Halfway There Sunday, Oct 21 2012 

I hit the 89/69 lb mark this morning and that makes it the halfway point. I’m three months and fours days post-op. I’m told that you lose the most you’re going to lose in the first six months. I’ll be working hard to get these last 89 off.


Three Months Post-op Already Thursday, Oct 18 2012 

I know, I know. I have been lax at posting recently. In fact, I just let two months pass by without posting anything. I’ve been a bit busy.

So here’s how I’m doing –
The incision dried up and sealed itself right around the two month mark and I haven’t had a problem since.

I have lost a total of 85/65 lbs. I’m pretty happy about that.

I have been a slug for the past two weeks and haven’t exercised at Curves once. I have, however, done some walking a couple of times. My dad is having surgery today and I have to be with him tomorrow. I swear I’m going back to Curves on Monday. Y’all hold me to that, ok?

I have found that I don’t tolerate pork chops or bacon very well. I’m still not able to eat the 3 oz of protein, 3 oz of vegetables, and 3 oz of fruit in one meal. I’m totally ok with this.

I feel so much better and am now in clothes four sizes smaller. I have been so fortunate to have been given clothing in smaller sizes as I go down.

I have hit several plateaus where I have not lost a pound for a couple of weeks. At first this really freaked me out but I’ve learned that it’s just part of the process. I have even gone up a pound at times. That usually means I’m not getting enough exercise and my body is trying to store everything I give it.

I think I have adjusted well to life after WLS. I’m not craving starches or sweets very often and can pass them by when they are in my vicinity.

All in all, life is good.

Survivor! Monday, Sep 3 2012 

Hurricane Isaac did a number on us. We lost electricity at about 8 pm Tuesday night and didn’t get it back until 10:30 last night. It was miserably hot, especially for the three dogs. I thought it was going to drive me right over the edge but I made it through.

Fortunately, my new stomach keeps me from stress eating. I actually lived on 1/4 cup of raw nuts for the bulk of my meals over the past week. Probably not the best choice but it was what I had that didn’t need refrigeration. We lost almost everything in the refrigerator so we ended up eating out several times. I confess that on Thursday for lunch I had two fried oysters, a fried shrimp, and a small piece of fried catfish off of Eric’s seafood platter. It was delicious! It was my first fried food since surgery and it will be the last for quite some time.

The good news is that since a week ago Friday, the 24th, I have lost 12.6 lbs! I haven’t been able to exercise all week due to the power outage but I’m back on that tomorrow.

24 Hours of Mini-Goals & a Couple of Low Points Saturday, Aug 25 2012 

So let’s start with the high points. Yesterday morning when I weighed I found that I had lost 30.3 lbs since surgery and a total of 50.3 lbs since the start of this journey. I was so thrilled that I celebrated with a pedicure last evening. I feel great and my feet look awesome.

This morning’s weigh-in showed me at 299.1, which means I have said goodbye to 300 lbs forever. If I could have done a back flip, I would have. I’m not rewarding myself two days in a row but I’ll be getting an iPhone 5 soon and that will be a great reward.

Now to the low points – Thursday evening I hit the proverbial wall at Curves and my body wanted to just quit cooperating. I pushed through and finished the workout anyway. On the way home I realized that last week I had only worked out on Thursday and Friday then I had two days of rest. By the time Thursday came around this week, it was my fourth workout in a row and I had been working out hard. My body was trying to tell me that it was not at all used to working this hard and it wanted to quit. Yesterday morning I was sore and my right foot was hurting. It didn’t ease up all day so I make the decision to take yesterday off and give it a chance to rest. Do I feel guilty about not working out last night? Oh boy, do I. I will be back at it on Monday and I’m planning to get out and walk some in the French Quarter early tomorrow morning so that I don’t have three days off.

When I began this blog, I decided I would pretty much put it all out here – good, bad, or ugly. So it is here that I have to admit what I let myself do last night. We went out to dinner with some dear friends and decided to try a new Mexican place close to home. I don’t know why I felt so compelled to order my own entree. My only excuse is that my brain is still fat.

I ordered carnitas, which is bits of pork grilled and served like fajitas. It came with grilled onions, rice, beans, and guacamole. Now Eric had ordered the mixed fajitas and I could have just eaten off of his plate but no. I had to have my carnitas.

It came out and it was a huge skillet of pork meat, which in itself isn’t so bad because I could bring it home and eat on it for several meals. The grilled onions were fine because they are ok to eat and very tasty. I started working on a bit of the pork and, although a bit dry, it was pretty tasty. I ate four or five normally bite-sized pieces then ate some of the onion. We were talking and having a good time and I ate it too fast, I admit. My stomach told me that this was enough so I stopped. A couple of minutes later I glanced over at that guacamole and decided I would taste it. I REALLY love guacamole and this was pretty good. Then my brain kicked into automatic and before I knew it, I had eaten all of the guacamole, which was at least 1.5 ounces. My stomach was screaming at me. I got a bad case of the hiccups and it wouldn’t stop. Next thing I felt was that I had to excuse myself. By the time we left the restaurant, my stomach had dumped all of the guacamole and I felt like crap. This was a first for me and, hopefully, a big lesson learned. I told Eric that I am not allowed to order my own entree any more. I will eat something off of what he orders. He’s ok with that. This way I can get a small plate and put only what I can eat on it. I’m also still learning to eat slower and chew, chew, chew, but that is a work in progress. I have to learn to be present in the moment and pay attention to what and how I am eating. While this was in no way pleasant, I am glad that my new stomach is doing its job.

