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  1. I should probably do an introduction since strangers on the internet can read this.

    HI! My name is Theresa. Born, raised, and living in Seattle. I am currently 41 years old, single and childfree. I'm a crazy cat lady but I only have 1 cat. Her name is Lovie and she is the sweetest baby in the world. I work fulltime in a call center. My department is 24/7 so I sometimes have weird work schedules including swing shift, graveyard shift, and occasional weekend work. Right now I am working 5am-2pm. Early mornings are not easy but getting off work in the afternoon is great for getting doctor appointments!

    I like long walks on the beach...actually walking in sand is difficult so nevermind. My hobbies include thrift shopping and reselling vintage delights on Etsy. My store is ThriftyTheresa and I have a lot of fun doing that. I like to travel and go to Las Vegas a lot with my father. We also went on an Alaska cruise in May 2016 and it was phenomenal.

    My father is a big part of my life. He's 74 years old now and in pretty good health. He does have Type 1 diabetes and developed that about 15 years ago. He's not overweight and gets around pretty well. He does live on his own and I don't think he takes very good care of himself. Since mom passed away I have seen changes in him emotionally and physically. When he's depressed he doesn't eat and is getting more frail as times goes by. Whereas when I am depressed I overeat to sooth myself. I know there is going to be a time when I will need to be his caregiver and that is one of the major reasons that weight loss surgery is on my mind. I need to be healthy to take care of my father when he is no longer healthy. But for now we hang out often, go to Bingo, watch movies together, travel together, and have a good time. He is a great father and a good friend. I'm blessed to have him.

    We lost mom back in 2010. Officially she died from kidney failure but that was a result of uncontrolled diabetes leading to organ failure among a litany of other health problems. The last 5 years of her life were a misery being in and out of nursing homes/rehab centers. Mom was obese her whole life, like me, and together we did all the weight loss yo-yo dieting through my childhood and teen years. We were never successful and she died well over 300lbs at the age of 65. She was a wonderful mother and friend, but seeing her suffer and deteriorate over the last years of her life is a glimpse into the future that I could have if I don't take control of my health before it's too late.

    The last time I was ever successful with weight loss was back in 2003-2005. I was living with a roommate, my best friend Katie, and we were a great team supporting each other. We shopped together, cooked together, worked out together and were successful together. I lost over 50lbs and she lost over 40. I don't know how or why we stopped doing so well, but we both stopped. In 2005 we moved out and away from each other and it was all downhill since. The last 10+ years has been sliding into comfortable bad habits, not caring about myself, and the pounds just packed right back on.

    Since then I struggle to maintain a good diet. I am conscious about the foods I chose to buy and eat, but I am also prone to say "@~$& it" and will pig out all weekend eating sugary and fatty foods and drinking alcohol.

    Now is the time where I put these bad habits to rest. I have so much knowledge in my head about the "right" way to eat and exercise it's ridiculous. Now is the time to put that knowledge back into practice, and with the support of my father and my doctors I know I can be more successful than ever before.

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    HI!  I have been on this site since the Spring 2016.  I found this site by accident and glad I did find it.  All the blogs and responses have been a huge help in my surgery journey.  I could honestly say that I did not ever consider this for me until this year.  I am getting older and still struggling with my weight.  I am done struggling and hopefully this is the resolution that I have looking for most of my life.  The never ending yo-yo but I am cutting the yo-yo string on October 19, 2016 that is when my sleeve will be performed.  I am more excited and less nervous at this point.    Chances are that will change on the 19th.  I have a few doubting Thomas's but mostly positive people supporting my decision.  I have decided that I am not buying any clothes until everything is falling off.  I have all different sizes in my closet which I will once again put them on.  I cant wait for that moment when I put whatever on and its not a struggle or depressing.    Thank for reading my thought.  Any advice or whatever would be appreciated. 

     

     

     

  2. GRANDMA
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    WELL, IT FINALLY HAPPENED....I HAVE FINISHED ALL MY PRE-OP TESTS AND I GOT MY SURGERY DATE....OCTOBER 21ST.  THE DOCTOR IS RECOMMENDING THE SLEEVE WHICH SURPRISED ME GIVEN ALL THE STOMACH ISSUES THE GASTRO DOCTOR FOUND DURING MY ENDOSCOPE. GUESS THIS MIGHT BE A DISCUSSION I WILL HAVE WITH THE SURGEON.

