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5 Months Post Op

30 Jan

It has been a while since I posted so I will start out by sharing my current stats:

SW: 264, Size 20/22

CW: 206, Size 14

Surgery Date was August 30th so officially today is 5 Months!

I have learned so much about my new body some hard to learn some not so hard.  Here are some revelations:

  • When I feel full, I NEED TO STOP EATING! Otherwise I am in pain and end of throwing up.
  • This is not a quick fix.  I still watch everything that goes into my mouth.
  • Carbs are my enemy. They were before my surgery and still are.  When I eat breads, pastas, etc.  I gain.
  • Exercise has to be a HABIT!  No real loss without it.
  • Follow the plan, eat protein first then veggies.
  • One piece of fruit a day for a snack helps me be regular.

Those are my thoughts for today.  I wanted to share my current revelation photo.  The photo on the left was right before surgery with my cute daughter August 2013, the photo on the left is my cute daughter again and December 2013.  When I don’t think the scale is moving I look at this image and I am reminded of how far I have come.



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13 Nov

So I have been frustrated this week and Lindsay reminded me “Blog About It” . So here it goes . I have been at same weights for 2 weeks , I track all my food I drink water (can always have more) , eat 60-80 gm of protein and work out 2-3 times a week . Not perfect but not too bad either . Up 2 lbs down 2 lbs , up and down up and down so the scale doesn’t move . I have lost 38 lbs sine august 30th . That’s good but how come all the other sleevers on forums drop so much more ??

I don’t want a pity party I just want this stall to move along . So this week I have kicked my work out up to every day . I am going to try not to weigh myself until Sunday and not be frustrated ( for too long) .

I love seeing fellow sleevers on myfitnesspal I would love to pal up and learn how you guys are doing it . Add me at allisonkeney2.

Also found a new free app worth sharing : this app breaks down the statistics of the process . It showed me that I have lost 33% of my much needed weight loss . My average weekly loss is 3.64 . In reality I couldn’t do this on my own , I needed the sleeve and need to remind myself that this is not a quick fix , it is a tool . It is still up to me , up to me to stay on the path no matter how long it takes .


The dreaded STALL

11 Nov

No matter what type of WLS, diet, or program you are on, you WILL have a STALL. I repeat, it WILL HAPPEN. Now, I know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking “Oh, I know it happens to everyone else but it won’t happen to me because I will do x, y, z”…well, news flash, it’s going to happen to you no matter what you do. Even if you follow all the rules, drink all the water, eat all the protein, and exercise, you will stall. I found an interesting blog post that explains a stall biologically:XXL-Model, übergewichtige Frau auf der Waage

A “stall” a few weeks out is inevitable, and here’s why.

Our bodies use glycogen for short term energy storage. Glycogen is not very soluble, but it is stored in our muscles for quick energy — one pound of glycogen requires 4 lbs of water to keep it soluble, and the average glycogen storage capacity is about 2 lbs. So, when you are not getting in enough food, your body turns first to stored glycogen, which is easy to break down for energy. And when you use up 2 lbs of glycogen, you also lose 8 lbs of water that was used to store it — voila — the “easy” 10 lbs that most people lose in the first week of a diet.

As you stay in caloric deficit, however, your body starts to realize that this is not a short term problem. You start mobilizing fat from your adipose tissue and burning fat for energy. But your body also realizes that fat can’t be used for short bursts of energy — like, to outrun a saber tooth tiger. So, it starts converting some of the fat into glycogen, and rebuilding the glycogen stores. And as it puts back the 2 lbs of glycogen into the muscle, 8 lbs of water has to be stored with it to keep it soluble. So, even though you might still be LOSING energy content to your body, your weight will not go down or you might even GAIN for a while as you retain water to dissolve the glycogen that is being reformed and stored.

Breathe, and fuggedaboudit for a few days.


Well um, that explains a lot! Rapid weight loss is a shock to our body. And it needs to stop and rest at certain points to resume it’s biological processes in order to continue fat loss. So if you’re doing everything right, it may still happen. Think about the weight loss journey like long staircase. As you climb up, you may initially be able to climb 3 or 4 stories before you need to stop at a landing and rest. Then you regain your energy and can climb up another story or two before you stop and rest again. You will eventually make it to the top of the staircase as long as you keep pushing through, however, you might need several landing breaks and that’s ok.

