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Day 7 Of My 21 Day Challenge

Today had some super yummy foods and a snack that I have since had taken out of my challenge plan. We weren't up for another free meal and had a dinner date with some friends, so we loaded up our little meals in a cooler and headed over. I find it funny that as picky as I am I'm still going strong on this challenge and my husband isn't. He was the one that wanted to do this challenge and he is struggling big time. I had to talk him out of stopping at Wendy's on the way home for a frosty. I find it so funny.   Breakfast - Cran Apple Oats :wub: Still yummy. It's almost like a comfort food for me.   Snack 1 - Hummus Bowl I still don't like this and have had it removed from my meal plan.   Lunch - Char-grilled Crazy Chicken This was just ok. It kind of had a strange aftertaste and I'm not sure how much I actually like it. It had 120 cal, 3g fat, 13.5 carbs, and 10.5g protein for half of a small.   Snack 2 - Dark Chocolate Peanut Bar :wub: This is another flavor of the oatmega bars and it was just as yummy as all the others. It had 190 cal, 6g fat, 23 carbs, and 14g protein.   Dinner - Fit Nation Nuggets :wub: I wasn't sure what to expect. They give you some mustard dip stuff and I didn't know how that would go but it was awesome. The mustard gave a tang to the sweetness of the breading around the chicken, almost like you dipped it in honey mustard. Definitely a meal I'd eat again. Half a small has 125 cal, 4.5g fat, 10.5 carbs, and 9.5g protein.   I had a protein shake after dinner because I was starting to get a headache which is sometimes normal when I haven't had enough protein. I did struggle with getting in all my water which is why I lost so little I'm sure.   Daily Totals:   Calories - 925 Fat - 27.5 Carbs - 87.5 Protein - 76.5 Water - 60 oz Weight Lost to date - 11.6 lbs

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Day 6 Of My 21 Day Challenge

Day 6 had some good food and some not so good food. This is becoming easier and easier for me.   Breakfast - HTown :wub: This was supper yummy! I'm loving every breakfast so far. The only compliant I kinda have is the cinnamon they put on everything was on the potatoes, but it was light. This breakfast had 145cal, 6g fat, 8 carbs, and 11.5 g protein for half of a small.   Snack 1 - Edamame :wub: Still love this!   Lunch - Turkey Loaf So thankful that I do not have to eat this again for the rest of the challenge!   Snack 2 - Trail Mix :wub: Another yummy snack.   Dinner - Ninja Tenders :wub: Just as yummy the second time around.   I didn't drink a protein shake on this day because I didn't stay up too late.   Daily Totals:   Calories - 920 Fat - 45 Carbs - 65.5 Protein - 62 Water - 80 Weight Lost - 11.8 lbs

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Day 5 Of The 21 Day Challenge

Another semi ok day. I did not like a couple of things I had to eat and I am not looking forward to eating the other half of them again. I lost track of my weight and what I lost on what days, so I am just going to start with giving the total weight I am down from here on out. As I'm typing this I'm 15 min from a snack and my mouth is watering lol (it's a good one today).   Breakfast - Cran Apple Oats :wub: This was super yummy and a nice change from eating eggs. Adding walnuts to oatmeal is one of my favorite things to do. I usually add in cranberries, but never with apple. I thought they all worked well together. I am looking forward to eating this again. It has 190 cal, 6g fat, 31.5 carbs, and 6.5g protein. I know the carbs seem high, but I don't eat oatmeal often so I'm not worried.   Snack 1 - Fit Cookie :wub: Another cookie. I still love these!   Lunch - Turkey Meatloaf Yuck and double Yuck. This was not good. The turkey was powerfully flavored, but not in a good way and the mashed sweet potatoes had too much cinnamon in them. I do not want to eat this again that's for sure, but I have to tomorrow. It has 125 cal, 4g fat, 15.5 carbs, and 7.5g protein.   Snack 2 - Healthy Hummus Bowl Well I've never really tried hummus before and I now know that I do not like it. All in all it wasn't bad, I had veggies to eat on, but they should make it peanut butter instead of hummus. It has 180 cal, 7g fat, 6 carbs, and 12g protein.   Dinner - Ninja Tenderloin :wub: So yummy. The steak was tender and well seasoned and melt in your mouth good. I really liked this one. It had 190 cal, 7g fat, 5 carbs, and 26g protein.   I did add in a protein shake because we were up really late. Please remember that I eat half of a small meal for my main meals and a regular snack (they are usually pretty small and I can't split them).   Daily Totals:   Calories - 955 Fat - 31 Carbs - 79 Protein - 86g Water - 80oz Weight Lost to Date - 9.4 lbs

