Updates on my road to surgery

I saw my weight loss doctor today. I was down 6 pounds from when I saw her last. Not as much as I’d hoped when I initially set the appointment, but I’m satisfied with that after the rough time I had with Christmas.

She informed me that I’m halfway through my 6-month mandatory doctor-managed weight loss period. This is a 6-month period my insurance requires me to work with a weight loss doctor for them to pay for my weight loss surgery. It was so encouraging to hear that I’m already halfway through it! I still have 37 pounds to lose to be eligible for the surgery. That’s 12.46 pounds a month in the next 3 months if I’m going to finish at the same time as I finish my required 6 month weight loss period. I don’t know if I can lose 12.46 pounds a month, but my original goal for January was to lose 10 pounds so that’s only 2.46 pounds more than that each month.

I have finally incorporated exercise into my routine. I had been “working on” doing it for the last few months, but hadn’t actually gotten around to doing it. However, I have worked out 3 time now, and 2 times so far this week. I am starting slow, I haven’t worked out in over a year. I could only do 10 minutes on my stationary bike my first time. However, I did 15 minutes yesterday and am going to try to bump it up to 20 minutes today.

If I can lose those 25 pounds in the next 2 months, I will schedule my follow up appointment with my surgeon for early April. I will be done with my required 6 months by then, and will be either eligible for the surgery or very close to the weight I need to be at for surgery by then. Then I can start setting up my appointments with the psychiatrist and the bariatric nutritionist, which both need to happen before the surgery. I’ll get more information on those when I meed with my surgeon in April. My biggest fear is going through all this work and not getting cleared by the psychiatrist for surgery. That would devastate me. I don’t actually know what would cause him or her to say I don’t qualify and I’m sure I’ll do fine, but I still worry. I’m looking forward to meeting with the bariatric nutritionist to get more information on my pre-op and post-op diets and when I need to start the pre-op one and for how long it will be. I’ve seen them run the gamut of 5 days before surgery to several month before surgery. I’m hoping I just need the standard 2 week liquid pre-op diet, but we’ll see. We shall see.

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21 thoughts on “Updates on my road to surgery

  1. I have a really good chart for weight loss after the surgery. I had this surgery in August. Email me if you want it or friend me on Facebook. I found your site through Mark Selz

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  2. Cutting carbs worked for me for fast weight loss… but it also made me want to murder people. I hope you reach your goal! Looks like you’ve done well so far. You’ve got this!

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    1. Keep exercising, try to keep in my calorie allotment, try to add fruits and veggies into my diet (this will also help lower my starch intake), keep working on the changes my dietitian recommended, keep accountable to someone.

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  3. I think what you’re working for is so amazing! It’s so hard to lose weight. I think exercise is always best starting out small. And on the days you really don’t feel like doing it. For yourself to go for a walk. Even just twenty minutes. And movement is good! I also use Jillian Michaels 30 day shred video. It’s REALLY hard I still have to take a lot of breaks but the workout itself is only 20 minutes. And it kicks your butt in the safety of home ! I hate working out with other people

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  4. I understand. I just blew my op with the psychiatrist yesterday. He sentenced me to three months therapy and a re-evaluation. I’m still working on the blood sugar and stuff, so I am at least 6 months out. Keep adding minutes to your workout and it will get easier. I promise!

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