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Bariatric Surgery Post-Op: Day 123

Today is Bariatric Surgery Post-Op: Day 123. I know, I know, I missed a few days in between. The reality is, life got back to normal really fast. I spent two days in the hospital, which was definitely warranted, but I was on the mend so fast after that. After three days I could take several gulps of water, or other liquid without any problem. In fact, it was so effortless that I thought I must have screwed something up. I even called my doctor to find out if that was normal. It was.

Bariatric Surgery Post-Op: Day 123

I had a little discomfort at one of my incisions, the bigger one where they pull out the part of my stomach they cut out, but the rest were painless.

As a redhead I take bruise easily and I stay bruised for a long time. It took over a month for the bruises on my arms (from the IVs) to go away.

I did a liquid diet for three weeks post op and lost 15 pounds that first month.

I started working out every day after the third week (and the okay from my doctor) and have been hitting the gym just about every day since then. I’ve lost 50 pounds since my surgery and am down three sizes. That’s less than most people who had the surgery that I know, but they did start at a higher weight.

I’m not complaining, it’s been a wonderful experience so far. I’ve had absolutely no buyer’s remorse.

The weight isn’t coming off as quickly now, but that’s ok. I have about 30lbs left to lose and figure I can do so by the end of the year if I stay focused.

I have gotten off track at times. We just celebrated Halloween and I’d be a lair if I said I didn’t have any candy. I did, I had a fun sized Snickers or two, but they were so sweet I really didn’t enjoy them as much as I used to. I’ve really lost my sweet tooth, which is a wonderful thing.

I make better choices, but I also realize that life is short and it’s okay to have a special treat every now and then.

The thing that still trips me up is the water rule. No water 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after eating. I forget and take a sip of water less than 30 minutes after eating. It’s a mildly uncomfortable feeling that passes quickly. The problem is I don’t drink as much water as I should because I want to eat. For the longest time, and it still happens now, I’ll just drink a protein shake because I drank water earlier or I know I’m going to want to drink water sooner than half an hour. It’s just easier.