Week 8 – I’m NOT Giving Up!

It’s exciting that 8 weeks has passed by since I had my surgery! Eight whole weeks and not only am I physically back to my normal activities…  but I have dropped over 2 pant sizes (I’m now a size 18) and went from a 2-3X top to an XL!!  (I’m out of the FAT section in the clothing store! – And, If you ever shopped in the FAT section it’s depressing.)  What an accomplishment!!  

I’m still having a little bit of a problem getting all Continue reading

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People Are Noticing My Weight Loss!

It feels great that people who recognize me, as well as friends and co-workers are actually noticing that I have lost weight!  I just can’t begin to tell you how wonderful of a feeling this is!  I love hearing these compliments!

We all know how hard I’ve been working on getting results.  I work out at the fitness club 6 days a week, I invested in a  Continue reading

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5 Week Post-Op Update

Hi everyone!  I wanted to just check in and let you know how I’m doing and what I’m doing at 5 weeks Post-Op (after my gastric by-pass surgery)!

First, there are days when I feel like I didn’t even have the surgery.  I feel great.  Normal.  No more pain from gas or sensitivity in the incision area.  But, I am reminded when I eat wrong and become sick.  Overall, I’m doing amazing.

Second, I’m on the “Soft Food” Stage.  What this means is that I can’t eat a steak or chicken yet… but, I can eat ground chicken, ground beef, very thinly sliced low-salt deli Turkey, Ham, Roast Beef or Cheese.  Plus, Continue reading

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Excercize! What is Too Much?

If you’ve been following my blog, you know that since the beginning of week 3 Post Op, I have been going crazy exercising.  Not only that, but I signed up for a fitness center and… a 12 month committment to a Personal Trainer! 

I’m happy to say that I have made at least 6 days in a row to excercise and I’m so proud of myself.  I’m changing my life in the right direction!

However, I found out something very interesting!  My friend who had Lap-Band Surgery several years ago was surprised that I was working out so much.  She urged me to check with my Surgeon to make sure that at 3 weeks Post-Op I was Continue reading

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Obsessed or Paranoid? 3 Week Surg-a-versary

Yesterday was my official 3 week surg-a-versary! Can you imagine…  it was only 3 weeks ago that I was on the operating table getting my gastric by-pass surgery? While it is such a short time ago; it feels like almost forever.

At 3 weeks I can “officially” eat “soft foods”. Now, it isn’t as bad as it sounds!  Since, I’m focusing on the proteins here are a few examples… ground chicken or ground turkey or luncheon meats from the deli (turkey, chicken, roast beef and cheese) all sliced very thin and must be low salt. I can live with this!  I actually feel like I’m eating “real food” again!  There is the normal (or typical) soft foods too… e.g., yogurt, eggs, etc.

I’m very lucky! My “pouch” (I don’t have a stomach anymore.  It’s kind of weird to say “pouch”) is Continue reading

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2 Weeks Post Op – And 32 lbs Lost

Can you believe it’s been 2 weeks since my gastric bypass surgery? Plus, I’ve lost a total of 32 lbs. I’m down a whole shirt size and my pants are very loose! Actually, it’s hard to believe it’s real.

At this point, I’m feeling o.k. I have some days were I am going good, other days where I just can’t drink or eat, other days where my very limited “soft food” diet is not sitting well (e.g., throw up), and others where I am so very weak that I truly feel that I will faint. Those very weak days I’m either sleeping or if I’m able to get up – will not go on my daily walk. (Yes, I take a daily walk! It’s not much, but more than I ever did.)

I was told at my 2 week check-up that these feelings are all normal. And, will go away once my new stomach heals more… Then, I hope to be able to take in 60-80 grams of protein every day! I sure hope this happens sooner than later.

My biggest problem is Continue reading

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Post Op ~ Days After Gastric Bypass Surgery

I woke up and the day started out great! My support team would show up later as they Mitch, Megan and Nikki all needed to get some sleep from the day/night before. The pain medication which the nurse keeps injecting into my IV was keeping me comfortable. I was able to get up and walk around. I was a little sore in a few spots, but nothing really to complain about. I was surprised that the pain wasn’t that bad at all.  I know, I have pain medication.  Yet, I’m able to move around…  get in and out of bed…  walk around the floor!  Yea!

I can’t drink anything until after my gastric test.  The odd thing, I was not missing drinking any liquids, as long as I had my ice chips.  The ice chips in the cup meant the world to me.  I was fine. I thought the day would be easy…  I thought the rest of the day would consist of my being very tired, in some pain and the awkward pain when Continue reading