I’ve been plucked!

by Robyn Wright on January 21, 2013

in Weight Loss

Surgical staples being removedOkay, so not plucked as in feathers, but I had my first follow-up visit with my surgeon, Dr. Minkin, today and he plucked out all of my staples. Yay! They were starting to itch! Let’s see, what else has happened since my last update, but first a quick clearing of a myth about weight loss surgery.

MYTH – Weight loss surgery makes you lose weight and is a cheat or quick & easy way to do things. Wrong, wrong wrong! I knew this going in, but it seems a lot of folks are under that misconception. The surgery is a tool that will help me stay within the boundaries I need to for eating generally, but it is not something that actually makes you lose weight or lets you eat anything you want or anything like that at all. You can actually still gain weight after weight loss surgery if you eat too much, continue to high calorie and high fat items, and not exercise. For me though, I needed this jumpstart and now I have to work hard to get rid of my weight!

Now that I got that out of my system…. I did start feeling hungry a few days after surgery. Part of it was real hunger, part of it was in my head out of eating habits and a few triggers for emotional eating. I’m working hard on being able to tell the difference with all of those. Week 1 was still clear liquids, now I’m in week 2 with all liquids. Tonight I had 1/2 cup of Progresso Light Zesty Santa Fe Style Chicken soup that I blended up with my Cuisinart Immersion blender to make it smooth. I made tacos for Hubby and Taylor, so I added a small dollop of Greek yogurt to my soup also. It was really good and yes, just that 1/2 cup of soup did fill me up. This Thursday I add soft foods! After six weeks I am pretty much back on regular food, but smaller portions and focus is on high protein especially.

Up until day 8 after surgery I was taking pain meds (Lortab liquid), but not even as much as I was allowed. I don’t need it anymore. The pain is not really bad, more uncomfortable. A lot easier than a c-section. I had a large cyst right under the surface of my abdomen also and that had to be removed – that incision would was the most painful as it was the largest. By the way, the cyst was sent to the lab and no problems. Happy Dance!

I can drive now and have been out and about the last couple of days. I still tire easily, but honestly I did that before the surgery because of weight. It is getting better though. Today I was very happy at the doctor because he has this looooooooonnnnnnngggggg hallway to get to his office at the end. The last two times I was there I ended up really huffing and puffing and had to stop a moment on the way. Today I just walked all the way down and back no problem! Super Happy Dance!!! When we left I did not have Hubby go get the car either, I walked with him all the way to the back corner of the parking lot! My official weight loss per the doctor’s scale is 26 pounds. I told Dr. Minkin I was surprised at how much that little bit of weight loss helped – he said that isn’t just a little. To me it seemed like that since I have a lot more to go.

One of the worst things has been the icky vitamins. I am not anti-vitamin at all, but right now I’m not supposed to swallow any big pills. That means vitamins need to be liquid, chewable, or chewy. Most of mine are chewable which is slang for fruity flavored CHALK! Blech! I’m taking the brand Bariatric Advantage but I just hate the taste of these things. Life will be better when I can go back to swallowing vitamin pills again.

I think that covers things, but as always I am happy to answer questions as best I can. I am sharing my process with the sleeve gastrectomy and weight loss on my blog because the wonderful Nicole of Beauty and the Bypass has shared with me and been such a huge support. Hopefully, I can help at least one other person like she has helped me!

P.S. If you missed the first few posts about this journey you can read them here.

Disclosure: None – there are no sponsored items mentioned in this post.

© 2013, Robyn Wright. All rights reserved.

  • Kenny Fensom

    Thanks for sharing!

  • http://twitter.com/JaMonkey Meghan Cooper

    Glad you’re starting to feel better. Surgery (any kind) totally sucks.

  • terry petero

    So glad staples are out , healing is going well, and your doing great, awesome. i have tried some progresive soup i thought it would be gross like some of the others but it isnt love it my favorite is the chedder bacon potatoe. and im glad your hanging in there, your stong willed and i half no doubt you can do this.

