Quick Bit Of Info …

I received a call from the Weight Management Surgery Group this morning. I have an appointment with the surgeon on September 2, 2011.

I’ll post a full update after that visit. In the meantime I’m going to continue on a high protein diet regimen and see how much additional weight will come off.


Where Is My Weight Loss Journey Today?

I’m so glad you asked!

I had a follow-up yesterday (Wednesday August 16, 2011) with the Weight Loss Management Center in Asheville. This visit was only for a weigh-in.  When I was there last Thursday for the final required dietary class and the 3rd required MD visit before going to the surgeon, I was roughly four pounds from the weight I needed to be in order to go to the surgeon. While I was disappointed I knew the weight would come off. As I was checking out the program director offered me the opportunity to visit with their dietician to see what, if anything could be changed to help bring the weight off.

While visiting with Elizabeth we reviewed my usually daily diet. When we were finished she looked at me with a big smile and said “This is going to be easy.” I wanted to smack her!!  The next words out of her mouth made me laugh. She said “You’re not eating enough.”  I thought, how in the world can I eat more and still lose weight. She went through my diet with me and increased the amount of protein I was eating by adding a protein bar in the afternoon and Greek yogurt at night. She said my body was in starvation mode, wouldn’t lose ‘bad weight’, but it would destroy the lean body mass trying to compensate for not getting the proper nutrients.

With that information I headed home to step up to a new dietary course. I added the proteins and changed up a couple of other things to try and hit my goal.  Friends … let me tell ya … by the end of the day on Friday … I was MISERABLE! I felt so bloated and full. I truly thought I was going to be sick.  I kept up with this diet on Saturday and while I wasn’t as miserable I still thought I was making a huge mistake in eating all this ‘required’ food.  Funny thing happened on Sunday … I woke up HUNGRY. I was absolutely starving to death when I woke up Sunday morning and I had eaten a cup of Greek Yogurt before going to bed Saturday night.  I fed my hunger with the appropriate meal, went to Church, and by the time I got home … I was HUNGRY again. I hadn’t felt this kind of hunger in a long time and here it is three days into a new diet plan and I was starving. Throughout the day Sunday, Monday, & Tuesday I followed this diet plan and fed the hunger with the proper diet.

Wednesday I headed to Asheville for a weigh-in with a lot of skepticism. I never dreamed with all the food I had been eating that I would lose the necessary four pounds to be able to be referred to the surgeon, much less any additional weight.  Imagine my surprise when I stepped on the scales and found that I had lost 11.1 pounds in five short day.  Not only did I reach the goal for going to the surgeon, I am also 1.8 pounds below my total 5% weight loss goal.

That said … I am sitting on pins & needles waiting for the surgeon to call!  I will keep you posted and hopefully soon I will have a surgery date!

And YES … I DID lose  11.1 pounds in just FIVE day.


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The prize pack!!

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Today … I Feel HORRIBLE

I feel stuffed, swollen, bloated, and just plain horrible today … and there’s not one darn thing I can do about it. Why?

Let me explain …

I went yesterday for a weight loss surgery followup. My day started with a 90 minute dietary class which I found very informative and really did enjoy. After the class I wanted to weigh in, hoping to have lost the magic number of pounds to be able to go to the surgeon. While I did lose more weight I am still roughly 9.3 pounds from my goal weight which puts me at about 4.3 lbs away from being able to go to the surgeon. I was disappointed but also encouraged to work a little harder.

While I was at checkout and paying the final installment of the $450.00 total that I have to pay, the nurse asked if I would like a “free” session with the dietician to discuss what I can do to lose the extra 4.3 pounds. Initially I declined because those who were with me were getting restless. The program director came up and once again encouraged me to meet with the dietician. I finally agreed and I ‘think’ I’m glad I took the time to meet with her. (Notice I said ‘think’!)

Her suggestions is why I’m feeling like crap right now. We first went over everything I eat on a normal day and the times that I eat. I don’t snack. I eat three meals a day. I thought I was eating too much and I needed to cut back … NOOOOO … she told me just the opposite. She said that I wasn’t eating enough and my body was going into starvation mode which means my metabolism is shutting down, thus I’m not losing weight. She made some suggestions and I have followed them to a “T” today … I’m stuffed … I feel bloated … and I feel downright miserable … BUT … I’m not giving up. I’m going to give her suggestions a shot and see what happens when I go back next week for a weigh in. She assured me that if I followed her guidelines and continued to exercise/walk daily then next week I should see the additional 4lbs fall off. If not … THEN I am going to starve myself 🙂

Not really … but I honestly don’t see how I can lose weight and eat this much food. Today I have had:

1 can diet coke (I woke up EXTREMELY thirsty and this did the trick)
11oz Myoplex Lite Ready-to-Drink EAS Protein Shake – Chocolate Fudge flavored
Grilled Chicken Salad
32 Oz Crystal Light/Water
1 Pure Protein bar

I still have dinner & an evening snack to eat in order to follow her recommended dietary guidelines. I honestly don’t have a clue where I am going to put anything else. I’m already trying to figure out what I can have for dinner that give me the nutritional value that I need but won’t require a lot of room to put it in. I may have another protein shake then have fresh fruit for snack … or maybe I won’t have snack and eat dinner later than usual.

Whatever I decide I feel like it’s only going to make me more miserable than I am already. Maybe have I do a hard walk I won’t feel so bloated. All I can say is that should I show a weight gain on Wednesday of next week, when I have to weigh-in … I’m going to have a word of prayer with my dietician!!

Who ever thought that while on a journey toward weight loss surgery someone would tell me I wasn’t eating enough food to lose weight?? Strangest thing I’ve ever heard of!!

Cross your fingers and say a prayer that this works and I can see at least 4.3 pounds lost next Wednesday. I’m ready to take the next step and see the surgeon.

How’s It Going?

Well … I’m getting there! It seems like things are dragging and taking forever but honestly they aren’t.  I could conceivably have my surgery by mid to end of September. If it’s later than that it definitely won’t be because I’m dragging my feet.  My biggest struggle is to get off the required 5% weight loss. HOWEVER … I am doing it … slowly.  In the beginning I had 17lbs to lose. 12lbs of that has to be lost BEFORE I can go to the surgeon. This is in addition to everything else that is required before the initial visit with the surgeon. On August 11th, provided I have hit the -12lb mark I will be ready to go to the surgeon.  On August 11 I have my third medical visit and the final dietary class. The first dietary class was really informative. I took the new knowledge to the grocery store with me earlier this week and it made me realize how important it is to read labels and know what you are eating.

How is the weight loss going?  Not bad actually.  It could be better but I’m not complaining. I have lost a total of 6.4 pounds.  I need to lose at least 5.6 pounds before my visit on August 11th. I’m working hard and increasing my activity/exercise so hopefully I will be successful, then it’s on to the surgeon.

A lady I work with has received her surgery date and I’m excited for her. She has been a big encouragement for me and I look forward to walking this journey with her. I’m praying for a successful surgery for her and look forward to seeing how she does afterward.

I’ll let you know how my appointment on August 11th goes!