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  1. Hi Sally, We'll be surgery twins as I'll have my RNY on 9/11 too! Our stats are similar, so I will definitely follow your journey. Best of luck to you!
  2. Hello! I had my psych evaluation yesterday and it was fine. I was a little worked up because I didn't know what to expect, but it was a waste of my energy. I had to fill out a questionnaire and then the doctor just went over my answers. Took about 30 minutes. Next step is to complete labs/EKG then I get to meet with the case manager to schedule my date. I was told they are scheduling surgeries for mid-August so my choice of a September 11 surgery date is guaranteed to be available. Yay! I can now visualize all of this.
  3. Thanks, all, for the warm welcome! My mindset is pretty focused right now and I plan for it to remain that way. After this Thursday things should move pretty quickly and I'll be in surgery before I know it. I've read through so many of your posts and taken your advice to heart. I'm really trying to eat as though I'm post-op already (i.e., protein first!, 64+ oz. of water daily, no sugar or white carbs, observing the 30/30 rule, small bites and chewing thoroughly). I'm even doing full liquids a couple times a week so I can get used to it. It's really not too bad. I even quit drinking coffee which was very, very hard for me to do. I didn't want to go through withdrawal from caffeine as I'm trying to recover from surgery. That would be miserable. I've been so angry at myself for allowing myself to gain weight again. It's just exhausting doing this yo-yo thing. I now know my limitations and deal breakers. This is the last time I'll ever have to lose this weight. I'm so inspired by all of your successes and I hope to follow in your footsteps. Thank you!
  4. Hello, I’ve been lurking for a while and figured I’d introduce myself. So, hello, my name is Paula and I’m pre-op hoping for a surgery date in September 2017. I’ll be having RNY. My surgeon is Dr. Yenumula at Kaiser in No. California. I’ve done extensive research on both the VSG and the RNY surgeries, and arrived at my decision to have the RNY because of preexisting GERD. I’m terrified of the surgery and the potential complications, but I’m more terrified of not having it done and continuing on this way. I am 5’5” with a starting weight of 246.6 and a starting BMI of 41. I have no other comorbidities. I do have terrible low back pain/sciatica from the additional weight. That is the biggest reason I want to have the surgery. I am in pain all the time, cannot sleep, sitting for long periods of time is very painful (I have a desk job) and even walking for exercise is difficult. My doctor said having WLS and getting the extra 81 lbs. off will do wonders for resolving my back pain. This cannot happen soon enough for me. I’ve been overweight since I hit puberty. At my highest, I was 274 lbs. I’ve tried various programs to lose weight since the age of 16, but wasn’t successful until I joined Kaiser’s Healthy Ways program in 2001. I was able to lose about 50 lbs. with the help of nutritional counseling, exercise and Phentermine to control my appetite. Once I stopped the medication I gained about 20 lbs. back, but maintained a 30 lb. overall loss from my highest weight. After I divorced my first husband in 2012, I decided it was time to really focus on losing the extra weight. I had always been active, lifting weights, and taking Step, spin and yoga classes at the gym. I had also used the Couch to 5K training program to start running and even completed a couple 5Ks. I was still overweight, but was pretty fit. So, I decided I wanted to do more running and began logging 12-15 miles per week to train for my first half marathon. I managed to lose 55 lbs. and completed four half marathons in two years. I was still in the overweight category, but I felt amazing. At 183 lbs., I was the lowest weight I’d ever been as an adult and I felt like I could do anything. Then I met the love of my life in August 2013. I stopped running and allowed processed carbs and sugar back into my life. I gained 64 lbs. in just over a year. I own that 100%. I like to joke that the size of my rear is equal to my level of happiness. I am happy with my life. I’m just not happy being 246.6 lbs. Fast-forward to July 2016. I had finally talked myself into WLS and asked my PCP for a referral to the bariatric program. I must have talked myself into and out of having surgery a dozen or so times. Once I made the choice to go forward however, I truly felt like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders (no pun intended). My argument against the surgery was that it was taking the easy way out. Intellectually, however, I know this is wrong. The surgery is just a tool. I still have to make the right decisions about what to put in my mouth and to exercise. There isn’t anyone doing those things for me. So, for anyone to say this is easy, that is just misinformed. If anything, it’s harder because I will no longer be able to eat any food in any amount that I wish. I’ll have to be disciplined like never before. I’m okay with that. I like rules and structure, so I feel like I’ll be successful. This is the last time I want to lose this weight. I’ve been battling my weight for almost 30 years and I’m ready to be at a healthy weight for the next 50 or so years. God willing. This week I have my psych appointment and then only have an EKG and labs to complete before I can meet with the case manager and get my surgery date. I was told to lose 12 lbs. before I could proceed in the program and I have lost 16 so far and hope to continue losing up to the day of surgery. I will be a success story. Failure just isn’t an option. I remember how invigorating it feels to cross the finish line of a race and I want to feel that way every day. It may sound cliché, but I want to be healthy and fit more than I want to eat junk that is not good for me. Here’s to a successful journey. If you made it this far, thanks for reading and thank you for your support. This forum seems amazing in that regard.