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Day 4 Of My 21 Day Challenge

Day 4 wasn't a bad day. I got to try a couple of new snacks, but the meals I've had before. I don't find myself craving anything and my nails are actually growing faster. I guess I'm getting more out of my food than what daily vitamin doses provide. I don't have much to say about day 4, but will have tons to say about day 5. I didn't feel crummy after having a meal out either, but I didn't lose as much.   Breakfast - Breakfast Tacos. :wub: Still yummy as ever!   Snack 1 - Trailmix. :wub: Loved this, but not sure of the NUT values. I know they are nuts and high in fat and all that but still. For a small it had 210 Cal, 12g Fat, 24 Carbs, 5g Protein.   Lunch - Turkey Pasta I have determined that I do not like this at all. It's just too spiced (not hot, just too many). I will be having it removed from the rest of my challenge.   Snack 2 - Oatmega Mocha Bar :wub: This was so freaking good. I'm glad they only give you one at a time or I'd try and live off of them. Puts all other bars to shame. It has 190 Cal, 6g Fat, 23 Carbs, and 14g Protein.   Dinner - Chicken and Veggies :wub: Still loved this. The pesto is what makes it yummy!   I did have a protein shake after dinner because I realize that I need that extra protein boost no matter what.     Daily totals:   Calories - 975 Fat - 39.5g Carbs - 83 Protein - 75.5g Water - 80 oz Weight - 0.6 lbs

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Day 3 Of My 21 Day Challenge

Day 3 proved to be even easier. Because I split my meals, I only had one new thing I tried today and it was a snack. Food pickup for the next 4 days is tonight and I will have different foods coming in with those meals. And most of them I am looking forward to.   I worry about the calories, fat, and carbs so I asked my NUT and she said that she really likes the way I've been eating. She says that the fat and carbs are all naturally occurring in the foods and is better than if I was eating processed foods with those amounts. She did warn me about my protein intake and encourage me to drink a shake in the evening. Personally I am thinking of changing my lunch to one of the low carb meals just to cut out some of the carbs I am eating.   I'm really enjoying not having to cook or think about what to make for dinner. Almost daily my husband and I would argue over what sounded good to eat and now we don't have those little stupid arguments. I have been doing cardio on a stationary bicycle because my knee is still bugging me. I'm missing the elliptical right now lol.   Day 3 also proved to be awesome because I was down a total of 5.8lbs (I weigh myself in the morning so I count that as being lost in the first 2 days). This is still awesome and hopefully means I am out of my stall! :wub:   Because I have eaten most of the meals before I am going to list them out but not include the nut info. The new meal will have my NUT info with it.   Breakfast - Mix n Mash (still love it!)   Snack 1 - Edamame This snack was very tasty. I've had edamame before and loved it and realized just how much I really do enjoy it. I could take or leave the sauce. It was nice, but not necessary. The edamame comes in only one size and has 250 Calories, 16g Fat, 13 Carbs, and 12g Protein.   Lunch - Lemon Turkey (not really a fan, round 1 I wasn't sure, round 2 I'm pretty sure it's a no)   Snack 2 - Chicken Fruit Bowl (still struggling with this one. I love the fruit but not the chicken)   Dinner - We used our free meal tonight to do a birthday dinner with friends. I am not sure what the NUT value of my meal is because I cannot find it anywhere. It was a mexican food place, but I ate a grilled chicken breast dinner (no, not the whole thing).   I was able to avoid the margaritas and stuck with water for the day.   Day's totals: (does not include dinner) Calories - 650 Fat - 29.5g Carbs - 47.5 Protein - 47.5g Water - 100 oz Weight - down 5.8

