Health & Wellness, Uncategorized, Weight Loss

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery

Hi all. I am back with an update on my gastric sleeve process. I’m so sorry it took so long to come back with an update. If you would like realtime updates please subscribe to my YouTube channel ( http://www.youtube.com/c/LMichelleLesstoLove ) and follow my Instagram (@lmichelle_less_to_love) page.

I was sleeved on October 2, 2017. I am very thankful to God and my surgical team because everything went well and there were no complications. I stayed in the hospital for one night then went home to recover. I am now three weeks post-operation and I am doing well. I am exercising, eating soft foods, my incisions are healed, and I have lost 27 pounds so far. I am currently at a stall with my weight, which is normal around the three week post-op mark but I am losing inches and my clothes are fitting better. Check out this video to see how surgery day went! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_mGtrVJG5E

-LR

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Health & Wellness, Uncategorized, Weight Loss

VSG Pre-Op Diet

Today was the last day eating anything I wanted (well almost….minus anything with gluten thanks to Celiac Disease)with a full stomach. I start my pre-operation diet on tomorrow. The pre-op diet is a two week diet, which according to my hospital, consists of 2 protein shakes/bars a day, one snack, and a low calorie meal. The meal consists of a lean protein and a non-starchy vegetable, and the snack consists of a small fruit/half of cup of fruit, or a low-fat yogurt. I can also have vegetables throughout the day as long as I don’t exceed 800 calories. The purpose of this diet is to shrink the liver to make surgery as safe as possible. I know this will be challenging but I am ready to take on this challenge and succeed because my life depends on it. Wish me luck!

-LR

See Youtube Video Here: https://youtu.be/cc_O7ltNibA

Faith, Health & Wellness, Inspiration, Uncategorized, Weight Loss

VSG Surgery Day

I just wanted to update my blog and let my followers know that I do have a Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery date and it is October 2, 2017. This week, I take classes that prepare me for my pre-op diet, which I start next week. This diet is two weeks long and will consist of 2 protein shakes a day and a low calorie dinner of a protein and vegetable. Next week, I will complete the final testing and lab work needed for surgery and I’ll be good to go until surgery day. I am nervous but more than anything, I’m excited. I am excited about taking this leap of faith and I believe that everything is going to work out for me.

-LR

Check out my my YouTube video announcement here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hFfJHORIJ4&list=PLRzkylazeY2vusHid2VazXDylfHQgjo21&index=9

Food, Health & Wellness, Lindsey's Home Baked Treats, Uncategorized

Why I Switched To a Gluten Free Diet

For the past few months, I have been having digestive issues (TMI(Sorry)) so I decided to take a trip to see my gastroenteroligst. After a lot of testing and procedures, I now know the root cause of my digestive issues and it is that I am gluten intolerant. I am currently waiting on test results to find out if I’m just gluten intolerant or if I have Celiac’s Disease. Hopefully I’m just intolerant. It has been a huge adjustment. I’ve always loved bread and pasta but I know that this isn’t the end of the world. There is much worse news you can get.

When I found out this information, I had just docked back at the West Palm Beach Port after a weekend cruise, where I had lots of gluten by the way. On the way back home, I found it very difficult to eat gluten free. My only fast food options were salads or grilled nuggets from Chick-Fil-A. I tried to be creative and get a hamburger without the bun but I go sick from the ketchup. Yes! There is even gluten in ketchup. Very few places cater to gluten free individuals. I found out today that Starbucks has a gluten free breakfast sandwhich, that is pretty tasty and some restaurants (like The Cheesecake Factory) have a gluten free menu. Honestly, I have come to the conclusion that most of the time, to be on the safe side, I will just be preparing my meals at home. I have also found many useful apps where I can scan the barcode of items on my phone and the app will let me know if the item is gluten free or not. I also find myself googling if this or that is gluten free before I partake.

