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LoriBecky
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Yes my lovies, I finally did it. I had that arm lift I have been waiting for... I've always had large arms, I am of mostly Norwegian, German, and Irish descent... and we are known for thicker arms, and I for sure got that from my Norwegian Grandma. It had come to the point that when i was working out (or waving to someone) that my upper arms kept up the motion long after I had stopped... It was also causing some pain and friction during my workouts. I was going in to have a fix to a breast lift from years ago and since I had to have surgery anyway - I decided to just go for it and have my arms done at the same time... if i was going to be recuperating, might as well get it done... so I did.

Even immediately after surgery - OMGOSH - are those my arms? I took a picture the night before I left for Mexico and then one a few days after surgery. You can already see the remarkable change. I had an extended arm lift so it goes from my elbow up my arm, through the arm pit and then down my side, to take care of that bra bulge as well. I'm being very careful to follow all of Dr. Medina's advice so that I let the arms heal well, so that as my scar fades, it will be a nice, tight, clean, faded out scar.

I won't say this recovery is a breeze... I mean - you use your arms for everything and I'm having to be very careful about how far I extend them for a few weeks. Thankfully most of my work is computer so i can use my laptop, and i wear a headset with my phone, so i'm not having to hold anything. Probably having the surgery 2 weeks before Christmas is the hardest part, but it made me get organized, get things done early, and will give me that excuse of... sorry, no i can't do those dishes or make those mashed potatoes because i can't use my arms for that yet! (insert evil grin here) but it also made me cut back on Christmas - not the joy or the experience, but the endless shopping, parties, baking, candy making, and over the top decorating, and allowed me time to sit back, and enjoy it, watch a few more Christmas movies. Have a little more snuggle time with my kids. And just enjoy the Reason for the Season, and the Celebration of my Redeemer's birth.

I can't recommend Dr. Medina from www.thearielcenter.com more highly. I have seen several pictures of his other cosmetic patients, including arm lifts, and he does amazing work, and he specializes in post bariatric cosmetic surgery, which is so important! Those of you that had recent arm lifts with him will forgive me for my endless questions, but you look fabulous and i'm a need to know kind of girl. He also fixed a problem with my previous breast lift, but I'm way too shy to post those pictures, but my girls look good!

So here is a before and right after pic... i'll post updates as the healing continues!

If you are considering cosmetic surgery visit www.thearielcenter.com or email cosmetic@thearielcenter.com and our coordinator, Ora, will be happy to assist you! Usually all its takes for a consultation and quote is some pictures and description of the areas you are interested in improving!

1/12/2016 update - new "after" picture - and LOOK you can see my muscles... that has never happened before! You can see the picture on The Ariel Center Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thearielcenter/ or my review on RealSelf https://www.realself.com/review/tijuana-mx-arm-lift-bare-arms-finally-batwings-fixed#dr-review

LoriBecky

Hair loss after surgery

I thought I would share this post about hair lost after surgery from the OCC Nutritional Team.

Many patients experience early postoperative hair loss, which is mainly due to telogen effluvium, an alteration in the normal hair cycle, a dormant or resting stage, that results from emotional or physical stress (i.e. surgery). This event is unrelated to protein malnutrition or vitamin and mineral deficiencies which is a common misconception.

Hair loss experienced 3-5 months after surgery,

​ ​is more often due to the stress of the surgery and the extreme weight loss; in these cases, hair will grow back.

However, there are nutritional deficiencies that can contribute to hair loss as well. A diet low in protein and/or calories can also cause hair loss. Nutritional deficiencies such as protein, iron and zinc deficiencies can increase your risk.

If hair loss occurs after six months post-surgery, nutritional causes are probably involved in hair loss. The nutrients that are related to hair loss are protein, iron, zinc, biotin, essential fatty acids and vitamin b12. To prevent the nutritional cause continue following our dietary recommendations post-op: in addition to the bariatric multivitamins you should also include probiotics (in addition to gut health they produce additional biotin) liquid B12 which is better absorbed than in capsules, calcium+D3 and of course your protein. Don't forget to take separately the bariatric vitamins from the calcium as iron and calcium compete for the absorption at the gut.

Working on your protein goals and taking your bariatric supplements will help prevent the nutritional cause. Attached you'll find a protein equivalents table to help you count your daily protein; let's aim for 70-80 grams of protein per day.

As always, for OCC patients, if you have any questions about nutrition please email nutritionist@obesitycontrolcenter.com

or you can email me, lori@obesitycontrolcenter.com

LoriBecky
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CELEBRATE Good Times C'mon.... let's celebrate! woohoooooooo

3 years ago I had by Sleeve surgery - my band to sleeve revision surgery. I can tell you I haven't regretted it for a single solitary second! I still love my sleeve. I love what is has allowed me to do... I'm at a healthy weight, my cholesterol is 115... 9 years ago it was over 240. I feel great and... ok ok... i get to buy clothes off the really cute rack... usually in a small or medium.

