01 October, 2016

One year

One year follow up
I'm not sure what scale to use. Mine said 215 this morning. The bariatric clinic's said 218 and the sleep doctor's said 220. I think it all has to do with the water I had. Ugh! 
Official weigh in is 218 down from a start one year ago at 315. I could have been heavier before that. I hadn't weighed in except at my yearly appointment in years. 

I talked to a behaviorist, basically a phycologist. She seemed happy about my progress and where my head is after this year. She agrees that it is a mental mind fuck and eventually it will even out. I need to work on my journey and stop seeing everyone who has hit goal and comparing. I will get there eventually. I'm actually happy where I am. 

I talked to the exercise therapist about my worry over my legs. She advised I see my doctor about shin splints or possibly stress fractures. (I have an appointment on Monday) and then she advised me to only go to a 2 incline on my treadmill. She also suggested I get a bigger exercise ball to work out with and gave me a bunch of exercises that won't hurt my legs. I'm also to use that for balance. Cardio 3x a week, Strength 3x a week, balance 3x a week. This will be my routine after I am checked out by the doctor about my legs. Until then, I am to rest, ice, compress, and elevate (RICE). I ordered a ball and pump from Amazon. 

Next, I talk to my dietitian. She is a hoot and has the cutest new baby girl! Awe!!
My macros have changed to 1200 calories, 35% carb, 35% protein, 30% fat. My carbs and fats have been too low. She is going to check on me in two weeks to see if I have gotten more even with my macros. Lately I have been all over the place and I need to even out. Buckle down and get my shit together. It's hard...very hard. I haven't gained since June, but I haven't lost either. 

Finally, I talked to the NP I see every visit. She said I'm on track, just need to keep going. I do take my vitamins regularly and everything looks good. (She had me up my iron a couple weeks ago). When I see my doctor, I do need to ask about getting my hormone levels checked. Other than that, I need to have an upper scope (November 17, 7am) to check my esophagus for Barrett's Disease  http://www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/guide/barretts-esophagus-symptoms-causes-and-treatments 

After I saw everyone at the bariatric clinic, I saw my sleep disorder doctor for a check up. My cpap is now fully auto instead of pressurized at 9-12. This is the last step to hopefully being off the machine in about a year. I know it's a process, I hope I will get there. 
My one year date is on the 30th. 
I've come so far and way too fast. 

The best is yet to come! 

23 September, 2016

Foods I eat now post RNY surgery

I was worried that I would have to give up foods before I had the surgery. Now I know that it is all about choices. I can have just about anything. I chose to have healthier options. 
These are my go to. 

Chicken tortilla soup 
4 chicken breasts (can put them in frozen or thawed) 
2 15 oz cans black beans (undrained) 
1 15 oz cans Mexican stewed tomatoes or Rotel 
1 cup salsa (mild, med or hot- whatever you prefer) 
4 oz can chopped green chilies 
14 oz can tomato sauce 
1 can corn (drained)

All in slow cooker on low for 8 hours. Just before serving, remove and cut/shred chicken and return to soup. Serve with (or over) chips and grated cheese.

White Chicken Chili

1 pound skinless boneless chicken breasts, cubed to bite size 
vegetable oil (about a Tablespoon to cook the chicken in) 
1 Tablespoon cumin 
1 16oz jar of salsa (I use Chi-Chi’s usually, and you can choose how hot of salsa depending on how hot you want your chili. I use mild.) 
1 48 oz jar of Great Northern White Beans, including juice 
1 8 oz block of Pepperjack cheese (jalapeno cheese) shredded (I use the whole block, you can use 4 to 8 oz of it, also depends on how hot you want your chili)

Sour cream optional 
Taco chips optional

Cook chicken in oil just until not pink. Add cumin, stir to coat. Add in jar of salsa, stir in. Add in entire jar of beans, stir and heat through. Slowly add the cheese, a bit at a time. (It can seize up and take longer to melt if you add too much.) Heat through and serve immediately. (If it cooks too long, the beans can get mushy).

Top with sour cream if you want and eat with taco chips, if you want. :D YUM! Fast and easy and tasty. 

Enchilada casserole

1 lb ground turkey- cooked and drained
1 large can red mild enchilada sauce
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced bell pepper
2 cups Monterey Jack cheese or pepper jack cheese
6 corn tortillas shredded
Mix everything together
Bake for about 20 minutes at 350 or until cheese melts. 

