Update on surgery: I had never had surgery before and let me tell you that part was such an easy experience for me. One moment I was anxious bracing myself for the unknown, the next moment my anesthesiologist comes over with some Valium that he shot into my IV and I was one relaxed, happy camper. 😹 I was just joking around with everyone without a care in the world. He came over and said “ok, I’m putting you to sleep now” and I’m just like “OK! ^^” Then complete blackout, I don’t remember a thing. When I woke up, it was like only seconds had gone by but I know I had a bit of an outburst at first because I remember yelling out that I was so nauseous and then I was out again for a bit. Then I woke up and saw my husband and I felt like everything was ok, he walked with me as they wheeled me out and into my room from
recovery. My room was so clean, beautiful views and the nurses were great for the most part. I was feeling fantastic on Dilaudid. 👍🏻 My surgeon came in just to make sure I was doing ok even though he was due to get on a flight within a couple of hours for the business trip/vacation he was scheduled to take. The strange sensations I had been dealing with yesterday were most likely from the liquid Lortab I had taken and something called “sleeve blush” which is a phenomenon that happens during post op for Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy but now I am feeling much better and normal. I am a bit nervous because I know there are things that could possibly still go awry but am trying my best to stay excited. I literally feel lighter already than when I went into the hospital, not to mention I am not hungry AT ALL, I just don’t feel the sensation anymore. It’s a struggle just to get my daily fluids down because they took me off my IV yesterday morning since I was seemingly doing so well. My new little stomach rumbles a lot when I take fluids down which is a weird feeling, I couldn’t even imagine putting something solid in there at this point so I’m on a liquid diet with some broth and sugar free jello for awhile. 😋 #vsg#wls#vsgcommunity#lowcarb#losingweight#gastricsleevecommunity#verticalsleevegastrectomy#plussize#postop#vsginstacrew#vsgjourney#postopvsg
Ive been struggling tonight. I never really realized just how bad my eating disorder was until I did research and started this journey. Yesterday I ate more real food than Im used to and my brain went autopilot and I started panicking... the anxiety was overwhelming and all I wanted to do was go get pizza bagels for breakfast to sooth my pain. Instead I walked home from work, I focused on me, my needs, and took temptation out of the path. No car = no random store run. I got home and made breakfast, and while I made some potatoes, its a better choice than pizza bagels. I made the right choice and my body thanks me, my brain is satisfied and Im less guilty than the alternative. Its hard, and remains hard. But I will keep going, one foot infront of the other. #vsg#vsgnsv#vsglife#vsgeats#vsgliving#vsgjourney#vsgcommunity#vsginstacrew#wls#wlslife#wlseats#wlsjourney#wlscommunity#weightloss#eatingdisorder#bingeeating#struggles#vsgstrong
I really have no words! I'm just really darn proud of my journey.. all the ups and downs have brought me to this point! This journey isn't easy, and it never ends, but it is so worth it! *I promise I am wearing panties in the first picture, they are just being swallowed because I refused to buy a bigger pair 🙈... if you swipe... you will see they are holey panties at that😂)
This afternoon was a little rush rush so I conveniently ran 🏃🏼 down the road & grabbed a @youfoodz meal. This will be my first ever time trying them out. I chose one of the clean meals "clean chicken & broccoli" 2️⃣7️⃣7️⃣ calories 34P 16F 6C $9.95 👌🏼 Who's tried these? What's your fav?!?!? 🤷🏼♀️#youfoodz
👋🏼 Hi again, he carried on explaining that a calories is not a calorie & that he strongly recommends, after years of his own research & patient's studies, that a high protein, moderate fat & low carb diet is the best & that those that have followed this, have been his most successful patients 10 years post op and even longer... He went on to discuss the "set point" theory and how a high protein, low carb diet & weight training is your best way to fight the inevitable regain - it just depends on YOU & how YOU use your TOOL that will determine just how much you will gain!!! What have I taken away from today? I will slightly lower my cals, focus on protein & whole foods & continue with my weight training 🥒🥕🍆🥚💪🏼
As promised, here are some things from today's WLS Support Group run by my Surgeon 👨⚕️ Firstly, he made it very clear that if you are gaining, don't feel embarrassed, go & see your bariatric team asap to address whatever it is that's causing the regain. It could be bad habits coming back or surgical issues that may need to be addressed. Regardless, don't wait until you've gained 15kg back, the sooner you can address it, the better. I of coursed raised calories and his response was that from his studies (and it will be different for everyone) but generally for a WLS patient, you're obviously rapidly losing after surgery having about 600-800 calories. 800-1000 you're still losing weight. Most people will maintain 1,100-1,400. He has found that for a WLS patient, most will gain eating 1500 + which I found interesting!!!! For my stats my trainer told me I could maintain on 1500-1700 without gaining BUT I have been gaining... which leads me to believe, that yes, after surgery, we will need to eat slightly lower calories - I'll continue on another post 👆🏼
I genuinely spent 20 minutes in a real panic waiting in line to get on this ride at LegoLand with my son. I've spent 10 years avoiding theme parks. Would i fit on? How many people would be watching if i had to get back up because the seatbelt wouldn't tie up? / the safety bar wouldn't go over my gut. How would my son feel seeing his dad asked to leave the ride? I actually called my fiancé over to stand with us and get ready to jump in- in my place if I didn't fit. Well I did, much to my surprise. It was a huge achievement on my weightloss journey and the first time I'd shared a moment like that with my son. 👍👊
Well today was the day of the Woodbourne Half Marathon.
I'll admit that I lay in bed overnight listening to the pouring rain and wondering if I would still go in the kind of weather.
But, by the time I got up this morning it was lovely.
Emma, from Emma's weightloss/Gastric bypass Journey , and I trekked our way around the 21km and made it to the finish line in 4 hours and 4 minutes (by my watch). We had wet feet from a stream we had to cross in the first couple of kilometres. I rolled my ankle right near the beginning and then continued to walk on it in shoes that were tied too tight so I'm in a great deal of pain now.
BUT! It was totally worth it and I have a great sense of accomplishment.
Many thanks to Emma for walking it with me, and to the wonderful group of #WarriorWomen who were waiting at the finish line to cheer us on!
I even won a spot prize!
Oh! And thank you also to the organisers and volunteers of the Woodbourne Half Marathon 2017 for their great event. It was a blast!
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She said "I'm on an insta frenzy today lol so here is another one of my infamous transformations for y'all to enjoy😏💪🏼 And even though dumbasses will still comment I'll just make it CLEAR for you guys➡️ YES they are both me, NO this isn't photoshopped, NO I didn't get any type of surgery done to my body BUT even if I did fuck off who cares there is nothing wrong with that, and lastly just because I had blonde hair 3 years ago doesn't mean it's impossible for it to be me in both photos because there is a thing called hair dye and hair extensions🙄🤗 Okay thanks bye💁🏼❤️" ______________________________________________
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Early post since my version of Saturday night turn up is clearing out my phone and randomly missing my faux locs because 1) they were amazing and 2) indecisiveness when it comes to my hair is one of my many tragic flaws 🤦🏾♀️🤷🏾♀️ -- but ANYWAY, happy #sidebysidesunday guys! #courtneytransforming
Off to my WLS Support Group, run by my surgeon's bariatric team ~ This month my surgeon will actually be there, discussing a topic that I'm (and I'm sure many others) will be very interested in - Weight Gain Post Op!! I'll be sure to let you all know how it goes