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Flabby Arms, Buttock And Chest Pain

Well, here I am seven weeks post op and down 32 pounds. This has been a great journey for me until yesterday. My daily routine is working out at least one hour five days a week and taking the weekend off; well after yesterday I might be off a little longer. These thighs of mine are burning like fiyah and I think it is just my muscles but I will just wait. One thing I noticed on yesterday is that my arms and under my buttocks that flab is hanging and I HATE IT! For six weeks of not lifting weights is truly showing now. So I have to find me a personal trainer quick. Secondly on last night after I had, it felt like I couldn't breath and my band was moving. I have been doing alot of jumping and running and hoping nothing is out of place. There is like this sharp pinching in my throat and maybe I am just overing doing it. So as you can see right now i am so worried until I don't know what to do. Any help would be great.

Ready2BFit

Ready2BFit

 

Gain Weight

Well here I am approaching week 6 on Monday and have gained one pound. This is about to freak me out. i started back on soild food ffor the first time on Sunday and here it is Thursday and I am up 1.2 pounds. Is this normai? My first fill isn't until the 15th and I just want to do good. I'm going in the corner to cry

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Ready2BFit

 

Such A Failure

Well I had my surgery on April 2 and haven't been able to eat anything but cream of chicken soup after i was able to get in 100 grams of protein a day. I am down a total of 16 pounds since surgery which I think is remarkable for me. However, since my post op appointment two weeks ago, I have only dropped 3 pounds. There was no fluid put in my band during the surgery so i just have a band and waiting for my first fill on May 15th. Here comes the bad news, on tonight, because I was sooo hungry, I ate two chicken strips and four fries from Wing Stop and feel like I did something wrong. But the good part is that I am full and will wait the 30 minutes to drink. I know I am suppose to eat healthy and I can't believe I did this to myself. I don't want to hurt my stomach, but I was so hungry.   How did you all deal with the hunger during this time because another week of this and I am going to go crazy!!!!   Seems like I will never do right and just want to cry.

Ready2BFit

Ready2BFit

 

Three Weeks Post Op

Hello everyone. Just wanted to give a brief update. As of today, I am down a total of 28 pounds since I started but only 15 since my surgery three weeks ago. Unfortunately, I only on full liquid meals until my first fill on May 15th. Right now I am consuming 64 grams of protein a day which might be much but my bariactric coordinator want me to get in at least 60 grams once i get my fill. Of that 16 grams is milk (fat free) and 48 grams is whey protein and I consume about 500 calories a day and walk for 45 minutes a day when I feel like it. My sterile strip glue is just now pilling off and there are no scars...yeah!.   But I just wanted to stop in and see hello and let you all know that i am doing well! Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

Ready2BFit

Ready2BFit

 

Day 10 Post Op

Well it has been a while so I thought I would give you an update. Since my surgery, things have been good in that I am not going to say great. It has been a huge challenge to get the 64 ounces of water in but I have been able to get the 50 to 60 grams of protein in each day. With waking up at 7am, I don't start eating or drinking until 9am which I finds works well for me so this is something that I am going to stick with. On a daily, I try to walk at least 30 to 45 minutes so that I get some cardio in however, there is no weight lifting for another 4 weeks which is driving my crazy but I will obey doctor's order. But please let me say that the pain in my upper back has driven me crazy the last three days but with a good heating pad, things are great. And oh brother constipation is killing me now, but hopefully the Miralx will provide relieve.   So right now everything is just normal right now but I can't go back to work Monday like I anticipated. My surgeon would like to see me first to make sure everything is okay before he releases me. Therefore, it looks like I will be home until next Wednesday. Trust me I am not upset because that let's me know that he is truly concern about me.   This has truly been a great experience for me and trust me I wouldn't change a thing.

Ready2BFit

Ready2BFit

 

One Week Out

Well here it is one week from the day my life will change forever and a new healthy approach. This has indeed been a journey and learning about what is ahead makes it so much better. I am so grateful to God for allowing me to have a new life and just enjoy fullness. Thank you for everyone who is reading this for you have been a motivational tool like no other.

Ready2BFit

Ready2BFit

 

Day 4 Preop Diet....something Isn't Right?

For the last four days I have been really trying to focus on what I am consuming to ensure my liver has shrunk. This is hard because I feel like the only thing I eat are vegetables and fruit with creme of wheat and oatmeal. What confuses me is yes I have dropped 6 pounds since Monday but will my liver really be small enough? I can still eat cabbage and greens but I don't know if they are good for me. What I am really considering is after my preop appointment on next Wednesday to just start on the clear liquids for Thursday through Sunday. This would give me at least four good days to try to get my liver smaller. Another bad thing that I am noticing since I have sick with sinus and allergies is that I'm not getting that 64 plus ounces of water a day. As you can see I am in a panic mood right now. Please help me PLEASE!!!

Ready2BFit

Ready2BFit

 

Preop Diet And The Journey Begins!