I omit the tortillas and serve on heart of romaine leaves. 

Sammie boat
Cold cuts
Veg (tomatoes, banana peppers, olives, pickles) 
Stone ground mustard
Heart of romain leaves. 

Use the leaves for the base, build a mock sandwich

Meat a la King 

1 lb Ground meat- cooked and drained (I like chicken breast or turkey)
Garlic powder\
Onion powder- to taste
Pepper /
1 pkg mixed veggies steamers- cooked
1 can cream of mushroom soup (low sodium)
1 can cream of chicken soup ( low sodium) 
1 pkg egg noodles- (I pull one cup of sauce for me before adding noodles) 
Mix together in 9x13 pan
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs (or crushed pork rinds with Italian seasoning added)
Bake at 350 for 30 minutes 

Pork and beans
1 16 oz bag of dried pinto beans
4 pork chops or 1 lb of ham- chopped up
1 cup onion
2 cloves chopped garlic or 1 tbl dried garlic
1/2 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup celery- chopped
1 tbl dark brown sugar
6 cups water

Add to instant pot or other pressure cooker
Cook as meat setting for well done
When de pressurized, stir. Reset for a 15 minute cook. Let it release on its own. 
Serving size is 1 cup. 

Taco salads- everything you like in a taco, without the tortilla

Egg roll/ wonton pizza
On a parchment lined cookie sheet- spray with oil. 
Place wrapper
Bake at 350 for 5-7 minutes
Add pizza sauce and toppings of choice. 
Bake an additional 5-7 minutes. 

Pepperoni chips
On paper prowl, put a dozen pepperoni rounds
Microwave about a minute. 
Pat grease off. 
Let cool. 
Use for chips or eat as a crunch. 

Peppers and cheese
Mini sweet peppers- cut length wise and seeded
Low fat string cheese cut in four 
Pizza sauce
Can add pepperoni

Place one fourth in each half of pepper. 
Put on cookie sheet
Bake 350 for 12-15 minutes. 
Use pizza sauce as dip. 

More I eat/drink: 
Refried beans with taco sauce, cheese, and sour cream
Greek yogurt! A main stay for me!! 
Core power lite protein drink
Alpine sugar free spiced hot cider
Cocotein protein drink
Crystal light
Vitamin water zero
Decaf coffee/tea
Fairlife milk

Links I use: you do not have to be bariatric to eat these foods. Sarge eats with me.


21 September, 2016

Non scale victories- NSV

A year ago I wrote a list of things I hoped to be able to do once I had gastric bypass surgery. 
I will mark, in bold, the ones I accomplished in the order in which I wrote them. 
1. Tie my shoes without hassle
2. Touch my toes
3. Sit in an airplane seat without an extender
4. Feel comfortable sitting in the back seat of a car
5. Play cars with the grandcubs on the floor
6. Ride a roller coaster. 
7. Go down water slides
8. Wear size 10 pants
9. wear a medium top
10. Buy calf boots that fit and zip

11. Purchase clothes from a regular size store
12. Go hiking
13. Walk a 5k

14. Ride a bike
15. Walk up a flight of stairs without panting
16. Walk fast enough not to hurt my hubby
17. Walk the boardwalk and pier

18. Climb a pool ladder
19. Go horseback riding
20. Be told I'm tiny
21. Fit in a restruaunt booth
22. Take an Amtrack trip
23. Easily cross my legs
24. Sit Indian/crisscross style
25. Wrap a bath towel around me
26. Pull the car seat forward
27. Wear my husband's clothes 

28. Feel pretty
29. Walk a corn maze
30. Build snowmen in the yard with grandcubs

Two-thirds of the NSV's I wrote down have been accomplished. What amazes me is the amount, over the year, that I didn't write down. I think my husband has gotten sick of me pointing out new things I have accomplished. Most people take these small things in stride. I hope I never do. 

