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  1. 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 when it is super cold, you do not get any aftertaste whatsoever. I have also recently started taking 10,000 MCG's of biotin to help with the hair loss. I sprinkle in a little bit of the X fusion hair fibers so you really cannot tell about the thinning hair. I think it is more noticeable to me than it is to anyone else. I used to get handfuls of hair falling out, now it is just five strands. I think I am finally passed that part of the journey thank goodness . Another side effect of the sleeve is that I do have a much sensitive stomach or I should say noisy stomach. Within 10 minutes of eating, my stomach starts gurgling away - too bad I don't have a mute button for that! With having this extra weight off, it does make it so much easier to be more active. I am trying to incorporate in more walking into my daily routine. One of the things that I have started doing is at work I avoid elevators in the parking garage. I will park at the top level and walk up-and-down twice every day. I also try to sneak away in the mornings to go do a quick mile on the treadmill at work. I try to time it during my favorite show, The Price is Right so that I can get my fix of Drew Carey for the day. I know it is not running marathons but I figure every little bit helps. I actually caught myself wanting to run on the treadmill which just a year ago I never would've even considered doing that. I have been traveling a lot for work these last three months which used to be so hard on me but now is not an issue at all. Rushing through airports with heavy bags doesn't even phase me now where as before I would be huffing and puffing just to go a short distance. Again I have no regrets. I know I still have a ways to go but for the first time in a long time I have hope and believe that I can get to where I want to be!
  2. Hello everyone it's been a while since I've checked in but I am happy to report that progress is being made!! I am currently down over 50 pounds - it might not be the fastest weight loss but I am still very happy with the progress. It is amazing the difference that just losing 50 pounds has made on my quality of life. It is so much easier to get around, I don't have to hold my breath when I bend over to tie my shoes, I have no issue buckling the seatbelt on airplanes anymore. The little things like that make a difference. My closet has over four different sizes in it so I was able to get rid of the top two sizes and am working towards getting rid of the third size so like I said, it's progress! My weight loss goes in spurts. I'll lose very rapidly for about a week and then it stalls for two weeks or three weeks so it's really hard to predict. I am experiencing increased hair loss so I am trying to do a better job of making sure I'm getting enough protein each day and taking my vitamins. Hopefully this will chill out and I won't lose much more. I have discovered a great product called X fusion which is colored hair fibers that you can sprinkle on and it really covers up any thinning areas - love the product! I have chosen to not openly share my surgery but I do openly share the high protein drinks and foods that I discover. Maybe if I am able to lose enough to be a true "success", I will be more comfortable sharing my full journey. At 238 lbs I still have a long way to go, but like the little engine that could, I think I can, I think I can....
  3. I am so sorry to hear this news, what a shock that must have been. I pray that they caught it early and your upcoming surgery goes well. Stay strong and keep us posted on how you are doing.
  4. Ok, sorry for the Squirts part of the title but I could not resist. For any of you that have had the Sleeve surgery, you will totally understand what I mean - it is truly liquid in- liquid out at this point. I am now able to have full liquids which includes all soups and protein shakes but within 15 min of drinking any of those, it is time for a dash to the bathroom. I swear, I have no clue how my body has a chance to absorb any protein with how quickly it goes through me. Thank goodness for my Isopure protein drinks - they cost $4 a bottle but they are the only thing right now that my new smaller tummy likes. I use the Grape Frost flavor and mix it with Ocean Spray Diet Cran-Grape juice. The Isopure by itself has a funny after taste to me but when mixed, I don't notice it. One bottle of Isopure has 40 grams of protein so it is a great help on trying to hit my 60 grams target. I am not sure if I am hitting that target this early in but my Dr told me that it is really hard to during this early liquid only stage. Now for the good! I am down 20 lbs since surgery (28 prior to pre-op). I know I am not supposed to weigh myself each day but it is really hard not to. I really need to hide the scale away and only bring it out once a week so I don't get frustrated when I have a day where it does not go down. Overall my pain level is next to nothing now. I am not having to take any pain meds. My stamina is not fully back yet but I am focused on increasing my activity level a little each day. I am going on a cruise the end of May so I even ordered a new swimsuit in a smaller size as my incentive to keep my eye on the prize and make the most of this tool. My Dr said I could start trying puree food this weekend which I am SOOOO ready for. Now for the Bad.... Food Porn - yes I admit I have indulged in it. For those of you that wonder what the heck I am talking about, I call Food Porn the act of chewing food you can't have and then spitting it out. A couple of days ago I fixed a home made version of Shake-n-Bake Pork Chops and I could not resist. I chewed several pieces and enjoyed the act of just chewing something and savored the wonderful tastes, then spit it out. I of course, did this when no one else was around except for my fluffy side kick, Ginger, who luckily can only bark, not narc. I have been good since then, but I swear I never realized how many freaking Food commercials there are on TV - when you can't have something I guess that is when you notice it more. I have watched more Game Show Network and put together more puzzles in the last 2 weeks than I have in the last 10 years! I normally am working long hours, traveling frequently, and rushing to my kids events to hardly have a chance to sit down until late at night. I have been a fish out of water during this recovery. I will admit it has been nice to ignore my work laptop and not feel guilty. I have taken 3 weeks off work so I will go back to my hectic office job next Wednesday. I probably could have gone back a little sooner but with my frequent dashing to the bathroom, I am glad that I am not there. I will be on full puree foods when I return to work so hopefully this whole squirt mess will be calmed down. I know TMI but what the heck, this is the one place I can be totally honest since we are all on this same crazy journey! That's all for now folks - blog with you again soon! : - )
  5. So I have done it! I had my surgery at 9 AM this morning and now 12 hours later I am in my hospital room chewing carefully chewing on ice cubes ! For those of you about to do the surgery I would highly recommend taking them up on the offer of happy juice a.k.a. Valium in pre-op right before the surgery. I was starting to get a little emotional then took the medicine and it calmed me right down and I was not scared going into surgery. Surgery started at nine and I was out of recovery and in my hospital room by noon. I was still pretty heavily medicated and pretty much just dozed in and out until probably around three. The shoulder pain from the gas is pretty annoying at first but by 6 o'clock it had dissipated so now I only have abdominal pain which the Morphine takes good care of . I have already been up walking twice and to the bathroom with very little issues. I'm not gonna lie, I'm moving pretty slow getting up and down from the bed. I have to be pretty careful but overall this has gone much better than I anticipated , I am able to handle the ice cubes melting in my mouth pretty good and will try some Jell-O and broth in a little while. If I'm able to handle those without getting sick I am hopeful to get to go home tomorrow . When you think of the fact that they've cut out 80% of your stomach you would think this would be a lot more painful but it really has not been that bad at all. I am very excited for what the future holds and so far I really do not have any Hunger pains which is fantastic . I will keep you posted on how the next couple of weeks go. Yay I am on the losers bench now!!!
