WL Problems – Butt Cushion

Lol. I notice this one all the time. I miss my cushion!!! Being thin has its downfalls too.

 

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Update Photos && Graduation

Here are some of my graduation pictures and a new one taken today (very bottom). 🙂 I’m much more photogenic now that I feel comfortable in front of the camera. 🙂 I also added pictures to the Week 11 post about the river tubes.

Graduation Ceremony

Graduation Ceremony

Right after the ceremony.

Right after the ceremony.

All cute in my cap and gown!

All cute in my cap and gown!

Graduation #4.  Oh yea! 1.  High School 2.  Associates Degree (though I have 2 of these, I only walked once). 3.  Bachelor's Degree 4.  Master's Degree

Graduation #4. Oh yea!
1. High School
2. Associates Degree (though I have 2 of these, I only walked once).
3. Bachelor’s Degree
4. Master’s Degree
Will there be a #5?? Who knows.

Finally finished my Master's degree!  Woot woot!

Finally finished my Master’s degree! Woot woot!

My pretty new graduation dress.  :)

My pretty new graduation dress. 🙂

My other new dress.  I love that I can wear stripes now without looking like a fat cow.  Lol.

My other new dress. I love that I can wear stripes now without looking like a fat cow. Lol.

 

Audible!

Do you know about Audible? If not, you really should!

A few years ago, a coworker of mine told me to try it out. At first I didn’t think I would like audio books. I thought they were only for old people or lazy people who didn’t want to read. Reluctantly I gave it a try. Now, almost 2 years out, I can say that I’m slightly in love with Audible. Audible is a website where you pay a monthly fee to be a member of. Then you get credits each month where you can buy a book or two (depending on your membership level). Then you can download the book onto any audio device (I use my Android phone and tablet… and sometimes my iPod) and listen to it. The books are yours to keep forever. They always have great sales and promotions.

How does it work?

You pay a monthly fee (it’s around $15 a month) and you can get one book a month. There are different levels of membership where you can get more book credits per month too. Then they always have sales where you can buy more books (which is what I do). Now I have so many and do not have the time to listen to them all. I listen to them on my commute to and from work, when I’m working out, when I’m cooking/cleaning, etc.

You should really try it out! You won’t be disappointed.

That being said, I just started this book called “Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle” and OMG! I love it. I also listened to all of the Song of Ice and Fire series (which is what the Game of Thrones show is based on). I’m a big nerd and LOVE the fantasy series but there are so many more. I’ve also listened to the Hunger Games series and the 50 Shades of Grey. Ladies (or even gentlemen, if you are listening to this too)… if you listen to this book, be careful when you are driving… there are some things that made me want to drive off the road. Very naughty. Lol. The young adult (YA) genre is another one of my favorites. But there are all types of books on there for people of all ages, education levels, and backgrounds.

If you try it out, or have it, let me know what you think… and if you have any book recommendations! 🙂

**NOTE: I do not have any affiliation with Audible and do not work for the company. I just really love using them and highly recommend them for anyone else out there who needs a little story-time in their lives. 🙂

 

Week 12: Weigh In

Highest Weight (Jan 3, 2013): 251.6 lbs

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

12 Weeks Post-Op (May 22, 2013): 194.8 lbs

Total Loss: 56.8

I meant to do a post last night but sat down on my bed to relax for a minute and fell asleep. Oopsy!

I didn’t quite make my goal for the week (194.0 lbs) but I’m pretty close, so I’ll take it! Goal for next week, 192 lbs.

I will be doing a video tonight after the gym. Topics to be covered are listed below… It’s probably going to be a long one because we all know how much I like to talk! 🙂

  • New Goals for the week
  • New Gym Membership and first and second work outs at the “new” gym
  • Running and EIA (exercise induce asthma)
  • Update on eating ability. What I can and cannot eat at 12 weeks out.
  • Shopping, my new addiction
  • What I did in the last week: graduation, Thunder from Down Under, cookout, trampoline, etc
  • Dealing with attention post-op

 

Questions and Answers! Haley, these are for you! :)

In a previous post, a fellow blogger, Hayley (from Addicted to Sugar) asked a few questions and I thought that they were something that would merit their own post since others are probably interested in the response as well.

Hayley said …

… I wanted to ask you somethings. Do you feel any different now, knowing whats gone on inside of you, it’s a big change, does anything feel strange or different? I’ve been wondering about that.
Are you getting any side effects? Is there anything you can’t eat now. Can you drink when you eat.. this bit worries me, being diabetic I have a drink with me at all times! lol
So far, was it all worth it?
Sorry if thats alot or you don’t want to answer, I watched something the other day and it’s scared me a little and I have my meeting this week, so getting all nervous! …

Truthfully, I do not feel much different… physically or mentally. I know it probably sounds so weird because I know I’m different now than I was a few months ago but I never saw myself as that big until after the fact. Physically, I’m starting to notice changes… I’m shrinking and I can feel areas (like my back for instance) that just feel smoother… not as many fat lumps. I look in the mirror and am shocked at my reflection (especially when I put on my old clothes that used to be tight). Mentally, I still feel like the same me inside, though I do not socialize by going to all food events or bars now and when I do, I have to make better choices. The mental thing is the hard part. You have to be careful not to fall back into bad habits and you have to deal with your mind craving things that your body doesn’t need. That part will be an everyday struggle after you get your hunger back. Sometimes I feel sad that I cannot partake in my old habits and binge on delicious but horrible-for-you foods. BUT I know that this is what is better for me and occasionally I’ll have a bite or two of something that isn’t great for me but it satisfies that craving.