Today, March 19, 2012 is the start of a new life not just for me but my family as well. Today marks the beginning of a life for health, fitness and well being. When I started this journey on February 17th, I never thought that I would be here based on all the things I have heard and seen. Hearing my husband stating he would have to wait six months and reading his information, who would have thought that a month later I am starting my PreOp Diet. However, when I think back over my life, in 2002 I started Hydroxcut and lost 60 pounds and gained it all back with the birth of my son in 2003. In 2009 for one solid year, I took Adipex and lost 30 pounds and gained it all back. In 2011, I was a contestant in the Genghis Grill Health Kwest and lost 13 pounds and gained. So for almost 10 years, I have been trying to get this weight off and nothing work. I have decided to put my fears aside with this being a major surgery and starting to concentrate on what God has prepared for me ahead. This will be a huge milestone, but I am so happy I have the support from my husband and mom which means the world to me. To the wonderful support system on LapBand Talk, you are the absolute best anyone can ask for. Yes, the next two weeks will be hard but I will make it even with me being sick right now. What I realize this morning is that it will be better for me to prepare everything for me to eat during the day to avoid eating the junk foods at work. But I am going to enjoy my soup and salad tonight like no other!  

Ready2BFit

Ready2BFit

 

Freaking Out About Surgery

What is really going on with me? I have taken the liberity to read and view as much information as possible about the surgery. My last surgery was in 2003 for my gall bladder and everything turned out well and I was heavier than I am now. But right now, every scared thought is in my mind from a heart attack, blood clots, stroke and the list goes on. i don't want anything to go wrong during surgery but I have to realize that my surgeon had done this many times on individuals and I don't understand why I am stressing. This is a phase I don't want to think about since I am three weeks before my surgery and want to have an open mind.   On today, I had a long conversation with my mom and she is really supportive and it surprised me but I know she understands it is for my health. Being a mother, I just want everything to be fine and maybe I am just being afraid for nothing.   Anyone else dealt with this type of feeling?

Ready2BFit

Ready2BFit

 

Wow...who Would Have Thought?

Three weeks ago yesterday, I started this journey visiting my surgeon to talk about getting LapBand based on years of being obese and doing the yo-yo diets. In my mind, I never wanted to have anyone do a surgical procedure to help me lose weight because I thought I could do it on my now. But with a supportive husband, here I am now three weeks before my surgery date and reading all these documents and mandates from my surgeon. At times it feels overwhelming but I know I can do it. Instead of doing a two week preop diet, I have decided that I will do two and a half just to make sure everything is okay. I would be lying if I said I not nerves when I know my heart is jumping fast.   24 days and counting!!!

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Ready2BFit

 

Feeling Overwhelmed

Just two weeks ago, I was excited about getting the approval and now that I have it, the feeling of being overwhelmed is setting in. My Pre-Test is in the morning at 8am and I haven't gotten all the information. I don't want to seem a pest to my bariatric coordinator, but I haven't received any information and she stated she mailed the document. I'm trying to be calm but i feel overwhelmed.

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Ready2BFit

 

When Will It Happen???

Another day in which I am just thankful to be alive. Even with the thought of knowing I was approved and haven't heard from my surgeon had me depressed; however my husband said it best by saying you are waiting now but the end result is sweet. It will be a sweet day when i can start the life i always wanted. i will not allow this weight or waiting on surgery to change my life. On today, I will start eating healthy in preparation for the lifetime committment that will be before me.   Right now I am thinking about a bucket list once i get healthy and skinny. Any suggestions?

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Ready2BFit

 

Insurance Approval

As I type this there are tears in my eyes. I took it upon myself to call my insurance company and found out I was approved and all I can say is "Thank You Lord". Look at the authorization from my insurance, I can't have the surgery until March 22, 2012 and there is a six month window for the procedure. My nerves are running wild right now because now I am afraid but I know the Lord will give me the strength to do this. What a day to remember!!!

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Ready2BFit

 

Another Day

On yesterday, I called my insurance company (Tricare) to ask a few questions regarding the requirements of the surgery. Of course, I knew the answers for a portion but wasn't sure about the hospitalization. During the conversation, the representative informed me that my surgeon actually submitted the paperwork that morning and it was in pending status. What i felt yesterday was a little relieve since I have been in the 200's the majority of my adult life. Being a wife and mother, i just want the healthy lifestyle of bein beneficial to myself and my family. With a family history of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attacks and high cholesterol, it is time for me to be concerned about my health. My father passed at 44 from a massive heart attack along wiith diabetes and kidney failure. It hurts my heart each day because I don't want to leave my family so young like my father who I loved dearly. So this entire journey and process has so many values to me and i am just going to be patient and learn it is a lifetime committment to be a better me.

Ready2BFit

Ready2BFit

 

Long Weekend

This was a very interesting weekend to say the less. After thinking about what I am getting into pending approval from my insurance I just cried. Here I am 35 years old and about to start a new chapter in my life. It is things that we took for granted in the beginning that is now about to affect and improve my life and family. After taking my family on a Sunday brunch, I came home turned on my Jill Scott and cooked healthy and danced while doing it. I am at the point where I won't allow my weight or my looks to affect my life anymore. It is time to life each day like it won't come again.

Ready2BFit

Ready2BFit

 

First Appointment With Surgeron

On this morning, I had my first appointment with Dr. A. Cribbins. The staff was exceptional and made me feel real comfortable. Upon seeing Dr. Cribbins, I was informed I weighted 260 pounds at my height of 5'4" and indeed morbid obese. For a second my heart drop, but I knew my main reason for starting this process. The best news of all was that due to my prior supervised medical weight lost, that I wouldn't have to wait the six months. So I was overly excited from that point. Dr. Cribbins came in and provided a very detailed explanation of everything and even answered my 15 questions which so much detail.   Today really showed me that after years of dropping this weight, that i am finally make a right decision for me and my family.

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Ready2BFit

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