Where have I been?

Huge thank you to those of you who have contacted me to see if I am okay. This is why I love you guys!!! Thank you to everybody that has stuck in there with me! πŸ™‚

I know I have been neglecting this space and not connecting with you all as much as I should have, or as much as I would like. I don’t really have much of an excuse, life has just been insane for many months now.

 

After we froze our embies we decided to have some time off from the fertility craziness. The docs didn’t really want to transfer the embies anyway as they felt I was too big.

I spent some time really soul searching and thinking about my life journey and how far I had come and what I wanted the next year (this year) and the rest of my life to hold. You know… nothing too heavy right?! Haha

I know I mentioned in a previous post that I had spent a lot of time researching weight loss surgery and what it could do for me with in regards to my insulin resistance, PCOS and snail thyroid. I also finally found out why sometimes my outer thighs goes numb, it is a condition where nerves get pinched randomly (can be cured or greatly improved through weightloss). So I bit the bullet, after 10 years and numerous diets and lifestyle changes I agreed to have sleeve surgery in April.

What?! I hear you say, but it is already May! Yep, that’s right, already done.

I didn’t tell many people. To be honest after so many years thinking about it and researching to come to the decision that I thought was best for me (even though I was petrified and didn’t really want to do it) I really didn’t want to hear any more opinions. So my parents knew (turns out they told a few people), obviously Hubby knew (turns out he told people too) and a couple of my friends knew.

Managed to not have a huge panic attack before surgery, mainly by trying not to think about it and just going through the motions of preparing. Afterwards I initially questioned all my so called wisdom and research because damn did I hurt. Being someone who is very independent though I was determined that even though I had just had major surgery a couple of hours before I was going to the toilet. So I did.

I pretty much had a dream recovery, slight allergic reaction to the dressings after a few days and slight infection on the surface of one of the wounds. Food wise I have had no issues. Was having issues getting enough protein, but I am getting much better at that now that I have added soft foods back in. Eventually I should be able to have all the foods I have before.

I hear people label this “the easy way”, boy is that far from the truth. For me this was (and continues to be) harder than quitting smoking. You still have to do all the work in regards to healthy food and exercise. It is just a tool, a very effective tool, but it is on me to make it work.

I have been doing well so far. Since 19 March (I am including pre op diet where I lost 6.8kgs) I have lost 13.9kgs. I am not ashamed to say that I am SUPER proud of myself for that πŸ™‚

I know that for doctors the actual weight is what they focus on, but for me I am enjoying the non-scale victories just as much. The issue with the thigh numbness is already noticeably better which is amazing as I would get this multiple times a day previously – In the last 5 days I think I have had it once!!! I also fit into 2 blouses that I LOVED that no longer fit me. In fact they fit me better now than when I bought them! I am also much more comfortable in my car, not that I was uncomfortable before, but it just fits me better now.

It is a challenge everyday. You have to be super prepared food wise so you are not caught out. My father was suddenly taken to hospital last Friday (so a week today) and I was initially caught out a lot… loving coffee and quiches and veggie fritattas from a number of cafes at the moment for dinner as I am going straight from work to the hospital at the moment. Funny part is I can only eat about half, which then means either I get to make sure Mum has a decent meal or I get lunch the next day. Today I am stoked with my leftover pumpkin, spinach and ricotta quiche – you guys SOOO GOOD!

I find I am eating a lot more vegetarian meals. Not on purpose, just because I gravitate towards these meals as I enjoy them. I am glad though as I had been trying to move towards a more plant based diet prior to the surgery because it is supposed to be beneficial for the conditions I have. It does mean that sometimes I am not hitting the protein level I need to be so I have to be careful.

So now that I have bowled you all over with my crazy last few months tell me stories! I have missed you all πŸ™‚

 

 

 

About DitchTheBun

I wear many hats; Librarian, Mum, Wife, Sister, Daughter Friend, Health and Knowledge Seeker. Here is where I explore the many aspects of me and try new things on my journey. View all posts by DitchTheBun

10 responses to “Where have I been?

  • Rach @ Stories for Strength

    Wow! Good for you lovely. I am so pleased for you that you are having success after making such a huge decision. I’m sure it wasn’t easy for you to make that choice and then do all the hard work sticking to the diet etc. You are amazing!

    • DitchTheBun

      Thank you so much. Yes, very hard decision. Was questioning myself right up until I went under on the table and still when I woke up hahaha.
      I still question myself, but what I have been trying for the past few years made no difference to my health and I did so much research (hello librarian hahaha) so I do feel it was the right step πŸ™‚
      Thanks so much.

  • My Perfect Breakdown

    This is fantastic! I’m so glad you are doing so well!! πŸ™‚
    I know when I had my breast reduction surgery I also basically didn’t tell anyone (just my husband and my parents as well), and honestly I’m not sure why looking back. But at the time it was what made me more comfortable going in for the surgery so it’s what I did. All of this is to say I can completely understand why you didn’t tell people about it. πŸ™‚

    • DitchTheBun

      I’m not sure why either. I don’t feel ashamed or anything like that. Same as you though, it made me more comfortable. I wasn’t even worried when it turned out my parents and husband had told a bunch of people. It was kind of nice to get “Get Well” messages from people who I didn’t think knew about surgery haha.
      I think that it was a hard enough decision for me to make and part of it was that I didn’t want anyone else then chiming in on my decision and making me question it more. Now after the fact it is too late hahaha

  • Amy M.

    Oh wow! I had wondered where you’ve been, but I try not to pester people when they disappear, because I know sometimes you just need a break. So much going on though! I’m glad everything went well and you continue to have positive results! So proud of you!! Keep up the good work!!

    • DitchTheBun

      I know. I haven’t been on social media much at all except for Insta.
      There has just been an immense amount going on and some of it quite hard to get my head around haha. Needed some time and perspective. Literally all the time I would normally spend on social media and writing I was researching haha.
      So happy everything is going so well for you too, have been keeping up with you πŸ™‚

  • sbach1222

    Congrats!!! You sound like you are doing such a great job and I’m so happy for you!!

  • Marixsa

    So happy to read an update from you. Congrats on taking and conquering such a scary leap! I hope it continues to be smooth sailing for you. πŸ™‚

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