So, remember that if you had the vertical sleeve surgery, you will likely lose 65-85% of your excess weight in one year. So I know that by one year, I can expect to lose between 100 and 125 lbs. Having lost 43 lbs in 6 weeks, I’d say I’m doing pretty damn good. In fact, I’ve ALREADY lost 28.6% of my excess weight! So, don’t focus on the number, focus on the plan. Stay motivated, know that it WILL come off in time, exercise, eat your protein, drink your water and don’t pay so much attention to the number on the scale…oh who am I kidding, you’re not going to stay away from the scale — but just try not to get too terribly frustrated when you get on and see a number you don’t like, because chances are, in a week or two, you’ll say goodbye to that number forever, and by next year, you won’t even remember what that number felt like!

A New Way of Eating

8 Oct

As I browse so many websites learning recipes and new ways to eat I have learned so much.


1st – We are not alone!  Many people have had weight loss surgery and they are all struggling with the same things.  What to eat, when to eat, and how much is too much.

2nd- Everyone’s tolerance for different foods is different where some people can eat chicken (I can’t ) and some can’t eat beef ( I can) so it is finding what works best for each of us individually with this new stomach.

3rd – Photos of food eaten look lots bigger than in real life. 😉  This image is from my dinner (see recipe below) this is a small plate and maybe, maybe 3 oz of food.  Looks huge doesn’t it?

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4th – Cravings of big portions don’t go away until you eat the first spoonful and then mysteriously .. they cravings disappear.  So my eyes are still bigger than my  stomach but this time my body forces me to stop.

Eyes are bigger than your stomach










I want to share a yummy new recipe that I made this weekend ( it has now been my lunch for the past 3 days) .  I find that I enjoy cooking because I can take little tastes along the way.  Just sitting down to a plateful is not as rewarding as it used to be.  (keep the eye on the prize Allison).




The Pioneer Woman Mingas









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New milestone

8 Oct

Victoria secret here I come !

Victoria secret






I thought it would be fun to try on some old Victoria secret nighties that I have had tucked away for about 8 years . Not only did they fit me but I felt comfortable and sexy . Ok not like model sexy but proud and sexy for my sweet hubby .

5 week wrap up:

I have lost 30 pounds lots of inches and my clothes fit amazing !

ramped up workout schedule 3x a week at gym

no FEVER , feel great!

Here are so not so good things I am struggling with:

Need to drink more water

Need more protein  , then late evening I am hungry because I haven’t had enough protein .

Still can’t eat chicken or turkey ( comes up each time no matter how  it is prepared)

I really miss going out to dinner, a learning curve on how to be entertained without food.  Does anyone else struggle with this ?





3 weeks Post Op

25 Sep

HI Team!  It’s Allison, here is my first Post Op Video.

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Step 2: Make Lots of Appointments

25 Aug

So, I had posted earlier about my initial consult with my weight loss surgeon. (If anyone is wondering, Dr. Jawad at Orlando Bariatric Center is PHENOMENAL).  Then the real fun began, wherein I spent the next month rushing from appointment to appointment. For those of you considering this procedure, these requirements may be different for you depending on your surgeon’s preference and insurance requirements. However, I will share all the dates and an overview of each appointment to give you a good idea of what this looks like. Hopefully it will help someone plan and prepare.

July 19, 2013
Initial Consultation-Dr. Jawad
3 Hours
$35 Specialist Co-Pay

I think most offices probably do this a little bit differently, but my Dr likes to do the seminar, education session, and initial consultation all in one visit. He usually hosts these each Friday at his Orlando office. Basically I went to the office and (having previously filled out all the new patient paperwork) sat in a small classroom with about 7 other people considering bariatric surgery. The Dr. came in and explained obesity, why it’s difficult for obese people to lose weight and keep it off, and the specifics of each procedure on the whiteboard. There was a short Q & A and then we were free to go to the waiting room. We were seen one by one for vitals and each taken to do H&P with the nurse practitioner. ***Important point I should mention here: If you are on hormonal birth control, STOP. You cannot be on any type of hormones prior to surgery. They looked it up and determine my Copper IUD was A-OK. The Dr came in shortly thereafter to review medical history and discuss the surgery options. He agreed that the sleeve was a good option for me, and wrote orders for all the tests. I got my 5 scripts and proceeded to John, the insurance guy who told me what I’d need to do (5 tests, no waiting period) and he handed me off to the receptionist for appointment scheduling.

Results: Good to go for the Sleeve, follow-up testing needed

July 22, 2013
Psych Eval-Dr. Jawad’s Office
1 Hour
$15 Mental Health Co-Pay

This appt is probably a lot of what you would expect. Tell a little about yourself. What do you want out of this surgery. There’s some fun true or false questions to gauge if you’re cray cray (i.e. T/F, you were on the cover of 3 magazines last week). There were some tears and a lot of emotions I didn’t expect. Be prepared for uncovering feelings you didn’t realize you had.