Side effects… OMG! This topic would have made me cry a few weeks ago. I had so many problems with solid foods in the beginning. Every time I would eat meat (to get my protein in), I would get the foamies (dry heaving followed by spitting up white foam, along with bad chest pain). It didn’t just stop at meat… it seemed like most things I tried would make me sick. And then I got sick from my protein shakes because I had them way too much. This wasn’t a problem consistently but occurred on and off for a while. Finally something switched between weeks 10 and 11. Since then, I haven’t been having any issues with solids. Maybe I’m learning to chew more or eat slower (the two main causes of the foamies are doing these incorrectly). You have to really focus on eating post-op. Do not hold a conversation while you are eating or watch TV because then you do not pay enough attention and you eat too fast. You really need to be alert of your body (and how it reacts) when eating, especially the first few months post-op. Since your body is healing, each day may allow you to add a little more food or it may make you sick. You may not be able to tolerate a certain type or texture of food. If something makes you sick one meal, try it again in a week and it might go down fine. You are relearning how to eat and what you can eat. This can be an EXTREMELY frustrating process.

Drinking with your meals is a no-no. You are supposed to stop all fluids 30 minutes before a meal and wait 30 minutes after a meal to start drinking again. Does this mean you cannot have fluid if you absolutely need it? No. I always order a water with my food, just in case something gets stuck or if something is too hot. But that’s only in case of an emergency (and you should only take small sips if you need it). Your new pouch will not have enough room for food and liquids. So do not drink fluids with your meals or you may not get in enough calories throughout the day. There have been times when I’ve got food stuck and thought drinking would help that. I was sorely mistaken. If food gets “stuck” in your pouch, it normally means that your pouch is full and the liquid will not be able to go down… there is only one way for it to go and that is back up. This can have you running for the bathroom. It’s not a pleasant feeling and I highly recommend following the rule of waiting 30 minutes before and after a meal to drink.

Foods I cannot have… I have been having less issues as time goes on with foods but some foods that I cannot deal with are pastas, breads, and doughy textured foods. These foods get moist going down your throat and ball up (imagine a ball of play-dough) and get stuck in your pouch. Now, if it’s a really crunchy bread (like a biscotti or cracker) I do not have any issues. It’s weird. I thought crunchy things would bother me but they go down the best. Before surgery, I never liked crunchy foods but not they are my saving grace. Meats used to bother me but I’m slowly trying them again and am having much better luck now at almost 3 months out. Seafood seems the easiest to eat which is great because I’m from Maryland and we love our crabs and steamed shrimp (covered in Old Bay seasoning) here.

Was it worth it? Heck yes! If given the choice again, I’d make the same decision. There will be moments when you are sad and regret your decision (mostly when you are getting sick from eating) but after you learn how to eat for your new body and after your body has had time to heal, you will absolutely love everything about your new life. I am almost back to my high school weight and I have never felt more comfortable in my own skin than I do now. I feel sexy for the first time in my adult life. I feel happy that I can run around with my niece and nephews without wanting to pass out… I even jumped on the trampoline the other day with them which I never thought I could do again. Clothes shopping is the most amazing thing ever (I may have a slight addiction to shopping. Lol). I can wear heels and wedges again without my feet screaming for release. Exercise is easier (even though I still don’t really like it). And it’s almost swim suit season and I’m actually looking forward to it this year. I feel that surgery has given me a second chance at life and I do not intend on wasting it.

Feel free to ask me anything! I love to share my experiences and would love to hear yours. Visit my Contact Me page.

 

Week 11: Weigh In

Highest Weight (Jan 3, 2013): 251.6 lbs

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

11 Weeks Post-Op (May 22, 2013): 196.4 lbs

Total Loss: 55.2

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Sorry I didn’t post yesterday when I weighed in. I went swimming in the bay with my roommate/bestie! 🙂 I’ll post pictures when I get home. We got rafts and decided to test them out. This is the first year we’ve lived by the bay (within walking distance from the house) and we were so excited to finally have nice enough weather to enjoy it. Now, if only I had a base tan. 🙂

My goal for next week is 194.0. If I start walking more (I’ve been slacking hard core in the exercise department these days) and getting in lots of protein, I think I’ll be able to make my goal. Wish me luck.

Oh yea. And I got an A in my last class of my master’s! Woohoo. Graduation ceremony is tomorrow morning. Pictures to come from that as well. 🙂

After graduation, I will post a more detailed post about some things I wanna talk about. I just don’t have much time today to do that. 🙂

Photos as promised… Sorry it took so long to get them up.

One of my best friends, Sarah B... (my other best friend is name Sarah K.  lol).   We were getting our tan on.

One of my best friends, Sarah B… (my other best friend is named Sarah K. lol).
We were getting our tan on.

My albino legs... Told you I need a tan.

My albino legs… Told you I need a tan.

Me with my new river tube! :)

Me with my new river tube! 🙂