162 lbs lost…It all seems worth it :)

So I know I’ve been slacking with my post. I just got done posting about my emergency surgery. It was all scary and painful but I felt the need to also post that losing 162 lbs makes it all worth it. I just got my staples out and so I am still recovering so it’s all still fresh in my head and yes the bad is worth the good.

On that note I also wanted to mention that another reason I havent been posting is that my husband decided to join the WLS team. He had surgery on May 23,2011. He has been with me my whole journey and we decided it was his turn. He didn’t do it so much for the weight loss but more for his health concerns. He was diabetic with sugars in the high 300’s. He was suffering from a lot of pain in his legs and feet and just felt he was breaking down too much for a 42-year-old man. I am happy to report that he is less than two month post OP and already down 36 pounds and his diabetes is gone…Yesterday his blood sugar was 99. He already feels like a new person too. We have just added years to our life and marriage 🙂

Since he started out a lot lower weight than me he will be at his Goal a lot quicker than me I’m sure. I’m still hoping to lose more……I will never be what society calls thin but that was never my goal. My goal has always been just to be happy with myself and not miss out on things because of my weight…..

I am almost there and can say that I am really happy already. Of course I want to lose more but I have already come so far, more than I could have ever dreamed before WLS.

My birthday is less than a month away and I look forward to really celebrating it this year. I have so much to be happy and thankful for and look forward to the Luau party my husband is throwing me 🙂

Add a comment July 13, 2011

Complications Happen….

I remember reading all those horrible complications that Weight Loss Surgery could cause.

I remember reading over them and praying that they would never happen to me.

At 10 months out I thought I was pretty safe at this point…. WRONG!!!!!!!!

You really need to read each and everyone because they can become your reality.

I was hospitalized on Wednesday June 29, 2011 ( 9 and a half months post op) for stomach pain.

I was having sharp pain in the middle top of my tummy. It would come and go but when it came it was worse than child labor.

I also had some pain in my lower left tummy that would come and go. I was given cat scans,ultrasounds, blood test, you name it.

At first they came back with results of  Diverticulitis. I spent the next few days in hospital on antibiotics and full liquid diet. The pain seemed to go away. Doctor told me I should also have out my gallbladder since It would need to come out eventually and could be the cause of some of the pain. I agreed but really wasnt up for another surgery plus I had been in hospital so long I just wanted to go home. It was a holiday weekend and I would end up just having to be there a few days waiting for my doctor to be back from holiday to do the gallbladder surgery so I opted out and said I wanted to go home and come back if I had more pain…..

He agreed as long as I was able to go back to a full diet so he left me there and I began to eat…

I guess God decided to send me a LOUD message to stay and have surgery because the real bad pain came back. It only lasted for 20 mins but it brought me to my knees. I felt really hot and almost passed out. I just can’t describe how bad pain was….When Dr. came in next day he told me I wasnt going anywhere. The gallbladder needed to come out. That was Sunday Morning (Day 5 of being in the hospital) It was also Fourth of July weekend. He told me he would perform the gallbladder surgery on Wednesday after the Holiday weekend. I was disappointed to learn I would have to wait 3 more days to have surgery. I had already been there so long but there was nothing I could do. It needed to be done…Everything seemed fine and I was just trying to get over being stuck in the hospital. Until 4 am Monday Morning (July 4th) I woke up in the most pain I have ever had. The pain was back but it wasnt stopping…I screamed for hours. Woke up the whole fourth floor of hospital. My Dr. even called in meds that they said would knock me off my feet. I didn’t feel it at all. I continued to scream. (Mind you I have a high tolerance for pain) Dr. Had to come in and told me it wasnt my gallbladder, it was an internal hernia. He said it was going into my intestines and getting stuck !!! I just signed myself up for emergency surgery. I was so scared. He was hoping it would be easy and be able to do it laparoscopic. However, there were no promises if he found dead intestines. If they did he would have to cut me more (The pain had started off and on over a month ago)

Thankfully I woke up and things went well. He was able to do it laparoscopic. The next day I was released from hospital. I was happy to be home but I will tell you that the hernia surgery recovery was a lot harder. I had a lot more pain then when I had the weight loss surgery. Now that I am home I have learned it was a complication from the WLS. I hear it happens more than once in some people. I pray I am not one of those people. The hospital is always a big ordeal for me. I have horrible veins and had to have 4 different ivs while there.

