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About technogal63

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  • Birthday 01/17/1963

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  • Gender
  • Location
    Orland Hills, IL
  • Interests
    Reading, home improvement projects (starting, rarely finishing), DIY crafts, watercolor painting, walking, swimming, yoga
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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Brian Lahmann
  • Hospital
    Silver Cross Hospital
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  • Current Weight
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  1. I haven't checked in for a while - everything is going well for the most part except I have gained back about 15 lbs that I'm not happy with. I'm almost 3 yrs out and initially dropped below my goal weight of 156 down to 142 after the 1st year and looked and felt awful. I gradually increased the daily calories and finally started gaining a bit of weight back. Unfortunately, I then overshot my goal weight and am back at 170 lbs. In the whole scheme of things and compared to what I had to lose in the beginning, I know it's not that much... My fear is that it's the start of a slow slide back into weight issues. I haven't been able to exercise as much due to a couple of herniated discs in my back that are flaring up, but am trying to continue to walk and swim when possible. Any ideas for other types of low-impact exercises I could do?
  2. Had an upper endoscopy recently and the gastroenterologist diagnosed me with a moderate case of acid reflux and a severe case of bile reflux (worse when you don't have a gallbladder). His only advice was to change my diet to exclude caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, acidic or spicy foods, not to eat 3 hrs before bedtime, and elevating my bed. I've tried to follow this regimen and it has definitely helped but I still have some reflux. I'm on Protonix and Zantac daily but those only help with the acid reflux, not the bile reflux as that originates in the liver. Not fun but not life-threatening either so I am grateful for that.
  3. I'm 2 1/2 yrs out and haven't had any major issues thankfully. My hubby is a little over 4 yrs out and both of us have maintained our weight loss so it is definitely possible! Best wishes to you on your journey... :-)
  4. any regrets?

    No regrets at all! I'm sooo much healthier than I was 2 1/2 yrs ago! Happier too... :-)
  5. Don’t worry, I’m not dead!

    Sooo glad you are back - yes, we did worry about you but realized there must have been a reason for your silence. Wishing you all the best on your continuing journey to wellness.... :-)
  6. One year later....take two !

    What a difference! You've done an amazing job and look fabulous - congratulations!
  7. How long did it take to return to work?

    I also took 2 weeks off from my desk job but my energy level was terrible for the entire first month. It really depends on each person and how their body reacts to the surgery and healing process.
  8. 4 years out updated photos

    You do look amazing! We lost about the same amount of weight but your arms look fabulous compared to mine... congratulations on the fantastic job of maintaining!
  9. Definitely the toughest thing for me has been not drinking with meals - I used to be able to down a 20oz drink with a meal before surgery with no problem. It is still a challenge - even 2 yrs out I find myself automatically reaching for the water glass at restaurants and craving something to drink while I'm eating. I have to consciously move a drink out of my line of sight or reach, it's the only thing that works. The second hardest thing to deal with has been my constant, unyielding constipation issues. That has been the bane of my post-WLS existence - I've learned what combination of fiber, stool softeners, and laxatives will help, but it's always a crapshoot (sorry, couldn't resist ) whether it will work on any given day.
  10. Teach Your Children

    This is a sensitive topic for me as one of my daughters is becoming significantly overweight for her age and height. Both my husband and I were overweight from early childhood on and had really good intentions of instilling good nutritional habits into our daughters so they wouldn't end up the way we did. Needless to say, we didn't always succeed but my youngest daughter (who is 9) actually prefers fruits and veggies to junk food so I'm thankful about that. My oldest daughter (almost 13 yrs old) on the other hand loves anything with too much sugar and carbs, I'd say she's addicted. We try to only stock healthy items at home but she won't willingly touch any veggies aside from corn and potatoes. When she turned 12 we added her to our gym membership and even hired a personal trainer for her for a couple of months but she just won't keep up with the exercises. I don't want to nag her or make her have a negative self-image - how can I discuss this with her in a way that isn't judgmental but underscores the importance of eating better and maintaining a healthy weight? Right now she's about 5'4" and weighs close to 200lbs, which is very close to where I was at her age. It's like looking into a mirror of my younger self and it's scary....
  11. Terminal Trajectory

    I lost well into my second year - actually had to intervene with dietary changes and increased calorie consumption to stop the weight loss after I overshot my goal weight by 15lbs. Just goes to show that everyone is different and their bodies will react differently.
  12. My husband and I have both had gastric bypass, his came first in 2010, and mine in 2012. Seeing how successful his surgery was prompted me to finally look into it for myself, and I'm so glad we did this. There were challenges, but doing it all together made it much easier for us. We both had to learn lifestyle changes, even before I had my surgery we were living a bariatric friendly lifestyle. Hubby lost about 200lbs and his diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and leg edema completely disappeared within the first 4 months and have not returned. He went from taking 7 prescription meds per day down to our normal vitamin/mineral supplements and a thyroid pill. He has a 4 block walk from the train station to his office bldg in downtown Chicago - when he was heavy he would have to stop half way to rest because he was so out of breath. Today, he regularly runs 3-4 miles on the treadmill at the gym. What a difference! I lost about 140lbs, and my high blood pressure, asthma, and sleep apnea have all disappeared as well. I went from a size 24 to a size 8, and feel so much better.... :-) I've attached pics of my hubby and I at our wedding in 2001, and on our anniversary this past May. Quite a difference I'd say....
  13. I'm doing well, have maintained my goal weight so far. Pretty much everything in my life is better at this point as a result of my surgery with the exception of back and tailbone pain, which I probably would have had with the extra weight anyhow. I tend to be anemic despite taking all doctor approved iron supplements and B-12 injections. My mother had pernicious anemia most of her life, so I suspect it's a genetic thing with me too. On the plus side, my stamina and physical strength are so much better now and I can really enjoy the time with my husband and children in ways I was never able to before. I can wear stylish clothes I like, not just whatever I can find that fits. It's surprising how empowering that can feel. Overall, life is good and I wouldn't change a thing.... except I would have tried to have it done years earlier!
  14. ever done one of these?

    Looks like fun... enjoy!!!
  15. What Are You Wearing Today?

    Navy blue dress slacks (size 8) and a light aqua button down shirt (size M) - and of course, my black flats with the sexy orthopedic inserts.... lol