Good afternoon beautiful people! I have been thinking about this writing this post for a few days and I finally got around to doing it.
I got to start this blog off by saying this ……Weight loss surgery is not a cure all! Let me say this one more time for those who are considering having this surgery. There is no such things as waving a magic wand and all your fat just melt away for eternity. Weight loss surgery is not a cure all!
Now I know you are looking at this post and wondering why I am saying this and I am going to tell you why. I have had several people who had this surgery and afterwards tell me…. they hate they did it. They go on complaining about how their stomach hurts when they start trying to eat food that they were told not to eat. Why is my stomach still big and why can’t I look like you? Why is the scale not moving? One friend even told me she hates protein shakes…and can’t stand to drink any. But then she went on to tell me that her legs gave out on. Here the thang….yes I said thang….. if you can’t do proteins shakes you better find something else to get those proteins in! Shoot they have all kinds of other liquids with protein added. You need that protein for those muscle… As for my friend……You know what I got to say about all of this…. WELCOME TO THE FREAKING CLUB you thought it was going to be easy. WRONG.
This surgery is a life changing surgery that helps you reach your desired weight goal if you do what your doctor and nutritionist teaches you to do. Yea, yea, you will lose weight…but I bet you a dollar after the weight has plateau around your 3rd year…that fat will return. Here is thing …..food is everywhere and you are constantly seeing it and it always knocking at your door saying …”Tracy come and take a bite of this rich thick piece of chocolate brownie…it won’t hurt.” (blank stare) Yes, it will because you will go back numerous times just to bite that bad boy! After surgery, you got to change your daily eating habits for weight loss to happen. Sometimes you even have to separate from friends or family members who tempts you to overeat. Shoot I found myself on numerous occasions overeating just because I knew my son was watching my plate so he could eat my leftovers. Oh man, lunch at work was really bad. When I go out to eat…I can only take a few bites so I am always getting a takeout box to take my remains back to my office and guess what I do. I nibble on that left over food all day. Heck I don’t be hungry…I just eat it because it is there. How I stopped this bad habit, required that I start bringing my lunch to the office. That way I controlled my eating better. If I do go to lunch I put my plate in fridge at the office and don’t get it out until I go home and I make sure it is a healthy meal.
Please understand I am not being a know it all. I am just tired of the bull crap about how I took the easy route. Shoot all I did was take a short cut that lead me right back to the main highway and I still got to do what everybody else has to do. Watch what I eat and exercise to keep the weight off. If anything this journey is harder because when you over eat it causes pain and everything you have to go through to have the surgery. Please let’s not forget all of the medicine that you are required to take for the rest of you life. This is not the easily road…this is the hardest road with so many curve balls it is ridiculous.
Well today is not good day for your girl. I have notice that I am feeling really tired and drained. I can’t really figure out what is going on. So while doing my research on my protein intake for my protein limits in one shake I look over the vitamins requirement and remember that I hadn’t taken a Vitamin D in months. I don’t know if this is what is making me feel sluggish and tired. However I am going to the drug store today and purchase a couple of jars. I have always taken:
GERD (Acid reflux)
However I have been iffy about the Calcium citrate and potassium pills because I always took it 4 hours later. Well that stops today. I have put alarm on my phone to remind to take pills at lunch time and around 4:00 for my other dose. I believe I am far enough out after my surgery to develop deficiencies from not taking these vitamins.
Now before you start hollering “are you stupid you know you got to take that Vitamin D.” Let me explain how it slipped my mind. I ran out of vitamin D and threw the bottle in the trash and was going to pick a bottle up and just forgot about it. I mean really I had so much stuff going on last year. Which is when I think I stop taking that vitamin. I was going through and still going though some major personal stuff. I was schedule to have my hip replaced around the first of August and it was canceled because I starting have severe pain in my stomach. I thought I was dumping. However I was wrong…it was my gallbladder. So I had to have a two surgery last August to have my gallbladder removed and two weeks later they had to go back in the old stomach and remove a gallstones that had travel down my bile duct and they were not able to get it when I had the gallbladder remove. Now just imagine have two surgery in one month on your stomach area. (ALSO IMPORTANT NOTE: IF YOU HURT IN YOUR STOMACH!! SKIP YOUR LOCAL ER (emergency room). IF YOU HAD THE GASTRIC BYPASS THEY WILL NOT TOUCH YOU WITH A 12 FEET POLE. Go to your ER Hospital where you had your gastric bypass and call your gastric bypass doctor.) This is how I forgot.
I know this is new news to everyone because my blogging has gotten really bad and I am trying to correct that now. Because this is information that people need to know to help them as they travel down this path.
I did talk to my nutritionist and she did inform me that I was taking too much protein at one time. She explained that all I need was one cup of milk, and one scoop of my protein in one drink. She said do not included Greek yogurt. She also made appointment for me to come in meet with her and I signed up for the classes for Post Op therapy group to help me with getting back on track. I am being really proactive and I am going to have to make sure I don’t fall off again. I have also decided to start going to my YMCA near my office and exercise during lunch. What I am able to eat only take a few minutes and I rarely go out to lunch with my coworkers because I feel like I waste money. I mean really I don’t eat enough to even go anywhere. I come out better just eating a can of chicken or tuna. Plus when I go out to eat. There is always a lot of food left over and I end up getting a take out tray and guess what I do with that plate…I nibble on it all day while at the office. So I want to exercise and during that time. Plus it gets me out of this dang office. I will still go in the evening with my son also to the YMCA.
Any suggestions would greatly help. Because we all know that this is a trial and error program and you learn by listening and talking about your experiences with others.
I have to get myself on track again. I slipped up and fell face first in a cheeseburger plate last week. I just happen be walking and all of sudden I slipped and fell on a cheeseburger plate. When I push myself up the burger was in my mouth. LOL..if I can’t laugh at my mistakes something is really wrong. I also did something really stupid Wednesday…. I ate a piece of seven favor pound cake, and two pieces of brownies and, and, (I know what else did this heifer eat) ice cream. As soon as I finished eating I got a huge sugar rush and it was over and done. I have never felt so bad in my life. I have been sugar-free for at least three months. I started sweating and feeling all dizzy like. I couldn’t figure out what was going on, until I remember those succulent brownies covered in ice cream and the seven favor pound cake. I will not venture down that road anytime soon for a long time. I realize that SUGAR is not my friend.
I am paying for a gym membership that I have only use a few times in the last couple of months. I made a goal that I would attend the gym at least three times a week. But of course I have not followed through with that goal. I can say this much my daughter and son is using the membership. I am trying to figure out when I can go……but I feel so bad. I just feel so tired all the time and all I want to do is sleep. I am taking a vitamin and hopefully that will help with the tiredness. I am also going to start taking a B12 to try and boost my energy.
Update for progress on weight loss surgery. I met with my doctor this week and he explained what my next steps will be after the endoscopy pertaining that everything goes well with the procedure next Friday. I will meet with the nurse and she will send for approval from my insurance. If I all goes well I am hoping that I will be able to have the surgery at the end of March after my two-week liquid diet.
I am so ready for this to be over. I am ready to get on the loser bench and get my health back on track.