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Band to Sleeve Revision Surgery

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Head Hunger... what is this beast?

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 fo

LoriBecky

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 thos

LoriBecky

LoriBecky

 

Happy Sleeviversary to ME! 3 years baby... and still going strong

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

LoriBecky

LoriBecky

 

Happy Sleeve-iversary to ME!

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

LoriBecky

LoriBecky

 

Happy Birthday to me!!

I 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 a

LoriBecky

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, ​

LoriBecky

LoriBecky

 

Four, 4, vier, fire, cuatro, chetiri, quattro, yon, quatre

Four... 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" - t

LoriBecky

LoriBecky

 

Fat Brain.... does it ever end?

If you were to meet me, not having known me in  my past... you would probably never guess that I used to be a fat girl.  People are always surprised when I tell them, or when they see a picture of me pre 2006.  People who have known me a long time do forget how much space I used to take up in a room!  I showed my mom my "before" picture from the OCC Facebook page... and she said "that's not you!" she couldn't believe it because her mind has made that switch... this is Lori... this is the space s

LoriBecky

LoriBecky

 

Drink slowly my sleeve sista's (and brotha's)

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

LoriBecky

LoriBecky

 

Don't get frustrated with the scale!

I say this to my patients all the time, don't weigh yourself everyday and don't get frustrated when you don't see the scale moving. This past week, I dropped a couple of pounds, but with the extremely limited intake I've had, well honestly I don't know what i was expecting! I started this 2nd phase of my journey at 195 on the pre-op diet and now I'm at about 173, so considering I don't have a large amount of weight to lose, I guess things are going pretty well. What I'm really noticing is tha

LoriBecky

LoriBecky

 

Do your follow-up program

I hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day weekend. I'm at work, because this isn't a holiday in Mexico If you are an OCC patient, I wanted to remind you to participate in the email follow up program. It helps our doctors stay on top of any issues you may be having, it also helps you to stay on track! During the first month after your surgery, you will get an email every week, then they slow down a little bit, each of them also include a seminar link once you've completed the questions

LoriBecky

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 sle

LoriBecky

LoriBecky

 

Checking In

Let me start by saying, I'm really loving my sleeve! I still rarely feel hunger, which is a big change for me. When I eat, I feel satisfied really fast! I am still working on getting in enough liquids during the day. I have increase my intake, but I'm not up to where I'd like to be, so I'm working on that. I was reading something that had nothing to do with weight loss surgery today, but it reminded me of something that I already knew, but because my life with the band had become a strugg

LoriBecky

LoriBecky

 

Cheap, thin, and faux tanned - a retail therapy story...

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 anywa

LoriBecky

LoriBecky

 

Busy Busy - but success!!!

I'm sorry I haven't been posting too often, my youngest is graduating Jr. High today so the last 2 weeks have been extremely hectic! I'm looking forward to next week when I won't have to wish for a magic wand so I can be 2 places at once! I just wanted to report, that I got on the scale today, and I'm down 30 pounds so far! Lower then I ever got with my band and not even 2 months out from my sleeve revision. I haven't decided on where I'd like to end up, I think I'll let my body tell me

LoriBecky

LoriBecky

 

Better everday! still not hungry!

Still recovering from surgery of course, but feeling better every day and increasing my physical activity, while following the post-op guidelines. I'm doing well getting down my liquids. I do best with hot tea or soup (Miso is my favorite!) but the colder liquids are getting easier. I did give myself a treat and had a no sugar added fudgesicle... what a delight! I still seem to have some issues with the protein shakes. Not sure what it is since I've eliminated lactose by using the soy pro

LoriBecky

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.

LoriBecky

LoriBecky

 

Bandiversary - today would be been 6 years!

Today would have been my 6th Bandiversary. I still feel like celebrating it, even though I no longer have my band. My friend helped to get me out of a dangerous part of my life, got me into a healthier weight range, helped resolve my health issues associated with my weight, and we had a great relationship for a long time! The best thing my band did for me was got me to OCC and Dr. Ortiz. The experience has changed my life forever, and I don't know how to express my gratitude enough! Even

LoriBecky

LoriBecky

 

Band/Medications/Inflammation and Me

I had a question from a band patient about medications and what started me on this road to a sleeve revision, so i thought I would post here about my experience. Remember, this is just MY experience. Everyone reacts differently to medication. Believe me, I'm on a LOT of medications (mostly due to pain), but here is what happened to me... I was on a long term antibiotic therapy - CIPRO - for an intestinal issue (nothing to do with my band) that caused inflammation in the lining of my stomach

LoriBecky

LoriBecky

 

Band to Sleeve Journey - nerves

Is it crazy that I'm a little nervous about my sleeve revision surgery? As the days go by I kind of just wish it was already over. The reason I ask, "Is it crazy" is because, I'm the Patient Coordinator. I'm the one always reassuring patients, explaining the details, and helping them through the process. I know everything will be just fine, I really do. But, this is my process, about everything. Turning it over and over, questionning my decisions, wondering if I tried hard enough or shoul

LoriBecky

LoriBecky

 

Back home - feeling really good - not hungry!

I got back home late yesterday afternoon. So happy to be home with my kiddo's! While I was in Tijuana my husband and I celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary - I told him I was getting the PRP and Botox as a gift for him... not sure he bought it, but oh well Before I forget, let me say that I have had botox quite a few times, in the US and with Dr. So at OCC/The Ariel Center - and Dr. So is the BEST! Never any bruising, never over "toxed" - I still look like myself, have great expression,

LoriBecky

LoriBecky

 

Babies after weight loss surgery (no, i'm not pregnant LOL)

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

LoriBecky

LoriBecky

 

Awesome Sauce!

What 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

LoriBecky

LoriBecky

 

150's wow!

I'm so sorry I haven't been posting much lately, Carolyn has been on vacation for over a week now and I'm incredibly buried! I just wanted to put a quick note that I broke the 160 mark and am officially in the 150's (158.9) - haven't been down this low in over 20 years! I'm feeling really good! If you have any questions about weight loss surgery feel free to email me lori@obesitycontrolcenter.com or call me 1-866-376-7849 ext. 81 or visit our website www.obesitycontrolcenter.com

LoriBecky

LoriBecky

 

140's woohoooooooooooooo

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

LoriBecky

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