAAATE them. I'm glad they're temporary. After today, I won't have to drink these anymore. I can go back to putting raw natural protein powder in something I flavor myself and I can eat (soft) FOOD. I am so excited about being able to vary the flavors of things and to have more savory foods! I've always been a sweet tooth, but I would be totally ok with never having another sweet food in my

Cardamom77

Cardamom77

 

6 Month Post-OP Appointment

I had my 6 month follow-up today, though technically 12/14 is my 6 month mark.  Everything went great.  I weighed in on their scale at 169.8 (their scale is still heavier than mine).  BP was 138/80, resting heart rate was 68.  They said my BMI is 25, and I am no longer overweight.  She was so complimentary, and it was so affirming for me.  She said I get an "A+" LOL.  The lowest I can ever remember weighing in my adult life was 165.  That was 20 years ago when my girls were young.  When set

TammyP

TammyP

 

8 month Check In - still no regrets!!

I know I have been a little MIA lately - life has been very busy between family and work. I am now eight months out and down almost 70 pounds. I am So, So happy and I have no regrets whatsoever. I am still dealing with the side effect of thinning hair but I have realized that if I really focus on getting my protein in and supplementing with Biotin that it does help. I found the best way to get protein in is to use a Yetti cup with the iso-pure Alpine punch. It is 40 g of protein per bottle and w

Toto65

Toto65

 

Finally on the other side!

I finally got sent home last night.  Unfortunately, anesthesia and I have never gotten along. I always take much longer to 'emerge' afterwards, and even with a lot of warning yesterday, it was the same. I was held in recovery for over 4 hours while they tried to wake me up, and then sent on to my room, where it took me another 3 hours to really open my eyes. I remained pretty out of it and barely able to drink that day, but sometime around 3am I was able to get myself out of bed to the bath

delilas

delilas

 

101 lbs down today!

Not from surgery - that would be crazy.    But I'm 254 today, which is 101 down from my starting point in April!  I lost 57 before surgery, and I've lost 43 since.  And now I'm just over 100 away from my goal - which is my personal goal for myself, not my surgeon's goal.  Trust me, he is a LOT more conservative.  I think he'd be perfectly happy with.... I dunno, whatever 355 - (60% x (355-140)) is... ok it's 226.  Once I wrote the formula I had to do the math.  So right now, I'm not quite three

Kio

Kio

 

Tired.

My vomiting hasn't ceased, both effortless/involuntary rumination and episodes so violent I nearly pass out. Eating is a painful chore.  I've been taken back to a liquid diet and am scheduled for an EGD on Monday.  I'm no longer afraid of tube feeding. At this point I may welcome it. Just holding out hope for things to get easier. After years of complications, I'm a little disappointed this surgery hasn't alleviated my symptoms. At least I've lost 25 pounds since. That's something to hold on to.

MsMasala

MsMasala

 

Revelations at the Salvation Army today...

Well, first of all, I am on week three and doing fine with purees. I have another 4 days left of them until I can move on, but I am fine where I am at as long as I have so many flavors and choices of things I can puree!  It didn't start off as easy the things even on my list from my NUT were too thick!  She said the consistency of applesauce BUT nothing was.  I tried refried beans....nope, they were too thick and just sat in my tiny new stomach (which really just feels like it is in the middle o

CheeringCJ

CheeringCJ

 

F - I - V - E

F - orgettable? I - rritated V - ictory E - xtracurricular   ***Close your eyes and imagine for a moment going to an inspiring and invigorating week long work event (Yes! They exist! But if that’s hard for you, just imagine a big gathering of friends).  This event gathers close to 2,000 like-minded individuals in one location for a grand sharing of ideas, networking and merry making.  It happens every two years and while some attending you may have seen earlier in the ye

CurvyMermaid

CurvyMermaid

 

Hives

So yesterday was fun! I went back to work and was doing ok, but my throat got all weird during a meeting. I went home early and was on the phone with my mother when I noticed my speech was a little weird and my lips felt odd. My mouth and eyes were swelling and itchy! I had some kind of allergic reaction or was breaking out in stress hives or something - eventually my arms and belly and thighs were covered, too. So I went to the doctor (just in case) and it's all still a mystery, but Zyrtec and

Cardamom77

Cardamom77

 

So close.

Holy crap. Surgery is in two days.    In 12 days on the liver shrink, I've lost 6 pounds so far - also, I'm pretty sure this is the only Thanksgiving I've ever lost weight  I didn't even feel deprived. I had delicious turkey and someone brought an awesome salad. Our hotel had a hot breakfast every morning that involved some sort of eggs and some sort of meat, so even though I didn't travel with protein drinks, I was able to meet goals and feel pretty good about being mostly on liquids.

delilas

delilas

 

Four Days Out

Or maybe it's 5? At any rate, I'm doing very well still. I've lost 6 lbs since surgery, which makes 21 lbs since I walked into the clinic in August. Today I drove myself to my mother's to go through more of my sister's stuff. I overestimated my stamina, both physically and emotionally, but I excused myself before it got too bad. I also reminded myself that not everyone would be willing to go handle these things a few days after major surgery, so I went above the call of duty.  I am only tak

Cardamom77

Cardamom77

 

11 weeks and some before/after photos

Ok, so I offered, then @CJireh demanded, so here goes... my first photos on TT.    Fair warning, the quality on these is pretty bad - I have always avoided being photographed for obvious reasons, and I take terrible selfies.  There are a couple in here that were taken by Leah, but she's not exactly a star photographer herself.  I think in each of those, I have my eyes closed.   Starting at my highest weight, around 350, about a year ago, here's a very blurry me Leah snapped when I was half

Kio

Kio

 

How it went - post-op day 2

Well I feel great, actually! I'm in a little pain, but I'm already off my pain meds (might take one before bed, though, so I can sleep tonight). I don't know what sorcerer trained my surgeon, but I have had minimal pain and zero complications. I've also had zero nausea, which was a surprise. I'm getting my protein down (if I drink two shakes mixed with Fairlife 0, I only HAVE to drink 2!) and sipping water religiously. I have to pee constantly. Haha! Yesterday was probably the worst of it - I hu

Cardamom77

Cardamom77

 

10 weeks tomorrow!

Just a quick update, since I haven't done one in a while.  Things are going pretty well!  My energy is high, my weight loss is on track, all good there.  My only complaint is that I've had some trouble with eating dense protein - I know I'm still very early out, but my nutritionist wants me getting most of my protein from real food right now, and that just... does not happen.  I get by with some protein shakes and bars, and a lot of cheese, basically.  Had about a week where I kept trying t

Kio

Kio

 

Tomorrow.....

Well, I've done just fine on clear liquids and magnesium citrate today, though the bathroom is sure seeing a lot of me. Ha!  I'm missing my sister a lot right now. I would be calling her up and joking around with her, asking her for advice. She was my dear friend. She would have come with me to the hospital. I have been talking to her anyway, even though she can't answer. I think she would be proud of me.  I'm nervous, but excited to start this journey. I'm thinking about joining the gym

Cardamom77

Cardamom77