If you've read my blog you know I had my band surgery back in 2006, and I did well with it for quite awhile... then I got derailed through a series of accidents, surgeries, no walking for months, band wide open, and lots of really good church lady food. I needed a change... enter the <ahhhhh> sleeve surgery. I loved my band, but I will tell you - I love my sleeve more.... its a much more natural restriction, i can eat whatever I want (within reason!) just in smaller quantities... no worries about food getting stuck, I just fill up really fast.

Thanks to OCC and Dr. Ortiz, today, I am at a very health 5'7 and average around 140 pounds. I'll be FIFTY this year....<shudder> and I honestly feel worlds better then I did when I hit 40.

My husband and I celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary next week.... in Cancun. I am taking 7 bathing suits for our 6 day trip - almost all of them are 2 piece (nothing too skimpy... the sleeve didn't give me 20 year old thighs people!) but 10 years ago i would never have considered spending all day in a bathing suit at the pool or beach... but that's what I'll be doing all of next week (with a fabulous faux tan and a lot of sunscreen and one of those big floppy hats and oversized sunglasses... again i'm almost 50 people...)

Thank you for sharing this day with me... and happy sleeviversary to my sleeve sista Emily, too - we've walked this journey together (and she has a baby to show for it!)

If you have any questions about my journey or weight loss surgery you can reach me at lori@obesitycontrolcenter.com or 1-866-376-7849 ext. 81.

LoriBecky
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A simple quote... but wow... super powerful.


I was reading though some things today, super busy at work, but this really caught my eye. I think in my head, sometimes, I still put myself down for resorting to weight loss surgery, like i gave up. Why do i do this to myself? When i know that 95% of people that try to lose more then 50 pounds on their own will fill. They either won't reach their goal, or even worse (and I had been there many many times) they will hit that goal... and slowly but surely the weight creeps back on... usually bringing some of its friends along. Then each time we try again (and again and again) the weight comes off more slowly, its harder to lose, and it creeps back even faster. We have messed with our metabolism one too many times. Then we start to develop health and physical complications from not just the excess weight, but the unhealthy means we have gone to to lose weight, then gain it back... lose some... gain more... yo yo.

But this time.. i knew reaching out would make things different... I knew I just needed that helping hand... that tool to help me get on track, stay on track, and lose the weight, not just some of it, but enough to really get me to a healthier place. Lose it and keep it off. I knew this wasn't a magic wand, i knew i still had to put in the time, put in the effort, i had to werk it girlfriend... and I was ready. It wasn't just that I was lazy before, or that I gave up too soon (which, yes... admittedly, i did at times) but I was ready to ask for the help i knew I really needed to make it happen... i started to believe it could happen... and you know what... it did...

I always say this, but i'm not sure people believe me, I wasn't an unhappy fat person. I was still fairly active, had a wonderful marriage, wonderful kids, but I knew what was coming... I knew I had to make change happen to continue to be happy, to feel well, to be stronger... am I happier now... YES, but I don't think its just due to the weight loss... I think its because I believed in myself enough to spend money on ME... invest in my future... the surgery gave me that confidence to find my inner strength. To believe in myself... so she did...

So can you... are you ready to have your "after". Whatever that is... weight loss, health, happiness, that "after" can mean a lot of things...

believe it you can... and you will!

Join the conversation!

As always... you can reach me at lori@obesitycontrolcenter.com or 1-866-376-7849 ext. 81

LoriBecky
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Head hunger... we all deal with it but why.... what is this beast and why is he constantly knocking at my door...errr stomach.... head - whatever - it feels the same! I battle this beast too often. Why is that?

We all know this beast too well... or maybe that's the problem, maybe we don't know him. What is really causing this "hunger"... are we bored? Do we feel we "deserve" to eat more food... are we hiding from something... trying to soothe something... trying to fill a void. Are we food addicts? Give a girl a break!

I have found myself battling this beast daily since Christmas - I know i went off the rails a little over the holidays... allowed this beasts playful relative... sugar... back into my life with a vengeance, and I can't seem to kick him to the curb and I find myself "over-stuffing" myself. why is that... i'm not really hungry, I know that.

I feel like I am sabotaging all the work I've done - it hasn't really shown up on the scales much yet - YET being the key word here... but it has shown up in how I feel, not just physically, but emotionally... how I feel about myself... like i'm devaluing myself... what is up with THAT? Make it STOP!

So... how do I refocus... get back on track, not only with healthier eating, but with treating my body how it should be treated? Feeding my soul instead of stuffing my (albeit small) gut...

