Last Tuesday was the sixth week anniversary since my weight-loss surgery. To mark the moment, I took measurements. I am down 24 inches overall. I measure my calves, thighs, waist, hips, butt and hips, chest, neck and upper arms, so 11 spots all together. I do this every two weeks, and it is nice to see the inches going away.
In addition to the measurements I take every two weeks, I am taking photos every month. The first time was the day before my surgery. I will not be sharing these photos online since I am in a bra and underwear, but I wanted to make sure I really recorded the changes my body is undergoing for my own motivation and records. Maybe next month I will take photos with more clothes on to post online as well.
I have lost 38 pounds, which is 33 percent of my excess weight. My goal weight is 140 pounds, which is 77 pounds away. I keep track of my food intake and weight at myfitnesspal.com, and I should be in Onderland before Halloween.
I saw my doctor, and I am doing great. I am still on a mostly liquid diet, but I am adding stuff. I don’t drink anything caffeinated, carbonated or alcoholic. This doesn’t leave me a lot of options in a restaurant. And yes, I have gone to restaurants. I don’t mention my WLS, and if I have leftovers, I take them home. The first time I went, I had a cup of cream of broccoli soup. I don’t take home soup leftovers.
My doctor didn’t want me to do sit-ups yet because my stomach is still healing. I also am supposed to have weight restrictions with lifting, and I am trying to adhere to those. It isn’t always easy.
This week, I met with the nutritionist. This is the third meeting. I have two more available for some time in the future as I need it. In this third meeting, she discussed how to count protein when eating real food. After the nutrition class, I went to my first support group meeting since my surgery.
One of the requirements of surgery is that I had to attend a support group before my surgery. It is also highly recommended to attend one after your surgery. Studies have showed people who attend the support groups lose more weight. I have not been motivated to attend because it is anywhere from a 45 to 90 minute drive (one way) for me to attend one. Still, I’ve enjoyed the ones I’ve attended. Personally, I prefer the online support group I go to (verticalsleeve.com) and a private facebook group that grew out of one of the face-to-face groups.
I haven’t had any complications from my sleeve surgery. I haven’t had any nausea or vomiting even when I was in the hospital. It has worked so well, and I feel so good. I can’t wait until that Wii fit board weighs me and no longer waits for a long time before saying “That’s obese” in such a cheerful tone. Or goes “oohh” when I step on the board.