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About LizzieMmmkay

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    I finished all of my WLM meetings and have completed everything required on my loooong list from insurance that I started to do on September 2019. Now I’m down to my final pre-op appointments and surgery on July 16!!! I’m so excited!
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  1. LizzieMmmkay

    July surgery progress report anyone?

    RNY- 7/16/20 HW: 319 SW: 277 CW: 259 The scale hasn’t budged much even though I’m following my plan. I have noticed that my clothes are getting a little looser though, so sometimes the scale can’t tell someone everything. Don’t get discouraged, everyone is different, and we will all get there when it’s time. I’ve also been able to resume hiking this past week. Averaging about 3 miles each trip out. I guess I’m not as worried, because I know how my body would stall during pre-op and then in a week or so I’d drop a stubborn 5 pounds. I’m a slow loser, but I’m going to keep at it. Good luck everyone!
  2. I finally have my surgery date scheduled for July 16! I started doing the WLM and the long list of insurance requirements back in September 2019. Due to Covid getting my surgery date was delayed right as I had completed everything I needed to have done. Yet, now that I have a date I have been a ball of emotions today. I’ve been reading everyone’s posts and am happy to be able to connect with other people that have gone through or will be going through with gastric bypass. I have to admit I did the Covid slide to the dang fridge from being cooped up with 3 kids that I suddenly was responsible for teaching, along with balancing everything else during these crazy times. I had to do my meetings over the phone with my nutritionist since our group could no longer meet. I felt like it was never going to happen given the circumstances in the world right now. Thankfully before I received the call that I had been approved by my insurance and received an official surgery date today I had already started the pre-op diet to get on track a couple days ago. Good luck to everyone out there on this journey! I am so happy that I’m about to join you all on the losers bench! 5’6” HW- 319 CW-288 Goal- Anything under 200 and healthy!
  3. LizzieMmmkay

    July 2020 Surgery anyone?

    I finally received the call today that my surgery was approved and will be on July 16 for Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass. I’m a ball of emotions! I started this journey back in September 2019 to complete the long list of insurance requirements with different doctor’s & specialists, and attended WLM each month. Then Covid hit right as I had completed everything on my checklist. I have been in limbo land waiting to see what would shake out. Honestly, even though it’s overdue I was still surprised that they’re getting me in as soon as they are. I just hope nothing goes sideways from here to there with my date, because that would just be my luck at this point lol! I’m excited to get more active on here with a great group of knowledgeable people! Good luck to all you fellow July surgery patients! See you all on the losers bench!
  4. My partner knows, my closest friend, and I mentioned it to my mom. My mom was automatically worried, aka it doesn’t work for a lot of people long term, etc. I regretted telling her immediately and haven’t brought it up since then weeks ago. My partner and closest friend are very supportive of my decision for surgery. I’m very introverted and have a super small, unconnected group of friends, so keeping this quiet will be easy. I’ve been a SAHM for the past decade, now my youngest is in grade school as of this school year. One reason, amongst ever so many, was to do this surgery prior to rejoining the workforce. I don’t have to worry about co-workers, only family & friends asking. If it was someone I knew could use the help and weren’t out to start gossiping I’d be honest with them, but otherwise mum is the word, no one needs to know.
  5. Premier Protein is my favorite, by far. I like the chocolate, strawberries & cream, vanilla, and cookies & cream. I’ve tried the generic versions of Premier and they tasted chalky and not as smooth. I wanted to find one that was good prior to surgery and have since been using the Premier Protein Shakes as part of my meal plans with weight loss success.
  6. LizzieMmmkay

    Getting a Little Bit Closer

    She’s a Double Doodle, her dad was around 60 pounds and her mom was around 50 pounds, so I’m curious where she’ll end up at. She’s been doing really good with the potty training, thankfully I have all wood floors if she does have an accident. It has been 2wks now and I can pretty much tell when she has to go, but every once in a while when it gets hectic around here I miss the cue. She’s definitely a ball of energy that keeps me on my toes, dr approved bahahaha! 😅 Thank you for the well wishes, I hope you have lots of success as you’re gearing up for a busy season! Take care!
  7. LizzieMmmkay

