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
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
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
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
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
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
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