I haven’t shared much about my weightloss/medical stuff from the past few months but I am now having the time to sit down and share.
I was looking at photos last night of me in October to me last month wearing the same outfit (just capris in October and shorts in July) and I did not realize that there was that much of a difference, sure I feel different when I am putting on my pants but I did not notice it until I saw a side by side photo. I wanted to share with you guys because if anyone else is working on losing weight and medical issues I hope that the difference helps you with your progress as well.
Back in December I ended up in the ER 2 nights in a row with crazy pain on my side, the first night the doctor had no idea what was causing it gave me pain meds and sent me home. Then the pain never went away and I ended up back in the ER less then 24 hours later and thankfully had a doctor who was awesome and who looked at my scan from the night before and with in 5 minute was back in the room telling me that she could see easily on the scan that my gall bladder was inflamed. From there I saw a gastro doctor had some tests done and diagnosed with Irritable Bowl Syndrome and my gall bladder not working right and issues in the digestive track (every time I ate ANYTHING I swelled up like a balloon). I opted for a few months of medicine vs having it removed and so far it is going well. I am hoping it stays that way because I am not to keen on the idea of surgery!
For MONTHS before I even went to the ER every time I would eat anything my stomach area would swell, I was gaining weight a rate of about 2-3 pounds a week with out changing anything in my diet. Much of the weight gain we have determined was swelling and then extra weight as well since IBS causes weight gain. They put me on phentermine(which one of the side affects is weight loss and I am totally for 😉 ) , which I am half way through the time frame that I will be on the meds. And then we have to look for another one that will do the same thing because you can only be on it for so long. I am hoping that the few months on phentermine will kick start my gall bladder to stop acting up, my digestive track to work like it should and keep the IBS under control.
Ok so I am getting a little bit a head of my self so let me jump back to August 2014 quickly.
In August of 2014 I cut out soda from my diet, and stopped snacking at night. Snacking at night happens at like 3am for me because I am still up working and then I get hungry and I have a snack, but they were never good for you snacks.I had wanted to lose some weight because I felt my pants getting tighter and I thought my snacking was what was causing my stomach to feel sick and swell when I would eat. Cutting those things out helped me with losing weight (well kinda I started gaining again not to long afterward again) and it helped me with the feelings of being sick and spending to much time in the bathroom but it did not stop the symptoms. I didn’t know why anytime I ate that my whole stomach area swelled up like a balloon and why I was in the bathroom many more times a day then people are in a whole week but I was so busy with life I ignored it and just dealt with it until the pain was so bad the one night in December that I had no choice but to go to the ER as I was curled up on my bed in a ball with tears streaming down my face.
After my tests and the diagnosis in April I also changed how I was eating even more, I started putting less creamer and sugar in my coffee, I added more fruit and veggies to my diet and cut out extra carbs (things like having a bagel for breakfast I switched to yogurt and fruit). I like my food, I like good food and for me whenever I had wanted to lose weight I was never willing to give up the good food, now there are something I can’t have because my body doesn’t like them but I still won’t give up things I enjoy fully. I would rather be fat and happy then skinny and starving, and while I could change more of my diet to lose weight quicker I don’t want to. I am changing the things I have to to keep my IBS under control but I don’t want to live on carrots and water and so while I do want to lose more weight and I started cutting things out like soda and snacking at night months ago I won’t cut out having the occasional cupcake, or chocolate bar when I want them.
While my diagnosis means I may never eat another Taco again because they make me crazy sick, and I will have to keep learning how to control it with avoiding things that don’t do well in my body I am glad that I finally have a diagnosis that I know what I need to do and I am happy that now when I eat I am not swelling up and I am not in the bathroom 16 hours a day.