New year New you, and all that jazz…

Chiche, I know.

Coming back at you after a LONNGG mental hiatus and I start here? Really?

yes, yes I am back and I am embarking on a new adventure that I thought I would share with you, my dear readers.

If you have been here for any amount of time (or read my headline) you know that my weight loss struggle is REAL. I have been trying so hard this last year to find something, anything that would work for me. I tried therapy, Weight Watchers, a personal trainer, even Overeaters Anonymous to see is that was my real problem ( that is a story for another post) but here I am 40 lbs heavier after trying my fucking hardest to lose weight.

I want to get one thing straight right now, I am NOT trying to lose weight to look great, it however may be a bonus 🙂 Never in my life did I really want to lose weight to be healthy but I guess I grew up because that is where I am at. Now that I finally found a life I want to live I will do whatever it takes to keep it for as long as I can and that means getting healthy.

“But Carly, don’t you already live a pretty healthy lifestyle? ” you ask.

I do! I eat healthy and work out but because of my physical illness I need some extra help. Enter this new journey. Weight loss surgery.

I know, I know. I have been very against it in the past too but I have done many hours of research and I have decided to take steps towards having a gastric sleeve in order to achieve that healthy, long, happy life I am now attached to. Here is the start of my journey.

Step 1: Research

Surgery of any kind is a huge decision and not something that can just be decided in a day (or a even a month, lets be real!). If you have been here for any amount of time you know that I am a constant researcher, I like to know all there is to know about anything that I decide I might want to partake in.

My partner, being a nurse researcher has also taught me how to find good and reputable sources for finding information to make informed decisions. After learning as much as I could I decided to make an appointment to see the surgeon and get some questions answered.

Step 2: Initial Appointment

Before going to meet with the surgeon you have to take an online seminar ( at most places). In that seminar I got confirmation on all the promises the research articles made.

Here are some highlights ( Articles will be linked shortly)

  • Most women with PCOS achieved Remission of symptoms.
    • No more extra hair growth
    • No more insulin resistence
    • Lessened depression and anxiety
  • Siginificant reduction or complete elimination of high blood pressure
  • Reverse Type 2 diabeties
  • Lower bad cholesterol

Meeting the Team

I had my initial appointment on December 15, 2020. During this appointment I met the surgeon, the dietitian and the insurance coordinator.

The surgeon explained to me exactly what would happen to me physically in the surgery, explaining how and why the staples would go where in my stomach. It made me feel very comfortable knowing how comfortable and confident he was in the surgery. I asked him about all the research I had done and asked for confirmation as well as some other questions I had. He spent a lot of time with me to talk though all the physical concerns I had and he gave me his number to text any more questions I had in the process.

Next, I met with the dietitian. Normally dietitians and I do NOT get along- basically because I know a lot about nutrition and I don’t like to rehash all my failed attempts in the past, but this one was different. I explained to her that I knew a lot of the basics, what my philosophies were on macros, what I have tried in the past and I asked her to talk the “nitty gritty” with me. We talked for almost an hour and I really feel like she understood me, that she knew where I was coming from. It is so refreshing to hear that “ the way you eat is not your fault” and “ I know that your body is working against you so no matter what you do you feel like you are failing”. I wanted to shout from the rooftops. Finally someone who didn’t say eat more salad or try weight watchers. We talked about pre-op and post-op diets and what the 180 days leading up to the surgery would look like food wise. It’s going to be brutal but I am willing to do what it takes. ( More about this in my next post)

Last, I met with the insurance coordinator. She explained to me the things I needed to complete in order for my insurance to cover the surgery. Along with a physical to get clearance for the operation, I have to do a psychiatric evaluation and 180 days of food tracking with the dietitian. That puts me at surgery around July 2021. OOF. I am not happy about that but as I said, I will do whatever it takes.

Looking ahead

Now that the holidays are about over I plan to really start focusing in on the nutrition and make these 6 months (which sounds way longer than 180 days) something I am proud of. Taking it one day at a time and viewing it as one day closer to reaching my goals.

My next appointment with the dietitian to start my tracking is Jan. 20, 2021.

If anyone has gone though VSG before please reach out! I have watched a million and one YouTube videos but I know everyone has had a different story and I would love to get some info and advice from anyone and everyone I can chat with.

