Thursday, April 22, 2010

The [new] Journey Begins

After the latest failed attempt to induce ovulation with injectable medications I was left with only one option from my fertility specialist: LOSE WEIGHT. Dr. V suggested Bariatric Surgery and even said I should try to get on the Biggest Loser. Since my Dear Husband, Aaron, doesn't want to be a part from me for a long time (awwww...) I have been pursuing bariatric surgery. I am lined up to see the surgeon in a couple weeks, but at the same time I am working my butt off to see what I can do on my own.

So, here I am trying ONCE AGAIN to lose the weight, ugh! It's the struggle of my LIFE to lose weight, which I am sure some of you can relate to.

Here's the long and short of it... Growing up I was always VERY active in sports all year 'round. Even so, I was also always on the larger side and definitely felt like the 'fat girl' even though looking back at photos I have no idea what I Was thinking. My senior year in HS I hurt my knee in basketball and am unable to run and/or play active sports anymore since then I have gained and gained and gained until I got to....

313.6 LB

After trying many diets, exercise programs This is where I Stand. I can generally lose 25 lb pretty easily and then I get stuck and ultimately give up. THIS TIME WILL BE DIFFERENT! Either I will be able to stick to it on my own and lose a LOT of weight or I will be having bariatric surgery.

I really DON'T want to have surgery, but if it is what I have to do, I will do it. I am DONE being unhealthy. I am DONE taking handfuls of pills to control medical issues that could be resolved if I lost a significant amount of weight. I am DONE struggling to get pregnant due to anovulation partly because of the excess weight I carry. I am just DONE.

So, here I am....

Starting Weight: 313.6 4/11/2010
Current Weight: 298.0 4/21/2010

And here is what I am doing.... It is the pre-op diet for Kaiser's bariatric program

1200 calories, high in protein lower in carbs.
I am to eat my protein first then move to fruits/veggies and last carbs.
I am to eat slowly, one bite a minute chew each bite 30 times
I completely gave up soda, caffeine, and carbonation
I am drinking water, decaf tea, flavored water, lemonade etc. but not WITH my meal.
I am walking after dinner with my husband and dogs and I have a couple work out videos my mom let me borrow (pilates and yoga)


  1. I'm so proud of you for your determination. You are a beautiful woman inside and out and you'll see that more and more as you begin to realize your own strength and improve your health. God bless you on your journey. I love ya, girl! I'm behind you cheering all the way.

  2. I saw you comment on APA and your siggy brought me here. I also have PCOS with anovulation and struggled to TTC for over a year. I had bariatric surgery (the sleeve gastrectomy) on October 19, 2009 - have lost 100 lbs - and it was the BEST thing I have ever done for myself. But you have to want it. You have to 100% accept and embrace the lifestyle. Check out my blog for 6 month before and after pics. I also frequent the message boards on It's a great resource.

  3. Robin, I'm Cindy Jones, I don't know if you remember me or not but I am Julianne (Jones) Mayer and Jeff Jones' mom. I wanted to follow your blog if you wouldn't mind. I would love to lift you up in prayer as the Lord leads you on this double blessing journey. How thoughtful of you to share your thoughts with others as I'm sure it will encourage others who are on the same journey! My username is Mimi because that's what my grandbabies call me.

  4. Of, course I know you, Cindy! :) I would love for you to follow my journey. Infertility and Obesity both carry a great stigma is our society, but I have always wanted to be as open as possible so people can REALLY know what it is like to live with infertility. I dont think anyone can fully understand without going through it themselves, but at least my sharing my journey they can see how hard it is for me and my husband to deal with on a day to day basis.

  5. Robin, you don't know me I know you, i am a friend of your Moms' I just want to encourage you in your journey to better health. i too have had to lose weight due to health issues. My doc told me that if I didn't get my cholesterol I would have a heart attack or stroke. I have lost 33 lbs.My weight is fine but still working getting my cholesterol down more, I might have to concede and take the meds but I ,like you, want to do my level best to try on my owm. Keep up the fight and remember the biggest battles are won or lost in the mind. The pleasure that food gives is very temporal being healthy and looking your best last forever. I am proud of your progress, I will pray for you. Pam Delgadillo

  6. I found myself counting while chewing today. That is some pretty good advice. It made me realize I was itching to move on to the next bite before even finishing the one I was on.

    If you're interested, I would totally recommend Jillian Michael's 'Master your Metabolism' book. I have found it super helpful and am currently reading it for the second time (sucks to have a terrible memory...I have to keep re-reading things!) She talks about different foods and chemicals and how they affect different hormones and ultimately our metabolisms.

  7. thanks Stacy. I would love to get any JM products. I just dont have money to purchase them haha. I did get the Biggest Loser 30-Day Jump Start book from my SIL for my bday