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9 Weeks post op

Oh my goodness. I am 9 weeks post I can’t believe how fast time has gone by. ┬áThese past 9 weeks have been full of ups and downs and everything in between. But let’s address the questions I get asked the most.

What can you eat now?

I can pretty much eat everything with a few exceptions. I can’t have any rice or pasta for another 3 weeks. But honestly I’m not missing it at all. I do have to limit sugar and it’s not recommended I eat fried foods but that ok with me as well since these types of food got me in trouble in the first place.

How much weight have you lost?

From my highest weight I am down 50 lbs!!!! Some of this was lost prior to surgery but I have lost a majority of it after surgery.

How many clothing sizes are you down?

The day of my surgery I was wearing size 22 clothing and today I am in a size 18 but their starting to get lose so going to have to get more clothing soon ­čÖé

Would you do it again knowing everything you do now?

I would have the surgery again in a heartbeat. I am not going to lie to you it’s work some days are better then others but in the end I still think it was the best choice for me.

What advice would you give someone that had decided to have surgery?

My advice would be to make sure to surround yourself with people that will support you. Don’t be surprised to lose some friends and gain some new ones, not everyone is ready to accept the changes we are making.

Be prepared for a new normal. Our portion sizes are dramatically different then what we are use to.

If you love to workout be prepared to not be able to for a while. I went from working out a lot to not being able to do anything to just a couple weeks ago being able to partially return back to my workout routine.

Journal. Journal your food, your emotions, your hopes, your dreams, your goals. Journal everything. Sometimes we don’t always want to say things out loud but putting them to pen and paper makes us feel better.

You still need to work at your weight loss. Our surgery is a tool but we still need to do the work. And if you start eating like you use to and stretch your stomach you will be in the same boat as when you started.

Find support groups online, in person whatever you can find. I’m part of both in person and online groups and it’s helped me a lot. Sometimes we just need to know we aren’t the only ones experiencing what we are going thru.

 

I’m hoping to post a video soon but I’m still trying to figure the life blog balance ­čÖé

Finding the balance

I thought once I could add carbs back into my diet that I would have no issues. Well I was wrong trying to find the perfect balance between the proper amount of carbs and the proper amount of proteins is a real struggle. I seem to be able to hit my carb goal and then some no problem but now my protein is lacking.

Thankfully I can fix this. I have my chef’s papers and have been researching some delicious recipes that I’m excited to try and that fits into my allowed foods. This week I want to try a chicken teriyaki recipe and a few others. Now I have made chicken Teriyaki before but now I have to have low sugar foods for the time being so I’m experimenting with Splenda.

Now as I mentioned on my Facebook page I got the ok to slowly start some Zumba. What I didn’t mention was the reason I didn’t get the ok to start lifting weights. Last night was a night like any other where my husband was reading to the kids but my youngest started having a major meltdown. He threw himself at me and then as I was trying to get him to quiet down he jerked back and I instantly got a sharp pain. Ended up spending quite a few hours in the emergency getting looked over to make sure I didn’t cause any damage and ultimately ended up getting some extra strength tylenol. So I can’t lift any weight for at least another month because of this crazy ordeal.

I have to say that for those that have had to deal with medical staff with being overweight or obese don’t expect them to be happy to treat you after weight loss surgery. I went to the closest emergency since there was a wind storm here. The intake nurse was great and congratulated me on becoming healthier. But the nurse I dealt with in the emergency room he was another story. After explaining for the third time what happened he first lectured me on having to discipline my child better and then proceeded to tell me that since I had this surgery I should have stayed away from my kids for three months. Now I don’t know many mom’s that could keep away from their kids for that long. But I also think that for a man who has never met me or my kids he seemed to have a lot of opinions on children and how having weight loss surgery was a waste of time if I wasn’t going to take care of myself. I have been taking care of myself and this was the first incident in 6 weeks that happened. We are all adjusting to the changes. I once met a Dr that I will never forget. I had been having health issues and at the end of my rope when he told me that opinions are like a**holes everyone has one, but only a select few will let their opinions of how you look like, dress or act affect them, the others will get to know you then judge you. So last night I left knowing that I can;t change that nurses opinion but his opinion doesn’t need to affect me.