    I WILL BE SPENDING AN ENTIRE DAY AT THE SURGEON'S OFFICE FOR SOME SORT OF PRE-OP SOMETHING OR OTHER. I WAS SO EXCITED THAT I DIDN'T THINK TO ASK EXACTLY WHY I NEED TO SPEND THE DAY. I GUESS I REALLY DON'T CARE AS LONG AS IT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY SURGERY.

    TILL NEXT TIME........

  3. Slow loss since the beginning of the month—my first post-surgery period, and then, I dunno, things starting to creep downward while I put in the time and hit the numbers and try to contain my frustration. I'm down a bit more than three pounds since the beginning of August, and I am trying to hang tight and wait for something to move. 

    It's not even like the scale's not moving at all, it's just that it's not moving as fast as I'd like. But still, just the frustration of it. The anxiety, the trying to figure it out and game it, the do-I-eat-less-or-do-I-eat-more?, the is-my-metabolism-horribly-broken?, the what-if-I-can-never-eat-more-calories-than-this-ever?, the I-know-I-should-be-drinking-more-water-to-bust-this-stall-but-I'm-weighing-myself-seven-times-a-day-and-I-hate-seeing-it-on-the-scale. 

    No amount of intellectual rationalization, no amount of rational wisdom, will all the way still the anxiety that tells me that this is it, this is all I get, I am the person it does not work for, I will never lose another pound, or my loss is now trickling off into nothing, little drips and drabs. It never settles into fatalism, just chases itself around in circles in my chest for long stretches until I'm exhausted.

    Anyway, that. It's hilarious (not in a ha-ha way) that for all my ambivalence about this process, I still have that "oh God it's broken it's not going to work I did it for nothing" panic. Now that I put it down, it's actually kind of obvious. I feel very keenly the sacrifices of surgery—and if I had to work with those sacrifices and alterations for the rest of my life without getting a significant weight change out of it, I would be pissed. Plus, I (like many lifelong fat people, I'd suppose) have a tendency to eel doomed around these kinds of things.

    I know what to do. Keep my head down, hit the numbers, manage the anxiety. Repeat ad infinitum, ad nauseam. Repeat, repeat, repeat. 

    It's going to be a hell of a year.

     

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    babykinz53
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    Sitting here sipping my soup, doing last minute research for my Gastric Bypass on Tuesday.

    Been on a liquid diet for 7 days, and it hasn't been too bad. Lots of yummie soup, which by the way, Imagine makes a really great line of creamy organic soups. Naturally low fat and very yummie. I am enjoying the Creamy Butternut Squash Soup, tomorrow is clear liquids so I have some broths on stand by.

     

    So far in my journey to the new me I have eliminated several things from my life.  Caffeine, Sugar, white flour, and diet pop. The diet pop was the hardest, I had physical withdraw symptoms. Every muscle in my body ached, I was light headed most of the time, and the fatigue, ohhhh the fatigue, all I wanted to do was sleep. Took a good two weeks to feel normal again. It scary the thought of something that can cause such withdraws was such a huge part of my life since I was a teenager.

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  4. VicWytch
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    Well, I certainly didn't expect this to happen so soon. I am 8 months out and only 2 LBS (!!!!) away from *my* goal of 130 lbs. I'm pretty amazed at this process, honestly, and a little fearful for the future. I know that I will probably weigh less than 130 lbs in the next few months, but I don't want to go too far. I'm 5'2" so presently I'm at the high range of the 'normal' BMI now. I have been 120lbs before and I was WAY too skinny and looked unhealthy. Even now people are saying "don't lose too much" and "you look great but don't lose anymore". 

    I have my next NUT/doc appointment in another month and my topic of conversation will be about maintenance. Is it too soon to start thinking about that? Everything I've read has people adding back in 'good fats' to maintain, such as nuts, avocado, cheese, etc. But these are foods I already eat--I've never gone the low-fat route on this journey as I believe good fats are essential to a healthy body. My normal blood work proves this to be true FOR ME. YMMV.

