Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hair loss

One of the first negative things I learned about this type of surgery is that you lose some of your hair. I was told that this happens a lot less with gastric sleeve patients. That was in fact part of the reason why I chose this type or surgery. I have very thin hair as is and am pretty sad to see this much hair loss on an almost daily basis. Am I going to go bald?!?! Does rogein work for women? It is too hot to wear wigs!! 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Boot camp

One of my best friends talked me into joining a summer boot camp class that meets twice a week for 2 months. Well we started yesterday and let me tell you it was rough!! I knew it would be intense when we started with 35 jumping jacks followed by running and 2 minutes of push-ups. What?!?! About half way through the class I turned to my friend whose birthday is in August and said "it is unfortunate that your birthday is so close because after this you will NOT be getting a birthday present!" Luckily she loves me and pushed me through and I am great full. Having friends is so important during this process and I am feeling blessed to have friends who have my back throughout this journey. 

On the left is 2 months after surgery. The second picture is 3 months out. 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Georgetown Cupcakes Fail

The diet fairy was clearly looking out for me the other day as I ventured near Georgetown cupcakes in DC. If you have never hear of this name before it is a reality show on TLC of just that, a cupcake store. Clearly it was one of my must see spots as my cousins and I explored DC this past week. On our way home from touring the beautiful Alexandria Virginia we decided to stop by the shop. My cousins was convinced that there would not be a long line despite their popular show. While I thought otherwise, I was silently praying that she was right. As we pulled infront of the store there seemed to be no one there which was amazing. As we turned the corner however there was a line 1 block long. Alas, my chance of sweet red velvet cupcakes had slipped through my fingers. Probably for the best. 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Nom nom nom

I know it might be hard to believe, but eating is one of my favorite things to do. That and sleeping which thank The Lord I am still able to do beautifully. Like most people, I made friends with others who shared interests with me. You guessed it! Food! On this beautiful night I went out to dinner with one of my food loving friends and felt the experienced needed sharing. I ordered what I assumed to my a smaller dish of tofu with rice. The picture above is all the food I actually got. And the tiny plate I am pointing to, of which you have to squint to see, is how much I can actually eat. To be truthful it is not even a plate, it is a slab used to pour soy sauce in. This is my life!! 

1) my boyfriend gets take out dinner for free 
2) I now have food for the rest of the month
3) I still get to go out with my friends 
4) I NEVER go home hungry 

1) I WANT TO EAT IT ALL!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Poop Log

Poop has always been a big part of my life as I was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome about 6 or 7 years ago. Surgery was a big change for me in this aspect. I went from going poo at least once a day to every few days. It was really hard to get used to at first and, as I have mentioned in previous blogs, often ended in me taking awful medications to force myself to do so. I learned my new "regular" pooping patterns about a month and a half after surgery as would say it is about every other day. Today as I was getting in to bed I realized that I could not remember the last time I pooped! Such a strange phenomenon for me even still. I can't tell you how many times I have given hysterical bowel movement books to family members and friends and even still I get pictures almost weekly from friends of bumper stickers and mugs saying things like "i pooped today!" or "Sorry officer I am speeding because I really have to poop!" Who knew that one day I would actually need to use a book like this. I can't really keep a blog in my phone since people are constantly looking through it. "Why is this date in your phone followed by the words looks like deer poop?" Quite awkward I can imagine. So perhaps I will buy one of these fun books for myself. I am getting excited already :)

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Food on the Go

I spend a lot of my time out in the world whether it be at work, in my car, or at a friends house. I have found since surgery there is no more stopping to grab something at Panera Bread, not only because I am dirty poor, but because I can't finish any of the food there. (On a separate note I have decided to go Wheat free but I will talk about that at another time). I thought it might be helpful if I shared some of my food on the go tips and I hope that you can share yours in the comments below as well. 

1) Low fat cheese sticks 
2) Chobani yogurt  
3) Cottage cheese put into salad dressing tupperware (as seen on the right)
4) Water bottles everywhere! 1 for car, 1 for work, 1 for house. I tend to lose things so sometimes it is easier for me to have one dedicated to each spot I am in. 
5) cut up veggies in tupperwear 

A lot of people drink protein drinks at this point too. For me after the one month of solid protein drinks I never want to see one again. 

What are some foods that you like to eat on the go?

I have really found this size of "to go wear" great since it is basically the same size as my stomach now. I don't have these exact ones but if you go to any grocery store you will see ones that are meant for salad dressing and those are usually great.