30 down 95 to go

Sunday, September 25, 2005
Wow this morning when I got on the scale in my morning ritual I was down anpther 2 pounds for a grand total of 30. I am going to take a 1 month picture post op today and then I will get them downloaded so that you can see my progress. I will also start taking my measurments since I was too dopey to remember to take them before hand. DUH!!!
I cleaned out my closet today. I purged some of the clothes that are already too big! I need to get a hold of some size 18's before long.
My best friend called me last night with some sad news. She had a miscarriage. She was at 12 weeks but the baby appeared to have stopped growing at 8 weeks. As expected she and her hubby are very upset. I feel so sad for them. They have a little girl who is almost three and they are very good parents. They had asked me to be this baby's Godmother and I was so excited. God bless the little soul.
posted by tammy at 9/25/2005 06:17:00 PM | Permalink | 5 comments

On The Road Again

Saturday, September 24, 2005
Adam and I bought a scale. I weigh myself in the privacy of my bathroom every morning. I am now 223.0. I have lost 27 pounds in 1 month. I am very happy with that. My clothes are falling off and I have noticed that my fingers look like sticks. LOL. My cousin gave me some 1X clothes yesterday and the tops fit but the bottoms were just a little too tight. By next week they should fit.
Today is the 1 month anniversary of my surgery. I feel better than I have in years. My confidence is at an all time high. I finally feel like I am taking care of myself and actually doing it, not just talking about it.
My goal this week is to go to the gym and walk on the treadmill for no shorter than 30 minutes for at least 5 days. I will bring my headphones so that I can watch the tv. I hope to aim for 1 hour. I would like to have 22 more pounds gone (total 50) by my six week appointment on the 6th of October.
It looks like my suppost group for Barix will be starting up sometime in October. I recieved my "bag" with all the info in it last week and have gone over it. It looks like it will be interesting and fun.
Yesterday, the 23rd we listed our house for sale. We have found this really nice house right in Amherstburg (2 minutes from my parents) that is for sale and we fell in love with it. It is the model of house we have always liked. It is located in an area of town called "The Monopoly Board-Park Place" and the street is called Indiana. The home has 4 bedrooms, 3 baths including an ensuite in the master, the kitchen has loads of cupboards, dishwasher, 3 sinks, a dinnette and then there is a nice size dining room beside the kitchen. The living room is a nice size. And the family room is huge. The yard backs onto a park so we have no neighboors directly behind us. Right now there is a pool in the yard but it is falling apart and we will take it down completely. My parents have a pool anyway so we spend most of our time there. This really is not the time of year to sell houses in our area, but we thought we would list it for two months and see. Afterall, what's meant to be will be.
In April 2004 I signed up for an annonymous ova donor/sharing program with a clinic in Scarbourough. How the program works is I donated my eggs to a couple who has issues with their own eggs and then they pay me $6000 to use towards my own IVF cycle. (when I am ready). Last year the government stopped the program saying the egg donors could no longer be compensated for donating their ovum. However, this year they have reinstated the program for individuals who had already signed up. So in April we were told that we would still qualify and the clinic went out to find a recipient for my eggs. I got a call on the 19th of this month and a recipient has been found. I should start the drugs next month with the egg retreival set for November. I am so happy and excited for that couple. I pray with all my heart that this works for them. I would feel so sad for them if it did not. Granted because it is announymous I will never know the outcome of their cycle. But, I will still hope and pray for them. The clinic said that it would keep the money in an account for us for as long as we need them to, even if it is 18-24 months before we are ready. Everything in our life is starting to come together now. We are just waiting for Children's Aid to call with the date and time of the adoption classes so we can get that started too. Lot's of new things happening in our lives that the 2 years we have to wait will just fly by.
posted by tammy at 9/24/2005 12:14:00 PM | Permalink | 0 comments

Plateau

Sunday, September 18, 2005
It would appear that I have reached my first plateau. Either that or it may be just that I have not moved my bowels in quite some time. LOL. I guess you could say I am full of shit.
I still feel well and am going for my walks. I am on pureed and having a hard time getting my protein in. I have started feeling hungry but as would be expected after wls my hunger is satisfied with very little food. I find that I am much fuller faster with the pureed food. Most pureed food looks like something my neice left in her diaper and I can't bring myself to eat it. Yuck. I can not wait to have real food again. Bring it on.
I return to work on the 3rd of October and I am excited to get back to the swing of things.
Other than that nothing else is new, but I will keep ya posted.
posted by tammy at 9/18/2005 08:14:00 PM | Permalink | 1 comments