    Some things I've noticed at the 8 month mark: 

    • My appetite has not returned yet. There are times when I 'crave' certain foods, but I've not experienced hunger like I used to. I do notice when I have low blood sugar and need to eat, however. Same jitters as before.
    • I cannot tolerate chicken or turkey. At all. I've tried at various times and I still feel as if it gets stuck at top of my pouch. This saddens me greatly as I feel most of the food choices and recipes center around chicken. For substitutions, I eat shrimp (probably more than I should), ground beef, regular beef steak, white fish, tuna, and pork is ok.
    • I'm still not getting more than 900 calories a day. I try and try to add more, but I just can't do it. This worries me.
    • I absolutely love the Premier Protein shakes and usually use it as creamer in my coffee every morning. (My fav is the new Banana flavor and Chocolate of course.) This also means I've been able to cut the Splenda and Half & Half that used to be the staple. I think it's a better substitute.
    • While I haven't added any breads, pastas or rice in my diet at all, I have tried a few things: wheat thins with tuna salad, for example. Rice noodles with veggies and cod. When I was in Amsterdam a few weeks ago for work, I tried 1/2 slice of their brown bread (brod) with salted butter. (Yes, it was delicious.) But again, I notice that my pouch fills up quickly so I still tend to focus my meals on the protein first.
    • My body is entirely different than it was when I weighed this over 15 years ago. My butt sags, as does my arms and tummy. And I wear clothing very differently--which has been eye-opener. Before when I would look for the right pair of jeans to fit my booty, now I fit into every size 8 I try on, as there is no booty left to stuff in!! :-)
    • Second-hand stores are my friends. Goodwill has been a lifesaver, as has ThredUp.com which sells nice used clothing for very cheap.

    If anyone has any advice or words of wisdom, would be very glad to hear them!!!

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  5. Sue Dohnim
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    I changed surgeons a few months ago; we moved to a community north of Austin in March, and the drive downtown was killing me (never mind parking, ugh!), so I asked to be reassigned to a different surgeon in the clinic that's in Round Rock (I'm north of RR, too, but it's a lot closer than downtown Austin!). NB: I didn't change surgeons because I didn't like him - no, I adore Dr Faulkenberry. I already drive over 100 miles a day just to get stuff done, and to add a trip to downtown Austin was more than I could stand. I love Dr Acheson, too - just as nice, and we have a great connection re football (he's a former college QB!). 

    So I saw Dr A on June 16th. He was very happy with my progress. He nodded along with my long tale about my umpteen doctors regarding my anemia and my hypothyroidism - "as long as you're following up with it and staying on top of it, I'm not going to worry too much." Believe me, I want this other crap over and done with and stabilized so I can move on with life.

    He looked at my weight and smiled: "As of today's visit, your BMI [34.6] is no longer in the morbidly obese range." And: "Your weight is great - you're at 202; I bet it will feel great to be under 200 here shortly!" Yeah, baby!

    I've been busy with a zillion things since that day, including a blood transfusion and the beginning of a second set of ten iron infusions (yeah, I was/am walking dead anemic, have been for a long time). My son's school year ended, and I've been trying to keep him busy, including a month's camp. 

    BUT!

    Today, I finally got into an endocrinologist, Dr Singh. I have to say, I love her... and, as I said to my better half, I love all my Texas doctors. I've gotten more accomplished in the 18 months we've been here than all that time in Phoenix. My docs are no-nonsense, Dr Singh included. She popped me on Synthroid immediately with samples, before she fired off my prescription to the pharmacy. Now THAT'S progress!

    But as of today, officially at the endocrinologist's office, I weigh 197. 197! 

    I AM IN ONEDERLAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    *cartwheels*

  6. Just to catch up my blog that I promised myself I would keep.

    I'm getting into the groove of bariatric eating. I'm still in the soft food stage, so I can't eat jerky or nuts, etc; but I'm finding my way. Chicken has been my worst experience. I named my pouch Minnie. She does not like anything about chicken and she sends it right back up the pipe. Minnie prefers cottage cheese and Greek yogurt.

    I'm feeling more energy and happier overall. I'm still having difficulty walking due to balance and leg problems from neuropathy, but I hope it continues to improve. Aqua aerobics are great. I can move like a normal person in the water. I had to buy a smaller swim skirt and new underwear, but am otherwise shopping in my vast closet of things that haven't fit in forever.

