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Ouch! My Pouch!

Initially, I have to say… “TODAY I’M BACK TO WORK!!!” It feels great to be back to work. (Now, I can focus on my posts during my lunch time and breaks! ha ha ha ha) I also have to say, that I was disappointed that no one even noticed that I lost weight! I’m a size smaller… and, not one word. And, you wonder why I’m “Paranoid” about my slow weight loss. Read my post here.

I’ve mentioned in past posts that I no longer have a stomach. (See post about Gastric by-pass surgery.) My stomach was detached during my surgery. Now all I have is… a “pouch”. The pouch is approximately the size of an egg. Imagine for a moment the amount of food that could fit inside of an “egg”?

With all of that said, I’ve been having some difficulties when 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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Only 25 Days! Weight Loss Surgery

Happy July 1st!  This is my SURGERY MONTH! YIPEE!! I’m so excited… I have to admit that I’m a bit stressed, too.

I’m sure you know why I’m excited… July 25th is my surgery! Only 24 DAYS away. Just Days! Wow! Here comes my new life, my new ME! Surprisingly, I’m not scared about having the actual surgery. I suppose some think I’m weird… not being worried about going “under the knife” for hours of surgery to have my insides cut up and rearranged. Yet, if you put me in a dentists chair… Oh God! S-C-A-R-E-D. Apparently, hospitals and surgery don’t seem to worry me. As I see it, I’m in great hands; I have an amazing surgeon and will be in a top hospital – And, let face it… I’m knocked out. Totally unconscious during the surgery. What’s to be scared of?

I’ve DEFINATELY been stressed. I have no idea if Continue reading

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Support Me! Weight Loss Surgery

support_360_320As a weight loss patient, one of the most serious and commonly asked questions is: “Do you have a good support system?” Like everything else in this blog, I have decided to be bluntly Continue reading

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Body By Vi – “What Happened?”

“What happened with Body By Vi? Since I have publically announced my decision to have weight loss surgery, I have been questioned about a product called “Body By Vi“. It appears that there are both the curious people who want to know and those people who enjoy hearing about personal failure. I’m writing this to give everyone my answer about “What Happened?”

bbv1Body By Vi is a nutritional shake for every day healthy nutrition and/or weight loss management. I accidently found this product 3 years ago (and a good thing). Let me explain! 3 years ago I had some medical and blood tests done, some of which resulted in finding out I was deficient in some vitamins, minerals and even protein. The doctor gave me a list of exactly Continue reading

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My Weight Loss Surgery Date Is Scheduled

IT’S OFFICIAL! This is Real! My surgery date is scheduled for July 25th.

I can’t tell you how excited I was when my surgeon told me the date! OMG! My surgery is just a little more than a month away! That’s it! Just 4-1/2 weeks! I still can’t believe it. This is all coming to life! My life will change forever…

Now, looking back at the past 8 months of what felt like endless preparing (appointments with my Nutritionist, Specialists, blood tests, meeting with Support Groups and all the other appointments for approvals, etc.) no longer seem like a lifetime! It’s really here… This July 25th?!!

I have so much to say. I have so much to share right now! I will try to keep my thoughts together, and separate all these swirling thoughts it into different posts.  Oh my.

The "pouch" will be my "stomach".  The stomach is no longer useable - just hangs there!

The “pouch” will be my “stomach”. The stomach is no longer useable – just hangs there!

If anyone doesn’t know what a “Pre-op” appointment is, I will share briefly. This is that one (1) and only appointment left in which you meet with the Surgeon (Dr. “P”) and go over the surgery expectations and procedure. Yes, I said “SURGERY”.

Dr. “P” was great. He not only explained the surgery process, but Continue reading

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Yahoo! I’m Approved! Gastric Bypass Surgery

I’m approved! I’m approved! It’s official! Insurance finally approved me for my Weight Loss Surgery. I don’t have a final date for the actual surgery yet, but now it is real! It’s official!

O.k., I admit it. I’m sharing something very personal and I’m sure Continue reading