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Day 2 Of The 21 Day Challenge

To start off, after day one I was down 2 pounds. I've been on a stall for several months, so for me this 2 pounds was awesome to see! I struggled with a couple more things on day 2, but I am trying new foods, so I expect it. One other thing I noticed was that I was tired in the afternoon, but I didn't get much sleep the night before. I also took some allergy meds that make me sleepy, so all that combined caused me to crash. In this challenge if you feel like you are getting tired they recommend another dose of B12, I opted out of that so I could sleep.   The Liver Cleanse - Changed it up on Day 2 If you read the blog on Day 1, you'll know that the liver cleanse made me sick. So today I changed it up a little bit. I mixed the cranberry juice with the B12 and drank it first thing. I then added the lemon to my first round of water and eliminated the apple cider vinegar. I didn't feel sick at all, so this is the modified cleanse I will use going forward. I've done some reading on the liver cleanse and some say it's crap, so I don't feel too bad about not doing it.   Breakfast - Breakfast Tacos This was very yummy (I'm beginning to think they have breakfast nailed). Once again the egg was a 5 white to 1 yolk ratio and they were perfectly cooked. The corn tortilla was a nice contrast to the tiny bit of spice in the turkey. I ate one taco which is half of a small and I couldn't finish it. This is one of my favorite meals so far. The breakfast taco (half a portion) contained 160 Calories, 5.5g Fat, 12 Carbs, and 14g Protein.   Snack 1 - Fit Cottage I did not like this at all. I don't like cottage cheese, but I hadn't tried it since my sleeve so I gave it a go. No no no. Not for me. If you like cottage cheese you'd probably love this snack. The fruit was good, but some of my blueberries were mushy. I can't say that I'll be eating this snack again. The Fit Cottage contains 200 Calories, 2g Fat, 34 Carbs, and 12g Protein.   Lunch - Turkey Pasta This was pretty good. I'm still not 100% sure how much I like it. It was a little spicy but overall it was a yummy spaghetti type of dish. I took half of a small and couldn't finish the half that I took. I don't have much to say on this one because I just don't know how I feel about it. The half portion has 135 Calories, 6g Fat, 17.5 Carbs, and 8g Protein.   Snack 2 - Fit Cookie :wub: This was really yummy. I didn't know what to think because of the gluten free, no soy, no wheat, and no egg, but it was soft and tasty and kept me satisfied well past when I was supposed to eat dinner. They sell these in boxes, but I don't recommend getting them if you have a sweet tooth they may not last lol. The cookie has 150 Calories, 6g Fat, 18 Carbs, and 10g Protein.   Dinner - Roasted Chicken and Veggies I didn't know what to think of this. It doesn't look impressive and I was skeptical of the pesto sauce. It was actually really really good. The pesto sauce made all the difference. The chicken was well flavored and not dry. I ate most of the half I served myself (again half of a small). The portion of chicken I ate had 160 Calories, 11.5g Fat, 3.5 Carbs, and 10.5g Protein.   So day 2 had mixed emotions for me. I was able to eat everything, but struggled at times. I was able to get in half an hour on the bicycle today. We ended the night by making lemon slushies (crushed ice with a lemon squeezed over it) and those were super tart lol. I had more calorie intake today and way less protein. I am going to look at the things I ate to day and either do a different combo, or ask to have the lower protein items removed from my plan.   Totals for Day 2: Calories - 805 Fat - 28.5 Carbs - 85 Protein - 54.5 Water - 80 oz Weight Lost - 2 lbs

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Day One Over And Done (20 To Go)