    So all in all, everything is going great. I'm trying to remain mindful to embrace the honeymoon period and make as much progress as I can.

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    darkandsparkling
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    So, first blog entry and it's a unpleasant one! lol!.... I did something stupid and had to send an email to my senior support nurse for support......well, the experience has taught me to not have anything outside 'my plan' I have created! the liquids are not rich on that!

    Despite my senior support nurse being away on holiday, she still logged on and answered saying that I would be ok and not to worry....she said that there will be some things that I just can't eat, but that in a few months if you try them again (if you want to) then they may be ok that time! ....weird!  Just shows you how fragile you can be sometimes inside without knowing it! I certainly found out the hard way! Have absolutely no problems following the experience and feel absolutely fine! :-)

     

     

    This is the panicky email I wrote the following email yesterday to my senior nurse!:

    Sorry to disturb you, but, I have just been violently sick, threw up twice, in short succession; everything I had to eat came back up and then as there was no more it just stopped, and now feel as right as rain!  I am worried though, in case I have actually damaged any stiches or staples or something?  It seemed like my whole body went into spasm, and severe pain all over, and it was the worst I have ever felt while being sick, and a very frightening feeling.
     
    I can only assume that it was down to what I had just had.....I had drunk quite a large glass of milk, and not by sipping it either, which I know I should have done, I just didn't think.....then, as I was thinking of going to get some Bouillon for lunch, my house share mate said he had some really tasty gravy leftover from his cooking for his lunch, and said why didn't I have it...well, I did, and it was lovely, but very spicy and very rich....I guess it was too rich for me, coupled with the glass of whole milk I had (which was also his as I had run out of my skimmed and haven't been to the shops yet), I guess my body just expelled it. 
     
    What should I do? If anything? (apart from not doing that again).  Will I be ok?
     

     

  7. When I was getting ready for my gastric bypass surgery, I read whatever I could about it.  Back then, blogs and online support groups were pretty new, and few and far between, so I read a few books on the topic.  Now, there are tons of online resources, but I still really like a "all info in one place" book.  Here is a list of 7 of the most popular and helpful out there!

    The Sleeved Life  by Pennie Nicola is about her journey getting the vertical sleeve gasterectomy.  The cool thing about this book is she combines her personal story with lots of the most recent research on this type of WLS.

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    The Big Book on the Gastric Bypass has everything about gastric bypass, from how to pick a surgeon, what to expect pre-op, how the surgery is performed, recovery, etc.  It has lots of info about afterwards as well, how much you can expect to lose, the diet, & exercising after.

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    Weight Loss Surgery:  The Real Skinny is a great one that talks about all the "bad" parts of WLS.  It goes over the mental aspects, how to change your relationship with food, and how to handle when you don't get the results you were hoping for.

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    The Success Habits of Weight Loss Surgery Patients (3rd addition) has stories from patients that have had all different bariatric surgeries.  Patients interviewed are long term success stories, from 5, 10, 15 years ago, some from 30 years ago!

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    Back On Track After Weight Loss Surgery is great for any of us struggling with weight regain, with slipping into bad eating habits, not making time to work out, etc.
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    Weight Loss Surgery for DummiesWeight Loss Surgery for Dummies I absolutely love the "Dummies" books so of course this one had to make the list!  As all the other "Dummies" books, this one is written in clear, easy to understand language, tons of tips and tricks, and fun to read.

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    Al Roker:  Never Goin' Back I had to include Al Roker from NBC on this list.  He is such an inspiration, and this open and honest story of his life, his struggles as a child with his weight, and what finally led him to getting bariatric surgery, is a must read

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    Most of these are available hardcopy or on your kindle, which is personally my favorite way to read :)

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  8. Today was a frustrating day!  After talking to others regarding insurance and preauthorizations, it make me curious to see if my Bariatric office did turn in my paper work to insurance. They said 3 days ago they were sending it out.. Nothing has been sent..ugh.. Said they were waiting for the surgeon to sign it.  I need to be patient and just focus on my healthy eating and exercising ! This waiting game is not my bag.. Lol.. Just had to blow off some steam. 

