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Take your time and do it right!

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There are several things that I have notice about myself since I had this surgery.  For instance my body seem to have a different smell.  My mouth in the morning taste like pure nastiness.  I brush my teeth at least twice a day and gargle with mouthwash at least 4 times a day.
I am struggling with getting my proteins in with my foods.  So I am still drinking protein shakes.  I cannot stand chocolate at this time so I only used vanilla and strawberry.  I am in the process of ordering some of the sugar free syrup everybody it’s always raving about.

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I talked with my bariatric nurse and nutritionist and they both informed me that I may be eating to fast and not chewing my food enough.  I have really started focusing and I do believe that may be the problem.  Because each time I throw up I don’t actually chew my food over 1500 times. I have got to do better.  I realize I have to really focus and pay great attention when I eat.
One good thing is my stomach (Shelly) and thighs have really shrunk. I can wears a size 20 in pants, down from a size 26/28.

Love, Peace and Happiness!!
Ms. Tracy

Adjusting little by little

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Well I am officially down 28 pounds. Currently I am losing around 2 pounds or more a day.  However I am still struggling with nausea and we finally figured out what was going on.  I was having problem with draining from my sinus.  I have never had problems with sinus or allergy whatsoever. When I realize I was blowing my nose a lot and did not have a cold it hit me about post nasal drip protocol sheet the nutritionist gave us.  I immediately started taking Mucinex D and Allegra. 

Today I feel a whole lot better and I am clearing the mucus out of my stomach.  It is hard to believe that something this small can cause this major problem.  I am also realizing that Shelly my belly prefers ready to drink protein shakes.  My biggest problem is finding one that has a sufficient amount of proteins so I am not drinking four protein shakes a day.  I also have to at least like the sucker.  As for my food intake I am eating the single serving of applesauce, and yogurt.  I may eat two of the applesauce but because of the severe nausea I couldn’t get anything else down.  Today I am going to try some tuna after I puree it.  Because I am that stage.  I am also going to go the grocery store and see if there are any baby foods I may be able to stomach.  But I will be taking it easy as I clear the mucus out of my belly.

Right now my eyes are connected with my stomach and there are no craving for my old foods.  I figure as soon as my sinus is clear up my appetite may return. 
I am learning that I have to take this whole process day by day and adjusting the best I can.  Pray for me.

Embarking on the most excited journey of my life

 

time for a changeToday was my last visit to meet with my nutritionist and it was confirmed that your girl had lost 29 pounds.  I am happy as a I can be.  This was my last visit before my surgery on the 30th of this month.  I have slowly been buying products and other stuff I will need for this major change.   A lot of the stuff I purchased are from the nutrition store locate at the doctor office.  I know that once I leave the hospital the last thing I will want to do is go shopping.  I will also buy several other things this week to ensure I get all of the protein I need.

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I am also going to purchase this item to help with personal hygiene. I have been told by several individuals that because of the incisions area reaching to certain areas will cause some discomfort. Because I would hate to ask my hubby or children to do something so personal.  I will buy this reach stick.  I can’t see myself calling my daughter or husband to come and help Mama in the bathroom complete her personal hygiene stuff because it hurts to much to reach those areas…..Heck to the NO…you will not catch me doing that.  I would rather invest in something to help me reach those places more easily.

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Nevertheless I decided to purchase this bad boy which is called the Lu La Bath Brush and this sucker is 23 inches long and is flexible to move in different directions.  Shoot I can reach my feet, my neck and lower back.  It also had several part that you can order that will enhance its usability.  (Oh yea I am not receiving any money or free products by discussing what I am purchasing to help me during my rehabilitation process.)
I also receive a call from Hillcrest Hospital where I am having my surgery today to let me know what time I will have to be at the hospital for the surgery.  I will have to be there at 6:30 and surgery will be at 8:00.  I am starting to get nervous all over again with butterflies feeling in my stomach when I think about it, it’s like I just met my husband for the first time.  You know the feeling I am talking about when you are nervous and excited to go out with the new guy and every time you think about him you get that feeling.   Right now I am getting that feeling about meeting my new self after the surgery.

How will I change, what foods will I hate but previously loved?

How will I look after the weight loss, will my booty resemble Sponge Bob square Pants booty?

Will my hair shred badly or will it continue to grow (don’t really matter because I love wigs) but nevertheless a woman never want to lose her hair. Read my previous post about this at http://wp.me/p48Fm9-4X.

Will I finally get to wear my stiletto with the wide leg cream suit?  Read my previous post about this…  http://wp.me/p48Fm9-5u.

 Oh there is so much to look forward to, because this has been a long and tiring journey for me!!

Love, Peace and Happiness

Ms. Tracy

Disappointment is not my middle name.

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One thing I have always pride myself on being is inspiring.  I refused to be a Debbie Downer.  With that being said, yes I was threw for a loop and felt like there were certain individuals that could have help but didn’t.  One thing I know for fact is that Tracy is responsible for my kids, my husband and myself and in that order.  I know that I got to watch out for us and always put us first.  So why should I be surprised when someone else doesn’t want to help and disappears when you need them.

