Archive for April, 2013

One month out….47 pounds down….

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I’m about to go to bed for the day but before I do I wanted to push an update about my one month checkup.

So far so good, as I’ve been quite lucky having not had any vomiting from my surgery and been able to tolerate everything I’ve eaten so far…and even better news is that I’m down to 430 pounds meaning I’ve lost a staggering 122 pounds since October and over 40 pounds since the first of the month.

I also stopped by the Research Center at Vanderbilt Medical Center to say hello to Pam and Emily who were (along with a few others) the very nice people who conducted the research study I mentioned previously that I’d been a part of. I’ll talk more about that study a little later on, but for now I’m tired and happy and in less pain…all in all it’s been a great month. Here’s looking at you May…bring it on.

~rev (430 Pounds)


Worn out, but organized…ish

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Yesterday was a busy day and an exhausting one at that. But I managed to get all the tools organized in my garage and even though I still have quite a bit to do it was a rather big accomplishment. I had a friend come over last night to help me put a table together but other than that and a little minor lifting (of a tool box) I managed to do the rest myself and I’m sore as hell today.

I got my air compressor hooked back up and put air in the tires of my hand truck and my bike, which I’m hoping to start riding very soon. I also got my DeWALT battery chargers hooked up (less the one I lent out to a friend with one of my saws) which will come in handy as I start doing more household repairs again. The first on my list is replacing a couple doorknobs and then I need to try and tackle replacing the mailbox out front. My I had planned on replacing the knobs today but I’m pretty sore still so I’m going to push it off till next weekend.

P1010298I still have a ton of work to do, but it’s nice to be able to start doing it again. I also have to finish setting up my electric drums upstairs over the garage and start playing again a little, and as I mentioned I really want to start riding my bike again so I’m thinking in maybe 2 or 3 more weeks when it’s a little nicer outside and I’ve lost a few more pounds I’m going to throw the rack on the back of my truck and take the bike to one of the local parks and ride for a little while just to see how it goes, and hopefully I’ll be able to do that more and more as the days go on.

My one month checkup (from surgery) is this week so I’ll be in Nashville Tuesday and Wednesday for the follow-ups and a group session. This will really be the first time I’ve driven that kind of distance in a rather long time so it will be both an interesting and hopefully positive experience. But for now I need to finish my second load of laundry and decided if I’m going to the grocery store today or tomorrow. Then I’m just going to sit back (or lay back as it were) and watch a little TV tonight and try to relax because I’m sore, but it’s the good kind of sore from a days work and that’s just something I’ve not really done in a long time. Enjoy the day people I know I am.


~rev (431 Pounds)


A whole new wardrobe…..sort of…

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I picked up my new prescription glasses and sun glasses earlier today and tonight I did a little house work tonight, then I found a whole new wardrobe full of clothes I’ve not worn in about 2 years or so.

It’s like going to the clothing or department store and shopping in my own closet. See I never throw stuff away so as I’m losing weight I’m just opening boxes and draws and whatnot and finding closets that in some cases are actually new. I found a brand new pair of dress pants and a nice dress shirt (tags attached) I purchased about 2 years ago and since next week is my one month follow-up for my surgery I’m going to wear my spiffy newish clothes to the appointment.

So ironically I gained a pound since yesterday, and before you say anything I know I should not weigh daily due to fluctuations in weight but I can’t help it. I don’t even mind the extra pound, I figure I’ll just poop that out in the morning anyway. 😉

Needless to say finding I could fit in al these clothes tonight made a nice end to my day. Work was such a drag that I was in a rather pissy mood so this really did shine a bright spot on the whole of my psyche today, but it’s rather late for me as I normally would have gone to bed an hour or more ago so I’ll leave you for now. Also not that you’ll notice but if you click my picture below you can check out my new specs.


~rev ( 433 Pounds)


Sleep apnea issues and household chores…

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I like many obese people in the world suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, one of the things I will hopefully be cured of when I lose all my excess weight, but for now I use an Oxygen Concentrator (4L) and a BiPAP Machine to help me sleep through the night.

So last night my BiPAP decided to die on me and needless to say this resulted in a horrible night’s sleep. I have an appointment with the company who services my stuff but since I own this unit I’ll likely either need to pay the service call fee or submit for a new unit through my insurance company.

On a positive not however I’m down to 432 pounds which means since surgery I’ve lose 36 pounds bringing my total weight loss (pre surgery included) to 110 pounds. I still have a long way to go, but I’m feeling great overall and this is a hell of a jump start on my excess weight loss. IMG_1341

And speaking of feeling great overall, I found myself starting to do more and more simple household chores and projects. For example, just last night I replace my home thermostat with a Nest Second Generation Wi-Fi enabled one, which took me around an hour or so, between going back and forth to the breaker box and documenting and removing the old unit then installing the new one, and even though in the end my sciatica did flair up just a bit causing my right leg to go a little numb I was able to deal with the whole thing without sitting once. And that was all after I replaced the guest bathroom shower head with one I purchased months ago but haven’t had the inkling to get it done until now.

