Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fill 'er Up!

Today was the appointment for my first fill.  I must admit I was really worried and nervous for just about nothing.  My port is right at the surface so there was no poking around trying to find it.  He just said "OK, you're going to feel a pinch" and then yup, I felt a BIG pinch.  It burned like hell for about 15 seconds but then it was over.  That's it!  The funny thing is the fluid was gurgling on the way in.  I was wondering if that was normal but I looked at the doctor and he didn't look alarmed, so I figured it must be OK.
When he was done he said "See, that wasn't so bad was it?  Now there's no reason for you not to come back and see me, right?".  My surgeon is quite a cutie so I was tempted to say "I'd come back to see you every week just to look at you and listen to you talk", but I kept my composure.  No offense to my hubby, he's a cutie too!

I met with the dietitian and we had a few laughs.  I really like her.  I think we're nearly the same age and have kids at similar ages.  I asked her when I would be able to have hummus and apple sauce.  She informed me that I could have started eating those things 2 weeks ago!  My response to her was "Hey, it's not on the list!  If it's not on the list, I don't eat it".  She figured most people would assume all soft foods were OK.  Not me, I'm a rule follower.  I need things spelled out for me!  So, I'm so looking forward to having some hummus tomorrow.  For today I was told to keep things light as to not irritate the port area any further.  So, it was oatmeal for dinner tonight, and I don't mind that.
Starting next week I can eat a 'regular' diet, just smaller portions than a typical person. I'm looking forward to cooking again.  Dinners around here have been super simple and quick.  The hubby doesn't complain, he'll eat just about anything I serve him.  However, I'm sure he'll be ready for a change as much as I am.  Hooray for variety!
Everyone in the office was impressed with my weight loss so far, as well as my awesome blood pressure...112/70 thank you very much!  I'm cleared to go back to the gym and have no weight lifting restriction at this point.  I'm anxious to get back into it even though after 6 weeks off, I'm sure I'll be hurting!  That's OK, no pain, no gain.
As far as restriction goes, I'm not sure how I feel yet.  I've been able to drink liquids with no problem, and my oatmeal went down just fine.  I'll see tomorrow once I'm eating some solids if I really feel the fill.  So many people with the band talk about being too tight and feeling like they're choking.  Thankfully, that's not happening to me, and I hope it doesn't.
So far, so good.  More news on Saturday!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Nothing, Nada, Zilch!

That's how much I've lost this week, Nada!
The scale is exactly the same as last week, right down to the decimal.  Once again I'm happy I have not gained.  I continue to eat the foods allowed to me at this stage of the diet.  I am hungry more often now than I was before but that's to be expected.  When I get hungry, I reach for one of the approved foods.  I'm not sure if I'm supposed to be keeping track of my caloric intake but I did for a few days just out of curiosity.  I've been ranging between 875-1000.  More importantly, I continue to get at least 60 grams of protein in each day.  At the pre-op meetings they drilled the importance of protein into our heads so much, that I'm now a freak about it!  Oddly enough, my hair is growing at an alarming rate.  I think I could get it cut every 2 weeks now, and it has to be from the protein, ya' think?
This time period I'm in right now is commonly referred to as "Bandster Hell".  It's when you've healed enough that your appetite comes back, but you haven't yet had a fill.  I really don't consider it a hell.  Yes, I pretty much have a regular appetite back, and I'm hungry a lot.  However, I have been through a lot worse things than this (like numerous gruesome dental surgeries!), and I know it will pass.  This is a process and I'm along for the ride.  My fill appointment is on Wednesday so there's a light at the end of this hunger tunnel.
I am a little afraid about the appointment on Wednesday.  This is my first time so I don't know exactly what to expect.  I also don't want to have to go back to a liquid diet now that I've finally progressed to real food.  It shouldn't be that extreme as long as he's conservative with the amount he puts in, and I'm super careful about my portion sizes.  I'm just hoping for the best, and anxious to see that scale moving again.

I'm really excited that I should be cleared this week to go back to the gym.  I've been walking a lot on my own, especially with this gorgeous Fall weather, but I want to get in there and do some weights.  So far the only thing that's sagging are my arms, but I want to get right on that and try to avoid having a saggy flabby body!  My program here allows for 8 personal training sessions and I can't wait.  I'm choosing the trainer at my gym who teaches the spinning classes.  She is an animal!  She's like a pumped up Jillian Michaels.  I plan on getting the most out of those 8 sessions, and she's the one who will make that happen for sure.
So, I'll be back on Wednesday to write abut my first fill experience.  Until then, be well!

Friday, September 17, 2010

One Month Bandiversary and My Birthday!

