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This journal will be my spot to chronicle this crazy journey
I have ventured on to. From time to time I'm sure I will
vent on other topics, for the most part this will be on
the subject of Gastric Bypass. So come on in,
Jump in to my nightmare.
The water is warm.






Sunday, October 16, 2005

Before & After 17 wks Post OP

Here is a sample of the new before and after photos I just uploaded, 17 weeks Post OP. To view my other Before & After photos click on the "Photo" link above then click to enlarge.




Tuesday, October 11, 2005

The Gap Of All Gaps

Greetings from One-derland! (The magical land that hover just below 200lbs.)

I would apologize for my absence, but I have been enjoying my new more active life. And I refuse to apologize for that.But I will briefly catch you up on how I feel and my progress.First off, I have had two scheduled doctors’ visits since last time we visited. Both were good and had no issues. I have lost a total of 60 lbs. as of two weeks ago. I have seemed to have fallen into a pattern of weight loss. I lose about 2-4 pounds per week, for two weeks then nothing for a week before my cycle. But right after my period I drop 7-10 pounds that week. I guess I retain allot of water just before my period.

My body has not had time to adjust to the lack of (insulation). I am often cold. And I tolerate the heat so much better now. I recently went to Florida. I was lucky enough to spend three days at Disney World. Each day was about 8-9 hours of walking in the heat. I think I did very well. I would love to go back again. The Magic Kingdom is the happiest place on earth. Particularly when I could keep up with my daughter and fit on all the rides.Emotionally I am adjusting pretty well to the physical changes. I don’t feel like I have changed very much. Don’t get me wrong, I know I have lost 4 dress sizes, but I tend to forget all that. So I am still stunned when I see my reflection. Only now, I am stunned to see the reflection matches my self-image. I will put up some new photos tonight, so you can see for yourself. I'm not finished losing weight; I still have about 45-55 lbs. left to go. Hope to reach my goal weight by New Year's Eve. I want to wear a tiny perfect ”little black dress".

So I have been working, vacationing, tanning, getting new living room furniture and redecorating. The holiday season is just around the corner and I see no end to plans or a lack of energy to keep up with everyone. This surgery was the BEST thing I have ever done for myself.

I will go for now. Thank you for your concern and support. I will write again soon, with more details of how life is with the pouch.

Ciao Bella



Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Before & After

The first set of after pictures (post op 7 weeks) where taken lastnight, you can check them out by clicking the photo link above.



Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Tuesdays with Pouchy


So last week I had a bit of trouble. I had become very dehydrated. I really had no idea that a person could feel so rotten just from lack of fluids. But it's true. I was seeing stars. The room spun outta control everytime I stood up. I even got exhausted from simply shampooing my hair. But after four days of this I got a bottle of GatorAid. It took me all night but I drank the whole thing. And the next morning I felt 100x better.

The bad news is that in that 4-5 days of feeling so weak, I did NO exercise at all. And after I began to feel my strength come back, I never went back to the workouts. I feel so guilty about it. Like I let myself down. It's a lazy trap, and I fell for it. Well, I paid the price for it. I had prepared myself for a smaller weight loss this week, because of the lack of working out. So when I went in to weigh at the doctor's office, imagine how horrible I felt when I saw that I had not lost a single pound. I was ready for a smaller loss than the previous week, but I was not ready for NO LOSS.

I cant believe that six days of no activity made my losing stall. But a lot of people will stall every 30-40 pounds. Its the bodies way of adjusting to the rapid weight loss. So maybe my body is just taking a little breather. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Victor was so kind last week. When I was starting to feel better and drinking more fluids. He made a wonderful meal for me when I got off work. Steak, asparagus and roasted potatoes. It all tasted so good. But The Pouchy was not ready for steak. I ate very small bites and chewed it to death, but I could tell after just four bites, "Somethings not right, here" So I pushed the plate away. I went to the other room hoping to distract myself, but it didn't work. About three minutes later I knew it was coming back up. Now, not to be too graphic here. But vomiting after surgery is a whole different thing all together. The pouch produces no bile, so digestion takes place in the the pouch. So basically what goes down, is just what comes up. No gagging or heaving on that nasty tasting bile and acid. The food literally just slid right up and out. And that was the end of it. I instantly felt normal again. I was not hungry again, but I sure felt better.

I came out of the restroom and told Victor, "Don't take it personally." It really did taste great. I just was not ready for such dense food, yet.

I have been working a lot this week. That's getting better everyday. So I will just try to keep my nose to the workout grind and hopefully we will see that scale start to move again. I am also going to keep better track of the calories I take in. I eat so little, that it's been hard to calculate them. But I have a new plan for that, we will see how it works. Wish me luck, I could use it. I feel pretty blue about this stall. By the way all of my incisions have healed up, quite nicely. See ya next week.

Ciao Bella







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