Friday, March 23, 2012

Back to Life

Hi!! I just read about 15 blogs!  I've missed catching up with everyone so much.

Wednesday afternoon I made it back from my work conference that was out of control and has kept me away for a little while. I work for a really great technology company and every year we hold a user conference. The cool thing is that the software that we sell helps people become more efficient and have a better handle on things, which means in this economy, business is thriving. This year we had record breaking attendance. It was really great. I overindulged on the Cabernet a few nights, but I was up and raring to go all day every day. I'm still pretty worn out from the whole thing!

On this trip, I was so excited to see that the resort we stayed at had an amazing fitness center with 5 or 6 Octane 4600 elliptical machines. I worked out with one of my roommate's 3 days out of the 5 which was great. If you ever see one of these just try it. You'll swear at it, but then all of a sudden you get addicted. It's my absolute favorite machine to work out on. I've been using it for over 2 months now, and I am still getting a kick ass work out on level 1. There is also a program called X-trainer and it gives you different speeds and techniques for interval training. It is seriously awesome.

Anyways - Even though one of the days I ate an oatmeal pie and a bag of lays for lunch (oops)I still thought I would drop some serious weight on this trip.  I barely ate, I just didn't have a whole lot of choices when I did. Well. I got on the scale the morning after I returned and it said I gained 6 POUNDS!! WWHHAA?!! Not even possible.

I figured it was lots of fluid and it definitely was. I went on a liquid diet and the scale today said I had only gained 2 lbs. I would imagine that will be gone tomorrow so I'm not overly concerned.

I have however, been at the same weight for about 2 weeks now, so I'm going to have to come up with something to kick start my metabolism back up. I'll work on it. I can't wait to blow past 60 lbs. haha I'm sick of that number!

I also have one other little struggle going on now and I'm a little bit upset about it. Just as my dietitian said, it has been 3 months since surgery and my hair is really coming out.

The dietitian said that for some reason, 3 months after a surgery like this, your body says, "woah something big happened" and it releases some hair.  She said I can take biotin but there's not proof that it will help.

I luckily have tons of hair. But it's starting to hurt my soul a little bit every time I comb my hair out after the shower. It's not coming out in chunks, just strands, but the strands come out by the handful after a shower. It's gotten to the point that I comb my hair out while I'm in the shower at the gym and I wrap the hair up in some paper towel and throw it away. It's too embarrassing to comb it out in the open.

I'm going to email my dietitian and see if she'll give me any other guidelines to help. I'm fearing she might just tell me to ride it out and see what happens. I'll just keep praying that it stops. please please please stop!


  1. I have been losing lots of hair too...luckily I have a lot like you. I have been wearing it up while I am work just so I don't have 50 stray hairs on the back of my shirt. It's embarassing when a coworker just strats picking hair off the back of your shirt and tells you that you are shedding :)

  2. So funny you would mention this...about a month ago I said to Hubby, " I am doing so good with this protein thing... My nails are awesome my hair is not falling out!!"...early this week I was taking my shower, and bam hair all over my fingers...I was never warned about the 3 month mark and my 3 month mark is April 6th...I have a lot of hair but it is fine...guess I will be teasing the heck out of my bump in the back or I am going to look like a flatso!!!

  3. Yikes! I didn't even know about the hair thing. I have super thin hair :-( although so does my mom and she was banded in 2008 and didn't lose any. here's to hoping!

    1. I'm sure it's hit or miss. Our bodies are all so different. It would be interesting to see how Lisa does after her 3 months because I think she said she's been taking biotin from the beginning. That might give everybody an idea if it works or not.

  4. I have been taking biotin a few months before banding because I heard it helps. I up'd mine to 7500 mg and my multi also has some in it. My hair and nails are growing like weeds. In fact, I had to go darker in my hair because my blonde highlights were growing too much. I am right at month 2 so next month will be interesting. I am really hoping it doesn't happen to me but who knows. I would take biotin anyway even tho it takes awhile to starts the effects.