Nevertheless I have moved on and is eagerly waiting for my surgery date on July 30th with $1000.00 less in my pocketbook.

On another good note I have lost a total of 28 pounds!! Everybody that I see keep talking about how much weight I am losing and that if I am losing the weight do I really need the surgery.  I cannot comprehension why people are saying this. Because there is no possible way that I can drink Optifast four times a day and one low-fat healthy meal everyday for $120.00 weekly forever.  I could do the low-fat meals because that is what the gastric bypass requires but not Optifast forever.

As I am shrinking I am constantly thinking of a masterplan to ensure that I remain and maintain my weight loss to live a long and healthy blessed life.

It is on and popping!!

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This morning I met with the nutritionist and surgery scheduler. The first thing we did was a body composition analysis, my results was a BMI of 55.3 and a body fat mass of 188lbs. Wow!! No wonder I feel like I am dragging another person around on my back, because 188 pounds is another person. Sometimes I feel so tired it takes everything just to get up out of bed and go to work or even start the day.

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We went over the Optifast 8– pre-surgery diet and I have included several pictures of the products that I chose for my first week. Because I have this thing about protein bars I did not chose any…I hate how they taste. However I love protein shakes and I love soup so I chose the Shakes and soups. I chose the RTD (ready to drink) shakes vanilla, chocolate, strawberry.

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You are required to use five Optifast 800 supplements and 1 meal a day which must consist of these food groups: protein, vegetables and fruit. You can only consume one soup a day and the rest have to be shakes. For the first week I chose tomato soup. Now I am little hesitate about the soup. But we are able to add spices so, I will be pulling out the garlic, basil, and oregano and onion powder to try and spice this soup up. Next week I will try the chicken soup.

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You are also required to avoid all fruit juices, sweetened beverages, caffeinated or carbonated beverages. You can have sugar free, caffeine free, non carbonated drinks; Decaf tea or decaf coffee no creamer. You can drink crystal light and sugar-free favored waters, but I hate those drinks because they mess with my GERD, Nothing is to be fried, only grilled, microwave, steamed, baked, broiled or boiled. No starches period. You got to drink at least 80 oz of fluid. No alcohol whatsoever!!
We have classes that we will attend during this four week period weekly. My starting weight is 322lbs. You have a required weight loss goal that have to be met….by the second class I have to be down to 315, third class 311, fourth class 305. If you don’t meet the goals there is a huge chance your surgery will be cancel because you are consider non-compliance.

I am determine and I have my mind focus on the price….losing weight and obtaining a healthy weight.

Love and Peace, Happiness

Ms. Tracy

 

 

My journey, my life, my decisions

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Well I got my letter in the mail about my approval for my surgery and was really excited.  Because this confirms I am having my surgery.  As you all know the surgery scheduler called me about the approval so I already knew.

My next step is to see the nutritionist  about starting the Optifast diet this Friday for four weeks.  I will start the diet this Saturday minus two hundred dollars in my pocket.  I am so really to get the ball moving.  The Optifast is suppose to help shrink your liver before the surgery,  because a enlarge liver can cause problem reaching your stomach during the surgery.  I have previously been diagnosed with fatty liver so this does  worry me some.

I will be allowed five Optifast 800 supplements and one food meal a day.  It will consist of protein such as chicken breast,  1 egg, fish, lean ham, turkey breast.  Vegetables non starchy, fruit such as Apple, oranges, kiwi, peaches, etc. Unlimited sugar free jello, sugar free popsicles, picked, cucumbers.  APPROXIMATELY 1200 calories per day. Woo!!! I will really savor that one meal.

It seems that when you get to this point everybody starts trying to give you advice.  For instance two ladies made sure they mention…. so and so died from that surgery. I mean really!! The last thing anybody wants to hear is the word death especially when you are getting ready to have the surgery.

Nevertheless as I have said on numerous occasion.  This is my journey!! As long as I trust and believe in my Lord and Savior, I know everything is going be alright.

Love, Peace and Happiness
Ms. Tracy

They have submitted my surgery for approval!!

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I am happier then a bear that fell in a bucket of honey.  I am happier than someone who just found a $100.00 bill laying in the road and they are broke..

I finally saw the doctor this past Monday and the surgery scheduler and she was submitting for approval for the gastric bypass. Even though a few days have passed and I have not heard anything, I am still happy as heck.   Because this journey has been long as heck and I thought I would never see the end.

On another note…I have been having some problems with my blood pressure.   Nevertheless I had to see the cardiology to make sure my old kicker is working correctly and sufficiently for the surgery.  He had to sign off to ensure that heart is working right.  He did give his approval after he performs a few tests and he also put me on a new beta blocker to try and lower my blood pressure for the upcoming surgery.

I am happy to say that everything seems to be falling in place.

