Tuesday, March 29, 2011

My Bariatric Journey Begins!

Howdy, friends!!  As you can see, I have decorated my blog with all kinds of sweet goodies...goodies that I will no longer be able to partake in much longer.  I have my bariatric pre-op appointment on Thursday and then on Sunday, April 4th, I start the protein drinks four times a day with some water, surgar-free jello, sugar-free popcicles, broth and anything that is non fat, no sugar & clear.  I do this for two weeks to prepare my liver and get all the accumulation of crap off of it that I put on over the years.  I don't want to be on the table and have them close me back up because my live fell apart!!!  Please pray about that for me.  :0)  I pray for you guys each and every night, too.  :)

I'm getting very, very nervous.  I hope this is normal at this rate in the game.  I haven't slept more than 2 hours in 2 days.  Of course, I am now down to only 5 mg of Prednisone and on Sunday I go off the Advil and Celebrex.  Boy, by the time the 18th rolls around, I'll be in FINE shape for surgery!!!  I just can't believe that it is almost here.  It seemed like forever in December when I went to the seminar and than had to complete those tests and see the specialists.  Now it's all said and done and everything came out good.  Elaine, the lady who helped me, deserves a medal!  She kept after the insurance and the doctors and made sure everything was in order.  To her I owe all my admiration!  Thank you, Elaine at Banner Gateway Medical Center!!  You are the best so far!!!

My blog is going to take a slight shift off of fibro and onto my bariatric battle.  Oh, boy, will it be a battle!!  I have to lose over 150 pounds.  In the binder they gave us at the class it said to start a food journal and take pictures of my progress.  That way when I hit a plateau, I've got those to look back at. I can and WILL do this right this time!!!!  So, since this is my journal, I'll insert the beginning photos taken today by myself.  If you are weak at stomach, don't look!  I'm not a pretty sight!  Let's say I warned you!  Here we go....

  Here I am in all my glory, weighing in at 333 pounds.  I got weighed at my doctor's appt. the other day and have been using that scale precisely for my weigh-ins, since so many things influence weight:  using a different scale at a different time of day, after you've eaten, ect.  So I try to be consistent.

And, here is my profile.
I did some nude pics, too, but those are part of my PRIVATE journal.  I can't believe I've showed and you told you all my weight.  But the best way to recovery is to admit you have a problem.  And I have had a weight problem my whole life.  And now, in three weeks, I will be losing 85% of my stomach.  I will only be able to eat 1/3 of what I used to.  Thank Goodness!!  I will keep you all posted each step of the way.

Alrighty, I'm so tired I can't think straight, much less spell right!!  I will be getting my muscle relaxer today so that will definitely help!!!!  I think I've slept only two hours in a two day span.  Yikes!!

DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE PAIN DROP GIVEAWAY (DETAILS ON THE PREVIOUS POST) - IT ENDS SOON, APRIL 1ST.  Please enter on the page that explains the contest, it makes life much easier to tally up entries.

Have a great day and thank you all for being my friend....I love you all, too!!!


  1. Good luck! I'm sending prayers and healing wishes that you will soon be wearing bright smiles. I have a dear friend with a weight problem like yours. She took off 50 pounds and was so pumped. However, family and some friends began to entice her back to old fast-food haunts, really laid a guilt trip on her when she said no. So she went. She gained back 25 lbs. and has remained there.. Keep to your goals and don't let enablers do their deed. Again, good luck!

  2. Congrats on taking this step. It's so awesome.

    I wanted to pass this award on to you, since yours is my favorite Fibro blog to read: http://moneysavingmode.blogspot.com/2011/03/honored.html (you are more familiar with my Fibro blog - http://fibrokitty.blogspot.com )

  3. Good luck Missy!!! I know you can do this!!!!!

  4. Missy, I am so proud to call you my friend. You are an amazing woman and I am excited to follow your journey. I know you are nervous, but surgery is what you have wanted for a long time. Everyone is nervous before surgery..if you weren't nervous that would be abnormal. I work in a surgery center and I hear this everyday.
    I will continue to keep you in my prayers...e mail me any time..remember it is always the unknown that scares us..ask questions at your pre op. In fact, start a list now, so you do not forget when you get in front of the Doc.
    Follow your diet..oh are you going to get sick of Popsicles, we want you at your optimum before surgery. I AM A STRONG WOMAN.....this is your mantra for the next few weeks...say this the first thing every morning and the last thing at night!

  5. So proud of you- you can do this!! will keep you in my prayers!! GOD BLESS YOU! HUGS<3

  6. Missy
    CONGRATS on the upcoming surgery, we are so proud of you. Love the idea that you are doing as a journal of your changes in life. Keep up the work and things will be just fine. I like what Shawn has said " I AM A STRONG WOMAN" that you are, remember that. We all are nervous before any surgery...its normal.. We are praying for you and remember we are all an email or a phone call away for your dad and I...If you can't call us email one or the other *my email goes straight to my phone so I can call you back within minutes.

    Hugs n Blessings
    Gina n Dad
    ps here is the link to the group I was telling you about

  7. missy,
    i am so happy for you, and things are going better for you. you have a nice blog and liked reading it lots! i know it's been a long road, but now it all seems worthwhile. gina and i are praying for you and, your never far from our thoughts. we will talk with you soon, and we both send you our love.
    we love you,
    dad n gina:) ((((((((((missy)))))))))

  8. good luck on your new journey missy!

  9. Just a few of my favorite verses to encourage you:

    Rom. 8: 27 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

    Rom 8 :31 what shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

    Rom 8 : 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love god, to them who are called according to his purpose.

    And a great one to know and memorize....

    II Timothy 1 :7 for God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of sound mind

    I cannot tell you how very proud of you I am that you are willing to step forward and take control. You have been through so very much in the last few years. I pray that all comes together and joy and peace and GOOD health will return to your world. I love you and pray for you and Frankie.

    Great Big (super soft) Hugs,

  10. You are sucha stong woman and you're going to come through this surgery just fine- its been an uphill battle so far but you've stuck with it and the surgery is within your grasp. You are such an inspiration to many people so just keep up the good work--I know it hasnt been easy but you have so many people that are praying for you and Frankie--we love you and are with you in spirit every step of your way.. love you--big hugs

    Sharon Ballentine

  11. Hey GirlFriend..... Been thinking about you and praying you can stick to this so you can go thru with your bariatric surgery.... Just want you to know I LOVE you and you've been a wonderful/AWESOME GirlFriend..

  12. So, how did the surgery go? Losing weight and eating healthy is a lifetime commitment, and I admire you for sharing your story, Missy.

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