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Post-Op Life: Righting the Ship

This post is going to be fairly brief, as things around these parts are crazy busy these days.  But the crazy busy is in a good way.  So I’ll do a quick drive-by update with bullet points, because it’s about all I have time for right now.

  • Gallbladder surgery went well.  My recovery was smooth and uneventful.  I did learn at my follow-up appointment that my gallbladder had stopped ejecting bile properly, and as a result, cholesterol and bile had accumulated on the inside walls of the sac.  As my surgeon said, “It was definitely time for it to come out.”  So it’s good that I had the surgery when I did.
  • I also learned that I no longer have a fatty liver.  When I had my gallbladder removed, my surgeon did a liver biopsy, as the lab work I had done on my trip to the ER in June gave him cause to want to poke around there.  The path report revealed that I no longer had evidence of fatty liver disease.  This is huge, given that on the day of my sleeve surgery a little over 2 years ago, my liver had 60% fatty infiltration.  My surgeon was thrilled to learn that my fatty liver had been resolved by my WLS.
  • Looks like I’ll be having more surgery this year.  UGH.  My right knee has decided it’s had enough of being patched together with a neoprene brace.  I’m looking at getting it scoped over Christmas so that I can have 2 weeks off my feet, and more importantly, 2 weeks with someone around who can help me!  And depending on what happens with my shoulder, there may be yet another surgery in the cards for me this year.  My left shoulder has decided it’s had enough and can’t even.  So I will be heading BACK to the ortho to find out what the hell is going on with my shoulder once I get back from being out of town this week.
  • Regain is real, y’all.   So for those of you who are early on in the process of having WLS, or who have just had it, please don’t delude yourselves into thinking, “I’m going to lose this weight FOREVER!!!!” or say stuff like “That’s ______ pounds gone FOREVER!!!!”   Or at the very least, don’t say those things without realizing that while yes, losing the weight as a result of surgical intervention is fast and seemingly easy, keeping it off is much, much more difficult.  I’ll be real with y’all–I’ve gained back about 35 pounds this past year (scary, huh?).  I know exactly why and how, and I’ve decided to go back to a devil I know to lose it.  I’ll be starting Weight Watchers online next week in an attempt to get back down to the weight I was at this time last year.  I felt good, I looked good, I slept better, and I moved around better.  I need the structure that the WW program provides because clearly I can’t provide it for myself right now.  Also?  All I have ever tried to do in my life is lose weight.  I’ve never known how to maintain it.  Losing weight is something I am good at; maintenance is not.  I’m scared I’ll never learn how to maintain a weight I can live with.  So in the meantime, I’ll be back to weight loss mode so that I can at least have a shot at feeling good about how I look and feel again.

Well, that’s all I’ve got time for…work and meal prep are calling.

Post-Op Week 96: The Light at the End of the Tunnel

…feels like an oncoming train these days.

So what do I do?  I cook, I eat, and I plod on.

Here’s a sampling of what I cooked last week (I’m a week late, I know).


Top:  pot roast with fresh herbs and veggies.

Left:  broccoli, ham egg and cheese frittata.

Right:  white bean, kale and sausage stew.

Just trying to keep my head above water (pretty literally these days, we’re experiencing record rains after being in drought for 5 years).  June 5 cannot get here soon enough.

Post-Op Week 83: Tired and In Need of a Reset


Well, there went all the progress I made in January.  My face here says it all.  I’m frustrated.

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Post-Op Week 56 Progress Report: Aiming at New Targets


Just like it is every month around this time…here’s the step back in this cha-cha of weight loss.  My ankles were puffy this morning despite being in bed for nearly 9 hours and downing over a gallon of fluid yesterday.  I’m not going to sweat it but that doesn’t make this any less frustrating.

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Post-Op Week 49 Progress Report: In Which I Struggle With What I See In The Mirror


No change on the scale this week.  I don’t know if it’s me getting used to being at home now and not being as active (although I went to the gym 3 times this week AND did a 2-mile walk yesterday) or if this is my body trying to settle in a new weight range for a little bit.  No loss is better than a gain but it isn’t any less frustrating.  I know I need to be patient, but it’s getting harder to be patient the closer I get to both my doctor’s goal and my own goal.  And I’m not that far from either of those things.

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Eat All The Things!

I really hate feeling like that.

But I totally feel like Eating All The Things!


Yes, having VSG diminishes your hunger.  But trust me when I tell you, it can and will likely come back.  I am not one of the lucky ones who experiences absolutely no hunger whatsoever.  That would be my husband. Continue reading

Trudging and Fighting On

I think I shook the funk I was in yesterday.  Yesterday was a hard day.  Without a doubt, it’s been the toughest one so far during these past 6 months.  I have a feeling it won’t be the last one.

I think I haven’t been adequately prepared for the bumps in the road. I haven’t been appropriately counseled about how to handle these setbacks when they happen.  And maybe it’s because I haven’t asked for that help.  I need to develop good coping skills that don’t throw me into a tailspin, because the ones I have suck.

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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.


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.
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Daily Bites and Raging Against the Hormones

Today was a pretty good day, protein-wise. Here’s what I ate:


Today’s food choices, from upper right: part of a jambalaya bowl from Genghis Grill (chicken breast, shrimp, onions, bell peppers, minced garlic in a roasted tomato sauce); homemade maple chipotle pork sausage patties with a 2% milk Kraft Singles slice; the most perfect roast beef slices with a Tillamook cheese snack; Isopure Zero Carb; multivitamin and calcium supplements x2.

Seriously, that roast beef could not have been cooked more perfectly.  It was nice and pink in the center, and when I saw it in the case at the store, I knew I had to have it and that it would be dinner tonight.   So instead of my jambalaya bowl leftovers, I had a little shy of 3 ounces of the most perfectly cooked rare roast beef and a piece of cheese for dinner.  SO GOOD.  I don’t eat red meat very often, but when I do, I make sure it is quality stuff!

Good thing that happened today:  I think I figured out the optimum time to grocery shop.  If I go to Central Market around 7 pm on a Saturday night, I avoid the sampling that tends to take place on Sunday afternoons.  This may be my new default grocery shopping time because it helps me avoid mindless eating that goes on when I stop and get samples.  And it gives me one less thing to do on Sunday afternoons so I can enjoy my last weekend day before the week starts up all over again.

Shifting gears entirely…I don’t feel good about this week.

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If it’s not nailed down…WTF?

Here’s what I ate today.


Today’s food choices, from upper right: multivitamin and calcium supplements x2; Swedish meatballs with sauce and cheddar cheese cubes; Sargento reduced fat cheddar cheese stick; Le Cochon d’Or honey ham slices; Trader Joe’s turkey jerky; barbecued boneless skinless chicken thigh with green beans and bacon; scrambled egg with diced ham and cheese; green beans with bacon.

I am starting to wonder if perhaps I am a mutant.

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