Peace, love and Happiness!
Ms.  Tracy

My set back will be a set up for my come back

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One thing I have learned on this journey to have my weight loss surgery is to expect for it to be bumps in the road.  Sometimes these bumps can throw you off your path and make you just want to give up.   With that being said…I hit a major bump…this wasn’t just any kind of bump like the last one where I had to do 3 more session with the nutritionist.  

This bump requires that I change physician and hospital.  My spouse’s employer has their own requirements that have to be followed for the insurance.  First there are only a few hospitals and weight loss doctors in the network that have the Center of Excellence for United Healthcare.  My current doctor and hospital does have the Center of Excellence, just not the additional one with United Healthcare.  

Because of these requirements and even though my doctor is in my network; I will be required to travel an hour outside of my town for the new doctor.   The hospital where I will eventually have surgery is also located about 1 hour and 30 minutes away.   Because the surgery is an elective there is not a GAP exception. Can you say a smack in the face?  

Nevertheless I did talk to the new office surgery scheduler and as soon as I explained the reason for the change because of my spouse’s insurance she knew exactly what I was talking about.  The surgery scheduler has emailed me on several occasions and has given me all kind of information about their requirements.  The only other thing I will have to do is pay an extra hundred dollars and meet with the doctor, therapist and nutritionist once.  She informed me that the surgery will be in two more months. My appointment is coming up this week with the new doctor and I have a list of questions I will be asking him.  

What really pisses me off is that I called United Healthcare and asked all kind of questions and they never informed me about Center of Excellence for United Health care requirement. If I knew this I would have went to the correct doctor from the jumpstart. There is no reason to cry over spilled milk, because it is done and there is nothing I can do about it beside quit and not have the surgery which is not an option. 

Even though this is a setback I can pick myself up, brush myself off, and start again. I will not let this set back make me quit! My set back will be a set up for my come back! Therefore my come back will propel me toward my goal, which is to get my weight under control and healthy. 

On a good note I have lost an extra six pound this month.

Love Peace and Blessing

Mrs. Tracy

Finally the doctor’s approval!!

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I am finally on the way.  I heard from my doctor for the weight loss surgery and the doctor has approved me for the surgery.   You do have to wonder why you would first have to go through:

  • 6 sessions of therapy
  • 6 nutrition meetings with your nutritionist.

Then the doctor has to give his approval, which is all based on the therapist and nutritionist agreeing and giving their approval that you are a good candidate for the surgery.  Oh and let’s not forget that the therapy visits cost $250.00 and the nutritionist is another $230.00.  (I wonder if that money is refundable if they don’t sign off) 

Nevertheless I met all the requirements.  My next step is to meet with Dr. Ross next Wednesday and then I must have the endoscopy procedure the first week in March to check for H. pylori.  If all goes well they will submit approval to my insurance.      

Wooooo!! I feet like I just gave a long speech!  I am ready even though I am nervous.  I mean who wouldn’t be.  You are getting ready to go under a knife and have a major surgery so I am allowed to be nervous and scared. 

 

Love, Peace and Happiness

Tracy

My path is not your path

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I saw something really disturbing a couple of days ago on one of the groups I follow on the facebook about weight loss surgery.  One woman had recently had the surgery and was only about a week out.  She stated that she wants to end her life and the surgery was one of the biggest mistakes she had ever made and she was looking up possible reversal. Her post was so disturbing another woman who was schedule to have the surgery in a couple of days was also second guessing her surgery because of this post.  This is the type of stuff that scares the crap out me.  I am finally on the last leg of my journey and I am anxiously looking forward to having my surgery.  But when you read stuff like this.  It makes you stop and thinks is this the path I want to take.  Now I know we all have our own experiences with the surgery but it makes you think twice.   I have recently starting hearing a lot about the stages you go through with the weight loss surgery.  One of the stages is call the hibernation stage during this stage the body realizes that it is not going to receive its usual amount of calories.  Everybody on the page was telling the young woman that she was going through this stage.  They discussed how her body is falling back on its built-in evolutionary response to a low food supply the body just wants to rest and be as still as possible until the food returns. Energy levels drops through the floor, and you will become emotionally tearful or irritable.  They even discuss how your body is really pissed off at you because you have disrupted it usual food schedule.  It causes the person a lot of problems because they are recovering from the pain and now this.

Nonetheless I did have my last nutritionist appointment and she informed me that the Therapist sign off on my therapy session. I also lost 2 more pounds and now the only thing I am waiting on is for the doctors to meet and I will start the completing all the testing and finally get a surgery date.  I am nervous but excited at the same time. I do know that my path may not even be like the other woman and I am focusing on the positive benefits from the surgery. 

Then I got some more good news.  I am getting a promotion on my job.  So I am really happy because I only completed my Master Degree in May of 2012 and became a Counselor in November 2012. Things are really going really well even though I am having some medical problems.  Even in a storm you can still receive blessing and I am a true example of this. 

 

Love, Peace, and Happiness stay Blessed. 

Ms. Tracy