Friday Weight Check – Week 16

Starting weight: 184.6 lbs

Start of pregnancy: 06-09-17

Due Date: 03-08-18

  • Week 6: 191.6 (doctor appt that confirmed pregnancy)
  • Week 7: 193.2
  • Week 8: 191.2
  • Week 9: 194.6
  • Week 10: 191.0
  • Surprise! Ultrasound says we are actually on week 12.
  • Week 12: 192.2
  • Week 13: Labor Day weekend, on vacation, no scale
  • Week 14: 197.0
  • Week 15: 201.4
  • Week 16: 198.8 (up 14.2 overall)

Exercise:

Still working on my Couch-to-5K program so I can run the Hot Chocolate 5K on November 5th, I admit to feeling much better on the days I do the run/walk program and much more tired on the days I skip. The program takes 8 weeks, which I don’t have, so I’ve been doing two days in one (two 30-minute sessions 4 days a week) and since the C25K program only has you training 3 days a week that means I am accomplishing 2 weeks training per week that I am combining. Clear as mud, right? Anyway, it works for me so far. I should probably be doing some strength training on the off 2 days (and I always take Sunday off) but I’m not to that stage yet.

Diet:

Doing much better with my food choices although not stellar. I still eat about 40% carbs and 30% protein and 30% fat. I’m around 1600 calories a day, which is fine since I’m running and also pregnant. I’d like to try to get the carbs down and the protein up but since I’m slowly losing again I will leave it be and see how it shakes out next week. I like the flexibility in the diet with the 40% carbs but only if I can still maintain weight with it.

Overall:

Much better over last week!  Pleased that my weight is back under 200#s.  Silly, I know, but still..

Love and God’s blessings,
Sarah

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Friday Weight Check – Week 15

Starting weight: 184.6 lbs

Start of pregnancy: 06-09-17

Due Date: 03-08-18

  • Week 6: 191.6 (doctor appt that confirmed pregnancy)
  • Week 7: 193.2
  • Week 8: 191.2
  • Week 9: 194.6
  • Week 10: 191.0
  • Surprise! Ultrasound says we are actually on week 12.
  • Week 12: 192.2
  • Week 13: Labor Day weekend, on vacation, no scale
  • Week 14: 197.0
  • Week 15: 201.4 (up 16.8 overall)

Exercise:

Today was my first day training for the 5K. I did a 5 minute walk followed by a 2.5 minute jog for 48 minutes. A total of 2.6 miles. I feel better today! The goal will be to increase my jogging as I decrease my walking over the course of the next month so that I can jog the entire 3.1 miles of the 5K. The Hot Chocolate 5K/15K is on November 5th which gives me 50 days.

Diet:

Not good at all as you can tell from the scale! I have been surviving on coffee and chocolate and carbs. Unfortunately, that means my heartburn is at it’s maximum pain level, that also means it’s hard to eat anything dense because it hurts my already inflamed esophagus. However, I freaked about the scale being over 200 for the first time since losing the weight and already gained back control of my diet. I’m going to eat an alkaline diet (combined with 6  very small meals instead of the 4 medium size and snacking I have been doing) for the indefinite future so the heart burn is as controlled as possible for the rest of the pregnancy. I have always had bad heart burn when pregnant and since I developed GERDS with the surgery that means it’s extra bad when I’m not eating right (coffee and chocolate are HUGE no-nos!) With the exercise and better diet I expect to see the scale move down appropriately next week.

Overall:

Pretty depressed for a bit about the scale but it was the catalyst for me heading out the door and getting my run/walk in first thing this morning. Already my head is better with the good-for-me-foods and the exercise. My husband is heading out of town again today (he was gone all week already and just home for the night) for the weekend so it will be a struggle to keep going till he’s home to help with kids and keep me honest with myself.

Love and God’s blessings,
Sarah

Friday Weight Check – Week 14

Starting weight: 184.6 lbs

Start of pregnancy: 06-09-17

Due Date: 03-08-18

  • Week 6: 191.6 (doctor appt that confirmed pregnancy)
  • Week 7: 193.2
  • Week 8: 191.2
  • Week 9: 194.6
  • Week 10: 191.0
  • Surprise! Ultrasound says we are actually on week 12.
  • Week 12: 192.2
  • Week 13: Labor Day weekend, on vacation, no scale
  • Week 14: 197.0 (up 12.4 overall)

Exercise:

Before Labor Day weekend I was up to jogging a bit while walking and it was making me feel much better. However, since the weekend I’ve had a lot of fatigue and nausea and subsequently I haven’t been walking or doing any exercise at all. I’m pretty disappointed but trying to muster the energy to get back into the swing of things. A friend at Church suggested a 5K in November and it might be the motivation I need to get started again.

