This picture is a few weeks old from when I was 8 weeks post op.
Sorry I’ve been a total slacker updating about my progress since my gastric sleeve surgery. (Check out my other posts about my gastric sleeve surgery.) My surgery was April 25, 2016. I am now almost 10 weeks post op. This was supposed to be my 2 month/8 week update so it’s a little late. My girls are home with me all summer and keeping them busy and active has taken priority over posting so please forgive me.
I am down 27 pounds since the surgery and a total of 37 pounds overall since I started the preop diet. It is slow weight loss compared to many who get the sleeve BUT I’m 42 years old, I’ve probably killed my metabolism with so many diets over the years, and I have PCOS so that makes losing weight even harder. That being said, at least I am losing even if it is slow. I am more than half way to my goal of 150. Just 35 more pounds to go. Ultimately I’d like to be closer to 135 but 150 is my goal for now. I will admit that I have been busy with my girls being home and I haven’t exercised like I should be. (I wasn’t losing any faster when I was exercising the first month though.) I am exhausted all the time from my fibromyalgia and so I’m having a hard time getting motivated. Have any tips on getting motivated to go to the gym or exercise? Please share them. One day I’d love to actually love working out. Right now, not so much sadly. I’m just being honest. But even when I’m not losing pounds, I can tell I am losing inches. I am really beginning to see the difference from the before and after pictures.
TIP- Someone told me this tip and it’s a good one. Take pictures of yourself every month in the same door frame. It’s easier to see weight loss when you’re within the same “frame”. It helps keep perspective.
The best news is that I went to my endocrinologist and………..MY A1C IS NORMAL WITHOUT MEDS!!!! My diabetes is in remission!!! If nothing else I am totally thankful for this surgery for that news!!!
There is a little bad news to report though. I’ve mentioned before that everything I eat gets stuck by the 3rd bite no matter how tiny my bite is and how much I chew. I went for an Upper GI test a few weeks ago and it was determined that I have reflux and a hiatal hernia that I didn’t have before surgery. It might have happened from the few times I vomited after surgery or when I got hiccups a few times. I have tried everything else my doctor suggested- chewing slow, chewing smaller bites, going back to liquids for a few days, etc. and nothing has helped SOOOOO I’m having the hernia repaired in a few weeks. I’m not happy to have surgery again but I want relief and I can’t live like this with food getting stuck at every meal. It is uncomfortable and no way to live forever. I’ll update on the surgery when I finally get a date but the surgeon said it is laparoscopic and only requires one night in the hospital. I’m hoping the pain is minimal like the sleeve surgery was for me.
The middle image below is a good depiction of what is happening with my sleeve. Just picture the right side of the stomach gone like my stomach is. The top part of my new stomach is sliding up above my diaphragm because of the hernia. When I eat anything it sits above my diaphragm and gets stuck because the stomach isn’t where it should be. My stomach should be all below my diaphragm instead of part of it up above my diaphragm where my esophagus should be. It makes total sense why food is getting stuck. I just hope the surgery fixes it and I can begin my “new normal” life.
Photo Credit- Proactive Therapy MB
Here are some foods that I’ve been having lately. I met with a nutritionist and she said to stick with proteins for now. When I lose another 10 pounds she said I can add one starch and one fruit per day on the days I exercise. I am still trying to drink at least 64 oz of liquids per day (mostly water). I stay away from caffeine since it is a diuretic. The doctor said for every cup of caffeine I have I need to drink 2 cups to counteract the effects. It’s hard enough to get 64 ounces in to begin with so I just avoid caffeine. I only have protein drinks on days when I am really low on protein for the day so only a day or two a week.
I start every day with Fairlife Milk. It is high in protein and low in carbs. I take my meds (Ursodiol and Omeprazole) with the milk as well as my vitamins (multi, B Complex, iron, D, B12 (every other day since it was high when I was tested a few weeks ago), and Hair, Skin, and Nails Vitamins. I haven’t started losing my hair yet but they say it usually starts at 3 months so it’s probably going to happen soon. With the biotin in the Hair, Skin, and Nails Vitamins and the PURA D’OR organic shampoo and PURA D’OR organic conditioner I use to prevent hair loss, I’m hoping my hairloss is minimal. Two hours after I take my iron I take 2 calcium chewables.
Some of my other go to products:
Easy frozen chicken breasts that are individually portioned. Just throw it in the oven frozen and viola!
Again easy single serving frozen chicken burgers.
Great for a sweet fix. I only have one or two pieces in a package and give the rest to my kids. I don’t get the banana version because it has too much sugar/carbs for me.
Fat Free Ultra-Filtered Fairlife Milk is high in protein and low in carbs. It tastes great. I take my pills with 8 oz every morning to jumpstart my protein intake for the day.
Don’t let the picture confuse you. I’m only eating one egg for breakfast at this point but at least one of my girls requests one when I’m making mine. This Microwave Egg Cooker Stoneware from Pampered Chef makes fried, scrambled, and poached eggs so easily. I love it and because it’s stoneware, clean up is a breeze. I also keep hard boiled eggs on hand for protein snack.
My favorite “fast food” is Chick-fil-a grilled chicken nuggets. They are the perfect size for me. I usually get the 8 piece and have left overs. YUM!
I recently found these Protein Chips at Walmart. They are high protein chips that are low in carbs and give me a much needed crunch. They do have an aftertaste and aren’t yummy like regular chips but they do help with cravings so I keep them on hand for those times when I really want chips.
Easy on the go protein lunch or snack. I also always have low sodium Boar’s Head deli in the house to my my own deli rollups but these are easy to take and go. Just watch the sodium. It adds up.
Cheese “Crackers” made from Sargento Ultra Thin Cheese Slices. Cut each slice into 4s, place on parchment paper, and cook in the oven for 35 minutes at 250 degrees. They are soooo good!
My favorite snack- sugar free jello. I like these brands because they are more “solid” than the Jello brand and I like my jello to be more like jigglers than too soft. Bonus, I count the jello as part of my water count for the day since it’s made with water. 😉
I saved my favorite for last. These Tyson Lightly Breaded Chicken Breast Strips are the bomb! They are low in carbs (7 carbs in a 3 oz serving) so I can have them for lunch or dinner and get 16 grams of protein. They taste homemade. My husband thought I had breaded my own chicken the first time I made them. They are great to dip in G Hughes Sugar Free BBQ Sauce (I should have taken a picture of that, too. It tastes like regular BBQ sauce and is SOOOOO good!) and also great to make into chicken parm. YUM! Make sure to get the ones pictured. They are precooked. They also sell them raw. The precooked ones are easier because you can microwave them.
Read more about my Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Surgery Journey.