Results: Sane enough for surgery

July 23, 2013
Lab Draws-Quest Diagnostics
30 minutes
$42.99 towards $100 deductible

Pretty cut and dry. This was for a typical blood count, metabolic, and thyroid panel. Made an appt online. Showed up at the appt time. Filled out some simple forms. Was whisked back. Made small talk with the phlebotomist so she’d be nice. She was. 6 Vials. Band-aid. Off to work.

Results: Disease free

July 24, 2013
Gall Bladder Ultrasound-Dr. Phillips Hospital
2 Hours
$56.19 towards $100 deductible

Made an appointment 2 days before. Had to have nothing to eat or drink 6 hours before. Arrived at 730 am for an 8 am appt. I got unlucky and got the student sonographer. It took her about an hour and 20 minutes to scan 47,251 images of my gall bladder, and then the real sonographer came in and took about 30 minutes to take another 15. All in all it was uncomfortable and frustrating due to the time, but not terrible.

Results: If there’s any stones the gall bladder goes, no stones and the gall bladder stays

July 31, 2013
Manometry Study-Dr. Jawad’s Office
1 Hour
No Copay

Deep breath. This is damn near traumatic to relive. But I’m going to tell you the truth, because everything online is a lie. A LIE! I’m pretty sure manometry studies is how they invented water-boarding. You will feel like you’re going to throw up the entire time. You go in and they make you snort lidocaine gel and gargle and swallow some, for good measure. This part is gross, and sort of cringe-worthy, but you’ll live. Then the terrible part starts. The nurse practitioner will start inserting a tube about 1/8-1/4 inch in diameter into your nostril. Meanwhile a nurse will be giving you lukewarm water through a straw and telling you to swallow repeatedly. No amount of lidocaine will make you feel any better. It is practically torture. You will gag. They will stop and tell you to breathe. You will breathe and gag more. They will continue. Then it “goes in far enough” and you breathe a sigh of relief because it’s almost over. LIES! They will tape the tube in and MAKE YOU LIE DOWN. Then the mad scientist will remove 10 syringes of warm water from a secret compartment and explain the REAL procedure.

  • You MAY NOT SWALLOW unless you’re told to…even though every instinct in your body will tell you to swallow because there’s a tube down your throat
  • You will get a syringe of warm water in your mouth while laying down and you may only swallow once or you screw the whole thing up
  • You will screw the whole thing up…or at least I did
  • They will move the tube up a little with each swallow….and you will feel it
  • By the seventh syringe you will feel like you’re drowning
  • By the 9th you will ask for a barf bucket
  • By the time it’s all over you will sing praises to the Lord

Clearly, I’m exaggerating somewhat…but it was THE WORST most uncomfortable procedure of my life…so, BUYER BEWARE

ResultsI screwed up the test with my uncontrollable swallowing and my results were “low-normal” referred for an upper GI series

August 6, 2013
Nutritionist Consult-Dr. Jawad’s Office
1 Hour
No Charge

By this point, you’ve already had a tube shoved down your nose and been water-boarded, and there’s no place to go but up. The nutritionist visit is informative, beneficial and practical. If you’re an obsessive researcher and read everything on the Internet about VSG, most of this will be review for you. It’s still good. I received a packet of diet info for pre-op, post-op and maintenance. Basically, the 2 week preop liquid protein diet to shrink the liver, clear fluids for 1 day prior to and 3 days following surgery. 1 month of liquids post op (foods that don’t need to be chewed, including protein shakes) and 1 month of soft foods (foods that can be cut with the side of a fork) until you’re able to eat 60-80g of protein without supplements per day, with no more than 25-30g per serving. I brought my husband to this session since he’s the cook in our family. I think it was helpful to have him there and get a realistic picture of what our meals will look like post-vsg.

Results: I can do this!

August 12, 2013
Upper GI Series-Orlando Regional Hospital
1 Hour
$0.82 to satisfy remainder of $100 deductible

This is probably the coolest test because you get to see your insides. You go in, nothing to eat after midnight and drink some alka seltzer type stuff to inflate your stomach, then drink some white barium type stuff, then stand on a “wall” and BOOM! it starts moving and turns into a table…WHAAAAAAT? Yeah, it’s pretty futuristic. They spend about 30 minutes taking different pics of your esophagus and stomach, having you spin around to coat your stomach and taking more pictures. Fun times were had by all and I got a CD of my images for my scrapbook.

