Monday, February 23, 2015

New Bed, Hair loss and Weigh-In.

I have no real fun news today... other than I weighed late for me due to being off last week.  Hmmm... well my husband and I got a new bedroom set with new mattresses on Saturday.  It made me want to lay in bed all day yesterday.  So comfy!  Add in it was a cold day yesterday but I was super lazy yesterday.  Haha.

Hair loss >>> I heard a lot of people talking about it after having the VSG and I've been taking my 10,000 mg of Biotin but I think its hitting me.  I've always had thick hair... but this morning in the shower, I swear a lot came out.  Way more than I expected.  No bald spots but just seemed excessive to me.  I was talking to my friend how I needed my hair thinned out... I'm growing it out anyways from a short bob style... but due to its thickness, I usually have it thinned out.  Maybe its thinning out on its own.  I'm kind of okay with a little on its own.  Lol.  Just not too much.

Okay so here's my weigh-in for this morning:

Glad to be in the 180's finally... I know for others, it seems like its coming off in good time but it seems like I stayed in the 190's for awhile.  I just need to get things in gear, like go visit the gym that I am paying for now.  Starting this week.  Another thing I want to work on is meal prepping again, I did better and well I felt better... when I meal prepped.  So that's my plan this evening - grocery shopping and preparing for the week.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Mardi Gras 2015 in New Orleans & other updates...

Well I left for New Orleans early Friday morning with my husband and kiddos.  We stayed with family (my hubby is from New Orleans) and for the first time ever, I got to experience what Mardi Gras is like.  We attended at least 5 different parades... there are more.  Nomtoc, Thoth, Bacchus, Potreus and Orpheus.  I just want to say that it is definitely something everyone should experience.  I took my kiddos out there and we had so much fun.  I will say... I was super afraid of getting smacked in the face with beads.  Lol.  But it wasn't the beads that got me... it was a damn football they threw off a float, right in my neck.  Other than that, good times!

The king for the Bacchus Parade was John Reilly, if you don't know who he is... he played in Step-Brothers and Talladega Nights with Will Farrell.  Along with other movies...  My husband caught some beautiful beads kissed by him, as the king and we caught some Doubloons with his face on it.  It was pretty cool.

Outside of that... I will admit, I ate some food that probably was not that good for me.  I will note... if you ever go to New Orleans, buy yourself a meat pie... from Brother's Mart (its a gas station and their everywhere there).  They are sooooo good!  I wanted to just keep eating them, but my sleeve said NO!  Lol.  I attempted to eat Mexican there... from this restaurant called El Paso Mexican Grill, umm... yeah, they were lacking any spices in their food, it was the plainest tasting Mexican food I have ever ate.

The family and I spent Friday through yesterday in New Orleans and drove back this morning.  Which meant we got home by like 8:30am.  Awesome time... right?  Thinking I would be able to go to sleepy, NOPE!  I ended up going into my surgeon's office to find out the results of my ultrasound and blood work.  The good news is my gallbladder is fine, no stones.  The bad news, no real answer for why I had those pains.  I haven't had them since.  Its possible I was dehydrated or my stomach is being a butt.  They did note that I had a lot of calcification in my kidneys, that's something I knew about from when I was pregnant with my now 6-year old.  Not sure if that has caused the issues or what since the pain was on my right side.  I want to say my kidney stone issues, lead to pain on the left.  The other thing is he mentioned I had a lesion on my liver, but it is benign.  He just wanted me to be aware --- I guess in case I'm in a car accident and the vessels could bleed or something.  But he said its nothing I should really be worried about.  Blood work was fantastic too... even my protein, glad to hear I'm healthy.  I guess I will just watch what I'm eating... and see if its only certain foods or what.

Also... I would like to note that I did lose 0.8 lbs. on my personal scale... and I think 1.5 lbs. in the doctors office.  Since his scale differs from mine by a little bit, but whatever.  I am just happy I lost something while being off the normal routine for 5 days.  Now back to the usual... starting tomorrow.  :)

Monday, February 9, 2015

3 Month Follow-Up, Dean's List

I weighed in on Friday... and hit 192.6 but then weighed again on Sunday and I was down a little more.  So I will say my weigh-in for this last week is 191.4.  I am down 2.4 lbs. this week, its nice to see the scale moving again, even if in smaller increments.

I went for my 3 month follow up with my doctor and he noted that my weight loss as slowed down a lot.  I lost 8 lbs. in the last 6 weeks.  I know for the last week and a half, I haven't been eating much because of the pains I was getting after eating.  But I ate this weekend and I didn't feel it.  I'm not sure, but I have an ultrasound tomorrow to look at my gallbladder.  I guess its better to make sure nothing is going on than wait it out.

In other news... I finished my last two classes last week.  I found out I got an "A" in Intro. to Psychology.  Waiting on my final grade for American Government, hoping its an "A" as well.  But on my last day of class in American Government, I found out that I made the Dean's List for the Fall 2014 semester.  I was actually surprised and pretty excited that I accomplished that.  It came right on time, when I was  questioning myself about spreading myself so thin with doing school, working full-time, taking care of my family and even all of my kids activities.  I needed this...  Now I hope I make it for the Spring semester too!

And now that I have a break from classes for about 5-6 weeks... I am going to take advantage of it to get things in order around the house and do other things I've been needing to do.  Not just cleaning but re-arranging rooms and painting too.  

So thats about it... nothing to exciting.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The future of my gallbladder

I am pretty sure... that I will need my gallbladder out soon.  Since losing about 25 lbs. or so, I've been experiencing pains in my right side.  It hurts when I press... or stretch out.  Usually every day but nothing that is really bad pain.  However in the past week... every day, no matter what I eat the pain comes on and its more intense and now I feel it in my back almost... like directly under my ribs.

I go in to see my surgeon tomorrow for my 3 month follow-up.  The last time I saw him, I mentioned the pains and he said it was probably my gallbladder but we would just keep our eye on it and to drink more water.  Not sure what water will do.

I am ready to say goodbye to my gallbladder though... this pain isn't as bad as having kidney stones but its measuring up to it.  Add in, its making me not want to eat... I haven't been getting my protein in like I should or even my calories up to where I need it.  

I'll have to see tomorrow.... :(

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Ran down...

Lately... I've been going, going and going..... does any of that include actual exercise? No. Its just been life.  I would really like to know how other women do it.

Going to school... two classes a week and technically both are kind of mentally exhausting.  So much information to retain in such a little amount of time.  I'm taking Intro. to Psychology and American Government.  I'll be honest, my psychology class wasn't what I thought it would be.  I thought it would be more interesting.  As for American Government, I enjoy that a lot.  Its just so much to remember when it comes to final exam.  Last week... I seriously blanked out on the test, yet I knew the information.  Didn't make any sense.  Good news is this is the last week for these classes, just have to pull through with all the work and exams.

Add in dealing with the girl scout thing... yeah, come next year if Natalya is in the troop still, I will not be volunteering.  I don't know why I always run myself so thin.  I feel like I can do so much but then I'm stressing myself out.  I really need to focus on school and not volunteer any more until I'm done with school.

Funny thing... is Natalya starts spring softball in late February.  So that's probably two practices a week, plus two games a week... we'll see how that turns out.

All of this... leads to how I feel about being at home.  My house is a total wreck almost all the time.  Okay, more like it looks very lived in.  The two oldest do chores but its not really how I like it, and when I have down time I don't have the energy to go behind them and clean it right.  I just feel like I'm failing in running my family right now...

I'm so tired. :(

I'm sure it will get better...