A lease on a new life!

Well I thought to update everyone on what’s going on in my life lately.

Back on December 5th, 2013, one month ago today, I was rushed to Emergency via Ambulance because I passed out from not being able to catch my breath. After many tests and my 8 day stay at the hospital the team of Doctors had Diagnosed me with an Pulmonary Embolism in my lungs. A clot, starting in my legs, rose up to my lungs and blocked the main artery in my lungs, and therefor I had a terrible time trying to breath. I was also diagnosed with ‘potential’  Congestive Heart Failure, as a result of the embolism. and because of these two very serious conditions, my Gastric Bypass was cancelled. I’m now on Blood thinners and a ‘ Heart Friendly’ Diet. NO SALT, NO SUGAR.

I see my GP once a week to be weighed, have my blood pressure and blood oxygen levels checked and twice a week to have my blood (INR levels) checked due to the blood thinner medication.

As a result, I’m feeling WAY BETTER!! Thank god. I’ve lost a total of 30 pounds in 4 weeks.

Today I was able to fit once again into an old pair of jeans! yeepee!!

So as you can see and read I”m on my way to a way healthier lifestyle!

There’s nothing more motivating to make you lose weight and change your eating habits than a life threatening Health crisis.

Who knew?

Taken Jan 5 2014, fitting into my old jeans!

Taken Jan 5 2014, fitting into my old jeans!

#Optifast Day 2- #bypasssurgery

Optifast day two!

Holy smokes… now that was a very difficult first 24 hours. Hunger, hunger, hunger! boy was I hungry by the end of the day. I reached out to a fellow bypass patent and she suggested to fill up on sugar-free Jello™. I read on the Optifast website that it takes 3 days for your body to start producing ketosis. 

It is normal to feel hungry for the first few days of the Program as your body adjusts to burning body fat for energy. As this process starts to occur your body will begin to produce ketones as a by-product of the fat burning process. The ketones tend to suppress appetite. This process is called ketosis. If you are feeling hungry whilst on the program ensure that your fluid intake is adequate. We sometimes mistake hunger for thirst” 

This morning, while taking a shower, it was like running a 5 mile marathon. I had NO energy a was panting, and out of breath during the whole process. 800 calories a day ( 4 packs of optifast) is not many calories to run a 400lb body. Not enough gas in the engine. Now I’m sitting having my first optifast shake, and feeling better, having some more energy, and should be enough to get up and take out my dog for a walk. I sure by the end of the week I will be getting better used to this, fingers crossed!

Stay tuned!

 

Optifast Day 1- December 1, 2013

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Day 1 of Optifast

Today is day one of my life style change. I was able to add some flavour to the mix thanks to my niece that works at Starbucks. I have completely emptied ALL cupboards and the fridge of all food. The only thing I have is coffee, tea, sugar free Jello™ and the Optifast. No temptations in this house. I am 100% committed. I have to drink this stuff for 5 weeks- then my surgery. Onwards and upwards!!

Pre – Op Reasons of reminder

I was reading a post/suggestion today from the  www.obesityhelp.com  website suggesting to make a list to remind myself why I am taking this big step to do the weight loss surgery on January 8, 2014. The plan is to look back at this list 8 months from now and to be reminded of how my life is going to improve! 

Here goes…

• Arthritic pain in my hip and knees

• Sleep apnea

• Poor Hygiene

• Low Social life

• Low sex drive

• Feeling ugly

• Poor mobility

• Low energy

• Gastric reflux

• Osteoarthritis

• Incontinence due to excess weight

• Increased longevity of life

• Depression

• Not being able to shop in ‘regular’ shops for clothes

• Feeling singled out/different

• Low self-esteem

• Not having relationships/social life due to poor self-image

• Physical and psychological factors of obesity that are robbing me of my basic quality of life.

Helpful tools

I wanted to share a couple of tools that I have been using to track my food and exercise.

MyFitnessPal

photoLose weight with MyFitnessPall, the fastest and easiest to use calorie counter. With the largest food database of any calorie counter. Also if the food is not listed all you need to do is use the built in scanner with the app to scan the bar code on the food package and it will then show the nutritional list of the product.

and…

 

 

 

Screen shot 2013-02-20 at 1.08.57 PMMoves

Now your iPhone can tell you how much you move. Moves automatically tracks your everyday life and exercise. Just carry your phone in your pocket or bag.

