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9 Weeks out and no signs of slowing down!!

Well, as I stated last week, I was 1 pound away from being at my lowest weight in 6 years. I am SO happy to report that not only did I annihilate that feat, but I added another 6 pounds to that loss for a total weight loss to date of 57 pounds!

Here are my first Before and After Pics to date.  The first pictures are from the night before surgery.  The second pictures were taken last week after I hit the 50 pound mark!  I haven’t decided if I will be posting the next Before and After at the 75 mark or the 100 mark.  I’ll keep ya posted!  When you are in the middle of this transformation, it’s hard to see yourself as differently as others do.  Taking pictures is a great way to put things into more perspective for yourself!


Now onto health updates!

The acid reflux has reduced DRAMATICALLY over the last few weeks.  Occassionally, I will get a burning sensation in my throat, but after I take 2 tums, it goes away almost instantly.  I never thought that issue would end, but happy to report it’s no longer a big issue these days!

On a more serious note, I did have some issues in the last week.  If you follow me on Instagram, you will see that I have created “Sleeve Peeves” which are setbacks, hardships, negative effects and/or other peeves with the surgery.  One of the Peeves was “Constipation is a pain in the ass.”  Now, I was warned during my research phase that this is common following the surgery, but given that I had IBS for years, I never thought I would be on the receiving end (literally and figuratively) of this issue.  Clearly I am no exception.

I switched up my Calcium vitamins because I couldn’t take the “chalky” taste anymore and bought gummy ones.  I loved them and didn’t mind taking them every night anymore.  I noticed last week that I was “backed up” for quite a number of days and finally by Thursday Night, It was getting painful.  I finally took some Milk of Magnesia and nothing happened.  Friday morning, It was very bad, to the point where I dreaded walking in the bathroom, even to pee, because I knew there would be unexplainable pain, discomfort and torture.  More Milk of Magnesia didn’t help.  I was also afraid to eat foods because I knew what the next step would be.

Finally, Saturday morning, it was no longer an issue, but that experience will no go down in history as the most bizarre, painful and crazy instance of my life.  I was begged not to post details, because it was TMI.

The point of all this was, I learned something about vitamins.  The Calcium vitamins also have Vitamin D in them as well.  When you take Vitamin D, you should make sure that it includes Magnesium as well as those two go hand in hand.  When I took the Chalky Caltrate Calcium chewables, it had magnesium, however, the new gummy ones did not and we attributed my experience last week to that difference.  That’s an important thing I wished I had learned from the Nutritionist because if I had not gone on Saturday, I more than likely would have been hospitalized.  VERY BIG LESSON LEARNED HERE!

Although that was a very bad experience, I lived through it and I feel amazing to date.  I still have lots of energy during the day, I get full quickly and I’m constantly inspired to create new and exciting dishes that are healthy, fun and tasty.

Here are latest Pinterest creations since my last post

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Here we Tuscan Pork Chops over a bed of Zucchini Noodles (or Zoodles I guess they are called)  First time trying Zoodles and I thought they were fabulous!  Definitely helps with the pasta cravings!

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Lemon Rosemary Chicken on a bed of oven Roasted Potatoes!

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Steak Diane with Oven baked Asparagus!

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New England Clam Chowder!

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Pineapple Chicken Kabobs!

All of these recipes can be found on my Pinterest Page.  I have a board created called “Recipes Tried and Approved”

Follow me on Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter @Randomthought18.  Also follow my blog to get updates and pictures!!

Until Next Week…

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