Emerald Evening

Last night Craig and I attended my school’s annual fundraiser that’s an auction. They have a silent and a live auction, a dinner and a successful alumni speaker.

This year our speaker was Debbie Penzone from the Charles Penzone salons. She is a graduate of Catholic Central, my school. She did a great job.

It was a really fun night and it was nice to spend time socializing after being laid up for three weeks. It was also really nice to dress up in clothes that fit comfortably. I’m not comfortable enough to wear a dress yet, but I wore this:

And I was so happy they had food I could eat. The salad had a slice of fresh mozzarella that I enjoyed with the pesto they also had on the salad plate.

For dinner I had part of a twice baked potato and smashed cauliflower and a few bites of chicken piccata.

We ended up with two things from the silent auction. We got a Woeber Mustard basket filled with mustard, and a few Central sweatshirts. I was very excited about that.

The other basket had a Keurig, coffee, a bottle of Jameson and another whiskey and some other coffee fixins. I am super excited about our goods!

Well, tomorrow is the day I start getting up at 5:00 and exercising before work. I fell asleep from 7-8 pm tonight so it’s going to be hard to fall asleep, but at least I know I will fall asleep tomorrow night!

I am also excited because I start soft foods on Tuesday!!! Woot woot!!!!

Have a great Monday, everybody!


Beth WA

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I have surpassed the 30 pound mark. Yay. I am feeling good. It is a lot easier to get out of bed in the morning. I was never a snooze person my whole life until the last 20 lbs came on. I would hate getting out of bed.

I also have energy throughout the day which is nice. But man I am tired at the end of the day. I went back to work Thursday and had the most amazing night’s sleep Thursday night. I also went to my surgeon’s office and got taken off one of my two blood pressure pills. She said the second one would probably follow soon after. This is great news.

Yesterday I worked, then in the evening I went to a birthday party for one of my very dear friends. I attended the event with Henry’s godmother, and we had a really good time. Carly’s mom was there, also, and we just had a really fun evening laughing and talking.

By the time I got home at 10:30 my abdomen was so sore from being upright all day. And I was wiped out!! I slept for almost 10 hours. And it felt so good.

Here’s my most recent picture.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!


Beth WA

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30 lbs

So, for the last several days I’ve been staying pretty much the same weight, down maybe a pound and a half. This is common in this process and it’s funny to me it is at the 30 pound mark. It’s funny because 30 lbs is the most I’ve ever lost in any diet I’ve ever done. I’m looking forward to surpassing this mark, hopefully in the next few days.

In good news, I was able to wear one of my favorite shirts that had gotten too tight:

Well, off to enjoy my last Friday off before i go back to work next Thursday! The best part is that I’m only back to work for three weeks then we have Spring Break. Woohoo!


Beth WA

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Purées, Day One

Well, I was so excited for this day. But man, once it came to eating I was so nervous. I just didn’t want to throw up!

It is so hard for me to wrap my head around how little I can eat compared to before surgery. And it’s been eye opening to me to silence the voice in my head that is wanting to eat large quantities of food all of the time. I can’t believe how much food i would’ve eaten had I not been sleeved these last four weeks. This has been a learning process to listen to my body, not my head, not my impulses.

Anyway, here’s my breakfast, before and after. About 3 oz of cottage cheese.

Here’s my lunch, one scrambled egg with about a teaspoon of goat cheese crumbles:

And finally my dinner, which was my favorite. It was a recipe I made from the binder of recipes my doctor’s office gave me. It’s cottage cheese mixed with sugar free cool whip and a jello packet. I used raspberry jello.

I could’ve licked this clean.

For snacks I had protein shakes. And on the protein shake subject, I am so happy that GNC has back in stock their Cookie Butter shake. It’s my favorite.

Well, I’m out of things to talk about. 😆

Have a great night.


Beth WA

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-30 lbs

So, I’m almost two weeks post op, and including the pre op diet, I’ve lost around 30 lbs. I can definitely feel it. All of my largest clothes are super loose. Most of those clothes were bought in the last 6 months out of desperation. I don’t have many pictures because I’ve been wearing sweats and pajama pants every day, because elastic waist feels best on my stomach. But here is one day I wore real clothes.

