20 November 2012

Driving Food Coma

25 wks prego
pre-prego weight:257 (weight loss in first trimester, 7lbs =250)
Last post weight: 265
Today's weight: 257.4
total gain from pre-pregro weight = .4lbs

My weight is back to pre-pregnancy somehow. I guess cutting out the salt is really making a huge difference.
I think that all the swelling from the salt I was eating was messing with my band too. I have been able to eat just fine in the last week or so. I think overall I have cut back my salt intake 80% from what it was. I know this weight miracle is not because of watching my diet. I have been cooking and freezing food to bring with us for Thanksgiving dinner over the last couple of days. Lots of good eating has been going on. Not to mention I decided I wanted stuffing and mashed taters last night for dinner...we had chicken with it so I had my protein.

We leave tonight to start the 16-18 hour trip up to see hubby's side of the family. So with my current diet I will start driving with a food coma and leave with a food coma. We are going to try to drive about 5-6 hours tonight and stay some where.Maybe even more if we are feeling up to it. My handsome baby boy is coming with us on our trip too.

My baby boy (Teddy) laying on my belly
So between him and myself we will be stopping a lot to pee I think.

Here is the belly progress picture that I promised last week. It's a day early because in the morning I will be on the road and wont be able to post.

Baby girl is growing like a weed and moving like crazy! She is moving my belly around a lot too. It is the coolest thing to experience. Knowing that the weight loss is making it possible to experience this pregnancy like a normal regular weight person make me all the more thankful for my band. At my highest weight there is no way that I would get to see my baby moving through my belly and my hubby would never have been able to feel the baby move. I LOVE MY BAND!

Until next week my friends. Have a great holiday!

14 November 2012

Warning: A little bloody!

24 wks prego
pre-prego weight:257 (weight loss in first trimester, 7lbs =250)
Last post weight: 268
Today's weight: 265
total gain from pre-pregro weight = 8lbs

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Happy belated Veterans Day to service member's past and present.

I shockingly did not get more then one picture of myself from the Marine Corps ball this past week. I was very upset at the whole night of events as well. For anyone that has been around the military you know how important the ceremony at these events are and the honor that is given to fallen members and hero's during them. Usually you could hear a pin drop on carpet during the ceremony. People would not be quite and you couldn't even hear the speaker on the microphone. This event was so rude I was ashamed to be associated with this unit. Here is the only picture I got of myself the whole night:

I hope you all had a great weekend and got many things accomplished for I did not.
We had planned to clean out the garage, but hubby cut his hand open with a box cutter about 2 minutes after we started cleaning. So we spent a couple hours in the ER getting him stitches. Not horrible looking from the surface, but it was a bleeder. He is doing good now though. He cut a good way into the muscle there so it's painful to move his thumb and I have a feeling it's going to take a while for the pain to go away with movment cause it was so deep.

On the weight front things have gotten good :)
I was put on a low sodium diet last week when I went to see my OB doctor. When going over my diet and reflecting on my slowly raising blood pressure she thought it was a good idea.
A quick recap: my weight went up 12lbs in about a 30 hr time frame to 274lbs.
Not only do I feel better, my bloating has gone down and my weight I feel has evened out for now. My blood pressure (taken this morning) has gone from 138/68 back down to a wonderful 110/65. So I think I will continue to keep an eye on my salt intake for the rest of my pregnancy.

My band has been so weird. I posted that I was having issues with being tight but now she is playing mind games with me. I have been able to eat ok. As long as I slow down and focus I have been ale to get most things down (with the exception of dryer meats) So I am going to hold off another week to look into an unfill.

We are going to Oregon for 4 days next week for Thanksgiving. We will be driving and it's about a 14-16 hour drive one way. I will try to touch base with you all next week before we head out. I will be putting up another belly pick then too.
 I can't believe it's almost Thanksgiving!! This year has flown by so fast.
In the spirit I am thankful for my family, friends and all your support. This wonderful baby girl growing inside of me and being able to have my husband home for as long as I can keep him.

What are you thankful for?

