SIDE EFFECT UNIVERSITY

August 21, 2011 – Started taking Tamoxifen on a five-year schedule. August 22, 2011 – Wished I could stop taking Tamoxifen. April 2014 – Told that I would be taking Tamoxifen on a ten-year schedule due to the findings of a new study. August 22, 2015 – Weighing the side effects (that most doctors tell me it’s…

NATIONAL CANCER SURVIVORS DAY

Today is National Cancer Survivors Day! In April, I had another mammogram, another “clear” mammogram, which declared me cancer free for the fourth year in a row.  I do not, and will never, take negative results from a mammogram for granted. I find it difficult to balance my gratefulness to still be a living, breathing member…

MILESTONES

I wasn’t expecting to get to this milestone so quickly after getting to Onederland. I’ve lost four pounds rather quickly after a week of catered food and little sleep, but nonetheless, I stepped on the scale this morning and I’ve lost 40 pounds!  Tomorrow marks the third month since my surgery. I had hoped to…

GOAL #2 – ONEDERLAND!

I blinked a few times when I looked down at the scale this morning. I couldn’t believe my eyes. 199? Could it really be?  It’s been decades since I’ve weighed under 200 pounds. So grateful to have reached goal #2 in 11 weeks!

27 POUNDS AND SWIMSUIT SHOPPING

I weighed myself this morning and so far I’ve lost 27 pounds! This is the craziest ride I’ve been on! I went to the gym Saturday morning to ride the recumbent bike.  It felt good to be back at the gym. I saw the water aerobics class already in progress and decided that was something…

ONE MONTH INTO MY NEW LIFE

A month ago, I let a doctor rearrange my innards so I could lose weight once and for all. It’s been a roller coaster ride of sorts, an experiment on the grandest of scales. I’m still learning my new stomach’s limits, not just with volume, but types of food. I haven’t always done well with…

POST-OP MUSINGS

Well, Monday has come and gone. I had my surgery! I have entered the two week period of “What did I just do to myself!” and the endless sipping of liquids. The surgery went well. After surgery I had an extremely difficult time for a few hours with the nausea and being paler than usual….

WHERE I AM, WHERE I’M GOING

Tomorrow is the day! RNY Gastric Bypass Surgery. After 8 months, the day has arrived. After surgery, it’s up to me to make the weight loss stick. I am more determined than ever to stay healthy!

ONE WEEK TO GO!

I’m down about 8-9 pounds on the high protein pre-op liquid diet.  I stopped begging people to bring me a bucket of chicken (kidding) on Thursday. I finally am experiencing ketosis, which basically means my liver is shrinking and my fat is burning.  I am no longer “hungry.”  I can understand why people fast. It…

VANILLA & ORANGE CREAM LIFE

I have started the pre-op liquid diet. 3-5 shakes a day of two flavors (vanilla and orange cream). Don’t know how much weight, if any, this particular part of the journey will remove, but the shakes will help me prepare my liver to move out of the way for surgery (by shrinking).   Am I…

RUBBER, MEET ROAD

Tomorrow I go see my bariatric surgeon for my pre-op appointment. I will also get my vitamins and the protein powder for my liquid diet.  It’s here, folks, the moment I’ve waited for since August. Finally moving forward with my weight loss surgery! Ever since I made the decision to walk this path, I have…

FORCED REST – YES, THAT’S GOING WELL

I’m almost three weeks out from my surgery now. I’m out of the big pain meds and am surviving on hands full of ibuprofen. I’m still falling asleep at random times, proving I still need rest.  I have issues with staying still most of the time. I was one of those kids with perfect attendance…