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Goal!!

Today was another doc visit with the surgeon to see check my progress.  I wasn’t looking forward to it, as I was going to have to see the same one that gave me such a hard time last month.  However, I was sort of pleasantly shocked!!

She entered and asked how I was doing and I told her great.  This time, she wasn’t negative.  She said she could see (on paper) that I’d lost more than just a couple pounds.  I told her “yes” and that I was happy with that.  She talked to me for awhile and asked quite a few questions.  I don’t remember what they all were.  I do remember feeling like I just wanted to get out of there.

I know she wasn’t completely happy, but didn’t have reason to complain either.  With my additional weight loss, I’m .1 lb. from reaching my first goal.  To that, she said, “let’s just call it goal made”!!  I was thrilled with that.  It means that I’ve now officially lost 50 lbs. and have hit my first major step in this process. 

I still have 20 to 30 lbs. to go, but I’m well on my way now!!  She was either satisfied enough or just didn’t want to deal with me, but I don’t have to go back again until January.  She said seeing me on my 1 year anniversary will be good enough because I’m going down at a steady rate, despite it being SLOW.

I’m just so happy so glad that I’ve made this first goal.  This was huge!!  I know it’s been slow and it might not make her happy, but I’m happy and that’s all that matters.  I didn’t get this surgery for super fast or easy weight loss.  I knew I was going to have to work at it and working at it, I’m indeed doing!!

Onward I go!!

 

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Down Again

Miss K and I have debated for a long time about changing the day that we weigh in.  It seems like Tuesday is here before we know it and it seems so soon after a weekend.  Today we finally made the change!!

One of the reasons that we want to weigh in on Wednesday is because the only days we don’t work-out are the weekends.  on Tuesday, we’re back on schedule, but sometimes still have weekend weight.  I’ve always weighed less on Wednesday then on Tuesday.  It’s been that way since the surgery.  I always weighed on Tuesday, then my appointments were always on Wednesday.  Each time, I weighed less at the appointment.  

I haven’t been keeping accurate tracking for a little while.  We’re having issues with the scale recording the changes from weigh-in to weigh-in.  My record sheet has disappeared and I just haven’t taken the time to find it.  I finally found it and am back on track today!!

With that, I’ve lost another pound.  Yippy!!  That puts me closer to that 50 lbs. mark.  I’m so tired of telling people “almost 5o pounds”.  HAHA  Only 2 more lbs. before I hit a huge mark on the scale too.  I’ve set this goal and thought I’d reach it sooner, but it’s close now.  I feel like once I hit this mark, it’s all downhill!!

On another weight loss note, Miss K lost this week too.  I’m so proud of her!!  She’s working at it hard and I see her putting effort into it.  I know she struggles with this and has done a great job maintaining.  She’s a great kid and I love seeing this sort of spirit in her!!




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At a Loss

Yes, I’m at a loss, but not about life or anything like that.  I lost weight today!!

I’m so happy that I can say I’m finally moving past the plateau.  For weigh-in today, I lost 1.8 pounds.  That’s the most that I’ve lost in a week since June.  I just can’t help but to feel that I’m headed in the right direction again.  It’s a good feeling!!

I had ever intention of getting back to a regular daily exercise routine, but I haven’t been able to get that far yet.  I’m just so busy.  I have been exercising, but not like my 30 minute daily routine.  It’s most important that I don’t just skip it though. Also, eating at home really helps!!  I don’t think people realize how bad eating out really is for them.  My entire family can tell the difference.

The most important thing with this fill is that I’ve had to learn how to eat all over again.  I really haven’t had this experience before.  My first fills were right after surgery.  Then, it was too much and caused me to vomit.  Because of that, I had some removed.  I had to watch what I ate, but it was still easy to get it down.  This time, it’s really closed it up, but still lets the food pass.  I have to totally wait at least 4 hours and sometimes 6 hours.  It all depends on what my previous meal was.  The more course the food is, the longer it takes to settle.

I have to say, I’m enjoying this new feeling!!  Oh, and hubby says he can see the weight loss.  I think he’s crazy, but you know at this point, it all counts!!


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Plateau

Things have been pretty busy around here, but I’ll get into that on another blog post.  For now, I’m just going to update my weight loss…..or lack there of.

