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  1. Res Ipsa

    Trying to get back

    Relax. We are here to support you and you can do this. You still have a weight loss tool built into your body. Remember how great it was to be thinner and focus on following your post op diet. Get the unhealthy food out of your house now. It will take a few months, but you can do it. The wold of COVID is not pleasant, but you know that carbs do not make it any better. Be kind to yourself on this. It is not where you have been that matters, but where you are going.
    5 points
  2. HELLO!!! I don't even know how long it's been since I've checked in here; I hope all have stayed healthy. Covid has kept me hopping, and time has lost all meaning. We just get through each day as best we can and get ready for the next. I am so excited to be scheduled for vaccination this week; this is a light of hope that we've been waiting so anxiously for. Unfortunately, the stress of this and the erratic schedule has played havoc on my health. I am up about 20 pounds; I don't exercise or do any type of self care other than try to get a bit of sleep. My blood pressure is creeping u
    4 points
  3. April, you need to do this FOR YOU. Only you know the pain you feel every day being trapped with all this weight. I am sorry your children are not being supportive. We support you, and are here for you!
    3 points
  4. Ladybugzzz86

    Trying to get back

    Hey @anniehaley, you are not alone! You got some great advice to get you started. Stick with your posts and let us know how it goes. I am battling my regain as well, but we got this! One meal at a time, one day at a time.
    3 points
  5. Welcome back @msmarymac - we have missed your kind and thoughtful posts! I wish you a very Happy New Year. I am glad to hear that you probably have had your first COVID vaccine shot by now. The end of the COVID pandemic is approaching, although I suspect that we have at least six months to go before life will begin to return to something that approaches "normal." Weight regain is (sadly) a normal aspect of the weight loss surgery journey for most of us. From reading many posts on this topic here at TTF, it appears that the secret to dealing with it is to go step by step. First ac
    3 points
  6. cinwa

    Merry Christmas 2020

    And a Merry Christmas to you! I live in the foothills of Mt. Rainier in Washington State and fortunately, unless I set foot outside the gate, life isn't too badly impacted by the Corona virus. Sending best wishes to you and everyone else on T-T. - I hope you all have a good Christmas ... take care and stay safe.
    3 points
  7. cinwa

    (Mostly) Approved!

    When I hit 65, my best friend and swimming buddy gave me a birthday card: "What do older women have between their breasts that younger women don't?...a belly button!" If ever I win the lottery, I'd be very tempted to get me a new set of boobs.
    2 points
  8. I had my gastric bypass a few years ago, and it was the smartest decision of my life (besides marrying my wonderful spouse ). Life as a thin, healthy and active person who should live decades longer due to the weight loss is wonderful. No regrets and no problems.
    2 points
  9. Yay! Congratulations on making the best decision for your new healthy future! In a leadership movement I've been part of "recently" (pre-Covid), we talk about why change is so difficult. People don't fear change, they fear what they might lose because of the changes. In order to get people to embrace change you must first speak to loss. Perhaps your sisters fear they will lose the things you do together (many of our social activities revolve around food); sometimes spouses or significant others fear they'll lose you, either literally or emotionally. Right now, they are likely needing
    2 points
  10. Congratulations on reaching this first goal! You are working hard to make changes that will save your life, and vastly improve your quality of life and that should be celebrated! It's likely your kids aren't really worried about the beds collapsing; it probably is a much deeper fear. Maybe a fear that you won't make it through surgery, maybe a subconscious fear of losing the Mom they know (I mean, who IS skinny Mom, anyway lol), but it is far easier to make it about the bed. All you can do is keep providing factual information and reassurance, and keep moving towards your goals.
    2 points
  11. All bariatric units have beds and other equipment designed to support severely obese patients April.
    2 points
  12. Ladybugzzz86

    Support?

    Be as obsessed as you need; don't let others be your influencers. It's part of what threw me off course. So what if I have to obsess to be healthy? I'd much rather that then obsess about unhealthy habits. Do you, and what's best for you! You always have support here if you need us
    2 points
  13. Anita1962

    There is hope!

    So nice to see posts from the same people that were here three years ago! Hope all have a healthy and safe 2021!
    2 points
  14. You need protein to build muscle. You may be better off to increase your lean protein intake instead of the supplements. The supplement industry is a lot like the "diet" industry; over-promising on what can be accomplished with their over-priced potions. Bottom line is, you're doing great! Don't let a breakup influence/drive the decisions you make regarding your health; do this for you, you're worth it!
    2 points
  15. Tracy i think your in a similar situation as me, the food and weight side of things im great, but the psychological aspect is crippling, i have been through a lot of personal trauma since the age of 17, rape, domestic violence, depression, anxiety and having a son (now 19) with lots of mental health issues etc and i have always had to get myself through it. Tried cbt a few times and its never helped and ive lost count how many times ive begged for counselling and been on waiting lists. Spoke to my gp on christmas eve and she has put in an urgent referral to a psychologist and doubled my medica
    2 points
  16. Aussie Bear

    Introducing myself.

