Male TT the Journey of a Thousand Steps - Oakville, ON
- updated 1 year ago
I'm 40 and near the end of my 1 year journey...
- 28 Aug 2011
- 1 month pre
I'm 40 and near the end of my 1 year journey of weight loss. Not a year ago I was 39yrs. old, 375lbs. and with raging blood pressure! At 11 months I'm 214lbs. with a heart rate of 40 and blood pressure at 109/60. I'm now healthier then I have been in 10 years. Heck, I was a 54" waist and now a 36" but still have a fat guys belly!
I imagine a lot of people struggle with the moral dilemma of this surgery I know I have/do. Since setting the date of the surgery its become a bit of a mental roller coaster. None the less its a part of my journey I have done a lot of hard work and to get to were I need to be this is part of the journey.
I did a lot of research and think I have found the best of the best. After my consult I left very confident and feeling very positive about the procedure. I had my pre-op with one of the nurses last week and it was more of the same. Very professional and confidence inspiring.
I'm now on the hunt for supplies and reading as much as I can to be as prepared as I can be.
It's one month out now and I have been out getting...
- 31 Aug 2011
- 28 days pre
I really wondered why they were wanting to schedule so soon once I decided to go ahead with this. Now I know. If or when you decide to have this surgery just go for it, right away, asap just take the first date they offer and run with it. Make the world deal with your need they're going to have to in so e ways anyhow so just get on with it. There seems to be a real mind game involved in the waiting.
I'm going to try and get copies of the pictures taking at the pre-although I'm shy about sharing them for a many reasons. Some are obvious others include friends that may find them and that wouldn't be good!
24 days to go and the wait is brutal. I'm not the...
- 4 Sep 2011
- 24 days pre
As for the weight loss there was no special way of doing it for me. I simply counted calories but kept them very low and worked out like mad. I made sure to keep my calories below what I normally use in a day and the work out was the bonus for weight loss. I don't do liquid calories just water, tea and black coffee. I don't bring anything into the home I maybe tempted by and that has made all the difference. No temptations to give into and therefore I didn't. I also parked an elliptical machine right behind the best seat in the house, right behind my recliner so no excuse not to do a workout. It still takes effort but looking down helps keep it on track :)
Well tomorrow I meet the nurse to go over any ...
- 7 Sep 2011
- 21 days pre
Well I'm less then 48 hours till the big day. I...
- 26 Sep 2011
- 2 days pre
Just got home from the clinic. I was kept...
- 29 Sep 2011
- 1 day post
I have 2 drains in. One is filling pretty good but...
- 29 Sep 2011
- 1 day post
2nd day post op started kind of rough but has...
- 30 Sep 2011
- 2 days post
I'm sore, coughing is hell but I'm doing really good overall I think. I did get to see my undressed reflection which was a mistake at this point I'm a complete mess.
Today is day 5 post op. All in all I'm very...
- 3 Oct 2011
- 5 days post
So I'm 8 say post op now and so surprised with the...
- 6 Oct 2011
- 8 days post
I totally forgot to ask for the images, again! I will get some but it will be awhile probably not until my next appointment Nov 8th.
Today is 14 days post op. I have been without...
- 12 Oct 2011
- 14 days post
The swelling is the bugger for now. You keep wanting to see just how good it will be from the surgery but there is still an odd shape from the swelling. The doctor says that although I will see most of the results within the first couple of months most people continue to see changes for up to a year!
Today is 21 days or 3 weeks post op. I'm able to...
- 19 Oct 2011
- 21 days post
The scare has shifted and were it was symmetrical its now got uneven and a weird sharp turn on one side? There still is swelling or I really hope there is. It's not what would make me happy as a final product but it has improved a lot the last couple of weeks. The scar area has been getting sharp pains and as hair has been growing in it catches and pulls on the compression garment which can be a bugger.
28 days and some new lululemon :) The swelling...
- 27 Oct 2011
- 29 days post
The swelling is better though not down 100% yet or at least I hope not. The feeling is starting to return to my lower stomach. The belly button still has to fully close where they cut it in but is coming along. The main cut is healing very nice and really I just worry about how much swelling there is left still. I know a huge help will be getting back to working out. I don't see the doctor for another 2 weeks for clearance though :(
I promised some pictures and hear we go. Very...
- 18 Nov 2011
- 2 months post
Very embarrassing but they may hopefully be helpful to someone considering this procedure. I also thinks it shows of the wonderful work by my PS.
At 8 weeks I have been without the compression garment since week 6 and it feels great not having that on anymore. Though I sometimes opt for it after a workout or at the end of the day. I get some very odd shapes from swelling sometimes!
There isn't anymore pain or discomfort and feel really great about the new me. I am now back to the elliptical though I am not allowed to do any thing that targets the core for 6 months post op. I was told that the muscle repair will take at least 4 months but for optimal results I need to wait 6 months and I have no intention of risking anything to ruin this. Though i do look forward to getting into some more rounded workouts to build some strength and the new me.
So yesterday was 1 year. What a trip but it was...
- 28 Sep 2012
- 1 year post
For anyone thinking of this procedure I say yes.
But make sure to research the whole experience to be best prepared for what to deal with and what to expect. Also research the PS make sure you get one that's quality then don't hesitate and go for it. I lost 170 lbs. and have become more then fit then I ever thought I could ever be again in my life but without this procedure I wouldn't have gone as far in the journey as I "needed" to!