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

Makeup, Uncategorized

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

I bought the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette a few months ago and I used it once and threw it into my endless pile of palettes until today. I was recording a video for YouTube today and decided I wanted some nice fall colors and a red lipstick. I know that the Heat Palette is supposed to be a “Summer Nights” kind of palette but when I look at the colors, I see fall. When I used the palette for a second time today, I fell in love. I believe this is my favorite Urban Decay palette that I own (I have the Naked, Naked Smokey, and After Dark palettes) thus far and I see myself using it until it hits the pan! If I could give the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette a grade, I would give it an A+. The shadows are like silk and are very pigmented. It didn’t take much eyeshadow at all for this look and I did not have to mute my eyelids for the lighter colors which is good for the brown girls! Check out what I came up with below.

-LR

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

Travel, Uncategorized

Jekyll Island

My family and I literally passed through Jekyll Island (coastal Georgia) this weekend because my husband had a speaking engagement. We were there for one night and half a day but we enjoyed our brief stay. We stayed at Hampton Inn and had a very comfortable stay (dog included) in our pool view room. That morning, the kids and I went to the beach for a couple of hours. The beach was so beautiful and clean. Pets are welcome and it is a very family oriented place. There was a nice shopping area and lots of biking trails and a water park.  The hotel also came with a free shuttle service that will take you anywhere on the island so if you want to drink and relax you don’t have to worry about driving. We will definitely be going back for an extended stay when we have more time. 

-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

Makeup, Product Reviews, Uncategorized

The Zulu Palette by Juvia’s Place

I recently purchased the Limited Edition Zulu Eyeshadow Palette by Juvia’s Place as well as the Magic Palette but I’ve only gotten around to trying the Zulu Palette so far. Between working on my Master’s Degree, being wife and mommy, and preparing for weight loss surgery, I don’t have much time for makeup these days, but I did pull out the Zulu palette for my birthday a couple of days ago and I absolutely LOVE it. The colors are highly pigmented and there wasn’t much fall out at all. My only complaint is that the dark pink color stained my eyelids. It took quite a bit of coconut oil to get it completely off, but other than that, it’s a great palette and I consider it a must have!

-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

Uncategorized

My Mirena Birth Control Story

In honor of Mental Health Awareness month, I’ve decided to share my Mirena IUD experience. I’ve had the mirena IUD twice. The first time, I had it for a few month. There was a little discomfort when it first went in and I had some cramping but nothing major. The only problem I had with it was it felt like it was pulling when I did heavy exercise. My husband deployed a few months after I got it so I decided to have it removed because I had reservations about it because of things I read and I didn’t need birth control for 9 months. Removal was easy and was over in 2 seconds. I took ibuprofen before removal so there was no pain except for the initial tug, which was over in a second.

When my husband returned from deployment, I decided to give mirena another try. At first it was fine. My periods were nothing more than a day or two of spotting and I forgot it was there. I had occasional cramps but nothing too serious. After having mirena for a few months, I went into a deep chronic depression and even had suicidal ideations. At the time, I just thought I was going through a really rough patch in life even though things weren’t that bad. Months went on and I was treated with antidepressants and anxiety medication as well as talk therapy. The suicidial thoughts were no longer there but I was still very sad. Not only was I sad but I just thought I was going crazy. I was anxious, paranoid, and more.

Shortly after the depression came, I started having unbearable pelvic cramps. I mean they almost felt like contractions. After dealing with the cramps for awhile and having the mirena checked to make sure it hadn’t moved(it had not moved), I decided the have the mirena removed. As the days went by after the removal, I started feeling better day by day. I could not believe how much better I felt. It’s like my body was singing “Oh Happy Day” because I had rid it of the little foreign normal invader. After the complete turn around I made after having mirena removed, I think it is safe to say that mirena worsened or heightened my depression and anxiety. 

I am currently detoxing my body of those horrible hormones and praying the old fashion period tracking method can keep the babies away until we can figure out another nonhormonal method that works for us. I am not a doctor nor am I giving medical advice. I’m just sharing my experience and I think that if you are having depression while on mirena, you should consider mirena as a contributor. There are many stories out there like mine and I’m sharing mine for Awareness. 

-LR


I am wearing green eyeshadow for Mental Health Awareness, especially depression.