I am so excited about finally being in Onederland! I haven’t been here since like 2005-ish. It’s insane. I feel so great. Truthfully, I would be happy if I stayed this weight… but my goal for myself is 150. Surgeon’s goal is 130.
Hello everyone! Sorry it’s a tad bit late but here it is. 🙂 I didn’t quite make Onederland this week but that’s ok because I made my 50 lb mark which is just enough reason to celebrate. Woohoo! I missed Motivational Monday and my Two Month surgaversary this week since I didn’t get home until really late that day. So, I’m going to do a Two Month post here too – check out my video below for all the dets!
Highest Weight (Jan 3, 2013): 251.6 lbs
Day of Surgery (Mar 6, 2013): 231.5 lbs
Nine Weeks Post-Op (May 07, 2013): 201.4 lbs
Total loss of: 50.2 lbs
I made this photo below from a picture on New Years 2013 and a picture from this weekend at the toy store. For those of you who are my friends on Facebook, you may have already seen it. But here is the comparison from where I started and where I’m at so far. I still have another 50-70 lbs to lose but I am happy with the progress so far. 🙂 By the way, I totally love Cookie Monster… I think we were twins separated at birth. Haha.
Weight loss is not an easy journey. No matter how you do it, it’s a struggle every day. Along the way you don’t really feel the change… but looking back, you can see it. Down 50lbs since January but still have a long way to go to reach my goal. Chipping away a little at a time.
Month 2 Surgaversary: Taken on 5/08/13
Check out Month 1 and Pre-Op Photos.
Sorry this post is so short… Continuing my mound of grad school work. Once this class is finished and if I pass (please dear God, let that happen) then I graduate with my master’s degree in a few weeks! Woohoo! Can’t wait. Wish me luck!
3.1 lbs until Onederland! I cannot wait. I’m shooting for that next week.
Today is another glorious Motivational Monday. Being off work, I actually almost forgot it was Monday. Oops. But here it is.
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! 🙂
Today I attended one of the classes that is required before surgery. I cannot post the actual materials from the class since they are copyrighted but I wanted to discuss the main topics we covered because they are pretty important. I’ll list the major topics and a brief overview of what I’ve learned today…
Not a pretty topic but very important. Within the first 3 months expect to encounter constipation. After 3 months your body seems to adjust and is regular again. You should not go more than 3 days without a BM. If you are on your 3rd day you need to take some sort of laxative (these are the top two patients choose: Miralax powder or Smooth Move teas). After taking the laxative and having a BM, you should take stool softeners until you are regular again. There are foods that act as a natural laxative that can be incorporated into your diet to keep yourself regular such as prunes (YUCK, imo) or unsweetened applesauce (there are many more of these foods). Make sure to increase fluids and walk more. This will help tremendously! You can also eat Activia Light yogurt mixed with some protein powder and count that as a meal.
If you are taking any kind of medications, you should talk with your primary care physician BEFORE surgery about alternatives. Some pills you will not be able to swallow (typically anything larger than a Tylenol will be hard to swallow) and you will need to discuss alternatives. Also, let your PCP know what your diet will be like after surgery so that they can adjust medications (especially those to treat diabetes) accordingly.
Protein Shake Tips
Here are a few tips and tricks to make the best out of your smoothie/shake experience:
Protein shakes need to sit for 30-60 minutes after making them before you can consume them. This is because the blending/shaking fills them with air which can cause you to get gas cramps and become bloated.
You can make a large protein shake batch in the morning and use it all day but throw it away after 12 hours… the proteins break down and are no longer effective after this time.
Magic Bullet (or other single serve blenders) work better than regular full-size blenders because they are much faster and cause less air to be blended into the shake. If you use one of these small blenders, you can consume your shake/smoothie after 15 minutes (instead of 30-60).
MOST IMPORTANT THING = HYDRATION! Make sure you are getting at least 48 ounces of fluid in throughout the day between meals. Wait at least 30 minutes after eating before you drink any fluids (so the food has time to empty out of your pouch) and wait at least 30 minutes after drinking anything before eating again (so your pouch is empty again).
This is the second most important thing (right behind staying hydrated)… taking your vitamins. If you do not take your vitamins you can become severely malnourished and deficient and WILL end up in the ER. Each surgery has a different vitamin plan and then they are semi-customizable to the individual on what kinds you want to take.
I am getting the gastric bypass and chose to do the NutraMetrix Isotonic Powder Vitamins regimen because you take these less times throughout the day making it easier to get in… plus the water you mix it with counts towards your daily fluid intake. On this regimen I will take one cap full of the Multivitamin with Iron mixed with one cap full of Calcium Complete in the morning. Then I will take an Iron supplement and a B-12 supplement during the day. And at night I will take 2 more cap fulls of the Calcium Complete by NutraMetrix. Make sure you discuss your plan with your nutritionist because my plan may not be right for you. I just wanted to give you an idea of what it would look like.
One Step Closer
I’m getting WAY too excited right now! I only have my psych eval and consultation with the surgeon left to do (on Thursday) and then they will submit my insurance packet! Eeeekkkkk!
Choosing which bariatric surgery is right for you can depend on a wide variety of things. One surgery is right for every individual. You will speak with your doctor and educate yourself on the different options available to you and then make a decision.
I’ve changed my mind on this a few times but I think I’ve finally made a decision.
So in the beginning of my research I wanted the gastric-band. I figured it was the least invasive and reversible if needed. But after seeing how it was put in your stomach and that there was constantly a pump that need to be filled or adjusted, I changed my mind. Further research lead me to hearing stories of slippage of the band… that’s when your stomach could slip up through the band and be really painful. Eek. That was just not for me.
Then I thought, well, the sleeve is less drastic of a biological change than the gastric-bypass, so I’m going to get that done. And there really wasn’t anything that scared me off of the sleeve. I think it is a great choice but I believe the benefits of the gastric by-pass out weigh those of the sleeve, for me.
After scouring the internet, going to the seminar at St. Agnes Hospital, and speaking with my nutritionist, I have decided that I want the RNY gastric-bypass surgery. All of these sources say that research has shown that it is more effective, especially for patients who have PCOS (which I have) or diabetes. Gastric by-pass works by creating a little pouch out of the upper stomach and attaching your small intestine to it. This way, when you eat food you get restriction (your new pouch is around the same size as a walnut) and malabsorption (caused by re-routing your intestines). See the video below for a short animation of what the surgery is.
What I’ve found from my research:
Gastric by-pass is the most common bariatric surgery performed in the US.
Long-term data shows that it is more effective than sleeve or band
It is the recommended surgery for patients with diabetes, insulin resistance, and/or PCOS
It has 2 methods to reduce calories: malabsorption and restriction
Sure, each surgery has different risks or possible complications, but after much debate, I believe that gastric by-pass is the best choice for me.