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WLS Chronicles ~ Maintaining

25 Jul

It has been almost SEVEN months since my surgery and I am still absolutely overjoyed at my decision.  I have found more energy than I EVER remember having, am only on one medication (hypothyroidism) and I am feeling more confident than ever.  This surgery has given me a new lease on life and I LOVE it!

Now, I make the best decisions with ease on food and drink choices.  I eat a LOT of cheese.  A LOT.  Mostly I eat eggs, bacon, chicken, broccoli, more chicken, cheese, beef, cauliflower, more cheese….ha ha ha!  I drink coffee.  A LOT OF COFFEE.  Splenda, sugar free creamer and the occasional sugar free Torani syrup are necessary in this new life.

I find myself with tons of energy during the day, when you are supposed to have it!  Moving was still exhausting but I could tell many times that I was able to do more, lift more, move longer when we were packing up our home of four years!  (We moved from NC to TX….not sure if I blogged on that…will do if I haven’t!)

Do I get hungry?  It depends.  If I miss a meal, I get hungry around the six hour mark.  I usually eat every three hours…so I can tell if I missed one easily.  But the hunger is different.  I crave protein and healthy foods.  I love roasted veggies.  I feel like I can TASTE foods better because I’m eating so much healthier.

Do I cheat?  I guess it depends on your definition.  I eat a few M&M’s (peanut) with my cheese and crackers if I am creating my own bento box.  Peanut M&M’s do contain protein so it’s not a terrible choice.  But I eat a max of FIVE.  It gives me enough of a sweet taste but will not wreck my life plan.  I ate a bite of my Mom’s birthday cake.  I have licked icing off of a knife.  In the last few weeks (since my nutritionist told me to treat myself every now and then) I have let myself have more carbs a few times a week.  Sweet potato – yessssssss.  (with butter + cinnamon + splenda)

Do I have cravings?  Yes.  As mentioned before I crave healthy foods.  I do have unhealthy wants as well.  I want soft, white bread.  All the time.  LOL  I do not cave on that one and I won’t.  Sandwiches were a go-to for me and I do miss them but I would rather stick to my plan.

All in all, I am doing quite well at adjusting to “life after bariatric surgery” and have had VERY few issues.  I have had “dumping syndrome” a couple of times, both after having something with a large amount of milk.  I (obviously) now avoid large amounts of milk.  I find that if I don’t plan, I see either a stall or I don’t feel my best.  SO – I plan!  🙂

In all honesty, the hardest parts of this journey have been been:

  • the planning – it can take as much time as you want it to take…from a few minutes to stop and think “do I have my water and a healthy protein” every time I walk out the door to a few hours meal planning/grocery shopping/prepping.  You get what you put into it.  It is SO worth it to take the time to figure out what works for your schedule, your new tummy and your family/lifestyle.
  • the change in habits – (I mean I am from the South where EVERYTHING revolves around eating!)  Thinking about food nonstop is a really hard habit to break.  We are inundated with Food Network, recipes/videos on Facebook, food everywhere we go – it is extremely hard for someone who is trying to live a new lifestyle of eating to live and not living to eat.
  • the emotions from support and nonsupport – This one is pretty self explanatory but the support I have received from my husband, parents, children, in-laws, friends and weight loss surgery family has been nothing short of amazing.  The feedback on my progress, on pictures, on my meals….I can’t tell you how important it has been.  It’s the reason I had to “come out of the kitchen” (my Dad coined that!) a month after my surgery.  I had all intentions of only telling a few people but I quickly realized that the cheerleading and kudos and encouragement meant far more to me than my privacy or pride.  The negative side of that, of course, is opening yourself up to criticism, snarky comments or judgements.  The worst thing you can do to someone who has lost 105 pounds is NOT MENTION IT.  I promise.  It is awkward.  I feel like I’m searching for the reason they aren’t noticing or mentioning it or is it me or am I not that different or or or or orrrrr….I feel like saying, “You mad, bro?” when someone doesn’t!!!   (One day I am going to post a Dos and Don’ts I PROMISE!)
  • the impact on my family (good and bad) – I think I covered most of this already but it does impact every day life, of course.  I prefer to not go to Texas Roadhouse.  I LOVED it.  Truly.  BUT THOSE ROLLS THOUGH.  That one is a hard one.  They are EVERYWHERE.  I am certainly not going to ask my family to not eat them, so I just don’t go there.  It is where they go without me and have their own dates and I stay home or find something else to do.  No problem.  Am I jealous when they all get dessert?  You betcha.  I’m human.  Occasionally, I’ll have a bite (depending on what I have eaten) but I have resisted overdoing it.  We truly have to plan our day trips, date nights and dinners out in a way that we have never had to before.  Our kids are picky (ok, so is Mike) so we’ve always had to plan ahead – look at menus – but NOW it’s an extra challenge with my new tummy.  I am SO appreciative of understanding kids – they really have never complained about the changes.  Of course, I feel like that’s probably because they see the good in this new lifestyle.  They see me healthy and energized…and most of all, happy.

 

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Wow, the June is BIZZZY!!

29 May

I love those times when I think I don’t have a life…things to do…much going on.  HA!  Enter June.  We have a few things going on, like:  selling current home/buying new home/moving into new home/packing up the rest of current home/vacation (shhh)/Mike has like 5 Dr appts/I have two weeks of vendor/customer meetings.  Add to that an already full platter of things to do…my oldest son is turning 15….what??…..Father’s Day……ACCCKKKKKK!!!!

