Friday, October 16, 2015


Yikes. It's been a hot minute since I updated. 

Back in September, I had my EGD, which is a scope that went down my esophagus and looked at my stomach. This is a standard test prior to having gastric bypass. The surgeon looked for ulcers, strictures or any other problems that he wouldn't want to encounter during surgery. Fortunately, the test went well and everything came back normal. I had some mild inflammation, which he said isn't a huge deal.

The final two tests included an EKG and a chest x-ray, which are done. I have my 6-month appointment with the surgeon next Tuesday and then all the paperwork can be submitted to insurance for approval. Once approved, I will have a surgery date. He said we can definitely get this done by the end of the year - eeeeeek! I am nervous and excited. What a crazy ride this has been so far...I can't imagine what the next phase will be like. I will keep you all posted...

And no, I haven't started drinking diet coke again. But I do still miss it.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

High 5 For Friday

Whoa. Two days in a row? That's unheard of anymore. I'm on a break from school so that must be it, right?
It's also been awhile since I participated in one of my favorite link-ups: High Five for Friday. Working a job Monday through Friday it is only natural that Friday is one of my favorite days of the week. Here are my high's for this week.
One. Technically, this was mostly last week but I had an amazing time up north with my hubby!
Two. My aunt was in town from Florida, so I was to spend Monday afternoon with her. Bob and I took her to a great restaurant in Bay City called Real Seafood Company. I had swordfish for the first time and it was delicious!
Three. Miguel Cabrera was re-activated from the DL list. If you're a Detroit Tigers fan, then you appreciate what I am saying here.
Four. My August Pop Sugar Must Have box, Love with Food and Ipsy Glam Bags arrived - woo hoo!!
Five. Found a great deal on a sweater at Torrid. I love a good deal. $70, on sale for $30 - woot!

How was your week??
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Don't forget to link up!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

An education on vitamins...a vita-cation.

At my last appointment with my dietician we discussed vitamins. After weight loss surgery, patients must commit to taking vitamin and mineral supplements for the rest of their lives or unwanted complications could occur. Patients who have these surgeries eat less food and consume fewer calories, therefore the body gets few nutrients. This is especially true for patients who have had the gastric bypass (Roux-en-Y) which is the procedure that I am looking into. 

My current vitamin regime includes:
2 chewable multivitamins
1000 mg Calcium
4000 IU Vitamin D
5000 mcg Biotin
50,000 IU Vitamin A

These vitamins were recommended by my surgeon after I had all of my labs drawn and deficiencies were noted in Vitamin D & A, which isn't able normal for those of us who live in Michigan. Almost all Michiganders are Vitamin D deficient. Anyways, my typical dosing included taking all the vitamins with breakfast. At my appointment, I learned that this is not the correct method of taking vitamins. 

First, all multivitamins (MVI) have iron. Calcium can not be taken with multivitamins because the iron won't all the calcium to absorb. MVI's and Calcium supplements should be taken at least 2 hours apart. Also, the calcium and vitamin D supplements should be divided because the body can only absorb so much at a time. Therefore, my new vitamin regime is:

Calcium 500 mg (1/2 dose)
Vitamin D 2000 IU (1/2 dose)
Biotin 5000 mcg


Calcium 500 mg (2nd 1/2 dose)
Vitamin D 2000 IU (2nd 1/2 dose)
Vitamin A 50,000 IU

My next challenge is to find all of these vitamins in a chewable form - not gummy, but chewable. Liquid form is okay to. Any suggestions? My first stop will likely be the Vitamin Shoppe. 
At my appointment, I learned that I have lost around 7 lbs since this process started. My highest weight (HW) was 310 lbs. I am currently 303.2 lb. However, this was before we ate a ton of food at the Grand Hotel. I am still off Diet Coke however, which is a huge accomplishment. Over a month and going strong. 

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