    Quotes & Inspiration

    It’s true when you work on yourself everything around you starts to fall into place. 💚
  8. I haven’t been on in a while, because I’ve been so busy lately. I hope to catch up today and gain some more inspiration here! I have been doing really good sticking to my personal goal of watching my calories and walking more prior to my surgery consultation to make sure I’m as committed now without the surgery to maintain this lifestyle afterwards. I’ve lost 21 pounds total since August. I’m back in the 200’s, which was my first big goal to get to on my own. I’ve been going to the monthly WLS meetings, met with my primary care Dr twice now. She faxed her approval to the dr for my surgery. She’s very supportive and pleased with the results I’ve had prior to surgery. She thinks this choice of bypass is going to be a great thing for me on my journey to becoming healthier. I have my sleep study consultation scheduled for next month. After my next WLS meeting next month my nutritionist will set up everything with the surgeon for our first meeting... it’s becoming more real now! It helps that my life has been go, go, go... no real time to fret over the 6 month insurance required wait. I also adopted Lola, my 1st puppy ever as an adult, and she has 100% helped keep me active and motivated to keep moving. I feel good and positive about what lays ahead! I hope you all have been doing well, can’t wait to see what everyone has been up to! 💚
  9. Next week I’ll have my first required nutrition/WLS group meeting and PCP appointment the next day to get my clearance letter sent to my bariatric surgeon. I’m getting more & more excited than I was a bit ago with my nerves flaring up. I’ve already been walking, watching my portions, trying to master the art of not inhaling my food (baby bites is hard for me 😳🤫) to try and get my body in the same place as my mind is. It also helps that I have been really busy lately to make the time go by faster. I love all the info I’ve gained from this site. It has really helped me start to work on some of the things I know I need to get a handle on prior to surgery. And, I’m not gonna lie, looking at that before/after forum is motivating as anything! I wish you all luck, everyone on here has been really wonderful, so thank you! 🍀
  10. Well, I knew this would be a process on many levels starting from the inside to the outside. I’ve been researching so much I’m probably causing eye & brain strain haha! I am 100% committed to my choice, but I’m so nervous I’ll make some mistake and my insurance will deny me at last second. They’ve given me the green light, no surgery date, until I meet their requirements. I have to attend a WLM every month, but it has to be 21 days apart. The bariatric department of the Dr. I want to see sent me a packet with a letter for my regular PCP to fill out with their approval. I also have to get my PCP to send a referral for a sleep study. I can’t schedule that one without the PCP signing off on the letter saying they approve me getting the surgery. I can’t see the bariatric dr until I have my letter, sleep study scheduled, and 3 weight loss meetings completed. I know they want to make sure I’m serious about this life changing procedure, that is a lifelong change, that one must actively stay engaged in... I get it. I just don’t want the green light I’ve been given to turn to red. The other problem is my regular Dr I’ve seen for a decade now is booked out max, so I have to see a new PCP in his office that I don’t know. I realize she can refer to my usual PCP for the approval, since she doesn’t know me, I’m just so nervous now. When I first talked to my insurance it seemed like I would have to take the classes for nutrition for 6mths, but more keeps getting added. I will do what it takes, I know this is the right path for me, but I’m really scared that I’m going to unintentionally mess something up. I also looked around on here and realized there’s other things I’ll probably have to do too, but I’m not that far along yet to be requested to check those things off the list. On the bright side both my first WLM and PCP appointments are in the 2nd week of September. I guess this is a process of hurry up and do what they say, then wait for the next step... if my nerves could calm down though that would be nice. Sorry, had to get this out there. 😕😳
  11. LizzieMmmkay

    I DID IT!

    🎊 Congratulations! That’s awesome! 🎊
  12. LizzieMmmkay

    Any September Sleevers?

    Whoa! This sounds exactly like what I’m about to have to do for my insurance. I have been “approved” by my insurance, but I still have to jump through basically all of those same hoops you did before I finalize the surgery date. Congrats on getting to this point, that’s so exciting to be almost to your surgery! I wish you the best of luck and a speedy recovery!
  13. LizzieMmmkay

    3 pounds away from 300!

    🎉 Congratulations on your success! 🎉
  14. LizzieMmmkay

    I Have Been Approved

    I’m going through University Hospital, I have Cigna, and I want the sleeve. I’m hoping all goes fast with the paperwork once it gets here & I send it back to be processed, so I can have my first consultation appointment. The dr that did the surgery when I had my gall bladder removed is through UH for the bariatric program and surgical procedures. She’s highly recommended through my insurance. I loved her during my gall bladder surgery, she was amazing, so my fingers are crossed this all works out. 🤞🏼
  15. I just received the call today that the bariatric team has formally reviewed my insurance information and I’m approved for the bariatric program! I don’t know what this really even means in terms of what to expect from this point forward, but the biggest thing (besides my butt) is that I’m moving forward!!! They said they’re mailing me all the enrollment paperwork for the program today. I’m so happy and excited to start this new journey. I’ve been walking a mile each day and watching my meals. I want to be in a good mind set to put my all into making this a lifestyle change that lasts. I wish the paperwork was here now, I am ready to roll, but I’ll bide my time, and keep on trying to change what I can here. I have to start combing this site for good pre-op info now. Yay!!!