Results: I have a small hiatal hernia, but no GERD

August 23, 2013
Upper GI Follow Up and Consultation-Dr. Jawad
1 Hour
$35 Copay

Went to Dr. Jawad’s office and he reviewed my Manometry results and Upper GI results. He said he’d fix the hernia while he was in there and he didn’t foresee any problems with the sleeve. Phew!

Results: Ready to submit to Insurance

10.5 hours and $185 to change my life. Worth it!

So, now we wait!

My ahhh haaa moment

22 Aug

Ok, so I had my ah ha moment today.  I called the Dr. because I am NOT losing weight and continue with these headaches on the pre-diet.  Well, the nurse asked “so you are still taking your metformin right?” Ah, well, NO.

You see I figured since I wasn’t eating carbs why should I take Metformin right?  Made sense at the time.  So I am back on it, headache is better and I am hoping that I will start losing weight!

I really need to “follow the directions”  I am worse than my students.  I guess we all think we know what is best right?

So back on the saddle liquid protein shakes, all meds and lots of water.  Let’s see how things are going tomorrow.


Protein Shake

      Pre Surgery Diet


got sleeved

getting ready to get sleeved


The Real Truth

20 Aug


11 days

11 days until surgery

Ironically on Thursday I started my all liquid diet.
Hhhmmmmm coincidence?  I thought it was a migraine but as I continued the liquid diet for Thursday and Friday the headache got worse, I became nauseated, very dizzy and aches and pains all over my body. By Sunday I was feeling better and not as hungry.  So WHAT WAS IT? Am I allergic to the whey in the protein drinks?  Do I have the flu?   Well after going to my trusty  GOOGLE I typed in:


“high protein liquid diet headaches “


ahhh BINGO  I think I found the culprit 1000’s of pages.. all about “Induction Headache”, “Adkins Flu”, Pre-Surgery Diet Heachaches”. So this is something common that my Dr. never told me about.


The Atkins induction flu is a term used to describe the side effects sometimes experienced by Atkins dieters when they start restricting their carbohydrate intake to very low amounts. The symptoms of the Atkins induction flu include fatigue, weakness, dizziness, headaches, irritability and nausea.


There are two main causes of the side effects sometimes experienced when starting on a low-carb diet. The first is carbohydrate withdrawal. Most people are used to eating about 50 percent of their calories as carbohydrates, so drastically switching to a low-carb diet comprising less than 5 percent to 10 percent of the calories as carbohydrates is a big dietary change. If your body was used to running on carbohydrates, you might require some time to adjust. The second cause is dehydration. Low-carbohydrate diets tend to be diuretic and help you get rid of unwanted extra water in your body, but if you do not properly replenish the lost fluids and electrolytes, dehydration and the accompanying side effects can occur.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/381434-what-is-atkins-induction-flu/#ixzz2cSknClS7

diet cartoon

No More liquid Diets Please

I know it wasn’t the water intake because I have been crazy drinking water.  So I do believe I have diagnosed myself. I was having Carbohydrate Withdrawls!


Scary right?  That I have been that dependent on Carbohydrates that my body goes through withdrawal when I try to right the wrong.

Good News.. it is day 4 and I am feeling good.  However I didn’t follow my plan exactly.  This is what I am doing (as once again I am diagnosing myself and new after extensive self research I am changing my plan a bit)


Instead of 4 shakes a day, I am doing 3 shakes a day and a small lean protein and raw non starch veggie each evening.  Boy do I love this small 3 oz grilled chicken breast and broccoli after only shakes during the day.  I feel good, no headaches, no dizziness, feel like I am losing weight as well.  3 Days before surgery I will go back to the 100% liquid protein diet.

 I have to say, I am looking forward to no more dieting!  Because being hungry all the time STINKS!

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getting ready to get sleeved


I am DONE!

14 Aug

So this past week I have been going on the “last food of my life tour” and I think I am fooded out!  I am so ready to get this going that I am looking at the protein shakes and wondering if I should start them sooner than 2 weeks prior to surgery.

Yeah, I decided against that. 😉  But I never thought I would ever feel this “finished”!

I am done feeling heavy whenever I walk

I am done straining walking up and downstairs so much that I avoid any and all stairs.

I am done feeling uncomfortable in cute shops

I am done taking medicine for diabetes that I may or may not have.

I am done wondering if my weight stops my success in my jobs, friendships and past relationships.

I am done, done, done and done!

No food will ever taste as good as healthy will taste.





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