    Good luck with it. I always advise folk when visiting bariatric surgeons, to go informed about different procedures, but also open minded. If we are open minded it allows the surgeon to run their tests and help us to make the best decision ourselves once those results are in. There are certainly reasons to favour various surgeries, but until we have all the facts of our health available, the best decisions really can't be made.
    2 points
  17. Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas from the land down under where we've already started the day. What a year 2020 has been. Fortunately, we are allowed to travel within my state without restriction, after a messy year. I'm about to head off for a family lunch with the majority of my siblings, so that'll be nice. Can't see my kids due to border controls and quarantine restrictions, but I'm okay with that. Both live a very long way from me (on opposite sides of Australia while I'm kind of in the middle), and are choosing to work today as they have no family in their respective states, so d
    2 points
  18. Merry Christmas guys n gals. Here's to a fantastic New Year. Much more to come in 2021!
    2 points
  19. Res Ipsa

    Merry Christmas 2020

    Merry Christmas to everyone here at TTF (except that I wish Happy Christmas to those of you in the UK)! Right now there is lots of snow on the ground up here in northern Vermont - so we should have a white Christmas. Let us all hope that 2021 brings relief from the pandemic, peace, and a return to normal life.
    2 points
  20. Hi Robin, You have been through a lot, no wonder you're having trouble concentrating, and experiencing depression and anxiety. There are a lot of things in your life right now that you don't have any control over, and that is so scary. However, there are some things you can control and sometimes if you can manage even one or two of those successfully it can brighten your entire outlook and make that spinning out of control feeling seem not quite as wild. For example, from your writing it seems like you are really missing your connections with your church and really even with God. I
    1 point
  21. Squishy

    (Mostly) Approved!

    Wow! Can I ever relate to that experience at the airport scanners! Every single time. So embarrassing. Thank you for all the information. This is very helpful.
    1 point
  22. Aussie Bear

    (Mostly) Approved!

    I also can't help with the multiple procedures question, but good luck with them all. YouTube has some excellent videos made by folk that have had different procedures, as well as surgeons actually performing them, so it might be worthwhile combing through some. As for the abdominoplasty question, I'd definitely be looking to pay the additional cost to convert from just a panniculectomy to a full abdominoplasty. Without the muscle tightening, naval restoration etc, you're unlikely to ever feel happy with the end result of a a panniculectomy alone unless it's solely for stopping skin breakdown
    1 point
  23. We all wish you the best during your weight loss surgery journey. The path is neither fast nor easy, but it also is not hard. You can do it. Life at goal weight is wonderful. We are here to support you.
    1 point
  24. Hello and welcome! I'm 6 years out from my sleeve and the only regret I've ever had is that I didn't do it sooner as it completely changed my life! In the last 2 years I have developed a hiatal hernia which is causing GERD at night. I am reluctant to have another surgery and now with Covid I am just too busy (healthcare) so I have managed to manage symptoms with Nexium and elevating the head of the bed (luckily have an adjustable base). My surgeon insists on an EGD periodically (just had one on Monday) to make sure I am not experiencing any erosion or excessive irritation/inflammation.
    1 point
  25. TammyP

    No support from family.

    There is NOTHING wrong with you @hilllsister! I am sorry your family is not being supportive. Most of that may come from a lack of understanding the benefits of WLS. But at the same time, if they don't want to listen to your reasonings, you cannot force them to do so. I really talked about WLS a LOT while I was going through the process. Sometimes I needed to hold back and realize my husband may not wanna hear about this so much (even though he was supportive). Sometimes I just needed to step back and focus those around me, to still stay in touch with their lives and needs. It is easy t
    1 point
  26. April— very excited to see how you are doing now. Did you have the surgery?
    1 point
  27. Thank you for the congrats!! I’m pretty excited. I was fully prepared to do the liquid fast but yes, it’s as you said. I was supposed to fast for 1 week but I started yesterday. They knew I was concerned about covid suspending elective surgeries.
    1 point
  28. cinwa

    Support?

    You're not alone - I think that most of us ran into issues with friends and family who were less than supportive of our decision to have weight loss surgery. My husband went to all of the info sessions and having seen the struggles I went through with a multitude of diets over the years, only to end up heavier each time, he was behind me all the way.
    1 point
  29. Lol, hubby=dead weight! Too funny! I get it! Go for it girpl!
    1 point
  30. Thank you!
    1 point
  31. anniehaley

    Trying to get back

    I have fallen so far off track and it getting worse. I am binging on sugar constantly, have gained back 50 of the 80lbs lost and feel so ashamed. I'm having serious gastro-intestinal issues but not even that is preventing me from eating sugar and major amounts of carbs. Along with everyone else I'm struggling with world today, and I am using food to cope but I need WANT it to stop.
    1 point
  32. Cheesehead

