About VSG

Sleeve Gastrectomy is a surgical weight loss tool in which the stomach is reduced to about 25% of its original size, by surgical removal of a large portion of the stomach, following the major curve. The open edges are then attached together (often with surgical staples, glue and possibly cauterization) to form a sleeve or tube with a banana shape. The procedure permanently reduces the size of the stomach and is performed laparoscopically and is not reversible.


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Friday, September 30, 2011

Taken from a fellow WLS'er and blogger....

Thanks goes out to Sarah from  http://onmyweightohappiness.blogspot.com/

Request from my fellow bloggers.....

I love reading fellow bloggers blogs and following their journey. It gives me inspiration and motivation. I also feel a sense of connection to each and every one of you because your going through the same struggles as me, I'm not alone in this.

Maybe some of you are aware and others are not but I have a few requests....

I love commenting on blogs, I read every single post every one makes but sometimes I don't comment on everyone's because it takes so much time having to do all the comment verifications. Now I know some of you prefer to have the comment verification up and that's fine, but some don't know they have it or know how to turn it off. You can turn this off by going under Settings, then Comments and then under Show word verification for comments? - click NO.

The second request is....

I love reading everyone's comments on my blogs, means a lot. But there's a lot of people who I can't respond back to thanking them for the sweet comment or when they have advice or questions. Whenever you comment on someone's blog they get an email notification of the email, but so many times when I go to hit reply I realize the person doesn't have their email address in there for me to respond so instead it looks like this:

Bill < noreply-comment@blogger.com >

Which means I can't reply back to your comment to say whatever I want to say back, I would reply back on my blog but not 100% sure people go back to read updated comments all the time. So if you would like to get responses back from your comments you can change this by:

Go to the Dashboard, the first section hit Edit Profile then make sure there is a check mark in the 2nd line that says "Show my email address", that means whenever you comment on a blog that person will be able to respond back to your comment via email.

Again I know some of you prefer not to have people contact you back for privacy reasons and I respect that, again just throwing it out there for an FYI for others.

I have some exciting (and scary) news!

I'm going to be in the paper!

Well, my likeness will be at least...  at some point.  Ok. I guess I should explain.  Here's some backstory....  (get comfy but...  I'll try to give you the Coles Notes version)

When I decided that I was interested in WLS.  Like ready READY interested... I started doing some searching online.  I ended up on ObesityHelp.  Unfortunately, I tend to stay away from there most of the time now because its just toooooo cliquey and all negative... but I digress....  While I was doing some research, a woman messaged me on chat after I'd posted questions about the local Weight Wise program and how long I could expect to wait for WLS paid for by the provincial health care.

After a really interesting discussion with her, I got up the nerve to make an appt with a company she was referring for at the time... and I convinced my hubby to come along for both moral support and so I had some voice of reason there with me.  He has been in my life for 6 years and seen me heavy, fit and heavy again in that time, so he understood that I was on this path to finding a way to a healthier lighter version of myself.

I met this woman, and then booked with the company for my surgery with Dr Almanza in April of this year.  Since then, this woman and I have become friends and she has opened her own weight loss consulting company employing the values that she wants her clients to come away with.  Weight loss is only part of the answer.  A healthy lifestyle including exercise is also part of it.  After seeing her business case, I decided to become part of her company even in a small way.  I chose to be a patient coordinator/consultant.  I now offer the same support, information and advice that she once offered me.

Ok.... now, to the present day...

I have a photoshoot on Oct 16 as a successful sleever.  She wants to do banners, advertising on her website and now.... (or later...eep!) print advertising in the newspaper.  That part frankly scares the absolute crap out of me right now.  I don't know if I'm ready for the whole world (including my coworkers) to know I've made this choice yet.  I'm not ashamed of this choice at all but I do know that I want to keep my personal life separate from my work right now and I don't know if being the "face" of Weight Loss and Beyond Consulting is the way to do it.  This is the same reason I keep a separate Facebook page.

I wish I knew how to handle this gracefully in a way that allows me to feel confident in my professional privacy while still helping this company grow and help people realize their WLS (as well as dental and cosmetic) goals.

For anyone who reads and is interested... check out  www.weightlossandbeyond.ca
Feel free to send me a message on my Facebook (Happy Sleever), on my blog or contact Colleen on the website if you want any information.

A week and where does it lay me?

Well.. it weighs me in at 5 months post op!

I can't believe how fast the time has gone by.  I am now a size 10-12 depending on the store and fit easily into many clothes that had found a home in a pile, in a basket, in the back of my closet.  I now rejoice at a size MEDIUM for dresses and tops... even with the jugs I continue to have.  My poor chestesses have not escaped from the weight loss unscathed unfortunately.  I am definitely far from an E cup these days but the girls, they're a holdin up.

This week at work has been pretty stressful with quarter/month end at work.  I won't say that my eating has been stellar but its been ok.  I did partake in a bag of popcorn twists at one point but I regretted it quickly.

Sleevie is behaving nicely most of the time and I'm able to take more water now than I was before.  I used to drink very little but these days I'm getting in a pretty good share of liquids.  Not yet (I think) the full 64oz I'm required to drink but I'm getting better.  I still have to be careful not to drink too much to fast or I definitely can re-live it although more often than not, I just get the chest pain that feels like food stuck instead.  It's funny you know, I chat with newbie sleevers who have all the same questions and fears and thoughts as I did a mere 4-5 months ago.  Now, here I am, one of the "experienced" ones.  At 5 months.  It's amazing what a little time does.  And in a few months, those same newbies will be feeling the same as I do today.  And in that time, I'll be looking at my 1 year anniversary with my sleeve.  The mind boggles.

Before I get on a rant or anything of the sort, I want to make sure I share my latest stats! I missed measuring this week on my anniversary date so tonight I figured was a good a time as any :)