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WLS Update

Well, I had my 6 month check up at the surgeons about 2 weeks ago, and I’ll be 7 months out on the 4th, so here’s an update in the middle of it!

This past few weeks I hit 3 really big “happy” moments for me.  1. I hit the 75 pound mark!  I’m actually at -77, but getting to that 75 was pretty exciting!  2. Finally below 200!  Currently 199. Welcome to “Onederland” for me!!  Haven’t posted my weight publicly at all except on Spark People, but I told myself I would once I got down to 199, so there ya go!  This is the lowest my weight has been since before I was pregnant for my oldest, 18 years ago.  It is also exactly what I weighed on my wedding day…for at least 3 days lol! And the #3 happy moment was the numbers I got back from my blood work this month.  And the numbers are…..

Total Cholesterol-135 (optimal below 200) Woot!!

Triglyceride-114  (normal is less than 150) Happiness!

HDL-42 (optimal is above 50, but mine was 24!) Exercising will continue to raise this, it’s a good start!

LDL-70 (optimal is less than 100!) yeah baby!!

And the results from my fasting blood glucose test….77!!  Super cool!  It used to be 109, borderline diabetic.  NO MORE!!  (as far as I’m concerned with my health…MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!)

My iron levels were a bit low last time, but I started taking Vitamin C with my Iron to help with absorption and those numbers came up too.

My blood pressure is currently around 100 over  70!  A far cry from the typical 150 over 90 of the past 5 years!

Physical Therapy is finished after a month, unless I want more appointments, but I’m tired of going to extra appointments 3 times a week so I’m not for now. My shoulder is not back to 100%, but she gave me a good number of stretches, exercises and instruction for working my way slowly back up to be able to use the weight machines at the gym again.  It will be a slow work up, but if it keeps my shoulder in place where it belongs, and not popping and clicking and hurting, I’m more than willing to take my time to build back up to where I want to  be.  Word of advice for those of you who’ve had WLS….Don’t go gung-ho crazy with the weight machines or weight lifting in the beginning.  You lose so much weight so quickly, that your ligaments and muscles need time to adjust and become tighter around all of your major joints, to hold them in place.  Working out too much too fast can cause those joints to over extend…..thus the problem with my traveling shoulder!

As far as the abdominal hernias, the plan is for me to not do a lot of ab work for now, let the pain guide me so to speak.  I can do some on the ab machines, and again, just taking it slow.  My doctor is pretty confident that I will have reached a 100 pound loss by my 1 year appointment, and at that time they will schedule me for surgery to repair the hernias, AND the tummy tuck along with it!!  Happiness!! On both parts!  I want to be able to work out my abs, and to lose this hanging stomach…thank you Jesus!!  I am more than ready for “Hotel Mom” for the 5 children I have been pregnant with to be removed! lol!

Enough about all of that!  I’ve also started working outside of the home part time, and am loving it!! 20 hours a week at a bakery/cafe near my house.  A bakery??!  Yes!  There’s no way in the world I can pig out on all of that stuff even if I wanted to, so it’s completely safe for me! LOL!  I’m working in the front, taking orders, running the register, and being the coffee barista.  It has been a lot of fun to make all of those drinks.  I do bring some doughnuts home at the end of the night, but can only have a nibble here and there.  It’s not the sugar that causes me any problems at all, it’s the high fat from them being fried in oil.  My body does not like high fat at all!

It’s been difficult at times to make sure I’m getting enough to eat if I’m working a longer shift there.  I order a chicken breast Panini in the middle of my shift and just pick at it over an hour or so now to make sure there’s something in me for the long haul.  It’s also hard to be drinking water all the time when you are working all the time, but I do get sips in throughout my shift.  At least a 20 ounce Vitamin Water Zero.  It’s really not enough, but I make sure that I drink a lot before I go to work, and a lot when I get home.

My gym schedule has changed quite a bit with me working also.  I only go on my 3 days off now.  I usually get in a bike ride or walk on 2 of the other days also.  Not feeling guilty about it at all though.  I never stop moving at work! I am on the run the ENTIRE time! Especially with all of the closing work.  Goodness, after 3 days I came home and laid in my bed and cried and told Eric I’m just too old for this! lol!  I’m okay now that I’ve got the routine down, and now that I’m not going to the gym or on a 6 mile bike ride BEFORE work anymore.  It’s only for the summer, so I will survive.  I actually really enjoy working there.  I might even miss it when the summer is over.  But I was offered another job that starts in October, through the local Health Department, as a breastfeeding consultant to new moms!  That’s only 2 days a week while my kids are in school, lots more pay, and a 3 year contract to start out!  That is going to Rock!  There is just something so awesome about being offered a job solely on your experience as a MOM!

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WLS 5 1/2 month update

Sitting here sipping a bit of peanut butter love shake, and thought it would be a great time to do an update on my WLS journey.  Most people make it a point to update every month, or week, but I guess I’m just too random for that (yes, that’s what we will call it), a 5 1/2 month update it is!

It feels like it’s been a slow month in terms of the numbers, but I won’t complain.  -68 pounds so far!  I’ve gone from a size 30 (as in plus size….the one ABOVE 28! EEK!!)  to a size 16 so far.  That feels great, but I’m no where near satisfied.  And I won’t be satisfied anywhere but my goal….a healthy body with no excess fat.  As far as the numbers go, I’m a little more than half way there.

