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About Kimelou

  • Birthday 11/30/1980

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  • Gender
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    Raleigh, NC


  • Surgeon
    Dr. Jin Yoo
  • Hospital
    Duke Regional
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  1. Thanks - I appreciate your insight. It's not an easy journey, but to this point it has been easy. I am pretty good about keeping the "crap" out of my house, we do not have cookies, cake, ice cream ect in the house. Eating out for me is a slippery slope that I have got to guard myself on and make a plan. Yesterday I did better. I cooked dinner last night- grilled chicken and zucchini - and it was delish. I also picked up some of my favorite summer fruit - melons and cut them up so I could have that when I wanted something sweet. Hubs is stressed to so I won't blame him for what I did. He did remind me that I should get the kiddie cone, but I didn't listen. My husband has been amazingly supportive and 99% of the time helps me in my journey, even he slips sometimes - after all he is human. I am in another relm of this journey a learning period. But, I do know I can do it and know what to do. I got off track for the weekend, but back to it now. Accountability is important, which is why I weigh daily. I don't stress about the number, but I adjust what I am doing - learn what is effecting me and what isn't. Glad to know someone else understands where I am coming from.
  2. I was always an emotional eater / stress eater. Well for the last 3 months my stress has been through the roof. 1st Dad had pancreatitis which lead to Gallbladder surgery, 2nd one week after my dad's surgery my mom broke her back (I live 1.5 hours a way and drive up several times a week, while holding a 40+ hour a week job), 3rd work is hell!! My job and some things going on where I work are really weighing heavy one me and keeping me on edge and stressed. I have seen myself begin to crave and stress eat things I know I shouldn't. I try to validate eating those thing, but I can't. Over the weekend the hubs and I went out to eat and I ate to much- thought I'd die- first time that has happened since bypass. The next night the hubs want to go get ice cream- I do not keep it in the house now - so we went to Dairy Queen - BAD IDEA - I ate about 3 bites to much and again thought it would kill me by the time I got home. I know I can't do those things, but I did- it scares me. Since January I have held my weight below 139, since March I have held it below 135. I weigh daily to hold myself accountable. This morning, even though I know I ate salt food last night, I hit 135 and I am freaked out. I know what I have to do and I will do it. It just does show me that am susceptible to my old demons and I have to be on my toes, forever likely. I have a few friends who have gained most if not all the weight they lost back, I do not want or intend that to be me. I enjoy wearing cute sexy clothes for the first time.
  3. It take some of us a long while to finally see the difference. I was the same way. Now, after losing about 115 lbs I am just beginning to really feel and see the difference in my eyes - it was hard for me to get it in my head I was no longer fat.
  4. From what I have read seems like medically induced bulimia.
  5. The last month has been super stressful, the worst stress since surgery and weight loss. My father was hospitalized with pancreatitis caused by a severe gallbladder attack. He was put on a very strict diet for 3 weeks and then had surgery to remove the gallbladder. One week after his surgery my mom fell and broke her back. Both of my parents are super active people to be in their late 60's. They farm and work hard. Being down is not easy for them. Dad has now been released to go back to life as normal, but his strength hasn't bounced back, and of course mom will be down for some time. It makes it super hard on me as I live an hour and a half from them and am burning up the road between our homes to work my job, keep my house up and go do things for my parents. I have two older brothers who live in sight of my parents, but they don't do a doodle to help them. It's also been the end of the school year, I am a data manager and this is a super busy time for me, closing out the school year and trying to get the schedule ready for next year. I work 12 months, so I will be taking of at the least one day a week during the summer to be able to do things for my parents. Last week lots of goodies and lunches were provided at work. I ate more crap than I had in a LONG time. I gave in to cupcakes, pizza, candy, ect. Granted back in the day I would have eat two cupcakes and I ate one - I would have had 3-4 slices of pizza- I ate one. So while I didn't do as bad as I previously would have done, I did indulge. I was also doing a lot of pick up food and getting restaurant food instead of cooking since I was on the road so much. This weekend my weight showed it I had gotten down to 132 being the lowest weight I'd seen- Sunday morning 135.9 OMG. I realized then that I must cut it back and get back to my game plan. I know I can get it off and will. My weight was 134.8 this morning, so the sodium from take out likely played a little of a role. But this made me realize that I am still susceptible to stress eating like I was in the past and even though I can't eat what I use to in quantity I am still in danger of weight gain. So while not a good thing, it has help me learn an important lesson that I will be taking to heart in future. This WLS journey doesn't end after we are healed - it is a life long battle, but I am ready to fight !
  6. I am down now to 132 and am 1 and 1/2 years post op. Wear a size 2-6 depending on the cut.
  7. I had banding to begin with and ended up with severe reflux which caused the band to be removed and the bypass done. Once they released all the fluid from my band and my tummy swelling went down I didn't have reflux any more until now.
  8. How many of you still take some sort of acid reducer years post op? My doc only had me on Protonix for one year post op, so I came off in January. Over the last month my reflux has returned with vengeance. Strangely enough my Allergist/Pulmonologist is the one who caught it. I kept having a little cough while in his office, so he took a little scope and looked down my throat and said he did see signs of reflux. He has put me back on the Protonix and Pepcid AC to get it under control. Reflux can cause complications with asthma, which is flared up due to my allergies. Prior to GB I never had reflux much, unless I ate to much. I am still eating my normal amount now (post op normal amount) and having horrible reflux. I do not take oral NSAIDS, only ever take Tylenol and that isn't often. I am on prescription allergy meds along with my vitamins and that is it. Slowly the Protonix seems to be getting things under control, but it still there. I have not gained weight, I am still trending down- I saw 132 this weekend- right now I am bouncing between 132-133. Just do not understand why the reflux is back so bad - wonder should I contact my surgeon.
  9. Kimelou