I had my doctor appointment yesterday.  It went really well, although the weight loss news wasn’t good.  It seems that since my last appointment, I gained 2 pounds.  However, the doc told me not to worry.  He assured me that it’s actually not considered a gain, but it was a plateau.  The doc said that 5 lbs. or more is a gain.  That felt good to know that and know that he was so understanding about it.

The doc put in 0.5 cc fill in.  He said that considering it’s been since April since I had a fill, I’d done really well.  He said that plateaus do happen and it’s about time that I got one.  I actually forgot that it’d been that long since I had a fill because as long as I was losing, I didn’t need one.  This is the first month that I actually didn’t lose anything.  Up to now, I’d lost something and it was going slow and steady.

In addition to that, he checked my labs for my UTI.  He was surprised that my family doc hadn’t called me with an update on the lab results.  He ended up prescribing me 2 antibiotics.  They both last 10 days, then I have to do labs again.  I’m so glad that he cared enough to take care of it.  Care in the military like that is hard to find.  Maybe once and for all, I’ll finally get rid of this UTI!!

Maybe with that fixed, I’ll be more ready to exercise.  Kiddo and I have been working out, but not as regular as we were.  Between the heat, the UTI, and just being really busy, we’ve slacked off a little.  I can’t say enough to effect weight loss though.  We do something everyday, maybe just not for the full 30 minutes.  The worst one can do is to not do anything at all, so we’re always doing something even if it’s just the aerobic step.  I can tell you, that thing works too!!  My legs look great and are so tight.  I can’t remember the last time they looked this way!!  HAHA

So, my weight loss is halted at about 43 lbs. after 6 months.  I still have 30 lbs. to go, but I have no doubts that I’ll get there now.  I can already tell the difference in my eating.  I can barely take anything in and I’m stuffed!!  That of course, is a good things.  Looking forward to seeing the pounds come off again.  I feel great, but I’m ready for the next size down and I’m ready to see that final goal….or at least get closer to it.  One step at a time and no worrying!!

So there you have it.  My 6 month point after the lap-band and a plateau.  Moving on now!!

 

 

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Moving Right Along

Things around here are moving right along.  I really can’t believe how fast summer is going!!

Miss K and I got our hair cut today.  It feels great to have it in shape and more comfortable for the hot weather.  Other than my hair thinning even more, it really looks good.  There’s just really no way to cover the “bald patch” any more.  Not only did I inherit it, but hair loss is a side effect of bariatric surgery.  Big old double whammy for me!!

I lost 0.6 lb today.  Same thing that I lost last week.  I know I’m not gaining, but this is slow!!  I figure as much as I work my butt off with big chores around the house and exercising every day, the weight should be coming off faster.  This plateau is lasting just way too long for ME!!  I think when I go for my appointment in a couple weeks, I’m going to tell the doc to do at least 0.5 cc, if not a full cc.  I haven’t decided yet and some of it will be up to him.  And no, I’m really not eating any more or snacking between meals.  I just think that tightening up the lap-band will help kick the weight loss in gear again.  I just don’t want to take it to the puking stage!!  HAHA  Once for that was enough.

I’ve cleaned out the hall closet.  There’s actually room in there!!  I put our coats and sweaters all on matching hangers and it’s so much more organized that way.  There’s no extra hangers either to get caught on when you’re trying to put something away.  They all take up less room this way too!!  I also have better access to the spare bathroom rugs, the suitcases are in the back out of the way and the vacuum can easily be pulled out and used.  I can’t believe how much I got rid of!!

Last Friday, kiddo and I served the meal after a funeral at church.  It was a great experience and I’d definitely do it again.  I was asked by my DRE if I’d help her out and I usually love stepping up to things like that, so I told her that Miss K and I would do it.  It’s great to be there for a family during that time.

After we were done with that, we took 4 garbage bags of stuff to the church thrift store.  Most of it was my old clothes.  I can’t tell you how good it feels to get rid of all that stuff.  I’ve battled my weight so long, that despite having some thinner moments, I had clothes that were 15-20 years old!!  Yes, they really were that old.  I got rid of stuff that I got at Lane Bryant when we were stationed in GA.  That was the early 1990’s!!  HAHA  I even got rid of some shoes, but they were quickly replaced!!  I’ve gotten some really great shoes lately.  Best of all, they were all on some sort of sale.  Some of them, there was even a sale on the sale.  Now a girl with a shoe thing can’t beat that!!

