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  1. 6 points
    In 24 hours, I'll be on the trail, running 50k (31mi) up a substantial mountain (2300m or 7500ft of elevation gain) and back down again. I've got 13 hours to complete it, but I'm hoping to do it in less than that. I've been training like crazy for months now, and this is the big day. Never, never, never did I imagine myself doing something like this. I'm finding it really amazing to see what I can do when I put my mind to it. Wish me luck!
  2. 5 points
    RobertECorrado

    Scared *&^%

    Thank you for your reply. This helps tremendously. I keep on look at myself in the mirror saying I could do this and then my eyes well up with tears saying I can’t. I’ve been that happy Italian all my life and yes I know I’ve struggled with my weight going up and down and I’ hate to exercise. So I know I need this and I understand the lifestyle changes I’m just so freaking scared that I’m going to be unhappy not with my new body but with my new life. But all these comments I’m really taking to heart and I’m really listening to them and I love you guys for helping me through this
  3. 4 points
    ginabean

    Hi I'm Gina From Mississippi

    Dr. Ortiz - Gastric Sleeve November 20 2019 SW 284 CW 277 GW Happy and Healthy 5’5 I'm happy to have found your web site seems friendly and informative.
  4. 4 points
    CheeringCJ

    My 2nd Year Surgiversary!