I would love to hear from you how you get yourself back on track... get back to the positive self talk instead of this doubtful, limiting, negative self-talk that happens when you let the beast "head hunger" back in the game....

I remember a "Beauty and the Beast" talking mirror my daughter had years ago.... You could push a button and it said "Show me the beast"... i could really use a magic mirror like that right now, to help identify the "beast" - or do we already have one? I could look into a mirror and really ask myself... "Lori, are you hungry, or do you need to fill a void, are you self soothing, are you bored, are you thirsty, are you stressed". I could use my OCC mirrors...YOU... all of you wonderful people, going through these same struggles and get the support I need to pause for a moment... OCC Forum, Facebook support groups, we have so many resources!

OK... who's with me... its time to recognize this beast.... and slay him. (OK... who else is singing the song from Beauty and the Beast "Kill the Beast" in their heads, I know I totally am!!!

Let's do this! Join the Conversation!

as always... if you have questions you can reach me at lori@obesitycontrolcenter.com or 1-866-376-7849 ext. 81

Join the conversation... leave me some feedback... let's fight this beast as a group... give me your pointers!

LoriBecky

blog-0025584001422322486.jpgI know this isn't a new subject for me, but I think some of our newbies need to hear this again. After weight loss surgery your size will be changing rapidly. Why spend all that money on clothes that you won't be wearing for very long?

C'mon people.... let's go pop some tags!

I bought almost all of my clothes at thrift stores or consignment stores as I was losing weight. And to be honest... these are still my "go to" stores. I love antiquing and I love browsing for that next great find at thrift stores. I've been at my goal weight for quite awhile now, but if I can spend less money and buy more things... I'M SO THERE!!!

Last weekend my wonderful husband took me on a weekend getaway that was very much needed. On the way to Marina del Rey we hit some thrift stores - some in high end neighborhoods (always my favorite!) and as always, i wasn't disappointed!

I got some great items, but my favorite was a scrumptious leather jacket. Sure, I need to replace a couple of buttons... but for $39 bucks for an easily $300+ leather jacket - I'm OK with that (it amazes me what rich people will donate!!) there isn't a mark on this jacket - just 2 missing buttons which I bought on Etsy for a total of $6!

I say this because too often when we are overweight - we clothe ourselves in ill fitting, old clothes... sometimes because we feel we don't deserve to spend money on clothes or because we keep thinking we'll finally lose the weight and THEN we'll spend the money... well.. you are on your way, but you still deserve to look great on the way to your destination... this is a journey, and the motivation of looking good is real... and when you can buy a new pair of jeans at Goodwill for $4... just do it! Even if you won't wear them for long... you can donate them back and buy yourself another pair for $4 (or even less). Go find yourself something to wear.... feel great about yourself and stay motivated! You may even find something really nice... like my beautiful leather jacket.

If you aren't a thrift store person... maybe start a clothing exchange at church or with other weight loss surgery patients in your area. Most major hospitals run support groups... find out... get involved...and look great doing it!

C'mon guys... let's go pop some tags and look great doing it!

LoriBecky

blog-0297033001421778084.jpgDon't minimize the benefits of great support. Be it a good bra, compression socks, Spanx, family, friends, or the kind I'm going to talk about today... Sleeve sistas (and brotha's).

When we are going through weight loss surgery we NEED support - for the pre-op phase, for surgery, and especially for after surgery.

There are so many things we don't consider for post surgery... eating isn't just about nourishment for most of us - we know we should "eat to live not live to eat" but most people don't follow that rule. We eat because we are hungry, but we also eat because we are bored, we are sad, tired, mad, scared, so many other reasons besides nourishing our body. We need help to work through all of those things after surgery. We need encouragement, camaraderie, understanding, accountability, and sometimes a good ol' kick in the butt!

We can find that many places, sometimes with friends and family but sometimes we need that from someone that truly understands what we are going through... someone that has been through it or is going through it.

The occforum is a great place for that, the posts, the blogs, they are all so helpful. There is another new place where I am finding and giving that support - in the OCC Sleevers Support Group. This group was started by some of our patients and is administered by them. If you are looking for some support why don't you give it a try.... you just may find that extra help you need (and maybe a good bra recommendation too!)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/758113717570254/?fref=nf

as always, if you have any questions you can email lori@obesitycontrolcenter.com or call 1-866-376-7849 ext. 81

LoriBecky

blog-0217442001419009606.jpgFirst, let me apologize if this post is too graphic, I just think its a fabulous way to educate you on a sleeve surgery. When I was at OCC the first week of December I had the amazing opportunity to observe several surgeries. One of them was a gastric sleeve surgery. We know that the sleeve surgery has fabulous results. Our OCC Sleeve patients get results similar to a gastric bypass surgery without all the risks and complications. And this is why...look at what is removed during this surgery. This picture is the removed portion of a stomach from a gastric sleeve surgery. Look at it... look at what it stretches out to when inflated. That is all space you can't fill anymore. AMAZING!! And look... even the part we remove is still AIR TIGHT. Remember, on the remaining stomach our surgeons go back and over suture over the staple line to prevent leaks and prevent stretching - but even this part, the part that is removed is totally air tight. Now that is a safe sleeve.