It’s been so hot outside, that I really haven’t been taking any new photos.  I have plenty to post, but I haven’t even done that.  I guess I really should get back on my photo memes, but I don’t want to get burned out or bore people with them.  I must say though, I can’t wait to meet the local photography group.  I think it’ll be fun and I might learn lots of new stuff!!  Best of all, I might not be so critical of my photos.

Miss K is still working on Algebra I when we’re not busy with appointments and such.  She really is liking it.  I know that’s odd for a kid to like math, but she does.  When she gets started, she flies through several lessons at a time.  She says she’ll be ready for Geometry when the new homeschool year starts.  I just hope that I am!!  HAHA  Oye….high school!!

That’s about it for now.  What’s going on in your world??

 

 

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Relief

I must say, it’s only a day after my unscheduled doc/surgeon visit, and I’m already feeling better!!  I have been puking for about 3 weeks now.  Basically, since my fill in April.  It’s been terrible and right now, I’m surprised I held off going to the doc for so long.

At first, I thought it was just from the fill and that I needed liquids and that my swelling was going down slower than usual.  After a fill, you’re supposed to go back on liquids for day or w and then puree or mush for a couple days.  Working back into foods.  This is supposed to give you time to heal after a fill and let any swelling go down.  So when I’d puke, I’d just go back to liquids.

Then the stomach virus hit my house.  For a week, I thought that was what was making me puke so much.  During this second week though, I would get something down here or there.  The 3rd week was the worst.  Some days, even liquids were coming back up.  I was starting to get tired.  I hadn’t felt tired since before my surgery.  So yesterday, I just walked into the doc/surgeon office and told them I was vomiting and needed to be seen.  They saw me right away!!

I have to tell you that some of my apprehension about going to the doc was because I knew I was getting a new one.  My doc left after my appointment last month.  He’s moved on, as all military docs do.  So I was nervous….even scared….to go to a new doc.  Granted, the one I had often drove me nuts, but I knew what to expect from him.  After meeting my new doc yesterday, I regret postponing, but that part of it’s over now.

Anyway, he was disappointed I waited and then got onto a discussion with me.  He listened to everything that I said.  I decided he’d either take .5 cc or 1 cc out since 1 cc was injected on my last visit.  The choice was mine.  MINE!?!?  I love that!!  I opted for the whole cc because I wasn’t having any issues before that went in.  He gladly removed it and then sat down to talk with me.  He stated that he very clearly wouldn’t have given me a fill the last time since I was still losing weight.  He’s not about how much I lose, just that I lose.  Now that’s a big change from the previous doc!!  He said losing weight slow is fine, as long as it’s steady.  Yep, BIG CHANGE there!!  He was shocked that I’ve lost 10 lbs. since my fill and thought that was way too much for lap band patient.  We discussed several other things.  I now have a better understanding of what to expect, what to do or not do, and information that I needed.

For example, when I was reading the lap band message boards about my vomiting, everyone on the board knew their lap band size and exactly how much fluid was in it.  Most have had their bands longer, so knew what their “sweet spot” was.  Thanks to my new doc, I now know that I have a Standard AP and that I’m at 3 cc fill.  He also said that despite the fact that many…..actually most….patients get to double that, there are patients that consistently lose weight with less and I just MIGHT be one of those.  Time will tell and he wants to go in smaller amounts with me since I reacted so badly to a full cc last time.  He explained how it should get harder for me to eat, but with proper small bite size and adequate amount of chewing, I should NOT puke after just 2 bites of anything.  He also doesn’t care if I have a tiny bit of mashed potatoes or something like that.  He understands the need and want for variety.  His main concern is to get the protein first.  That’s another huge change because my other doc was like NO carbs, starches, or anything like that.  This one says, it’s alright in MODERATION (another words, a tiny bite) and be sure to work it off and stay on the protein.