    So it has officially been 2 years since my surgery! I went into work this morning much the same way I did the surgery, as I now work at the same hospital I had my surgery in. That day, I went in very early in the morning, on the train as everyone else was going about their commute and I was thinking about how much my life was going to change! It was slightly different two years later, I still went in very early, on the train, and yet, I was one of the commuters heading into the city but this time I was thinking about how much my life HAS changed! I considered how much more comfortable I am in my own skin. I wasn’t created to be morbidly obese and my old body and mind knew it. Somewhere it took the wrong turn and I fell victim to my circumstances and assumed I would be fat forever. Granted, I didn’t want to be fat and I spent thousands of dollars and even more hours trying to get thinner but nothing ever worked...until my VSG! Two years ago today, I was given a new lease on life. I was given the chance to start over and I was given the tools to do it right this time around! My stomach was cut and a big part of it removed and I was left with a small sleeve that would be my new holding place for my food now...now it would be impossible to overeat and binge! I wasn’t one bit afraid or nervous about “mutilating” my body. My body had already failed me and this was my chance to get it to cooperate with me and no longer work against me. I was prepared by learning all I could in the 6 months leading up to the surgery, plus I had a coworker who had been wildly successful with the procedure so I was filled with nothing but hope!!! I had the surgery, had a few issues with the anesthesia making me lightheaded and nauseated, so I stayed a few extra days, but all in all it wasn’t a bad experience at all because my outlook was so good and I knew the pain and the nausea was only temporary but the wonderful changes coming were not! I got home and followed the rules. I had another 2 weeks of nothing but liquids and the weight continued to come off. Then I started puréed foods, and the process of reteaching my stomach and my head what it was like to eat in small portions and to be satisfied. The food never mattered to me like it did before. For the first time in my life, I was eating for sustenance and not for pleasure and I was perfectly comfortable with that! I had never eaten “normal” in my life and it was refreshing to fill up before everyone else and really just enjoy the conversation at the table and not just the food! The weight continued to drop and thought it had it’s stalls and times I wondered “is it over already?!?!”, I did continue to lose in a healthy, controlled way. My surgeon and doctor were both pleased with my progress and I was over the moon with my own success. It wasn’t just seeing the scale finally move down, it wasn’t just seeing my clothes nearly dropping off of me and changing sizes by the weeks, it was much deeper than that. It went down to the core of me and the fact that I wasn’t a failure anymore, that I was actually doing this, I wasn’t broken, I had just never had the correct tools before. It was an eye opening, life changing experience like I had never had before! Now two years later, I no longer eat the same way I did when I was first losing. I do eat protein but I don’t overdo the protein and forgo nearly everything else. I do eat carbs (gasp!) and I even eat an occasional treat (double gasp!). However, life it different. I can’t binge without getting ridiculously full fast, but I can certainly eat more than the 4 ounces that was all I could eat at a time for that first year. I wasn’t sure how to do maintenance, so I joined Weight Watchers this past summer so I could learn how to eat normal and survive in a real world as a normal, average person and not as a post surgical person. I have to admit that I did struggle with seeing people that lost FAR beyond what the “norm” is (60% of your excess weight) and it bothered me for a while that I wasn’t in the 130s/140s like they were, but I have come to accept that I was never in those numbers even in high school so why should I assume I would be in my 50s after having 5 kids?!?! Plus some wise person here reminded me that I DO have excess skin (no pretending we don’t!) and that alone has excess weight, so if I didn’t have that my weight WOULD be lower. (And since my insurance doesn’t cover excess skin removal, and since I have come to terms with what I have), I am not going to stress about the number on the scale! I still have a weird relationship with my body. Mostly I like it but there are days I abhor it. Those are because they are the days I still see myself as morbidly obese. Then there are days that I see photos of me that don’t make me cringe anymore and I realize I am NOT that XXL person anymore. It is a weird mind play to be so fat for so long and now just be normal. I am basically a size 10/12/14 bottom depending on the make and a size M top. I can see myself in some pics and realize that although I think my stomach is so flabby/fat, I can see it really isn’t. I think although I will always struggle w/ my identity, I am coming to terms with being just plain regular! I go to the gym about 4 times a week, and I always make sure I get my 10K+ steps in everyday. I walk 1.5+ miles every lunch break (30 mins) rain or shine, hot or cold. I just dress the part and head out! Keeping active seems to be what helps me maintain, and keeping active is way easier as a normal sized person than it was as an obese person! I read a great book my Connie Stapleton, PhD called Eat it Up which is for weight loss patients and it deals w/ reasons for regain and finding a balance in your life...and I highly recommend it. I was here at Thinner Times day and night before the surgery and after, but as time has gone on and I have less free time because my life is even busier, I am not here as often. However, I must say for you newbies, this is THE place to be...look no further and glean as much info as you can get from here, it is THAT vital to your success!!! I do miss hanging out here w/ all the other “Losers”, but I stop in when I can. Here are some recent pics of me. I post them because I don’t even realize how much better I look and feel until I see them. Lots of times I see my self as my former self so seeing them here make me realize I am darned proud of how much I have changed and how much more active I am in my own life! I love the changes my little sleeve made to me!!! Here I am in Florida last week with my family, I realize that I am pretty comfortable in my own skin now and don’t run from pictures. (And yes, those collar bones are mine, I didn’t have them surgically altered...although technically I got them as a result of my surgery!!! Hahaha!) Here is a picture of me in my bathing suit on a recent family vacation....a picture I would never allow taken before In Williamsburg in August Another pic in my bathing suit...it’s not that I keep wanting them taken, it is just if someone does, I don’t have to delete them in shame! (Which is a healthy thing!) My sweetheart and me on our 35th anniversary in August My youngest grand baby and me Why I love being more active, having more energy and keeping up with the kiddos! These are our 5 grand babies! With my parents
  5. 3 points
    For any newbies that need inspiration or information, go to @CheeringCJ's blog (in the blog section of this site) where she documented the first year after surgery. It's fantastic and so motivating!! She even included pictures each month so you can see the transformation. Happy Surgiversary, Dearie!!! All the best to you! Hope you are celebrating yourself today! How are you doing?
  6. 2 points
    Mine were 9, 7, 6 and 4 when I had surgery. I just told them that I was having surgery to make me healthier. I didn't go into too many details pre-op. Afterwards, they knew I had surgery on my stomach and I could only eat certain foods in limited amounts. I discussed the actual surgical procedure in depth with my then 6 year old after I had the surgery, but she's weird like me and literally watches necropsies and surgeries for fun, so that discussion was just like one we'd had many times before. My kids who are more squeamish still don't know most of the details and I don't think saying more than the minimum, particularly before surgery is necessarily a good idea for most kids.
  7. 2 points
    Cindy Lou Who

    Hello from Vancouver Washington

    I can attest that people are nice here. I had alot of stupid questions too! All questions are good and help others too, so ask away!
  8. 2 points
    Brass Monkey