Well, day one is over and done with and I survived. All in all I really liked the food, but some things more than others. I'm a person that is picky when it comes to the texture of food not so much the taste. My husband was suffering last night with one of the worst headaches he's ever had (big time caffeine withdraw). I have taken photos of all of my meals and added them to the album 21 day challenge. I will continue to do this on all new meals I eat, but not on the repeats. Since I only eat half a meal, I will use one small for 2 days.   The guidelines to this challenge is to do a liver cleanse in the morning, drink 80 oz of water minimum, eat every 2.5 to 3 hours, and work out 3 hours a week. O and the only types of drinks allowed are water and green tea. All of the meals are kept refrigerated and heated up according to the directions on the container when it is time to eat them.   I was able to get in 80+ ounces of water which increased my intake by 20 oz a day.   I did not work out on the first day because of the inflammation in my knee (common for me, and only take a backseat when the pain is sharp).   The liver cleanse - This is a nasty little drink. It has unsweetened cranberry juice, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and liquid B12. They have to recipes that you can make, one a shooter type of drink and one a 12 oz drink you sip on. The acidity of the cleanse made me sick. You are supposed to drink it before you eat breakfast and within half an hour of waking up. I did that and couldn't eat for a good hour. So it is not something I recommend. I did something a little different on day 2 which I'll explain tomorrow.   Breakfast - Mix N Mash This was a very tasty way to start off my day. It contains chicken, eggs, rice, yellow bell peppers, red bell peppers, and a tiny bit of cheese. The eggs are a 5 white to 1 yolk ratio and are cooked perfectly. The flavors are really nice and not bland like I thought they would be. For half of a small meal it had 120 Calories, 3.5g Fat, 8 Carbs, and 12.5g protein.   Snack 1 - Oatmega Mint Chocolate Bar :wub: Where have these bars been??? So tasty and better than any other bar like this I have found. It didn't have that gritty texture and wasn't chalky. The bar has 190 Calories, 6g Fat, 23 Carbs, and 14g Protein.   Lunch - Lean Lemon Turkey I didn't know what to think of this, ground turkey and rice. At first glance I was like yay cardboard for lunch. I was surprised though. It had great flavor (I didn't squeeze the lemon wedge on it) and was actually a tiny bit spicy. I was able to eat half of a small and be perfectly full. There is more turkey than rice and I actually didn't end up with that much rice. The half of the meal has 110 Calories, 6g fat, 10.5 carbs, and 9g protein.   Snack 2 - Chicken Fruit Bowl This wasn't that great to me. It's a container with chicken, grapes, apple, orange, and grapefruit. The fruit was nice and tasty, but the cold chicken did not appeal to me. I ended up heating up the chicken and that made it better. I think I might not have liked it because it reminded me of how everything tastes in the cafe at work (they use the same spice for anything and everything). All it all it wasn't bad and I wasn't able to finish a small portion (fruit really fills me up). The bowl has 170 Calories, 6g fat, 16 carbs, and 14g protein.   Dinner - Funner Fish Sticks This was one of my favorite meals growing up. I haven't had them in forever because they aren't healthy and I didn't know how to make them healthy. These fish sticks are tilapia coated in almond meal and flaxseed breading and very tasty. They meal also has green beans and cinnamon carrots. The cinnamon carrots were very interesting but tasty. I'd never had carrots with cinnamon on them, but this was the first time I was able to eat cooked carrots and enjoy them. I didn't eat the sauce that came with them because it didn't appeal to me. I ate half of a small (2 sticks) and it contains 140 Calories, 6g Fat, 9.5g Carbs, and 11.5g Protein.   Protein Snack - Because of the limited calorie intake and my worry about eating at 6 pm and not again for 12 hours, I drank half of a protein shake a few hours after dinner. This is something that is allowed on this challenge. The half a protein shake contained 60 Calories, 0.5g Fat, 1.5 carbs, and 12g protein.   All in all I enjoyed the meals on day one and don't think this will be all that bad. I didn't have any cravings during the day and enjoyed the ease of not having to figure out what to eat and the free time from not cooking.   Daily Intake Totals: Calories: 790 Fat: 26 Carbs: 68.5 Protein: 73 Water: 80+ oz