Until next time friends, I hope you have a happy and safe New Years and cheers to 2021.

Xoxo,

Carly

Holistic Healing

I have officially embarked on the path of holistic healing!

I know what you are thinking- get out of here with that hippie voodoo shit Carly, it does not help. Well I say don’t knock it until you do some research!

What is Holistic Healing?

The dictionary definition of holistic medicine is “characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of a disease.” Holistic in my mind means that all parts that make up a human are taken into consideration when healing the self, not just managing one symptom when that may not really be the issue in the first place.

My Why?

I started looking into holistic medicine very recently. I started battling symptoms of Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome when I was 6 years old. I was gaining weight like crazy, had insanely high cholesterol and my parents shuffled me from specialist to specialist for the next 12 years of my life. I have tried every drug in the book as well as some non conventional meds.

Other symptoms associated with PCOS are anxiety and depression- I got both. Bad.

When I hit bottom I finally decided to see a therapist and she referred me to a psychiatrist and BOOM. More drugs. I was 21 years old and I was taking over 15 pills a day and guess what… I STILL had symptoms. I have switched doses, and meds over the years but we never took anything away- we just added to the madness.

At 26 years old I am taking 8 different drugs and I take 12 pills a day. 12 PILLS A DAY. I am miserable and my symptoms are worse than ever. I went to more doctors and the options given were; get bariatric surgery, go vegan and see a nutritionist. As you have read in earlier posts, I have studied nutrition for years and I don’t want to hire a nutritionist. (I did meet with one shortly after that suggestion and I was right.. I didn’t need one. ) I started to do some research to see if anything new or revolutionary has come to light.

In a seemingly unrelated occurrence, I hurt my shoulder while I was working out. I ended up going to see a family friend and her chiropractic office to see if she could help with the pain. I had just come from seeing a women’s health specialist and I remembered Dr. J (the chiropractor I was going to see) mentioned she could potentially help me with the PCOS. I was super skeptical but I decided to talk to her about it since I was all out of other options.

Enter Dr. J

When I tell you that I was shocked by this exam and explanations she gave me I am not kidding.

I had brought along my blood work from the doctor I had seen previously to show Dr. J. She suggested that she does an exam and she would be able to tell me what that paper said without ever seeing it… YA RIGHT how can a chiropractor tell me what is wrong with my hormones?

Guys.. She did it.

Not only was she able to help my shoulder she was able to test what my body needed to heal its self and she gave me natural supplements to try out. I have been on these supplements for 3ish weeks now and the difference is HUGE.

I feel lighter. I feel more energetic. My brain fog is gone. I am sleeping better, I am eating better, my anxiety is no longer controlling my days and I am the most productive I have been in years.

When people say you are what you eat, I freaking believe it. The nutritional support that I have gotten from her is literally changing my world, with results almost instantly.

Nutritional Response Testing

This is where things got voodoo-y. Dr. J uses Nutritional Response Testing (NRT) to help her understand what is “wrong” with the patient. From an outside perspective this is what it seems like.

Patient holds supplement in left hand, while their right arm is stretched out holding strong. The Doctor puts pressure on the outstretched arm and if the patient cannot resist the pressure something is off. Ummm.. What?

You can laugh, it is weird.. but it works, cause Physics. If you look up NRT on youtube or google it you can get a much more scientific depiction than what I provided above, I just wanted to prove the point that it seems voodoo-y and I was skeptical.

After this exam Dr. J explained my results and we checked the bloodwork and recommendations from the women’s health doctor I had seen that morning. They matched. 100%. *insert jaw drop here*

What’s Next?

My next visit I brought my pharmacy of meds with me and Dr. J was able to test those and see which ones my body “likes” and which ones it does not. The improvements continue to increase and I hope one day I can stop taking all the drugs and heal the actual problem.

I am continuing my research into holistic health and healing in addition to seeing dr. J and I would love to hear from you if you have any experience with holistic health or natural healing.

If you are interested in learning more about this you can check out Dr. J’s facebook page! There may also be a guest post on this blog by Dr. J coming soon so stay tuned my friends!

** Dr.J was not consulted for this post, all information is my own from my own experience with her. **