    Taking the plunge

    Hello all, First post here - just googled it. I see my surgeon on Wednesday (today is Monday) and it's about to get real. Where do I start ugh. I'm 49 - stunningly attractive and happily married for 21 years - but I have all of the health issues associated with being over weight. I'm 5'10 - was 309 at my heaviest. I'm fluttering around 285 now. High blood pressure sleep apnea just diagnosed with diabetes joint pain out of breath I want to get this over with as quickly as possible - so I can get to the post op me. When they ask me what my weight loss goals are - ha - I say being able to tie my shoes & breathe at the same time! I'm worried about the following. When I'm bored I eat, when I'm (mildly) stressed I eat, when I'm happy I eat etc. etc. What the heck am I going to do when I'm bored, stressed or happy????? Anyway - wanted to say hi & let the world I'm going to be going through this.
  9. 2 points
    msmarymac

    Scared *&^%

    Congrats, you did it! I can't imagine eating eggs this early post-op!! I was on clear liquids for a week, then full liquids for a week, then soft and mushy for 2 weeks. I'm not surprised at all that you're having troubles! That new baby sleeve needs time to heal. I would back way off and just concentrate on liquids and very soft stuff. Many people have trouble with eggs postop for some reason; I still sometimes do and I'm almost 5 years out. Scrambled eggs and chicken breast remain the 2 things that are "sticky" for me and require a bit of moisture to get down. Remember, very tiny bites, chew like crazy until it's liquefied before swallowing. You will only be able to sip until your little sleeve is healed and the swelling is gone. There's just no room in there. Lots of trial and error at this stage and the sleeve gets to decide. As you have found out, it tells you when it's not happy with your choices The good news is, this is all a normal part of the healing process and it gets better! I mean really, did you expect to have major surgery and not feel any different? Dude, you just had most of your stomach removed, of course you hurt! Of course you can't gulp! You also have figured out the best part though...the weight will begin to come off and your new gloriously healthy life will take off!! You have so much wonderful ahead of you; I'm excited for you!
  10. 2 points
    Wow! I'm so glad you were able to accomplish your goal without permanent damage, yikes! My hometown hosts a world premier gravel endurance bike race and it never ceases to amaze me that after finishing 350 miles of gravel racing with no support team they cross the finish line seemingly half dead and like you immediately start thinking about the next race. Some different wiring in endurance/extreme racing brains for sure! What a triumph for you to master this challenge! So much sweeter given where you started. People who have never had struggles with food and obesity have no idea how much more you overcame just to get to the race...well done!
  11. 2 points
    PapaDavid

    Almost to Onederland!

    200.4 lbs. this morning! I feel close to 199, but I’m not necessarily getting my hopes up too much for tomorrow morning since the weight loss comes every couple of days it seems. I’m currently at the lowest weight that I’ve been in 25 years though so hallelujah to that! I’m missing my favorite foods something fierce sometimes but I try and remember why I did this. If I hadn’t I would be back up around 260 already by now. As I’ve said before, I want to be alive to enjoy the rest of my life with @Nana Trish. She does her best to keep me on the straight and narrow and she does a wonderful job. The body dysmorphia is real and seeing my weight loss in the mirror is a little scary sometimes. Not knowing what you will look like in another 25 to 30 lbs is a bit nerve wracking. Not wanting to get scrawny and lose too much muscle mass is also a point of stress. How do keep from losing too much weight when you can’t even eat normal foods yet. I got a big head start on my diet before the surgery and I only had another 40 or so lbs. left to lose. Of those I’ve lost 20 so far and 15 more to my initial goal of 185. Now I’m thinking I may have to reconsider my goal. I start week 5 post op tomorrow which introduce a few new foods and I’m thinking the weight loss may slow down a little which is good and not so good at the same time. If anyone wants to share their experiences with these same concerns (fears) please comment. I look forward to reading your thoughts. Have a great day!
  12. 2 points
    TammyP

    My 2nd Year Surgiversary!