I know sometimes its hard after weight loss surgery to think about what we might be missing... the foods we can't eat (or eat much of) but I am SO thankful for this... because if I could be eating more, chances are I would be eating more... and I wouldn't feel this healthy, I wouldn't be wearing a size 4 jeans, and this would be a stressful time for me, thinking of how much weight I would gain between Thanksgivng and New Years... and I'm under control, my sleeve keeps me under control. So goodbye excess, stretchy, haven't missed you for a minute stomach.... hello healthy, portion controlled life!

Again, if this is too graphic, I'm sorry, but I can't think of a better way to share this - it was a huge eye opener for me, hope it is for you too!

Here are more pictures for those of you that can "stomach" it :)

http://www.occforum.com/gallery/album/336-sleeve-surgery-educational-a-little-graphic/

As always, if you have any questions you can reach me at lori@obesitycontrolcenter.com or 1-866-376-7849 ext. 81

LoriBecky

Awesome Sauce!

blog-0757668001419361744.jpgWhat a great week I had! Last week I got to spend 3 days at OCC, observe surgeries, learn more about the amazing advancements in surgical technique happening at OCC, meet with Dr. Ortiz and Dr. Martinez and Lucia, spend time with the great staff there, record some videos...and the best part, the awesome sauce, I got to meet face to face with patients. I rarely get to do that, and I got to do that in spades this time. I was able to meet an entire family of patients, some that have already had surgery, and several coming in for the first time. What an amazing family this is! Originally 2 of the sisters came for surgery, truly they are sleeve sisters, and they have done so well, and were so pleased with their experience, that another sister came in October, and then more family members. Now think about this... I think we are all willing to put ourselves out there for surgery, but bringing your most prized possessions, your family, your sisters, daughters, sons, aunts, the things that mean the most to you, bringing them to Mexico for surgery... i think that says a LOT about Obesity Control Center! I was so inspired by this family and lucky enough to be taken into this group as a sleeve sister. I've been working with this family, praying for this family, rejoicing with this family, and now watching them succeed towards their goals.... did I say it enough... INSPIRING!

So, thank you to my patients, you are truly the Awesome Sauce on the Burrito of Life! Thank you for letting me be part of your journey!

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As always, if you want to reach me you can call 1-866-376-7849 ext. 81 or email me lori@obesitycontrolcenter.com

LoriBecky

Happy Thanksgiving!

Count your many blessings name them one by one, count your many blessings, see what God has done!

This is the time of year for reflecting on our blessings. I am thankful for so many things! Faith, a merciful God, I'm even thankful for my trials, that is often the times when my richest blessings reveal themselves. I am thankful for a loving husband, my family and friends, my 3 blessings that call me mommy. Thankful for a warm home and food on the table. Thankful that I am able to help those less fortunate. Thankful for my job and the wonderful people I get to work with, including my patients.

What are you thankful for? Let's remember that our richest blessings can come from blessing others. Donating your time and resources to your church or food bank, charity, or community center. Reaching out to those in need. Give what you can, help when you can, really... in blessing others you are blessing yourself... and who couldn't use more of that this time of year.

Giving thanks... giving appreciation.... giving what you can and turning that into a blessing.

I am also thankful for my sleeve... which helps me to stay on track, slaps me back when I want to eat more then I should and keeps me healthy despite myself sometimes...

What are you thankful for this season?

I wish all of you a safe and blessed Thanksgiving this year... don't forget to stop and remember to be thankful for all that you have!

LoriBecky

Belly Dancing and me

Sorry its been so long since my last blog entry, things have been very busy!

I have always wanted to take a dance class, but before I lost weight, it wasn't something I was comfortable even really considering. I can be shy, I know that isn't the way most people would describe me, and if I have a "buddy" with me, I'm good, but entering into something new, all by myself (I tried and tried to get someone to come with me... my friends were even more intimidated then I was) was really scary to me.

I kept seeing the Belly Dance for Fitness classes starting every couple of months, and I just decided to go for it, all by myself, not knowing what to expect, what to wear, how to be, nothing... I just jumped in with both feet (after some nervous butterflies were flying ferociously around in my stomach!)

That was 8 weeks ago! I'm on my 2nd round of classes now, and while I still am a total beginner. I'm starting to shake things in mostly the right direction, understand some of the moves and their names, I'm no longer tripping over my own feet, and my body is loosening up, I'm standing taller, and my abs are really getting a work out!

