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Friday, November 12, 2010

Wow has it been that long!?

I guess that it has been a bit since I have been around.  Life has gotten in the way, I guess.  That being said, life is good!  Today is my daughters 2nd birthday.  I feel like this day is really the beginning of this lap band journey.  I had a lot of complications throughout my last pregnancy.  She ended up being born at 35.5 weeks due to pre-eclampsia.  (I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy!)  I had lost out big on the diet battle right before getting pregnant and had gained 15lbs the two months prior to getting pregnant.  Pregnancy didn't help much and I really watched my weight during my pregnancy.  I cried and cried the day that scale had to be moved to 200.  (I'm 5'2")  On the day before she was born, I weighed 210.  I had gestational diabetes.  I was taking at least 3 insulin shots a day.  The doctors promised me that the diabetes would go away.  Hailey was born healthy and 6lbs 1oz.  For my 6 week checkup, I got on the scale still weighing 210 WTF!?  I have a baby right here, how in the h*ll do I still weigh 210!?  My diabetes had not resolved itself.  Neither had my blood pressure.  What was I to do? I was devastated once again.  I went to my PCP and was put on several medications.  I was 33 years old.  I had to pick up the grandma bag at the pharmacy each month.  It was horrible.

After my daughter's first birthday, I still weighed 208.  I had reserved myself that I was going to stay fat.  I wasn't happy about it, but my body was fighting every attempt at losing this weight.  I felt horrible all of the time.  I had no energy, and I couldn't get on the floor to play with my little girl.  If I got down there, there was no chance of getting up again. 

In January of this year, I really started looking into the lap band.  I checked on my insurance and it was a covered benefit.  I never would have been able to afford otherwise.  I started my diet requirement for my insurance.  The first month I lost 2lbs.  Second month 2lbs.  Geez I was getting frustrated!   I was so glad that my insurance diet was only 3 months as I would have probably given up if it had been 6. 

I got my surgery date set up for June 9.  It was right after my birthday.  I was excited and scared all at the same time.  I have been having so much trouble losing weight, would it still be that way? 

Fast forward 5 months.  I am flirting with 50 lbs lost.  I am so close.  I would have never thought at Hailey's last birthday that I would be where I am today.  I am able to move.  I am able to chase her if I need to.  I feel wonderful.  I still have 35 lbs to go.  The glory in that is that I know that I will get there.  The uncertainty is no longer lurking.  I also have been able to be in pictures with  my family.  That is a great feeling.

Thank you for sticking with me through my story.  I credit each and every one of you with helping me through my weight loss.  The statistics say that those who attend support groups and such lose more weight than those who don't.  As I am 3.5 hours from my surgeon's office and there aren't any closer support groups for me to attend, you gals are my support group. 


Robin said...

You are doing wonderfully and will have so many lovely events and memories with your daughter.

Amanda said...

And reading how well you have done gives those of us in the beginning stages so much hope! So thank you! Congrats BTW and happy birthday to your daughter! It makes it an extra extra special day!

Bonnie said...

Happy birthday to your daughter. Time really goes by fast, doesn't it. My daughters will be turning 15 and 12. Geez, seems like they were turning 2 yesterday. 50 lbs is awesome. I'm at 34lbs down at 4 months out from surgery. It's slower than I would like, but I haven't been exercising like I should. I have not attended any of the support groups at my surgeon's office either. Blogging is all I need. Have a great weekend.

workinprogress said...

Congratulations on your new beginning :-)

Your health is the best birthday present you could ever have given your daughter!

You should be so proud of yourself!

Sandy said...

Such a great story. I'm really happy that you get to see the difference a year makes with the band. Woo Hoo for you.

Amanda Kiska said...

I feel the same way about Blogland as support group! You are amazing! I hope your medical issues have resolved.

And I'm curious what you think the difference was? I had the same issue with not being able to lose weight pre-op. I think eating more protein and eating about 1,200 calories most days is what it takes for me to lose. How about you?

Amaris said...

Happy birthday to your daughter! I enjoyed reading your story. YOU ROCK!

*~D~* said...

What a great post!! Thanks for the smile and the hope!

Read said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter - 2 is such a fun age!

I love this story - the best is the knowledge that you'll get there. That confidence is just amazing. You've done amazingly well so far and I completely agree with you about the "support group" that is blogland!!! Everyone out here is so supportive and helpful and real - it is such a lovely community.

And hey - I'm 5'2" too!

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