Week 3 Post-Op

Just a little update. I had a stall most of this week that was driving me nuts. The nurse said it was normal around this time and to keep doing what I’m doing and put the scale away. I normally weigh myself everyday but I’m going to work on only weighing myself 1-2 times a week instead.

I’ve been getting in my 64 ounces of fluids and walking in but I’ve been lacking on the protein a little bit. Most days I get my protein in but some days I’ve been having trouble. I haven’t really been in the mood to eat lately and sometimes forget that it’s time to eat… unless I smell my roommates cooking something good (that I can’t have).

Highest Weight (Jan 3, 2013): 251.6 lbs

Day of Surgery (Mar 6, 2013): 231.5 lbs

Three Weeks Post-Op (Mar 27, 2013): 218.2 lbs

 

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OT: Breaking up is never easy

Sorry I haven’t been around much this week. I’ve been going through a lot of personal things and haven’t really been in the mood to write.

On Friday, my boyfriend (Nick) and I broke up. It was the right thing to do and I feel it was an amicable break up but this was one of the hardest things to do. I do not want to discuss the reasons of our break up on here because I believe that is a personal matter but I did want you all to know what is going on and why I’ve been so quiet.

Nick used to read all my blog posts. I’m not sure if he still will or not but Nick, if you are reading this now, I wanted to tell you something.

Nick,

You are the sweetest guy I have ever known. You helped me believe in love again after all my previous, bad relationships. You made me believe that guys do have feelings too… something I was sure didn’t exist after my past. I’ve learned that I can trust people again because of you. You are kind, loving, loyal, funny, and have a big heart. All the people around you (your family, friends, and co-workers) adore you, even if you do not see it. I am happy for the time we had together because you really did make a difference in my life. Thank you so much for always being there and supporting me. I hope you have a wonderful future, full of all the happiness you deserve. You are a really good guy.

Dana

2 Weeks Post-Op

Hi everyone! Today is my 2 week surgaversary! I wanted to do a weigh-in update and an overview video of what it’s been like since surgery and what was the surgery process/hospital stay like.

Let’s start with the weigh in!

Highest Weight (Jan 3, 2013): 251.6 lbs

Day of Surgery (Mar 6, 2013): 231.5 lbs

Two Weeks Post-Op (Mar 20, 2013): 220.7 lbs

Eek! That means I’m down 10.8 since surgery and 30.9 lbs total. I was really hoping I’d be out of the 220’s before today but that’s ok. I know I will be for next week’s weigh-in. I’m hoping for a 5 lb loss this week. Cross your fingers for me! I need to stay on top of water, protein, and walking because that seems to be the 3 main triggers to moving the scale.

Motivational Monday – 3/18/2013

Today is another glorious Motivational Monday. Being off work, I actually almost forgot it was Monday. Oops. But here it is.

Little Steps

When many of us get out of the hospital, it feels like we should already have a huge chunk of this weight lost. We may feel it should just disappear after this challenging surgery we just had… not to mention the not-so-pleasant recovery. Many people get emotional and some may even regret their decision since they are not seeing immediate results. Those people probably went in this surgery thinking it was the easy way out and that they will not have to work very hard to lose the weight. But they were wrong to think that.

Surgery is a TOOL… NOT a quick fix!

It’s all about the little steps we take that make up the bigger picture. NERD ALERT >>> For those Lord of the Rings fans out there, think of it like this… Frodo wouldn’t of had an epic journey and reach Mordor without taking little steps at a time. Some parts were easy (mostly in the beginning) but as the journey progressed, the harder the obstacles became. But no matter what, Frodo kept going and made it to Mount Doom to destroy the ring. Well we are on our own epic journey… except instead of destroying the One Ring, our journey is to destroy our fat. Like Frodo, we will hit many obstacles… especially when we get closer to our goal. But we MUST carry on and not lose sight of our destination.

However, if you think of just the finish line, your journey may seem too big and you may become unmotivated. The key is to focus on these little steps and make little goals to accomplish along the way to keep yourself on track and motivated. If you have friends or family that are trying to become healthy make contests and challenge each other to make it more fun.

Our first step is surgery… the next will be making the right food choices… followed by being active in whatever way we enjoy. So, GO out and conquer those little steps! You will be at the finish line before you know it! 🙂

 

Walking, Water, and Protein… oh my!

Happy St. Patrick's Day

On this freezing cold day here in Maryland, I thought I’d go for a walk around the neighborhood. Each day I try to walk a little further and today I did 2 miles in 40 minutes and hit one giant hill. It was good though and I could definitely feel the burn in my legs… the part where it connects to your torso… kinda like a Barbie doll leg. Lol. Weird but it’s definitely worth it. Tomorrow I’m going to try and go a little further.