Diet:

Not good overall. Too many carbs and sweets and not enough protein. I am really struggling with my fluids and find myself dehydrated more often than not this last week. My heart burn has stepped up significantly and it’s causing a lot of pain and discomfort. Really hard to eat substantial food (dense foods like fiber and protein) because it all seems to get stuck because of the inflammation from the heart burn. I keep turning to carbs and sweets because they are easier to eat but then I’m also sabotaging my weight. It occurred to me, just today, that I can maybe try to get more protein in shakes and smoothies, which wouldn’t get stuck as bad, and get my diet back on track.

Overall:

As can be expected with the weight increase and the lack of exercising I am quite a bit on the gloomy side and definitely feeling bad both emotionally and physically. I DO realize that just changing a few minor things would help a great deal and writing it all down, like this, really brings it into focus. Pray I can muster the strength of character to make those changes…

Love and God’s blessings,
Sarah

Friday Weight Check – Week 12, surprise!

Starting weight: 184.6 lbs

Start of pregnancy: 06-09-17

Due Date: 03-08-18

  • Week 6: 191.6 (doctor appt that confirmed pregnancy)
  • Week 7: 193.2
  • Week 8: 191.2
  • Week 9: 194.6
  • Week 10: 191.0
  • Surprise! Ultrasound says we are actually on week 12.
  • Week 12: 192.2 (up 7.6 overall)

Exercise:

My OB said I need to up my exercises to fight the severe fatigue. I am ordered to walk but I need to do something to make sure I break a sweat for at least 10 minutes. Right now I am walking for 40 minutes with 10 minutes of very light jogging that increases my heart rate enough to break a sweat. Not fun but I do think in the last two days I have been a “little” less tired.

Diet:

Same as last week but ate some dessert with the kids almost every night last week so that accounts for the increase in weight.

Overall:

Really happy to get a week advance on the pregnancy! That much closer to the end of the miserable morning (all day) nausea. Not so happy about the orders to increase exercise when I already feel overwhelmed, however, I have to admit I feel a little better.

Love and God’s blessings,
Sarah

Friday Weight Check – Week 10

Starting weight: 184.6 lbs

Start of pregnancy: 06-09-17

Due Date: 03-15-18

  • Week 6: 191.6 (doctor appt that confirmed pregnancy)
  • Week 7: 193.2
  • Week 8: 191.2
  • Week 9: 194.6
  • Week 10: 191.0 (up 6.4 overall)

Exercise:

Doing the minimal exercises each day to try to NOT lose any muscle mass but still not able to walk very much without being struck down by the severe fatigue. Seems to be working but definitely not building any new muscle.

Diet:

I cut out a lot of the blind eating since it didn’t seem to help with the nausea. Added in some easier proteins like ZERO yogurt, protein bars and shakes. Very happy to have lost a couple pounds over last week with just cutting out a lot of the simple carbs. I have no illusions I won’t gain back plus more before the first trimester is over but I’m glad to see my body respond to the cut in carbs for now.

Overall:

Had a bit of a spell with depression earlier in the week. The fatigue got to me mentally and it was a struggle out of it. My husband and a few close friends were pivotal in dragging me out of my tailspin. Doing better today but I always struggle with peripartum and postpartum depression so it’s not something I’m unfamiliar with, unfortunately. Oh well, each day is new and with God’s blessings this next week will be even better…

Love and God’s blessings,
Sarah

Friday Weight Check – Week 9

Weight Gain/Loss:

Starting weight: 184.6 lbs

Start of pregnancy: 06-09-17

Due Date: 03-15-18

  • Week 6: 191.6 (doctor appt that confirmed pregnancy)
  • Week 7: 193.2
  • Week 8: 191.2
  • Week 9: 194.6 (up 10 overall)

 

Exercise:

Doing nothing at the moment because of nausea and severe fatigue. I will add some small weights daily so I don’t lose all my muscle mass in the first trimester.  If I move slow I shouldn’t drain all my reserve energy but still work a range of muscles to keep them limber. I have used this program before and like it’s simplicity and that I can manipulate it around my fatigue:

https://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/strength-training-101-where-do-i-start/

I won’t grow muscle but hopefully I won’t lose what I have now!

