My 6 week check up and class went GREAT. I am officially down 40lbs. I feel great, I am focused, and now I can start eating more normal food – my new normal, not what everyone else can eat. Because of my strictures my pouch is still really tiny, so a meal for me is still about an ounce of food. I have to chew it like crazy, and I can no longer drink when I eat until an hour afterwards. I am struggling a bit with getting in enough protein (65 grams/day for a woman) as a result, but that will get better with time. I have to eat every 3 hours, and that is hard, because I am just never hungry, but I have to feed the machine!
I have this weird thing going on with brushing my teeth – I get a tremendous gag reflex, which is a big bummer. I am really hoping that goes away!
I have now donated 7 garbage bags of clothes, and every day I find more stuff that no longer fits. All I am wearing during the day are my workout clothes, and I have to go buy an outfit today to wear to an event Thursday and Saturday…and by 2 weeks from now, that won’t fit anymore, either. It is a good problem to have.
I have LOADS of energy, and am sleeping better that I have in 20 years, maybe longer. I no longer snore, and I don’t get up all the time during the night.
I am training daily for the Colfax Marathon Relay team, and taking lots of walks with my dogs and my husband….so much energy to BURN OFF!
And my business – I am an RVP with Arbonne – is BOOMING! My renewed self-confidence is attracting people to me and my business because I BELIEVE IN ME! And it shows!
A small part of me really wishes I had done this sooner – yet I know that I was not ready for whatever reason before now. I am so grateful that I did make this HUGE change, and for all the people in my life that are so supportive. And to the ones that were not supportive – you know who you are, bless your hearts – because you are no longer in my life. I deserve to be surrounded by people like me who care for their loved ones and cheer them on!
I started training March 4th (5 weeks post-op) for the Colfax Marathon Relay (5 legs, I’ll be one of them) with other members of the Bariatric Team – Couch to 5K Endurance Athletes! We did almost 3 miles, and I ran 1/2 mile of that. Then I did the C25K training myself during the week. Around that time, I responded to a Facebook posting that Richard Kalasky made about the team all participating in the Runnin Of The Green 7K that weekend. I was a little bummed that there was no way I could do a 7K yet (4.35miles) and Richard resounded immediately that I could and should…..so I registered and Scott said he would do it with me!
I have to say I was pretty freaked out. But determined.
Race day – March 11th – gorgeous Colorado day. We met everyone in downtown Denver for the race. We were in Corral 3, the tail end of the racers. The rest of my group was in Corral 1 or 2. I was calm but nervous inside. We took off, and my only goal was to finish.
I started at a light jog, and I immediately burst into tears – of pride, and joy, and accomplishment. I didn’t even jog that long. The hills at the start of the race were killers. And I was only 6 weeks post op and had been training for 1 week. I stopped crying and muscled it out. I never stopped, and I kept up a solid fast walking pace. Scott told me later he thought I would need a few breaks, but there was no way I was going to do that. We crossed the finish line at 1:13:11. 16+ minute miles. I was thrilled. And crying so hard. I am not sure I have ever been more proud of myself. And my amazing husband was with me pushing my pace. And the best part – my coach Richard Kalasky and several members of the group came back and waited for me to cross the finish line and took my picture. I am crying again as I write this because it just felt so amazing. I can do anything!
Several big milestones today! Finally was able to sleep on my side ~ so grateful for that! Walked Asher by myself for 2.5 miles, and am holding everything down! AND – I am under 200lbs and will NEVER go back! That’s 38 pounds gone forever! Woooohooooo! Feeling GREAT!
A mere 8 days after my first endoscopy (about 4.5 weeks post-op) – and as predicted by Dr. Siegel – I was back in the Rose ER checking in for my second endoscopic procedure. I knew since it happened only 3 weeks post-op I had an 80% likelihood that the stricture would grow back, and it did. Same symptoms, same issues. The great news was I was very relaxed, and Dr. Siegel assured me that this would be the definitive fix to the issue. I was in and out in less than 2 hours, and went home and rested for the remainder of the day. I was finally able to resume what is normal eating for a bariatric patient at that point and also started getting enough fluids. Talk about a huge difference! I had been so weak, and now I felt so much better!
Very happy that is behind me and so ready to start moving forward!