  • Candace

    I am glad you are recovering well! Both my mom and my Father-In-Law had bypass, two different outcomes but both never went back to previous weights which is good. 26 pounds is great! I have to lose about 28 pounds to hit my goal and I haven’t been able to lose any weight in a year. I have to exercise, so the hard work.

  • tannawings

    I bet that soup tasted delicious after these past couple of weeks. You are doing so well, and am so glad to see the updates!

  • ciaraj

    looks like you’re on the right track, robyn. way to go! i think a lot of people, especially those who don’t have an issue with weight, think that weight loss surgery is an easy out. they don’t realize that, for some people, it’s a last resort. it’s funny to see how they think the weight will just ‘magically’ fall off, but as with everything else, it requires healthy eating habits and exercise. i’ve been skinny before my first kid, big after, skinny before my second kid, and big since, but in all the time i didn’t have weight issues, i never once looked at surgery as easy street for those who want to lose weight. i think that’s ignorance. i think people should read up on various topics, so that they can discuss it in an educated manner.

    anyways, you’re making great strides! i’m trying to do a small goal of losing 10 lbs by the end of feb.-early march. i got a feeling that if i can, it’s going to make a big difference.

  • Melinda

    I wish you all the best Robyn!!! And for you to share your experience is a very brave and selfless thing to do. Never by any means, do I feel it is the “easy way out”.. It was simply a change you made for yourself, and sometimes change in and of itself is very hard to adapt to. GOOD FOR YOU!!! I’m so happy to hear your progress, and look forward to see your updates! 26 pounds is no joke!!! That is AWESOME, and congrats to you! Good luck! My prayers are with you!!!

  • Rust

    I’m so glad to hear how well you’re doing, Robyn. You’re an inspiration.

  • Diana

    Robyn,

    You are still at the beginning of this journey and yet you’ve already accomplished a lot. Glad to hear that walking has gotten easier for you, that will make is so much better for you to continue.
    Good Luck and keep us updated.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AmyBarseghian Amy Barseghian

    So proud of you Robyn! Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

  • Gianna

    I hope you feel better soon!

  • slehan

    You’ve become unstapled. Is that like unhinged? Glad to hear your progress.

  • http://twitter.com/mkjmc Kathy

    That is so great~ COngrats on the weight loss, perserverance to keep going and the exercise you are now able to do~

  • http://twitter.com/rkosully Robin

    Are you able to get gummy vitamins? I happen to love gummy vitamins, because they taste like candy to me. Just a thought….Hang in there!!

  • Ravzie

    My friend had to constantly drink little bits of her special protein drink to get enough nourishment. Do you have to have such a thing too?

  • Tiffany Winner

    my mother’s friend had weight loss surgery, i saw her a year later and hardly recognized her!
    thismomwins@gmail.com

  • http://www.crackerjackmarketing.com/ Stephanie Schwab

    Just catching up with your news – congrats on taking this big leap! I hope all continues to go well – I predict 2013 will be a very exciting year for you!

  • Rosey

    I’m happy to read the update. Years and years ago my cousin had this type of surgery and she still says it was the best thing she’s ever done (and at 50 she still looks GREAT!). Congrats on the 26 lbs., that is wonderful. :)

  • nanlara

    glad to hear your recovery is going good, take it easy

  • GlArthy

    -26 pounds and many happy dances!! wow, now that songs like someone who intends to stick with the programme. My thoughts are always protection of that area or areas – you’ve pushed further in the longer walks so no doubt you’re taking on ‘some place new’. Good for you Robyn, you go girl! We are behind you all the way.

  • AngelaLilly

    I wish you so much luck in your new life! Don’t worry what others think about what you have done. As long as YOU are OK with the changes you have made, then that is all that matters.

  • Isra {thefrugalette}

    Happy to hear the recovery is going well!! No need to rush the healing process, take it slow. :)

  • Daria

    I can’t imagine being on a liquid diet that long – holy cow! And 26 pounds is awesome! I can’t WAIT to see progress pics and see you rock this as I know you will. Maybe that pesky gall bladder will throw a few kinks in the journey, but it’ll straighten out.

    Hugs!

  • Sonya Sparks

    I’m proud of you. You are going to do wonderfully!

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