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This is a major undertaking. I want to document the journey.

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Three Major Milestones

Warning: horn tooting ahead: When I began this bariatric adventure my leg pain and numbness was so bad I could barely walk or stand for five minutes. I had to stop working at a big hospital back East and move home to my family on the West coast. I told the team at the weight loss clinic that my goal was to get down to where I could be back on my feet and get back to work, if not I would have to go on disability.  I'm an ultrasound technologist, so it's long hours on hard floors all around t

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Honeymoon with Minnie

Just to catch up my blog that I promised myself I would keep. I'm getting into the groove of bariatric eating. I'm still in the soft food stage, so I can't eat jerky or nuts, etc; but I'm finding my way. Chicken has been my worst experience. I named my pouch Minnie. She does not like anything about chicken and she sends it right back up the pipe. Minnie prefers cottage cheese and Greek yogurt. I'm feeling more energy and happier overall. I'm still having difficulty walking due to balan

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Wibbley Wobbley Time

Now I am four weeks out from RNY surgery. I was allowed to go back to my aqua aerobics this week, which makes me happy, but I feel like I'm not doing this right. My Nut recommended using an app to track food. I found a fun app with a cute avatar that slims down with me and I earn clothes for her by using the app. Unfortunately, it doesn't track protein. Blarghhh. Useless. I haven't figured out what to eat for a soft diet. I haven't had any major incidents that landed me in the hospital, but

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Surgery happened

Here I am on the loser's bench. For real. Settling in, getting the lay of the land, looking for the best foot rest. My surgery was eight days ago. The surgeons were very happy with how everything went.. I spent two nights in the hospital. The first night was pure hell on earth. I did not get the sleep study, so I've never had a c pap. They had a O2 monitor on me with a claxon that went off if my oxygen levels went below 90%. Which they did.every.time.I.drifted.off.  I can see how this is a

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Surgery tomorrow!

Surgery is tomorrow! I am getting so nervous. I'm not nervous about physically going to surgery, because I've been through many surgeries on my arm. I think it's more about taking this huge step. I'm excited that I am getting this done. I am going to join the loser's bench for real. I'm getting my do-over. It's really happening.

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Surgery scheduled!

The surgeon's office called today and scheduled me for my surgery. . . in two weeks!! I'm going in for RNY on May 25. They had a cancellation, otherwise it would have been much later. Now I am on the very low calorie diet until surgery. I'm sure I'll get nervous later, but today I'm super happy.

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Drumming my fingers

The meeting with the surgeon last Friday went well. We decided that the RNY would be the best choice for me. All of my tests came out well, so everything is moving along. They submitted the plan to insurance. Now I wait for insurance to okay things, then I will move on to Phase Three and get a surgery date. When I get a date, I will start the very low calorie diet. I am still trying to follow the plan I have been on the past six months. I don't want to do a farewell tour of bad things to eat, bu

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Fast forwarding in slo-mo to Phase 3

Whew! I am getting to the next level. I have completed my six month pre-op diet for insurance and all of the medical appointments for the surgeon's office. All my boxes are checked with good results. Today they called me to set up my appoint with the actual surgeon. This Friday!! An all day appointment/class with my support person in tow. I am thrilled/terrified. I am so inspired by so many people on this forum and can't wait to join you on the loser's bench. I can't believe it's moving toward b

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Epiphany

I am still working on my six month pre op routine. I thought I was in the groove and doing well, but I had an epiphany a few days ago and realized that I was not truly doing everything I should. No major breaks in the plan, just a few cookies here and some French fries there.  I was "dieting" like I did when I was on Weight Watchers. Eating larger portions than I should and not cutting the carbs out like I should. Still getting losses on the scale, and doing my aqua aerobics, but getting away wi

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Getting my ducks in row

Okay, I haven't checked in for a while (and forgot my password here). Everything is taking forever, yet moving right along. I'm knocking down the pre-op list for insurance. I have completed the upper GI, endoscopy, manometry, esophageal pH, and the bloodwork. So far, the results have all been good. I'm going strong with my water aerobics, journaling my food intake, and working with my NUT. I've lost beyond the insurance required 5 %. I have to keep puttering along three more months. I

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Two prune-y thumbs up for water aerobics!

So, I'm putting along in my 6-month pre-op course. I have to lose about 20 lbs to meet the insurance's requirements. As of yesterday, I have lost 22. (Insert cheers and marching band music here). I have made my peace with eating more vegetables and haven't been craving sweets like I used to. Getting through the holidays is a little more challenging, as there are so many goodies everywhere. I have had a few bites of favorites here and there as a sort of  going away party. I started water aerobic

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Veggie woes

So now I'm cruising through my first week of the six months of monitored nutrition. My NUT set some nice, clear guidelines for eating. It all seemed perfectly reasonable sitting in her office. But now that the rubber hits the road, I'm having trouble with meeting the vegetable quota. She wants me to have 1 1/2 to 2 cups of non-carb veggies at lunch and dinner everyday. Since I had my gallbladder out 20 years ago, I have had issues with vegetables. It took about fifteen years for my chronic pain

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First weight loss

Today was my first follow-up weigh in at the NUT office. I am down 8 lbs!!  Hooray! I had a few wobbles last week, dealing with veggies and Halloween candy, but things worked out. My NUT was very happy for me.  She okayed using vegetable juice and soups to meet my quotas. We discussed ways to work in more veggies. I went to the store and bought a ton of veggies, fresh and frozen. I will conquer this monster called Veg.

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First visit to the Nut office.

So, I really enjoy thinking of my dietician's office as the Nut office. snerk.  I met my Nut today and we set out the first steps of my six-month monitored diet program. I was nervous that she would have some strict, difficult set of rules to follow, but she developed the diet around what worked for me. I feel like this will be doable. I see her again in two weeks. I have to lose 20 lbs in six months. Fingers crossed. Here we go . . .

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Stage 2 starts okayed today!

I finally got the call from my insurance today that I have hit Level 2 on my wls trek. I started talking to my primary on April 24, 2015 to get the ball rolling. I dealt with a nice case of shingles and a big family wedding this summer; while I have been biding my time waiting for the phone call. Someone misplaced my bloodwork from June, so I got it redrawn this week and now, Woot! I'm finally in progress. I had completely lost faith that this was going to come together. I'm don't want to be the

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