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My Fit Foods 21 Day Challenge

There is this place called My Fit Foods that offers healthy meals with all the convenience of fast food. And I don't mean the Wendy's version of healthy or the McDonald's version of healthy. I'm talking well balanced healthy meals with things like fresh fruit, fish, chicken, and fresh veggies. No additional sugar or preservatives.   My husband heard about this from a friend of his that is a personal trainer and loves the concept of it. He actually goes there when he is in a rush and needs something as fast as a drive through. Anyway, my husband decides that he really wants to do this 21 day challenge thing they have. I am doing it with him because well, I don't want to live off protein shakes for 21 days and cooking for half of one is not something I can easily do.   The challenge gives you 3 meals and 2 snacks a day and can come in small, medium, or large sizes. The menu is pretty much all gluten free and has more variety then I thought there would be. It is all prepared fresh and delivered multiple times a day to each location. We have to drink this liver cleanse thing (more on that later), every morning and eat every 2.5 to 3 hours. My favorite part, we have to drink 80 oz of water. Hmm 80 oz.........yeah, I'll work up to that.     So last Thursday we went and set it all up. Got the info on the program, got our meal plans, and got our supplements (him not me). We picked up our food yesterday (pick up twice a week) and started today. He will be eating a medium size for all of his food and I get half of a small for mine.   The liver cleanse things is cranberry juice, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and b12. I don't know that I'll be doing the full amount every day, acidic stuff makes me sick. So I didn't start off this morning too greatly. I didn't think it tasted too bad, but my husband thought it was disgusting lol.   For the next 21 days I don't have to cook or plan a meal or worry about grocery shopping. (my silver lining lol). I'll post blogs on the food I'm eating and what I think about it and my progress each day.   So far today I dealt with the liver cleanse thing, had an awesome breakfast, and have downed 20 oz of water. I had to stop so I can eat my first snack.

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Surviving A Concert

As I'm getting ready to head out to a concert tonight I was going through my checklist of items to take with me and thought it might be helpful to share the tricks I've learned for surviving a concert. Let's be honest, no matter how far from surgery you are, concert food is not good for you. I have no desire for beer, sticky frozen drinks, nachos, or anything else they can come up with. I'm talking the typical venue, not the nice House of Blues style with an attached restaurant. I'm heading to an outdoor concert and will be there for a good 4 hours. That means I'll need to eat at some point. You can't bring in outside food or drink, which is fine because they say nothing about powder.   I generally take two baggies of protein powder (always have a backup). I carry a purse so it is easy for me to carry them. I will buy water and make my shakes while I'm there. I also take those water flavor packet things so that I can have something a little more refreshing if I get tempted to go get a soda.   If you are lucky enough to go to a venue that will let you bring a cooler, you are golden and can put all kinds of goodies in there. Some venues will also let you bring in food if you have a card from your doctor (I've never seen said card, but I am told they exist and can be used to get smaller meals at restaurants).   It isn't much of a tip, but not something people will typically think about. I learned when I went to my first concert post-op and was miserable. I was still on mushy food at that time.

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20 Months Worth Of Updates...yikes!

