Tips For Success


It was a good day and a bad day, the bad first, okay it wasn’t really bad, just felt sick to my stomach and burned out all day. I feel a bit better now that I am home relaxing on the couch. We are going to attempt to go to bed an hour earlier today. Good part of the day was that I weighed in at the bariatric center before my dietitian appointment there and am down another 2 lbs from last week! That brings my total weight loss to 61 lbs. 17 lbs of that since the end of July when I started on my journey. My dietitian gave me some suggestions on getting more protein in. I am going to pack some roasted soybeans for work tomorrow and snack on those. According to the nutritional information on the bag, 1/4 cup of soybeans is 11 grams of protein. She said to bring a 1/2 cup in a plastic baggie with me to work to snack on and also try to drink the protein shakes and drinks I bought because those will help. I have a couple of Zero Carb Isopure drinks in the fridge that I can bring to work tomorrow. It is apple melon flavor and not too bad. The bottle has 40 grams of protein in it.

This evening I am going to share some post-operative nutrition tips. The bold tips are from suggestions from my dietitian at Summa Bariatric Center. The italicized things are things I personal do in addition to these suggestions.  I hope you can use these tips in your journey.


  • Daily Multivitamin with iron  (I personally take prenatal vitamins because they have higher dose of vitamins in them)
  • Daily Calcium Supplement (1500 mg, calcium citrate is suggested) 
  • Daily Vitamin D3 (2000 IU)
  • Weekly Vitamin B12 (dissolvable, 1000 micrograms/week)
  • Magnesium (500 mg a day, helps keep me regular)
  • Biotin (2500 mg a day, this helps your hair, skin, and nails.)
  • Consume 65-75 grams per day
  • Make protein an “event” in your day
  • Include a protein food with each meal or snack
  • Drink plenty of water EVERY DAY (I like to add lemon juice to me water)
  • Fill up your water bottle when you wake up, and keep it with you all day
  • Do not drink at the same time you are eating solid food
  • Do not use a straw
  • Sip liquids slowly
  • Eat slowly
  • Eat 3 meals and 2-3 snacks per day
  • STOP eating when you feel full-listen to your body!
  • Have no more than 15 grams of sugar at each meal or snack
  • Choose lower fat foods
  • I try to eat within a half hour of getting up in the morning, if I wait I tend not to eat at all.
Daily Inspirational Quote: “Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be” ~George Sheehan

Recap of the day


We spent the day in Columbus for my nephew’s 1st birthday party. He has gotten so big! It really made me definitely want to have kids in the future. We got home about 8 this evening, got in the bathtub and then made out party invites for my husband’s 30th birthday party coming up at the beginning of December. Now I am blogging before trying to head to bed early tonight. Both the hubby and I have to work tomorrow, he works 1st and 3rd shift tomorrow and I have work in the morning and then class in the evening. After blogging last night, we were trying to hang our clean clothes up in the bedroom closet when the hanging bar in the closet came off the wall. So now our clothes are on our desk in the bedroom and on the dining room table. Hopefully they can fix it tomorrow. Tomorrow I have to start a 3 day food journal to give to my dietitian on Thursday when I meet with her. I hope I really to do this! I’m not good at remembering to write things down. I am very exhausted this evening and can’t believe the weekend is over, I am so ready for Friday evening again! No actual weight loss topic for tonight as I am fairly brain dead after being in the car half the day. So, check back tomorrow for a good post.

Daily Inspirational Quote: “Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are.” ~Soren Kierkegaard



Today was the most crazy day I have had in a long time. Work was a little nuts, then I had a counseling appointment right afterwards. I am down another pound thankfully. Now at 359, I haven’t been in the 350s in a long time, it feels good. I made an appointment with the dietitian at the Bariatric Center for next Thursday. I just want to go over my diet with her and find out better ways to get my protein in. My counselor doesn’t think it sounds like I am getting enough food or protein in. I have a hard time getting my protein in because I don’t eat much meat or care for too many dairy products, I will eat cheese but that it about it. I hate milk and protein shakes. I will make myself a protein smoothie with diet fruit juice when I have time too. I had one yesterday evening and will try to have one this evening. I have to take small steps in order to get my protein in since I hate it so much. Class was after my appointment, at least that wasn’t crazy. Had a lamb chop and Greek couscous salad for dinner that Patrick made, it was very yummy. I think tomorrow we will have a stir fry for dinner, I was just going to have a veggie stir fry but I probably should buy some meat or seafood to put in it (you know, for that added protein). Luckily, tomorrow all I have to do is work and go to my personal training session. I should be home by 4:30pm which will be nice for once. Friday I get to come home by 2pm! Patrick, my brother, his girlfriend, and I are planning on going to a haunted house and hayride Friday evening which should be nice. My brother is returning from Portugal tomorrow evening where he was on business, so hopefully he is up for going, if not Patrick and I will still go, it’s my gift to Patrick for landing a new job. Sunday we are heading to Columbus for our nephew’s 1st birthday party.

Tonight I want to share a image that was shared on my Facebook Gastric Sleeve Support Group last night. I really liked it and wanted to pass it on. It gets you think about what life might be like at your ideal weight and how it would feel. Tonight as I lay in bed to go to sleep I am going to think about this. I will share my thoughts on this in tomorrow’s blog. What would it feel like for you to be at your ideal weight? I want you to think about this tonight too and please feel free to share with me.



Daily Inspirational Quote: “Before you can do something that you’ve never done before, you have to imagine it’s possible.” ~Jean Shinoda Bolen