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    Gastric Bypass
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    Dr. Lakdawalla (Mumbai)
  1. Cool! And by exercise I pretty much meant any activity - gym or no - so that definitely answers my question. I asked because I plan to do a lot of daily activity post the surgery once I'm allowed to do more strenuous stuff including hit the gym and get back to weight training (there's a small, relatively low-key place 10 minutes walk from my home) and in the interim post-op just walk around as much as I can during the day. Cheers!
  2. Oh honestly @Aussie H it's not about that - I have a very large/extended family (think exaggerated big families in movies like Big Fat Greek Wedding but worse) where everyones always in everyone elses business but rarely useful and always makes you feel like you want some space and unless you're the favourite you feel kinda judged if you have shortcomings. So I have no intention of doing what I mentioned before with my family. I know that even though I am amongst the largest of a group that has more than a few hefty and big built and a few outright fat people in it, there will be negativity. I'm just going to do my best to ignore it and coast past them until they are able to adjust to the newer me. When I said that I was going to be a bit of an @*#, I meant to my closest buddies, by bros, the guys with whom I can be absolutely myself who have been for their part trying to encourage me to get in shape for years (with no benefit to them in it) and who even if they called me fat, were never malicious. Lemme put it this way: if they teased me, it was one thing, if someone else teased me or made me feel like crap, they'd be the first ones to go and kick their @*#. So I'm planning on being cheeky to them but not in a mean way and I'm almost 100% certain that these 3-4 people will get as much of a laugh out of it.
  3. I know! I'm looking forward to doing that for a bit too - not because I care about being "hot" and stylish, but I want to do that to bug my closest non-fat bro's for whom I've been the chubby friend for years and now they're all getting a little out of shape over time. Basically I want to be Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) to them for a week or so just to get my cheap thrills before going back to being me.
  4. This is something that I think people who are not nor have ever been overweight really understand - I've got some old jeans from a few years ago and some t-shirts and such, nothing new or fancy, but not been able to wear them in many years and I've kept them hung up on one side of my cupboard to remind me that I will one day fit into them again. And hopefully they'll eventually get too big for me too Kudos on great success in a relatively short time.
  5. Wow, that is amazing in just 8 months - gives me a lot of positivity for my upcoming surgery and the months following. You've really done very well and should be extremely proud. Just out of curiosity, did you exercise a lot in these past 8 months? Also, I concur with the other post above, your tattoos really look badass now.
  6. Well said vsgguy. Well said! Nice, hope it works out and gives you the crunchy chewing joy.
  7. I know what you mean, the sweetness of the protien shakes can be a bit much to have so much of without any savoury flavours to give you some variety. What I've been allowed at least till the last 2 days pre-op when I won't be able to take them anymore is lentils cooked Indian style, i.e, Dal. Specifically de-husked ones (like Moong/Mung) which make a thinner and lighter soupy broth. In it you can put in salt and some chilli powder or other spices for flavour and I definitely find that it seems to satisfy the craving a little for hot food with some mouth feel. Like this one that requires just the following: 2 cups dried yellow split pea/Moong Dal, 2 1/2 cups water, 1 1/5 tsp salt (or to taste), 1 tsp veg oil (optional), 1 tsp cumin, 1/4-1/2 tsp red chilli (powdered), 1/2 cup tomato (pureed/juiced), 2-3 tsp lemon juice. Rinse split peas; add to saucepan with 2 1/2 cups water. Allow split peas to soak for 30 minutes. Heat split peas and water, with salt, until boiling. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until tender and thickened, 15 to 20 minutes. Add more water, if necessary, to prevent drying out. Stir in tomato, lemon juice. Heat oil in a small saucepan (can also do it in a big ladle as that is easier to manage such a teeny volume in) and add cumin seed and red chilli for just a few seconds to get it heated and slightly cooked. When oil is hot, stir mixture into split peas, mix well. You can also probably put in some garlic powder if you like and if you really want to be good about keeping it liquid only, can cook it on the medium-low point for s shorter time so it is slightly thinner but gets colour and smells in the liquid/water or add in more water once the thing is severely reduced to dilute it and then strain out the beans which will be mostly mush at this point anyway and THEN add in the spices to the hot liquid.
  8. I'm likely to agree with @Aussie H above, though in my case its also because where I am people are even worse about obesity and things like WLS in general and really don't know anything and give you lots of crap without knowing and having presumptions that are quite illogical. BUT, there have been a few who have either been through it before or know about it and when I told them, they were open and supportive and so I've elected to keep the pool in the know limited till the surgery is over because I have enough on my mind without needing their nonsense. After the surgery however I plan to definitely keep no secrets. If someone asks, I will be honest about it.