Ok so I've posted on the past and the fun stuff, now time for a current update.   I'm 20 months post-op. I've been stalled at my weight for probably 4 to 5 months. Sucks I know, but I have no one to blame but me. Bottom line I got lazy and some bad habits came creeping back in. I haven't gained which makes me so happy, but I haven't lost either .   So what are these bad habits you ask....   Not eating enough protein, eating unhealthy foods, drinking while eating, not drinking enough water, not exercising regularly, and not sleeping enough.   So to be fair to myself I have a crazy schedule. I work full time and go to school full time. I don't have children, but I am the one that cleans and cooks and keeps our house in order. My husband isn't lazy I just have OCD when it comes to cleaning and he can't cook to save his life. Still that is no excuse to eat crappy, skip the protein, and not exercise. I should be able to work all that in. I just let myself be lazy.   So now I am correcting all of that. We I've been increasing my water intake and setting alarms for when I can drink after I eat and working out. That's been for the past couple of weeks. I caught myself the other day sipping while eating and someone shared the applesauce video with me. I haven't done that since lol.   I have this great fear that I will stretch out my stomach, so I constantly test myself with water. I can hold 6 oz of water. My dr says that is perfect and exactly where I should be. So I haven't stretched it. Whew!   I haven't gone up in inches either or clothing size. I've maintained it even through my laziness. The biggest change has been my hair.   Yes, my hair started falling out after surgery and yes, it has all grown back. Only now....it's textured (technical term from my stylist). Meaning somewhere between straight and curly. Just enough that if I brush it with a brush it frizzes. It's annoying to have to figure out how to take care of my hair now that it's different. Lots of trial and error.   Also, I hit that magic 18 month time for when I can start adding to our family. My surgeon gave me a go and my other Dr is happy with my weight and my blood work. So the good old fashioned way of having kids didn't work. That was step one. Now we are on step two, Clomid round one. Hopefully soon I'll have updates of future sleepless nights, but for now I have no such thing. I'm just happy that I can try.   Lesson's I have learned: It's a journey that is long and slow.
 
Take it one step at a time.
 
Don't get discouraged and don't give up.
I didn't become fat overnight and I won't become a size 2 overnight. :wub:

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Little R & R

A little more of things I never posted on. I know I know I should just start fresh and forget it, but these are some of the best times of my life.   On a side note, the first time I was able to fit into a booth at a restaurant.....AMAZING!!!!   First Vacation!: My husband and I were married in 2004 and never took a honeymoon, nor have we ever gone on a vacation together (other than visiting family and in my book that so does not count). So in March of 2011 he took me to one of my dream destinations...HAWAII. For the first time in I can't remember how long I wasn't horrified to get on a plane. I was able to buckle the seat belt and not need that extender thing. I was freaked about flying over water but that's normal.   We stayed on the north shore of Oahu at the Turtle Bay Resort and it was amazing. I went snorkeling, kayaking in the ocean, walked around in shorts and my swimsuit, and didn't feel self conscious. We've already planned to go back for our 10th anniversary and I can't wait.   If you ever find yourself there, you have to visit the Kahuku Grill on the NE side of the island by the sugar mill. The chocolate chip macadamia nut coconut banana bread is amazing. So are the fresh fruit stands.   I want to move there. :wub:   Second trip in a year (setting a record, lol) My husband turned 30 in October 2011 and for his birthday I purchased tickets to see the Steelers (fav team) vs the Ravens in Pittsburgh in November. Sadly it was a short trip and I wish we could have stayed longer. We stayed at the Priory hotel which was in walking distance of the field. We walked all over the place and I actually lost 6 lbs that week. Amazing considering the food I ate lol. I loved being able to not feel stuffed into the stadium seat. We plan to go back and visit for longer and catch another game this season. Even though they are coming to Dallas....I want to go to Pittsburgh. I love the history of the town. This is second on our places to live....   2012 has not had any trips in it. We were supposed to go visit family in Tahoe, but due to my sister-in-law's illness we cancelled that trip. Instead we made a mini road trip to St. Louis and picked up my four nieces. My brother, who hasn't seen me in over two years, didn't recognize me.