  9. Hello Everyone!

    On the 10th I was officially 2 months post op! As always let me get this out of the way: I weighed 203lbs on that day. Which if you're keeping track, is only 12lbs down in a month. HOWEVER, I weighed Friday, three days AFTER my two month mark, and I came in at 199.2. I am NOT celebrating onderland yet because I'm baaaarrrrrrely under 200. Let me get to about 195 and keep it there for a couple days and I'll be partying in the streets!

    I attempted to take my measurements this month, but it didn't really work out. I have no idea if I'm putting the tape measure in the same places as the last two times, and I wasn't impressed with the results I was getting (there was almost no difference between this month and last month). I'm not sure I'm going to continue to take measurements, its just too iffy and aint nobody got time for that.

    My clothing situation continues to be ridiculous. I have about 6 shirts and three pairs of pants I can still wear, and I don't mean like, "I can wear them but they aren't very cute on me anymore." I mean like, I cant wear them because they're falling off and a boob might accidentally pop out in public. Its a great problem to have, I'm grateful, but its also irritating.

    I'm going home to Texas for a long weekend this week. I can't drink. Eating isn't fun. I don't know how this is going to go and I'm a little nervous. It will definitely be a test, both for me and my will power and discipline, but also for some of my relationships. I have a feeling many of my relationships are built on a foundation of going out to eat and drink. We shall see! However, I'm also concerned to go home because I know people are going to comment on my weight. The last time I was home I was 40+ pounds more than I am now and wearing 4 pants sizes larger than today. I feel like they're either going to think I should have lost more by now, or they're going to go way overboard telling me how great I look. Either one will make me uncomfortable honestly. I really don't like attention, predictably. Which brings me to...

    Since I've started losing weight, my boss has become incredibly inappropriate with me. It's been so bad I had to report him to HR, though HR has yet to do a darn thing... but that's another story entirely. My point is, I KNOW this wouldn't have happened to me 70 pounds ago, and knowing that makes me feel a lot of things I'm not sure I can sort out on my own. It's not just my boss of course, I've been getting more attention in general, and while its flattering and makes me feel nice in some ways, it also makes me so so uncomfortable and I feel so awkward and out of my element. I've never in my life had to worry about men approaching me. But also, it's very... confusing? -Is that the right word?- when I receive attention from other men, but not necessarily from my husband. I think I should probably start seeing a therapist. But then again I think that sounds like a painful mess, dragging everything out of the closet and looking at it, no thanks. My schedule changes in June, if I have the time to go to therapy, I promise myself I'll at least look into it.

    In other news, I feel gas pains in between my shoulders now. I didn't have this immediately following surgery but now two months later I do feel it occasionally and its actually pretty painful. Another thing is I get this weird feeling in my stomach sometimes, not necessarily painful, just kind of nauseating I guess. I'm not sure if my stomach is telling me I'm hungry, or if its just gas, or maybe some acid reflux. I really can't pin point what's happening in there! Anybody else have a weird feeling in their stomach that sounds something like what I'm describing?

    Hmm, lets see. I had to give up the bariatric advantage vitamins, they taste so bad that I catch myself accidently on purpose forgetting to take them. So I got some chewy vitamins instead and I actually compared the ingredients and they're almost exactly the same. My advice- don't spring for those Bariatric Advantage chewables. Get something cheaper.

    Oh also, I really do think my hair is falling out with a lot more frequency. I am teetering on the edge of spending gobs of money for products and supplements for hair strength/growth... but should I? I could really use some advice. My hair is already thin! I can't afford to lose anymore of it yall.

    Well I'm working on a big project for my department right now and I should probably get back to it.

    Until next time!

     

     

     

     

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    daisychains
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    I am two weeks out of surgery. Well, technically I am only 13 days but I'm rounding up.

    I weigh 103.9kgs!!! I know this site runs on pounds but I am not American and it kind of confuses me, but that's amazing!! I am proud of myself and I cannot really remember the last time I was proud of myself or the last time I was 103.9kgs! Probably two and half years ago.

    When I first started this journey I expected something else, something much simpler, much more straightforward and less painful. I know that weight loss surgery is not the easy option, that it is difficult but I guess subconsciously, I did think of it that way.

    But it isn't.

