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About athenarose

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  • Birthday July 24

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  • Surgeon
    Farida Bounoua
  • Hospital
    Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
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  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. athenarose

    Is it just me that doesn't look skinny?

    It may be an old thread, but I’m betting we’re all still struggling with the same issues. No wise answers from me, I’m afraid, but I sympathize.
  2. athenarose


    No words really, but I just wanted to send you some love. Take what you need without any guilt. We’re here to support you.
  3. athenarose

    Weight Loss

    I was pretty exhausted for a long while after my surgery (a solid 2 months or so). It does get better, but even now, I will get wiped out and need a midday nap if I work out really hard or slack on my vitamins for a while. Just let your body heal, try to hit your protein goal and take your vitamins.
  4. athenarose

    NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    I love shopping in the kids section! Check out Old Navy too. Their girls XL (14/16) & boys L (10/12) is usually equivalent to a 0/2 in their women’s clothes, but their sizing is so generous I’ve even worn my 7 year old’s size S (6/7) shirts.
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    Question for the ladies

    Have you tried using the pill continuously? That’s what I used to do (same as nuvaring- 3 months on then 1 week break). I just switched to nuvaring after surgery because of malabsorption concerns. Also, for the cramps, try Epsom salt baths. They help me immensely. I hope you find a solution!
  6. athenarose

    Question for the ladies

    It might not be the solution you’re looking for, but I’ve found using birth control (nuvaring) helps minimize everything. I use the ring continuously for 3 months at a time (so I only have 4 periods/year), but when I do get my period, it’s much lighter and my PMS is basically non-existent. No mood swings, cravings, etc.
  7. athenarose

    Loose skin?

  8. athenarose

    Loose skin?

    Age and genetics for sure. I also went through four full term pregnancies and don’t have any visible stretch marks. My skin just bounces back for some reason. And agreed that the weight loss is well worth any excess skin or other minor inconveniences that come as a result.
  9. athenarose

    Loose skin?

    Yay! That’s exactly what I was referring to. In my experience, building muscle definitely helps with any sag, but there aren’t specific exercises (that I know of, anyway) to help excess skin itself.
  10. athenarose

    Loose skin?

    Minimal excess skin here after 130 lbs of weight loss. No rolls and, even in a bikini, the skin isn’t even significantly noticeable. The little bit I have is on the inner part & backs of my thighs. It’s definitely tightened up over time, but personally, I haven’t found exercise to make difference other than muscle filling in the area a little which makes the skin sag a little less.
  11. athenarose

    Not feeling right...

    My doctor prescribed them too, but only for the first 30 days after surgery. Maybe call and ask if your doctor suggests that you continue take them?
  12. athenarose

    Not feeling right...

    When I feel crummy, I stop eating and I rest. I also find taking a hot bath with Epsom salt helps. My only other thought would be that maybe taking the omeprazole has affected your digestion. I thought, as gastric bypass patients, that we don’t produce stomach acid? Maybe also try some digestive enzymes to see if they help. Not papaya (since apparently it doesn’t work if the pH in your stomach is below a certain number), but legit, good quality digestive enzymes from Whole Foods or a similar store. And definitely use your best judgment and contact your doctor if things don’t feel quite right. I hope you feel better soon!
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    Craig, congrats! You’ve come so far! What an amazing transformation.
  14. If you’ve been low carb that long, then it’s probably not carb flu. More likely, it’s just healing from surgery. I guess my feeling is the same about exercise as it is about going through the post-op diet stages- just because you technically are allowed to do something doesn’t mean that your body is ready for it. Know what I mean? And if you’re tired, magnesium may just make that worse. Also, one thing to keep in mind in regard to high intensity exercise (for when that time comes) is that it can raise your cortisol levels which inhibits weight loss. I personally don’t know anyone who does high intensity exercise on a regular basis and I’m surrounded by personal trainers, gym rats, amateur athletes, etc. Don’t get me wrong, exercise is great and has all sorts of benefits, but in regards to weight loss, it’s really overrated. Diet is solidly 80-90% of weight & fat loss. Like one of my friends (who is a competitive bodybuilder) said, if you’re doing it right, you really don’t need to be in the gym more than three days a week. Just my thoughts. Take it or leave it as you see fit.