My Weight Loss Journey, part II

It is officially happening. I’m having weight loss surgery.

I know I said it was happening in part I, but now it really is happening! I couldn’t be more excited for this new journey in my life.

This past week, I saw a PA (physician’s assistant) and dietician, as well as attended the informational (and mandatory) bariatric seminar, lead by my surgeon. I was told by the PA that I am an excellent candidate for this surgery, based on my build and weight. He told me I will have success in my weight loss journey after the surgery. What words could be better than those? He told me that we could schedule my surgery around the end of July or early August, which blows my mind!

When I spoke to my dietician, she had nothing but positive words as well. She told me some things I need to stop drinking, such as sparkling water. I’ll miss it, but I’ll definitely get over it. We talked about pre-op and post-op diet, and I got some samples of protein drinks, since I’ll be drinking those for a month after the surgery.

The informational seminar was just that – informational. My surgeon talked for an hour about what the surgery does and what it will do for me. He spoke numbers, like percentages about mortality rates, which are very low. Below 1%. The seminar made me want the surgery even more.

Next appointment is July 17, and I believe it’s my pre-op date for all the testing. I should most likely get my surgery date then, hopefully. I see my dietician again two days after that, then we’re in the final stretch! It’s getting closer and closer to surgery day!

I’ve been exercising a lot and making sure to close my rings on my Apple Watch. The three rings consist of moving, exercising for 30 minutes, and standing at least 12 times a day for at least a minute to get rid of the sedentary lifestyle. I’ve been competing with other people and even though they’re kicking my butt, it’s still fun, friendly competition.

I still haven’t lost any weight. My weight is still fluctuating between 250 and 245. I can’t seem to get below 245. I’m currently 249.

Part III will be next month after my appointments and I’m constantly updating on my new Facebook page! www.facebook.com/aliveewriter

My Weight Loss Journey, part I

I mentioned last month that I was approved for weight loss surgery. Up until today, I was waiting to get psychiatric clearance. I got that clearance today so I will officially be having the surgery!

I promise this is not taking the “easy way out.” Just because people have this surgery doesn’t mean that it’s easy, so if you believe that, please keep reading this series. I’m going to continue to blog my experience during my weight loss journey. I’ve tried for years to lose weight, and nothing has worked because I give up so easily after not losing weight as fast as I want. I also feel as if my stomach is simply too big so I continue to eat until I’m full or sometimes even past full if it’s something I love eating.

So for almost 4 months, I’ve been exercising almost everyday. I even took up hiking, which I’m loving by the way. I got an Apple Watch so I can keep up with my workouts. I’ve been eating right, but with cheat days here and there. I even bought a basketball to get more cardio by playing a game with my niece and nephew.

People, when I say all that, I’m doing all that I can until my back pain gets too unbearable. It’s still not working. Surgery was the last resort, and I’m there now. Every single professional I have talked to about having weight loss surgery has said it’s a great idea for me and that’ll help me so much.

With all that being said, I’m going to continue to keep everyone updated on my weight loss journey. This is going to be difficult, because I hate disclosing my weight, but I’m going to do it. I’m going to conquer a fear, because that’s what my year has been about. Conquering fears and being happy. It’s been a great six months and I can’t wait for the next six. Here’s to getting healthy and happy!

Starting weight: 252 lbs.

Current weight: 246 lbs.

Well, here goes…

For a long time now, I have had a really hard time losing weight. I blame it on depression taking all of my energy and motivation, but I have to admit, I’m also lazy. My weight is not consistent; I can lose 5 lbs., not do anything wrong, and overnight, I’m back up 5 lbs. and have a hard time getting it back off. I don’t know why, and my doctor has done all kinds of tests with no answers. I was diagnosed with an eating disorder a couple years ago (binge eating), so that doesn’t help.

I am on medications for diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, neuropathy, and vitamin D deficiency as well as mental health medications.

I’ve been on the keto diet since February of this year and I feel like it has given me more energy, but I still can’t lose the weight, even when I haven’t cheated or binged. Because of all this, I talked to all of my all of my doctors and healthcare professionals and decided that weight loss surgery would be right for me.

I made the appointment with a weight loss surgeon and on May 8, I was approved for the sleeve gastrectomy surgery. I will be going through 12 weeks of a supervised diet, as well as information seminars and appointments, psychiatric evaluations, and other evaluations to make sure I am mentally and physically ready. In August (or around), I will have the surgery.

During the sleeve gastrectomy, a portion of the stomach is removed, leaving a “sleeve” for food. This procedure also decreases the hormone which causes hunger. The average excess body weight loss is 60-70%. The success stories consist of people being able to get off most of their medications.

I feel like this is what I have to do to be healthy. I’ll be keeping everyone updated here on my blog during this journey, so be sure to keep up with me!

To all that have prayed for me, please continue. This is a major decision that I needed to make.