Sunday, April 25, 2010

Final Approach...

As my surgery draws near, I see myself on the plane... looking down onto the paradise below.  Sandy beaches, blue-green water, bandsters in bikinis... I'll be there SOON!  Anticipation.  Can't wait!  A little nervous, though, too.  Flying does that to me.  Nervous in a good way though.

I didn't weigh myself today, but as of yesterday, I'm down 18 lbs!!!  Then I proceeded to get home last night to an empty house (my parents were out visiting friends) & a grumbling tummy.  And my tummy said "NO SHAKE!"  And so, I paced all over my kitchen.  Considering this.  Eliminating that.  Finally, I'd decided.  My Mom had left 2 soft boiled eggs in the fridge.  I opened a can of tuna & (after draining the water) added the eggs & put it all over a nice bunch of green/red-tipped leaf lettuce.  Add lots of pepper.  YUM!  'Twas mah-valous!!!  And way better for me than that Carnation Instant Breakfast I was considering for a change from my Bariatric Advantage ones.  And, I deserved that salad.  I FEEL those 18 lbs gone.  My scrubs (from work) are actually getting ROOMY on me!  These are exciting times for me.  I can't remember a time when my scale consistently dipped in this direction. 
Today, I had bookclub.  At the coffee shop, I asked for a soy sugar-free Chai tea latté.  Then, I had another... it was soon good!  When I got home, I had guilt.  I hadn't asked what the sugar-free syrup was made of (I don't use aspartame... ever!).  I hadn't asked what milk they used.  I realize that Chai tea is caffeinated, but didn't care.  Then, I came home &, talk about obsession!  I called the café & asked for the brand of both!!!  I'm sure the barista thought I was mad.  My new obsession:  adding up my calories & such on & coming in UNDER for the day.  To my delight, Da Vinci sugar-free sweeteners are made with Splenda!  And they use Silk milk.  So, I count those as 2 of my shakes today!  The calorie counts are about the same.  And SOOO worthwhile.  Mmmmm.

So, I weigh in tomorrow.  I'm hoping & praying for another 2 lbs loss (minimum) so I can hit OVER 20 when I go see my doc for my pre-op on Monday.  It's all coming so fast!  Good fast.  Added bonus:  vacation from work for 2+ weeks!  Ahhhhh...
So, girls... I have an appointment with a very important little band on Wednesday.  She'll be with me for a long time, & I don't even know her name yet.  I really need some suggestions (PLEASE)!!!

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P.S.  I forgot...  Humana kinda jumped the gun with putting my "approval" online the other day.   I called my doc's office & they hadn't gotten it, so I called Humana & they said "nope...  not yet approved."   I almost choked!  Turns out, it was only a "final signature" that was holding it up, & I finally got the official YES on Friday.   Nothing like cutting it close, eh???


  1. Oh that is fabulous news...any date yet??? Keep up the great work

  2. Your weight loss so far is fantastic, you've done so well. Wednesday will be here before you know it x

  3. Nothing like cutting it close for sure!! But now that it is definitely approved, I am sure you are like me and can't wait for Wednesday to get here!!

  4. Just to wish you lots of luck on Wednesday - it's really true what they say, that it's the first day of the rest of your life. It felt like a new beginning to me 18 months ago, and though I stumble along the way, I know it's the best decision I've ever made.

  5. WooHoo!! I ate actual food on the pre-op diet and still made my 20 pounds. Just remember Dr G's scale is always 2 pounds higher. I can't believe it is almost here!! I am so happy for you and I hope everything goes perfectly. Cheers!

  6. Great news on the weight loss. I hope that volcano stays dormant so it doesn't delay your "flight" (surgery).

  7. Good luck to you! I can't wait until it's me. Soon though. I will be thinking of you.

  8. Great Job Robin! I was so calm and relaxed reading your blog imagining myself on that plane with you headed for blue water and white beaches. My head was relaxed against the back of my recliner and my eyes were dipping shut with calm and relaxation. A smile across my face.

    Then BAM, you scared the life out of me with your Humana bump! OMG, that's not even funny.

    I think the update on was a divine intervention of sorts to calm your nerves and allow you to continue on the planning of time off work, etc. He works like that you know. :)

    I will be thinking of you next week. I know it will all go smooth as silk milk~!

  9. So great - you're doing awesome! Keep us posted!

  10. Well girlfriend...we're just two days apart on our band date and between you me and Kristen there's 3 of us getting banded within 8 cool is that.
    I go tomorrow but will still be thinking of you on Wednesday. My pre-op loss is 15 lbs and I'm good with that.

  11. so excited for you. and i agree, i think the internet approval was sort of a divine intervention to ease your mind. i am also a pretty meticulous tracker of what i eat. only recently though. the only reason for that is i have an app on my phone for it. since my phone goes with me everywhere it would seem silly to not track. i usually try to stay within 1000 calories/day. sometimes i make it, sometimes i don't. if i don't. no big deal. i've noticed since i've started doing this, i never go over 1500/day. there is some truth to the fact that if you up your calories for a couple of days though that it will kinda jump start your weight loss.
    i also eat more when TOM's in town. remember though that during that time, your stomach empties 50% faster. i asked the nutritionist at my bariatric office about it since i was eating more. i felt like i was undoing what i had worked for the other three weeks of the month. that's what she told me. so remember that and don't let it keep you down.
    keep us posted on the date.

  12. Robin - I have to apologize. I don't know what happened, but somehow your blog fell off my list and I wasn't getting your updates. I was thinking about you the other day and hunted you down. You were so supportive when I first started blogging. I'm so happy that your pr-op is going so well and you are almost to surgery day. As far as a band name, maybe you can do a post giving some info on what you are looking for - a whimsical name, real name, authoritative name, family name...I'm thinking of naming mine Bonita - because it is a version of my name - Bonnie. I was also thinking Jeannie, after my Mom. You might also want to look at meanings of regular names and do a version of that name.