  6. Good luck tomorrow I am messaging works great today take it easy in my hospital room now chewing on ice chips with no issue. Luckily the shoulder pain from the gas dissipated quickly so now I only have Abdominal pain which the drugs take good care of. Overall it went a lot better than I was expecting based on what I've read so I sure hope you have a similar experience tomorrow. Good luck and will see you on the losers bench!
  7. It is a major decision that should not be taken lightly. I am glad you are waiting until January so you can do the work right now on the important head part now. For those that don't have a true food addiction, the surgery is a less traumatic experience. Take the time to talk to someone knowledgeable in this area to help you see what is the best path for you. I admire you for not just rushing into this - ask the questions - challenge yourself on what will fill that void once food is not there anymore. Believe in yourself and NEVER EVER think you deserve anything less than success. Best of luck to you on whatever path you take!
  8. Hi Andrea! I too am doing my Pre-op diet now. I have been using the Premier shakes also (like the Chocolate the best so far) - I have a shake in the morning at home and then have a Yoplait Greek 100 Protein yogurt for my morning snack when I get to work. Those two together give me a lot of protein to start the day plus seems to handle the hunger pains. I am actually snacking on the "Apple Pie" flavored yogurt right now as I am typing. First time trying this flavor - not too bad. Don't forget to really push your water intake before surgery too. I have been refilling the same 16.9 oz water bottle each day and just putting a dash mark on the bottle so I can easily remind myself how many I have drank so far. I love the "MyFitnessPal" app for logging foods - it really helps keep track of your Protein intake. Good luck!!!
  9. Glad your surgery went well Dwayne! Hope the pains subside soon and just remember to keep on sipping!!
  10. Loved your post and please continue to keep us up-to-date on your progress! I have my surgery next week so hopefully soon I will be joining you on the losing side!
  11. On March 29th at 9am I will be officially moving over to the Losers Bench! Am I scared - yes Am I sure I am ready to do this - yes Why am I doing this? Oh so many reasons.... let me list just a few of this extensive list 1) I want to be alive to see my kids graduate - get married - have their own families. I don't want to die young and miss it all 2) I want to be as confident in my appearance as I am in my work - can't let my weight hold me back anymore 3) Just took my first flight where I could not buckle the seatbelt and I DO NOT want to have to ask for a seat belt extender 4) I don't want to go into a restaurant and be afraid they will seat us in a booth that I can't squeeze into or only be able to sit in chairs with no restricting arms 5) I want my Happy back - I am so embarrassed with my body right now that it is hard to feel sexy or affectionate because I don't want anyone touching my rolls 6) I want to be able to shop in any store, not just the ones with Plus Sizes 7) I want to be able to walk my dog around the lake - heck I would be happy to just be able to walk past my block at this point 8) I want to learn Yoga without a spotter to help get me up off the floor 9) I don't want to dread getting on the scale 10) I want to hike in the mountains, bike around the countryside, snorkel in the ocean, basically live life, not watch it Now is my time to take back my life and live it to the fullest!!
  12. Hi TentativeMe! Sounds Like your recovery is going wonderful but are you sure you want to try to go back to work so soon though? Your body has still been through a major procedure please don't push it. Is there any chance you can do work from home? I will be taking several weeks off but knowing me I will still be on my work laptop checking emails from home. So what has the first couple of days been like trying to drink liquids? Do you still feel hungry? What was your pre-op diet like? Were you able to stick to it? I hope you don't mind answering all these questions but it does help me as I get ready to go through the same thing.
  13. I had my pre op appts today and after talking with the surgeon, I changed from taking 2 wks off to 3 weeks. Based on how CoTN is feeling on day 11, I think 2 weeks would have been too soon. At the hospital appt they did blood work and an EKG then walked me thru what my stay will be like. My surgeon gave me a huge binder with all sorts of info on VSG - guess I know what my nightly reading will be. LOL CoTN - was there anything after the surgery that surprised you or caught you off guard? Anything special you would recommend to bring to the hospital? Finally, the most critical question..... did they let you leave your toe nail polish on during surgery?? LOL - a girl has to have her priorities!
  14. Hi CoTN & trailblazer! I also have my lap band to VGS revision surgery this month - scheduled for March 29th. I have my pre-op appts with my surgeon and the hospital tomorrow. I am not going to lie, the thought of permanently removing part of my stomach has me scared. I have been researching this for over a year and know that I am ready for this big step. I really would like to keep in touch with both of you as we will be at similar stages in this journey. So happy to hear that CoTN's surgery went well, really helps to calm my nerves. Looking forward to hearing about both of your progress!!