BrightDay

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    43

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  • Height (ft-in)
    5-01
  • Start Weight
    98.5
  • Current Weight
    69
  • Goal Weight
    68
  • Surgery Date
    06/30/2019
  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. Update: After I wrote the last entry, I felt quite nauseous after drinking a hot herbal tea and had to throw up. I woke up with a strange feeling in the stomach, didn't feel like eating so just had the tea and felt sick quickly afterwards. Went back to bed to rest for a couple of hour have this funny sensation between fullness (even though had not had any food) and a little bit of nausea. Just tried a bit of almond pancakes and a little greek yogurt to see if I can digest that. I wonder what could be the reason. Yesterday I had chili con carne with some spices and a Crystal light just before going to bed. Will stop the Crystal Light to see if the problem was that.
  2. 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 that. It seems from the nutrition information that it should be ok - the peach flavor is just 5 calories and 0 carbs. If someone can comment on whether drinking Crystal Light is ok or should be avoided for some reason, I would really appreciate it. I have not had any reflux after the operation, but I am afraid to eat or drink something inadvertently which may trigger it. I discover the Crystal Light during the Christmas vacation and it didn't seems to have an effect on weight loss, because I lost weight during the holidays. I will focus on exercise more, as I had completely stopped last November. Will rejoin a gym class for which I have paid in advance but didn't go after the initial two week trial period. My energy levels appear to be normal but I don't feel like going to the gym. Maybe the winter weather doesn't help, but I will do my best as I am afraid of losing muscle mass due to the very rapid weight loss. I cannot believe that I am so close to be in a normal BMI range. But I have done it before and then regained all the weight back and some more, so I am under no illusions that the really hard part will be maintenance. But one day at a time : ) In terms of NSV, I attended a party after Christmas and got to wear a size 12 dress that fitted really well and wore stilettos, which I had not worn for years. I felt so glamorous and also, and most importantly, my knees were ok while I wore the high heels for several hours, and even afterwards I didn't have any pain. That's a first! I am almost worried that everything has gone so well so far and I pray that I will not have complications later on. So that's all for now. Wish you all a wonderful 2020!!
  3. BrightDay

    Almost 5 months

    @cindylouwhoThanks for the encouragement! My next goal will be to be able to do a spectacular walk like the one you did in the Alps, though I am not sure that my knees with osteoarthritis will be up for that - but I can dream : ) I went to another very formal ball last night and wore a dress that had not fit me in a very long time and felt beautiful and confident. I am still overweight but such a long way from the obese woman I was less than 6 months ago. I am afraid of maintenance but I will take one step at a time and concentrate now in losing all the extra weight and get to a normal BMI.
  4. Good luck!!!! I am sure that you will do great. What an achievement!!! All your hard work is going to be rewarded today. Please keep us posted on your success!
  5. 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 - they are due every three months. I still suffer from constipation which is quite annoying but I try to manage it drinking as much water as I can (which is usually not enough) and some fiber. The common over the counter remedies make me feel a bit sick, so the surgeon suggested to try prune juice to see if that helped. Interestingly, he also advised me to have a little chocolate or a treat once a week. I told him I will not be doing that because I am afraid of myself and do not want to wake up my powerful cravings, which thankfully seem to be dormant since I had the surgery. After my appointment I thought that the Jello chocolate pudding is very good to have as a treat, as it tastes really good and it is very low calorie, so I will be having that more often. In terms of weight loss, I have lost almost 30 kg, which is great. My surgeon was pleased and said that I can lose another 10 kg, which is around my goal weight of 63 kg (that would be the top end of my normal BMI). I can report that I do not have any incision pain anymore but when I eat some types of food I can feel a bit sick and sort of unwell. Nothing very bad, but sometimes I need to lie down. The good thing is that I am almost never hungry or thirsty, and when I am not eating I feel really well. I can tolerate well eggs, cheese, yogurt, salmon, very tender chicken breast (boiled with some veg and herbs for flavor) and biscuits made with almond flour. I am mostly doing a keto diet because it makes me feel well, but have some beans every now and then. I am happy that I can fit again in nice clothes. Recently I attended a black tie ball, and for once I didn't feel self conscious by wearing a long dress, on the contrary felt good in my size 12 dress : ) So I am very grateful to my wonderful surgeon as I feel that my life has changed for the better. I enjoyed the night and danced lots with my lovely husband. I forgot to mention one thing that's not great, I am losing lots of hair. I'm taking Biotin, getting lots of protein and having a supplement for hair on top. I really hope it is temporary. It started around 3.5 months and I am still losing a large amount. That's all for now!
  6. BrightDay