  9. I go for surgery Tuesday and I've been wondering the same thing because even on my pre-op liquid diet these days I'm dying to chew things. Maybe sugar free gum would help - but only so long as you had a very limited amount per day because even excessive sweeteners and chemicals in those things are not great for you in large volumes and I can imagine its easily habit forming. My friend who gave up cigarettes started chewing on nicotine gum and then regular gum but was popping those things constantly for a long while until he was bugged by others to stop. Not saying don't just saying be careful how much you chew.
  10. Well, I'm now officially a week away and have started the pre-op diet of protien shakes and liquid diet with some really simple non-starchy veggies and such. I'm strangely not all that nervous about the surgery itself - I mean dont get me wrong, part of me is and worries that things might go wrong or I might hate it or any number of things, but thats a relatively teeny part of the brain at this point. As in maybe 10-20% of my overall days thoughts. Im more annoyed right now at this liquid only diet and while I (thankfully) am not disliking the protien shakes and coconut water I've been prescribed and I do get to have green tea more or less as much as I want which is great. BUT this not eating much, the lack of savoury food to chew on and such, it's already bugging me a little and I'm hoping it'll pass because I worry that this will be a major irration post-op and probably might lead to me being a real @*# to people around me especially those first few weeks before I can start to try for some semi-solids. Watching other people eat, the craving in me is really aggravating. It's like every diet I've been on ever, yet worse. And now more than before things like the whiff of the smell of something tasty from someone eating nearby is so much more potent. Maybe it'll take a bit and like other lifestyle changes I've made over the years it will get better as I get used to it. But man this feels like its going to be a real pain in the @*# until then!
  11. Hahahaha! Yeah, I can image There are moments where my belly fat has jiggled and given me a laugh but it got old after enough years so looking forward to the kind of jiggling you mean @Zyia I'm hoping that I can feel energised/not-in-pain enough after the surgery to attempt swimming 3 weeks post op. Honestly I've been a bit unclear on that and just assumed it varies person to person because for the most part people who've had it (barring those with complications of course) seem to be relatively up and about and capable of mostly normalish activity within a few days to a week but I've also seen folks like my uncle who basically confined himself to the house for a full month post-op before he ventured anywhere beyond going downstairs to walk in circles in the garden behind his house. Also really looking forward to maybe a month or so post-op once my doc clears me, to get into weight training, between that and swimming, Ive got my fingers crossed for some solid results in the first few months. @BurgundyBoy Yeah, processed and fried snacks and chocolate and such... Ive had weeks and months where that's all I
  12. It also occurs to me (and I could be very wrong) that other problems and lack of physical exercise aside - some might have more of a "melting" effect to them post-op if they are very much emotional or habitual consumers of extremely high-calorie/junk food so that pretty when they stop consuming those thousands of calories a day and drop that drastically while maintaining even a basic/moderate exercise regimen, the sudden change in intake vs burn-off might likely lead to (at least for a short while) a pretty good drop in weight/fat AND if like you they push a lot from very early in that process, the combo of the above plus greater activity levels that will inevitably boost your metabolism would have a possibly shocking drop leading to said "melting". Wow, just realised that might be the longest single sentence I can remember ever writing.
  13. @BurgundyBoy I would like that but just to be on the safe side, I'm going to give it maybe 10 days to 2 weeks before I attempt swimming in a public pool. Doesn't hurt. And in the meantime maybe stick to basic cardio to get my body used to regular daily exercise again and then get back to it. And I think my doc uses dissolving stitches so might take me that bit longer anyway. And I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I can have that "melting off" thing going for me too Cheers! Nice! Well with any luck, if I give myself a buffer of about a week or so post getting that all-clear (just in case) and I've dropped some respectable kilo's and am feeling better, I will definitely be getting back to swimming at least a few times a week.
  14. Thanks BB! I already feel extremely welcome here and that helps a lot with my anxiety. And as far as exercise goes, honestly I can't wait - my constant thought at this point is that I want to get to the end of that 8 weeks of rest and healing (during which I plan to walk/treadmill as much daily as I can manage without straining or pushing too hard) and then re-sign at my old gym and slowly but surely start from basic cardio and simple-low resistance to within the first few months post-op be able to get properly back to the weights I used to be able to lift (sadly I was a decently strong fat dude :D) at least AND most importantly: I want to be able to run. And once I reach that level, I'll get back to swimming proper which is a sport I love and once summer passes (it's hot as hell here!) I want to get back to playing Badminton which is another sport I love and is under-rated as an intense activity.
  15. Thanks Res! And yeah, the hot and sticky weather has already been going for a while with promises of our hottest summer in decades Good to hear about your experiences with an RNY and honestly I'm extra happy to hear about your ability to eat chocolate (even just that little, I've always had the best success with maintaining healthy lifestyle changes when I do let my happy cravings have their way every once in a rare while). And no, not a vegetarian so Im hoping protien and such will not be as much of a problem - though I admit, the malabsorption permanently post-op is something that does concern me still.