It was an emotional 24 hours and I’m thankful for it all.

One Month Post-Op Saturday, Aug 18 2012 

Yesterday was a month since my surgery and I am definitely feeling motivated. My incision has stopped draining and is healing very quickly. In just two days it has just about completely closed up. It went from four weeks of draining to almost healed so quickly, it’s shocking.

I have worked out at Curves twice and expect to be going there five days a week. Yesterday I met a woman there named Kim. She is probably a good 10 years older than I am and she had a by-pass four years ago. She looks amazing. Her skin is mostly tight and she says she has had no plastic surgery to correct it. She credits Curves and her dedication to working out there for the way she looks. Such an inspiration!

We are beginning to get out on Eric’s days off rather than just vegging around the house like we used to. It feels good to be out and moving.

I would say that I’ve had a successful month in spite of the incision issue that kept me pretty sedentary for two weeks. I’m moving forward from here and ready to face this next month of the journey.

“It’s Fine” Thursday, Aug 16 2012 

That’s what the doc proclaimed upon looking at my incision yesterday. He said the hole would close on its own now that it has quit draining. He also cleared me to begin exercising. My first workout at Curves was tonight and I loved it! It felt great to be moving my body again. Moving forward from here.

Strange Days Tuesday, Aug 14 2012 

I had a rough week last week weight-wise. I was stuck at the same weight for two days then I dropped .08 of a pound. I stayed that way for three or four days then I had a day when I ate just under 90 g of protein. The next morning I was shocked to see the scale had gone back UP .07 of a pound. WTH? It sent me into a real funk until I realized that if I’m going to consume that much protein, I have to burn it too.

I haven’t been very active because my incision is still draining and has a hole in it the size of my pinkie fingernail. Over the past several days the drainage has slowed down to next to nothing but the hole is still there. I have an appointment with the doc tomorrow afternoon to see about it.

I’m just frustrated because I can’t move the way I want to as long as this hole is there. I did join Curves last night even though I can’t start working out until Friday at the earliest, once the doc clears me. I wanted to go ahead and commit because I don’t want any excuses when I’m cleared. I’m ready to start working hard to drop this weight.

What am I doing? Thursday, Aug 2 2012 

I’ve had a pretty stressful day – financial crap as always. Earlier I fixed myself some dinner which was well within the guidelines of what I should be eating. It was about 1 1/2 oz very lean ground beef simmered in about 2 tbsps of low fat cream of chicken soup and I melted a thin slice of provolone cheese on top of it. The cheese made it rich. I knew about three bites from the end that I was full but instead of putting it up, I ate the last three bites. I totally overate and came close to getting sick because of it.

Just now, three hours after eating too much, I found myself in the kitchen getting a teaspoon of peanut butter. It is natural, low fat, low sugar, low sodium peanut butter and again, well within my guidelines, but why did I think I needed it? I am not going to sabotage this. No freakin’ way am I going to sabotage this.

Me and my fat brain Tuesday, Jul 31 2012 

Started soft solid foods last night. I had a small slice of provolone cheese and two thin deli slices of turkey. Delicious and no nausea!

This morning I decided I wanted a boiled egg so I boiled four (three for later) and then looked at the bowl and thought I needed something else to go along with that egg so I added 1/4 cup of LF cottage cheese. That was a very tasty egg but the cottage cheese is still staring at me from the bowl. I can’t eat it. LOL

The appointment went well yesterday. The PA pushed a lot of gunk out of my incision. There is no infection. It just appears to be a pocket of stuff in there. It’s still draining but I’m hoping to see it slow down very soon.

As of this morning, I have lost 19.3 lbs.

Two Week Appointment Today Monday, Jul 30 2012 

And I’m fighting depression. I haven’t lost an ounce in two days. I haven’t taken in that many calories in those couple of days either. I’ve slept a lot because I was stuck in the house. I hate this.

Part of the problem is this incision still draining. I can’t do much in the way of movement other than walking without setting it off. Hubby and I only have one vehicle and he worked all weekend. Instead of me taking him to work and keeping the car, I opted to let him take it to work. This kept me pinned up here in the house. Not a good situation at all.

Today I’m getting out because I have to drive to Baton Rouge for my appointment. I’m going to visit my sister and her kids and will try to see another friend of mine. I need to be with people and I need to move around. I think I need to start back on my anti-depressant for at least a bit. I’ll be asking the doc about that this afternoon.

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