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.
Well my hubby read my blog about his concerns about my weight loss surgery and how it would affect our marriage. He was a little embarrassed but the Big He-man said he was more than able to handle my weight loss and he don’t need any therapy group. LOL Hilarious!!.
However because of our healthy eating style my husband lost 7 pounds in the last couple of weeks. My daughter and son have also lost weight. GOD is so GOOD!!
I started the YMCA membership back up on Thursday and we will all start attending this week. I talked with the program coördinator about starting some classes up for water aerobics to help with my hips in the evening, but she was really concern about people not showing up. However she told about a new machine that she thinks will be really good for my hips some kind of skiing machine contraption. I am looking really, really, really forward to seeing this machine. NOT!! The fat girl is trembling yet again in her shoes but I love a challenge and I will challenge myself every day to go further and further every time I go to the gym. I don’t like to set goals but I am going to set a goal to attend the YMCA at least 3 days a week starting out and increase as my hips adjust.
I will have my last appt next Monday with my nutritionist and I am so excited. Wednesday will also be my last therapy meeting. I looking forward to the process moving along. Hopefully I will not have to wait long for rest of the process.
I also have concerns about losing my hair, it is one of the side effect from having the RNY gastric bypass. I am natural and it has taken me years to get to this length. I do not want to lose any of my hair. So I am thinking whether to get it dreaded or sister locks. It I get either of these style I will not have to comb or manipulate my hair and hopefully this will prevent the hair loss.
I am on blood pressure pills Exforge and was really disappointed when I went to pick my medicine up and the cost was $181.00 without my insurance with my insurance it dropped down to 131.00. The doctor then gave me a card which enable me to get them for $4.00. No such luck the card for whatever reason did not work and it only brought them down to 81.00. I contacted my doctor and had him to change my prescription. I am not looking forward to picking them up tomorrow because of the previous problems. In the last couple of weeks I have heard several people complaining about insurances not covering medicines that it would previously cover. One have to wonder do it even matter if you got healthcare insurance anymore. Especially since I am cover by my insurance and my hubby also. I will be so happy when I can throw all my medicines away for good.