PostHeaderIcon A Red Letter Day!!

So I woke up, did my normal morning routine and just as I was about to walk out the door I decided to weigh myself. I figure I had lost another pound. But as I watched the numbers appear I was shocked. I had lost 4.2 pounds, taking me below 300 for the first time in I don’t know how long! It funny how when you are gaining weight a number like 298.2 makes you want to cry. But as I am now going down that number is wonderful! That means if I want to buy panty hose I don’t have look for the one over 300.

I can see a difference in my body. My stomach is smaller I have a little more lap room, the one thing I hate is how flabby my upper arms look, but I will take it. Knowing that after all the weight is gone that will go to. My face is thiner as well. Several people have already commented to me about the weight loss and its nice to hear.

I feel great! I have more energy than I can ever remember having. I am actually enjoying going out and shopping. I used to avoid it, but my daughter Lisa and I have made several shopping trips.

I do not regret having this surgery at all.

Whoooohooooo I’m under 300 pounds!!!

PostHeaderIcon Two WoW moments!!

I had couple of WOW moments this past week. But before I go into those I want to report I am down 58 pounds. This is just thrilling for me, to be honest there was a part of me deep down in side that thought I would fail yet again. But they just keep melting away!!

So I went to the store because I needed to some pants that fit. The ones I have are falling down a lot. What I found was have dropped TWO pant sizes. I was shocked and happy at the same time! YAY me!
Then on Saturday we went to see Percy Jackson Lightening Thief. When I sat down in the theater seat, my legs didn’t hit the sides of the arm rests!! Whooohooo I was comfortable for the first time in I don’t know how long!

It was a good week!!

PostHeaderIcon 2 Month Anniversary!!

Today it has been two months since surgery! I’ve lost 50.8 pounds in that time that are now gone forever!!!. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am. For the most part everything has gone really well. I’m able to eat anything I want with out any real issues. I only had one bad experience and that was last night. I had chicken for dinner, it tasted so yummy. But I got distracted while chewing and swallowed a piece that was a bit to big. I can’t tell you how much it hurt. It was a big reminder to chew, chew, chew, and pay attention to what I’m doing.

While I can’t really see it looking in the mirror that those 50 pounds are gone, I have other ways that I can tell. Here is a short list:

  • Sitting in chairs with metal arms at work no longer hurt
  • Wearing a size smaller tops
  • My pants are to big and I have to keep pulling them up when I walk (I have new ones coming)
  • I have more energy
  • I fit better in my desk chair at work
  • My rings are spinning around on my fingers
  • My watch is spinning around on wrist.
  • These are little things in the grand scheme of things but are important to me. Today is a good day!!

    PostHeaderIcon The Good and the Bad

    Today I am 44 lbs lighter! What an awesome feeling this is. Most of my clothes are a lot looser and my pants are starting to feel like they could fall down. I think I’m going to need to invest in some new pants to wear to work. Mary gave me a bunch of very nice sweaters, it’s been so cold I am glad to have them. Plus it’s nice to wear something new and smaller 

    The next part is a TMI if you don’t want to hear about constipation I recommend you stop reading now. But I wanted a record of this.

    One of the side of effects of this surgery is constipation. Several things factor into this, 1. Not eating fiber, 2 Iron and Calcium supplements contribute to constipation and I have to take them. Well for the past several weeks I’ve suffered with constipation. But it’s been manageable though not pleasant. Until this weekend, it started on Saturday, I felt that I needed to go but nothing happened. It was discouraging but I figured it would happen soon. Sunday came and the urge to go it several times yet with no success. By this time it was starting to hurt. Monday came and it only got worse. I called the nurse and she suggested suppositories or an enema. I went to CVS to pick up a enema bag but they didn’t have any. So I had to buy the pre made stuff. With out going into to much detail, the enema didn’t work. I was left trying to go, by now the pain was intense and I started getting sick to my stomach. Tom and I tossed around the idea of going to the ER, but I thought if it doesn’t come Tuesday morning I will go into urgent care. At 10:30 I decided to go to bed. This time as I tried to go, the pain was intense. A half our later after screaming, groaning, and tears it was released. I swear it was like having a baby. I was very concerned about my rectum that it had been damaged after three days of trying to go. So this morning I went in a was checked out. Some minor tearing and two hemorrhoids but everything was ok. I’ll just be sore for a few days.

