Wait Game… and Thanksgiving

This has been an interesting week. My birthday was Wednesday, Thursday was Thanksgiving, and this weekend is the Iron Bowl. For my birthday we went to a place that is a buffet I went to many times when I was younger. I did not go crazy, but did enjoy the food. For Thanksgiving, we had yummy food as well, and I did not eat too much, I had it, and loved every minute of it, but I did not over do it. I finally had all my cokes as well, and am about to start all my water.

I am getting ready to start my liquid diet on Tuesday. I am nervous, but excited. I saw where some people have had the surgery and ate cream of wheat before they left. I do not think so! I do not like that at all. Not sure what I am going to do. I am ready for next week, I have gotten ready and have things that will help me throughout the week. I just need to get some sugar-free pudding cups. I have found that the most delicious ones are the ones found in Publix’s refrigerated section. The French vanilla is amazing, and the chocolate are so amazing! I also have my Matrix supplements ready. I found a wonderful recipe for an alternative to Starbucks’ Salted Caramel Mocha lattes and fraps. This one will use my vanilla supplement, sugar-free cocoa packets, some coffee and mix it with ice. I am going to use coffee granules when I make it. I may try it today!

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Final Weekend!

This was my final weekend to “eat like I want, as much as I want.” I did not go crazy and eat a ton of food. I ate pizza with the family as we cheered on our Auburn Tigers. It was great, and I even had a bite of Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie. I also started drinking my water and getting off cokes. It was not as hard as I thought it would be. I still had some, but I also drank a lot of water.

I am super nervous about starting my liquid diet and then clear liquids. I am so worried I will want food and not be able to do this, but I have gotten so much encouragement from others. I have already started getting a list of recipes together for when I can finally eat soft foods too!

I go to my nutrition class on Wednesday and I cannot wait! I cannot wait to get all the information for my new lifestyle change. My mom is going with me, so I will be sure to get it all written down. She will also be cooking a lot of what I eat, so I need her there in case I miss something.

Have you had to go through this too? What are some of your favorite soft foods or liquid foods?

Approved!!!

Hi, guys! I know it has been a long time. Man, has things been crazy here. My family went on a huge vacation to DC and Philadelphia, summer came and went, I changed job locations, etc. It has just been nonstop lately.

My weight loss journey seemed to be at a standstill, but suddenly I was able to lose about 10 lbs. I think it was because I was able to change my eating habits. When I changed jobs, I changed the way I ate. It helped! Then I got some good news!

I tried to get approved for weight loss surgery back in 2015, and was told I was not approved until 2017. I went ahead and got ready for 2017 by getting my things in order:  going to a support group meeting, have another doctor’s consent letter sent in, weight records sent in to the doctor, etc. I did this in October, the 24th to be exact. That is when they told me that I could have had it done “as of yesterday.” What?!! Had I know that, I would have had everything done a lot sooner! Everything from then on moved quickly. I got a surgery date, date for when to begin my liquids diet, date for the nutritionist visit, discussion of pre-op, etc. I know that a lot of people might be scared, but I am so excited. I cannot wait. My doctor is Dr. Leslie Miles at Alabama Weight Loss Surgery through St. Vincent’s East in Birmingham, AL. He is very strict, and I like that. He makes me more nervous than anything.

In October I went to my first ever support group meeting. It was amazing! I was able to try the supplements that I will be drinking for the first few months of my surgery, and before, on the liquid diet. My favorite was the Matrix Peanut Butter Cookie (which is like a milkshake). I wanted to try the Chocolate Mint which was supposed to taste like a Thin Mint. They did not have it prepared to try, but I am not sure why. We were the ideal audience to want to taste that! We also got to try Nectar. You can put it in water and drink it like Crystal Light, or get the tasteless and mix it in soups and things. I tried every single one, and I thought the tasteless tasted the best. My mom was kind enough to pick up some PB and Vanilla Matrix powder, and some tasteless Nectar. Mom came back laughing because she said the reason the tasteless was the best was because it was mixed with Crystal Light. Haha! So funny. Later, I bought some Mint Chocolate online, and it does taste like a Thin Mint! It even has little “cookie bits” that you drink.

The meeting was very informative, although I felt bad for the leader because people would not turn off their phones, so disrespectful. They kept going off the entire time. I got a lot of good and useful info, and heard so many good testimonies. I cannot wait to be part of the group telling my own testimony.

I will be having the sleeve procedure done on December 6, 2016. I start my liquid diet on November 29th, have my nutrition visit on the 30th, and a meeting out of town on the 1st. I will have to pack two days worth of liquids in advance. This should be interesting. I got this great idea to use the baby powder formula holders for my protein powder. I got two, one for each day. I plan on using those, finding my almond milk ahead of time, packing my liquid approved foods in a cooler, and hope for the best. My sister and I laughed because of some of the items on the liquid diet like Jell-O and pudding. Those are not liquids! Then there is the clear liquids diet the day before the surgery which lets you have plain, black coffee… uh… not a clear liquid, my friend. Now, do not get all technical on me and explain why this is a clear liquid, or what those are considered a liquids at all. I am just having fun here.

People ask me if I am scared about my surgery, if I am nervous and/or anxious, what I am thinking. I am mostly just excited! I cannot wait! I am ready for my life to begin again and for me to be able to look on the outside how I feel on the inside. I am also ready to be on the “Losers Bench,” and lose those pounds!

I will be sure to post pictures along the way. My mom has agreed to be my photographer, so we will be lucky if my head is in the photos… just kidding, mom! I will try and post one each week. I have already been told to weigh every other day, so I will be sure to post my losses. I will also be sure to post my non scale victories (NSV). For example, there are shoes that I want to get back into. I have a pair of Lucky Boots I have not been able to wear in three years that I cannot wait to wear again. I also have a pair of Frye Boots that are waiting for me at home that I want to get on my feet with a cute little sundress.

Sorry to go on and on. I will wrap this up. In the next post I will discuss the awesome Bluetooth scales that I have ordered from amazon. Cannot wait to try them out! Talk soon!

~ A