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About Michael_A

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  • Birthday 09/21/1974

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    I'm an IT guy, so gadgets and electronics to a certain extent. I play the piano. I'm raising 5 kids, ages 4 yo to 14 yo.
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    Gastric Bypass
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  1. Wow, that is some great advice and a good explanation of slider foods. Something I've needed to stay mindful of in my own life.
  2. I also had gastric bypass because I had type 2 diabetes. I was scared and nervous on the day of surgery, but I was determined that I was going to do it. Life after WLS is so much better than before. I have a cup or two of decaf a day. I lived on ibuprofen and was very worried about what I was going to do after surgery, since gastric bypass patients are not to take it afterwards. Well one thing I've learned is that reason I needed ibuprofen every day was because of my obesity and all the drugs I took!! Since WLS, I rarely need a painkiller and when I get a headache, it's because I'm truly sick.
  3. I'm a year out and can't drink plain water, except for sips here and there. It makes me sick to my stomach. I have a cup or two a day of decaf (I don't drink anything caffeinated) and then my water bottle is filled with water and some Crystal Light flavor enhancer. Strawberry lemonade is my favorite but I'll use blackberry if I can't find strawberry.
  4. A year ago, before WLS surgery I always kept the house at 67 (!!!!!) because I was always so hot, that's were it was comfortable. I'm in Alaska so, long winter. Also I have a clip-on fan next to the piano that I play at church every Sunday, and used it every time I sat down there. Now one year after surgery, the house is at 72 in the winter and the fan at the piano never gets used by me. I also bought a heated jacket to layer under my bigger jacket, because yes I am ALWAYS cold now.
  5. Good for you, there's definitely some karma there!
  6. I always sit in the smaller chair now.... because I can.
  7. I know you're sore and feeling confused. But first, are you getting enough liquid? That's the number one cause of constipation or poor BM's. Drink drink drink. Like @Aussie Bear said, second add some Benefiber to your water to help your body actually have something to push out. I left the hospital with a drain tube, that was removed at 7 days. After that, it took a good 3 weeks or better for it heal up and stop draining and oozing. You have a lot of support here , ask all your questions :-)
  8. Michael_A

    Hi guys

    I know it will be hard to take in or internalize, but try to take it from someone who's objective -- You did the most loving thing that you could have done for that poor creature by giving her some peace. I know how you feel, I come from a family with lots of dogs around all the time. Sounds like you are in the right mental place for getting a little more focused on your weight or eating habits. Give yourself some room and time to breathe :-) A few small changes, here and there, will see you back on track. Sending peaceful thoughts your way :-)
  9. @Res Ipsa-- I agree with everything you said :-) Thanks for being a solid example of a successful post-WLS life.
  10. It's a good busy :-) You look amazing! Great work.
  11. Thanks CJ :-) I did see yours and Austin's pics when you all posted them. Good to see that you guys are making the (original) November Newbies group look good!!
  12. Congrats on your decision to pursue WLS! I made the mistake once of "encouraging" someone here to not bail out on their surgery plans, when they were getting cold feet at the last minute. I won't do it again because I think that you have to really want the change that WLS can bring- regardless of the obstacles or feelings. Smelly farts couldn't have kept me away from WLS because I badly wanted it, and I knew WHY I wanted it. Nothing was going to deter me. Plus, they make fart deodorizing pills that you can buy on Amazon :-) So maybe I'm the wrong person to be asking advice from lol, because I
  13. Honestly, I could just stop there and be happy expressing that sentiment. It's been a year since my surgery. I had to pursue it for a couple years before it finally happened, and my surgeon had me on a liver-shrinking diet for most of the 10 months pre-op, so I lost probably 75% of the weight I wanted to, pre-op. Ha ha I got to the Maintenance Cafe reaallly quickly. Once I got my bearings and got used to life with gastric bypass, I quit posting here because it had taken me so long to get the surgery and I had so many ups and downs getting there, I just needed to step away for a while and
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