Tuesday, 28 August 2012

9 weeks post op and 600gm up

Up.  Yes you read correctly.  Up.  Don't know what the hell is going on here, but I've gained.  I'm eating the same amount as I have been (barely anything), yet I've gained.

My period is overdue a week (no, I am not pregnant), so that might have something to do with it.  I hope it does.

Seeing my surgeon on Monday for a check up, so hopefully I will have lost it by then, at least on my scales.  His scales seem to show less of a loss.

I went to my doctor last week about my back (I had such severe pain that I could barely walk and was feeling very nauseas and on the verge of passing out at home).  The receptionist there kind of did a double take as she didn't realise it was me.  I work there, but on weekends, so we rarely see each other.  He prescribed be anti-inflammatories and pain relief.

When I got home, my uncle was there and he recommended I go see a chiropractor, so I went the following day as I couldn't get in that day.

Anywho, he diagnosed me as having a leg length discrepancy of 1.5cm on the right and dodgy right sided back muscles.  He said he was surprised that I didn't have issues earlier.  I told him I have, but not to the extent that I struggled to walk.  I remember when I was in the US with my cousin 2 years ago, I was sitting on a bench and went to pick up the multitude of shopping bags off the ground and I couldn't straighten up again.  I had to remain like that for a few minutes until the spasm resolved.

Been seeing him now for about a week and slowly things are improving.  Not cheap at $50 a visit, bit if it helps, then I'm all for it.

Friday, 24 August 2012

A new photo

I took this photo last Saturday before I went out to dinner.

Not very good at doing selfies, esp the crappy lighting.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

8 weeks post op and 1kg down

Taking my grand total to 18kg!  Saw the dietician today and she was very pleased as to how I am progressing.  Will be seeing her next in December, 6 months post op.

I went to see my GP yesterday with regards to my back and he seems to think I sprained it, so prescribed me anti-inflammatories and pain relief.  My uncle suggested I see a chiro, so I went to the one he sees today and he tells me that I have a 1cm leg length discrepancy and he's surprised I haven't had issues earlier.  I told him I get these pains once in a while, but not to the severity of this one, which has gone into my legs and it's painful to walk.  He said that I have a pelvic tilt and that this can be fixed.  I'm going to see him again tomorrow.

Who'd have thunk?!  I had a feeling I may have but dismissed it.  I've noticed that if I wear pants or jeans that are a tad too long, the hem on the right side tends to drag along the ground.

At least this can be fixed.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Have you lost any weight?

Yup, that is what my father asked me yesterday.  Seriously?  I've lost 17kg and he's asking if I've lost anything?  He's not very observant, is he?

One of my cousins is on to me.  My sister told me she had an inkling something was up when we went out to dinner a few weeks ago and I could only manage a small amount of food.  It was confirmed on Saturday night again when I only had a slice of pizza (just a bit smaller than a slice of bread).  My sister told her not to tell anyone else, so hopefully she can keep her mouth shut.  In time everyone will know...just not yet.

I'm doing Run Ballarat in October and after the run, I'll be stopping by my aunts place.  I think she'll be in for a bigger shock than anyone as I only see her a few times a year and she hasn't seen me since I don't know when.

Off topic,  my back is absolutely killing me today.  I have a Tiger Balm patch but that doesn't seem to be helping.  I just have to lean forward the wrong way and it goes.  Not sure if I have a pinched nerve. I also found a small pea like lump just below my left knee at the top of my calf.  Not sure what is going on there either.  Must get both checked out when I have a moment.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

7 weeks post op and 700gm down

Yup...a whole 700gm.  I guess it's better than nothing, right?

I have a review with the dietician next Wednesday.  I'm still on the soft phase, but am trying things as I go.  Chicken seems to go down alright if it's not too try.  I've yet to attempt a steak.  Too scared as that seems to be a bit tougher.  Just have to find the right cut I guess.

