So I have been completely rubbish at updating my blog since I had surgery. I had the collapsed lung which knocked me around a little bit and then I went back to work and since then time has been a complete blur. I also have to blame the lack of posts on the NBA play offs! I spend pretty much every minute I am home watching those. I apologise to my dear followers and promise I will do better with updates.
I guess since it’s been a while I should give an update on my progress. Since I was sleeved on the 18th of March I have lost 19.3kgs (42.55lbs). That brings my total weight loss to 33.6kgs (74 lbs). I am in a bit of shock about how quickly the weight started coming off after the surgery. It’s a surreal feeling losing so much with very little effort. I don’t feel like I would usually if I was dieting, so it’s really strange. If I was dieting before the surgery I would be angry, hungry, exhausted from working out, and just generally feel really stressed. I am losing weight and I don’t feel stressed at all! It’s great.
Not feeling hungry is very strange, but very good. I find I am not constantly thinking about food, and what I’ll have next. I can even sit on the couch after dinner and not eat anything at all before bed. That is a miracle for me.
Food wise I am now off the mushie/soft food stage and onto normal foods. I am finding knowing what to eat a bit of a struggle, but my body is pretty quick to tell me what it does it doesn’t want me to have. I haven’t thrown up at all yet, but when I eat something new sometimes I feel a bit sick afterwards and get that watery feeling in my mouth like I might throw up, but it then goes away. I know that I should wait a while before trying that food again. Most foods though are going down just fine, as long as I remember to chew well and eat slowly. Sometimes if I get very excited about something I’m about to eat then I’ll eat too quickly and get a bit of pain. I think I’ll get better at eating slowly with time.
Drinking is the struggle for me. The couple of weeks after surgery I was doing pretty well, getting my water in and drinking lots of fluids to keep me hydrated. At about 5-6 weeks after surgery I stopped being able to tolerate plain water and it felt like everything I tried to drink just made me feel sick. Tea was the only drink really making me feel good, and I was starting to get dehydrated. I kind of forced myself to keep trying different drinks, and now I am drinking either PowerAde Zero, pineapple juice, tea and Vitamin water. Vitamin water and tea are my favourites so I make sure I drink at least 1L per day. Still not where I should be but a huge improvement from where I was before. I’ll just keep plugging away in hope that I can build up to more liquids over the next couple of months.
Losing so much weight so quickly, I noticed my arms and legs starting to get a bit ‘flappy’ so this week I have started to exercise. I got myself a punching/boxing bag, some gloves, weights, and have set up a circuit in the back yard. I do the circuit with my mum for about 30mins and then we go for a 15 minute walk. We did it 4 times this week, and every muscle in my body hurts but I think that might be a good thing? All I know is I’m glad it’s Friday so I can have a rest tonight. Plus side of this is that I am sleeping so well. We’ll see if it makes a difference on the scales tomorrow. I am guessing I won’t see results in my arms/legs for a few more weeks.
I have just also started taking a bunch of vitamins. It was triggered because everyone at work started to get the cold/flu and after my collapsed lung I did not want to get sick. So I am now taking multivitamins, vitamin B12, vitamin D and fibre gummies each day. I didn’t catch the cold and they are helping me feel better. I know I should have been taking vitamins early on but I couldn’t stomach them. Now they go down well, and hopefully they help prevent things like hair loss that I’ve read others experience.
All of my clothes are getting too big, but thankfully I have a lot of clothes that got too small so I can make do for a while. The only thing I will need to buy is new jeans…. Again! Not a bad problem to have I suppose.
Two months out I am really happy that I went ahead and got sleeved. I feel so much better, I have more energy and I look great! Happy happy me! Excited about what the next few months will bring.