Week 5: Post Op & Surgery Scars

Hi everyone! So I know I told you I’d have a video showing my scars before hand but it just didn’t work out. They didn’t show up so great in this one either. But still here they are. 🙂

Highest Weight (Jan 3, 2013): 251.6 lbs

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

Five Weeks Post-Op (Apr 10, 2013): 214.3 lbs

Total loss of: 37.3 lbs

Getting so close to 40 lbs lost! I cannot wait.

On another note, I’m in such a great mood. Life has been good these days. Summer is coming, I’m the smallest I’ve been in like 4 years, school is almost over, work is settling down, and my personal life is just peachy! The only thing that would make it all better is if I had more vacation days at work. Lol. Anyways, I LOVE you all! 🙂

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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. 🙂