    I called the clinic and Sam talked with the doctor. They want me to try miralax twice a day, benifiber in my drinks, and increase my bean intake. I sure hope that I NEVER have to go through this again! As I write this I am feeling some what better!

    PostHeaderIcon It’s been One Month!

    It’s been a month since my surgery. I’m down 35 pounds woot!! Aside from the cough I have had since the day after surgery I’ve done well with only a few minor bumps. I only found one thing that hasn’t agreed with me and that is tuna. It tastes good but gives me an upset stomach everything I’ve eaten it. So for now it off the list, I’ll try it in a few more months. My favorite thing is refried beans with greek yogurt, and salsa. Some things that were harder for me when I was at my highest weight have now become easier. I am really glad I did this, and wish I hadn’t waited so long. I’m looking forward to the future.

    PostHeaderIcon First day back at work

    Today was my first day back at work. On one hand it felt like I’d been gone forever, but on the other hand it was like I hadn’t been gone for 3 weeks. I was glad I decided not to let everyone know I was back. I had several problems that needed correcting and some reports run. Not to mention people stopping by to ask how things were going. It was really nice to see everyone again. By the end of the day I was tired, I guess that was to be expected.

    I did much better getting my liquids down. It’s about 9:30 pm and have just about gotten 60oz in. YAY me!! I’ve lost 36 pounds and for the first time I weigh less than my driver’s license. It’s a nice feeling. But some how I’m not as happy as I thought I would be. I guess I thought I would have lost more. I’m worried that this will fail yet again. I know I’m being silly but tonight it’s really bothering me. I’m a little down and I don’t know why.

    PostHeaderIcon Avatar… Oh it was good

    Back the theater we go!! We were assured yesterday that Avatar would be working today. So we went back. True to their word the movie was working. I have to say I really missed having popcorn. It smelled so good.

    Avatar was excellent and the 3D made it. It would be good with out the 3D but with it, it was so much better. I would like to see at least one more time.

    My coughing isn’t as bad, but still there. I was able to time the coughs either during loud sounds or when no one was talking. I don’t think I disturbed to many people.

    It was nice getting out of the house for a little while.

    PostHeaderIcon Sherlock Holmes

    Lisa has this weekend off so we decided to go see the movie Avatar, so being the procrastinators we are we had to rush to the theater. Only to find out there was a problem in the theater that was showing the 3D version. After talking it over we decided to see Sherlock Holmes. We had to wait an hour before it started so Tom took Lisa over to MacDonlads for some lunch. I stayed at the theater, I’m not sure I am ready to smell Macd’s just yet.

    The move was good, though I think I could have easily waited for it come out on DVD.

    PostHeaderIcon New Years Day

    Happy New Year 2010!!! Wow 2010 I remember when that date seems soooo very far away. It was another quite day of drinking, coughing, drinking, more coughing. Argh I wish this would go away.

    Tom made pea soup with ham and I had a ¼ cup with the ham and oh my it was good. There was quite a bit left over so he packaged it up into smaller containers. He and I are the only ones that like the soup. I will be enjoying it again I’m sure.

    I hope you have a wonderful Year! I am looking forward to all the changes that are coming my way.

    PostHeaderIcon New Years Eve

    Today was really uneventful. We had called our friends Dennis and Carol to invite them over for New Years Eve but both of them were sick so we are going to try and get together in a couple of weeks. Lisa had to work until 11:30 pm so it was just Tom and I. He played on his laptop and I played EQ2. At midnight Tom and I kissed and then we went to bed. Like I said very uneventful!