I did however forget to drink during that hour so I got a little dehydrated, but I managed to rehydrate with little effort. So tonight I plan to replace the door knobs (2 of them) that have been giving me trouble and take a look at why my office door doesn’t shut properly. It’s really nice to be able to start doing things like this again.


~rev (432 Pounds)


Back on track…

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I’ve managed to get my protein intake up enough (thanks to the powder) I’m again losing weight! Also I’m definitely more mobile than I have been in a long time and I put a shirt on today I’ve not worn in over 2 years so all in all it’s a nice way to end my week. I had a friend visiting from out of town all week and I just dropped him off at the airport so for the first time in just over 3 weeks I’m going to get some truly alone time. While it’s been great seeing friends and visiting my sister & brother-in-law and their kids it will be really nice to just veg out a bit today with my thoughts.

On another topic I’m really starting to find more and more energy so I’m thinking I may take up walking at the local park this week. I’ll go Monday after work and see how it goes, and if it goes well enough I’ll try to start doing that 2-3 times a week for now. Ultimately in March of next year (or the year after perhaps) I want to walk in the Walk from Obesity 3K or 5K. I won’t likely run much but I think I have it in me to get there by next year, so wish me luck.

Also while I’m not sleeping in my bed just yet I am getting a good night’s sleep on my recliner and I think next weekend I may try to sleep in my bed again; I’ll let you know how that goes. I’m eating well enough and so far I’ve not had (knock on wood) any vomiting from eating too fast or anything bad, though I came close once or twice this week, mostly from the omelet I made which while very tasty was a bit too spicy (lightly pan scrambled omelet with 223499_10151427404220914_876098359_nspinach, diced tomato, onion,  and jalapenos), and I have had issues with eating too quickly causing some pressure (which is painful) but does subside quickly enough. All in all I am definitely on track for where I need to be which means I’ll likely lose the bet I made with my best friend Scott. He thinks I’ll lose 50 pounds in the first month after surgery and I don’t think I will. I’ll let you all know how the bet goes on April 30th when I weigh that day but it does look like he’s going to win. So the bet is simple. If I win he has to drive to Knoxville to see the new Star Trek movie in IMAX 3D and if he wins I have to drive to Nashville to watch it there. Either way I’ll get to see a hopefully fantastic movie!

I leave you today with the simple hope that my sharing can help you if you’re in the process of making the decision to have bariatric surgery, I’ve watch my friend lose 170 pounds and I’ve already lost so much that I know it’s the best thing I could ever to for myself. So I hope you all can Share & Enjoy. (it’s not just  the slogan of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation)


~rev (437 Pounds)


Eye Exam…standing room only.

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Well not really, but when I went to the optometrist today I decided not to sit in the waiting room but rather walk or pace a little until I felt I needed to sit. As it turns out that time never came and I was able to stand for 20 minutes while I waited for my appointment to begin as well as standing after the appointment while I looked at frames and they ran my insurance information ,etc. This time last year I was about 100 pounds heavier and was barely able to walk into the vision center let alone simply stand in the waiting room, so that’s a pretty significant change in mobility. 

On a completely different topic, but back to my journey to find my lean so toc26-B003OC5I80-1-l speak I find I’ve not really lost any weight in 3 days so I know for sure I’m not getting enough protein as I mentioned yesterday, so this morning I had a protein powder filled yogurt for breakfast and will do the same tomorrow I guess, and the next day….I may have to also start adding a smoothie into my liquid intake to get the level up more.

I may also need to find some better food to eat. While my spinach salads are great they offer very little protein and since I’m not healed up enough to eat protein bars I may have to hold off on salads for a while and focus on other stuff. Still all in all I’m focused and in ready to hit the next level, which for me I think is to start walking a little bit. I’m not sure how much just yet, but I’ll let you know how it goes this weekend. That’s all for today….thanks for following along on my journey.


~rev (441 Pounds)


love letters from pizza joints and pulled muscles…

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I recently opened my mail to find a letter from a local pizza place and when I opened the envelope I found what I can only call a love letter. They missedmarcos_letter me apparently and sent me an apology note asking if they’d done anything wrong. (See photo) So is that what I had become I began to ask myself. I look at this letter now and laugh because it seems silly, but this a rather solemn reminder of what I’m trying to accomplish here.

Which brings us to today. I’m having issues getting my protein count in so I may have to start eating more protein smoothies and shakes for a while which in my case is protein power and skim milk….yum.

Before I sign off for the night I wanted to mention I think that I pulled a muscle on my right side just walking to the damn mailbox yesterday. I guess my driveway was a little too steep for me to walk just yet so that’s going to slow my recovery a little bit for a few days….I guess the bright side is that I did seem to sleep well enough for the most part so moving back out to sleep in the recliner has done the trick.


Tomorrow is Friday!

~rev (441 Pounds)