I cant wait to be back to feeling 100% like before…Im still scared and still have little pains…The stapes were removed a few days ago though and I think each day I will get better….

 

P.s. He wouldnt take out my gallbladder at the same time 😦 He said it was too much for one surgery. I am bummed that I have had surgery twice and he has still not taken it out…Hopefully it never flares up 😦

1 comment July 12, 2011

Minus 131 pounds :)

Wow, it’s just amazing and hard to wrap my head around. I feel great and blessed.

I recently did my first post Op labs. Everything came back great and normal. Even though my labs were never really that high, my doctor was still impressed how quickly those high numbers drop.

I honestly just feel great. I am still walking on the treadmill. I do about 40 mins – to an hour.

I have even started to jog slowly….I jog for one song and then walk fast for the next. Who ever would have thought that I could jog?

There is no words to express how great I feel. I no longer want to stay home or miss anything.

I recently went on two cruises and even went snorkeling…There is just no stopping me.

Society may look at me and still see a thick girl…..they have no idea how far I have come…

The difference is now I feel so great I could care less what anyone thinks….

Life is good and I look forward to living it….

Add a comment April 14, 2011

I’ve lost 100 LBS !!!!

Yesterday I step on the scale and was happy to see that I am now down 100 lbs…

Wow!!!! Me!!! of all people finally did it. This has been such a dream come true and in such a short amount of time. I am only 18 weeks post Op.

I can tell you that I feel great. I still got plenty more to lose but have come so far already. I find myself wanting to be social again. For so long that part of me closed down. Now I hate stay home. I want to make up for all the time I stayed behind.

It’s also so great to try on clothes that I havent been able to wear in a long time. Now some of those are getting too big.

My hubby has been so supportive. Yesterday he bought me roses…white ones and they really do reflect the PEACE I now carry in my heart.

Today we will go out and buy another charm for my bracelet. He gets me one every 10 lbs I lose…Im going to pick a really specially to represent these 100 lbs gone.

As far as eating. It has gotten easier. I am very blessed. My pouch is pretty well-behaved. My favorite things to eat that work well our broiled seafood.

Love shrimp, scallops, I can also tolerate salads. I try to eat all the protein first and then just a little salad. I still eat a lot of yogurt and now Greek yogurt. I found some really yummy trail mix called Bear Naked. They sell a Protein Peak flavor and that helps get in some extra protein that I need. I’ve been doing a 100 g a day because my hair loss is a lot….I did cut my hair shorter. It was hard seeing those long strands fall. It will grow back though so don’t let that stop you.

Not sure what else to add other than I am so happy and this is the best thing I have ever done for myself. I look forward to so much these days.

OH!!! I went to Walt Disney and had the energy to walk all the parks and I rode on all the rides that I wanted. No problem with fitting in anything and I even rode Mt. Everest. It’s a roller coaster…Havent done one of those in over 7 years!!!

Life is great !!!!

Here is a picture of me yesterday. 100 lbs Gone!!!

1 comment January 16, 2011

Low Fat Stuffed Crab Mushrooms

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Lump crabmeat
  • 1/2 cup fat free cream cheese 
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons Parmesan
  • House Seasoning, recipe follows
  • 2 portobello mushroom caps, or 10 white mushrooms caps
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • Nonstick cooking spray

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Combine the crabmeat, cream cheese,parsley, green onions and Parmesan. Season with House Seasoning, to taste. Stuff the mushroom caps with the mixture and top with bread crumbs. Spray the tops with nonstick spray to help them brown. Transfer to the oven and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the filling is hot and melted.

House Seasoning:

1 cup salt

1/4 cup black pepper

1/4 cup garlic powder

Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Leval Easy

Prep time  5 mins

Cooking time  20mins

Serving 2

1 comment December 22, 2010

Week 13 Check In

Where does the time go? Sorry its been awhile since my last post.

I am now in my 13th week. I am down 83 LBS. Can you believe it?

It’s still hard for me to wrap my brain around. People have started to really notice now. They tell me they can see a big diffrence. Its nice to hear, though I still see how far I have to go.

I am really happy though with everything…I dont want to jinx it or anything but I have been able to tolerate most things. I feel very blessed. White I try to stick to high protein and my protein shakes and all the viatims, I do allow myself to try things here and there. I dont seem to dump at all. Which to me is good because I still feel normal…However some warn that could be bad in long run if you dont keep it in control. I feel I am doing really good so far with that subject.

