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Friday, May 17, 2013

2 Month Post-Op Check Up

Went to my surgeon's office today for my 2 month post-op check up.  I have lost 8.5 lbs since my last check up and Kristen (the ARNP) says I'm doing great. I mentioned that I'm not drinking my water like I need to, so she said I should remain focused on water, protein and supplements.  Food is secondary, but will progressively get better with time. 

I told her I was disappointed with my weight loss this month and she smiled and said that I'm doing great, beyond great actually.  She asked if I was a daily weigher and I said yes.  She said that she probably couldn't talk me out of that and I said no, probably not right now.  LOL!  She said if I am good about my water this next month and my protein, I will see a an increase in weight loss.  I said ok, it is on.  We shall see.

She mentioned that people chart their water, protein and supplements but I don't want to get like that.  It would be too cray-cray for me.  I use myfitnesspal and take it from there.  I don't need charts and graphs and the such. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

10 Things About Weight Loss

Tomorrow I'll be 10 weeks post-op VSG.  I feel pretty good.  My energy level is getting better and I'm starting to incorporate more activity into my day.  Right now, I feel that this was the best decision I've ever made. 

I watched a documentary (http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/10-things-you-need-to-know-about-losing-weight/) and I wasn't at all surprised by what they listed as the top 10 things that help with weight loss.  The discussion about soup and no drinking while eating resonated with me, because my surgeon is adamant about his patients not drinking during and 60 minutes after eating.  Please check it out, if you haven't already seen it.

  1. Don't skip meals - especially breakfast
  2. Use smaller plates - my surgeon recommends these for his patients
  3. Count calories - it is also about the quality (lean meats, veggies and fruit)
  4. Don't blame your metabolism - you are probably eating more than you think
  5. Protein keeps hunger down - WLS motto "Protein First"
  6. Soup keeps you fuller, longer - no H2O during a meal and the thicker the soup, the better
  7. More variety, the more you eat - Avoid buffets
  8. Low fat dairy helps you excrete fat - Bring on the low fat Greek yogurt!
  9. Exercise helps you burn fat, even at rest - causes a metabolic effect
  10. Keep moving and lose weight - no gym membership required
I would add "Drink water" as number 11, but that is just me.  What other things can you think should be added to the list?

As for my weight loss, I'm down 43lbs.  I would like to be down 50lbs, but of course I always feel like I could do better.  43lbs is nothing to sneeze at. :)  I think part of the reason, is that I'm not drinking my water (my number 11), like I should be.  It sucks because there is only so much room, and I need protein, vitamins and water, which leaves little room for anything else.  However, I'm getting better about it.  I got a Camelback Eddy bottle at REI this weekend and I've just been sucking away. LOL! 

I have my appointment on Friday at my surgeon's office.  I will get my orders to check my vitamin levels. Another huge blood draw and probably a pee collection (ugh!).  I'll find out more on Friday.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Six Weeks

I had my 6 week checkup with my surgeon's office this past Friday.  Instead of seeing my surgeon, I met with his physician's assistant.  She usually handles all the post-op follow up for his office.  She is very informative and has been doing bariatric consults for years.  I'm in pretty good hands. :)

She said my weight loss is on track and above average right now, even though I didn't lose any weight last week.  She said stalls are natural and can be common, but not to beat myself up.  Follow the rules and it shall all work out. I'm trying to remind myself that I didn't become overweight overnight and I still have to work at getting this weight off.  I just have a tool that is the additional help I need to be successful.  I've lost 36lbs, so that is nothing to be disappointed about. 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Cleaning Time

I've been cleaning out my blog roll recently.  I saw that Google is discontinuing their Reader and I took all my feeds and uploaded them into http://theoldreader.com.  I was subscribed to a ton of blogs, some that haven't been updated in over two years.  So, I'm on a cleaning spree.  I am having trouble finding any VSG or WLS blogs.  I'm always over a youtube checking out the WLS community there and watching videos, but I also like to read blogs too.  If you know of any great WLS blogs, please pass the links my way. :)

My weight loss is going well and I will updated on Thursday.  Eggs aren't my friend anymore, which makes me kind of sad.  I don't know if I will ever be able to eat a hard-boiled, scrambled, fried or egg salad again.  However, an egg made me so sick yesterday, there is no way I will touch anytime soon, or possibly again.  I was on http://www.verticalsleevetalk.com/ and found out that I'm not the only one that has egg issues.  Sleevie G (the name of my Sleeve :)) I've noticed is kind of picky, which is okay. It is a slow process incorporating food back into my diet.  I'm taking my time and see what will stay and what won't.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Nikon Camera Giveaway!

Please check out this site for details!  http://erinbrans.com/2013/04/nikon-camera-giveaway.html

Also, check out Erin's blog if you are interested in organization, food ideas and budgeting.

Moving in the right direction

Down 5lbs this week.  Very excited indeed!!  :)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

4 Weeks Post-Op VSG

Tomorrow, I'll be 4 weeks post-op VSG.  I feel really good, although a bit tired.  My surgeon said that is to be expected and may continue for a couple of months. Blah!  I've been focusing on my water, protein and vitamins still, but tomorrow I can start incorporating "mushies"!!  I did have some mashed cauliflower on Sunday and that went down really well, so I don't think I will have issues. However, I'm going to take it easy as my surgeon suggested to see what I can tolerate and what I cannot.  

I've been contemplating mushed/pureed meat.  I don't know if I can do it and the thought of baby food is just really yuck.  I remember that stuff with my daughter, taking a little taste to see if it was as good as the smile on her chubby face, said it was.  Ummmm...No!  So, I don't know.  I'll figure something out though.  I'm getting sick of protein shakes (5 weeks of protein shakes!!), so I want to try something different.

I will weigh myself tomorrow (Thursday is weigh-in day) and see how much I lost this week.  It is steadily coming off, which is nice.  I know that eventually it will slow down, so I'm going to take advantage.  I cannot start hardcore working out until 6 weeks out, but I want to do something beside walk.  Maybe elliptical?  I'll give that a go and see.

Okay, I will check in tomorrow with a weight update!!