Hi gals and guys! I've been poor at adding blog posts about my post-op experiences, but all is good, very good indeed. Please see my new photos added, and I will add some recent ones showing my current state. As of today, I'm at 218, after plateaus at 230 and 220 for a bit. Every pound lost is tougher now, and I have to work at not getting back into bad habits that would defeat the exercise, eg, grazing between meals and drinking during meals. I feel great, good circulation and overall energy level. I rarely sit around and watch TV now, cept for a Blue Jays game, that is. The only negative so far is that a common issue has arisen: a Vitamin D deficiency for which I'm taking a super dose pill to see if that will get me back up to good levels. I've taken Vit D for a few years, well before the op, but it is fairly common that after this op, the body doesn't take up Vit D from food or pills very well. I'll know in Sept if the super dose pills are working for me.
I'm enjoying: not taking 5 insulin shots a day; taking half of the chloresterol (sp?) pills; no swelling of ankles and feet - my shoes are baggy too! not getting numb legs or toes after standing around; not worrying about getting hypoglycemic if I'm late for a meal or after strenuous exercise; buying normal clothing sizes; people saying how good I look now; feeling about 15 years younger - really. We're going on a Mediterranean cruise in late Sept, and I want to get down to 210 before it starts.
Tip: use Extend snack bars to substitute for meals or if caught without food due to activities - they are just 150 calories and 12 grams of protein, don't taste too bad, not great, but palatable enough, don't melt in heat, aren't too pricey.
Truth is, I don't feel like I am a type 2 diabetic anymore: my readings are almost all in normal range 2 hrs after eating and fasting is typically less than 7. I am still a diabetic, but it sure doesn't feel like it. The op was the best thing for me, I'm very glad I did it.
All the best to all!