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Early Wls Journey Flashback

So for a quick catch up on things from previous forum entries, I have my first post about me, my return home, the drain removal, and a quick update. This is all the stuff I posted about at the time and didn't remember until I read them again. Comments made on those post from today are in purple.   From Sept 16, 2010: Starting to Freak Out   My name is Desiree and I set my surgery date for October 4th yesterday. I've been on a journey of working to lose weight for a couple of years now. It all began a few years ago when I destroyed the cartridge in my knee and had to have surgery that put me on crutches for 6 weeks and I couldn't put any kind of weight on my leg. I decided to seriously work to lose weight then and was at my heaviest which was 342. I recovered from surgery and starting working with a personal trainer and following a strict diet. I lost several inches in 3 months, but not enough to count on the scale. While working with my trainer I once again tore up the same knee, only a different injury. This time it the cartilage on my femur and had a hole 1-2 inches in diameter torn into it. This equaled another surgery and this time 8 weeks on crutches with no weight allowed. I had considered the bypass and band off and on for several years but was always uncomfortable with rerouting nature's plumbing and having something plastic that required upkeep in my body. That all changed after learning about my stupid knee injury. While waiting for my 2nd knee surgery I went to a seminar for surgery. I found out all the requirements for my insurance company and started working on them. I found success with a non surgical doctor in the same office and put off the surgery part. Due to recovery time I had a stall in my dr visits and had to start over three months later. I had gained back most of my weight while recovering but over the next several months of starting back up I had dropped 30 lbs. I was happy and all was going well until the pain in my knee came back and I couldn't work out. I was told I have stress fractures in my knee caused by my weight and the thinner cartridge in my knee. The doctor said I need to lose weight more quickly so he recommended surgery. I consulted with my weight loss doctor and next thing I know I'm waiting on insurance approval. It was fairly easy because I'd already had the dietician visits and the psych evaluation. My surgery date is less than three weeks away and on Monday I start a two week diet of no fat, low fat, no meat. I'm starting to freak out and trying to find answers to all of these questions that are suddenly popping in my head and I do not like what I have found online so far. Then I found this site. I'm looking forward to sharing my journey with everyone and putting to rest some of my fears. I was scared for nothing!   From October 6, 2010: Just Got Home Just got home today from my surgery. I was sleeved on Monday and other than the 4 hour delay it went great. I went in so hungry and still have yet to get hungry. The gas pains have not been bad but the soreness is bad. How long should I expect to be sore? Did anyone else pull their pain ball thing out at home? Did it hurt? And one last question, did anyone else have problems eating cold stuff like the popsicles? FYI Cold stuff doesn't bother me as much now but something warm makes me check to see if I spilled it on myself every single time.   My original Drain Removal post was like everyone else's, me asking if it was going to hurt because I was freaked out by it. From October 14, 2010: Reply to my original post after having the drain removed. It didn't hurt at all. It felt like a suction cup being removed by my stomach and a little weird feeling when it made its way out but no pain!! Other than that the visit was fast and easy and he was pleased with how I am doing. Thank you again for all the help   From February 22, 2011: Long Overdue Update This is long over due, but I think it's about time. I'm now almost 5 months post op and I've lost 62 lbs. I think I've hit my first plateau but I think that's because of the working out. I've been doing great and still amazing myself with foods I now like. I'm down 5 sizes which is such a great feeling, I can wear my prom dresses from high school again. I am struggling with hair loss, and I always get in my protein and take my vitamins, but I was told it's expected. My husband and I are planning our first vacation ever and after 6 years I think it's time. Little nervous about wearing a swim suit on the beach and flying on a plane, I've avoided that from fear of not fitting in the seat. I'll get some pictures and measurements posted soon. This was my last update and I never posted my measurements lol.

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Introduction To Me

Hello.   I don't know if anyone will really read this or not, but on the off chance that someone out there finds me interesting, I thought I'd be polite and say hi.   A blog is something I've wanted to do for quite a while. I need a place where I can vent and just let it all go. I can vent to my husband, but there are just some things he doesn't get.   You can expect to see entries about the sleeve journey, my work, my school, my selfish friends, my struggles, my success, things I've tried, and things I've learned. I hope you'll find me not too dry and boring and that you'll enjoy reading.   The first few entries will be catch up for stuff I should have put into a blog and didn't.   Thanks for taking the time to read :wub:

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