    First of all, surgery is a nightmare, I've never had it before, never been to a doctor for anything serious, I've never stayed overnight before and I am lucky, because not only is recovery a #*%$#, hospitals are also spooky at night. 

    I also underestimated how awful the liquid diet would be. My stomach wasn't hungry, but I was jealous, of everything that everyone was eating that I could not. Honestly, I thought I would breeze through the liquid stage because I didn't mind protein shakes or soup and yoghurt. Well, that was a lie. There is something so draining about eating the same thing every day, and not chewing, or having any flavours; everything was either too bland or sickly sweet. Eating becomes a chore, and maybe this is for the best because I definitely didn't have a healthy relationship with food pre-op, but I don't like hating food, I would just like to strike a healthy balance.

    I am looking forward to eating real food, but differently, I'm excited to try new healthy recipes, the ability to leave food on my plate. Enjoy food and not gorge myself until I'm filled with self-loathing.

    Pain wise, I am doing okay, I am 2 weeks out and I feel pretty good, almost how I was pre-op barring the occasional struggle. I am moving around and I try and to go up the stairs couple of times each day, I get winded pretty easily but not sure if that's from surgery or being fat. I am lucky that my recovery is going well, I know it's because I'm young.

    It's just this has not been easy, it has not been awful and terrible, and I am very blessed, there have been no medical complications so I shouldn't complain, and I am not. I am happy I had this surgery, I am just learning that this is a tool, that you don't wake up afterwards a new person. You are still you, and you are responsible for making this work.

    It's important that I know my weaknesses

    •  I love carbohydrates. I love my 8 pieces of toast and pasta and rice, and I know that I will have to stay away from them if I want to prevent regain. It is difficult but I know it's for the best. 
    • Exercise! I am good at it. But I am also lazy and good at putting off going to the gym. A good diet is one thing, but I know I need to work out too.
    • Cheating. I am all talk, I know all about diets and healthy eating, I know a number of calories in a milkshake, I know what I should be eating and what I should be eating, therefore, is no excuse as to cheating. I have to be serious. I cannot allow it this time.

    Sorry for the rambling, I've been trying to catch up on the past two weeks and I need somewhere to place my thoughts.  

    -:D

  10. Mamamac

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    I have begun the process of jumping through all of the hoops for the sleeve procedure.  I have BCBS Federal as well as some of you.  How long did it take for approval once you had all of your tests, visits, etc...

  11. Kamnou

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    Kamnou
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    Well I had surgery on April 4th.  This was scary and exciting. I was right back in action in 3 days.  It was easier then I thought it would be.  I am now current weight of 312 pounds,  I can not remember the last time I was below 320.  Watch out Twosville here I come.   A year ago I was 370 my surgery weight was 324.  I am happy with the results.  I have to say though I travel for work.  I travel across Canada and the US.  It is very difficult to have the protein and the water that you needs while you travel.  I land in cities I do not know and I try and find protein in Walmart's and Targets and try and find a GNC.  I can not purchase to many because I have to go back to the airport and get on a plane again in a day or two. :ph34r:.  Going to enjoy the results and not be the fatest person in the room.  Fall back meal for me is soup.  Some of the waitress think I am crazy when I ask for as much broth and as few noodles as possible.  Ah Well

  12. I'm 2 weeks and 3 days post op and I've only lost 11 Lbs.  I saw my surgeon last Friday and relayed my concerns about my slow weight loss, it was then that he informed me that he couldn't make my stomach as tight as he would have liked because I had too much scar tissue from a previous surgery (lap band 2008).  But he assured me that by keeping on the program, eating enough protein, getting my fluids in and exercising that I would have no problems losing weight.  So I weighted myself on Friday and I had only lost 2 Lbs. from the previous week.  Against my better judgement I decided to weight myself again this morning, 3 days from the last weigh in, and no weight loss!!  I've haven't eaten anything since 2 days before my surgery on March 25, 2016.  All I've had since than is protein shakes and water.  I read blog's from other VSG patients and most have dropped 16 Lbs. or more by the end of their 2nd week.  I even read one blog where the individual is losing 2 to 3 lbs. a day...wow.  I know everyone's body is different and I shouldn't compare myself with others.....but man it’s hard not make the comparisons. Oh, and I'm on my 3rd week, which I understand is notorious for stalls.....great!!   I'm gonna keep the faith and keep on the program and hopefully I'll see a difference soon.

