Weight Gain After Gallbladder Removal…

30 Apr

Warning, some of what you are about to read might be TMI so read at your own risk!! If I am struggling, I know someone else is and I need help.

About 2 1/2 months ago I had my Gallbladder removed, the doctor said it was one of the worst she had ever seen. Immediately I noticed a change in my body, some people report having diarrhea, where I was the opposite, I couldn’t go at all. I quickly noticed that weight was packing on. In maintenance I had settled between 170- 175, I really wanted to drop another 10 pounds but I wasn’t actively trying. After surgery, 5 pounds was added quickly, I thought it was because I couldn’t use the bathroom. After the first month I was at 10 pounds and now 2 1/2 months later I am 15 pounds heavier.

I went to the doctor because I thought I may be having some hormone issues, they checked me for Poly-cystic Ovarian Disease and blood work came back negative. I am doing everything right, I have less stress, even exercising more and the weight is still going up. This feeling is like no other, I mean I guess I could compare it to a plateau but even then the weight stays the same. I am struggling to stay positive about this, I have worked so hard to get the weight off and keep it off and now nothing I do is working. I know its not about the number on the scale, but when your clothes don’t fit that is too far. I think it would be different if I ate crappy food and constantly ate out, but I don’t. It’s really starting to bum me out!!!

I am not going to say that I have tried it all because I haven’t, as a wellness consultant I help people lose weight for a living. I know exactly from experience how to burn fat and what foods to eat and what time of the day. NONE OF THAT IS WORKING FOR ME!!! Since getting my gallbladder removed my body is having a hard time adjusting, the doctor said it could take up to a year.

I found information on the internet about a few things I can try…

Bile salts are also biologic detergents that enable the body to excrete cholesterol and potentially toxic compounds (eg, bilirubin, drug metabolites). The function of bile salts in the duodenum is to solubilize ingested fat and fat-soluble vitamins, facilitating their digestion and absorption.

http://www.coreonehealth.com/understanding-malabsorption

I started taking a probiotic but I haven’t seen a change, I am to the point where I will try anything! Suggestions are welcome, please comment below, I know I am not in this alone and I think I am the most frustrated I have ever been.

 

Mona

It’s that time again…

7 Sep

Yup, you guess it, my birthday is tomorrow (and Abby), every day since finding my purpose, I have been grateful for the day that my life was spared. Five years ago tomorrow, hours after the birth of my youngest daughter, my husband was told that I was not expected to make it through the night.  I truly believe that I was brought back to change my world, not just for my family, friends and community but for generations. For the past 3 years, I have asked those closest to me to do random acts of kindness on my birthday instead of gifts.This year in addition to random act of kindness, I am asking that you donate to Crossing Bridges Therapeutic Riding Center in Merlin, Oregon. They are in desperate need of a covered arena to keep riding lessons going during the summer and rainy season. Crossing Bridges not only helps Isaac, but several other children in the area who have special needs. If you are on facebook, please share my blog and challenge your friends and family to do random acts of kindness on this special day. In reality, we should always look for ways to be the change in the world, but people like to do extra special things to honor others. Please hashtag the word #randomactsofkindness2015 so I can see all the cool things that are happening on my birthday.

If you are financially able to give to Crossing Bridges I have set up a Crowdrise, my goal is $2000 but it would be an amazing miracle to raise the remaining balance for the center. The director of the program, Jennifer was hoping to build before its starts raining. I have hope that my faithful followers will help make this dream a reality, my faith is great because I have seen the impossible made possible.

Homemade granola bars

13 Aug

Homemade granola bars
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup fresh ground peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup craisens
1/2 chopped almonds
1 scoop protein powder
Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl, set aside. In a medium sauce pan heat honey and peanut butter for about 1 minute, until smooth. Add peanut butter mixture to dry ingredients. Mix with wooded spoon or with clean hands. Spray a 9×8 pan with pam, pour oats mixture in pan. Use a small peice of wax paper and press down the oats until packed well. Cut into squares and put in freezer for about an hour ( I usually leave over night). #homemadegranolabars #granola #cleaneats #healthyrecipes #wellnessislived #wellness

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Mona’s quick tips to surviving a holiday weekend…

4 Jul

Remember your goals this weekend! In my own experience and in my type of work, I see people forgetting their goals and totally blowing it because of a holiday. This leads to guilt, shame and can set set you back if you are not careful. If you don’t absolutely love something, don’t eat it! Alot of times we will load our plate with food because that is tradition or it is something  we have always done. Ask yourself this question, how has that worked for me in the past? When going to a BBQ, don’t worry about hurting people’s feelings by not eating their food, after all you have to live with yourself. Offer to bring greens, that way you know you can at least have a burger salad. If you are having a gathering at your house, send temping foods home with family and friends. Make sure you are getting in all veggies and use your fruit as a dessert (here is a recipe for fruit dip, perfect with strawberry’s and apples) fruit dip. Most important,  drink your water!!! Try and not let food run your life, you are in control.

Hope you have an amazing weekend!

Mona.

the new well Fruit Dip

Ingredients

  • 6oz non-fat light greek yogurt
  • 2 T light cream cheese
  • 1 packet stevia
  • Vanilla extract to taste

Instructions

  • Set cream cheese out to reach room temperature
  • Mix all ingredients till creamy.

