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Slower Month for loss!

October hasent been very nice to me, I am tipping the scale today at 362.5  …wich is about 65lb lost…I guess I should be happy I am still loosing!

My Goal for the future is to walk more, I did by a pedometer and said I was gonna start but my brother came home and its been a busy month! I think I am looking good in the pics!

He Finally admitted to seeing a weight loss, he is such a tough ass! and I can totally see it in this picture! We drove to SC to drop him off on the 14th and on my way home I went to the aquarium and to a Seafood Festival in Richmond Hill GA…where I had the most delicious White Fish-ka-bob ever! To bad I could only eat a few bites! So my Goal by Nove 30th is another 30lbs! That means I have about 40 days!

I can do it…Yes I can!


My Favorite at the Aquarium – Mama & Baby Turtles Holding hands!

Me in the Kids Boathouse in the Aquarium! HAHA

Hair today…Gone tomarrow!

Okay I dreaded and preyed it would not happen to me but for the past few weeks I have been shedding hair like crazy! I am so afraid to even put a brush thru it now! I can actually FEEL it thinning out!

Mommy even said she noticed it!

I guess with the loosing weight loosing hair is very common in Bypass patients, some start a month out – some 6 months out, for me it was the 2 month… and been doing it ever since.

I am not very good at remembering to take my meds and have tried to take my Biotin regularly, to no avail… alot of people say it dosent work but some live by it…

Hair today…Gone tomarrow!

Total of 24 inches lost! Over 60 lbs lost!

Waist Size in
62  down to  59 1/2  =  2   1/2 in loss

Neck Size
18   down to  16 1/2 = 1   1/2 in loss
Bicep Size
22.5  down to  19 = 3  1/2 in loss
Forearm Size
14  down to  12 = 2 in loss
Chest Size
64  down to  60 1/2 = 3   1/2 in loss
Hip Size (this is where most of tummy is)
70  down to   66 = 4 in loss

Thigh Size
36  down to   31.5 =  4 1/2 in loss
Calf Size
21  down to  18 1/2 = 2  1/2 in
Lost total of 24 inches

50-ish lbs Lost!

the face shots were the closest in position i could get!

update, 4th week out!

My scale went nuts on me so i do not know what I weigh, it looks like it WANTS to say 387lbs, but I am not sure but that would be 38-40lbs Lost! That is pretty good for a month out, I was hopeing for 50 but i think that I did good.

I need to start walking but it seems My tummy hurts when I move alot, and its been raining ALOT. Hell our road is even flooded again! I would love to go swimming everyday and may try to go at least 2 times a week and walk 3 or 4 times.

I also need to start eating more protien!

One Inch At a Time!

Eating out!

Okay So I have tried eating out a few times and the verdict is in, Wendy’s Chili is hands down the best food for my new tummy, I have had it about 4 times and each time i get a small cup – it’s enough for 2-3 servings.

YUMMY, now I will admit that i have never liked chili much at all, so everyone was correct about my taste buds changing! I always get them to add cheese and I use a pack of  saltines they give you. Yummy.

I have also tried:

  • McDonalds  fish sandwich wich I did not eat bread (to much greese)
  • Sonic Grilled cheese minus crust (was fine, but it dosent have that “rel” grilled cheese taste)
  • Huddle House Egg Beaters (not bad but needed lots of Salt & Pepper)
  • Waffle House Grits (they are pretty thick but easy to keep down)

2 weeks Post Op

I am doing good, and able to eat soft food. I have had Wendy’s Chili, Fish, chicken (no skin) Eggbeaters, lunch meat and a bite of other stuff here & there. I have thrown up a few times but I am 99% sure its from Drinking while I eat with is a No-No. I just kept forgetting or didn’t wait long enough!

I need to drink  more protien shakes, I was doing good with that but I am only drinking one a day now and I know that is NOT enough with only eating 1-2 small meals in a day.  Mom said she can notice a difference in my face and I think my clohes are fitting more comfy. I have lost about 30-35 lbs.  I want to have lost at least 50 lbs by the end of the month.

It has been raining like crazy and the kids just went back to school so I havent started walking a whole lot yet but I am gonna start this week… It’s very important for the weight loss that I exercise and/or walk everyday!

1 week Post Op!

Sorry I haven’t updated been kinda busy getting back to work, I will write about my hospital experience soon. I wanted to say YEAH to my 1 week Post op Blog! So far so good, pain is almost completely gone, and incisions are healing up okay, ones a little pink. Its been hard with hardly any food but I’m getting thru it!

I had my first Pouch-reject tonight, I ate one little bite of chicken Walty brought home and then my grits as normal and i did a bad thing and drank like allot of water right after. I got a Pain in my chest and then without warning, grits out my nose and mouth! UGG, i was in pain for 2 hours! Its finally over!

Hospital & surgery!

Went to Gainesville and stayed in a hotel on Monday, the day before my surgery. I was told to call Monday night between 7-9pm for the exact surgery time. We left here about 2pm and arrived at a very nice hotel in Gainesville by 4pm. I was more calmer then I thought I would be and swam in the pool and watched TV. I called at 7 and they told me to report to the surgery place at Noon.