 

Diet:

Snacking on unhealthy choices due to nausea is being changed.  A small block of cheese (0.5 oz) is just as capable of settling my stomach as a bag of chips! The cheese is smarter for sure. I need to eliminate all sweet stuff again as I have let ice cream and cookies back into the menu, these are never good for me. I think protein shakes or smoothies would be good to reintroduce as they can be filling and less calories than the carbs I have been snacking on. Maybe in a couple weeks log all foods into MyFitnessPal again for a week or so and check my actual food consumption amounts.

1 year 13 weeks post-op and Pregnant!

Time to resurrect this blog since it’s not redundant anymore.  Only this time it’s for the purpose of sharing my process (pregnancy and breastfeeding) on THIS side of the surgery table!

My husband and I found out several weeks ago that we are pregnant.  A bit of a shock since I thought my symptoms were simply dehydration.  We’re about 9 weeks along and I’m having typical morning sickness and the extreme fatigue I thought I had left behind after losing the weight.  That was a setback to my mental health but I know now it’s the pregnancy and NOT because I’m morbidly obese anymore.

My biggest struggle right now is slipping back into old habits when I’m pregnant.  Like all my past pregnancies I’m trying to “eat” away the morning sickness.  That is, when I’m nauseous I can eat something small and it makes me feel better for a little bit (like half an hour) and then it starts over again.  With the sleeve surgery you have the stomach capacity to eat small bites ALL-DAY-LONG, but it’s definitely NOT good for weight gain!  As such in the last 9 weeks (I wasn’t weighing myself every Wednesday anymore so I’m using the beginning of the pregnancy as my starting point) I have gained a total of 10 lbs, bringing my current weight up to 194.2 lbs!

Mentally and physically you wouldn’t think 10 lbs is that big of a deal to cause anguish but when I went thru surgery, pain, suffering to lose each and every pound then to gain back, for any reason, is wrecking havoc on my mental health.  Plus you hear all these stories when you’re researching the surgery of people who gained back all the weight they lost and it always begins with a small weight gain that they ignored!  I DON’T want that to be me!!  The severe fatigue makes exercising hard to accomplish as well.  Then to add insult to injury all my clothes are feeling tight already because of the bloating of constantly eating!  UGH!

So, where is my silver lining? Well, for one thing, if all goes right, I get another newborn baby out of the deal and I do so love my little babykins!  Hate pregnancy, love the babies!!  Also, I know that in the past I have always gained weight in the first trimester and then lost that weight in the second trimester before again gaining in the third trimester so when the baby is born I end up with a 20 lb weight gain that can be easily lost if I return to protein shakes and exercise. I have one more silver lining, I can fit into normal size maternity clothes this time!  My last pregnancy I was 265 lbs and had to order size 26 (XXXL) pants and shirts.  I had to special order nursing bras that were $58/ea and a size 48 DDD!  This time around I fit a size large pants, med/large top and bra size 38D.  I might have to start wearing maternity clothes early because of the bloating but at least I have cute clothes to wear!

My goal is to post weekly with a weight, eating and exercising update.  Ideally, I would also jot a note on how my mental health is coping with weight gain, which I believe is inevitable.  For the simplicity of the calendar I am going to move the day to Friday so it lines up with the pregnancy timeline.

Love and God’s blessings,

Sarah

Disclaimer: Most  surgeons suggest you wait at least 18 months before getting pregnant to give your body the maximum amount of healing time before adding the stress of pregnancy.  This was an unplanned pregnancy but I have been having no trouble with any part of the surgery or my stomach since the 12 month mark and feel that this pregnancy poses no risk.  Also, my PCP, who has been my follow-up doctor since the surgery is aware of the pregnancy and see’s no complications arising from the surgery other than possibly dehydration (something I struggle with anyway.) My PCP has suggested doing the blood draws again every 3 months (I moved to every 6 months at the 12 month anniversary)  to check that my vitamin/iron/protein levels don’t drop too low before we catch it, but that will be up to my OB to decide if it’s necessary.