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Shelly's VSG journey - F, 34, 5'6", 242, BMI 39.06



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On 8/15/2018 at 5:58 PM, Frustr8 said:

Well Shells how did the doctor appointment,go today? Been wondering and thought I'd go ahead and ask.

My doctor's appointment went great, thanks for asking! How are you doing with your pre-op diet? @Frustr8

I met with the intake nurse, nut, and surgeon. They all seemed very impressed by the amount of weight I've lost so far, particularly the amount of fat their fancy schmancy says I've lost. I'm down 4 pounds of muscle too, but they said that's to be expected with the early and fast weight loss. I'm basically just supposed to keep doing what I'm doing and I go back in six more weeks!

My surgeon did encourage me to start trying more foods since I've basically been sticking to the soft foods. This sounds silly, but I'm just not sure what to eat. I'm doing fine and feel satisfied with what I'm doing. I did grab some raw sugar snap peas and some low carb tortillas at the store yesterday. I guess raw veggies can be tough on some people's stomach, I guess some foods "sit like a rock". Not mine, the sugar snap peas tasted great and didn't feel different in my tummy. I haven't tried a tortilla yet. I think I may get a salad for lunch one day this week.

Weight loss slowed down this week - 1.8 lbs today from last Monday. I kinda knew this was coming and it's okay. I am not going to be obsessed with the scale! The weight will come off and I'm very happy with where I'm at today. :)

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Ugh. I am sick. It started on Wednesday and Thursday with just a very sore throat. Friday the runny nose, sneezing, and sinus pressure joined in. At first I thought it was my allergies flaring up, but I'm pretty sure it's a sinus infection now, or a combo of the two.

I was dreading this because I get a lot of sinus infections and can no longer take Advil Cold and Sinus. Nothing else works for me. 😭 I hate being sick. Plus I haven't worked out since Wednesday and I'm eating tons of sugar free cough drops and G2 since I cannot do Water right now. All this sugar/fake sugar can't be good for my body. Plus I'm eating more carbs than my nut recommended due to the vegetable beef Soup I'm eating.

Oh well. I guess I can't do anything about it. I haven't gotten on the scale in a few days, hoping I'll maintain or show a loss when I step back on. If not, I just need to accept it and get back at it.

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Hey @ Shells83 ! How is Labor Day going for YOU? Are you feeling better than last week? A day,and a half until my surgery. ITS THE FINAL COUNTDOWN For Moi!😜💓😜

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15 minutes ago, Frustr8 said:

Hey @ Shells83 ! How is Labor Day going for YOU? Are you feeling better than last week? A day,and a half until my surgery. ITS THE FINAL COUNTDOWN For Moi!😜💓😜

Oh Yeah! Doing the happy dance for you in Iowa @Frustr8 💃🎉😀 Wishing you the very best on your surgery and your new journey! Please post as soon as you feel well enough and let me know how you're doing!

I am feeling better, but still can't get rid of this cough and crap in my chest. I did end up going to the doctor and getting some meds. Thinking it's time to get my butt back to working out tomorrow. Maybe I need to sweat the rest of this crap out.

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Almost forgot to mention.... I am officially 40 lbs down and only two pounds away from ONEderland!

So excited to reach that goal of 200 and reward myself with a spa day. My husband got me a spa gift card for Christmas last year and I told myself I wouldn't use it until I got down to 200 lbs. 😜

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@Frustr8 Been thinking of you and can't wait to hear how you're doing. The first couple days are rough, but it's all downhill from here! Keep resting but check in when you're feeling up to it. 🙂

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The scale said...... 200 today! I'm so happy. Going to schedule my spa day reward and go get my drivers license picture retaken at the kiosk at the grocery store. My current driver's license picture features the unhappy and depressed woman who ate me, sans makeup and hair in a ponytail. Time to get rid of that! So embarrassing. I'll post pics of my old and new one once I go. I know that no one ever likes their drivers license picture, but mine is bad. So bad. Lol!

Now. I haven't worked out in over two weeks and need to get back on the wagon. Tomorrow is the day. I have been working too much lately and need to make time for myself. I'll work on that over the next couple weeks.

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Frust8, can't wait till hear how you are doing. I can't agree more with Shells83 that the first several days are rough, but you get better every day and the results are so worth it!!! Thinking of you and wishing you all the best!