Mom and Renee had a few drinks, and we laughed for a while! Then came bed time… I tossed and turned all night, the last time I looked at the clock it was about 6:30am.

I woke up about 10, and was very nervous (that’s when I took the pic in the bathroom… I thought about not coming out! But I mustered up the guts, took a shower and we were on our way to the Cancer center at Shads where the surgery was gonna take place!

I wasn’t allowed to have anything to eat or drink since 12 hrs before and I was soooo thirsty. We got there on time but sat in the waiting room for about 2 hours. They finally called my name and that was the point of no return! I walked back the Prep Room, and as I did I held my hands behind my back with fingers crossed!

They got me back there, I put on a gown and slippers and got banded and scrubbed and then asked 10001 questions. I sat there for a few before mom was able to come back to wish me luck. Next thing I know Mom left crying and I was shaking, they made me lay back and wheeled me into the OR. The OR was large, lots of lights, white and TV monitors. They put Oxygen on me and a dont remember a thing afterwards! They had told me it was just oxygen lol.

I woke up feeling drugged with lots of people around me, and someone patting my face with a cool rag. next thing I know i heard people saying “you did good Tina, everything is good Tina” I then remember being put into my room.

I heard mom talking to me and crying and soon woke up all the way. I was in a hospital room! Needless to say I was doped up and all I remember is waiting water and having that little spongy thing to suck on and a button I was pressing every 6-7 minutes!

Mom said it was late, and that I had been in the OR for a little over 3 hours and in the recovery for another two. She was worried and Renee and her stared at “the Board” above the waiting room receptionist waiting for me to get out of OR and then out of Recovery.   It was about 7pm before she was able to see me.

Finally later that night Walter came to the hospital and mom and Renee went back to the Hotel. I had lots of trouble keeping an IV, I kept Blowing them, I blew 5 about 5 hours apart. I would wake up and my arm was totally swallen from the liquid!

I also kept setting the Oxygen alarm off and was having a hard time sleeping cus when I drifted off the damn alarm would sound because my Co2 level would drop. They finally put me on Oxygen and I was able to fall asleep good. 

I went to the swallow test the next morning and a bunch of tests and shots in my arm every 5 or so hours for my blood clotting. I was deff bruised up all over my arms as well as the incision sites! I was able to walk and hold down the stuff they gave me to drink a capfull at a time. I finally left the hospital thursday.  

My BMI table shows I am SUPER!

I have a BMI of 62.6.  at 434.5lbs
This puts me in the Super Morbid Obesity category.
Your BMI is extremely high and is enough to qualify you for bariatric surgery.The table below shows value ranges and what they mean.
Range Meaning
less than 18.5 Underweight
18.5 – 24.9 Normal
25.0 – 29.9 Overweight
30.0 – 39.9 Obese
40.0 – 50 Extremely Obese
over 50 Super Obese

1st Day home – God im a sissy today!

So I came home from the hospital today and I am in ALOT of pain, my tummy has this shooting pain in it that will not go away…I think they should have kept me in the hospital a bit longer, this is awful. They gave me liquid morphine which Medicaid only paid like 3/4ths of, but at this point I don’t care. House is a mess…figures…I have been sitting in the living room recliner afraid to move, haven’t even tempted to try to sleep in bed. I just been taking my med’s and drinking the optisource that they let me bring home. I am hoping I can order some of this cus it’s not half bad. (Carmel Flavor) the Bruises on my tummy showed up twice as big today, but they don’t hurt at all. The glue stuff they used over the incisions is kinda itchy. 

It’s hard cus I am here all alone, Walty had to work and he should be some about 10pm. I have been crying and moaning like a baby, I hate being alone like this. I tried calling a few people but I am talking slow and funny…   Drinking has not been an issue yet. I just take my time, the colder the the drink is the better it tastes and it’s weird cus I can feel it go down into my tummy. I haven’t even wanted food! Ugg, I was suppose to start back on liquids but I haven’t the energy to go into the kitchen to try to make anything, let alone, make enough to only eat 2-3 tablespoons. I need to buy more Grits, I kinda ONLY ate then for the last 4 weeks and have ran down to one pack left, but at a few tablespoons, that should last a day or two.   

Well I am going to drug myslef and lay down, will write more in a day or two.   


I did it!

I am in recovery hurting really bad, but I did it! I Now have completed the Gastric bypass! I will update when I am feeling better…I have 5 incisions on tummy and It really hurts! The dr’s  are doing everything they can. My mom & Renee are here, although Walty is leaving to come up here when he gets off work about 11.

My  surgery was schedualed for Noon, although I dident get to the Operating table untill after 2:30… Surgery was 3 hours and I woke up about 7:30pm..

This is me now! LOL

<~~ This is whats hanging out of my mouth lol, they are called DenTips, and basically i dipped it in water & sucked on it, that was all the “drink” I was allowed for two days!