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6 month appointment!

Cardamom77

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I had my 6 month appointment today and it went really well! To start, the nurse who weighs us did not recognize me at all when she came in to get me - and said so! Haha! I am down 93 lbs from my first appointment and 81 since surgery (I've had those numbers wrong - I thought I lost 14 lbs before surgery, but apparently I only lost 12. Oops!). The weight range they wanted me to be at by one year was 167-194. I've surpassed their expectations, to say the least! 

They're happy with my diet, but want me to up the protein a little. I've been getting my protein in ok, but they're concerned that since I'm just riding the line, there are days when I won't be able to get it all in. They're totally right. Currently I eat about 900-1000 calories a day. I walk most days, but I REALLY want to do more exercise. It's just been a struggle to work it into my schedule. I got some advice on how to modify workout videos so that I don't get discouraged. 

I was commended on my choices of good carbs. I don't eat tons of carbs, but I do eat them and I'm careful about them, so I got kudos for that. :)

And y'all. Y'ALL!!!! I painted my own toenails today!!!!! I have not been able to do that in YEARS. 

Stats:

Highest Weight: 279
Surgery Weight: 267 (apparently)
Current Weight: 186
Goal Weight: 167 (I'm adjusting it to the low end of the clinic goal for now)
Dress size: 14
Toenail color: Eternal Optimist by Essie ;)

I'll add some pictures later! I think I'm going to have my daughter take some 6 month photos for me. 



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Sooooo awesome! The toenails thing really is huge! So glad you got pats on the back at your appointment. Well deserved! You're doing fantastic!

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@Cardamom77 you just have to add the toenail painting to the NSV chain!

Congratulations are so in order. Do you have any kind of health stories as well, like lower this or that, or medicines you have thrown out? and I love it when one of us is not recognized!

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Congrats on your 6 month appointment experience - positive feedback from medical professionals is not always what we expect, but if you got it, you must deserve it! :) 

You're doing so well. Keep up your hard work. You're closing in on the century mark now... soon! 

Eternal Optimist by Essie is a great color, btw. And being able to put it on your own toes? Fabulous.

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Thanks, everyone! I'm feeling pretty proud of myself. My mom told me she was really proud of me - that I've been doing this through a very difficult time (my sister's unexpected death, financial strain, etc.) and still doing well. It's hard for me to give myself credit for that, but she's right. It's been hard, but I've been doing the work. 

@BurgundyBoy - no real changes health wise. I won't get my lab results for a few days. My last labs were good - other than my triglycerides were still somewhat elevated, but not so much that they're worried. My blood pressure is still great. I wasn't really on any medications before, so there's not really anything to take me off of. I was getting very close to needing blood pressure meds, though, so I'm glad those numbers are getting better. Also, I have no knee pain anymore. I can run up stairs repeatedly with no problem. 

I'll update on the labs, but I'm guessing there won't be issues. I'm very nearly a model patient and take my supplements religiously. Also I don't feel like garbage (I'm pretty sensitive to fluctuations), so I'd be surprised if any of my numbers are off by much. :)

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I used to dread going to see the doctor, as all I was told was to lose weight.  Now, as you have learned, going to see a doctor is fun since they are amazed with massive weight loss.

Thank you for keeping us up to date on your weight loss surgery journey.

I think that your goal weight may be a bit high, but you can judge for yourself when (not if) you make it to your current goal weight.

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My triglycerides are fine now! 

@Res Ipsa I am not someone who chases after thinness and never have been. I'm comfortable with my goal weight. I originally was not going to have one, but decided I needed to have an indicator of when I should consider starting maintenance. I only started that out at 150 before because I didn't know what my clinic had it set as and I just went with 5 lbs over the high end of BMI. We'll see when we get there, though. I may find that I'm still losing steadily and I'll take my body's "word" for it if it's telling me I need to keep heading that direction. :)

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Still rocking it, I see!!!  So proud of you and so happy for your success (and even better that you're ahead of schedule!). Your sister would have been as amazed as we all are!!!  You are simply doing marvelous! :)

 

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