My Check up

Thursday, September 15, 2005
I went yesterday to Barix to see Dr POP and have my follow up appointment. It went well and I am officially down 20 pounds. I have to learn to stick with one scale. LOL.
He was very happy with my progress and my wounds are healing quite well.
I will be starting a support group in Windsor within the next month. Barix is allowing me to lead a group. Normally you have to be six months out of surgery, however, because there are few of us in Windsor who have had the surgery and are willing to lead a group that they are making an exception. Once we find the venue to hold the meetings then I will be given a leader manual and a package to help get me started. I am so excited about this. I can not wait.
My poor mother went for her surgery on the 13th and had a very different experience then I did. For some strange reason they tried to intubate her before she was asleep and she paniced. Not that I blame her. She was sent home from surgery that day very discouraged and is looking into getting OHIP approval at another location because the anestegioligist scared her so much. I feel very sad for my mom because she has been trying to get this surgery for over a year and has been getting doors shut in her face. She was the one that started this process for Adam and I and she is still in limbo. She should know within 6 weeks when her new surgery date is and we will be keeping you posted on that.
My hubby went on Sept 8th and he had good luck. He had his surgery done open so his recovery has been slower than mine. Now, it looks like he might have juandice. That is just like Adam... LOL.
posted by tammy at 9/15/2005 06:36:00 PM | Permalink | 1 comments

Shrinking

Tuesday, September 06, 2005
This is a website solely designated to my rapid weightloss following Gastric Bypass Surgery.
I had my surgery on August 24th 2005, which was also my 30th birthday. You may think it weird that I chose to have major surgery on my birthday, but I have to tell you that I could not imagine spending my 30th birthday anywhere else. I look at as being reborn into my new life.
I made my decision on June 26, 2005 when I went to the Barix Clinic in Ypsilanti Michigan and met Dr Poplawski. He expalined the procedure and the afterlife and he made me feel so validated and comfortable. It took only 6 weeks from that consultation for me to get my OHIP approval and just 2 months to have my surgery.
I am now 12 days past surgery. I was fortunate to have had the laproscopic procedure. I made it through with flying colours. In the words of the nurses I was a model patient. Up and out of bed 4 hours after and taking very little pain medications. I was very lucky to have very little pain. I went home two days post surgery and was told that if I lived closer I would have gone home the day after surgery. I am happy to report that I had no complications and my "pokey holes" all six of them are healing well. I have lost 20 pounds and I feel great.
I know that weightloss surgery is not for everyone, but I can tell you that for me this surgery is the perfect tool for me. It is not a miracle. It is hard work and this last 12 days has been tough. I am now on a diet of full liquids and will be for about 9 more days. Which means puddings, yogarts, milk, protein shakes, fudgesicles as long as there is less than 2 grams of sugar I am ok to eat it. On the 14th of Sept I will be starting pureed foods for 2 weeks . I think that will be the most difficult because honestly the thought of pureeing my roast beef makes me sick, but I can have mashed potatoes and applesauce so guess what I will living on for 2 weeks? LOL. Really though I can't complain, this will last 6 weeks and then I will be ready to have regular foods. Just very small amounts of it and nothing with added sugar and high fat. I think I can live with that. There are alot of no sugar added options and splenda can be used to make anything where sugar is normally used.
In about 11 months I should be at my goal. Then I just have to wait 1 year after that and I can start trying to get pregnant.
My husband goes for his surgery on Sept 8th and my mom on Sept 13th. It's a family affair. We will be so healthy.
I will be updating frequently and will be adding pictures since for my 30th birthday I also recieved a digital camera. I just have to get organized and I will be all set.

On another note I am also happy to report that I will running another Sparks unit. They opened a Saturday unit so that I could come back and I am so excited. My mom is going to help me with it. I can't wait.
posted by tammy at 9/06/2005 12:30:00 AM | Permalink | 2 comments

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