For over 4 weeks I have been in a stall, going up and down between the same 2 pounds. Today, I finally broke that stall and hit a HUGE milestone at the same time! I am finally under 400 pounds! I’ve lost almost 10 BMI points. I am ecstatic!
I also got a measuring tape today and measured myself. I’m down a total of 28 inches! I’ve also lost 7 inches in my chest, which is really showing, both in the mirror, and in my bras.
So while I may not have been losing the last almost 5 weeks, I have been losing inches and I’m excited about that.
Monday is 6 weeks out. I have my 6 week post-op class Monday morning. I’ll be opened up for more foods, such as steak, pork, nuts, and fresh fruits and vegetables. I’m excited. I also get to work out more starting Monday, walk more often, and further. Start using weights and my bike. Plus I can lift things again and go swimming!
I’m starting to feel like a normal person again. Except today, today every time I stood up, I got dizzy. I’m not sure what was up with that. I’ve also been getting headaches every day in the afternoon. My fibromyalgia has seemed to have gotten worse since surgery. But overall, I am starting to feel better than right after surgery. More energy and more like myself.
Even with the frustration that was a nearly 5 week stall when I’m only about 6 weeks out, I have never regretted my decision. I am so thankful for this tool. And as of today, I’m 22 pounds down from the day of surgery. I never could have done that in less than 6 weeks before. I am so grateful. I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me.
I went camping this weekend for the first time since surgery. It was phenomenal! Here’s a picture of me sitting at the river side while my brothers fished. This was about 2pm. I went fishing for about 3 hours but after that time, my abdomen started to get sore so I took the rest of the day off and just kept my 3 brothers company while they fished. We fished on the lake, in the river, and on the pond and it was a a fun, wonderful, relaxing day.
Figuring out camping food for the weekend was interesting because I was still on pureed foods, but I got it all worked out and had a splendid time. The hardest part was letting my brothers set up and tear down and carry all the heavy stuff.
This morning was my 3 week post-op nutrition class. I advance today from purees to soft foods. I’m sooo excited! This opens up so many food options for me. I was getting tired of soups and yogurt and beans. I can now have things like fish and seafood, canned chicken, deli meats and cheeses, ground meat, nut butters, etc. Real food again! I can now eat up to 3 ounces if I’m able, but I know my stomach only holds about 2 ounces still, and I get to go from eating every 2 hours to every 3 hours!
Overall I’m down 22 pounds from the date of surgery and 57 pounds total since I started my weight loss journey. I haven’t regretted this surgery for a moment yet, though I know I could potentially regret it during hard times in the future. There’s always that possibility. But for now, in this moment, I am content.
Monday was my one week post-op and I officially got to start pureed foods. I get to eat refried beans, Greek yogurt, sugar-free pudding, ricotta bake, strained soups, and scrambled egg whites. I add unflavored protein powder to the beans, pudding, and soup to help get my protein in.
So far things have gone very smoothly. I eat about a tablespoon at a time right now. As the swelling continues to go down in my stomach I’ll be able to eat a little more. However, even eating every hour, with only eating a tablespoon at a time, I’m only able to get in about 300 calories in a day. This is messing with my head. As a recovering bulimic, seeing the number 300 consistently in MyFitnessPal makes me want to only eat under 300 calories in a day. It makes me scared for when I can eat more because that means more calories. It’s also a mind trip to be eating all day long and to only get to 300 calories.
It is very tedious eating all day. By the time 6 or 7pm comes around, I don’t want to eat anymore. I’m also already tired of eating the things I’m allowed to eat. I am looking forward, in a week and a half, to eating soft foods. That will greatly expand what I can eat.
Now, first of all, I just want to say that I had zero idea that a 3 gallon tub of ice cream weighed so much. Also, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a 3 gallon tub of ice cream.
My protein shake samples have been starting to arrive. I’m reviewing one a day over on instagram, so if you don’t follow me over there, head on over and check them out (link at the top of the page, “Where else can you find me?”). Once I’m done trying them all, I’ll come on here and make a summary of the best and worst ones for you.
So this was my first full week on the new higher dosage of Vyvanse and I can definitely tell a difference. I didn’t have any binges this week. I wasn’t mind-hungry or preoccupied with food like I normally am. This made it pretty easy to stay within my calorie goal each day. For the first part of the week, I felt like the weight just wasn’t coming off regardless. I worked out 4 times this week and even doing that and staying within my goal I didn’t seem to be losing. I was discouraged, but for once I didn’t say “screw it” and eat a bunch of junk food to make myself feel better.
Then, slowly, the weigh started to come off. 0.6 pounds here, 0.4 pounds there, but it started coming off, and now I’m down almost 4 pounds from my last official weigh-in. If I can keep up that momentum, I will be able to lose enough weight to qualify for the surgery at the same time I finish my medically supervised weight loss at the end of March.
My goals for this week are to stay within my calorie goal, to drink 100 oz of water a day, and to work out 4-5 times.
Beginning weight: 460
Last weight: 439.6
Current weight: 435.8
I decorated my little Christmas tree last night. It makes me so happy. I put on Christmas music from my iHeart Radio app, Christmas Classics, and just soaked in the Christmas spirit.
Now, I’m not 100% Christmas yet. I usually have a bedroom tree and a living room tree. The bedroom tree is a 4 foot fake tree that usually goes up in early November. My living room tree is a real tree, and won’t go up until December. I have bought most of my Christmas presents, though. I’ll have to wait for my next paycheck to get the rest, but I’m happy to be almost done shopping!
In health news, today I made a goal for today and tomorrow to not binge on any food. I’m sure it’ll be easier to keep from binging when I fill my Vyvanse prescription, but I want to start making steps in the right direction right now. I know it’ll be a hard weekend, because I am so used to turning to food when I’m stressed or not feeling well. However, I really want to try to have a binge-free weekend.