So, that’s not the excuse that I haven’t posted.  I have just been living life instead of writing about it.  It’s a catch 22 though.  I love reading back over what I was thinking/feeling at a certain time.  Maybe with all this change in my life I will be sure to capture it somehow in word.  It is absolutely crazy all that we have going on….but I am so incredibly excited and happy.  And…BLESSED.

Ideal Living…NaBloPoMo

3 Nov

So I thought I’d participate in NaBloPoMo….and I’m using some prompts to get me going!

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

So, if I could have all my family with me…my current job…all my fave things…and pick them all up and plop them down somewhere?  I’d have a hard time choosing between some of the most awesome places on Earth that I’ve visited…from Charleston, SC…to Augusta, GA…to Monterey, CA…Newport Beach, CA..Cabo San Lucas, Mexico…Kauai, Hawaii…Guanacaste, Costa Rica..Nassau….Miami, FL…Orlando, FL..Long Beach, CA…Cinncinati, OH…St Louis, MO…Lexington, KY…Asheville, NC…Boone, NC…Dallas, TX…Pebble Beach, CA…Carolina Beach, NC…OBX, NC…Virginia Beach, VA…Washington, DC…

I think I’d probably be very content with living just outside of Charleston, SC.  Maybe Folly Beach or Johns Island or Kiawah.  I absolutely adore Charleston.  The charm, the history, the scenery, the food, the people…the feeling I get when I’m there is one of total LOVE for this place.  I don’t want to leave it when I’m there…I get SO excited about my next visit and as soon as I leave it I am planning the next time back.  If only all my family would go with me…and my job…and my entire life….I’d just never come back!!!

Putting the seat down (and trusting in Jesus!)

5 Jul

So, as we were viewing potential houses for us, there were things that jumped out at me.  Things that I hoped I’d remember as I “staged” my home for the showings to interested realtors and buyers and for my realtor to take pictures that would grace local websites, Trulia, Realtor.com and more.  Small things such as to be sure the trash isn’t overflowing, the microwave is clean or the shoes under my bed didn’t look messy.  It’s funny how you start looking at all of your STUFF as a liability, something that a potential buyer could be turned off by or think negatively of.  I mean, if I saw that someone was a  Duke fan and I was interested in their home – would I let that stop me from purchasing?  Absolutely!  I’d like to think not.  I’ve never been on this end of the deal.  I’ve been in plenty of homes either sincerely looking, dreaming or slimming down choices.  I’ve been on the aforementioned websites countless times and tried my best to not let clutter or poor color choices (in MY opinion) stop me from looking at the true beauty of a home.  Walls can be painted, flowers can be planted and their clutter will disappear (replaced by MINE).  It is not the easiest thing in the world to pack up 85% of your 4 year old’s toys and tell her that she’ll see it again in the new house.  Especially since I know deep down that it could take months…years…we have NO way of knowing!  That’s the biggest issue here.  The unknowns.  I am a pretty smart cookie and can adapt to change fairly easily and when a process changes, I can roll with it.  But, when a situation is a big change and you have NO idea how long that change is going to occur?  THAT, my friend, is when I kinda tend to freak out majorly and feel like I have absolutely no control over anything!  And I don’t.  And I realized last night, during a heart to heart with my sweet hubby…that is OKAY.  I don’t have to know.  I trust in Jesus.  I know He will lead us where we should be and I will be fine until we GET there.  I have faith that this whole process is under His watch and I can rest assured that it will all be fine.  No matter how long it takes.  But, I can still HOPE that it is a really SHORT amount of time!  🙂

Must go now and make the bed and put the toilet seats AND LIDS down!!!  This is getting serious, y’all!!!!

I’ve never lived in a house with a FOR SALE sign in the yard…

4 Jul

and to be honest, it’s pretty scary!  Mind you, it’s not there yet.  But I know it will be on Thursday and that kinda freaks me out!  In a really great way…but freaks me out nonetheless.  I am seriously excited that we are finally doing this but really nervous about the feedback we’ll get, the length of time it’s likely to take and the finality of the whole thing.  I’m not totally attached to this house, mind you…but it IS where we came home to from our honeymoon.  Where we brought MJ home from the hospital to.  Where we had her first birthday party.  Where we have so many memories.  I know we will make more in a new place whenever the Lord allows that to happen…but it’s definitely bittersweet!

Selling our home is going to be a new start for us in more than just location.  Our boys need the space, the privacy, the individual nooks and crannies that teenage and preteen boys need…and our girl…she needs…..ohhh she needs so much!  🙂  She needs a closet and a turntable and a dressing room and a jewelry room and a concert hall – she will GET a new room and a new bed and that’s all I’m promising!  Mike will hopefully find a room to fit a pool table in and I will get my back yard.  These are the dreams at least.  I would be so grateful if I looked back on this post one day in the future and realized that I got what we wished….but I know that I will be happy with a little more room for my kids to roam.  I’ll be happy if we can sell this one, make some other family happy and find a little more yard for us to create the oasis that so many people long for in the industry that I serve at least 40 hours a week.  I’ll be happy if God’s will is done in our lives – no matter what kind of house that brings us.  I’m ready to start this journey and cannot wait to see what it will lead us to!

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