Saturday, April 14, 2012

My Own Medical Intervention

I'm not even sure how to start this entry, honestly. I considered not even firing the blog back up again - but I have really missed blogging. So, here I am, again.

The last few months have been rough, as far as weight loss (or gain, I should say). It's been this little nagging voice in the back of my mind saying, "stop it, don't eat that, you shouldn't do that. . ." yet I continued to pick up the fork.

I was at a crossroads. I needed help and I needed to gain control, again. I could either return to Weight Watchers and start tracking my points or I could do something different. The problem I've had, since being diagnosed with diabetes, is I still tend to fill my points with carb heavy foods. My diabetes medication had been increased and even then I was having high blood sugars - I am extremely carb sensitive, it seems (and insulin resistant). Consequently, I would be starving, eat more, have high blood sugars which then triggered high insulin levels, which then triggered the hunger feeling, so I would eat some more. . .the cycle continued. So, I wasn't really sure if Weight Watchers would be the best plan for ME to start using again, right now. I really needed to give up this dependence on carbohydrates. I'm not saying Weight Watchers won't be good for me again, but right now, I'm at a critical point. I needed the help of a medical professional.

So, I started to do some serious searching. I scheduled an appointment at the local hospital to get information about lap band - thinking perhaps I've finally hit the last straw and should consider surgery. But, I really didn't want surgery. The more I read about it, the more I hated the idea. Liquids for the first few weeks. Placing your food in a blender after you are finished with the clear liquid stage. Having the worry of being "stuck" as part of your lifestyle after you did finally get to eat solid food. I also had it in the back of my mind of successful co-workers who had visited a bariatric physician and dropped their weight successfully. I decided I would give that a shot, so I scheduled my appointment and cancelled the surgery consult at the hospital.

My appointment with the doctor was really fantastic. She provided a plan, that while strict, works with my diabetes. I'm in day three of the plan and am feeling fantastic. While my diet is extremely limited (as it should be with diabetes) I am extremely satisfied. The best news, I woke up this morning with a fasting blood sugar of 119 - and that was without taking my second dose of diabetes medication last night. She predicted at my appointment that within a month I should be able to go off the medication. When she said that, I wasn't convinced. However, to see that kind of result in just three days - I think she may just be right!

I am fighting back, again. While I did gain 25lbs before I found help - I am proud that I didn't gain back the entire 55lbs I had lost on Weight Watchers. That, alone, is something to celebrate. Years ago, the cycle would have been to gain it all back and then some - and then finally face the reality of the problem.

This first week is tough, but not nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. I seem to be out of the sluggishness felt when a drastic reduction of carbohydrates and sugars takes place and my body seems to be adjusting.

I will continue to update as I visit the doctor and I look forward to being on the downward trend again!

This week, my starting weight was 348. I will be going back to the doctor on Thursday and I'm looking forward to seeing a lower number on the scale.


  1. I am glad you are back. I believe you have made the better choice. Your body will love you more.

    How is your mom?

  2. Glad to see you back. :) I was always wary of surgery too - if you get it done, you *still* have to eat better, eat less, and exercise, so why not save the money and the pain and the recovery time? Good luck with your first week back on track - looking forward to your updates!

  3. I just found your blog... I had a lapband installed in March of 2010, I got 1/2 way through my journey and now I am working at being revised to the Gastric Bypass to get the rest of the way to goal. In order to lose weight with surgery, you still have to eat right most of the time and stay active. It does help you maintain any weight loss though, and I never fell hungry hardly at all. And it helps me with portion control. I am glad to have had WLS but if you can get the weight off without it, that's fantastic! I never could. I am happy to be a new follower. *Maria*~DiZneDiVa:Blogger from "This One Time at Band Camp... 1 vs 300" Follow my journey at

  4. Thanks so much, everyone!

    Jane, my mom is doing absolutely wonderful. Thank you for asking. Chemo is over. Reconstruction is finished. She has one last surgery to go through but that's in a few months. We are so glad all of that is behind us.

  5. I am SO happy to hear that. In these months that you have been silent I have been worried that her health was the cause. I am very happy for all of you.

  6. Her healing process has been a rough road. I'm amazed at her strength. I can't believe all she has endured.

    Once I was off track, I was off track. Then the dread of facing it personally, admitting I was off track, admitting I gained - telling the world through the blog. It was a weight on my shoulders (and on my thighs). During her illness I made so many attempts to "make a return" I'd blog about being back, then I was gone, then I was back, then I was gone. I finally gave up talking about it because I couldn't maintain any consistency. Well, I could - I consistently remained off track!

    This time, it is for real though. Life is more calm (knock on wood) and I am ready to move forward and see some pounds go.