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5 Month Update

Taken Dec 25, 2013

Taken Dec 25, 2013

  This is “me” today!  I’m weighing 179 lbs as of 12/25/13.  I’ve lost 78 lbs since my surgery! (Who would have ever imagined?!)  My goal is to be 130 healthy lbs.  I have 49 lbs to go!! (And, yes… time to change my hair!! A new me!!)

July 25 2013 Before Surgery

July 25 2013 Before Surgery

This is my “before” picture.  I was actually 242 lbs in this picture (just days before my surgery).  I knew that I was “big” – but now looking at this picture – I never realized just how big and bloated I looked. 

I knew that having this surgery was very important for my health. But, my goodness…  I look at this picture and …  wow! 

 If you’ve been a faithful reader of my blog – you are aware that my health was so very bad.  When you’re really big… you know it’s not good.  However, you never fully understand the extent of how bad it is.  When I had  had pneumonia – I was minutes from losing my life. (And, I was already in the year long process of obtaining weight loss surgery. – Thank God I had the surgery!)

I celebrated my 5 months post-op on December 25, 2013. How coincidental is that?

Not only did I have the very bestest Christmas with my family!! But, I thought to myself how fortunate I was to have been able to have bariatric surgery on July 25, 2013. A healthier life is what I was given!

Difficult Week – Week 16

This was a difficult 2 weeks in respect to my weight loss.  I only lost 1.6 lbs IN TWO WEEKS!  What’s up with that?

I’m glad to say that I went back to basics and cut out some of the BAD food that I was eating.  Yup, no more Hot Pretzels w/ salt during my 15 minute break at my part-time job.  I’m now eating either a 17 gram Protein Continue reading

More Protein In Your Diet

Tips For Getting More Protein In Your Diet

Most bariatric surgeons suggest at least 75-90 grams of protein a day to help with successful weight loss. This aids in healthy weight loss losing fat and keeping and developing muscle. Protein also assists with healing after your surgery, to prevent any hair loss.

Protein is an important nutrient vital to cell growth and Continue reading

Life Style Change – Week 15

I’ll start with my weight progress……. 

Total Weight Loss as of 11/07/13 is:  60.2 lbs lost…. (from my highest weight).  It has been 15 weeks since my surgery.  I think I’m doing pretty good, although this week I didn’t lose any weight.  (sad face).

I’m excited to share a non-scale victory!  Last Christmas my daughter, “N” gave me a present with a pair of pajama bottoms (that I had on my wish list).  Not knowing what size I was, she purchased a X-Large.  I can’t begin to tell you how tight they were last year.  I could Continue reading

Happy Dance – Week 14

As you can see from my title of this post, I am doing the HAPPY DANCE!  I hopped on the scale and I lost 4 more pounds (in a week).  I’m now weighing in at 192.8.  To be very honest, when I did go on the scale I expected to be back in the 200’s.  Like every other diet I had been on and off in the last decade – my “Onederland” was short-lived.  To find out that I actually lost 4 more pounds – reality began to set in!  I’m doing it!  I’m going to get to my goal weight!  I’m beginning to have faith!  I will!  I will!

At work, I’m called the “Health Nut”.  (I think I like that name!)  My department had a Continue reading

Slider Foods

I recently read an article about “Slider Foods” that Weight Loss Surgery patients need to stay away from.  I have to be honest, I’ve heard different definitions of what a slider food are.  However, I will summarize this article, as I found it fascinating!  (Let me know what you think.)

For most people eating sliders is a good thing (not healthy but o.k. to eat).  For example, Continue reading

Celebrating Onderland!

It’s been 3 months since I’ve had my surgery.  There is a lot to celebrate!  October 24th was my 3 month anniversary…  and…  I got on the scale to find that my weight is now 196.8.  I’m in Onederland!!!  (Onederland is when your weight is in the 100’s.)  And hitting Onederland is an amazing feeling!

I can’t begin to tell you how relieved I am that I am in the Onderland’s.  Remember, my highest weight Continue reading