Let’s get this party started!!

2 years down..March 2016 will be my 3 year anniversary, and darn it I will lose this last 50 lbs. Today is June 11, 2015 and my weight is 203 lbs. I’ve just been lingering here. Since I’ve posted last I have relocated to a new city and started a new job. Now that I’m settled, i’m ready to get my butt on the road and get back to basics. This stint of blogging will be all about what wls and rny loss and maintenance looks like after the honeymoon. I’ll be sharing my story here, via Facebook and Instagram. Please please share yours with me!

It’s Here: Before Pictures

Hello Friends Old and New!

I hope that everyone is doing  great in whatever point of their journey they are in. I’ve been holding off on doing something, because I’ve been afraid. It’s no secret as to what my weight is, but I feel that with some shape wear and nice clothes those secrets don’t have to be know by the entire world.  

Recently my clothes are starting to fall off of my body and I’m having some omg moments as I look in the mirror. That being said I think that I need to honor my journey and my starting point, so that with every step I’ll always remember how far I’ve come. So here we go: 

Take Care!!

-J. 

Lazy Blogger — Avid FB user

Hello Friends!

I  hope that everyone is well and doing great with their journeys.  Tomorrow will be three weeks out for me and I’m feeling pretty good. I was really worried for a while that I had a hernia, but turns out that hellish pain on the left side is normal. I’ve also been moved to soft foods stages of eating and I’m doing well with that as well.

I’m finding it a bit difficult to keep up with blogging these days, but I  do have a fb page that is easier for me to access and all of my journey is on there as well, with pictures and videos if you care. 🙂 I’ll still update here as well!

Everyone take care!

-J.

First Vlog – Pre-op Diet Day 5

Don’t you just hate capture screens? I do, they selectively pick the face that’s the most ridiculous. Tomorrow is surgery day. I’m excited and anxious, I really thought that I’d be more nervous, but I’m trying to keep busy. I’m going to spend the rest of my night watching comedy shows until I fall asleep, I want to go into surgery with a positive mind and a calm heart. I’m glad to say I survived the pre-op diet and my surgery is tomorrow at 10:30 am. Thank you to everyone for their support and kind words, especially my Surgery Sisters. I m so happy to share this experience with all of you!  I’ll post videos and pics to my Facebook page I don’t think you have to like to see them so please feel free to stop by.

Take Care!

The New Normal

I’ve been really emotional this week, pms doesn’t help but everything is moving so fast and surgery day will be here before I know it.

Anywho, I had a conversation last night where Great America the amusement park came up and I said it had been a really long time since I’d been and in remembering the last time that I’d been there, I was with two of my best friends and had some of the most humiliating experiences of my life. I had to be asked off of several rides because the bar wouldn’t fit down over my stomach. Until the point came where I just stopped trying. That was over 5 years ago and I know that I’m even larger now……I want to be able to go to Great America and ride very single ride I want to… and then it got me to thinking of all the things that I’ve avoided for all these years…normal things.  

Normal…..that seems soo funny to use that word because I have this feeling in my gut.  I’ve lived this wonderful life, I mean really wonderful, my normal life and yet somehow I know there is more. I know it will never be perfect but I know there’s more waiting for me and more that I’ve yet to do, I don’t exactly have a clear picture just yet of what that vision is,  but I know that the woman that’s gonna help me get there is in me and God knows that I can’t wait to meet her and set her free!

I’m Gonna Cut Ya!

Silly title, yes.. I’m goofy when I’m excited. Why am I excited you ask?

Well I’ve had a tentative surgery date since my last doctors appointment but since I hadn’t been submitted for insurance approval, I didn’t want to count my chickens before they hatched.

So I’m excited to say that as of today, I am approved and scheduled for surgery on Wednesday, March 20th, 2013!

My insurance is bcbs-il ppo. The process was pretty seamless, which I’m going to account to my wonderful doctors office. From date of submission I was approved in 5 days.

Shake it, shake it, shake-shake-shake it! 🙂

I’m excited and nervous and excited !

Now there’s work to be done, getting in any last shopping and preparing for the pre-op diet, after all this is only 21 days from now. 3 Weeks! I also received a call from my nutritionist saying that I only have to do the pre-op full liquid diet for only 7 days, so that’s a little better on my head than 14-days. In case you’re wondering she said the length of time has been shortened because my BMI is under 50.

So that’s my news and I’m so grateful to share it with all of you!

Take Care!

-J.

For My Information: My Surgeons Profile

Chand Named Director of GI/Minimally Invasive Surgery, Bariatrics and Surgical Endoscopy at Loyola.

I saw on another persons blog that she extensively reserached her surgeon and I thought, “I don’t know that I really did this. So this is a post that I will edit occasionally for my own reference.

Patience My Dear Child

I thought I was having my final nutritional visit, but I was in and out of the office in 30 minutes. It was sort of disappointing but the nutritionist wasn’t happy that I had stopped exercising and I gained 3 pounds. She was also a little concerned that I hadn’t completely decided on if I want sleeve gastrectomy or roux-en y (gastric bypass) so she scheduled me for what she directly told me was my final review on Monday, February 18th. At this appointment she would like me to have decided the surgery that I would like and we will review the patient handbook that outlines my  pre-op diet and then we will also go through the other post-op phases. After that my understanding is that I’ll have my papers submitted to the insurance for approval.

I also had confirmed a few months ago that I have what is known as a chiari malformation type I , this is a birth defect where my brain in low in my skull and it crowds my spinal cord and blocks spinal cord fluid. This was discovered because I was having horrible headaches and then I started having tingling in my arms and fingers , also dropping things. The headaches were horrible and I always thought they were migraines or high blood pressure which is scary because I have a huge family history of strokes. Turns out I was wrong…so the plot thickens. 🙂

So on Thursday I say a neurosurgeon that my neurologist referred and he recommended that I have surgery over the summer to make room for the fluid and for everything to fit because as I age my symptoms will progress.(guys this is the cliff notes version)

I feel that currently because I’m so far in this process I’m going to continue with my weightloss surgery and also seek a second opinion regarding my Chiari, because thought my symptoms may worsen, they may not, and I’m not crazy about the idea of having brain surgery.  So who knows…… Uh, I’m frustrated and overwhelmed by all of this. So that’s that AND please let me know where you are in your process, I’d love to hear about it! 

One Love!

-J.