Some people would laugh at the notion of weight loss surgery truly changing someone's life in more ways then their overall health and the size clothes they were, but getting into better shape, not being quite as jiggly (I'm still fairly jiggly!), gaining confidence to do things that scare you... I do believe that is all a result of jumping in, having this truly life changing surgery, and letting go of "being the fattest girl in class". I only have to worry about getting my hips to go in the right direction and not shaking it so hard my back goes out... I'm only worried about having fun, trying to learn some new steps, and get my abs in the best shape ever. I'm not worried about what someone else is thinking. I'm not sure if that comes from the losing of the weight, or the fact that I took big steps to change my fate... change my health... change the way I look and that changed the way I feel about myself... I still struggle every single day to see the person on the outside that I really am now, and not the mental image that I still have of myself. I'm not sure the "fat girl" mentality ever goes away, but I am doing my best each day to over come that and live life in the moment... even if that means fulfilling a long dream of being a belly dancer (and yes, I did buy the coin belt and some special outfits to wear to class and I'm LOVING it!!) SO if you wonder where Lori is on a Monday night... she's dancing her heart out, giggling on the inside and the outside, and having the time of her life... and shakin' her groove thang (and everything else that wants to shake along with it)

What have you done since you had surgery that you never would have done before??

I want to hear from you!

LoriBecky

I'm so sorry I haven't posted in awhile. We have been really busy at OCC and I've been really busy at home. Graduations, end of school, water polo season starting. Crazy train - woot woot!

I recently read this article about weight loss surgery and pregnancy and long term health of the child, and breaking the cycle of obesity in a family.

I had my weight loss surgery after I was done having kids, so I can't say I have first hand knowledge of this subject BUT... (and that's a big but) I will tell you that I have 3 kids. Two of my kids battle with their weight, the 3rd one, my last, hasn't ever had that battle. With my 3rd child, I was diagnosed with Gestational diabetes. I believe I had it with all 3, but it was only diagnosed in my 3rd pregnancy (after much urging on my part for more testing - all my babies weighed over 9 pounds, the 3rd weighed 10!) Since I was properly diagnosed with my 3rd, I cut out all sugar and most of my carbs during this pregnancy. Didn't gain much weight (yes, I was overweight already, but stayed pretty much the same weight throughout my pregnancy unlike the first 2) anyway, my eating habits were much different with my 3rd child. I do wonder if there is any correlation with my eating habits and my older 2 kids difficulty with their weight. So this article made a lot of sense to me. I don't think its just the weight loss surgery they talk about in this article, but the different eating habits that generally go along with a weight loss surgery.

So.... I wanted to share this. I get a lot of questions from younger women coming in for surgery about how weight loss surgery will affect a future pregnancy... as always, Dr. Ortiz would recommend you wait 1 - 2 years after having surgery to get pregnant, at least 12 months as that is when most of your weight loss will occur and you want to keep that momentum.

Here is the article: health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/womens-health/articles/2009/09/02/weight-loss-surgery-breaks-families-obesity-cycle

As always, if you have any questions about weight loss surgery, or revision surgery you can always reach me at 1-866-376-7849 ext. 81 or lori@obesitycontrolcenter.com

Enjoy your weekend!

LoriBecky

Today is the one year anniversary of having my band to sleeve revision. What a year! I am at the lowest weight I've been at since... well... jr. high maybe? I feel great, and I'm not braggin' but I think I look pretty great too. I've stayed at the same weight now since Christmas and I'm happy with it. I still need to work out more and build some muscle, but as far as weight loss goes and this is the FIRST TIME in my life I have ever said this, but I'm not looking to lose any more weight! I am happy, and more importantly, I am healthy and pretty proud of myself :)

I do love my sleeve. It allows me greater flexibility then I had with my band as far as foods I can eat, I am satisfied on very little food, I have a lot of energy and unless I'm trying to eat a bit too much, I just don't think about my sleeve very much... it is just my little shrimp stomach, it is a fabulous tool, but I'm not worrying about adjustments, if I'm too tight or too loose, or what i should order because I'm in a restaurant and don't want to get embarrassed if something gets stuck - which I did have trouble with during the last year with my band. I did love my band for a long time, but the last year, it didn't seem to love me back!

If you are hesitating about a weight loss surgery, or if you have a band and you are feeling stuck or frustrated, please know there are options! I'm here to help you any way I can.

I wish I had a picture to post, I should have taken one on Sunday because I was looking pretty slammin' in my sundress and sandals... I will try to take one later this week when it warms up again, right now i'm bundled up (the one thing about losing weight... I do get cold easier... that's OK - i'm up for that trade off!)

Call me or email me if you have questions or want information on surgery!

