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Month 5 - Goal #2 is met... Happy Birthday to Me!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Here are my stats for Month 5:

Week 20 Loss: -5.2
Month 5 Loss: -8.2
Total Loss: -34.2

It's been a very long month and I haven't been able to be on SP as much as I would have liked. My ankle surgery was on June 1st and it was literally the most horrible experience of my life. All my life I have had a strange tolerance for medications, especially pain meds, and I require higher doses. Well, the unit I was on refused to acknowledge this situation and gave me the max of the "protocol" and then stopped caring. I have never been in so much pain in my life... I don't think I could put it into words how unbearable that pain was. It took 4 days of me being in absolute agony, with both my father and I fighting with the whole staff before they called a pain management doctor. He DOUBLED my meds before he even came to see me. It wasn't that they had maxed out what they could give me, it was that they didn't want to deviate from what's "normal" for them!!! I will NEVER understand how I could be a patient in a hospital and be shaking, crying and having panic attacks because of extreme pain and NO ONE cared for 4 freakin' days!!!!!!! emoticon

Okay... I need to get off that topic. I found out last week that my gallbladder is malfunctioning and I need to have it removed ASAP. So, my next surgery is scheduled for July 2. Uggh... another surgery, literally 30 days after my last one. The gall bladder removal operation is a relatively simple and common surgery. I am trying to remain optimistic and not think about my last hospital experience. emoticon They should be able to do it laproscopically and hopefully I can go home the same day.

The only good side of all of this is that I am losing weight even though my activity level is next to nothing. Between the pain meds and the pain... I'm not eating very much. And gall bladder attacks are often triggered by fat so I am eating all fat free foods. And the result of all this is that I met my second goal!!!!! I am down under 210 pounds the day before my 26th birthday!! I'm sooo excited!!!

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I have been sparking for 5 months now and have had several set backs, but I am really proud of myself for continuing to make healthy living a priority. I sometimes get upset that I haven't lost more, but I'm trying to shake off those thoughts and be excited that I am succeeding!!! Now that I think about it, the most I have ever lost on a diet is 30 pounds, of course I've never had this much to lose, but even so, I am beating my weight loss record!! Besides everybody says that the slower you lose the weight the more likely you are to keep it off!!! I truly hope that is the case in my future!!!!
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    I just had my gallbladder removed on June 5th! It's not a bad experience. The worst part about it, for me, is that I don't respond to anesthesia well. So when I wake up I'm very nauseous. The recovery time was pretty much non-existent. I had mine done on a Friday and went back to work on Monday (however, I do sit at a desk all day). There is a little bit of soreness, but nothing terrible. More like, if you go to stretch, I noticed it. I wish you luck with your surgery, I know it's hard not to get worried about it - I was worried about mine! I truly think that you will be fine. Sounds like your last surgery was a horrifying experience, so this one, in comparison, should be a walk in the park. I'll keep you in my thoughts!! ♥
    4227 days ago
    I'm so proud of you!! You have been able to overcome all the obstacles you have faced in a small amount of time and have succeeded at achieving the goals you set for yourself!! emoticon
    You are so right when you say its a lifestyle change and have proven it by not giving up on yourself when things got rough.
    Keep up the good work emoticon !!
    4231 days ago
    I'm sorry to hear you have been having such problems with pain control ... but - Happy Birthday! and congrats on goal met emoticon emoticon
    4231 days ago
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