The Weightloss Traveler

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About The Weightloss Traveler

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    Advanced Member
  • Birthday 01/17/1948

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  • Location
    Sunnyvale, CA
  • Interests
    People, movies, writing and cats.
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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Fawzi Khayat
  • Hospital
    Kaiser Permanente, So SF
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  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. CINWA Thanks so much for posting this comprehensive information! I’d like to get the word out -like you have done so admirably- that OSTEOPOROSIS can be a Bariatric patients legacy if they don’t keep on top of their health screenings and proactive activity. I am four years out from sleeve gastrectomy (SG) and post menopausal. Took supplements as directed. No doctor recommended a bone scan at 65 years old, before SG or even after SG until I fractured a wrist at 70 in April. The bone scan reveals I have osteoporosis. I’m pretty bummed out.
  2. So sweet of you to say that. When the physical weight came off, it seemed like a great burden was lifted. It took awhile to "claim" the boosted self esteem. Gratitude and joy have replaced coping and striving.
  3. People on Thinner Times forum have been hugely responsible for enabling me to change by giving loving support and advice. Even if I didn't post all that often I read and read and read other's posting here. I can't remember who posted this on Thinner Times Forum but it's been on my refrigerator through the whole process.. "She knew this transition was not about becoming someone better, but about finally allowing herself to become who she'd always been.”― Amy Rubin
  4. 68 and healthier than I was when I was much younger. Yay!
  5. Hadn't used my camera since 2011 and I was going through stored pictures from the last photo session. My girl friend and I couldn't figure out who the person was in the video and still shots...then I realized was me!!!
  6. This feeling of being purged is likely to repeat itself. With WLS and the breaking down of our fat cells, we are flooded with toxins and hormones that put us on an emotional roller coaster. Add the coping skills with everyday life that we had before surgery (that are probably not working after surgery)'s the not so pleasant side of WLS to discuss. FinallyFunFirst we're with you on this one and the next one too. Big hugs.
  7. I use to dread those outdoor events on grassy hillsides where you had to climb hills and stairs to get there with 20 pounds of gear in the heat people pushing you from behind to keep up. Not any more! I'm just another part of the herd now... plopping down with my low slung beach chair with the rest of the crowd, then actually able to get up without a crane. Sweet victory to be active with friends again.
  8. It helps to be dating someone who sends off the rockets too!. Thanks everyone for your kind comments and encouragement
  9. Thanks! I've had more compliments on the giraffe shirt than weight loss. I got it at Ross (really!)
  10. I had the vertical gastrectomy at 66 years old and it has changed my life in wonderful ways. It hasn't been only about the more obvious benefits like health and beauty. I learned (and continue to learn) how to establish boundaries with people that nourish me physically, emotionally and spiritually instead of take. By loving myself more, new loving people have come into my life. I am dating a loving, supportive, sexy guy. Love and blessing to the people on this forum for their support before and after my surgery. I encourage those of you reading this who are "on the fence" trying to decide whether to do this to weight/wait no longer.
  11. Re: let her know she is in violation of PHI laws and that should shut her up. Right on! Some of us on this site had or have problems establishing and keeping healthy boundaries that nourish us. It's part of getting better and feeling good about ourselves when we give immediate feedback to people who overstep our boundaries. Let them know the very real repercussions if they don't stop. If you have to use the Corporate guidelines ...more power to you. You can take them aside if you want...but let them know they are on notice. Their actions are called bullying.
  12. Looks like that you are in good hands with your med team. PLUS You have trusted family and friends. Emotional support is the number one predictor of weight loss success. Distance yourself from non-supportive people, physically, with humor, silence even. Congratulations on this momentous decision.
  13. I experienced dizziness too -blood pressure med was the culprit here. Doc monitored me and finally said "no more". Yay!
  14. Onderful accomplishment! I took balloons to my weightloss support group when I hit the goal...they're only a dollar at Dollar Tree