Thursday, January 13, 2011

A new journey...Lapband (Before Pictures)

Today marks a new journey for me as I am having lapband surgery for weightloss on the 27th. I have been meeting the lapband team for 6 months to document my weight and prove I am a candidate. There are a lot of hoops to jump through: labs, ekg, meeting the doc, weighing in monthly, support group meetings, forms to complete, a visit with a psychologist-(that was scarry-not the doc but those sitting around me in the waiting room-Yikes), medical histories from various docs, more get the idea. I put it off last year due to our adoption and honestly I didn't lose, but gained during this 6 months. Maybe due to stress of trying to get back to normal after China. Some might not understand that but even home 6 is still new and stressful at times and yes, I am stress eater! (Throw in a full time job and other obligations and it is tough.) I didn't worry about losing too as this is the first time in the last three years that I could eat what I wanted and not worry about China calling my doc. Excuses? Yep, but reality for me. So today begins the 4 weeks of liquids-2 weeks before and 2 weeks after surgery. I have made it through day one and so far the expected low blood sugar headache....I know the drill. It will last 2 to 3 days and then my brain gets the idea and calms down. Am I hungry?...Yes, but I am more hungry to feel better, buy new clothes and have more energy for my kids. So here are the official before pictures. Not the best pics but you get the idea. I hope to post pictures and the pounds lost every month...maybe that will help me keep on track knowing that everyone is reading. I will not post my weight as only God and me know that number. Stay tuned...and I could use your prayers.
The liquid diet: (4 weeks)
2 Protein Shakes
2 Apple Sauces
1 Yogurt or 1 cottage cheese
1 Gatorade
2 Pudding
Water, water and more water
2 Multivitamins
(Where is the diet coke on this list???)


Millie and Juan said...

I will be praying for you, I know it can't be easy but I understand that you made a great decision and everything will turn out for the best. Good Luck and I will be tuning in to see your process.

Millie-Puerto Rico

Ginger said...

Oh, Kim, I've got you in my prayers, girl. I'm excited to see how you do! Losing weight is SO hard and the older we get, the harder it gets. I lost nearly 60 last year but I'm stuck now. It's a lot of stress eating like you do. I think we all do that. Good luck, you are doing the right thing and I hope everything goes smoothly for you. Good luck going without your Diet Coke, too!!

Waiting for Emily said...

Praying for you!! I know this will be challenging but I know you can do it!! My cousin had lap band surgery and has had great results!! Just know we are all cheering for you!!

Your friend Mo said...

Good luck Kim! I know you will do well! I can't wait to see the new you! :-)

Joy ~ Doodlebug ~ said...

Hi, Ms. Kim! This is Joy. :)
I'll be praying for you!

Joy :)

Tammy ~ Country Girl at Home ~ said...

I'm behind you and praying for you on this Kim! You can do it and I'll be rejoicing with you on the results! I admire you for your reasons for doing it too! (I'm with you...where's the diet coke or in my case the diet dew?) :)

Love, Tammy

Kim said...

Thanks guys!!!