My coworker invited me to go to an introductory session for Thrive Weight Loss. She has lost about 25 pounds so far, and got together a group to meet at our work building. The information I got was very encouraging, and I decided to give it a try. Several of my coworkers have signed up, and we’ve committed to help each other succeed. I don’t know all of the details, but it has to do with combinations of foods. My first meeting is February 24th.
I’m still considering having a consultation with a bariatric surgeon. Part of the criteria my insurance company requires to qualify medical necessity for lap band is 6 dedicated weeks in a weight loss program prior to surgery approval. I will give Thrive my all…and if I’m not successful, I will further consider surgery.
I’ve been being super careful with my eating, even while in Memphis this weekend. I even lost a little this week!
Weight today: 292.9
I finally started using my new elliptical machine this week, and I think it made a difference:
Last week: 301.5
postscript: The higher number was from the evening, and the lower number was right after waking up. It would be nice to say I lost 6.6 pounds this week, but I doubt there will be any sustained losses like this.
As most of you know, I’ve made my career working in healthcare. Spending 8 hours a day in a hospital seems normal to me. I’ve always had a morbid fascination with the internal processes of the body, especially surgical procedures. I’ve only had surgery once, but I’ve had a long history of less invasive procedures. I had my sleep study last week, and I meet with my sleep specialist on Thursday to discuss the best treatment options for my sleep-disordered breathing. At my initial visit with him, he had listed a variety of surgical options that may be of value to my health (including Lap Band for weight loss, as my sleep issues will not subside until I lose at least 80 pounds).
This morning I’ve been researching UPPP – Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty. It’s a procedure where my tonsils, uvula and part of my soft palate would be removed to remedy my very constricted airway. I have been wavering for a few years whether I would get a tonsillectomy because I have large tonsils and frequently get tonsillitis, but I know the recovery time and pain level is horrible as an adult. But since my breathing has been so labored since October, and my snoring (caused by a constricted air passageway) is out of control…it really may be time for surgery.
As I read about it on Wiki, I was freaked out by the following side effect:
Patients who have had the uvula removed will become unable to correctly speak French or any other language that has a uvular ‘r’ phoneme.
If I get the UPPP, I might have to give up on Le Français and take up Español.
These foods have become some of my favorite healthy foods. I’ve been swapping my diet with better choices. Unfortunately, my weight STILL continues to rise. I finally found my scale, and I was up to 301.5. I exceeded the “NEVER” threshold. I am so disappointed.
The more research and soul searching I do, the more I’m feeling like Lap Band is the best option for my long-term health. I had my sleep study this week, and I fear the results will be the worst yet. I’ve also been having worrisome numbness and tingling in my hands and feet, which extends through my arms and legs. I don’t know if this is related to my weight, but it’s uncomfortable and unpredictable.
I still am not in a routine with my exercise. I have so little momentum on the elliptical. I’ve been trying to walk more and take the stairs. Gotta keep it up…