    New Camelbak

    I got one Jolls and love it!!!! It is great for summer, I cannot stand warm water to drink. I am adding fruit and ice to the bottle with my water and enjoying it!!
  10. You have already started. Start getting your head wrapped around things- You are about to hop on a roller coaster, but it will be a great ride. Welcome!
  11. Kimelou


    My insurance didn't require a 6 month diet. They only required proof that I had been obese for 5 or more years, which wasn't a problem. I pushed mine through- I made all my appointment myself, not waiting on the doctors office. I had all my test everything done in 3 weeks and then surgery. When I put my mind to something, I make it happen.
  12. Kimelou

    New Camelbak

    Geez thanks, just what I need to do, order another bottle. My husband I tend to be bottle junkies. We buy a new one everytime we find one we like. Been through the Bubbas got tired of those.
  13. Losing a pet is so hard, so much harder than I ever expect. When we had to put our Sweet Chloe girl down (Greyhound), two years ago, I though my heart would break in to. I still cry when I think about her.
  14. I went to my Immunologist yesterday, I had to get my first round of allergy injections. I had a slight reaction to one of the shots, but thankfully it wasn't severe. But, I do not have to carry and Epipen, just to be safe. I was fully checked out afterward and my doctor believes the issues I am having with yogurt is coming from silent reflux. I have heard of GERD, indigestion, ect, but never silent reflux. Apparently silent reflux can cause allergy like symptoms all the way down to asthmatic issues. He took a scope and looked down my throat and sure enough there is irritation. Many times with silent reflux the reaction causes a post nasal drip along with a nagging cough and in general not feeling well. They did a breathing test on me and checked my oxygen levels, both of those were good. My WLSurgeon took me off the Protonix in Jan since I was a year post op. I do not have the normal heart burn feelings- like burning or belching and feeling things come up. I did have a hiatial hernia at surgery, but that was repaired during the operation. My immunologist has placed me on back on protonix along with pepcid for the next month, he may try taking the pepcid away if I am better in a month. If I am no better he will send me to a GI specialist to try and figure out what is going on. It seems I have having more issues with reflux now than I did prior to surgery and I am no longer over weight. I never had reflux prior unless I ate to much or ate something really spicy. Just seems very odd.
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