Saturday, November 27, 2010

First Lap Band Meeting and Surgeon!

It's Saturday evening...and I'm relaxing...FINALLY...

To put it bluntly, it's been a pretty stressful week - between being slammed at work, to getting my body adjusted to the lowering of my meds - it's been hard for me to keep up...

On Tuesday, though, I participated in my first Lap Band Information Session - this session was just for the 25 of us that were selected - Wania, one of the dieticians for the program did an excellent job at explaining everything we needed to know about the surgery itself, the pre and post op diets and how long we will be recovering from it all.  Needless to say, I left the meeting feeling very positive and upbeat - and feeling excited and hopeful for what is next.

The next day I had my first visit with my surgeon, Dr. Neale Church.  My friend Katie drove me to my appointment - thanks again Katie - you rock!  Dr. Church was great - he explained all the risks associated with the procedure - they are all pretty minimal and I felt pretty relieved.  My question for him was how long it was going to take before I can go back to the gym and exercise!  lol...He told me two weeks for light cardio - and four weeks for any type of weight...I guess lifting heavy stuff after having abdominal surgery is probably frowned upon and it make sense - I will do what I am told...I want to succeed.

Also...I'm scared and nervous about the surgery - mainly about the general anesthetic...I know I will be just fine, but I still have that worry in the back of my head....I think what I am feeling is normal, and what I need to do it just keep thinking of the final result - I'm going to feel so much better in the long run - and I know I have a great support system! 

The next thing I will be looking forward to is hearing about when the surgery date will be - Dr. Church said he could "do" me in the middle of December!  I kind of laughed and said I'm going to Vegas and then covering my partner at work over Christmas so December was out...he said then let's do January! 

So...hopefully, January it is...

Stay tuned!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Long awaited update...

Yikes!  Has is really been since August that I last updated?  Yeah - I guess it has...I guess I've just been really busy concentrating on work, exercise, my food, my family and friends and my weight loss...

Speaking of my weight loss...I was just informed on Tuesday that I have been selected as one of the 25 people in the Calgary Region to receive the lap-band surgery this year and I'm SO happy and grateful...I keep replaying the telephone conversation that I had with Wania (one of the dieticians in the program) and all I can do is smile from ear to ear.  She told me she has never seen anyone in this program that is more dedicated to my exercise program and to myself than me.  I remember crying as soon as I heard her voice - telling her how happy I happy I am.  I've worked so hard to get this the hardest part is coming up, and I know I can do it - it's going to be SO exciting...

One of the many things I've been thinking about the past couple of days is what I'm actually going to be able to do once the weight starts coming off even more...they are:

1.  I'm going to be able to run
2.  I'm going to be able to walk up and down a flight of stairs
3.  I'm going to be able to jump
4.  I'm going to be able to do lunges without using the equalizers
5.  I'm going to be able to to regular burpees...not modified ones
6.  I'm actually looking forward to doing mountainclimbers! lol
7.  Bootstrappers might even become possible.
8.  Have I mentioned I will be able to run?? 
9.  I will be able to exercise and not worry about my knees...this is a huge factor for me as my    knees have frustrated me beyond belief
10.  I won't have to use my c-pap machine anymore as my sleep apnea will go away - another huge factor for me
11.  I will be able to shop at Lululemon and not Penningtons anymore :-)
12.  I will be able to shop ANYWHERE BUT Penningtons for all my clothes!

There are more, but I can't think of them right off hand...I will add to them as time goes on...

I want to thank everyone that has supported me this far...this journey for me, has only just begun and I can't wait to see all of the amazing changes coming my way.  I would also like to dedicate this journal post to my Mom...if it weren't for her, I probably wouldn't even have had this second opportunity for the procedure...she pushed me towards it a couple of years ago and was very keen for me to have it done...I love you Mom and I'm going to make you proud!

Stay tuned!