08 November 2012

Crazy Lady Follow Up

I just wanted to let you guys know what my doctor said about the weight fluctuations that I posted about yesterday.
We went over my diet and I had my blood pressure taken. She noticed some swelling in my ankles and calf area. My blood pressure for me was high but not out of normal range. She looked over my chart and said it has gone up a little every visit.
Conclusion? I am on a low sodium diet now. She wanted me to see a nutritionist but I declined. I explained that being a WLS patient I feel pretty well informed on what a good diet is and that I just haven't been fully applying my knowledge. She agreed.
I have gone from having issues with low blood pressure and low sodium levels pre-prego to having borderline blood pressure issues and being put on a low sodium diet. She did say that it probably has nothing to do with my weight and that some people are just more prone to stuff like this.
I guess sometimes it doesn't matter how much weight you loose before getting pregnant some thing are just going to happen.
I also think FritoBandito over at BJ and the Bandit may be right in her comment yesterday, I should stop driving myself crazy and just hide the scale for a while.

Also today we are going to the Marine Corps Ball. I know hubby is Navy, we are on a Marine corps base though. Pre-prego I was 30lbs down from when we went to the Navy ball last year. For poops and giggles I tried on my dress from last year about 2 weeks ago and it was big so I was just going to have some straps put on to help hold it up. I tried it on again Sunday before bringing it to the tailor and I don't need straps for it anymore. My baby bump is holding things in place nicely. Hopefully in the last 2 days no major developments have happened to were I can't get the zipper up tonight....fingers crossed :)

I will post some pictures from the ball soon!

07 November 2012

Crazy Lady in the House!

23 wks prego
pre-prego weight:257 (weight loss in first trimester, 7lbs =250)
Last post weight: 266 (WTF!)
Today's weight: 268 :(
total gain from pre-pregro weight = 11lbs

I am going crazy! I have been weepy and happy and weepy and pissed off and so so so overwhelmingly happy! If I had any doubt....well golly I am pregnant now!

A day of eating:
Water: about 1 gallon a day
Breakfast: coffee and egg beater
snack: celery and peanut butter
Lunch Lean cuisine steamer meal of chicken and ravioli
snack: m&m's (shame shame)
O that's not bad for a prego you say? Just wait till you see what cravings came knocking for dinner on Monday...
Dinner: onion and chive cream cheese with chicken and biscuit crackers. A whole small container!
or last night for dinner? salsa and chips with cheese!

I do so good during the day and at night it's like a little food obsessive demon takes over and after it leaves I feel like crap for eating this nastiness.
My weight went down to 262 on Monday and then yesterday morning it was up to 267. Last night just for poops and giggles I stepped on the scale again and it said 274! I feel like a fluctuation such as this (even though I am eating like Oscar the grouch lives) is not a normal fluctuation. 12lbs gain in under 48 hours seems extreme to me. I have my monthly OB appointment today and I am going to run this by my doctor. What do you guys think, normal or just weird?

Life has been good overall though. We have started decorating little girls nursery and I hauled my every growing tushy around babies r us to finish up our registry on Saturday. It's amazing the things that zap my energy now.
Saturday we finished the registry, went grocery shopping and picked up some paint at lowes. I was helping paint later in the day and had to sit down I just got exhausted all of a sudden. It seems that my 1 1/2 mile walks over lunch have not been doing much for my energy.

I hope you all have a great week.

05 November 2012

Tight Band?

The week or so I have noticed a lot more issue with eating. I have always had a very unusual pattern with my band tightness since the beginning.
The common trend of most bandits is tightest in the morning and by the time dinner comes around for a lot of people the tightness of the morning has worn off and they are ok.
I have always been tight in the morning, able to eat whatever I want at lunch and for dinner I tend to be a little tighter again. I have never been able to figure out why this is but I have learned to eat with my band and that is just how she roles.
The last week and a half or so I have been very tight at dinner, tight to the point were I have PB'd 3 times. Part of this is because I get so hungry so fast and feel like I am starving so I don't chew as well as I should. This little girl I'm growing has no patience for hunger! (I know I am not paying attention to a basic rule)  But part of it is because I think the hormones are finally getting to me.
I have ever been one of those people that gets tighter when Aunt Flow shows up every month and have considered myself very lucky for it. All I can think though is it must be the increasing hormones through out the pregnancy finally catching up with me.
Common sense would say "hey lets go get an unfill" but reality is not that easy.
It would be about a month long process of getting everything taking care of. From getting a referral from my primary provider to scheduling an appointment at the nearest facility which is an hour drive away. It sucks! I know I should probably get the process started but I am just to lazy! That's horrible, I know.
The baby is getting plenty of good growing nutrients and stuff, so no worries there. Plus I can still take my vitamin.
I will probably give my doctor a call to set up a referral some time this week but for now I am just to tired. O so very tired. I think some tomato bisque soup is in order for dinner tonight :)