    Reaching out

    Hello! How are you doing? Did you get the results from the Ph test? I am afraid that I do not have any wise words, but just wanted to let you know that I really hope you can feel better soon and that the doctors find a feeding solution that will allow you to live a normal life. Your little boy is very lucky to have such a loving and caring mother, and children are so incredibly resilient, so I am sure that he will be fine. I wish you all the best and I have you in my thoughts and prayers.
  7. Congratulations on your maintenance!! I think that you look beautiful in both the before and after, but now you also look healthy. And what great legs you have!
  8. I don't have any advice but just wanted to say that I am thinking of you and hoping that the operation went really well today. All the best for your recovery and for the next steps of the treatment.
  9. @cindylouwhoWow, that is just breathtaking - congratulations on such a fantastic achievement!!! How long did you train to be in shape for the walk? It seems that the weather was gorgeous, with beautiful blue skies. Was that a glacier in one of the photos? You are a real inspiration, I hope I can follow your example some day. Thank you so much for sharing the photos of your trip with us.
  10. @BurgundyBoy many thanks for your comments! Yes, I think that I too may have a few more lines in my face, but nothing too dramatic. When I look myself in the mirror, I am surprised to see a sort of thin and younger face looking back at me. I am going to try to use more makeup to see if that helps to get rid of the zombie look : ) My surgeon suggested that my goal be 70 kg but the nutritionist said that to be normal weight I should aim to be around 63. It may be too low for me, but I will keep going to see how far I can get. I am 75ish now, so not too long to go!
  11. 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 challenge to make sure that I get enough protein every day. Just wanted to record that. I feel surprisingly well. However, two people have told me that I look very tired. It is strange because if anything, I feel more energetic than before. It could be that my face is getting thinner and they are used to see a plumper face with a double chin : ) It made me think whether I am in fact looking unwell.... despite that, I am very happy because my old jeans are fitting, and I am slowly been able to wear again nice clothes that had been put away for a long time. I am eating a sort of keto style diet, but with some berries that I mix in a protein shake. Yesterday I had the bizarre thought of what would I do if I cannot stop losing weight, as I seem to be in a very rapid weight loss phase. Crazy. I know that this will not happen to me, and that probably I will have the opposite problem once the honeymoon period finishes and I start the maintenance. We'll see. That is all for now!
  12. BrightDay

    Two Weeks gone

    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 weeks of liquid diet - and sometimes I feel a little hungry (I think) and want to chew something solid. I am living off soups with protein powder mixed in, Premier Protein vanilla and chocolate shakes and water. Las week I had a horrible constipation so I also drank lots of prune juice as well. I will have an appointment with a nutritionist in two days and will ask about ideas for liquid meals and also for the next phase. My surgeon doesn't work with a nutritionist and I was feeling a bit aimless with the eating instructions I got from him. Hopefully the NUT will be able to help me also planning for a holiday that I have in one month time. I am going to the beach with my children and to be honest, I am dreading it a bit. It will be hot and I wont be at home with everything I need to prepare my meals. But it is only one week and the children need a summer holiday : ) In terms of stats, I weighed 99 kg the day of my surgery with a BMI of around 39. I have not had a follow up appointment with the surgeon yet (that will be 6 weeks post op) but when I went to see the pharmacist for my medication, I steeped in a machine they have to measure BMI and blood pressure, and apparently I weigh 90 kg. My scale at home marks between 91-92 but it is not a reliable scale, so I am going to wait until my follow up to see how much I have lost. But whatever it is, it is something, because my tops are loose and my pants are not as tight as before. Tomorrow I will have family visiting with me, so will have to do a lot of cooking. So far that has not bothered me, and I wonder of cooking will still be one of the things that give me pleasure, as I advance in this journey. I guess the answer is no, since cooking and eating (too much) is what brought me to this stage... My incisions are still a bit sore but I can move around in bed at night, so can sleep better, though I still get up every two or three hours for some reason. Than's all for now.
  13. Wow, amazing results! Congratulations!! Half a marathon - you are a real inspiration indeed!
  14. Not European, but live in Europe : )
  15. I am really happy with the results of the surgery so far but realistically it's still very early days. I hope that all will continue well. At least, I have dropped 22 kilos so far and keep losing, so in that sense the surgery is working. I felt identified with your story because I also had to fight with my insurance to cover the surgery, and underwent all kind of tests and consultations, but unfortunately I was not successful, so ended up paying for it myself. I was close to a BMI of 40, which was the cutoff, but by then I was tired of arguing with the insurance about comorbidities, and didn't feel like gaining another 5-8 kilos to get a chance qualify. But insurance companies are very different from national health services, so you will most likely get approval as you meet the conditions. Anyway, I wish you all the best!