If you are a frequent follower of my blog, you know that I am a baker, and the main ingredient in almost everything I make is flour. As a baker, I was really upset with this news but as days past I grow more optimistic because there are many grain free flours out there for me to use. For instance, I just made gluten free Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies and they are delicious. They were made with almond flour and I will post some pictures for you below. Overall I am optimistic and adjusting to this new way of eating and if you are familiar with gluten free eating and have any tips or suggestions for me please comment them below. Also check out my YouTube story about my new gluten free journey here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdcvPe-DP9Q

-LR

Health & Wellness, Uncategorized, Weight Loss

VSG Weight Loss Surgery Update

Hi everyone! I know it has been awhile but I have been busy working on everything I need to do to get my approval for weight loss surgery. Earlier this month, I went to the Bariatric Seminar (the second one I’ve been to) and received information about the surgery and the steps I needed to achieve to get an approval from my insurance company, which is Tricare Prime. A week later, I went and had my first consultation with the surgeon. A lot of the tests I needed for my insurance company were completed a few weeks prior so I brought that information along with me (EKG, endoscopy results, chest x-rays, and recent lab results). The only things I needed in order to submit a request for approval from my insurance company was an Upper GI test, Psychological Evaluation, and a Nutrition Consultation. I had my upper GI done a couple of weeks ago and my psych eval, which I passed, a couple of days ago. I am currently waiting on an appointment with the nutritionist and the soonest appointment she has is a month away. I am aggravated that it is so far away because it is the last thing I need to complete for a surgery date (pending approval) but what can I say? They are a busy office; however, I will be calling and checking for cancellations on a regular basis. If you want to get real time updates on my journey, follow my Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdttDd0lzzrYcsDETn-Eocw and my VSG weight loss instagram @lmichelle_less_to_love

-LR

Health & Wellness, Uncategorized, Weight Loss

Why I’m Considering VSG

Some of you have been following my blog for over a year and have watched me lose 25lbs and 36 inches only to see me gain 30lbs over the course of 6 months. I am considering bariatric surgery…Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) in particular. The reason why I am considering VSG is mainly because of the past couple of months, I have been experiencing some health issues and that is a huge no-no for me because I have two small kids I have to be here for. Let me back up. First and foremost I have dieted and made lifestyle changes, lost weight, then found it and it brought new friends. To add to that, I am an emotional eater. I eat when I’m happy, when I’m sad, when I’m celebrating, when I’m depressed, when I want to have a good time, etc. That has been something that has been difficult to break since childhood so I know that VSG can help with that. VSG is not an easy way out because I have to go through surgery as well as recovery as well as lifestyle changes, and thankfully with my stomach being half the size I can only eat so much, which will help with the emotional eating and overeating. I did not want to do the gastric bypass because I am not comfortable with having to take supplements for the rest of my life because my body no longer gets nutrients from my food or the other longterm side effects of it….but back to the health problems.

Over the past couple of months, I have had some crazy things going on with my body. Mind you I still get in my veggies and attend zumba as well as walk weekly. The arising health issues have been a wake up call because of family history. There is diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and female cancers (Uterus & Breast) on BOTH sides of my family. Thank God I don’t have any of those issues now but with a BMI of 48 who knows what will come. I want to be healthy and available for my children. My strongest prayer to God after keeping my family safe is for me to at least (praying for many more years though but at least) live long enough to raise my children. On top of that I am tired of squeezing into spanx almost everyday, I’m tired of my knees hurting when I walk up the stairs. I’m tired of not being happy with what I see when I look in the mirror. I’m tired of losing weight only to gain back even more weight, and I’m tired of limited shopping. Someone took a picture of me on my bad side (you know we all have our good side big or small) and I saw how big I’ve gotten and I was devastated. When you take your own photos you can disguise it how you like and be in denial but when you see what someone else sees it’s like 😱😮😫!

I’m choosing this for me first and my children second. They deserve a healthy, active mother. I want to be an example for my daughter because I NEVER want her to deal with obesity. I’ve prayed about it and I have peace with my decision. I am starting an Instagram page to document this journey as well as a VLOG on YouTube so those who are considering this process can share in this journey with me. I’m still coming up with a name but as soon as it’s up and going I will update you guys. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdttDd0lzzrYcsDETn-Eocw Is my current YouTube channel and it may change so I will Update you accordingly. I am prepared for the negativity and even more prepared for the positivity and good vibes. Like I always say I go through nothing for myself but only to help someone else. Agape and God’s speed.

