I’ve Got the Blues, I’m in a Funk…. and I Thought Pics Would Help?!

Hey everyone! It’s been about two weeks since I’ve posted an update and I guess it’s because there hasn’t been too much to talk about! I haven’t had any weigh-ins, doctor appointments, or milestones reached… so there wasn’t much new to report. I will say that I’ve noticed since probably about Friday or Saturday of last week that I’ve found myself to be in a bit of a “funk” or having a bit of the “blues” and I think there are a couple of factors causing these feelings. Continue reading

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Is This Together or Separate? Update!

So, in a previous post, I had mentioned that often times when we go out to eat, my husband (who is young, attractive, and fit) and I are often asked if we want “separate checks” when we dine out. I am 27, he is 28, we have no kids and we both wear wedding rings.  Despite the constant conversation as we dine and the wedding rings, we are repeatedly asked this question. For more detail on my “theory” check out the original post. Continue reading

Who Do You Tell? I’m a Coward

I see a lot of threads on the message boards surrounding the topic of “Who should I tell that I’m having weight loss surgery?” In fact, when I first started considering having weight loss surgery or more specifically, the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG), I posted the same thread on the ObesityHelp.com boards. So far, I have told my parents, mother-in-law, husband (of course), and a couple of friends. However, the approach to take when speaking to my boss about the time off has been plaguing me for about four months and today I finally had to have the conversation… Continue reading

A BIG Six Month Supervised Diet Goal REACHED!!!

I started the mandatory six month supervised diet for weight loss surgery on November 20th. The moment that I walked out of the doctor’s office at the weight management clinic that day, I decided that I was going to make a change starting “NOW”! At the time, I wasn’t convinced on having surgery, but started the process so that if I decided to move forward with the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy or VSG weight loss surgery (after a lot of research and soul searching). Once I made the decision, I felt like the six month supervised diet was a curse; however, I’ve embraced this time period to make a lot of changes that I know will help me to be successful in the future. Continue reading

Pre-Op Diet: Month 4

On Monday, I traveled to Danville, PA to visit the hospital where I will be (hopefully) having my Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy or VSG surgery. Usually, I check in with the doctor each month and attend classes at the local weight management office for this medical group; however, this month I was required to attend a “surgery education class” and this type of class has to be held in the facility where they actually perform surgeries! Continue reading

From the Shrink’s Mouth to My Ears: Assertive Communication & CBT

About two weeks, I met with a shrink for the first time ever. I had wanted to see someone for years, but never had the courage. I felt through this weight loss journey that I would be most successful if I talked to a professional about ALL of my issues, food related or not. While the first visit was an assessment, we actually started talking about strategies to change my ways today. During this appointment, the therapist brought up Assertive Communication and Cognitive Behavior Therapy… Continue reading

What is a Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy or VSG

As more and more people get in touch with me about my blog, I thought it would be nice to include some information related to the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy or VSG weight loss surgery. I came across two videos on YouTube that I thought would be information. The first video does a pretty good job of explaining the procedure in an animation.  The second video actually shows the procedure in action, so beware… this video is NOT for the easy queasy!! 🙂 Continue reading