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One Year Post OP

This year has been full of ups and downs. I got away from blogging for a while not because I wanted to but because life became a little overwhelming. I am ready to come back now that I’ve landed back on my feet.

A year ago today I was a completely different person. I was always sore, tired and I was extremely overweight. I was battling my food and weight issues and trying everything I could to lose the weight and be healthy. I had been trying to lose the weight for years and just couldn’t shed all the weight I wanted to lose. Then I had my sleeve gastrectomy and my whole world changed.

I went from being someone that was consumed with thinking about how to lose weight, what I could eat, what I couldn’t eat, when I could eat and how much I could eat to not being hungry at all. This was so freeing to me it was like the shackles had been unlocked and taken off I was no longer a prisoner of my mind and body. The hunger is now starting to come back at 1 year post op but I am in control of the hunger the hunger is no longer in control of me. On top of that I changed as a person, I went from wanting to sit and watch tv to wanting to hike, camp, kayak and enjoy all the scenery around me. I went from having trouble walking around the block to walking and running 5K’s.

Something I learned through this process is there is a lot of misinformation out there about weight loss surgery so this year I want to get this blog up and running again. I want to show all of you how I live. I want to share with you how I eat to maintain my weight. What my favourite workouts are. How I am beating cravings and dealing with things like trips. Speaking of trips I am going to Mexico in a few weeks. I am going to be conquering some new adventures while I am there. I’m going to go snorkling for the first time and I can’t wait to share the pictures with all of you but for now I want to leave you with a picture of me a year ago and a picture of me today 🙂

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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.  These 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 🙂

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 🙂