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!