-LR

Food, Product Reviews, Travel, Uncategorized

True Food Kitchen

This past weekend, my family and I stayed in Fairfax, VA. My husband had an event to attend and we couldn’t find a sitter so the kids and I decided to come along for the ride and relax in the hotel room while daddy was at his event and make a mini family vacay out of the weekend. My husband took me to True Food Kitchen the next morning for brunch. He had visited True Food with his friends a few weekends prior and af first I was skeptical because when I walked in, all I smelled was the aroma of fresh green juice, and being a plus size country girl from the south, all I wanted was some bacon and biscuits. 

True Food focuses on all natural whole food ingredients and everything is made from scratch. My kids enjoyed their pizza and fresh pressed juices and my husband and I enjoyed our dishes as well. I had 2 organic eggs with sweet potato hash and chicken sausage. It was so good that I was craving it this morning when I woke up. I also enjoyed my pomegranate mimosa and coffee. I definitely look forward to visiting this restaurant again and replicating some of their dishes at home. If you are near True Foods Kitchen, you should be open and give it a try. They won’t disappoint. 

-LR

Family, Love & Marriage, Uncategorized, Weight Loss

Welcome Home Soldier!

I have been MIA for awhile because…MY SOLDIER IS HOME!!! He was deployed for 9 months to Iraq and we have been reintegrating and connecting for the past 2 weeks and I’m loving every minute of having him home! As some of you know, I originally started this blog to track my weight release journey during this deployment. Well, deployment is over and stats are in. I released a total of 24 pounds and 37 inches. My inches were significant and I’m happy about the pounds as well. Just because my husband is home doesn’t mean my journey is over. It is definitely continuing with him by my side. We are going on vacation in a months time so my next goal is 15 more pounds released by vacation. 

I have discovered that my limit with a green juice or smoothie cleanse is 3 days. After day 3 I’m like “GIVE ME FOOD 😩”, so I am learning ways to continue my cleanse without breaking the fast and going crazy after 3 days. I am loving cinnamon sprinkled apples with melted peanut butter as a snack and I’m excited about trying cauliflower pizza! Help your girl out and comment your favorite healthy snacks and foods below! 

-LR

Coming Up: 

Readjusting After Deployment

Toddler Blues

Health & Wellness, Uncategorized, Weight Loss

Last Minute Victory

Hi everyone! So as you know I started this blog to track my weight loss journey while my husband is deployed. Well it’s almost time for him to come home and I’m on the final countdown to get off as much weight as I can for his homecoming. I have been flirting with the same weight since November (a 15-20lb weight loss) but I know my body fat composition has changed tremendously because I’ve lost several as in over 40 inches. I have a waistline again and curves (without the body shaped or spanx 🙌🏾). I attempted the smoothie cleanse again but I fell off again so this time my nutritionist recommended juicing so I’m on a modified juice fast with snacks in between to fuel my workouts. This starts day 3 for me and I’m on this fast for 10 or more days. I’m going to complete it on the simple motivation that I’m just about out of time. For some reason I’m a procrastinator who works better under pressure. I’ve read lots of blogs about juicing fasts and majority of the people gained their weight back. I pray I don’t because I’m finally over this plateau and would really love to heb under 200lbs before our upcoming Jamaica trip. I’ve juiced before but not as a fast. Just as a way to add raw nutrition to my diet but Joe Cross has had me interested in a Reboot for quite some time now. In case anyone is wondering, the juices do fill me up and I’m drinking 3 juices a day with nuts, boiled eggs, fruit, and a few veggie chips for snacks; however, I don’t snack very often. I will have to have a banana and a boiled egg or two tonight because I have H.I.I.T class and I don’t want to pass out. That would be horrific. 

Results So Far…

Day 1: -4lbs

Day 2: -1.8lbs

Total: -5.8lbs

I am shooting for a 10-15 pound weight release by the morning of day 10. As always I will let you know how it goes….and this time for real for real because I have no choice but to complete it.

-LR

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