Tag: <span>Progress</span>

It’s exactly five months today since I had my gastric bypass surgery, and my progress so far is that I’m down 33 kg (5 st 3 lbs / 73 lbs) from my weight on the day of surgery.

I’m really pleased with the weight loss, and I can definitely tell the difference. I feel a lot healthier than I was, and I am more able to do things than before. In fact I now seek out opportunities to exercise, which is something I would have always avoided in the past!

I’ve also dropped one or two clothing sizes, and I’m able to finally wear some of the clothes that have been languishing in my wardrobe for years waiting for me to lose weight.

In the first 3-4 months the weight fell off me quite quickly, although in the last few weeks that rate of loss has definitely slowed down. I suppose the Christmas and New Year period didn’t help, because I went a bit mad in terms of they type and quantity of food I was eating.

But, you know what? As long as my weight continues to go down – even by a small amount – then I’ll still be happy!

Ways to boost my progress

In the last couple of weeks I’ve managed to re-focus myself on my weight loss. For one thing, I’m now back to tracking everything I eat in the MyFitnessPal app. It’s a bit tedious having to enter everything, and work out quantities and portion sizes, but it helps me eat more consciously and make better decisions about what I do or do not eat.

I’m also trying to push myself more when doing out for my daily walk with the dogs. I want to get my heart rate up so that my Fitbit will give me lots of Active Zone Minutes. I have to walk fast enough so that I’m a bit out of breath to get my heart rate up enough – so I make sure to include a few steep inclines and sets of steps to get the heart pumping.

Surgery Weight

My weight loss progress over the last two weeks has not been great. I’ve only lost 0.4kg (about 1 pound) in weight over that time.

It’s not a massive surprise to me, as I know my diet hasn’t been very healthy. I guess it’s the first time since surgery that I’ve been pushing the boundaries with the food I’ve been eating. My diet has been a lot richer, and contained a lot more sugar and fat. I’ve eaten (and enjoyed) a lot of cheese, bread, crisps, chocolate and icecream.

I’ve also not been tracking my foods, so I have no idea what kind of calorie intake I’ve had. I’ve still lost weight over the time, so it can’t have been terrible, but the rate of loss is much slower than I’ve been used to.

I guess the main lesson I’ve learned is:

It is absolutely possible to sabotage weight loss after bariatric surgery!

  • Just because I’ve had a gastric bypass it does not guarantee a weight loss
  • I cannot eat whatever I want, and still expect to lose weight
  • To achieve my goals I still need to eat sensibly and healthily

So with that in mind, I’m going back to my healthy eating. And that also includes beginning to track everything I eat in the MyFitnessPal app.

My Story Surgery

As I reflect on the past year, it’s with mixed feelings.

For many people it’s been a horrible desperate year. The COVID-19 virus has impacted everyone, through sickness, loss of a livelihood, or impacts on physical or mental health. Many have lost loved ones and haven’t even been able to attend their funeral. Many saw their work for the whole year disappear overnight. Others have stuggled with anxiety, stress, and depression about the uncertain future.

I suppose I’ve been luckier than most. I’ve not been sick with COVID-19, and thankfully all my family are safe and well. I’ve managed to keep working and earning throughout the year, albeit from home. And although I have suffered from anxiety and sleep problems, it has been managed successfully with medication and the support of my GP.

I also feed incredibly lucky to have had my bariatric surgery this year.

The surgery was originally planned for March, but was posponed when the HSE took over the running of the private hospitals during the first wave of infections. Luckily the COVID infection rates dropped, and private hospitals were able to resume performing their elective procedures.

My gastric bypass finally took place in late August, and since then I’ve been getting used to life with my smaller stomach.

In a way it’s actually been easier to deal with everything that came after surgery during the COVID lockdown. Because I’ve been working from home and there’s been no social occasions out in restaurants, I’ve eaten almost all my meals this year at home. I’ve been able to control my portions, eat healthily foods, and track all the macro-ingredients to ensure I’ve been getting enough protein and nutrients in my diet.

I haven’t had to scan through menus desperately looking for a healthy option. I haven’t had to field questions about why I’m eating so slowly or why I haven’t finished all the food on the plate. I’ve been able to get used to the new way of eating at home, in a safe and supportive environment.

