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About Buddymiles5

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  • Birthday 07/19/1980

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  1. I thought I would come full circle on this. I am now 2.5 years post op, and have recently gotten married. The increased sex drive that happens immediately after surgery does normalize. While I still get horny like any 30 something guy, it is much more normalized. For anyone going through this issue, try your best to keep yourself under control in the beginning and you will return to normal.
  2. I am off and on. I actually flew out for my honeymoon the morning of my second anniversary. A lot sure has changed in two years!
  3. I have not been on the forum much recently , because I have been super busy, but I wanted to drop by and say hi to everyone. I am coming up on 2 years in a couple months. My weight has basically been stalled for the past ten months or so. This is my fault, as I know when I reccomitt, I can get myself under 300. The good news is I look and feel better than I have since I was in high school, and I have not gained any weight back. In the past two years, I have: 1. flown without worrying about the seat belt 2. become more socially active instead of sitting in my house. 3. Become more physically active. 4. lost 170 pounds. 5. lost ten inches on my pants, and 3 sizes on my shirts 6. Many other things that are slipping my mind for now, that make me feel great. But the reason that I thought to stop in today is that I leave for my honeymoon on October 3, exactly two years after my surgery. This is coming from someone who did not progress past a first date for most of my adult life. I was a lonely lonely person before meeting Kate, and really thought maybe it was never in the cards for me. It was tough when I saw my sister, 7 years younger than me, get married, and I was still single. This surgery gave me the confidence and the looks to be able to meet people and put myself back out there. If you are pre op, and feel lonely, this surgery will open up more doors socially than you could imagine (and I think that for women it may be even more of a drastic shift.) Oh, and by the way, we are having a child in March! Boy has my life changed (for the best).
  4. A lot of "breakfast" foods are bad... bagels pastries, waffles, pancakes. however, there are some breakfast foods that are great, namely eggs, some breakfast meats, and yogurt, greek yogurt, cottage cheese. I have found that there is plenty of stuff to eat for breakfast.
  5. So today is my 18 month surgiversary. I have been slacking off in following the site over the past couple months, as I have been very busy at work, and in my relationship. It was a lot easier to post regularly when I was single and not busy at work! In the past 18 months I have lost ~155 lbs, with an additional 35 lbs pre op. I have about 70 lbs to get where I need to go. I have not been the ideal patient, and have not had the same success as many of the people. I fall into the carb trap too often (dumping has never affected me.) I always get all my protein in, but still sometimes go overboard with the eating. I am still obese. I also spent two weeks in the hospital after surgery, followed by 6 months where I wasn't quite right, even though I was on my own. These are all the bad things. However, I would not trade this surgery for the world. Today, as I was catching up on some of the boards, I was struck by the list of things people would like to do after surgery, and I found for the most part I am able or have done almost all of it. No more seatbelt extender, no more huffing and puffing after walks, though I haven't been on a roller coaster, I plan to this summer, no problem fitting in booths, no problem with hygiene issues that were difficult at a larger size, able to go to regular stores and find things that fit me (though it would still be easier if my shirts were one size smaller, and my pants 2-4 inches smaller), no more staring (though I didn't have much of this before), no more being ignored by the opposite sex. But more important than the lifestyle changes are the health changes. Before surgery, I had a pretty gross colorectal issue with abscesses that was caused by my weight. No issues with that since. I used a cpap, which has long since been discarded (after the sleep doc said I could). My blood pressure is still not where I would want it, but it is significantly improved, I was just told the other day that I had been prediabetic (no one had told me before), and now my A1c is perfect. All and all, for all of you fretting about the surgery, particularly those of you like me who are the "heavyweights" even amongst this group of heavyweights, This surgery is a godsend and has given me my life back. The last year has been the best of my life, even if I no longer gorge on fast food. For anyone on the fence about doing this please do! For me, now that I am post honeymoon, I know that those last 70 lbs are going to be tough. I had been good about the gym for six months or so but have slacked off over the last couple months. Time to get back to the gym. Time to keep fighting those carb cravings, because I can get to 250 (or even lower?) However, if I never lose another pound, it will be the greatest thing I ever did for myself.
  6. I have much of the same feelings as you on this. I am slowly losing weight, but have basically stalled for the past six months. Much off it is the ending of the honeymoon, but another part of it, is that I have not totally kicked my bad habits from before. Certainly, I am a million times better, but I still cant walk past the candy jar at work without taking an M&M, or things similar to that. It is better than taking a handful of M&M's that I used to take.
  7. This has happened to me, though I have nearly recovered from it in full. However, I do need to do normal things like wear coats, and long sleeve shirts, that I never had to do before surgery. The good news is, at least for me, I NEVER sweat anymore. I used to sweat like a pig.
  8. Or add salsa. That is my lunch nearly every day.
  9. I have been dating my gf for about three months. neither of us have been married and she is about three years older than I am. There is already continuous pressure from her to get married. I love her to death and think she is great, but this is the one thing I do not like, is that pressure. At the same time, given our age I get it. There is only so much longer until the ability to have kids ends or is more difficult/dangerous.
  10. I don't know one way or the other, but that statistic seems incorrect and possibly dated. It is my understanding that the sleeve started as the first half of the ds surgery, so it wouldn't be surprising if ten years ago that is correct. However, I think now the sleeve is considered a very safe and effective alternative, and I don't think many of them are converted to the ds that often. Not being said in an attempt to judge, but to make sure you are basing your decision on correct facts.
  11. Only thing I will add to this conversation, is that I almost never have gotten nauseous from my bypass. The only times I have are when I eat out. That is because I usually eat too fast, or don't focus on eating and am focusing on socializing with whoever I am eating with. Or, sometimes the food is not prepared wet enough, and it doesn't go down well. I have had times where I was successful eating out, but you have to focus on what you are doing.
  12. I had a rescue greyhound. If anyone is looking for a lovable, low maintenance, quiet dog that has a huge bladder, the greyhound is your pet. If you are looking for a smart dog, look elsewhere.
  13. The hospital I went with (and presumably many others) are pretty flexible with payment plans.
  14. Welcome. What a lot of people do in lieu of a blog, is start a topic in the Personal Story section titled something like "Becoming a new me" and then use that as a blog.