 

If at first you don’t succeed…

27 Dec

As you know, my son Isaac had surgery two days before Christmas, we left on Sunday night (the 21st) and came home Christmas eve, just in time to enjoy my family. While I was gone, it was easy for me to say no to temptation because I was so determined not to let stress get the best of me. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed a few bites of fudge and a sip of Isaac’s hot chocolate but I left feeling accomplished. It was a totally different story when I got home, I made Christmas breakfast (French Toast), I usually make myself an omelet or oatmeal, but this time I ate what everyone else ate. For dinner I made a ham with all the usual sides, I did watch my portion size but had tons of starches. Later I ate a piece of Cinnamon roll, but with all the sugar and starches I had already consumed, I knew it was time to throw in sugar and carb towel.

The next day I woke up with the biggest headache and I felt super tired, my goal for the new year is to cut back on sugar and bread. Those two items make me feel yuck and I just don’t want to do that to myself anymore. During the detox I felt amazing and I am not sure why I let them back in my life, but I did and now I face the consequences. I decided to write this blog because I know that if I woke up to a sugar overdose, someone else did too. I know from past experience that as women we are so critical of ourselves, I know that we show other people grace but forget to show it to ourselves. The words to Aaliyah’s song, “Try again” popped in my head, I hope I can encourage every person who reads this, “if at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again”.

The good news is, tomorrow is a new day. The holiday’s might have bitten you in the butt, but that doesn’t mean you have to throw all your hard work away. Don’t let the guilt of eating off plan one day (two, three or four) cause you fall deeper in the hole. This is not a game to just quit, this journey has a restart button. Brush yourself off and move forward, why? Because your life is worth saving.

This is not a game!

My husband and I at his company Christmas Party
Mona

Big day for Isaac…

22 Dec

I am so darn proud of my son, I have never seen a child so determined in my life! Today we had a few appointments in Portland and met with Urology as well as the Orthopedic surgeons (looking at Isaac’s spine and hips). There was no change in his spine, the Doc said eventually he will need surgery when he is done growing (I say we will cross that bridge when we get there). They did notice his hips are almost out of socket but there is really nothing they can do for him right now. Boy, I am so glad he doesn’t have feeling in his lower extremities, ouch!  On a positive note, it is so nice to know that the work I do with him at home and the things the staff does at school makes a difference. To leave these appointments today not shedding a tear felt amazing. I may not be 100% all the time, but I give my son the best, he deserves to have every chance at a better quality of life. I feel so blessed that I was chosen to be Isaac’s mom:)

While meeting with the Urology nurse, Isaac had lots of questions and concerns about cathing in his chair, after troubleshooting we figured out he didn’t want to get his chair dirty. We put some towels under him and reassured him that all would be fine. The nurse left to get supplies and while she was gone I read Isaac a book titled, “Ethan can cath”.  Isaac was so brave, he learned really quick and was able to get a good stream 2 times. The steps we are taking this week towards his independence are hard, but very necessary. I can’t imagine being his age and having the worries that he does, yet he does it with a smile.

Surgery is tomorrow and as he was getting ready for bed, he began to weep, he is worried we will not make it home for Christmas. So if you think about it, pleases say a prayer for Isaac, and all the other kiddos who are spending their Christmas break in the hospital. I am trying to remain positive, but of course I am human and have a mini panic attack every now and then. I have to quickly remind myself that he is in God’s hand and everything is out of my control, so I wait and pray:)

Mona

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But first, let me take a selfie…

30 Nov

I have a feeling that my friends might be getting annoyed with all my Facebook and Instagram selfies, but before you hid my post let me explain (I say this because of recent comments made to me). For as long as I can remember, I have never liked taking pictures and have felt insecure about my body and looks. One might mistake my confidence now with conceit, but that is not the case. When I look in the mirror, I don’t always see what everyone else sees, it has gotten better over time but insecurity likes to creep its ugly head back in my life. I am human and often mistakes, I am super hard on myself, but I always strive to be better than the person I was the day before. My selfies remind me daily how far I have come, and I look at the only picture I do have of my previous self as reminders of where I do not want to be.

This journey is a struggle, even in maintenance I have had binging episodes, I understand that I will always have a food addiction and I have truly accepted it. What helps me is that I show myself grace daily, dust myself off and start over with the next meal. To be honest, being a wellness consultant I often feel like a hypocrite because I still struggle, but when I think about it, it makes me more relatable. Like I mentioned in a previous post, I had gained 10-13 pounds depending on the day, I let negative self talk keep me from staying where I wanted to be. I am still learning to continue to use my struggles as a learning lesson not as an excuse to stay defeated. I am putting good thing in my body and have completely changed my lifestyle. So even though I have the fear of gaining, I have total trust in myself and the process that I will not let it hold me back from life.

My encouragement to you is to always tell yourself good things. Believe in yourself enough that you never give up, and take lots of selfies!!!

After dropping 4 pant sizes.

After dropping 4 pant sizes.

When I fist started walking.

When I first started walking.

Almost to my goal weight

Almost to my goal weight

Just because:)

Just because:)

Feeling beautiful with my little girl:)

Feeling beautiful with my little girl:)