Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Since I'm super lazy right now, and waiting for some arroz con pollo to finish that I'm cooking for my students, here is a nice numbered list:

1. I'm down about 10 pounds (give or take, depending on the time of day - highest was 13 pounds down) from when I started the regimen from my dietician on the 4th.

2. I'm doing SO WELL with this regimen in the morning and afternoon, but evening is where I seem to 'fail' - not so much as 'fail,' but probably eat more than I should.

3. It snowed today. On April 15th. Wtf.


5. I'm so freakin' excited about going to Chicago this weekend... and should definitely follow my regimen for the rest of this week because my husband wants to get deep dish pizza which is soooo calorie dense!!!

Happy week, all!

Monday, April 7, 2014

As For My Pre-Pre-WLS 'Diet'

As you know, I have to lose approximately 30 lbs before I am in the "desired" BMI range for my surgeon to perform the Lap-Band surgery on me. Therefore, I've been given, as my dietician calls it, a "regimen." 

I started this regimen on Friday. I really thought about doing my normal thing this weekend, but I woke up Friday and I decided that I would start that day and not put it off. Friday was good, especially because I only work half days on Fridays so I could come home and didn't have to take my shakes to work. I work at a really small place and everyone knows everything about everyone... so I'm sure the fact that I'm getting the surgery will come out sooner or later, but for right now I'm trying to keep it quiet.

I had a headache on Friday, no big deal. It lingered until Saturday and now I'm OK. Right now I'm around 1,100 calories per day and feel 100% normal. I drink a shake for breakfast, a shake for lunch (+ yogurt), and then eat my dinner with a piece of fruit and later have another shake. I feel satisfied. I do start to feel hungry about 3-4 hours after I 'eat' my shake, but no other issues.

I didn't want to weight myself until I was a week out from starting, but let's be honest here... I weighed myself this morning and my scale says I'm down 4 pounds. I just ordered a new scale because that one I have can be really wonky.

I did have some mishaps this weekend. My husband and I just closed on our house and got the keys on Saturday. On Sunday, we were at the house working and cleaning, and I forgot to bring any food with me. So, we went out to eat. I tried to find the best thing possible for me to eat but my lunch came out to 500 calories. Bummer. So I took it light the rest of the day and had my shake for dinner.

I know it's unrealistic to think that I will lose the 30 pounds in a month. I'm just so freakin' anxious to get my Band that having to wait past June will be so sad for me, considering that at that time, I will have been on the shakes for like... two and a half months!?

In other news, we got a puppy this weekend and we pick her up next Saturday after she is spayed. So yay for that!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Consultation Results

Yesterday was my consultation with my surgeon and dietician. It went extremely well, and I'm so happy that I stumbled upon them after my horrid first seminar at another clinic.

Since the office is about an hour and a half from my city, my husband and I left our house at 7:45 a.m. for my 10:20 a.m. appointment (plenty of time to spare, lol). I arrived, filled out a paper for the dietician, had my picture taken, and got weighed. My surgeon's scale weighs me about 3 pounds less than my home scale. I met with the nurse who basically verified all my information from the pre-consultation packet and then my surgeon came in.

I was so happy with him, and he gave us a very thorough explanation of how everything will work: pre-op, during the operation, post-op. He said that he expects me to lose 125 lbs in the first year, as long as I do what I am supposed to do (and following what my dietician says). I feel very confident with him. He said that my success will come from my work, but also my relationship with him and the others. He believes that our relationship will be very important, as well as my relationship with my dietician.

My BMI is quite high and it is a little bit higher than the desired maximum BMI that they prefer for the BMI. They want me to lose about 30 pounds before I can schedule surgery, and I go to meet the dietician in a month. If she is happy with my progress, they will schedule my surgery. I'm probably looking at a surgery in the beginning or middle of June.

So right now I'm drinking 3-4 protein shakes (I can sub a protein bar if I want) a day, plus a sensible dinner of 350 calories (4 oz of chicken, beef, fish, etc.) and a piece of fruit with dinner, plus she approved my daily Greek yogurt (it's an obsession). She wants me to stay at about 1,200 calories per day. No soda, no starches.

The reality of everything is hitting hard. I'm so excited and happy about all of this - even the required pre-surgery weight loss. I felt so empowered after the consultation. My husband was so happy with the doctor and I think he has finally come around 100%.

I did ask about getting pregnant, and my surgeon said if that happens, he can keep the band at it's tightness or completely release it, whatever makes me more comfortable.

Yay. Best week ever.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Prepping for my Consultation

In two days, I have my consultation!! Yay!! I'm really excited, but also pretty nervous. My husband is coming along, and I'm more nervous about him coming than I am about going to the actual consultation. He said he is going to make a list of questions to ask the surgeon. I plan on taking a list of questions to my surgeon on Thursday, as well. Therefore, I'm going to gather my thoughts and write out my questions here (and after my consult, I'll tell you the answers!):

1. How long after surgery can I return to work?
2. How soon can I have the surgery done? (I'm shooting for May 1st)
3. What happens if I get pregnant with my band? What happens if I get pregnant before I've lost all the weight? What happens if I get pregnant a few months after I get my band placed? (Clearly, I want a baby, lol)
4. Can you explain to me, in more depth, the nutrition plan that I have to follow after surgery?
5. Can I travel shortly after the surgery? (I'm going to Paris at the end of May.)
6. How many successful operations have you done? Are most of your patients successful?
7. Have you ever performed the surgery on someone with my weight/BMI and was it successful?
8. How many surgeries have you performed that were not successful? Why were the patients not successful?
9. Can I take my thyroid medication and BP medication in the morning with no problem when I have the band?
10. How often will I come in for an appointment after surgery?
11. My husband plans on asking about the surgical risk, so yeah...
12. Can you show me examples of people's progress before, during and after the band?
13. Is it possible for my body to reject the band?
14. What happens if they overfill the band? (this is my husband's question)

Any other questions you think I should ask?