Monday, January 31, 2011

Day 11: A New Week

So I went to the doctors for my follow up on January 28, 2011 and everything went well.  I am healing properly and am ready to move on to pureed/soft foods.  I have itching around my wound area which is normal and just waiting to see the bandages fall off.  I am able to start working out so I am going to start with walking and doing some biking.  I am also going to take this week to rest up before I go back to work next week.  The foods I am starting to try are refried beans, bananas, canned tuna, light mayo, mashed potatoes.  I will be adding new foods every day to get a variety of foods.  I have to start with my protein first and then I can have veggies and fruits.  I make sure to take my vitamins and supplement everyday as well.  I need to try to get more water in.  I have started getting heartburn the last 2 days and it has made my nights and days rough so I called the doctor to see what they would like for me to do.  I have taken some Tums but with no relief.  So we will wait and see what they say.  I currently have lost 28 lbs since starting this journey back on January 6, 2011.  I am so pleased with the results.  I look forward to seeing where this journey takes me.  My family is so proud of me and is happy to see the changes that are happening already.  I love each and every one of my supporters.  Till next time!  

Monday, January 24, 2011


Well each day seems to get a little bit better.  Let me go back to last night however.  It was my sons 7th birthday and we went to one of my favorite places an all you can eat pizza buffet.  I did not get anything there I brought with me my Jell-O, Yogurt and some water.  It was funny while sitting there enjoying everyone's company that the food around me didn't even bother me one bit.  I eat my Jell-o and drank my water and tried to get some of my yogurt down but was not that hungry anyways.  I enjoyed my family and watched a little boy enjoy his birthday great memories.  Today I woke up feeling pretty good and got down a 11oz protein shake in 2 hours man did I feel like my stomach was full took my vitmain and mineral supplement and worked on some water.  Tried to drink some soup for lunch but after that my tummy felt sick all day had a hard time getting that to pass.  We took the kids tonight to the skating rink and I walked around and watched the skate.  Travis says mommy when you get skinny you will be able to come skating with me I just smiled and inside I thought yes yes I can.  I brings me such joy to think of all the things I am going to be able to do with my kids and enjoy life instead of sleeping my life away.  I want for me, Trisha, and my Mom to go shopping in July just the 3 of us and make it a girls day out.  I have so many things that I want to start doing with my family.  This pain is just the beginning to my new life.  I am still very tired, sore and feeling a bit itckey but I hope for all this to pass here soon and I know my body will still be healing well after that so I will have to take it easy for a while.  But it is hard when your mind is so ready to move forward.  I really am happy that I have such a great support group surounding me.  I love each and everyone of you!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

4 day later

Hey Everyone-
4 days later from having my Vertical Sleeve.  I can say this the first day I don't remember to much I do remember being in and out of sleep and in some pain.  The 2nd day I did a lot of walking did not feel like I was doing to bad. Until later that night when they sent me home I did not sleep well had a lot of pain felt sick to my stomach and was having stomach spasms I took all my medicine they sent me home on and when I woke up on day 3 I had terrible pain in my right leg went back to the E.R to make sure it was not a blood clot and it was not.  Good news spent the day running around did a little walking and rode on some of the store scooters.  I did sleep better last night when the dogs would not wake me up. So day 4 and man oh man I feel like shit.  My tummy has been feeling like I have a tightness in my chest all day maybe even alittle reflux or something.  I am trying to get all my protein down and my liquids that has been a challenge as well because if I don't sip and I mean sip it feels like a rock has hit my tummy and hurts like crazy.  Here is the funny thing I did my wii weight in today and it said I had gained 6lbs now how the hell can that happen when I am not taking anything in to make up even 6 lbs. I guess the air in my body still and all those fluids they pushed into me made that up oh well it will get better.  I am going to try and post a little something everyday on how I am feeling while I am off and recouping.  I would do this all over again even with this pain because I know after all the pain is gone I will be starting to look and feel like a brand new women trying to keep postive.  Also today is Travis's 7th birthday and I am so excited that I will not be eating cake and junk with the family.  He will be getting to have a mommy a  round to see many more birthday's and maybe later there will be time for cake and in the right amounts :-)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Big Day

Well in just a little over 12 hours I will be on my way to the hospital to have my surgery.  I can say that this has been a long road but well worth the wait.  I am so nervous and excited at the same time.  I know that there will be some obstacles to over come these next few days but I hope to have a fast recovery and get on with my new life.  I can honestly say it is funny to me when some people say I am taking the easy road by doing this surgery.  By no means has this journey so far been easy and I don't expect it to be easy after the surgery either.  I have to make a full life style commitment to being health and staying health and I will have the great support that I have had all along the way right next to me.  I am so happy to be married to the man of by dreams who has been so supportive to me and has joined me on this process I am wanting to make life changes for the whole family.  I will keep everyone posted to how I am doing.  And will be posting more pictures along the way.

I love each and everyone of my supporters!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

6 days of Liquids

Today is day 6 of being on this liquid diet.  So far so good.  I really don't feel like I am starving.  I am still having a hard time seeing T.V. ads with food just makes me want a nice hamburger really bad.  I am attaching a picture of what I had for lunch yesterday.  As you can see I had a Vitamin Water Zero, my chocolate protein drink, Banana Yogurt, Pudding, applesauce, Jell-O and Cheddar Cheese Soup.  Yes it seems like a lot but it is very filling and I don't have much then when I have dinner. My headaches are finally gone.  I can say I am getting a little bit nervous as my date is approaching.  I think it is really the fact that I am not looking forward to being in pain but I just keep telling myself when you are able to get up and do lots of walking and sip sip sip.  And ever day after that will keep getting better.  I am ready for this new life.  Well that is all for today.  I will keep everyone posted.  I am currently stuck at home with all the snow and ice and am working at home.   

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Before Pictures

2 Week Liquid Diet

So I started my liquid diet on January 6, 2011 that I have to be on for 2 weeks.  I am on day 4 and so far so good.  Let me break a day down for you.  Let’s see what I had yesterday 01/08/2011:
Protein Shake
Cherry Yogurt
Protein Shake
1/2 can of chicken broth
Motts Apple sauce
Cherry Jell-O
Chocolate vanilla swirl pudding
Chocolate vanilla swirl pudding
Cream of chicken soup
Cottage cheese (Kroger)
White chocolate raspberry yogurt

This has been a typical day for me for the last 4 days.  I don’t feel like I am starving but I do miss real food.  Last night we dropped the kids off at Mom’s and she was cooking bacon and Oh man did it smell so good I could smell it all the way outside and my mouth just watered I wanted it so bad.  I even said to her can I just lick it LOL…  I have not cheated at this and I want to try very hard not to.  I can say I am very happy that my support person (my husband) Mitch has decided to join me in the 2 week liquid diet so I will not feel alone in this journey.  He has been doing a great job as well.  It is hard because we still have to feed the kids and watch them eat their food but we both know this is what it takes to be to where we need to be for my surgery.  They say the reason for the 2 week liquid diet is to shrink your liver and the fat tissues inside.  This will help the doctor with this procedure.  I did weight myself on Thursday, January 6, 2011 and my weight was 293.7.  I will watch my weight from here on out up to the day of my surgery and keep everyone posted.  My height weight was 300 lbs.  So I did lose some without even trying before the liquid diet started.    So keep watching for more updates and pictures to be coming very soon.

|HW 300 | | CW 293.7 | |SW 0 | GW 155 | 5'5 | --- Updated Jan. 09, 2011