Surgery Tomorrow: My Reflections on the End of the Six Month Supervised Diet and 108.8lbs Lost (w/ pics!)

Well, tomorrow is the day! I started this journey on November 20th, when I had my first consult with the doctor at the weight management clinic where I live. Throughout the past six months (one week shy), I have lost 108.8 lbs. These are my thoughts, reflections, and advice based on my (very limited) experience. (Warning: Long Post!) Continue reading

Big Milestones, Insurance Approval, and Struggles

It’s been a few days since I’ve last posted and big things have been happening in my journey to getting healthy and having weight loss surgery (vertical sleeve gastrectomy) or VSG. One of the most exciting things that has happened since I last wrote is that I finally hit the 100 lbs lost milestone on Friday, May 3, 2013!! Wooohooo!! This was VERY exciting… I can’t believe that in 5 1/2 months, I was able to lose 100 lbs. It feels like such a victory, but at the same time… a little daunting that I still have so, so far to go… Continue reading

Feeling Really “Over It”

So, as I mentioned last week, I met with the surgeon on April 23rd and at the appointment, I was scheduled for surgery. It was easy to get a date for surgery and QUICK too. Yikes, May 13th! That left me with 5-6 days before starting the two week full liquid diet. In the 2-3 weeks prior to getting the date, I had been feeling really tempted by a lot of bad food. I don’t know why, but I really found myself starting to subscribe to the idea that I should have “food funerals” in the few days leading up to the pre-op diet. I wasn’t feeling like I wanted to pig out, but I just wanted to not worry about it for a few days…. and basically get lazy lol. BUT, I found that it wasn’t as great as I thought it would be! Continue reading

A Tear Filled Afternoon

WOW…. what a day today has been. Upon completing all of the requirements of the six month supervised diet for weight loss surgery (VSG), I was scheduled to meet with the surgeon for the first time. Finding a time to fit this appointment into my schedule was tough; however, I knew if I wanted to have surgery within the timeframe that I had blocked off for work (mid-May to mid-June), then I had to have the appointment with the surgeon as soon as possible. It is at this appointment that my weight management clinic actually schedules you for surgery. Continue reading

A Long (and Hard) Fall Off the Wagon

Ugh….. I just cringe at the title of this post because it’s depressing to me. Since November 20th, I have been 100% on plan for eating and yesterday I had a long and hard fall off the wagon. I guess it could have been worse, but it certainly should have been much better and I’m still trying to wrap my head around why I let it happen. Here’s the backstory…. Continue reading

Second Supervised Diet Milestone Reached!! (Ok… I’m Cheating a Little…)

When I first started the six month pre-op supervised diet imposed by my insurance and the local weight management clinic, I decided to really dedicate myself to losing as much weight as possible. I thought… why wait until surgery to really start losing some weight! Although I was only required to lose 44 lbs, I have lost a lot more. On March 9th, I hit my first goal of losing 70 lbs and getting down to 375 lbs. At that time, I set a new goal of 360. The results are in….. 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