This morning I woke up before my alarm because I was so excited about my 6-month post-op check-up. Going into today’s appointment, I knew the doctor would be pleased with my weight loss, and I knew the nutritionist would be happy about my food logs, but beyond that, I wasn’t sure what my lab results would show. I’ve been fairly consistent with my vitamins, but there have been several days or even whole weeks where I simply forgot to take the vitamins. Which isn’t good, especially since I need to take them for life.
First up, I weighed in at just a pound over yesterday’s weigh-in, which is great, because I had clothes on at the Kaiser scale and I’d had a protein shake. My blood pressure was good, too.
I met with the nutritionist first who was very happy with my food logs on MyFitnessPal. She liked my protein-to-calorie ratio, and the fact that my carbs were low. She did say that she’d like me to get more calories in. My daily average is about 850-900 and she’d like it to be around 900-1000. I’m not really sure how I can add more calories in, unless I add in a snack, because I can’t eat more than I do at each meal. I don’t want to get overly stuffed and feel uncomfortable. So, while I understand her goals for me, I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing because it’s been working, and my weight loss has been very consistent.
Next up, I met with the doctor, and I was very interested to hear the results of my lab work. I’d received the lab results from Kaiser via secure email two days after the blood was drawn, but I didn’t understand how to interpret it. My main concern was with my iron levels, because for years I’ve been borderline anemic. I’m really happy to report that I am not anemic, or anywhere near it! This is fantastic news!! The rest of my labs were all good – I’m not deficient in anything. When I told the doctor that I’d been having some trouble remembering to take my vitamins, especially with the time that I need to allow between them, she said that I could take them just twice a day. What a relief! For some reason, I thought that because my multivitamin has iron in it, I couldn’t take it with my calcium, and in fact had to wait two hours in between. The doctor said the iron in the Multi is negligible, and that she’d much prefer me to take all the vitamins in two doses if it meant that I remembered them. She also said that she really liked the Celebrate Vitamins that I’d been taking because it was a good quality brand. So now I’m taking these vitamins, once in the morning before school and once in the evening before dinner:
- 1 Celebrate multivitamin + iron
- 1 Celebrate calcium chewable tablet 500g
- 2 Celebrate calcium caramel chew 250g
- 1 Kirkland D3
- 1 Nature Made B1
Nightly before bed, I’m taking 1 Celebrate iron + C
And two times a week, I take 1 Nature’s Bounty sublingual B12
Because it has been a bit difficult for me to remember to take the vitamins consistently, I asked the doctor if we could add an extra set of labs at the 9-month mark, just to keep me accountable. Now that I have this new system of taking the vitamins it will be easier to remember them, but knowing that I have the bloodwork in February, I know I’ll be more likely to remember them. The doctor said that she’d absolutely do that for me, and that she was glad that I asked for what I needed. She did say that she won’t be able to make an appt with me, but that she’d be in contact via email once she reviewed the labs. Another great reminder to ask for what you need.
Weight Loss & Exercise
The doctor said I was “a rockstar” for my weight loss progress. She was impressed not just with how much I’ve lost in these 6 months, but how consistently I’m losing. She also really happy with my exercise routine.
I left the appointment feeling so good about myself and all that I’ve accomplished. So good, in fact that I celebrated in a few ways:
Since I was home early today, Sofi and I went on a 50-minute walk through the neighborhood. It was a beautiful, crisp, clear day, so I wanted to take advantage of it while I could. (Rain’s in the forecast for the next 3 days). We were having so much fun out there that I decided to try a bit of jogging toward the end of the walk. Nothing major, but I did decide to start jogging at about 15-20 seconds at a time. I started at one landmark and jogged until I hit the next one. Sofi loved going faster, so maybe I’ll incorporate short bursts of light jogging more often when we walk.
The last celebratory item came out of necessity. It was absolutely freezing today, and I have no long sweats/yoga pants that fit. All the workout/loungewear that I have are cropped, and those are getting too big. When I think of milestone-worthy sweats, one type come to mind – Victoria’s Secret. I didn’t think they’d have any that I could fit into, but then I saw these boyfriend pants aka sweats, which go up to a size XL (16). I know they may be a tiny bit tight when I get them, but I am sure that before Christmas, they’ll fit great.