So…ever heard of keto? It occurs when you are on a very low-carb, high-protein diet. It involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake, and replacing it with meats, chicken and fish. The reduction in carbs puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. The challenging part of ketosis is your body is constantly in a burn state and you tend to emit a stronger odor. With a “normal” person this isn’t usually an issue, but when you are a recent gastric sleeve person, you aren’t aware of these new smells.
Apparently one of the side effects of the surgery is that with all the cutting of nerves, tissue etc of the stomach, patients experience a loss of cravings and I believe a loss of taste/smell. I have realized this lately as someone was around me who had McDonalds fries and usually you can smell them from a mile away. I couldn’t even smell them in the same room. Also, I cannot smell my perfume in the morning when I get dressed so I hope I am not offending anyone. Another problem is that I had changed s salt water deodorant last year to lessen the chemicals my body was exposed to. Well apparently THAT no longer works and what worries me is I discovered this fact when I started noticing I could smell myself….ugh! Those who really know me are well aware I have always been sensitive to smells and now I am THAT person… So I am extending permissions on yet another offense that if you are near, notice anything odiferous, please, be a pal and let me know. I actually will be very grateful. So until I get that sense back I am at your mercy.
I am guessing at this point some of you might be interested in a status update. I am beginning week 11 tomorrow (yes, it is my 11-week surgiversary!) so here we go: HW 280 lbs, SW 270 lbs, CW 223.4! Yes, that is a total of 47 pounds down in 11 weeks, 57 lbs since I began the journey. As a gift to my now sagging “girls” (apparently they are enthralled with my feet) I bought a new (smaller) bra yesterday! They are MUCH happier and perkier today! But I know nothing about bras, which is why I am professionally fitted. I do not understand why I have gone from a overflowing 44DDD to a comfortable 42G. What the heck is a G cup…? Someone who knows, please explain in the comments below, curious minds want to know!
This week contains another major significance. In March of last year I went back to school for a Business degree at Faulkner University in an accelerated one year adult professional program. Finals were this past week for the last classes of the program. This Thursday I will take a Comprehensive Exam of the entire year program and if all goes well I will graduate on April 28, 2017. Very proud and excited!
This has already been such a great year so far, thank you for celebrating and sharing each step of the way!