I’m also lucky and extremely grateful that extended family and friends have been so positive in their support of my weight loss surgery over the last year.

I’ve ended the year a lot lighter and healthier than how I began it, and that’s the major positive outcome for me of the year 2020!

And of course I plan to continue losing weight and focusing on my health throughout the coming year in 2021.

My Story Surgery

It’s Christmas Eve, and pretty-much 4 months since my gastric bypass. I did a weigh-in this morning, and I find that I’ve lost just over 30 kg, and am now half way to my goal weight!

I’m delighted with my progress so far. Especially as it comes straight after a two-night stay in a fancy hotel.

It’s going to be a fairly quiet Christmas, what with the current COVID-19 lockdown, but I think that might be a good thing. We’ll be having a turkey and ham Christmas dinner tomorrow, but it’ll be on a side-plate, and won’t be a multi-course meal.

Not being in a room full of relatives helps avoid those difficult moments when people want pile every more food on my plate, or offering me countless mince pies or chocolates.

There’s one or two small treats in the house, but just a fraction of what there would normally be at this time of year.

Anyway, hope you all have a lovely Christmas 2020, and here’s looking forward to what 2021 brings!

Surgery Weight

It’s 3 months since I had my gastric bypass surgery and, although it’s been hard work, I have zero regrets!

Negatives

It’s been a tough 3 months to go through. In the first days after surgery I was in a lot of pain, but that passed relatively quickly. And since then it’s all been about getting to grips with the new reality of what and how I can eat.

It’s quite a journey to go on. First of all there’s the issues with portion control. I was used to piling the food onto the plate and finishing every last morsel. And so it’s been difficult getting my head around how little I can now eat. Even now, after 3 months, I will often put too much on the plate, and then have anxiety about having to leave some of the food uneaten.

I’m also still trying to get used to a change my food tastes. I don’t get cravings for sweet things so much any more, which is good but slightly unnerving. I seem to much prefer savory foods.

There are also some food that I just can’t seem to tolerate any more. For example, I used to eat a lot of eggs – particularly omelets and scrambled eggs – but I can’t stomach them any more. They’ve been the biggest cause of me needing to vomit my food back up. So for now I’m avoiding them.

Positives

However, it’s not all bad news. I did say that I have zero regrets, and there’s a reason for that!

I’ve made fantastic progress in losing weight over the last 3 months. In total I’ve lost 25.3 kg – or 4 stones (56 lbs) in weight. That’s such huge weight loss in a short period, and I’m really thankful for it. But beyond the numbers, the weight loss has improved my quality of life by so much.

I’m in a lot less pain overall, and simple things like getting dressed on a morning, or standing up, are so much easier.

I can fit into a whole range of clothes that were previously too small. I’ve been picking brand new shirts (with their tags still on them) out of the wardrobe and finding that they now fit. So it’s like getting free new clothes!

And I just feel a lot healthier overall. My blood pressure has gone down, as well as my resting heart rate. And I’ve also been able to reduce the amount of medication I take.

Next steps

Next week I am due to see the dietician again as part of the regular follow-up appointments with my bariatric team. I had blood tests taken a couple of weeks ago, and hopefully they show that all the levels are within normal ranges.

My Story Surgery

I weighed myself this morning, and I’m delighted that my BMI has dropped below 40. It means that I’m no longer morbidly obese!

Twelve weeks ago (on the day of my surgery) my BMI was 46.3. After entering my weight into my tracking spreadsheet (yes I have a spreadsheet!) it told me that my BMI is now 39.8. And that officially takes me out of the ‘morbidly obese’ category and instead makes me ‘severely obese’.

In terms of what that means in terms of my progress, I’ve managed to lose 22.9 kg in weight, which is over three and a half stone.

My weight loss goal is to eventually get my BMI below 30. That would take me out of all the obese categories, and puts me in the ‘overweight’ category. That might not seems like ambicious goal to some, but it’s a realistic goal because the research suggests than an average gastric bypass patient will lose around 70% of their excess body weight. And the 70% loss pretty much aligns with my ‘BMI below 30’ goal.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. I’m only 12 weeks post-surgery, and there’s a long way to go before I might reach my goal.

So for now I will celebrate my small milestone, and look to the future with hope.

Surgery Weight