Well, my one month post-op happens to fall on my birthday.  I have so many reasons to celebrate.  I am so thankful that I've had this band for a month and no complications.  That was my biggest fear in the beginning, and although I still fear something could go wrong, the more time that passes the better I feel about it.
I started the 'soft foods' diet on Wednesday.  It feels good to be eating some normal foods.  I can actually eat some of what the rest of my family eats at dinner time which is so nice!
A lot of what I've read says that once you start on the soft foods, it's likely you'll gain a little of the weight back.  I'm so happy to report that hasn't happened.  However, the weight loss has slowed WAY down.  I may as well post my weekly weigh in today as tomorrow is going to be a super busy day and I most likely won't have time to post.  So, my grand total to date is....

22 pounds

OK, so that doesn't seem like a great deal since last week, but hey, I didn't gain!  I am taking that as a victory.
Hubby's folks are on their way into town right now.  We'll go out for a birthday dinner tonight.  This is the first time eating out for me.  I've already checked the menu and know what my choices are for ordering without straying from the current diet.  I'm so excited!
Tomorrow the hubby and I are going out for a day at the races.  We've never been, but it's supposed to be a gorgeous weekend here so it should be fun.

As promised, I took a one month pic this am.  I really don't think you can see much of a difference.

I guess I could have put last month and this month side by side, but if you really want that, you can scroll back and look at the old one.
I can tell you that I have a big bag of clothes ready to go to the Good Will, that are way too big on me now.  That's good enough for me!
Well, I'm off to do some birthday celebrating, so until next time, be well!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Weighing in

Hi All...
As promised, I'm posting my weekly weight loss.  Three and a half weeks post-op and I am down a grand total of...

I am VERY pleased with that number.  When I started this journey, a personal goal I set for myself was to lose 20 pounds by my birthday.  Well, I managed to surpass that goal a week early.  I feel great.  I'm amazed that I continue to lose even though I haven't had a fill.  
On Wednesday I can start the 'soft foods' diet and I'm so looking forward to a change.  I believe part of the reason I've been losing so consistently is because I'm terribly bored with the foods I'm currently allowed to eat.  I'm so sick of cottage cheese and yogurt.  I just can't get excited about (or choke down) pureed meats.  So, instead of eating something I don't want to eat, I just don't eat at all!  I know that's not good, but it's got to be better than cheating and eating something that's not on the approved list.  When I can have soft foods I'll be able to have a baked potato, and I can't believe how happy that makes me!
Some of you have asked when I'll be posting new pictures.  Well, I decided to do that once a month.  Since surgery was on August 17, I'll post pictures on September 17.  I'm really hoping you will notice a difference!  I know 21 pounds isn't a huge difference, but hopefully you'll see it.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend people!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

It FINALLY happened!

Someone finally noticed I've lost weight.  With the start of a new school year, I've been running into people I haven't seen since May or June.  Not a single person has noticed, or if they have, they haven't said so.  Well today, in the grocery store of course, someone finally noticed!  It was a woman who I used to run into occasionally at a local play group.  I don't even recall her name.  It doesn't matter.  In the course of our brief conversation, she mentioned it twice!  it felt good.

When I got home, I had about an hour before getting preschooler #1 off the bus.  I decided to go through my closet since it's almost time to change everything over for Fall.  I found 2 pair of jeans that I can now wear, that were out of the question a month ago.  I filled a nice big bag for the Good Will with things that are too big for me.  I never plan on going back to that size, EVER.  They're just taking up space in my closet so, Adios!

Those were my 2 mini milestones for the day and I wanted to share them with you.  It feels good.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Weekly Weigh In

As promised, here is my Saturday morning weigh in.  I am pleased to announce that I continue to lose weight even before having a 'fill'.  My doc said any weight loss at this stage is to be considered a "bonus" because there's nothing in the band yet.  Well, I like the bonus because I'm down a grand total of ...
I'll take that! Here are a few of my mini successes so far.
*I weigh less than my drivers license states.
*I weigh 4 pounds less than I did when I got pregnant with baby #2.
*I now weigh less than I ever did during two years of Weight Watchers.
*All my clothes are loose and I have to start making a bag for the Good Will.

I'm pretty happy with the progress so far and I'm enjoying it.  I'm still not able to eat more than 1/2 cup of food at a time, and oatmeal is only 1/4 cup.  I'm not sure why but I really have no interest in food most days. I'd say that's pretty awesome for someone who has spent their entire life as either overweight or obese.

Until next time...Be well!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Oh, Heavenly Eggs!

This morning I was in heaven!  I know it sounds silly, but after drinking my cold breakfast every day for 24 days, it was heavenly to have a hard boiled egg.  Today was  my first day on pureed foods.  Here is my chopped up breakfast, and it was SOOOO good.
I have a new appreciation for food these days.