    @CheeringCJ - Girl, I am so immensely PROUD of you. I can echo so many of your sentiments and I enjoyed this update so much! Thanks for sharing. You are an inspiration to many. Don't ever forget that <3
  13. 2 points
    Your "next" goal is quite simply what your only weight related goal must be from now on in your life - to maintain your weight in your goal weight range of 5-10 pounds, to not accept any weight regain that puts you above this goal weight range, to keep on taking daily vitamins and minerals pills, and to embrace the many wonderful things that you can do and enjoy now that you are no longer overweight. I find looking at old photos of myself prior to my surgery to be highly motivational. I also find staying active on TTF helpful as postings here (such as your hiking photos) keep me motivated to never accept weight regain.
  14. 1 point
    Thanks, Cindy! I'm soaking up all the pride I can get My injury seems to not be too big a deal (please let these words not come back to haunt me). After three days of complete rest (I have a bad cold, so no desire at all to run, fortunately), my knee feels pretty good. I'm going to go back at it pretty slowly, so I'm hoping it'll just have enough rest to not be a problem.
  15. 1 point
    Res Ipsa

    Help

    Here are a few ideas: https://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/4-exercises-you-can-do-in-bed More importantly, are you planning to have a gastric bypass? if so, when? I lost all of my excess weight (and have kept it off) with my gastric bypass, and have never regretted having it. We are here to support you.
  16. 1 point
    How did you do???
  17. 1 point
    Flores33

    Hi I'm Gina From Mississippi

    Welcome to this Forum..
  18. 1 point
    Res Ipsa

    Hi I'm Gina From Mississippi

    Welcome!! We are here to support you on your weight loss surgery journey.
  19. 1 point
    Cheesehead

    constipation

    Stool softeners help. And milk of magnesium.
  20. 1 point
    cinwa

    Into my 2nd week post-op.

    Welcome to Thinner Times! Sorry to hear about your run-in with the cream of chicken soup.
  21. 1 point
    Jonathon

    Day 6 Post Op / Hello everyone

    Thanks guys. Woke up today feeling so much better. Solid 8 hours sleep, no gas related pain, just sore down the left flank, I assume where they puncture the muscle to get the tools in. Feels like Day One of a totally new life. And I lost 2kg !
  22. 1 point
    cinwa

    Hello from Vancouver Washington

    Welcome to Thinner Times! There's a golden rule here Jason. The only stupid question is the one you don't ask so fire away.
  23. 1 point
    Cindy Lou Who

    Scared *&^%

    One last thought - I used to love white wine, and have hated it ever since surgery. So your tastes may change. I don't miss it, I just don't like it. But I do drink red wine now from time to time with no issues. Right after surgery I hated all alcohol, coffee, diet sodas. After almost 2 years I like coffee, red wine, but not white wine or diet sodas. So don't be afraid about that part. You got this!
  24. 1 point
    Cindy Lou Who

    Hurt My Paw

    Thanks for your ideas too! 1) One day at a time - Yes, and I'll make sure I track my food these 12 weeks and weigh every morning. That helps keep me on track. 2) I followed your protein advice and treated myself to store bought rotisserie chicken breast already made. Feels lazy and luxurious, and now will have something good to grab. 3) Great minds think alike on the apples! I had just bought a bag of tiny honeycrisps. Nice pouch-sized and low in calories! 4) Little corn tortillas for 33 calories? I've never seen them! Great idea! Being a Texan, I love Mexican food!! I'll search them out. And yes, I can get around as I have a boot. It's sore, but so grateful that it's so much better than crutches, and I can take it off for a shower. Modern medicine is SUCH a good thing! Thanks so much for your support!!
  25. 1 point
    MCinNJ

    Hi, I'm a New Member

    CINWA I am doing better than a month ago. I struggle with excess saliva that causes me to bring up mucus (apologies). I read on here that's part of the healing process of the pouch. I'm hoping it's temporary. I'm losing weight 96 pounds so far, just hoping to feel better with more energy soon. Of all things I miss ginger ale, lol.
  26. 1 point
    I am over 9 years status post reversal and almost 18 years status post rny. It's hard to say that if I have regrets over my reversal, I would've died in 2010 without it. At the time I had my reversal, I hadn't found Grace yet (reversedmyrny) and had no one to talk about it with. Reversals have expanded to include patients who aren't near death but have major quality of life issues than dealing with potentially being Obese or Morbidly Obese could ever present. Just like I would NEVER try to talk anyone out of a bariatric surgical intervention, be careful of how you talk to pre-operative reversal patients or post operative ones. I like Grace had issues with weight gain prior to reversal due to meds I was on. My weight fluctuates wildly, as well as my bodies ability to eat. But those of us who face reversal, learn in the most bizarre isolating way possible, whether we have weight gain issues or not prior to or after a reversal, there is way worse things than being fat, period, but especially after a surgical intervention for excessive weight. If you can't relate, be grateful that you cannot. I wouldn't wish what I've gone through and hundreds of post operative reversal patients that I know have gone through, on my worst enemy. And I'm biologically related to one of the most healthy happy thin long term rny post ops (my sister who had rny 10 months after my rny in 12/2001) and not only does she not have to eat like a rny peep, but all she has to do is exercise to maintain her weight loss and hasn't had one complication. Same DNA, Same surgeon, drastically different outcomes. peace... "unstapledlisa"
  27. 1 point
    Res Ipsa