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Thank you so much for sharing your journey!!! I am currently at your weight pre surgery (242) and i'm 5'5" and 36... so i'm really relating to where you started this journey!! After reading about your recovery i'm hopeful for a similar experience! I have my first appointment next Friday but I may be in for a longer stent of insurance hoop-jumping due to my "6 month medically supervised diet by surgeon requesting authorization" requirement.

I've been so encouraged reading about your progress, your weight loss, and the way you describe your feelings and the food at your different restriction progression. I feel like I am going to be the same way. I already am unsure what to eat on a regular basis when i'm dieting to keep carbs etc... in line but I can see how sticking to the soft foods or a set lunch can be a comfort. Keep on posting on your progress if you can, i'm following your story girl and cheering you on in the sidelines!

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So Shelly, how are YOU doing now?

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Hi @MegHealthy! That's so exciting you have your first appointment this week. We are VERY close in starting stats. 😃 I wish you the best of luck. Don't worry, the time will fly by and you'll be at your surgery date before you know it! :)

@frustr8 How the heck are YOU? I was worried about you. I'll have to go stalk your profile to see what I missed! 😉😂

I'll post an update now about me. 🙂

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It's been awhile since I've posted an update. I'm still feeling really great! My weight loss has slowed down but that's my fault. I was exercising almost every day, then I got sick. The kind that lingered for two weeks. On top of that, I've been so busy with work and mentally drained with all the stress that I never got back to my exercise routine after my illness went away. And now I have a rotator cuff injury from lifting heavy logs from a tree we cut down in my yard. Go figure!

So the stress of work caused me to start drinking wine again on top of not exercising. I'm disappointed with myself, but life happens. I wish I hadn't had this job change so I could have continued focusing on myself 100% and wish I'd handled the stress better, but that's okay.

I got back on the treadmill this morning and it felt so good! This is the last week of my stressful project at work. Although I don't know what I'll be doing next, I am making some changes and will set some boundaries so I can continue working on my healthier self.

I'm down to 191 and it still feels good. I just know I probably should have gotten down to more like 181 by now. Like I heard from everyone before my surgery, this is not a magic fix! You do have to put in the work. And I'm ready to jump back on that train. This small stumbling block won't stop me for reaching my goals. :)

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Well as for me, starting weight 355, at least that I admit to. That was October 2017. When I first started seeking back in August 2015 I was still yo- yo-ing so couldn't give you solid for then, Switched to OHIO STATE March 2018, due to having completed another program twice, drat their fiendish souls and Nasty McFilthy MD who refused me my surgery, some things speeded up. Psych April, Met Nurse Practioners, Exercise Therapist, Dietician Late May, Presurgery consult mid July with Dr Needleman , and date then scheduled for September 5th. I had been gently losing weight until this point. Dr,Needleman, while palpating my abdomen found liver margin in the right subcostal(under rib area. Not "happy" sign, this meant NASH, given a choice of 2,3, or 4 weeks to shrink my chubby. liver down, I chose the entire month of August , and dropped 15 pounds that month alone. SW 319, surgery itself was wonderful , no real pain, no gas to expell. At a week,i had a weird purple,haze travel across my belly, Doctors theory: when doing surgery,a baby blood vessel got nicked, when I got enough Lovenox in my system it started bleeding, nowhere for the blood to go but between the fat and skin. Odd looking like,I was carrying an aliens baby in there. And I had already started dropping weight. I had another sppiintment a week later, they asked how I was doing, Doctor,had said I could move up to,level,3 , I told them I can't do,it, I think,maybe there,is a stricture in there. Oh no no they said, this can't be, you're just swollen inside, and I kept trying and Precious Pouch kept on her mission,of puking up as much as if. not more than I took in. Finally,on October 12, an endoscopy,was done, yes I have a stricture of my,stoman yes I also have 5 additional ulcers, 2 inside my pouch,& 3 more 9n the the back wall of my jejunem, the portion of my small intestinal wall. my pouch connects to. I m telling you all this because,when you use phone instead of computer, you cannot,enter things on profile. Another one on 10/26 , not successful and another coming ZN

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on November 9th, my weight today probably between 285 and 290, don't have a scale, but that's the rate I am dropping weight at. I am scheduled.for a lab draw on December 19th, I think you need one before that.But I keep struggling on. Do I feel good ? not especially but I remain glad for the surgery. 👸✋

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