Update: As I was writing this blog post, my roommate came home and wanted to go for a walk… Off for walk #2 of the day!

After I get my FitBit One tracker working, I will be logging all my activity and sleep patterns but I’m having issues with the transmitter connecting to my computer. I emailed customer support and hope to hear back from them soon.

Today I wanted to talk to you all about the three most important things for you post-op: Walking, Water, and Protein

Walking

The medical staff stresses walking non-stop while you are in the hospital. They want you up and walking each and every day. The amount of walking varies depending on your health, weight, and activity level. I believe they recommend starting out at 20 minutes a day (it can be broken up into multiple times a day or all at once) and increasing the time each day as you grow stronger.

Walking right after surgery is not fun at all. Especially within the first week. However, it is important because walking gets your blood flowing, preventing blood clots. Walking also helps you get rid of those horrible “gas” pains in your tummy/pouch. And walking helps your bowels to move and allows you to actually have a BM sooner. All of which will make you heal faster and feel better in the long run. So just do it!

Water

Every doctor is going to have a different daily fluid intake for their patients to consume after surgery. The most common number you will find on the internet is 64 oz (which is 8, 8 ounce glasses) of fluid per day. I have heard all over the place that many patients post-op have problems getting in their fluid each day. My doc recommends at least 48 oz of water a day and more if possible. I have not had any issues getting down fluids and most days I achieve the 64 oz goal.

Getting in your fluid is EXTREMELY important or you can get dehydrated. Extreme dehydration is the number 1 reason patients go to the ER after surgery. No way do I want to be one of those patients so I make sure to drink as much and as often as I can. Also, my doc says that any beverages that are non-carbonated, non-caffeinated, and less than 15 calories per servings count as fluids. It does NOT have to be just water but obviously water is the purest form of liquid for your body. I like to mix it up a bit and alternate water with Sobe Life Water (zero calorie kind) or Vitamin Water Zero.

I have noticed the more liquids I drink, the faster I lose the weight. I think this is because it is flushing the nasty fat particles and whatever else out of my system. I used to hate drinking anything but Diet Pepsi. That is literally all I used to drink. But I know for a healthier life, I had to change. I find flavor in the zero calorie Mio flavoring juices that you squirt in water or in zero calorie (non-carbonated) drinks. Will I never have a Diet Pepsi again? I do not know but I do know that I will try not to and to stick with fluids that are actually helpful to my body (either through hydration or cleansing my system).

Protein

Protein, Protein, Protein!!! That’s what they drill in our heads pre-op and that doesn’t change post-op. Protein is the number one most important thing we need to remember (along with fluids) to a happy and healthy life. Protein is the key to our weight loss. Your nutritionist should have calculated an amount you need post-op and you need to make sure you at least get that much in each day. My nutritionist calculated two amounts for me… The first was the minimum amount of protein I should have daily and the second was the amount I need to get in if I do any kind of exercise for the day.

Protein is also the key factor in preventing hair loss. Many of you may have heard about the dreaded hair loss that happens between 2-6 months (typically). Getting in sufficient protein will help to lessen the hair loss. I have also heard that taking Biotin supplements can help to strengthen the root of the hair follicles and also be used to mitigate hair loss. I am taking Biotin and tracking my protein intake to make sure I get in the recommended amount each day. The first few weeks post-op will be hard to get in the entire amount of protein but you need to try your hardest to consume that required amount. I still use protein shakes for about 2 meals a day to help with this.

Just remember these 3 essential requirements for success post-op and you should be on your way to the life you always wanted. 🙂

Motivational Monday & Update – 3/11/2013

Today I’ve decided to start a new little series of posts and just stop them when I run out of things to post. It’s called:

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAYS!

On Monday, I’m going to try to post a little image or video that gives me motivation to stay on this journey and hopefully it will help all of you. Today I found the following quote that I think is perfect for the beginning of my journey. It is so correct. To see changes down the road, we have to start making them today. NO MORE WAITING… just DOING. Whether it be exercise, eating right, or just starting some healthy habit (or giving up a bad habit) try and start one this week. Mine will be to get all my fluids in per day (64oz a day). You can track my fluid (and food) intake on my myFitnessPal food diary.

Motivational Monday 03/11/2013

I also wanted to give you a little update. I actually did 2 videos because I forgot some stuff I wanted to talk about in the first video. 🙂

Part 1:

Part 2: