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

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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.

One year Surgery Anniversary

I neglected to post on my actual anniversary because things were just humming along and I completely forgot!  My weight was holding steady at (around) 184.6 lbs +/- about 2 lbs. I was walking 2.5 miles for 5 out of the 7 days of the week.  My eating was normal for me, which is lower in proteins then most post-surgery patients but averaged around 60 grams a day. Carbs remained pretty consistently around 50 grams a day and my total calorie intake was around 1200 calories.  The only thing I had to worry about was getting enough fluids so I didn’t become dehydrated.  So, all-in-all, I was in a groove that lasted several months.

Love and God’s blessings,
Sarah

Wednesday Weight – Week 51

Scale –

  • SW: 284.6
  • Pre-op diet weight: 267.4 (surgery day weight)
  • CW: 188.6
  • Loss of: 96 lbs

I have a weight gain over the last 4 weeks of, approximately, 6 lbs.  I’m not concerned because I know why I’m gaining…  I have completely stopped all exercising (it’s Spring here so there is foul weather every day and I walk as my primary exercise) and my diet has been a grab-and-go mentality for the last month.  There are personal reasons for this and I’m hopeful its almost at an end. I need to stop running long enough to find better solutions and I’m not there yet. Next week will find breathing room and a chance to get into place better “on-the-run” options.  I’m hopeful that I can get back the ground I lost and maybe lose some more fat next month.  I expect my weight will climb when I start exercising again but will, overall, be healthier.  I DON’T expect my weight to drop lower than the 182 I hit as my high loss.  If it does then excellent!  But I know the primary loss in this surgery is really as low as your body likes to go and to push beyond it means a great deal more investment (and I mean a GREAT deal more) than I am willing to put in at this time of my lift.  I am EXTREMELY happy with my results and I plan a big 1 year surgeversary blog post next week to hit my highlights.

My week-to-week post show’s the weight gains for the weeks that I didn’t actually have a post.

Love and God’s blessings,

Sarah