1-866-376-7849 ext. 81 or lori@obesitycontrolcenter.com

did I mention that I love my sleeve?? :)

LoriBecky

So, I had another very successful shopping trip to Goodwill this weekend. I got a pair of capri's, a pair of shorts, and 3 summer blouses for under $20. I also delivered another huge bag of clothes for donation. Its strange to be picking through through the clothes on the rack and see things you recognize from your closet, but in a good way! Sometimes you think, why did I hold onto this so long? Did that ACTUALLY fit me at one point? or the most common - what was I thinking? lol But anyway... its nice to donate your old clothes to a worthwhile cause, and fill your closet back up with really cute items, and a great price, I really recommend you consider this as you lose weight, don't spend too much money on clothes you won't be in for very long, and DO NOT HOLD ONTO YOUR OLD CLOTHES that are too big... not only does it take up valuable closet space, but don't give yourself an excuse to get back into them again.. stay on track and make your goal to get to or stay at a healthy weight!

OK... getting off my soapbox for a moment, I realized something today as I was getting dressed. When I was heavier (aka Fat - a word i disdain!) I always felt the need to compensate for my bigger self. Just because I was fat, I refused to be frumpy. I spent a lot of time accessorizing, or more time on my hair, or just being more "put together" - because I didn't want people to think that just because I was overweight, I was lazy, or that I didn't care about my appearance, so I tried really hard to look very pulled together.

As I got dressed today (its supposed to be 80ish here today) I pulled on a pair of capri's and one of my "new" summer shirts (ok... hawaiian, but that's not a bad thing, its really cute and yellow with soft blue flowers and palm frawns on it - shaddup!) I realized, I am perfectly confident to go out in just a pair of capri's, a sunny shirt, and flip flops. I even pulled my bangs away from my face and clipped them back - because I don't have to hide behind anything anymore (except my faux tan - I will be clutching my St Tropez faux tan with my dying breath - because I am an irish girl and "fish belly white" without it.) But... I do hope you see my point. I'm not hiding... i'm not disguising myself.

Are you still hiding and/or disguising yourself because you aren't happy with your weight? So I ask you why the weight? Why the wait? Why did I wait so long? I love my sleeve, even more then I loved my band! If I were starting over from today, first time weight loss surgery patient, I would not pass go, would not collect my $200 and would go STRAIGHT to the sleeve, I love it, have no complaints, and zero regrets (except the waiting part!)

What are you waiting for?

You know how to reach me... 1-866-376-7849 ext. 81 or Lori@obesitycontrolcenter.com Summer is almost here, but more importantly, a healthier you is so ready to come out and play!

LoriBecky

There is about to be a love fest up in here... so if its too hot for you, best to leave the kitchen now :)

Really, this is all about you guys! I love it when someone has read my blog and contacts me all excited about my journey, or looking to start a new chapter in their own life. You guys are so great! I appreciate your support, enthusiasm, excitement so much! You keep me inspired to keep on keeping on, and I love being able to inspire and support you as well!

If you are ready to make a change, either with a first time weight loss surgery or a rescue/revision surgery, I would love to talk to you, share my experience, give your more information, and support you on your path!

email me anytime lori@obesitycontrolcenter.com or call me at 1-866-376-7849 ext. 81, I would love to help you take that next step!

Oh... and my favorite super bowl commercial was probably The Farmer (so nooootttttttt GoDaddy YUCK!!! - i'd prefer another wardrobe malfunction instead! none of the commercials were as good as the Volkswagon little Darth Vader commercial - that was fabulous!)

As for the half time show... bring back Santana!

The post lighting malfunction was a much better game then pre black out. My favorite FB post was the XX beer buy... "I don't always use a surge protector, but if I did, it would be for the superbowl!" lol classic!

LoriBecky

blog-0019976001357254271.jpgSo... my daughter got married last month. It was a beautiful, intimate, very romantic and meaningful wedding. We had it at church in our smaller sanctuary - about 75 guests, we all sat at the reception tables for the wedding. My dad said a prayer. We had dancing (I got to dance with my 85 year old daddy... a treasured moment... no that's not my dad in the pictures, that's my husband!! - OK i switched up pics - that is my husband beside me and my daddy behind me) and a dessert bar and a lovely cake baked by our friend and beautiful decorations (anybody want tips about a wedding on a budget... ask me!). Our brilliant photographer donated her time to us because she loves my daughter so much... let's just say blessings abounded... everywhere you looked and even when you weren't looking... a very joyous day.