It really was a good visit.  I learned a lot.  I must say though, the message boards/forum and web site are amazing too.  I recommend anyone having the surgery look into them.  It’s amazing what information and help is out there!!  I’m already feeling better just having some liquids with flavor and some chicken noodle soup.  And amazingly, it all stayed down!!  I go back next week and he might put .5 cc in, depending on how I feel.  This week, probably because I actually had something stay down last night….I only lost .2 lb. this week.  That’s alright after my huge loss the previous couple of weeks.  Miss K on the other hand lost 2.2 lbs. this week.  Some of that I’m sure was worry over me, but it’s all good now and she’s doing so great.  I’m so very proud of her!!

Ah life, it’s ever changing and such a learning process!!

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Going Down

I made a HUGE step today in my weight loss.  I was a bit intrepid about stepping on the scale this week.  I’ve been sick for almost a week.  I’ve had a ton of sinus drainage and it just really upset my stomach.  On top of that, I think I had a stomach virus.  For the close to a week, I puked almost every day.  Yesterday was so bad that I wasn’t even keeping water down.  However, I also know that you can’t starve a body and lose weight.  The bodies natural reaction is to start to store what it has, thus, usually adding on a couple pounds.  Today when I stepped on the scale, I was in for a HUGE surprise!!

I was down 6.2 pounds….in ONE week!!

I’m so amazed, happy, and relieved.  Relieved that is that I also ate my first meal without throwing up today!!  I just kept drinking water yesterday and all day today.  I decided that I’d give my tummy time to heal and just keep full of fluids.  Much to my relief, dinner stayed down and I was even ready for my night snack a couple hours later.

Not only am I feeling better though, but the whole family is.  It seems they had the stomach bug too.  I’m not sure who gave it to who, but I probably got hit the worst because of the lap band.  Sadly, kiddo did have a fever for a couple days.  She’s much better today and no sign of the fever.  Also, I’m proud of her because she lost another 1.6 lbs. today as well!!  She’s just on a slow steady streak and loses that much a just about every week.  I keep telling her how good she’s doing, because she is.  That’s really major that she’s doing it the right way and that it’s coming off slow and steady.

Hubby was affected by the stomach bug too, but he was fine by the time he had to work yesterday.  He did have quite the “to do” list that he never go to last weekend.  He just took his time and rested and seems to beat the bug the best!!  While we all needed some down time, I did manage to get his hair cut.  Boy did he need it!!

Well, that’s all that I have for you right now.  I know, I’m so darn boring lately!!  I do have photos to post if I can ever get on schedule with some of the photo memes.  Miss K and I also went to go see a movie that I really need to tell you about!!  Ah, for just a couple more hours in the day or just a day to play catch-up.

Oh, and the funniest….or saddest part of how much I’ve lost lately is that I have a brand NEW dress that I wanted to wear tomorrow night to our Appreciation Dinner for religion class and it’s TOO BIG!!  Yes, this dress has been sitting in my closet because I was too fat, now I’m too thin.  Isn’t that crazy!?!?  I’m still wearing it and I’ll look good….and at least I get to say that I’m not that big any more.  For a total, I’m down about 4 sizes now.  Yes, that means that I’m getting into more and more “regular” sized clothes!!  WOOT WOOT

What are you up to….or down to??  Let me know, because I do love hearing from all of you!!




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Diabetic….NO MORE!!

So as many of you know, things have been pretty busy around here.  I’m happy to say that we’re slowing down and that we’re pretty much back to “normal”.  We had so many appointments, it was starting to drive me mad!!  The only one I have left is next week for my pancake exam….and of course, there’s always my monthly fill check in a couple weeks.

One of the doc appointments that I had last week was my 6-month diabetic check.  The blood drawn for that was done right after race weekend, me drinking sweet tea, and having birthday cake.  Hey, I do get to celebrate now and then!!  Anyway, even after all that, my blood tests were in the “safe” range.  That means that I’m officially off my diabetic meds!!  WooHoo  I haven’t really taken then since after surgery because I watch my numbers at home.  However, having the doc say this makes it official.  Now we’ll see if I can get off the high bp meds too.  I don’t have too much hope in that with family history, but anything is possible.  Also, my cholesterol is good and he lowered my dose to half on that.  This is mainly a precaution since I can’t take my low dose aspirin everyday because it deteriorates the lap-band.

