Res Ipsa

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About Res Ipsa

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Boston Area
  • Interests
    Cooking, walking, current events, history, wine, and travel.
  • Age
    55

Information

  • Surgeon
    Denise Gee, MD
  • Hospital
    Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-11
  • Start Weight
    304
  • Current Weight
    180
  • Goal Weight
    185
  • Surgery Date
    11/12/2013
  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. I also have no answers to your questions, sorry, but wanted to warmly welcome you to TTF. Also, given the high risk of Medicaid cuts passing in Washington DC in the next few weeks/months, I strongly encourage you to do everything that you can do to make your pre-operation process be as quick as possible. Can you see your PCP sooner than August? Can you rescedule your psych exam sooner? We are here to support you.
  2. Great news! Just keep doing what you are doing and watch the excess weight fall off. Happy times as a thin, healthy and more active person are just ahead of you!
  3. Great news! Happy dance time!!
  4. Welcome Laura! We are here to support and inform you on your weight loss surgery journey.
  5. Since you are from Texas, how about trying chili con carne or another spicy well cooked meat dish? I found that I had no problems eating spicy food as soon as I reached the soft food stage.
  6. I keep Cheezits and similar crackers out of my house as I can snack my way through a box in a day.
  7. Aussie H, I agree that you should lose weight until you reach the weight that looks and feels right. It is possible that you may lose a bit too much weight in doing this, but gaining back a few pounds or kilos is not hard. Thank you for being such an active member of TTF. I know that you have been through a lot, and I look forward to the day when you finally reach both your ideal weight and good health.
  8. Welcome! I suggest that you read a lot of postings all over this forum, and then let us know if you have any questions.
  9. Welcome! Keep on walking and sipping water, and you'll be amazed at how much weight you will lose (but look out for the possibility that you may suffer the dreaded week three weight loss stall). We are here to support and inform you on your weight loss surgery journey.
  10. Welcome Alioops! As you can tell, we are here to support and inform you (for example, now you know where to buy the best Bulgarian feta in suburban Boston ).
  11. As usual, Stephtay is giving very wise advice. I also note that my post-op weight loss history followed a similar and successful path, even though she and I had different forms of weight loss surgery and are of different genders, Some doctors seem to say or imply that it is almost impossible after weight loss surgery for a person to reach his or her ideal weight and then maintain at that weight. In my opinion, this is (with all due respect to the medical profession) wrong. Stephtay and I (as well as many other long term members of this forum) are living proof of this. I truly believe that every person has the power with weight loss surgery to reach, and then maintain long term at, our ideal or goal weight as long as the person follows the normal post-op diet of lean protein, lots of liquids (except during meals), low carb, low calories, taking vitamins etc. More specifically, my weight loss history is simple. I began at 304 pounds. In the two months prior to my surgery I lost 20 pounds to be at 284 pounds. After my RNY gastric bypass surgery in November 2013, my monthly weight loss rates were as follows: 1. 23 pounds 2. 16 pounds 3. 16 pounds 4. 12 pounds 5. 18 pounds 6. 7 pounds 7. 7 pounds 8. 2 pounds 9. 0 pounds 10. 4 pounds 11. 2 pounds - at which point (in mid-October 2014) I reached 177 pounds. This is just below my goal weight of 185, so I have gained a few pounds and am around 181 pounds most days (except after a really nice vacation ). See the attached Fitbit chart. if I can do it, anyone do it. Do not believe the naysayers, do not believe that because you have failed on prior diets you cannot do it, and most of all do not underestimate how wonderful it is to stick to the diet plan to make yourself healthy, thin and active.
  12. Tom, Occasionally my weight gets a few pounds too low, and I just eat more calories in order to stop the weight loss and gain back a few pounds. If this does not work for you by eating more healthy food, try eating some unhealthy food if it does not make you dump. Cookies? Mexican food? Chinese food? Nachos? Just don't get addicted to the bad food and gain back too much weight. It is a truly bizarre concept for most of us - who have been overweight for so long - to need to gain weight, but having too low a weight is not healthy. In any case do not worry about this until you get a few pounds below your ideal weight. Once you reach your ideal weight you will need to determine how much food/calories to eat to maintain your weight. This can be a bit of a trial and error process. If you stay on your post-surgery weight loss diet, and do not shift to a maintenance diet, you almost certainly will lose too much weight. Note that everyone's maintenance diet is a bit different in terms of calories, but in general at maintenance men can have more calories than women, and gastric bypass patients can have more calories than gastric sleeve patients. You have done a really great job with your weight loss so far - I am very impressed. Geoff
  13. I am sorry that you are not feeling well, and I hope that you get both relief and answers soon. In the meantime be sure to drink enough liquids. We are here to support you.
  14. As usual, I totally agree with athenarose and cinwa. I did not have a set goal weight when I had my surgery, although I certainly wanted to be in "one-derland.". However, I had totally rejected the idea that I would lose only about 70 percent of my excess weight, the average result of a gastric bypass, as I had my surgery to become healthy and thin, and not just 70 percent healthy and 70 percent thin. For me a failure to reach (and then maintain at) my most healthy weight was not an option that I would accept. Thus, after my surgery, I simply continued to lose weight until I reached a weight that seemed right for me - a weight at which I felt thin and healthy. That proved to be 185 pounds. Then I lost a few more pounds just to give myself a buffer so that I would not worry about going over my goal weight after having a bigger than normal meal. My strong suggestion is not to trust BMI charts or ideal weight charts, but instead to trust yourself and your spouse (and your PCP if you have a good one) to help you find the right weight as you lose weight. If it is 135, great, but do not get so low that you are only skin and bones. Some BMI charts would have me lose another 25 pounds or so from my current weight in order to be at the right weight - which would be totally crazy. There is no reason to settle ultimately on a long term goal weight that is too high or too low. It may take you a while, and some trial and error, to find the "sweet spot" of the right goal weight. We met at the Boston TTF get-together at Castle Island earlier this month (a fun event to which everyone is welcome to join us next summer ) so you know what I look like in terms of weight, but the other people who read this can judge for themselves whether I have found the right goal weight. Remember that we are here to support you.