    Hurt My Paw

    RIGHT!! When I find that I am overeating, I increase my consumption of no (or very low) calorie liquids whenever I am tempted to snack or overeat - as this keeps my stomach full, my hands busy, and my mind on something besides food. I am so very sorry to hear of your injury. We are here to support you.
  28. 1 point
    msmarymac

    nausea

    I had horrible nausea and dry heaves post-sleeve, but mine started immediately and was gone by 48 hours post-op so I related it to anesthesia and just because my guts had been messed with. I did continue to have not really nausea but just aversions to certain smells and tastes and I think that is pretty common. I'm not sure why you would have such a delayed response, but it really sucks so you have my sympathy! Perhaps related to trapped gas, in which case walking a bit may help. One trick for nausea related to smells if you have any alcohol wipes. Waving one of those in front of your nose (while breathing in through your nose) during one of those episodes seems to shorten it. Perhaps because the smell of the alcohol masks the smell of whatever is triggering it? I had access to alcohol wipes because of my work; you likely can either purchase some or use a bottle of rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball. If it doesn't resolve soon, I would put in a call to the surgeon and at least talk with the nurse to see if there are some additional suggestions. Hang in there, better days are coming soon!
  29. 1 point
    RobertECorrado

    Scared *&^%

    Thank you for that. I really appreciate you taking the time to read my rant. I want this but as it is in 7 days I questioned am I doing the right thing. im scared of the food I like and what I am not going to like after the sleeve. I’m scared what my new stomach or lack of will handle. I love red wine but I’m told never again because of the acid levels. uggggg
  30. 1 point
    StrongButterfly

    Very Newbie

    I just got scheduled for the orientation for this Thursday at the Richmond Kaiser. That was quick.
  31. 1 point
    tracyringo

    So scared of the future

    I am doing okay, thank you. Losing the weight will help a lot with depression and you will feel so much better about yourself. I also avoided mirrors. I also didn't like having my picture taken or leaving the house. Life isn't perfect but it is a lot better when you aren't constantly focused on the weight and beating yourself up. I wish you the best and hope you get approved very soon.
  32. 1 point
    LeeC

    Reaching out

    If you have filed and been denied Social Security disability, make sure you file for a reconsideration as soon as possible. If you haven't filed, start the process. Having spent 40 years working as a disability adjudicator I can give you some help if you message me your email. What I can tell you right now is, you either have to meet a medical listing or your physical function has to be less than sedentary work (stand/walk 2 hours, sit 6 hours). It is a process that takes time. You always want to appeal any denial (except adverse onset) as soon as possible. This gets you to the Hearings level faster which as a younger person (under 55) may be your best option. Hang in there.
  33. 1 point
    Cheesehead

    My 2nd Year Surgiversary!

    You’ve done great! Love the swimsuit! You’re grandbabies are adorable! Normal is good! But for those of us who were obese for so long I wonder if our brains will ever be normal. I have my Fat moments. And then I lose my appetite. Then the weight falls off but I recognize when the weight drops I need to put the brakes on that. A treat now and then is ok. It isn’t the end of the world. It’s what “normal” people do.
  34. 1 point
    Res Ipsa

    Almost to Onederland!