The pants are super big but the shirt is one I couldn’t wear any more because it had gotten way too tight and now I can wear it.

Tomorrow I start purées and I can’t wait. I’ve been down in the dumps. It’s hard not eating, hanging mostly at home, and not spending money. Hahaha. But today Henry and I got outside because the weather was finally nice enough! We went on a small walk and it was just what the doctor ordered to get me motivated to do a few other things around the house that I needed to do.

I have a Shipt order in to be delivered this afternoon to make my purées. Some things I’m going to be having; cottage cheese, scrambled egg, baked ricotta casserole, puréed cauliflower casserole, cottage cheese bake, mashed sweet potato. I can not wait. I think it will give me more energy. And the protein shakes are practically making me gag I’m so sick of them.

I go back to school next Thursday and I am so excited to be back in the swing of things although it’s going to be a super busy fourth quarter. But the good news is I’ll have more energy!

Hope all is well with everybody and thanks for all who have checked in on me regularly.


Beth WA

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Almost one week…

Almost one week ago today! That’s how long it’s been since surgery. I’ve been on a liquid diet for three weeks. That’s so crazy to me. I’ve lost crazy amounts of weight in that three weeks. 27 lbs to be exactly. But it’s hard. I mean your stomach wouldn’t let you eat the food but it all looks and sounds good.

Luckily he is so cute, because he is eating Papa John’s right next to me!

Aside front that, things are going well. There’s been no real bad pain, mostly soreness in my main incision. But I stopped the prescription pain meds a few days ago and just take Tylenol in the morning and the night.

I definitely get tired easily. This afternoon I passed out at 3:45 until 6:00!! I’ll pay for that by being up half the night, I’m sure.

The hardest part is keeping up with fluids and protein. It’s getting better each day but it’s a full time job. I wish it wasn’t 15 degrees out so I could walk down the street instead of around the house. I’m trying to rack up my step count.

I did my nails last night to perk myself up:

And my friend sent me this poem in the mail. ♥️

I’ve been so blessed with support and love from friends and family. I am such a lucky girl.

Also, I must mention that I’m devastated by the death of Luke Perry. 😢

RIP, Dylan McKay. 💗💗


Beth WA

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On the losers bench!

In the bariatric world that’s what they call it when you are done with surgery. I did it and I am so damn proud of myself. This is not something I say very often.

I went in Tuesday morning and every thing went right as scheduled. My surgery was at 10 am then I went to recovery for a long time because they didn’t have a room for me yet. But that was fine because I was half out of it and those nurses were very attentive and sweet.

Then they took me to my room. That first day is kind of a blur. I was dozing a lot and sipping very small sips of water. I was, in fact, a little shocked at how small the sips were that I could handle.

Craig had brought me to the hospital in the morning and stayed most of the day, then went to pick up Henry from my mom’s. He took Henry to basketball and then Henry started puking. So, that was unfortunate. Luckily Craig’s mom was coming to watch Henry Thursday and Friday, so she came earlier on Wednesday to help Craig out. The bad part about that is I wanted no part of Craig or Henry near me because I did not want to risk getting that bug!

So, that left my mom to get me moved out of the hospital last night which was late because it took me forever to drink my 32 Oz of water that was my get out of the hospital ticket! I also didn’t ask for pain meds yesterday so by the time we got back to my mom’s house we were both spent. I took all my meds and slept for 11 hours and was up for two hours and then took a three hour nap. My mom has been a real trooper throughout this process. I know she was a nervous wreck but she stayed strong and encouraging for me. But that’s how my mom is, and I am very lucky. She’s taken very good care of me.

Today, I sipped all day on water and a protein shake. I didn’t meet my goals of 40 g of protein, but the doctor said it takes time and it will get easier each day. I am getting excited about the future with my new “tool.” I have lots of plans for myself and I’d like to think, “the best is yet to come.”

And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the support of so many friends and family members. I’ve gotten so many texts, messages, calls and love from so many. I am profoundly blessed.

So, I’ll leave you with a selfie of me today… being proud of myself. ☺️


Beth WA

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