One of the things I didn't have to worry about was camera angles. You all know what I'm talking about. When you aren't at your ideal weight (or are very far from it as I'd been for so long) the camera is not your friend. You try to find ways to hide behind other people, try to figure out the right angle... or just plain hide all together - you are a bobbing head from behind a group of people. That is not the case for me anymore, and I'm so thankful for my sleeve. I loved every picture, kept looking at myself like... hey - i look pretty good! I wasn't holding my breath as I scrolled through the pictures, afraid of what may be next. Now i'm not saying every picture is a keeper... they never are, but I wasn't embarrassed or ready to put any through the shredder... that's a first :)

If you aren't where you want to be for 2013 and are ready to make a change for the better and get back on track to a healthier you... you can email me at lori@obesitycontrolcenter.com or call 1-866-376-7849 ext. 81. Whether its a first time weight loss surgery or a rescue/revision surgery - we can help! Make 2013 the year when you don't hide anymore!

LoriBecky

blog-0781402001355854623.gifFour... no matter what language you say it in... I just fit into a pair of size FOUR jeans... yes, me! I love thrift store, bargain hunting. Its a huge thrill to me to find something that i love for less then $10. From my amazing, full length wool coat for $8.88, to my wool peacoat for $6.88 to my Ralph Lauren cords for $3.33 or my Stuart Weitzman pumps for $4.50... I love a bargin, but I have to admit, pulling those 4's off the endless jean rack and looking at them and thinking "no way" - to them sliding in and fitting me perfectly... shocker! Do I think every pair of size 4 pants will fit me... not necessarily. But I had someone tell me that my other jeans were looking too baggy on me - they were 6's...

Its time to do some more shopping... I just love my sleeve!!

The other nice thing about thrift store shopping... when something doesn't fit you anymore, it doesn't hurt so much because you spent so little on it, you can just put it back into the circle of life at the thrift store and find a new treasure... and it helps a good cause!!

My daughter is getting married this saturday, and my son leaves for London the day after Christmas to participate in the New Years parade there... so my next week will be crazy - so my guess is, this is my last post before Christmas so...

Merry Merry Christmas to everyone. Hold your loved ones close, make sure they know you love them. Be a blessing to all you come in contact with, and the best gift you can give yourself, is to help others in need!

Lori

1-866-376-7849 ext. 81

lori@obesitycontrolcenter.com

LoriBecky

Reflux?

As is fairly typical after a sleeve gastrectomy, I was having some reflux issues occassionally, even while using my acid blocker medication.

Now remember, I'm not a doctor, but in doing some research, and from my own experience adding a probiotic to your daily intake (or like me 2 or 3 during cold/flu season) seems to have really helped this situation. From some of the literature i've read, after having a sleeve surgery, the addition of a probitoic supplement can be helpful in many ways... and it sure can't hurt!

My probiotic of choice is this brand - Natrol Biobeads. super easy to swallow, very reasonably priced, and since they need no refrigeration, you can keep some with you all the time!

(I get mine on Amazon on their subscribe and save so shipping is free and they ship to me automatically)

I've taken probiotics for years but now I'm taking at least 1 extra during the day (again up to 3 during cold/flu season)

I haven't had a cold in quite a long time and haven't had the flu in years (yes, I do get my flu shot) - but considering how many colds have gone through my house, the fact that I've steered clear of them I believe is a direct result of my diligent use of these probiotics... wish I could get my family on board!

That's just my little pearl of wisdom for the day... hope everyone is ready for Christmas! My daughter gets married in 10 days so things are super hectic right now. Hope you are all taking the time to enjoy this season and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas and counting your blessings.

Lori

LoriBecky

My whole life, my goal has been to lose weight, never been satisified with where I was, always had my eye on where I was wanting to be. Today my scale sits at 135. ME!?!?!? 135. Can't be! never! I see myself as I was... when I look in the mirror, most of the time I still see "fat Lori" - I think someone that hasn't had a life long battle with the scale could never understand this! I was walking this weekend and saw a shadow on the ground. Of a slim/trim woman. I was thinking wow I'd like to look like that... then I realized... hey that is ME! ME ME ME.... it is me wearing a size 6 jeans. ME! really? YEP! I hold up the jeans, and I think they look small, but somehow when I see myself, I have a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that those jeans... those size 6 jeans that look small when I'm holding them in my hands FIT me (sometimes a little looselyl) they fit ME... How did that happen? The sleeve from Obesity Control Center is how that happened... my rescue surgery from Dr. Ortiz has changed my life. I don't battle with food anymore. I can eat whatever I want just in much smaller quantities.

I was recently diagnosed with Celiac disease, I had to have an endoscopy and colonoscopy and all kinds of fun (NOT!) tests, but the one thing my gastroenterologist was SURE of was that my sleeve was PERFECT! He said the shape and size were right, no signs of any issues with that and no ulcers. As with any US doctor, they are always a little suspicious of going to Mexico for surgery, but he said everything about it was perfect and has NOTHING to do with the celiac diagnosis. I always knew Dr. Ortiz and Dr. Martinez were wonderful surgeons, but its always nice to have that confirmed!

