Summer’s here! Which means that fun in the sun is a daily way of life. Getting outside and getting active is easy, and it’s on my agenda for each and every day this summer. Being on summer vacation means I don’t have any of the workaday responsibilities that can get in the way of my plans. Now that I’ve had the VSG surgery, achieving my weight loss goals is only a matter of time, and this summer is going to be HOT. Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend, and will give me a positive goal to begin each new week. I’m not on a diet, I’m establishing a lifestyle – my new life. My Sunday progress updates will be called Sizzlin’ Summer Weigh-Ins.
I was looking forward to today’s weigh in all week long. I’ve been weighing myself every day, and recording those weights in MFP, but I was still excited to get on the scale this morning and see what my total for the past two weeks was. When I weighed in minutes before surgery, the scale showed 277. When I weighed in when I got back to my house, after surgery, I had ballooned up to 284 due to the air they pumped in my stomach during surgery, the resulting gas and bloating, as well as issues with regularity.
I weighed in this morning at 267.2, which is a loss of 9.8 lbs since surgery, and a total of 47.8 lbs lost from my highest weight. This is incredible progress! Especially since I was up more than 7 lbs right after surgery. I am so thrilled with these numbers, and completely excited to see how far I can go during these three months of summer.
In terms of how I’m feeling, I’m happy to report that I’m feeling almost back to normal. I’ve stopped taking pain medicine of any kind (including the liquid Tylenol) because the pain is more of a soreness than anything. I still can’t reach all the way down to the ground to pick things up without pain, but each day it gets a little bit easier. In terms of my energy, I feel almost back to normal, but I do notice that if I don’t take a nap in the afternoon, I end up going to bed really early (9:30pm). This is unheard of for me! I am not a napper, and never have been. Even when I was young, I would spend my naptime playing in my room instead of sleeping. And you guys know that I usually function on 5-6 hours of sleep a night. So this is a whole new thing for me, but I know my body is healing, and since I have the luxury of not really needing to be anywhere at any certain time, I might as well take advantage of it while I can. The bloating is gone, although I’m still struggling with regularity. I know it’s because my diet has consisted solely of protein with no fiber or roughage of any kind. I know this will improve as I am able to add more variety to my diet. Speaking of which…
Tomorrow is my 2-week post-op visit with my surgeon, and I’m looking forward to quite a few things:
- The removal of the surgical bandages that have been covering my incisions. I’ve been able to shower with them on, but they’re starting to come loose from the skin, and they are annoying and ugly.
- The okay to drive again. I’ve been cooped up for the past two weeks, and I can’t wait to get that freedom back. My family has been incredible about doing errands for me, but there’s nothing like being able to do things for yourself.
- The approval to start swimming and other active activities. You guys know how much I love to swim in the summer, and I’ve been longing for the peace and serenity I feel in the pool. Plus, it’s an amazing full-body workout. I’m also looking forward to getting back to the gym. I want to start weight training as soon as possible, but more on that in a separate post.
- Moving to Stage III foods. I haven’t minded the Stage II foods that much because my mom made me some delicious soup from Ina Garten, and found great soup flavors from Trader Joe’s (creamy roasted corn and red pepper, Latin black bean, roasted red pepper and tomato), but I miss chewing. Stage two opens up a whole new world of flavors and textures, and I’m looking forward to that. I’ll write more about that in another post.
I’m so happy with my decision to have VSG surgery, and I couldn’t be prouder of how well I’m doing. I’m sticking to the nutritionist’s plan to the letter, which isn’t always easy, but it’s what I know I have to do to be successful. This feeling and knowledge that I WILL achieve all my goals is what I was striving for those 2 years and 8 months, and though that path was arduous, it was worth every step (or misstep), because it brought me to this moment.