  13. Maybe someday I will come up with a more original title for my blog entries, but it will have to suffice for today.  Day two started off really strong.  By mid-day I was drained of all energy and felt like I was moving under water.  And I had a terrible headache.  On top of that I got some bad news about my dad, who is nearing the end stages of terminal cancer.  When my sister texted that her dog is very ill and they might have to put her down, I lost every ounce of willpower I had in me.  When I got home from school (actually work but I'm a teacher so I always refer to it as school) I was feeling rotten so I ate rice cakes.  I know that sounds harmless, but they were flavored rice cakes and I downed two and a half 3.5 ounce bags over the course of the next hour and a half.  The reason I am able to do that is because I drink while I eat so the chewed up food just goes right through my stomach.  Throughout the rest of the evening I ate a piece of pizza and a half a bag of granola.  

    Past history would have me wallowing in self pity and feeling like a weak-minded sloth!  That type of thinking is just going to perpetuate these eating habits, so I am going to make a conscious choice to think about the positive.  I did manage to go 41 hours on all liquids, which is more than I have done in quite some time.  When I did eat, it wasn't good, but I could have done much worse.  And I exercised.

    Now, I could use feeling crappy, my dad, and my sister's dog as reasons for falling off the wagon.  But here's the thing, if I continue to justify my unhealthy eating because of what is going on in my life, I will never get back to a healthy lifestyle.    

    I am going to my parents this weekend to help my dad transition back home after spending almost a month in the hospital.  It is going to be a very emotionally charged weekend, and in the spirit of honesty, I can't say that I'm going to eat healthy or stick to my plan.  With that said I am going to make an effort to do things that will continue to pull me in the right direction.  I am going to continue blogging and checking into thinner times.  I am going to go for walks (they live on a lake in the middle of the woods so it's absolutely beautiful) and I'm going to strive to make good food choices.  

    I am not going to give up on this.

  14. Wyobabyface
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    It has been 2.5 years since my bypass. I apparently hit my base weight (which I still am not sure what that means) at 245. I just stopped losing weight last January 2015. Just stopped...I have been trying everything to get back on the losing track. What exactly is base weight and why I have I stopped losing? I have kept off the 75 pounds...but don't know why I can't lose. Any ideas what to do? Doc said to eat at the same time everyday. I have tried that even though that is hard with all the things going on in our lives. But I do try. I try to watch how much I'm eating and doing pretty good at that. No soda, not eating out very often...I need help please I need to lose at least another 50 pounds if not more.

    Thanks in advance for any advice from others this has happened to.

     

  15. On February 20, 2015, my insurance company and medical provider determined that I qualified for bariatric surgery based on BMI.  At 237 lbs and 5' 4", my BMI was over the required 40 (40.7).  While I had (pre-surgery) or still have a number of obesity-related conditions (PCOS, pre-diabetic, plantar fasciitis, etc), none of them were considered qualifying comorbidities under my insurance plan.  However, my plan allows qualification based on BMI alone, and thus I began the testing process to begin my actual approval for surgery.

    My testing took some time due to the usual medical bureaucracy, but went largely without incident, and on November 23rd, 2015, I consulted with my surgeon and my dietitian, and was approved for an RNY gastric bypass, which the surgeon and I both agreed best suited my situation.  The surgery was scheduled for December 14th, 2015. 

    The day of the surgery, I arrived at the medical center just over half an hour earlier than the required check-in time, and after waiting for some time, found that my surgery time had been delayed.  This wasn't surprising - surgeries often run over.  My surgery had been scheduled for 1:30 in the afternoon, and expected to last 3-4 hours, but ended up starting around 3:45.  I was out of surgery before 6:00 PM.  My surgeon told the people who accompanied me to the surgery center that the surgery was able to be completed so quickly because I had "a delightfully small liver."