If you are battling with your weight, battling with your band, and just want to try something else... email me at lori@obesitycontrolcenter.com or call 1-866-376-7849 ext. 81, I'd love to talk with you!

LoriBecky

chew chew chew

So the last several days I've noticed that I've had a harder time eating. I know its doesn't help that my allergies are horrible and I feel like a slime manufacturer half the time - so much "gunk" - and since I have a very small stomach now, it fills up pretty easily, plus I'm sure I'm a bit swollen or irritated from the "gunk" - but I also realized, I've gotten very lazy in the chew chew chew department. My band forced me to slow down, chew my foot thoroughly, and wait between bites. The sleeve isn't that obstructive restriction, and you can get a little lazy in that department. What I'm realizing is I'm not getting in the protein that I should because when I don't chew my food thoroughly and I eat too quickly, I can't eat very much at all. Its also easy to start relying too much on those really easy to eat foods (none of which have much in the way of nutritional content!)

So I'm headed back to weight loss surgery 101 which is slow down, chew your food thoroughly, and take a moment between bites. I'm hoping this will help me up my protein intake and then once I get a handle on my allergies, things will get back to normal!

My weight loss has slowed down, which is exactly what I want, I'm really at the goal I had set for myself (actually a little below that) and only 3 pounds away from the goal Dr. Miranda had set for me (which I NEVER thought I'd come close to!) I just want to make sure that the little bit I can feed myself, is good, healthy food (most of the time anyway!)

Have a great weekend!

If you have any questions you can email lori@obesitycontrolcenter.com or call 1-866-376-7849 ext. 81

LoriBecky

As my norweigan grandmother would have said "Uff da!".

I wasn't paying attention and drank my sugar free strawberry lemonade a little too fast. OUCH! Sometimes I forget how small my little "shrimp" stomach is. It didn't feel like I was drinking that fast, but wow... that hurt! Its been a little over 4 months since I had my band removed and converted to a sleeve surgery, but I am still getting used to a much smaller stomach. When I had my band, I could drink more, a bit more quickly because it went right through my band, but now that me entire stomach is just smaller... I still forget, especially when I'm distracted! I think the discomfort is a good thing, I sure don't want to stretch out my lil shrimp stomach.

Why is it that bad habits are so hard to get rid of, and good habits can be forgotten all to easily?

I love my sleeve and if I want my sleeve to take care of me, I need to take care of my sleeve!

I will make a point to remember this one!

Hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend, be safe, stay on track, and enjoy yourselves!

LoriBecky

blog-0874247001345268180.jpgI did some shopping on my lunch break today, and I saw this really cute dress on clearance with an additional 30% off... I fell in love with the dress, but it was an 8 and I just knew there was no way it would fit, but I had to try it on to see if there was a way I could make it work (when a really cute $50 dress is on clearance for $14 you at least have to try, even though you know you'll be heartbroken) well... it FIT, it fit it fit it fit! I still can't believe it! I haven't been in a single digit size since... I honestly have NO idea LOL I'm super excited, can you tell?

If you could see me now, you'd see I'm doing a happy dance!

I am really loving my sleeve!

LoriBecky

I officially hit the 140's yesterday. 149.6. Barely in the 140's - but I'm taking it! Especially with all the extra sweets and eating out I did over the weekend for my birthday and I still lost weight - woohoo! For sure the weightloss is slowing down, but I'm happy about that since I'm closing in on my goal! woohoooooooooooooooooo

Have I mentioned that I love my sleeve :)

1-866-376-7849 ext. 81

LoriBecky

blog-0604620001344359600.jpgI took a few days off to see my youngest get baptized in the ocean and to celebrate my 47th (gulp) birthday. I had such a wonderful day yesterday. My husband and I spent time shopping and just having a wonderful time. We had a delicious lunch at a small italian restaurant and when they offered to bring the dessert I told her I couldn't have gluten so they brought me a fabulous FABULOUS flourless chocolate cake with raspberry sauce. It was SOOOOO delicous and I had 3 bites and was in heaven and totally satisfied!

I love my sleeve! Have I mentioned that recently? No regrets and I would do it again in a heartbeat! I feel great, can eat a wide variety of foods (even steak which gave me trouble when I had my band). We ate out almost every meal the last 4 days, but the sleeve let me control my volume of food, I made good choices (most of the time!) but felt totally satisfied even with the small amounts (and my husband loves it because he usually finishes up what I have left over!)

Happy Birthday to ME!

If you are wondering about a weight loss surgery or a revision surgery, I'd be happy to speak with you anytime!

Lori@obesitycontrolcenter.com or 1-866-376-7849 ext. 81