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Pre-Op Diet Week 3 Complete: Progress Report

preopweek3-070713Well, it’s the day before surgery, and I feel like pregnant women must feel before they have babies.  I feel the need to nest and do domestic things, so what am I doing?  Making soup.  Doing laundry.  You know, domestic things. Continue reading

Jumping through hoops…nearly done.

Surgery Day is closing in, and there is so much left to do.  Documents to get in order, last meals to eat, and hoops to jump through.

So much to be done...

So much to be done…

One of the things that you are not told prior to embarking on the surgical journey is that there are an awful lot of hoops you must jump through to make the procedure happen.  At least there are with my doctor, but I realize there is a reason for all of the hoops–he is trying to keep me as safe as possible so that complications are avoided both during and after the procedure.  He’s also trying to make sure I have all the tools in my toolbox that I need to be successful with the sleeve he is going to craft for me in a few short weeks.

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Planning for Success: Eating Pre- and Post-Op

Laying out a plan of attack for eating before and after surgery.

Laying out a plan of attack for eating before and after surgery.

If you know me, then you know that I am a planner.  Always have been, always will be.  When the thing I have to tackle is a major life event, planning is critical to the success of the event.  I look at my upcoming surgery as something that needed to be planned from the get-go.  From the initial surgical consult down to my pre-op testing (starts this week, yay!), everything about this has been carefully planned and orchestrated.  The eating I’ll be doing for the rest of my life is not excluded from this planning.

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When 70 percent is not good enough

Last week I met with my surgeon to ask a long list of questions I had for him and to schedule a date for my surgery.  The first question I had for him was

“How much weight can I expect to lose?”

He said, “Well, with the sleeve you can expect to lose 70% of your excess body weight.”

After that, he explained to me that at my height, my ideal weight would be 150, he then figured out what my excess weight was and then we both did some quick mental math.  The number we both arrived at was pretty sizable–175.

I looked at him and said, “That’s not good enough for me.”

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The little things

I believe that the little things add up to big success.  I know this has been true in my professional life, so I’m betting the same will be true as I begin preparing for surgery next month.  Here are some little things I have done to ensure that I’ll be successful once my surgeon’s done his part–the easy part.

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Getting Ready

“Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation.”
–Robert Schuller

Think about it. The preseason of any sport is never as exciting as the season itself. When a favorite television show is shooting a new season, no one gets as excited for that as they do when the new episodes finally air.  I mean, I was chomping at the bit for the season premiere of Mad Men last night (finally!) and I was not disappointed!  But all the prep that went into a spectacular 2 hour program?  I never saw any real news about it, never heard anything of note regarding it, and didn’t hear anything of it until a couple of days ago.

I am discovering that my preparation for surgery is about like that. So far I have felt like I have jumped through multiple hoops to get to the place I am now–the insurance company has a way of making you feel that way, for sure.  Now that it is going on the second week of April, and I am anticipating a surgery date during the second week of June, I am beginning to think about all the prep that I’ve done so far, and the prep I have yet to do.

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all great changes are preceded by chaos, or how I decided to quit fighting and go under the knife.

The last post I made to this blog was in June of 2012.  This was the last time that I really invested time into taking care of myself.

Since then, I’ve backslid in the biggest of ways–not really paying attention to what I ate, how much I ate, or how much I moved.  As a result I’ve gained back over half the weight I lost when I set out upon the latest of weight loss journeys that my adult life has been consumed with.

In January, I had a 6-month checkup with my primary care physician.  Because I am diabetic, I must go in every 6 months and have my a1c, cholesterol, triglycerides and other things checked.  I knew before I went in to do the lab work that the results would be dismal; I was just waiting for her to say them to my face.

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