I must admit that I've been slack exercise wise and have not walked for 2 weeks.  No excuses.  Need to get back on track with this.

I've registered myself for Run Ballarat in October and Run Geelong in November.  I'll be doing the 6km for both events.  Who knows, maybe next year I'll be able to run.  We'll see.

Going out to Lygon Street (lot of Italian restaurants here in Melbourne) on Saturday night with family (unaware of the procedure), so it'll be another interesting night.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Curious about the sleeve?

Some random Google-ing brought up this short video on how a sleeve gastrectomy is performed.

Thought I'd post it if any of you are curious as to what is involved.

Please enjoy.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

6 weeks post op and 2.7kg down

In total I have lost 16.5kg!!!!!  Last time I lost anywhere near that much took me forever.  Back in 2003/4 I did manage to lose 25kg, but that took me a year and after that program finished, it crept back on...and more.

Slowly starting to feel good about myself.  Still banned from clothes shopping, although I do need to get a cheap pair of pants for work as I don't think the boss will allow me another week of jeans.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Some new pics

Sorry, they aren't the best quality, but thought I'd show you how slightly different I look now.

The top photo was taken in April before a night out and the one below was taken on Saturday night.

Not sure why the April photo looks wider.  Anyway, you get the idea.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Back to work and eating out in public for the first time

Thursday was my first day back at work after nearly 5 weeks off.  All the ladies were glad to see me but I got a few curious looks.  I was cornered in the kitchen by one of the ladies and she was giving me the look trying to figure out what was different with me.  I just played around and said that I had my hair done etc.  She wasn't satisfied with that answer LOL.

By the time morning tea came around, she came into my office and asked if I had lost weight, to which I responded 'just a bit', still not giving anything away.  Eventually it came out that I had surgery, but not to say to anyone because still not everyone knows and I don't really want it to be public knowledge.  I also explained the procedure to them, as they thought I had the band.

I received a lot of comments that day on how good I looked (from those who do know and don't know).

They weren't happy with me as I bought in 2 dozen cupcakes for them to enjoy :).

Last night I went to the local wog club for a fundraiser dinner and it was the first time I've eaten in public (well I did have lunch at work, but that wasn't a big deal).  I helped myself to a meatball and a bit of salad and my aunty saw the amount of food that was on my plate and she questioned it.  She asked if I was on a diet to which I replied 'you could say that' and just left it there...for the time being.

She approached me again later and asked again (nicely, not in a nosey way) and because it was busy, I said I'd tell her later but never got around to it, but I'm sure she knows something is up.  She had also noticed I looked different and she was happy for me.  I'm sure the wog grapevine will be in action soon.  Nothing stays quiet too long in our family ;p

I didn't know but my sister told a friend of the family about the procedure and she asked me about it.  She reassured me she wasn't going to tell anyone because I told her not all the family know.  She just asked how I was and how she knows someone who had the band but has had nothing but trouble with vomiting etc.

So tonight is the big test.  Going out to dinner with the girls and then off to see Magic Mike.  Going to a local Indian restaurant, so I've checked out the menu as to what I think could be suitable to have.  Unfortunately they don't have a kids menu, so I'll just have to order off the entree.

I do have an ulcer on my throat (farken painful), so as I'm still in the soft food phase, I'll have to be careful as to what I can eat.  Looks like I'll go the vegetarian option.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

5 weeks post op and 1.4kg down

Total lost is 13.8kg.  Well done to me.

Still wishing it was more, but slow and steady is probably better.

I'm back to work tomorrow after 4 weeks off.  Not looking forward to it, as things are apparently up to shit.


Thank God I'm only there 2 days a week.  Not sure I could handle working there full time again with what's going on at the moment.  Management sticking their fingers into where they don't belong.  I've been there 15 years and now the big boss decides to change things around to suit herself.  My system of doing certain things worked.

Grrr.  Wish she would just butt out and let me do my job without having to explain the processes of doing things.