Saturday, January 26, 2013

Happy New Year

Starting weight: 301
Weight at last weigh-in: 250
Today's weight: 222
Total lost: 79

Thankfully the holidays are over and the New Year has arrived. I couldn't believe it when I got on the scales today and am down to 222lbs.

I waited as long as I could to buy some new clothes, or at least until they started falling off my hips. I officially have gone from a 4xl or 5xl to a 1xl in women's for pants. My tops are a different story. I am still trudging along with the ones I have, wearing lots of tank tops. I am going to look into getting new tops around April. Going to Hawaii in May and excited about my skinner, although more hanging skin, body. I really need to start working on getting that taken care of. Surgery is always an option, but not until I level out, obviously. Not really even thinking about that right now, I knew this was going to happen.

I am happy to say that eating has leveled out and I am able to eat "normally" now. I have noticed that I can tolerate most foods but really need to stay away from fatty foods. I'm still doing well on front loading on protein, but am glad that I can eat a small amount of bread or carbs if I want to.


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Woo Hoo

Starting Weight: 301
Weight at last weigh-in: 252.2
Today's weight: 250.5
Total lost: 50.5

I made it to 50, I am so happy. Yesterday I pulled my pants down without even unbuttoning them. I actually thought I had them unbuttoned already much to my surprise, the weren't. This week has been a little hard on me as far as eating goes, but if I take it slow and don't put a lot on my plate, I'm doing much better. Can always go back for more if I need it. I'm finally figuring out how much is too much. It's weird how sometimes I can eat more than others, I guess it's not really an exact science.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

New Underwear???

Starting weight 301
Last Weigh-In 260.5
Today Weigh-In 252.5
Total Lost 48.5

So I am almost to 50 pounds gone! Woo Hoo! At my last weight-in I was 40 pounds lighter. I was thrilled but not sure why I was melancholy. My bestie told me that I lost a "big toddler" and I felt much happier. Not that I would get rid of a toddler, but it was nice to know that I was a "toddler" lighter.

I made the decision that I would not go out and get new clothes every 20-30 pounds. One, it would cost us a fortune, and two, I don't want to get clothes I love and then have to go get different ones. So, right now my pants are big and sometimes I feel like a high school boy with all the sagging. My shirts are big, but I like them that way. So all in all I have been pretty happy with the clothes I have. Throw a tank top under my bigger shirts and I am all covered up.

However, my undies are a different story and I never really considered that. So today I went to go get new undies. I figure since I'm not buying new clothes, I might as well get something that doesn't make me feel like I have a load in my pants. New undergarments might be next, we'll have to see.

(I looked for pictures for sagging and undies and NONE were appropriate. So much for making my blog more "colorful".)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

So Another couple weeks go by

I am still trying to figure out what I can and can't eat. Some things still go down much easier than others.

It can be frustrating at times, but then I realize I've lost 40 pounds and decide that it is all worth it.

I have been on the boards at VerticalSleeveTalk.com, it's been an education. I did some research before I underwent surgery, but really relied on my friends (whom I trust with all my heart) who had been through this or something similar. I also trusted and relied on my doctor (who is awesome). I'm not a big researcher, but will if pushed. Of course, while getting my "education" from the website, I have invented things that may have gone wrong. Nothing big mind you, but my mind plays tricks on me. I have stopped with all of that, thankfully and am feeling great.

I am also very thankful that I haven't gone through the worse of the complications that can occur. I am also thankful that none of my friends experienced any of those complications. They sound painful and disheartening.

This week has brought more of the same. I still need to get into a regular workout routine, yes I am procrastinating. But I have been doing some stuff at home, so not being a complete slug. Wish me luck on this endeavour.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Happy Fall

I am now officially on "regular" food.

So, I am confused, I could hardly wait to be on normal food again and honestly, kept trying foods that were not really on my diet (full soft diet) because I was just getting too bored with what I was "allowed" to eat. When I went through my binder class, the nutritionist said that some people were afraid to eat normal food. Not so with me, I was excited to eat something other than soup, cottage cheese, and yogurt. And although I LOVE those foods, after six weeks of it, I wanted something a bit more.

I am now on to, "soft" meats. To me this means anything that isn't dry and icky anyway. I rarely, if ever, ate dry meat pre-surgery.  However, I have found that the only "fast-food" chicken I can tolerate is Chik-Fil-A. I love their chicken strips so no worries there.

My hubby has been very supportive with my meals. He is a wonderful cook and I am happy to say, this has not changed after my surgery. He is finding healthy, protein packed meals to cook for me. He cooked a Mexican Lasagna this weekend that was wonderful. We treated it like a dip, but was awesome all the same. My children even ate left-overs, which never happens! It's too bad he isn't home more, I love that he cooks.

Friday, September 21, 2012

The last (almost) 6 weeks

So in the last six weeks I have accomplished/figured out a few things (not in any specific order):
  • I am able to change my life without much ado
  • Two tacos are one too many for me now
  • 64 ounces of water is a lot of water after surgery (and even now)
  • I didn't realize how much water I did drink before surgery
  • Without that much water, CPAP machine makes me have really bad cotton mouth
  • Pepsi no longer is my reason for living
  • My closet is starting to have clothes that are a little big instead of  clothes that are just right or a little tight
  • Jammie pants don't shrink with your waist
  • Walking doesn't hurt as much when you are 30 pounds lighter
  • No one thinks I actually know what I can and cannot eat
  • Protein, protein, protein
  • Working out is harder to do when you have a sick child at home
  • My friends and family are more supportive than I thought they would be
  • Don't tell children what you have had done, they have BIG mouths!!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Life goes on.......

So I am almost 3 weeks post-surgery. To be honest, I have been a hermit since my surgery. When asked if I want to go out to dinner with my family, my response is.......not really since I don't want to see them eat. I'm not really having any problems eating, but don't want to sit in a restaurant for an hour and only have soup. I am still on a soft diet which presents a problem at most restaurants. Although, I have been given some really helpful hints from my friends that have had surgery...beans and cheese at Taco Bell, who would have thought??

So back to my hermit days. So I've been staying at home and my lovely husband has been making most of my dinners and I have been muddling along.

Then comes Back To School Night. I am in charge of the school directory and have put off doing anything about it, so I must go to the school and get forms handed out to parents. I am so happy I did this, it was not centered around food (Woo Hoo) and I got to see lots of people that I haven't seen in a while. Especially one of my fellow sleevers. She gave me some awesome advice and some things help me get to my 60g of protein a day. She is also an amazing role model!!

Then comes the second Back To School Night. I tried to pawn this off to my lovely husband to no avail. The child wanted me to go with him, and I really do deal with most things school related. Again, very happy I got roped into this too. Lots more people that I hadn't seen in a while and lots more teachers met.

So even after three weeks, life really does go on. It's nice to know, but a little disheartening, since I was hoping everyone was floundering without me. Oh well, I'm getting back into the swing of life and still working on getting the water and protein I need daily.