Drastic Measures

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So here I am back after 1 years absence, 2013 will be the year of big changes.

I am scheduled for Gastric Bypass Surgery this year (sometime in October or November, 2013)  My doctor has recommended that I be a part of the Ontario Bariatric program at Toronto Western Hospital. A brand new program that is only 3 years old, that started with one patient, and now has hundreds. What’s different this time you ask?  Well, the TEAM at the hospital consists of not only surgeons, but also Social Workers, Phycologists, Nutritionists, and a focus discussion group of all the patients part of the program that meet by-weekly. This team will follow you for 5 years years after your surgery, and it is all covered by OHIP. You can only qualify if your BMI is 60% or higher.

I went to the discussion group session last night for the second time this year,( we meet every two weeks)  and I must say… Wow… this is great! Exactly what I was looking for. A room full of about 40 people that are pre-op and post op. This discussion group gives one the opportunity to share and discuss your experiences with the surgery, and it’s success and struggles. Some people have had the surgery one or two years ago, and have lost up to 200 pounds, some have just had the surgery last month, so it’s a great platform to talk and meet new friends that are all in the same boat as you, struggling with obesity, as a disease, and people, obesity if REALLY a disease.

I’m planning to blog my progress again, and this time with great success, I have too! It’s my last chance to really make it work. The biggest struggle that most people including myself have with diets and weight-loss is KEEPING the weight you lost off! Yo-Yoing has been a huge part of my life. Losing and gaining back the weight I lost through-out my life. I’m sick of it, and this surgery is my last option.

I may not blog for a few weeks or months at a time, but once the surgery takes place, I will post my results for sure! I hope to have all your support in this last ditch effort. I know I will. Thanks for all your support in the past… and now it’s my big Life style change that is definitely now in the works!

Day 81

Pheeew! ….A big sigh of relief!

Why the sigh?… Well yesterday Rob brought back my scale. Long of the short of things, Rob is really busy this year with his big new dreams, and well it’s going to be harder to meet up and train. So I’m going to continue this on my own. Which I’m totally fine with me, as he has given my some great tips and tools to continue this.The important thing is the addition of using Weight Watchers (WW) as my main guidance. And the reason why I have asked for  my scale back is because I need to know my weight in order to calculate my ‘points‘.

So this morning, dreading to look, after almost 3 months of not having any idea of my weight, I went on the scale. Oh my! Good news! But according to Rob I’m not aloud to be happy with seeing my number, but I am anyways.  Since starting this blog 81 days ago on June 25th, I’m happy to report I have now lost 30 pounds! No wonder those old jeans fit me today, I was surprised to see!

Day 54

Article from today’s Toronto Star: Don’t resign yourself to the pound-a-year rule

August 17, 2011

Does this sound familiar? You open your closet one day (maybe yesterday) and realize that the amount of too-tight clothes has mysteriously multiplied. How did that happen?

Gaining weight with age often occurs so gradually — a pound-a-year creep is the rule in North America — that you’re not quite sure when or why it happened. But 20 years equals 20 pounds. Yikes! Don’t resign yourself to it.

Here are six things that have the biggest impact on weight gain as you age. Prepare for some surprises.

1. Potatoes. Yep, if you tend to eat a lot of fried potatoes, potato chips and mashed potatoes, you’re more likely to gain weight through the years than someone who favours 100 per cent whole grains and other complex carbs, says new data.

2. Red meat. All meat (regular or processed) makes you gain. Fish (as long as it’s not fried), fruits and vegetables don’t.

3. Sugar. Okay, no surprise here. Sugary drinks and desserts (and other highly processed carbs, like white bread) make you bulge. Naturally sweet fruit doesn’t.

4. Lifting only light things. Like forks. Weight training builds muscle. Muscle burns more calories 24/7 than soft stuff. Make push-ups and squats an every-other-day habit. No equipment needed.

5. Lack of sleep. It affects your waistline. Not least because you eat for energy when you’re tired or stay up late. Aim for 6.5-8 hours.

6. TV. Watching three hours a day adds five pounds every 20 years. Exercise does the opposite. But you knew that!