Week 51 post op RNY

This has been a wild year of changes for me. A year ago I started my preop diet on the 16th with hopes of making my liver less fatty so the doctor would not refuse me for surgery. 
At the time I thought that I would live a life without worrying about food choices because I couldn't eat anything anyways. Now I know that every day I worry more about food than I ever did in the past. This is a good thing in a weird way. I no longer take it that on a trip we can just hit a restruaunt, I have to look at the menu as much as I can and determine if I can eat there. I need to remember to pack my food, always carry nuts, a protein bar or jerky in my purse. I don't leave home without a beverage. I meal plan and only cook 2x a week now instead of daily like before. I eat different from my husband  but because it is only the two of us, this is not a big deal. 
I think the hardest part of the last year has been meals with our kids. They are completely understanding in my new choices, but because they are not here everyday, I think they forget. When going out to eat, I will ask that a bread basket not be brought to our table if it is just Sarge and I. We have eliminated gluten from our diet. It doesn't Agee with Tazzy and Sarge is happier without it. Our kids and grands however, do eat bread, pasta, pizza, and such. I have found that Mexican food restruaunt is an easy place for all of us to turn to instead of a steakhouse or Italian restruaunt. 
The main thing I have learn in the last year is that the doctor fixed my tummy, not my head. This is a massive mind fuck on learning how and when to eat again. Is it real hunger (I have not had this yet) or is it head hunger? Real hunger is when you feel empty, low on gas, possibly get the shakes. You will eat anything just to get fuel for your body. I eat by the clock about every 3 hours getting in at least 15g protein. I don't let myself get "hungry". Head hunger on the other hand is real. It is when you smell popcorn, when the snacks you bought (even healthy ones) call out to you. I have learned I cannot have certain things in the house , they are outside treats. 
Popcorn, to be enjoyed when we go to the movies or when we plan a movie night. 
Mock cheesecake, only allowed on special occasions and only one serving. 
Wonton pizza, once a month on pizza night. 
Fruit, must eat protein with it. 
This year has not only been about food though. It has been about reflecting on me and my choices. I still say I was not a food addict, I was more obsessed. I turned to food in times of all emotions. Happy, I celebrated with food, sad, I cried with food, angry, I cooked food. I have had to learn how to deal with emotions without food. Food is a fuel, nothing more. I do see that I still try to feed my family. I can't have....fill in the blank, but I can't deny them, so I buy it, they eat it, I'm happy...this is not healthy and I am working on it. 
I am learning we eat to live not live to eat. 

01 August, 2016

WLS - Michigan Meet & Greet

Met wonderful people are walking the path I have walked for almost a year. 
Too much fun! 
I left home about 8am. After stopping for coffee I was on my way to pick up Deborah and head to the Meet & Greet
A sign at the coffee house. 

This wonderful lady and I shared the same good taste in coffee. She is wonderful and I can't wait to see her again! 
Lunchtime fun. Yummy BBQ 
A picture to capture the group

Had to get the narwhals in the photo too! 
Wish I had talked to everyone more! 
Facebook will help to make friendships stronger. 
Not all flattering for me, but I know I have a bit to go. Keep it real! Friends don't judge! 

A walk on a different pier was a must! 
A year ago I would never have started this walk. The wind was making splashing waves against the pier. 
After, we headed to a bookstore for a cool drink and knitting. 
It was great to catch up. 
Dinner was at a brewery. Food was okay, company was wonderful! 
After, we gathered for more talking and a bit of bonfire. 
(Photo by Kim) 
Hugs all around then I headed out.
 I got home about midnight. 
What a fun day! 

Having people you don't have to explain your tiny tummy to is good.
Making new friends is priceless! 

Hopefully some of us can get together again before another year passes. 
Thank you for allowing me to join your group. 

30 July, 2016

10 months post RNY surgery- huge NSV!

Today I met another goal. A non-scale victory if you will. 
I finished my first 5k. 
For some, walking a 5k could be a normal occurrence. For myself, it was a goal. In May of 2014 I had knee surgery where I had cadaver parts installed  so I could walk without pain. For more than a year, I pushed to get "stiffy" to bend and move. In June of 2015, I had to go back in and have a bunch of scar tissue removed so that "stiffy" would bend and hold my weight so I could again walk. On September 30th, 2015, I had Roux en Y gastric bypass bariatric surgery to help me lose weight. I promised myself that if I was able to walk a 5k, I would then write to the family of the person who gave me "stiffy" , telling them that movement still happens because of their loved one. 
I got up at 530 this morning with that goal in mind. 
I did not finish first, but next to last. 
At least I finished! 
My wonderful husband was by my side the whole way. 
10 months out from gastric bypass, 1 year out from learning to walk again, 2 years out from reconstructive surgery. I finished my first 5k! 
I did not fail "stiffy". 
Thank you to the person who checked the box as an organ donor. May you rest in peace. 
I will now write that letter. 
You never know someone story when you look at them. 
My journey continues...