Post-Op Week 22 Progress Report and the Holiday Gauntlet

Good healthy loss of 2 pounds this week.  Today marks exactly 5 months since surgery, and I’m super pleased with my progress so far.  I don’t think that I’ll be one of those folks that makes it to my goal in less than a year, but I’m okay with that.  I don’t care how long it takes me to get there so long as I get there.

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In the past two months, I have lost roughly a third of my total…that blows my mind! 40 pounds down in 60 days…crazy, right?  But it shows you what a gastric sleeve and disciplined behaviors combined with support groups and therapy can do to improve one’s health.  One must also keep in mind that I started out much heavier than the average bear (close to 400 pounds with over 250 to lose), so if you are considering WLS and are what is considered a lightweight (100 pounds or less to lose), your weight loss may not be as dramatic.  Every body responds differently to weight loss surgery and the subsequent aftercare plan.  So as the diet companies’ commercials say, “results not typical.”

I am two pounds from my December goal which I hope to hit before Christmas break. I think it is possible, and am just going to keep on doing what I’ve been doing…I’ve been successful so far!   Then after that, it will be time to set a new weight loss goal.

Winter has always been a challenging time of year for me, whether or not I am in weight loss mode.

I am a bit fearful of winter for a few reasons.  This is the time of year my weight loss tends to slow, no matter how I choose to lose weight.  Yes, I realize that now I have a powerful tool to help me, but as my doctors and I have said multiple times, I am constantly fighting my body’s biology, and I always will.  I honestly believe that my biology is such that winter is a time of slowed metabolism and fat conservation/accumulation.  I’m just hoping that the tool I have is more powerful than my cells’ metabolism and works for me rather than against me.  I am not expecting great things scalewise during the next couple of months even though I will be eating on plan and exercising.

These next few weeks are going to be critical, as it is the time of year that kids tend to bring in holiday goodies that are pretty tough to turn down.  I am going to have to rehearse in my head what I am going to say when this happens.  We also tend to have school luncheons and parties, and I’m trying to be proactive and find out what we’ll be having so that I can either plan to bring my own lunch, or to make wise choices about what I feed myself in those situations.  Needless to say, the months of November, December, January and February for me force me to run a weight management gauntlet that is no fun and that is way more work than the rest of the year is.  I know that this process of getting healthy isn’t any fun and that it is tough work, but it just feels that much more difficult during this time of year than the rest of it.  It is up to me to choose wisely and to work just that much harder to fight the things I know I’ll be up against.

I think that I’ll try to burn this photo into memory every time I think about eating something that isn’t plan friendly:

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Here’s a comparison shot. Top: June 2013. Bottom: December 2013.

Perhaps that will help keep me focused, along with the fact that I’m finding my “smaller” pants to be more loose these days, indicating that it’s time to go down a size.  Getting to wear smaller clothing is a powerful motivator, I tell you!

Shifting gears…I am noticing that in the evenings, even after I’ve finished eating for the day and I’ve taken my second dose of Pepcid, my sleeve churns, gurgles and just feels uncomfortably funky in general.  When this happens, I tend to drink more water to quiet it, but nothing seems to work.  I’m not sure if my Pepcid dosage needs to increase, or if I need to time when I take it a little differently, or what.  I am going to ask about this at my 6 month followup next month.  It’s a really uncomfortable feeling, and makes me wonder if my sleeve is overproducing acid.  It also makes me wonder if it will always do this, and will I have to take Pepcid for the rest of my life?  I need to start making my list of questions to ask my doctor now so I don’t forget.

Finally, here’s what I ate today.  Protein was at 83 grams, but fat was higher than I like at 46 grams (most of it was plant fat from the almonds, almond butter and tomato sauce).  I’m getting bored with my eating…thanks, ice storm!  Time to bust out of the house!  Hopefully enough of the ice will melt tomorrow to let us get out of the house for a little bit tomorrow afternoon so we can make a trip to the store for a few things.

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Today’s food choices, from upper right: 100-calorie package of vanilla roasted almonds; Trader Joe’s turkey meatballs in marinara with mozzarella; tablespoon of Barney butter almond butter; Boar’s Head honey maple glazed turkey slices and Trader Joe’s Monterey jack cheese stick; multivitamin and calcium supplements x2, B12 and iron supplements; baked chicken cordon bleu with broccoli in cheese sauce.

 

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