Well, I’m finally at 3 months post op from my Gastric Sleeve weight loss surgery so I figured it was time for another update, with photos this time! I would say that my journey so far has been good and I’m feeling good about everything except my actual weight loss, but I’ll get to that. My life has become about feeding myself, hydrating myself, and exercising every day. I’m motivated to get this weight off, but it sure is not in any way “the easy route” as some will say.
In my 6 week post op update, I had lost 26 pounds and I talked about how my surgeon had warned me about being a slow loser due to depression medications. Well, I still think I’m a slow loser, but I also think that my decision to get the depo shot for birth control may have had something to do with that as well as the depression meds.
I have currently lost 40 pounds in 3 months since surgery.
Let me tell you why I’m frustrated with my 40 pounds. Since my visit with my surgeon in February, I have begun working out six days per week at the gym. I started out doing 30 minutes of cardio on the NuStep machine every day, but I have worked up to either doing an hour on the NuStep or doing 30 minutes and another 30 minutes of weights. I also just started this past Saturday joining a class for an hour-long cardio workout once per week. I’m eating what I’m supposed to and I’m eating 8 times per day like my surgeon advised. I’m getting about 40 ounces of liquids (mostly water) per day, but my surgeon really wants me getting 64 ounces. I feel like I’m following “the plan” as best I can, but the weight is just barely coming off!
I’ve had people tell me that they notice a difference in me and I know my clothes are looser than they were. I’ve gone down about a size in shirts and a size and a half in pants. But, I just can’t help wanting it to go a little faster. I feel like having surgery was such a big step and I’m not really seeing the benefit of it quite yet.
I hate to be such a downer and I’m not to the point of regretting it, but I’m definitely discouraged at the moment. But, I will keep trying and doing what I’m supposed to be doing and people tell me that I’ll get there eventually.
The good news is that I saw my surgeon last week and he is pleased with my progress. He said that the disappointment I’m feeling over being a slow loser is all in my head and he’s happy with where I am at the moment. He encouraged me to keep going the way I am and keep working on more cardio exercise rather than weights and I will see a difference.
The day after I saw my surgeon, I did go to my PCP and asked for blood testing for hormone levels and thyroid check. I told him about my slow weight loss and the fact that I’ve been on my period for almost two months straight and he appeared to listen. I gave blood and it’s been a week and I haven’t heard anything yet. They told me that if my levels were normal, then I might not get a call and they would just mail a letter to me. I’m thinking I’m getting a letter soon because I should have heard from them by now if something was off. Don’t you think?
So, basically I’m just hanging in there, doing what needs to be done, and hoping for some progress soon. If you have any tips or suggestions for getting past what seems to be a plateau, I’m open to suggestions! And I can always use all the encouragement you want to hand out.
Now, here’s a photo from surgery day on 12/30/15:
And here’s one of me now (3 months post op):