    My in-hospital recovery (discharged around noon after two nights, so I stayed in the hospital for one full day and one half day) was uneventful, aside from a few minor hiccups with my allergies. (I was, at one point, given a medication to which I am allergic - thankfully it only causes nausea, and I noticed the problem before I took the second dose, and I was on anti-nausea medication at the time, so the effects were not serious.  I was also twice served food to which I am allergic, which I refused to eat, and the dietary services staff chastised me for "not telling my allergies to the kitchen when I called in my meal," which I explained that I had not done, since I was on the clear liquids meal plan, and that my allergies were all on record with the hospital and my nurse.)  My surgeon saw me briefly post-op, but after surgery he delegated all of the check-ups and exams to his ARNP.  I would say that he is a very, very good surgeon, but that his follow-up leaves something to be desired.

    I was off my narcotic pain medication within 2 days of my return home from the hospital, and off of the liquid Acetaminophen another 1.5 days after that.  One of the suture sites was not closed quite right (the glue was inside the top 1/4" or so of the incision, holding it open, rather than over the incision pulling it closed), so it was not healing.  I eventually figured out what was going on when that site still had not healed at 6 weeks after all of the other sites had healed, and I removed the glue, cleaned the site, and used medical tape to pull the top of the incision closed.  It healed quickly, taking less than a week to close, but it is not as neat as the other sites, due to having been held open by the glue for so long.

  16. Ladycat
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    I've been approved for the sleeve, once I get all the pre-approvals!

  17. I am a little over 2 months out now and feeling really good overall. I have stepped up my exerice a little bit; not as much as I would like but its getting there. I am getting a lot more comfortable with food and trying to limit my protein drinks when I can. The time seems to be flying now and everytime I step on the scale I see a little improvement. I am even starting to notice a change in my body somedays. I say somedays because most days I still see the same old me at 264 pounds. Every now and then though when I look in the mirror I see a skinnier me. Its crazy how the mind plays tricks on you.  I attended my first Healthy Behaviors class this week (its 1 of 4) and found it really helpful. I never was of the mindset that "support groups" could be helpful before this journey but now I am finding everything little thing I read or class I attend is helping me stay on the right path. I so wish I would have done this a lot sooner... but then again maybe I wouldnt have been sucessfull back then, who knows.

    One big step I have been able to overcome is eating out. I typically try to avoid eating out as much as possible just because I never know what I can and cant eat. This isnt always possible and I cant keep turning down invites from friends just because I am scared. I am a little obsessive about it but when I know I am going to go eat out; I immediatly go online and start looking at the menu and the nutrition facts. I look at everything and find what fits into my dietary needs. I still havent eaten fast food and honestly it doesnt even appeal to me to try and find something at one of those places. Its weird how food can be scary. I am trying to branch out more and try new things. I just hate that I wont know what doenst agree with me until I eat it. The whole trial and error thing sucks. Luckily I havent had anything that has made me sick just a few things made me feel pretty uncomfortable.

    I am excited for my 3 month post op later this month. I still cant believe how time is flying by now.

  18. I'm 11 lbs. from my goal of 135. Slowest pounds in the history of ever, but I keep pushing forward ounce by ounce. Frustratingly, I was stuck at 148 for about three weeks and then all of the sudden, dropped two pounds in two days. I'm thrilled, but confused as I haven't changed anything. I'm sure it's just a body thing as I inch closer and closer to a normal body weight, but urgh! I'm determined to reach my goal, so that I can be in a normal BMI (normal for my height is 141 or less supposedly). I'm happy with my weight now though and how I look, but I need that personal accomplishment - and, who knows, I may be even happier in the 130s.

    I'd been in a size 8 pants since Nov / Dec 2015, but hadn't bought new work trousers since size 10, so this past weekend I went trouser shopping as the 10s were looking very baggy - and I fit in a size 6!!! I couldn't believe it. Size 6!!! I'm in a small shirt already, so that hasn't changed. I kind of hope I don't shrink to extra-small as it seems harder to find shirts in that size.

    Anyway, as of today, I'm down a grand total of 116.6 lbs. from my starting weight and about 103.2 from my day-of-surgery weight.

    Can't wait until the number of pounds left to lose is a single digit. That will seem so much easier. Mind games, y'all. :)

     

    ETA (03/25/2016): Same pattern as before - suddenly dropped from 146 to 144 last night. Seems my body is taking its time in dropping these last few pounds, but no worries! I'm very happy with my progress and am sure I'll get to 135 eventually. Ha! So happy to only have 9 lbs. left to go though.