gsmall

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About gsmall

  • Rank
    Senior Member
  • Birthday 01/16/1963

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Female
  • Age
    48

Information

  • Surgeon
    Dr. Albert Spaw
  • Hospital
    Baptist, Nashville
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-04
  • Start Weight
    290
  • Current Weight
    158
  • Goal Weight
    145
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
    27
  • Surgery Date
    10/04/2010
  1. Fruit

    I eat about about a 1/2 cup of grapes or strawberries and then I eat a banana sometimes. I also eat part of an apple (can't eat a whole apple) a couple of days a week. I also eat blueberries occasionally. So I don't think I overeat and I definitely don't go over my calories in a day but I'm trying to pinpoint problem areas.
  2. I don't drink any alcohol and the majority of my carbs would come from fruit. I do eat 1/2 bagel for breakfast before my workout and I might eat 4-6 multigrain crackers with cheese for a snack. I'm going to try to increase my protein and then I'm also going to try to eat more veggies just to help me stay full. My husband keeps saying this is muscle weight but I'm just worried that it is not.
  3. Fruit

    Do you eat fruit? I love it and it seems to satisfy my cravings for sweets. It doesn't hurt my stomach or make me feel bad. My question is: if you do eat fruit, do you think it contributes to weight gain?
  4. I had rny surgery 2 1/2 years ago. I have lost 160 pound and feel great. I'm active. I run and bike almost everyday and I lift weights 4 days a week. i average 1 1/2-2 hours of exercise daily. My weight has remained steady over the past 6 months but has slowly started creeping up. I track what I eat and stay under 1500 calories. I try to keep my protein around 70 grams. I drink lots of water. I would not be concerned about a few pounds due (which could be attributed to working out) but my clothes are getting tighter in my waist. I'm starting to freak out! I do not want to gain this weight back. I've contemplated cutting my calories a bit more but I'm hungry with eating around 1450-1500. I'm not sure I cut back more successfully. My pouch still works in that I can only eat small amounts of food at a time (especially if I eat protein). I am making an appointment with my surgeon just to make sure everything is looking okay from the medical perspective. Do any of you have any other suggestions or input on this?
  5. 106 Reasons

    Awesome!!!!!! I am a little past one year (Oct 4) and can relate to much of your list. I am 150 pounds lighter! I have no regrets!
  6. *~* October 2010 Staplers *~*

    Some thoughts 9 months post op: 1. I'm so thankful everyday that I made the decision to have this surgery. 2. I love being smaller - I can buy clothes in any store - I can sit in any chair - I have tons more stamina - I feel great about my new size. 3. I want to lose 28 more pounds - there are people who think I do not need to lose more weight - I think this is a personal decision. I will be well within a healthy weight limit with that. I do wish I could choose to lose it in certain places and not other places. I have no butt left and my tail bone hurts quite frequently so I would prefer not to lose more weight there. 4. I have loose skin on my arms, my boobs are like deflated balloons, and my legs have loose skin. In spite of this, I'm not sure if plastic surgery is for me. I'm just not into pain and really don't know if I want to put myself through this. 5. I really do not enjoy food that much - it is more to keep me alive than to be enjoyed. I do try to eat what I like but food just isn't an important part of my life anymore. 6. All of my friends and family (with the exception of one person) have been so supportive and for that I'm grateful. To the one person I say - "don't be a hater." 7. I am thankful to God because I entered this whole process in prayer and asked that if this was not the right path for me, that something would be put in my way. That never happened and so here I am today 132 pounds lighter than nine months ago.
  7. Setback

    I am hoping to get to go home today (I'm out of the hospital but not in my home state). I have one pair of pants that fit because I'm so bloated. I do feel better physically but I'm down emotionally. It is just hard to go from feeling great, looking forward to vacation, a workshop in Houston (NASA), to being sick! I do appreciate the well wishes and the video does make me worry less about the meds.
  8. Setback

    Setback - worried I was on vacation last week out of state and on Monday started feeling really bad. I had a terrible stomachache, no appetite, and exhausted. By Wed the pain was unbearable and I had started running a fever. I also had a knot in my abdomen. I was worried that my intestines had twisited. I called my surgeon and he told me to go to the ER in the area. I got there and they determined CT scan that I had appendicitis. When they went in I had a hernia that the appendix had dropped into. The removed the appendix and a "fat strand" (the dr's term) fell into the hernia and it sealed itself off. I was in the hospital until Friday and now I'm back at the condo where we are staying. The dr asked me not to travel until he saw me tomorrow. I'm worried that this will be a major setback. I'm worried about the effects of the antibiotics on my pouch. I'm worried that the hernia will reopen since he wasn't able to seal it with mesh. I'm worried about infections. I've been so happy since my surgery. I pray to God that my happiness is not removed because of this. I'm sitting here in tears because I'm terrified. Thanks for letting me vent.
  9. *~* October 2010 Staplers *~*

    Setback - worried I was on vacation last week out of state and on Monday started feeling really bad. I had a terrible stomachache, no appetite, and exhausted. By Wed the pain was unbearable and I had started running a fever. I also had a knot in my abdomen. I was worried that my intestines had twisited. I called my surgeon and he told me to go to the ER in the area. I got there and they determined CT scan that I had appendicitis. When they went in I had a hernia that the appendix had dropped into. The removed the appendix and a "fat strand" (the dr's term) fell into the hernia and it sealed itself off. I was in the hospital until Friday and now I'm back at the condo where we are staying. The dr asked me not to travel until he saw me tomorrow. I'm worried that this will be a major setback. I'm worried about the effects of the antibiotics on my pouch. I'm worried that the hernia will reopen since he wasn't able to seal it with mesh. I'm worried about infections. I've been so happy since my surgery. I pray to God that my happiness is not removed because of this. I'm sitting here in tears because I'm terrified. Thanks for letting me vent.
  10. *~* October 2010 Staplers *~*

    Checking in - July 4th will be 9 month anniversary - I've lost 125 pounds - hoping to lose 20 more. I'm wearing a size 12 (which is just crazy). I fee great! I'm so thankful I had the surgery...no regrets! My hair loss has almost completely stopped. I do have excess skin on my arms and legs. It is not terrible but if money were no object, I would have it removed...maybe some day in the future. I hope all of my fellow October staplers are doing well! I would love to read updates!
  11. Last years jeans.....

    I need to try that : )! Congrats.
  12. Cigna requirement question

    Same here... Pretty close to one month apart - give or take a day - we started counting with first visit after making the decision to have surgery.
  13. coffee?

    My doctor is fine with me having coffee. I probably average two cups per day.
  14. Hair Loss

    I started losing hair at 4 months - mainly when I washed it. I have very thick hair so I'm thankful because I lost quite a bit. It has started slowing down now but I still have more hair loss than before surgery.
  15. *~* October 2010 Staplers *~*

    I had my six month surgerversary this week. I am down 105 pounds and from a size 28 to a size 16 or 14 (depending on how it is made). I am wearing regular large shirts now. I can fit into any chair anywhere I go (I am on university campuses a lot and do not have to worry about fitting into a desk if necessary). I was never sick before the surgery and had a fairly active life. However, my stamina is much greater today than it was prior to surgery. I would still like to lose 40 more pounds and we will see how that goes. I have NO regrets about having this surgery. I hope everyone else is doing great. Gina