Weight Loss Stats and Measurements

This is a record of my weight loss (W) and inches lost (I) post-op:

Starting weight before surgery: 322.0 lb. Prior to surgery I lost 22lbs.

Weight on day of surgery: 300.0 lb

Starting weight after surgery: 312.0 (often times you will gain weight while in the hospital due to i.v. fluids and gas pumped into the abdomen.)

Total weight loss to date is 74.3 pounds, which includes 10lbs lost pre-op. The record below is of post-op weight loss only.

Month 1 (Jan. 2012)~ -30lbs lost (W), Did not take measurements at this point.

Month 2 (Feb. 2012)~ -10.2lbs lost (W), -16 inches lost total from arms, bust, hips, waist, thighs and neck (I)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Turning 40, Thanksgiving, Insurance Approval and a Surgery Date!

Well, it's been a while since I posted and a lot has happened since then.  I am now 40 years old!!!  I celebrated my birthday with two of my best girlfriends; all thanks to my a big surprise from my husband who treated us all to a night on the town.  I am proud to say that I passed on having any of my birthday cake and was pretty content watching my kids enjoy it!  I am not really a big sweet eater anyway, it's pasta, rice and overall portion sizes that are my problem.  I made it through Thanksgiving as well and I am really proud of myself as I did not gain a pound and overall I have lost 17lbs since I started this journey!! 

I went through a rough patch where my appetite seemed to increase overnight.  I had to get really creative about keeping myself busy and not giving in to over eating.  I had a bit more fat and sugar on Thanksgiving than I had been typically eating and I think eating that caused me to start craving carbohydrates again.  I also think that I am going to struggle with hunger around my "time of the month".  Hopefully I will be more social and more active as I continue to lose weight, thereby giving me something else to focus on besides eating.  Thanks to the new, tiny stomach I'll have, eating smaller portions won't be a problem!!  I experienced my first weight loss stall for about 5 days, but sure enough I started back on the losing track with no problems at all.  I am definitely starting to notice a difference in my clothes and how they fit.  My bra is too big now and a couple pair of my pants have room around the waist.  My family has mentioned that they notice a difference as well.  I have been doing well on my own and I would be fibbing if I said that I didn't consider continuing on my current plan and not having surgery, but after much thought and prayer, I realize that surgery is necessary for me to maintain a healthy weight.  I have been able to lose weight in the past; significant amounts of weight.  However, I have NEVER been successful in keeping it off.  God has been good and everything has fallen into line perfectly to lead me to where I am now.

I met with my surgeon a week and a half ago and I got the call this morning that my insurance approved the surgery and I am scheduled for January 5th, 2012, which is right around the corner!  I have a lot to do to prepare in terms of grocery shopping for the items I will need for the full liquid and puree stage of my post-op diet as well as getting things organized so my husband doesn't want to jump ship (hahaha).  I also have to purchase my vitamins and protein supplements.  If there are no complications, my expected hospital stay is just 1 night...that is unbelievable to me.  I am hoping for 2 nights because I don't deal with pain very well; I am definitely a chicken when it comes to pain!  I had my surgery nutrition instruction so I am all set in regard to what I should be consuming directly after surgery and what my nutritional requirements are in order to stay hydrated and heal properly.

I am excited, nervous and grateful all at the same time.  There are so many things in life that I have missed out on that normal weight people take for granted.  There has been so much anxiety and worry that has gone into thinking about how I could become a healthier person by losing weight and for once in my adult life I feel a real sense of hope that I am on my way to a more active, healthy and enjoyable lifestyle!  Till next time...