    This is great news!!
  35. 1 point
    Miacat2013

    Omeprazole - Acid Reducer

    Hello All, Thought I would share some important information about the Omeprazole (Acid Reducer). I just experienced a stomach ulcer which started about 2 months post op. I am recovered now, but thought I would share how this happened so you can avoid this complication. I was provided a prescription of this medication for after the surgery. I began taking it religiously. As the a month progressed I started to run out so I purchased another over the counter medication thinking it was the same thing...IT WAS NOT. Zantac and Prilosec are not exactly the same thing. I didn't fully understand this and when I ran out picked up the wrong medication. I also did not take it religiously thinking I was "out of the woods". Due to both of these situations I got really sick. 1. Take all medications, vitamins, etc and full dose until your doctor tells you otherwise. (My first mistake) 2. Make sure you are buying the correct medication. Call and ask if you are unsure. Stomach ulcers are extremely painful and created a delay in my overall recovery process. I thought this was going to be a part of normal life. If you are having extreme nausea, pain, etc please see your doctor. I could have found relief much sooner if I went in quicker.
  36. 1 point
    Aussie Bear

    I am more unhealthy than ever!!

    Short memory @Res Ipsa....haha!! !That was my original surgery...mind you it was performed 33 years ago now. It was called Gastroplasty back in the day, and the stapleline s always dehiscenced over time, which is why mine was revised. I thought they'd stopped doing it to be honest. it was superseded by Vertical BANDED Gastroplasty. They definitely stopped performing it in Australia decades ago. The lapband really made it a redundant surgery, and I suspect the OP isn't actually talking about that surgery at all. My surgeons had never seen it before in their lives, and said that most were revised within 5 years. I believe my revision from that surgery was the first time ever in Australia to be completed laprascopically, because minimally invasive surgery wasn't around when most patients got revisions. He actually called it a "barbaric surgery", which I found amusing because initially when I used to type "bariatic" it would get auto-corrected to barbaric!!!
  37. 1 point
    That is so true! I am thrilled to be this size in my 50s also! And the energy I have now is way more than I had when I was in my 30s and 40s and 200s!!!!
  38. 1 point
    Thanks, @Jen581791! I'll agree with the happy and healthy part. Don't know so much about the "in-control" part. Some days are pretty wacky!
  39. 1 point
    Cindy Lou Who

    Hi! Newbie here!

    Welcome! Being scared is okay. Little waves of panic are to be expected. It helped me to keep remembering why I started this process in the first place. I even wrote down the 25 things I hated most about being obese. I also read alot on this forum. Very helpful. I can tell you I had VSG 20 months ago and have not regretted it ONE day. I am SO happy and SO healthy now. I went from sore ankles and feet every day from little activity to running 5 miles with little effort. My future is bright and I look forward to each day. It's major surgery, so you'd be foolish to not be afraid a little. But just breathe.... and know you are starting a lifetime of better health. We will welcome you with open arms on the loser's bench!
  40. 1 point
    cinwa

    Almost to Onederland!

    You're doing an amazing job David so try not to let a number on a scale get to you. That was the downfall of my every dieting attempt pre-WLS so I chose not to have scales in the house after my surgery until I got into the normal BMI range. I relied on surgeon/PCP follow-ops/visits and for me, it was the best thing I could have done for myself.
  41. 1 point
    Thanks Trish! I used to workout a lot and was fit as can be but then started experiencing health issues. The health issues along with inactivity contributed to my significant weight gain. There was still some muscles under all that weight I was carrying. I was fortunate to gain some muscle back while losing weight.
  42. 1 point
    Aussie Bear

    Aussie Bear, this is for you :)

    Trish, I know I responded to this post about a week or so ago. Seems to have disappeared though. Congrats, you look great and the girls definitely look better than they used to.
  43. 1 point
    Res Ipsa

    3 month stall?

    First of all, congratulations on your weight loss success! With respect to your stall, my best advice is to relax and keep on doing what you are doing. In my many years here at TTF, I have seen many many postings on weight loss stalls in the first few months after weight loss surgery, and in every single case that I can remember if the person stuck with the proper post-op diet then the weight loss stall broke in a few weeks. Think of your stall as your body's way of calling "time out" while it copes with the massive changes brought about by your weight loss to date. We are here to support you.
  44. 1 point
    Boston Redhead

