Well it has been two months since I had my weight loss surgery, a vertical sleeve gastrectomy, and while I have been able to tell a big difference in how I feel already, I wasn’t sure if you could tell in the way I looked. Hubby took several pictures of me before my surgery and so the other day I put on the same clothes and took the pictures again. I can see a difference finally. It is hard when it is yourself and you see you ever day to notice these small changes. I know the clothes are getting baggier now, but I’m trying to put off buying clothes as long as I can since, hopefully, I will keep getting smaller. For those who want a number, I am down 54.4 pounds now.
I added a topic of “Weight Loss” at the top of the page just under my picture in the upper right
corner. You can find all my previous posts about this process there if you have missed any.
My recovery from the actual surgery was stalled a bit when I had to have my gall bladder out just three weeks after the sleeve surgery, but I feel like I am fairly well recovered from that now. It was around the six week mark (after the 1st surgery) that I really started pepping back up I think. I also bought an elliptical machine for here at home and have started using that – it is tough, but I’m building up very slowly. My energy level is higher these days and I am enjoying doing more things again.
Vitamins are important after weight loss surgery and I struggled with mine from the start. Many were chewable and I just could not handle them. Luckily on my last checkup with my surgeon, Dr. Minkin, he was able to help me with other options and I am doing much better taking them now. There are many options thank goodness!
As I have said before, the surgery is just a tool in weight loss. My weight loss has come from food choices and portion control. For me, I really felt like I needed this tool to be able to stay on track with my food choices and portions. I would have loved to have been able to do it without the surgery. If I had not had surgery I’m 100% sure I would still be eating the same way I was before and I would continue to gain weight and my health would have continued to worsen. Weight loss surgery of any kind (there are several different options) is not the right answer for everyone and it is not an easy way out or cheat for weight loss.
I now can eat pretty much any food I want BUT within that I need to make good choices. Protein is the biggest part of my diet, I’m always trying to get protein in. Fruits and veggies are okay too, but I cannot fill up on those because I need that protein the most. Obviously low fat is important as well. Hubby is surprised at how small of a portion I eat now. It is no more than 1 cup of food total approximately at each meal. I also eat slowly, at least 15 minutes but no more than 30 minutes, at each meal.
Retraining my brain for all of this has really been one of the hardest things. You really have to be mindful of your eating because if you are not you just go back to old habits of eating junk, eating it fast, and eating a lot of it. I have had a couple of instances where I ate too much at a meal and my body promptly lets me know it is not happy. I end up throwing up the excess amount – which is still a small amount – but it is never fun to throw up. Learning to understand what my body is telling me is hard too. My stomach makes all sorts of noises – I wonder if it is saying it is hungry, or maybe I ate the wrong thing. It is just odd and new to me. There have been some really difficult days where I was just depressed about everything too. It is my own “stuff” of my fears and concerns that I have had even before, but all the change has been able to trigger them a little more on some days. Overall though I am feeling better mentally also.
The little things are nice successes to help me keep going. They are those moments when I realize “hey I can do that again” or “hey I can bend that way” or “hey I am not out of breath”. Examples include the fact that I do not have to pull the seat belt out so far, my winter coat is huge now on me, I am not out of breath walking from the parking lot to the store, I can get through the grocery store without being exhausted and having my back and legs hurt, and I can more easily paint my toenails.
I am proud of myself for what I have accomplished so far and looking forward to keep going and reaching more goals. Daily I am still learning about food and nutrition. It is all so complicated, but learning through life makes life more interesting. The best thing so far is just feeling better and I hope that just continues to get even better as I move along.
I am happy to answer questions – ask away.
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