    5 weeks out

    Go slow. And chew well. If you don’t tolerate something, give it time and try again. If something doesn’t agree with you I find papaya enzymes (chewable and found in the vitamin section). Help to dissolve food..
    1 point
  33. BlackStar

    Post Op

    My surgery was yesterday, 12/15. Last night was pretty rough. But I’m feeling better this morning. I walked last night and this morning. I couldn’t wait to drink some water. Getting out of the hospital bed was challenging lol. I didn’t want to be in the bed all day so for the past two hours I’ve been sitting up in a chair. I’m getting discharged today. I know the recovery period won’t be roses but I am happy I took this step. When I initially went to the dr I weighed 317 pounds I was given a weight loss goal of 15 pounds, yesterday my weight was 291! I was super proud of myself!
    1 point
  34. Ladybugzzz86

    Post Op

    Great job! Keep up your steps, they are very important during your first few weeks post op to prevent complications. Wishing you the best of luck in the New Year. Patience is key
    1 point
  35. I know I've said it once before ( I think shortly after you moved there), but Christmas in Vermont is top of my bucket list. Probably would need to win the lottery to afford it....but never say never as they say. There you are having it be your home you lucky man.
    1 point
  36. I remember when I first broached the issue with my doctor, being given a very short test (the seldom, often, always type scale). I wasn't depressed anymore, which I was happy about, but my anxiety and stress scores were through the roof. We both knew it was only going to be a matter of time before depression followed. I'd just finished CBT, when Covid struck, so the physical and social isolation that brought with it, never really tested my CBT. My state opened up recently after a hard lockdown, so this week will bring the first major test for me. I've had small opportunities (very time control
    1 point
  37. Thanks for starting this topic. I myself have been dealing with things that I just couldnt seem to get to when I was obese. Seems like the weight always got in the way of everything and up until recently I had been keeping myself distracted with other things besides food to avoid all the baggage. I did go see the bariatric phycologist but since none of this is a food issue I have been sent elsewhere. Come to find out at this age in life I have anxiety and possible PTSD from childhood. I have been burying all this plus other issues through the years causing me to go from depression t
    1 point
  38. Ausie Bear thank you, it means a lot that there are people that support each other without judgement, i have an appointment on tuesday so hopefully i can get some help x
    1 point
  39. Some things that anyone having surgery needs to remember: This is major surgery - its going to hurt, and you are going to feel like crap. It gets better. No one gives awards for not taking your pain medications. There are no get out of jail free cards for people that "stand the pain stoically" If it hurts, take the meds. Follow the guidelines for your diet recommendations. If you are supposed to have liquid for the first week, that doesn't mean pizza in a blender. Put on your big girl/boy pants and drink the protein drinks and water. No amount of whining replaces the nutrition you
    1 point
  40. Yes the skin issues suck !! I tell myself its better then the alternative and I truly believe that. I would much rather be smaller with loose skin then morbidly obese any day and some of us do not have the luxury of being able to afford skin removal surgeries. I am trying to learn to love myself just the way I am. We all deserve to love and embrace our new selves. We have all gone through too much just to get here to keep taring ourselves down.
    1 point
  41. Nana Trish

    It’s been a while

    @PapaDavid is 14 months post op, and I’m 3.5 years out as of the 17th of this month. Even though I’ve had some regain, I thought some more current pics were a good idea. Here we are, a couple of nights ago, celebrating our upcoming 26th wedding anniversary. This is only the second time we have eaten in a restaurant since the lovely Rona came to visit, and probably the last for a while since we are spiking again. I threw in a couple of others as well The pics are out of order, ugh, lol. The last two are of our anniversary dinner, and the first two are obviously comparison pics ❤️ I’ll ne
    1 point
  42. tracyringo

    3 years post op

    Its been 3 years ago today that I started this journey !! I am 146 lbs lighter !!!
    1 point
  43. The sugar free variety
    1 point
  44. Wow @Jen581791, thanks so much for this. Can't wait to finish the readings tonight before bed. I <3 mind candy, plus no cals!
    1 point
  45. Really good thanks Jen.
    1 point
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  47. Highlandlass

    Burping

    Well, you lucky gals, I can't burp! Since surgery I have not burped and would love to - but I do, well, I'll just say it - fart!!! My dad used to say, "A burp is but a breath of air that cometh from the heart, but when it takes the lower route we know it as a fart!!!" If I more the wrong way - toot toot toot. :/
    1 point
  48. cinwa

    Burping

    Strange that it should start all of a sudden. I started burping and belching straight out of hospital and it's been like that ever since - generally after eating and drinking. I'm glad you went to your PCP and I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that they'll be able to sort it out for you.
    1 point
  49. Heck, the UPS guys knows I've had WLS...
    1 point
  50. I told my boss in December that I was applying for WLS and kept him in the loop the entire approval process time. I told many of my peers. In the hospital, I received a nice plant from my boss's boss. I used 6 sick days with some part time hours the 2nd week.
    1 point
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