I’ve had to tweak my workout routine quite a bit to let my body catch up with my brain.  I was working out at the gym 5-6 days a week, doing cardio all days, and the weight circuit every other day.  Well, my shoulder started whining first, by popping in and out randomly throughout the day, until I could no longer do the machines that required any work from my shoulder at all.  My family doctor said I have lost so much fat around my large joints that I need to give the muscle time to rebuild around them to stabilize them.  More patience.

Then I started having pain in my stomach from abdominal hernias, which I knew at least one or two were there from being pregnant with 5 ginormous babies throughout the years, but my superwoman routine at the gym apparently has caused quite the temper tantrums from them.  Once I knew my insides were healed up nicely, I began going to town on the ab machines at the gym, thus the screaming hernias.  While I don’t like pain, and specifically the surgery that is required to stitch up those unruly stomach muscles to repair the hernias, there is a silver lining behind that cloud…so they say.  If I can hold off until I finish losing my weight, they will do a tummy tuck while they repair the hernias.  So, no more ab machines either.

I have an appointment coming up with my surgeon in a couple of weeks, and will discuss this with him more then.  I’m really hoping they tell me they have some magic duct tape or something I can wear that will keep my insides together so that I can go back to the ab machines.  I know I sound like a whiny little brat, but I don’t WANT to slow down my workouts!  I’m LOVING working out!  And the weight circuit is my favorite part of the whole gym!

I have been ingesting Oxygen fitness magazine for women, and I’ll tell you, I’ve been inspired.  More than inspired, I have a goal.  Oxygen features women who are body builders of many different levels.  While I don’t want to look like Arnold or anything, I have decided that I want some serious muscle definition.  I get so geeked about seeing muscles come to life in my body now!  It’s not unusual to find both me and my 12 year old son flexing in front of my  hubby saying “hey! Check out these muscles!” lol!  As long as I don’t join in on his chorus of  “hey Dad, check out these new hairs on my upper lip!” then it’s all good 🙂

So for now, working on lots of cardio. Switching up the machines as much as I can handle to build up my endurance and work different muscle groups while I keep burning the fat off.  My current favorite is the recumbent cross trainer, which is like a stair stepper with ski poles while sitting down.  Sounds like such a lazy machine, I know, but I sweat buckets on there compared to the treadmill, even when I’m on full incline, so I’ll take the bucket-sweating sit on my butt machine.

Eating has still been lovely for me, just on a much smaller scale, obviously.  I have no problem eating anything-meats, veggies, fruit, grains, even sugar.  I am a stickler for getting my protein in, make sure I’m having veggies everyday, still love carbs but don’t like feeling run down after I eat too much so I take it easy on them.  My drinks of choice are Vitamin Water Zero, and Chai tea, and I’m pretty good at keeping hydrated.  I still love M&M’s, I just love them in quantities of 4 little M&M’s at a time now!

I’m getting very impatient for summer. I discovered I LOVE riding my bike…but I HATE cold!  So, waiting, waiting, waiting.

OH! The most important, happiest accomplishment?  NO MORE BLOOD PRESSURE MEDS!!  BP is now a lovely 112 over 78!  That makes is worth it all:)  Nothing but my lovely vitamins for me.  Which I NEVER miss!  I want a healthy body, and part of this surgery is the need for supplements, why would I skip them?  That would just be foolishness.  I didn’t do this to have a “skinny” appearance.  I did this to have a healthy body.  So that’s how I’m living 🙂

The first picture is a picture from last fall…that makes me cry just to look at it.  The second was taken about 2 weeks ago, doing some goofy family pictures:)  that I LOVE because I can see some muscle definition in my lower arms! woot!   Never going back….Lord help me to never go back.

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Peanut butter love!

Yes, I am in love!  With a shake!  A peanut butter chocolate banana protein shake, to be exact.  Now, as a WLS patient, I am required to get a certain amount of protein in daily, and with the small size of my new stomach, it’s almost impossible without including 1 or 2 protein supplements a day.  My supplement of choice since surgery in December has been to mix chocolate flavored whey protein powder into milk, and keep it in my refrigerator to use as cream in my coffee every morning.  For 5 months I’ve found no need to change that.  Most people need variety, but for some odd reason, I haven’t.  I love my coffee, and had to find a way to make it count since I can fit so very little in my stomach, so protein coffee it has been.  Until yesterday.  When I stumbled upon some peanut butter love!

I’ve seen recipes for peanut butter in protein shakes before, and the thought was just never appealing to me.  Maybe even a bit nauseating.  I’m not sure what suddenly changed yesterday.  Perhaps the moon lined up with the sun lined up with the neighbors dog and the old lady down the road.  Who knows.  Whatever the reason…I’m suddenly feeling like I’m drinking a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup, and I’m just all good with that!   Here’s the recipe that I found in Oxygen Magazine. P.S.  This recipe makes 2 servings, if you are a WLS patient, you may want to cut the recipe in half or find a friend to share it with. 🙂

Mocha Muscle Shake

Ice Cubes

1 cup skim or soy milk

1/3 cup brewed coffee

1 Tbs.  all natural peanut butter

1 banana (I used a frozen one)

1 scoop chocolate flavored whey protein powder (I used 1  1/2)

Place all ingredients in blender and process until smooth.

Nutrients per serving:

Calories 200, Total Fat 7, Sodium 260mg, Total Carbs 18, Dietary Fiber 3, Sugars 9, Protein 18, Iron 1mg.

(My protein powder has 26 g protein per scoop, so my count is much higher, especially since I added extra protein)

ENJOY!

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