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Week 41 – Honolulu – 145 lbs – July 29, 2012

Centers for Disease Control:
Height: 5 feet, 3 inches
Weight: 145 pounds Your BMI is 25.7, indicating your weight is in the Overweight category for adults of your height. For your height, a normal weight range would be from 104 to 141 pounds.
BMI
Weight Status
Below 18.5 Underweight
18.5—24.9 Normal
  25.0—29.9 Overweight
30.0 and Above Obese

WOW – WEEK 41. I am 9 months post op and I’m only 4 lbs from the top range of my goal weight according to the chart above from the Centers for Disease Control (click on link to calculate your status). My BMI is only .7 away from me being labeled as NORMAL. A far cry from my starting weight of 223 (OBESE) and a BMI of 39.5. So, although this last 10 lbs is taking forever to lose, I’m at least within striking distance. Not sure where I will land, but I think bouncing around the 130’s will be a good goal to aim for the future.

This was all I could eat at a meal, one month post op

9 months post op, I eat a nice sized healthy salad!

What do my meals look like 9 months post op? Much better, much healthier, and much more volume now than a month or two after surgery. I also am able to drink a little with my meals, unlike the first few months.

There are saltine crackers on both plates; these are a staple food of mine, not so much because I love them, but because they seem to keep my stomach ‘settled.’ When I eat them, they seem to stabilize the other foods in a way that my stomach doesn’t feel as heavy after I eat. They don’t sell these in Amsterdam; I had to have a friend bring me some after surgery and will have to be sure our friends who visit us always come with a fresh supply! These and Pretzel Thins are my favorite foods.

Try picking one of these up; it’s not easy….and I’ve lost the equivalent of two of them!

 

The last 9 months have been such an interesting time no doubt. I remember being one month out, having lost about 30 lbs and feeling so good, almost thin; that was at 189 lbs! Now here I am at 9 months out, 145 lbs, and I can barely pick up a 40 lb weight in the gym just to move it out of my way! And in total I’ve lost almost 80 lbs!

For those of you who have been following my blog since Week 1, you’ll remember that I traveled in Europe and the US for the first 4 months after surgery…it was a daily challenge to figure out what, where and how to eat, but somehow I did it. Then we landed in Hawaii, I got a pretty good routine down, and I feel like I have been doing OK. I have never gotten as much protein in as I should, but my blood work was good, I feel like I have been eating pretty healthily (although very small amounts), always worked my afternoon coffee and something sweet into my day, worked out consistently every day, and have lost about a pound a week since we settled in here.

This past week, I was in Honolulu on the island of Oahu for some work-related projects and I feel my food world was a mess. I did drop a lb, but my exercise was inconsistent, my food intake was weird, and I never felt satisfied; I felt hungry but nothing I ate tasted right. I was making poor choices and although it was only 4 days, I feel now at 9 months post-op, I had a harder time with my eating this past week than I did with 4 months on the road early on. Not sure why, but maybe my body is now more used to a routine than it was in the beginning. I have never had a nutritionist to call like most VST patients and at times, I wish I did. I’ve really just relied on the little information I got from my doctor, the VST forum, and my own knowledge to guide me in what I should be eating.

Even though I only ate two of the ribs and one french fry (honest), it wasn’t a good choice.

One of the things I think about when dining out is that I don’t want to spend a lot of money on an entree where I know I will only eat a small portion. So sometimes I end up making a bad choice because it’s cheaper. The other night, I chose an appetizer of ribs and fries instead of fish (knowing I wouldn’t eat any fries) because it was half the price (even though I knew I wasn’t paying). So I need to get over that and just choose healthy even if it does cost more.

Nice view right outside our window!

Outside of the bad food choices and the fact that I was working on a project, Honolulu was sunny and beautiful, but it was nice to get back to Hilo last night. This is a photo my husband took outside our condo; there are no more beautiful rainbows than in Hawaii. We only have two months left in the islands before we head to Amsterdam, and we know they will go by fast.

Wishing all of you healthy eating days and lots of rainbows.

A HUI HOU,

QUEEN OF CROP

4 Responses
  • Robin
    July 29, 2012

    Love reading your blog. You are an inspiration to others… Thank you

    • queenofcrop
      July 29, 2012

      Mahalo nui loa Robin! I enjoy writing it but it means a lot to me that you enjoy reading it and find inspiration in it!

  • Amanda Clark
    July 29, 2012

    Dear Queen of Crop,
    I am reaching a year post op, reading and seeing the pictures on your blog (and online forum VST) really do keep me inspired!
    I look back on this last year and really am pretty amazed (and a little proud) at the transformation in me, but I won’t lie, it has been a hard year for me, many changes, very little follow up or care from the clinic. Just my common sense and a little trial and error. You have really kept me going, I have been “talking” to you each time I read your blog (only once before have I officially commented) – argh, just read what I wrote, I sound like I have a few problems…
    What I mean is, I understand where you are at, I am proud that you have found your way through so far with your diet and exercise, really do be proud of your own achievement so far. I certainly have a way to go yet until I reach my goal, but that is expected considering I started my journey with a BMI of 60 and am now 39.
    Will miss you once your year is up. Thank you for blogging

    • queenofcrop
      July 30, 2012

      Aloha Amanda! Thank you for your post and for reading my blog; and for your compliments…..but it sounds like we are both making progress with little assistance from the outside! Congratulations on going from a 60 BMI to 39! That’s an amazing accomplishment; much more than mine…..you should be more than a little proud of that. You are on the downside of the hill now! In some ways, to be perfectly honest, I’m kind of glad I don’t have an assigned nutritionist…I think sometimes they don’t understand what we have been through and are too organic in their thought process…..I was seeing a naturopathic doctor for awhile and although I respected her knowledge, we came from two different worlds….she was all about eating organic everything and was horrified that I was drinking Crystal Lite, or using fat-free creamer in my coffee, or that I was even drinking coffee! So, I buy my supplements from her and the rest I just listen to my body and my blood work.

      It’s all a journey and yes, sometimes it isn’t easy; I’d love to have some pasta or really and truly enjoy a nice meal; but maybe at some point. For now, I’m so happy with the hundreds of small successes that come with this surgery.

      Stay in touch and a hui hou!
      QofC

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