There was no weight loss this week.  More importantly, there was no weight gain either!!  I’m almost down another full size.  It all depends on who makes the clothes and where I got them from.  I’m about ready to say “good bye” to plus size and “hello” permanently to regular misses sizes!!  Plus size stuff now tends to just….fall off.  I think my top half will always be a plus size, except for full cut regular sizes.  The chest has gone no place, even with this weight loss!!  HEHE  Back to more regular exercise with the schedule calming down and I’m actually looking forward to it.  The weight loss will resume and balance out again then!!

Tomorrow night is the last night for religious education.  I want to use summer to really revamp my curriculum and add some new materials.  Hopefully I’ll have another class as crafty as this one was.  They finished up their Fruits of the Holy Spirit mobiles last week and they were a huge hit.  Even the parents commented!! 

So tell me….how are all of you, my readers and followers??  Can you believe that today is the first day of yet another month??  It just shouldn’t be May already!!



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It Keeps Moving Along

**NOTE:  This was scheduled to post, but I made an error, so it didn’t post on the day scheduled.  I’m now posting it, but almost a week later!!**

I thought it was time to give everyone an update again. It seems like it’s been forever, although I know it hasn’t!!

This week, I lost 2.6 lbs. and 2 lbs. last week.  That brings my total over 30 lbs. total now.  I’m about to be at 3 months post-op.  I feel absolutely great!!  I can tell that I didn’t get a fill last month though.  I’m starting to get a little more hungry, but nothing that can’t be controlled.  The good part is that I’ve taught myself what full feels like, so I don’t go past that.  Also, hubby and kiddo are good about measuring my food out.  If it looks like more than 4 oz., they’ll ask me if I measured or not.  I monitor myself pretty well, but they don’t let anything slip either!!

I’m looking pretty frumpy in most of my clothes.  I did go buy 2 pairs of shorts and 1 pair of capris at Dillard’s.  The shorts are tan and black, while the capris are denim.  That way, they go with everything and I haven’t wasted money on clothes that will be too large for me soon.  While at my parents house, I did find a great pair of shorts at Kohl’s and I just had to pick them up too!!

Other than that, I’m not online much.  I’m still trying to stay active and moving the weight loss along.  When I am online, I’ve started getting more into some of the social media.  I find it fun and a great way to meet people.  I’m still not sure about all the Facebook stuff, but I try to keep it updated.  I just love growing and learning new things and social media is huge right now!!

Well, I think that about covers it.  Religious education and homeschool are both almost done for the year.  It’s going by so fast!!  We’ll be doing Algebra I all summer, but that’s it.  Everything is in good shape and we should finish almost on time this year.  I’m looking forward to summer and just having some down time.  Right now, I’m running Miss K to the orthodontist quite a bit.  That’ll slow down too after we get all this beginning of the procedure stuff squared away.  She’s going to have an even greater smile when it’s all done!!

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Week in Review

I’ve had a great week….and pretty interesting one too.  I decided it’d be a great time to get caught up and do some blogging!!

The race was rain delayed on Sunday and was supposed to happen on Monday at noon.  However, it was later announced that they were going to go for a 7pm race time.  I’ve gotta say this was a Daytona 500 that will go down in history!!  It was the first time in 58 years that the race had even been rain delayed.  Then the action during the race was crazy and bizarre!! 

Jimmie Johnson was wrecked on lap 2.  Jeff Gordon lost an engine.  There were some pretty big wrecks.  Oh, and let’s not forget the red flag that stopped all the cars on the backstretch!!  Juan Pablo Montoya was coming off pit road and hit one of the jet dryers on the track.  It caused a huge fire.  Once they finally got it put out, they had to repair the track.  I think it was about a 2 hour stop.  The funniest part of the whole thing was that Brad Keselowski was on Twitter and taking photos during the red flag!!

Photo By PIERRE DUCHARME/REUTERS

The very best part of the race is that Dale Jr finished in 2nd place!!  He had an awesome win and I’m so happy.  It was exciting to see.  Matt Kenseth won the race, which is just fine for that WI boy.  It’s going to be Jr’s year though!!

Photo by Rainier Ehrhard

In other news, I lost 3 lbs. this week!!  I’m feeling so awesome and I’m really happy.  I didn’t realize I felt “bad” until I felt so good!!  Yesterday, I started having serious digestion issues.  Then tonight at dinner, I just couldn’t eat at all.  Every bite I took, it got stuck in my throat.  Suddenly I had to RUN and it all came up.  I puked 3 times!!  It’s the first time since I’ve had the surgery that it happened.  My thought is that I have a stomach virus because my whole stomach is upset.  Not something I want to do again though and I must say, it wore me out and I’m so ready for bed now!!

