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)

Friday, April 27, 2012

Moving Right Along!

It's been a while since I posted as I have been dealing with some medical issues in relation to Rheumatoid Arthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, and bulging discs in my neck. I have been undergoing steroid epidural injections and needless to say I haven't been in the best shape lately; very sore and achy. However, things are going pretty well with my weight loss.

I have lost 74 pounds and am in a good groove with my new lifestyle. I have come to realize that I have a fussy sleeve(stomach)! Most days I suffer with mild reflux despite taking medication to prevent too much acid production. I am starting to believe that I am eating too fast. I have now started eating a bite of food and then waiting a minute or so before taking another bite. I also found that I absolutely cannot drink Crystal Light or any flavored drinks with citric acid as an ingredient as it will make my reflux symptoms ten times worse. I basically drink water and unsweetened decaf iced tea. I am getting a bit bored with what I am eating and will be looking for some new recipes. On a daily basis I am pretty much eating The same type of protein...shrimp, chicken and beef jerkey. Sometimes I will have ground turkey or pulled pork but I have to make sure those are in some kind of sauce for lubrication. Lately I have been incorporating about 50-60 grams of carbs along with 80-90 grams of protein.

My quality of life in regard to my weight loss has definitely improved and by quite a bit. My energy level is definitely better, I can stand and walk for a long period of time without my feet hurting. Going up and down stairs is no problem and neither is bending over. I have been shopping in regular clothing stores and dropping sizes quickly. Everytime I turn around my clothes are too big. It can be frustrating when I go to get dressed but hey, I'll take it...no complaining about that here! My personal confidence has really grown and I actually like looking at myself in the mirror and getting dressed to go out. The only thing that bugs me a little bit is how jiggly my body is and the loose skin I am developing. I will definitely be looking into plastic surgery for my stomach, arms and possibly my inner thighs. Exercising is touch and go with me right now due to my neck and back problems so I am worried about muscle tone, but I can only do what I can do. As the blog title says, I am moving right along and pleased with my progress! Til next time...