Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Gettin My Exercise On!

I can now say that I'm getting back into the swing of things.  Last night, my fellow bandster buddy and I went walking and we did the Brooklyn Bridge.  From end to end the bridge is 1.5 miles, so in total we walked 3 miles last night.  

Monday, June 27, 2011

My Scale is Stuck!! (2 Weeks Post-Op)

Tomorrow it will be 2 weeks since my surgery.  I have been on pureed food since the surgery, which for me has mostly been soup, yogurt, protein shakes, and smoothies.  It's been challenging to get in enough calories and proteins each day.  

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Creeping Back Towards Normal

Well I'm 9 days out from surgery and I'm starting to feel a bit more like myself.  I'm 5 days away from the stage in my diet where I can progress to soft foods.  I cannot tell you how excited I am for this.  It's not that I want to eat a bunch of bad foods or anything like that.  It is more so that I want something that isn't liquefied in my system.  My digestion is a bit screwy the last week, and I could appreciate some normalcy.  Pardon the bluntness, but I've never really been one to hold back.  

I am down just under 23 lbs as of this morning.  I am excited to watch the numbers go down, and watch my clothes becoming a little more loose.  I've been reading some other people's blogs today.  The difference between reading the blogs pre-surgery and post-surgery is that now, other than jitters and emotions, I have something to connect with.  I am finding comfort in other peoples accounts of the woes and victories, the same or similar woes and victories that I'm facing.  I'm also finding it comforting to see how people felt at the exact same point of progression in this process as I am right now.  Right now, Amy's blog is a big source of comfort for me.  I look at her pictures and see a lot of myself in them.  I also identify with her humor, she's pretty straight forward to say the least, which is also a lot like me.  

This has been a challenging week, as I'm getting back to my routine.  In doing that, I have to make accommodations for the fact that I'm not on solids yet.  I'm also not drinking, which is a big part of my social circle and has been a big change.  I think once I can get some real food in me, I might feel a little more like a normal person again, but until then, it's me, my rumbly tummy, and my liquids...

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Surgery Day Breakdown!

Well gang, I'm back to work!  I'm feeling pretty well and back in front of a computer.  I have done small updates from my phone, but honestly didn't feel like looking at a computer for the last week, so I didn't!  I'm back in action though and thought I would give an account of my experience.  So are we ready??  Ok.  Lets go.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

4 Days Post-op

I'm 4 days out from surgery and starting to feel a bit more like myself again. Recovery has been pretty smooth for the most part.

Thursday, June 16, 2011


It is 3:12am and I'm awake. I don't feel so swell. Have the urge to burp but nothing is coming out. Kind of sore. I guess I could take some more pain meds. :-(
I don't feel well.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Finally in from the hospital. I'm banded. Sore. But banded.

Today is the Day!

I'm in the guest room just laying here in bed at my brother's house. I plan on spending a bit of my recovery time out here. I can hear the hustle and bustle of the house as my niece and sister in law get ready for work. I'm not quite ready to get out of bed so I'm just here. Laying. Relaxing. It's hard to imagine that in 8 short hours, I will actually be banded. All that time and anticipation will come to a pinnacle and I will be over that initial peak of the rollercoaster ride of my weight loss journey. Sure there will be other hills, but none are like the first. All of the anticipation and excitement have been building to get to this day. I can just hear the tink... tink... tink... as this coaster creeps to the edge of of that peak. One last little "clink" before the coaster release....

Wish me luck!! Hands are up!!

Monday, June 13, 2011

24 Hours

Let the countdown begin.  I am nervous, excited, nauseated, emotional and tired.  Tomorrow is the big day.

Friday, June 10, 2011

4 days...

Ok, today I have nerves.  I'm anxious.  Anxious nerves.  My stomach hurts.  I am antsy.  That is all... Carry on.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

I'm Grouch and Some Great Banded Bloggers

Ok, so it's official.  Today I am absolutely not in the mood for protein shakes.  I do like like them in a jar, I do not like them near or far.  I do not like them in a can, I do not like them Sam I am.  

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

7 more sleeps to go...

Today I went for my medical clearance exam.  I saw my physician, then was sent for an EKG, Bloods and Urinalysis.  It's a little weird to think that a week from today at this time, instead of sitting in my chair here at work, I will be finished with my surgery and in the recovery room.  (I just got chills).

Monday, June 6, 2011

Go friggin figure!

Decided to go with sushi for my meal today. Picked up my fortune cookie (almost ate it simply out of habit) and this is what it said:

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12 down and a bunch to go...

12 is my favorite number.  I was so happy to see that I'm down 12 from my top weight.  I am at the end of my first week of this pre-op diet.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Pre-Op Liquid Diet

I am on my fourth day of my pre-op diet so I have tried a number of shakes.  I have tried pre-mixed and powder and I am starting to have my faves and not so favorites. 

Thursday, June 2, 2011

I like you when you give me cookies!!

Yeah. I'm having a bit of a cookie meltdown. I waited too long to eat dinner today. I just finished day 3 and I want cookies.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

So Hungry...

I survived day one of my liquid diet.  By the time dinner time rolled around, I wanted to eat my own arm.