I have started to pick up my walking in the last week or so. Im hoping to lose the weight at a more rapid speed…LOl..I know that sounds crazy cause I have already lost a lot but we all know it never comes off fast enough.

The biggest thing I am dealing with is the hairloss. Thank God I have alot. Hoping it will last me through this phase….

The best thing about this phase for me is I am really starting to want to be more social. For a long time I was going or seeing anyone, not even friends and family.

It feel great to be back living my life.

Add a comment December 12, 2010

I have found the best WLS We

Isn’t it awesome when you come across a website that totally makes your journey easier?

I have found the King of all WLS sites. If you are looking for advice,motivation, inspiration and lets not forget

a lot of yummy easy recipes, I have the website for you…….

http://theworldaccordingtoeggface.blogspot.com/

and right now she is having a awesome contest.

 Thankful for Good Health Giveaway! http://tinyurl.com/3yfwlbq

Add a comment November 15, 2010

Happy Halloween

Trick or Treat 🙂

Its all feeling like a treat!!!

I am a little over 6 weeks and down 62 lbs total. I am feeling so much better.

I hope you enjoy my Halloween Pic

Add a comment November 1, 2010

1 Month, 1 Week… Check In

Ok so I guess its about time for another blog. Please forgive me. I am in pureed stage since Sept 29.
I was really looking forward to eating after being so long on liquid diet. I thought that as time would go it would get easier. Boy did I learn that the Pureed stage is hard. You are so emotionally ready for real food. Yet with your stomach healing, and getting back all it feelings….Its hard to find things that feel ok going down and then just being in the pouch. I was so proud up to that point to be tolerating everything I was allowed but I soon learned that the toilet would have my head in it more then once.
Yet being 16 days on the pureed now I do feel I am getting my groove back.
I have learned that I can no longer tolerate taking/swallowing so many pills like I did in beginning.
Now I find it much easier on my tummy to just mix it in with my apple sauce or yogurt. makes my day so much better. Its these little tricks that help get you through…It is all worth it…. 
I am happy to report that I am down a total of 48 pounds now (Im counting the few days of liquid pre surgery diet too 🙂
 
Also I will share with you all the things that I find taste good and work well most of the time.
Found some of these on the board. Some you shouldn’t have until you are almost out of your pureed stage…
Remember when in doubt..Puree!!!
 
Sheppard Pie (see my post below)
 
turkey with apple sauce
 
Cottage Cheese Doubles
 
Fat free refried beans with FF Cheese and FF sour cream
 
Egg Beaters with cheese
 
Egg or Tuna Salad
 
Greek yogurt add a spoonful of sugar free cheesecake pudding mix and it’s just like eating cheesecake.  You can top it with a little no sugar added cherry pie filling.

Ricotta cheese.  Microwave with some spaghetti sauce and it’s like lasagna.

 
Or make Ricotta  sweet with splenda

Wendy’s Chili.  Puree if it has any big chunks.

Soft cooked veggies.  Canned fruits (non acidic ones, of course).

Cream soups.

 
Pinto bean puree
Ricotta or cottage cheese with Smuckers  SF jam blended into it
Hummus
Spinach cheese dip, warm or cold
Plain plus sugar free cheesecake pudding is to die for!
 
Mashed/pureed cauliflower with sharp cheddar cheese – yum!
 
split pea and ham soup
decaf instant coffee with ff milk and splenda made like coffee con leche
Protein Shakes I like
Pro blend 55 vanella (this way you can change up the flavors by mixing in different sugar free syrups or decaf coffee)
Muscle Milk Chocolate

Add a comment October 14, 2010

Sheppard’s Pie

I am almost 1 month, 1 week post op. This pureed stage has been hard for me. My tummy has been really picky. This went down great though so I thought I would share.

 

 

Sheppard’s pie

Ingredients

Ground turkey

chicken stock

mash potatoes

frozen carrots and peas

kosher salt

Olive Oil

garlic

sazon packet (orange packet)

ff cheese

Cook ground turkey on top of stove with ,olive oil,kosher salt,garlic, sazon packet, then add peas and carrots and mix all together

Make mash using chicken stock(instead of water) and follow box instructions

Pour meat mix into glass dish, top with a layer of mash and sprinkle with fat free yellow cheese.

Bake at 350

Add a comment October 14, 2010

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