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Friday, June 20, 2014

An Update on my VGS journey!

I apologize for not posting updates -- I honestly didn't think anyone was truly interested in my journey anymore. Not to be self-centered, I have a lot of things going on and posting about my weight loss and post-op health just didn't seem worth it. Until the other day.

A lovely young lady stopped me and asked me about what I do for a living. Someone had told her I was a writer. We were talking a little bit and she asked me a lot of questions I didn't have answers for right away. I had to think about them.
How have I been doing???
And I thought, "I'll post the answers on my blog" and then I remembered I stopped updating my blog. So, today I decided, I'm going back to updating my blog! I've been working on or contributing to a couple of blogs, and I'll post links to those so you can see what I've been up to! I'll also share the links to my columns because that's what I've been up to as well, as a writer!

But first, how about some pictures? I'm now 4 months and 10 days post-op VGS and I have lost 45 pounds. Add that to the 72 pounds I lost pre-op and my total equals 115 pounds lost. And add that to the 20 pounds I lost between December 2011 and February 2013 and I have lost a whopping 136 pounds!

This is the day of surgery -- February 10, 2014 -- this is after losing a total of 92 pounds -- yeah, it was bad

This photo is from my one week follow-up on Feb. 18, 2014 -- I lost 14.1 pounds in one week. Yeah, all liquids + surgery will do that for you. And yes, the turquoise blouse was a mistake -- and has since been banished from my wardrobe!

February 20, 2014 -- 10 days post-op VGS

March 20, 2014 -- one month and 10 days post-op VGS -- 21.6 pounds lost since surgery

April 7, 2014 -- I was not weighing myself -- the NP at my surgeon's office told me not to weigh myself on any scale but the one in their office. This was after a frantic phone call to the office when my primary doctor's scale said I weighed 10 pounds more than I should have.

April 29, 2014 -- almost 3 months post-op VGS -- and not only have all the 5x clothes in my closet been purged, but also all the 4x clothes. The only clothes in my closet are 3x...and a few 2x...and a few size 16/18 which is my goal size by February 2015

June 1, 2014 -- the first pair of shorts I've worn in almost 10 years, maybe 15 years. In the past I have, as I gained more and more weight I wore capris, anything past the knee or just shy of the ankle, in the summer.

June 12, 2014 -- 4 months post-op VGS -- and astonished when the scale said I had lost 22 pounds since my visit in March. That's almost 2 pounds each week. The size 3x are just starting to get too big, many will be purged from my closet at the end of the summer. I have now officially lost 45 pounds since my surgery date, 136 pounds since December 2011.

Day of surgery 2/10/14
 4 months post-op VGS 6/12/14

Yes, I feel great! I still suffer from Meniere's but I am working on trying to get that back under control. It hits me pretty hard and I have good days and bad days. Good days can come in a great big batch a week to 10 days in a row, and then take me out for 5 days straight. A day can start good and become bad. A day can start bad and become good. Yes, I hate Meniere's.

My hair has not fallen out -- in fact, it's growing faster than ever, so are my nails. My protein levels are perfect. The only "problem" I have is my B-12 and Vitamin D levels are too high -- so I've dropped those supplements for now. I'm also having an issue with my WBC but it might be a medication I take and I see my primary next week. I've had blood work at least 6 times in the past 6 I'm not really sure what else they can do except more extensive testing. I honestly believe it's my allergy medicine causing the issue. I have severe environmental allergies and take a prescription medication every day.

There's a lot more to share with you, but I thought I'd first get up some photos and general update on my health. I have more energy than I ever imagined and the days when Meniere's sidelines me frustrate the hell out of me because I just want to get up and GO and I can't.