Religion class is going great and I’m hoping to get some of our activities posted soon.  Just so much to keep up with right now.  If you’re looking for things for Lent though, please utilize my “search” feature in the column on the right.  I’ve shared many things over my blogging time and it’s all still available for you to use.  I want the kids to benefit from the things that I’ve used or found over the years!!

I guess that’s all for now.  More to come soon.  Have a great weekend!!

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At One Month

No, I haven’t fallen off the face of Earth. I’m just taking full advantage of every day and now that I feel so good, I’m even more busy than I ever was before.

So now I’m at one month post-op.  I go in tomorrow for my first fill.  I’m a little nervous about the needle, but I know it’ll be alright.  At my one week appointment, I’d lost a total of 20 pounds between the liquid diet and the surgery.  Over the next 3 weeks, I put on 3 pounds and got very frustrated because I wasn’t losing anything.  I knew in my head that I had to give it time, but my heart was breaking.  Today when I weighed myself, I’d lost all 3 of the pounds that I gained, just this week!!  I’m so happy and I can see where I’m going now and what it’s going to take.

I eat about 4 ounces of food at 3 meals and I generally have one small snack.  I never eat more than the 4 oz., but I sometimes do have less.  If I’m really not hungry, I’ll revert back to something on the liquid diet so that I do have some protein intake. 

I also exercise 4 days a week for 30 minutes each day.  Lately, I’ve really amped it up and have sweated my butt off.  Kiddo works out right along side of me.  We really have fun.  Then on Wednesday’s, we walk the mall.  There’s a walking route in there and if out walk the outside perameter of the inside of the mall, you’ve walked 7/10 of a mile in one lap.  If you walk one and a half laps, you’ve walked a full mile.  I haven’t made it that far yet, but considering 2 months ago I didn’t even walk, that’s HUGE progress!!  Hubby and I also intend to walk every other Saturday in the mall.  I really enjoy it because I don’t have to worry about weather, dogs, and anything else associated with walking the streets….and here, there’s no sidewalks.  Generally, Saturday and Sunday are my days of rest.

I’ve done a ton of work around the house.  Things that I’d been lacking just because I didn’t have the energy.  I can’t wait to tackle even more projects and I just don’t spend much time at all on the computer any more.  That alone feels great!!

I’ll try not to wait so long before I blog again.  I’d really love to get some of my photography up.  Maybe once I get work in the house done, I can even go out shooting and see what I can get now that I move so much better!!  So, I’ll catch you soon and in the mean time, be healthy!!

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One Week Post-Op

It’s hard to believe that my surgery was already a week ago.  It seems like now that I’ve gone this far, that it’s all a blur.

So my surgery went fine.  I had it on Tuesday morning….early.  By the afternoon, I was up walking around the halls.  Hubby was allowed to spend the night with me.  Wednesday morning, I had to swallow this nasty stuff for an upper gi to make sure that my opening was enough for things to pass through.  I was released Wednesday afternoon.  There was a delay because there was a mix-up with my paperwork.

I literally slept most of the day Thursday.  I walked around the house on my few waking moments, then back to sleep again.  I got so little sleep in the hospital.  They were waking me up for one thing or the other.  It’s been steady progress since then with only one breakdown because I just wanted some warm homey food!!

I had my one week follow-up appointment today and the surgeon said I’m right on schedule and making great progress.  I’m down over 20 pounds already.  Next week, I’ll start my puree diet.  I’ll be on that about 2 weeks.  My incisions are healing and I’m finally starting to sleep on my side a little bit.  Sleep is my biggest issue right now.  I just can’t seem to sleep through the night, no matter how tired I am.  And being on a liquid diet, I have have to get up and potty at least once a night.  However, the past 2 nights I’ve at least stayed in bed and not gone to the couch.

That’s about all that I have for now.  I just thought it was really time for an update for all my readers.  I know that you’ve all been following along and waiting to see how things turn out.  I’ll definitely be posting some updates and hopefully I can get the blog moving along again soon.

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