Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Life goes on...

Ehe, it's been two weeks since an update? Yeesh... Uh, where to start?

Trip to Raleigh for two days was amaaaazing! I got to see so many friends and sit in on a few meetings at the College of Textiles. I miss Raleigh, but at least I get to spend little bits of time up there every so often. I'm very ready to go back to school (hah, weird me), but I'm attempting to work on my portfolio. Let's all hope I get a decent internship for this summer. I neeeeeeeeed it!

I've had some big spells of fatigue in the past few weeks. It's not particularly pleasant feeling like shit and not wanting to get out of the bed or off of the couch. But it's up and down, just depending on the day. My iron levels seemed a little low, according to the lab results at the beginning of January, so I've started taking an iron supplement.

But, hopefully the fatigue will lessen up, because mom and I are checking out a few gyms to join. I am definitely excited about that, and I hope my mom will enjoy the exercise too. We're debating between a more expensive gym with a pool and classes free with membership and a smaller gym without classes or a pool, but basic/good cardio and weight training machines. They're both 24 hour gyms, which is sweet!

Oh...and this is a random thought, but I'm writing this on my laptop in the living room. I can tell, from the way my computer is actually balancing/staying on my stomach/lap and not sliding off that I've lost weight. And, duh, I went to my endocrinologist today. My official weigh in today is 280.3lbs! And my doc was so proud and impressed with my weight loss and total lack of diabetic medicine needs. He did check some hormones and Vitamin D level with a blood draw, so we're going to see each other in six months to just keep everything going.

So, things are pretty good. It's sort of a boring time now...I think that's why I miss school (and friends and things). But the results from my surgery are already looking pretty damn good!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

One Month Measurements!

Hello to everyone... So, been a little while since an update. Things have been so-so. I'm still being a fuck-up from time to time, but the horrible way my tummy feels after those mistakes, I think I'm learning. I had my follow-up appointment on my one month surgiversary, and that went well. By their official scale, I'm down to 294lbs! They said everything is looking good, but I definitely need to get an exercise routine going. No excuses!

But, of course, I have an excuse. >.< I've been in "hibernation mode" for the past week or so, and I can't seem to shake it. I just want to bum around, sleep, etc. I think it's ketosis and hibernation teaming up to kick my ass. I finally got my measurements done, and I just wanted to post them for everyone to see. :)







Around Shoulders



Upper Arm






























Torso Circumference



Total Inches Lost


Tuesday, January 1, 2008

It's a NEW YEAR!

Wow, it's 2008, and I just wanted to say that I have nooooooooo idea what to expect of this year. Lots of weight loss, hopefully something promising this summer, last semester of college, graduating, job searching. GAH! But anyway, that's 2008.

2007... it went by so fast. My semester at school last January-May (really, it was that long ago?) was killer. Senior project class, along with boring major classes and lots of extracurricular commitments.

But I can't believe it's been over 6 months since I started this entire weight loss surgery process.
Late May/early June, I made the decision to get serious about this. I got tons of paperwork, and finally had my first appointment with Dr. Fuzz on June 29th. July, I met with Jeff the psychiatrist and Amber the NUT. And started the Vocational Rehab run-around.

All of a sudden, it was October, and I had done a ton of stuff for VR. But, I was turned down. So I finally got a date. YAY! November 19th, right?!!!!! Yeah, well, not so fast. I got started with the pre-op diet the week of Halloween (what a shitty time). Struggled, struggled, struggled. The appointment on Nov. 15th showed that I was screwed with my weight loss, and the doc delayed the surgery until December 3rd.

Five weeks of the pre-op diet total, I finally arrived at the date. And yet it felt surreal. It still seems surreal to me that I've had such a smooth time post-op. I'm still really struggling with how I used to eat. Nibbling/snacking/mindless eating, and the carb monster in me are fighting hard. They don't want to die, but I've got to stay focused.

So yesterday, I went up to Raleigh with Sarah Ewald and her parents (they rode up so Sarah could get experience driving up there). Me and Sarah hung out with Sarah Wheeler NYE and today, until 2ish. It was SUCH a wonderful breath of fresh air for me. I got to meet some cool friends of Sarah W's, and just seeing both of those girls made me SO happy. I miss them, I miss Raleigh, I miss that whole atmosphere so much. I don't really know how I'm going to accomplish everything I want to by the summer, but oh well. Right now, I'm just happy I know I have great friends and great support.