    So scared of the future

    @LadyDay immediately after surgery, I was off my blood pressure medicine and one of my depression prescriptions. A couple of weeks later, I was off the cpap. At six months, I went off all gerd/acid reflux related medicine with no issues. The one side note I have is I went back on the bp meds after a few months because it was borderline high again and I was getting headaches. I just take half of the lowest dose every day. I’ve been taking it for 25 years and it runs in my family, so I think it’ll be awhile before I can stop it, if ever. the other stuff I take is one depression rx and the required supplements. Easy peasy! hope this helps!
  45. 1 point
    BurgundyBoy

    So scared of the future

    LadyDay, my sleep apnea is gone. Gone. I no longer wake up with a racing heart, no longer am tired during the day, and my wife no longer is frightened by me failing to breathe during the night. If I snore now it is usually because I indulged in some grape-derived beverage, often Burgundy colored, after dinner.
  46. 1 point
    BurgundyBoy

    Discouragement

    @CDE0622 Courtney, how are you doing? Have you decided to move ahead with surgery? The broad public just does not understand how hard it is to lose a lot of weight and keep it off over a long period of time. People are not informed and they can be hurtful and ... well, blame you for "just not having enough grit" to do this. Bah! The fact that the actual odds are ~ 10,000 to 1 against anyone being able to lose, and keep, 100 lbs off (as measured at the 2 year mark after attaining the lower weight) is not understood by people. Nobody in their right mind would freely choose an approach with a 99.99% failure rate unless they had no other choice. The best results published by nutrition scientists on exercise and dieting is that you might expect to lose ~ 6 kilograms, or about 13 pounds, and keep that off. If you are as heavily overweight as I was, that was just not going to be enough.
  47. 1 point
    Jen581791

    Discouragement

    Hi Courtney, and welcome. Rachael has already hit the nail on the head here with the idea that those kinds of comments show that your choice to have surgery may hit a little close to home for some people, and also that being overweight is really really common and "normal" these days. I'd add that our culture's view that obesity stems from character flaws (laziness, lack of self-control, greed, etc) is not helpful here. Thin people seem to feel that they have been rewarded for being "good" about intake/activity levels and that fat people must not be being good, and in fact have to suffer for their crime of being fat. WLS is often seen as "cheating," like it's some kind of unfair shortcut to being thin that requires no work. This is all untrue, of course, but try telling a thin person that. I'm a very driven, goal-oriented person who has a lot of self-control and I have always been able to lose weight - it's the keeping it off that's been hard because my body was setting me up to fail before I had WLS. In order to be thin(ish), I had to exercise like a mad demon and starve myself, and this was ultimately not sustainable any of the times in my life that I tried it. WLS totally changed the math for me, though. It's not easy or anything, but it makes it possible for me to be thin and healthy and active. It's definitely not cheating! It's the one statistically proven way to help an overweight person lose weight and keep it off. My advice would be to not tell many people if their comments hurt you. It's no one else's business. If you want to tell people later, when you're a shining example of what WLS can do for a person, it will be much harder for people to react in a discouraging way. And if they do, you'll feel all smug because you know they're wrong and you can just ignore them.
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    NC63

    Quotes To Live By!

    The best revenge is good clean living
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    cinwa

    Omeprazole - Acid Reducer

    I'm really sorry you had to go through that - it could have been avoided if your health care provider had explained the difference. Omeprazole is Prilosec - it was something my surgeon puts his patients on for 3 months post-op. We were prescribed the generic form. And it's something I'm back on now due to acid reflux issues with a hiatal hernia. Over the past 5 1/2+ years since my RNY I've taken both Prilosec and the generic Omeprazole (Equate) and I haven't noticed any difference between the two (cept for the price). They're both Omeprazole Magnesium Capsules 20.6mg. Zantac is a different beast - it's Ranitidine.
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    Cindy Lou Who

    Hurt My Paw

    Last weekend I tripped while I was on a five-mile run, and I broke my foot! Now I have to wear a boot for 6 weeks, and no weight bearing exercise for 12 weeks. ACHHHHH! My favorite way to feel in control with eating, staying even-keeled emotionally, and less stressed is through exercising 5-6 days per week. Now I feel scared, stressed, and find myself eating more. I have recently gained about 7 pounds and am now 2 pounds over my "happy range." So that coupled with loss of exercise and holidays approaching has me a bit scared. Regain is not an option! Failure is not an option! Complacency is not an option! Right?