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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

    Last nut appt over!

    Maybe I’m the exception? But I only saw the nutritionist at my doctor’s maybe twice before insurance approved my previous visits with my PCP as counting for the supervised weight loss. If it works for you and insurance covers it, I say go for it.
  2. athenarose

    Last nut appt over!

    You met with your nutritionist after surgery? I didn’t. I saw her at the one WLS support group I attended, but that’s it. Did your doctor require additional nutritional counseling?
  3. athenarose

    Last nut appt over!

    Congrats! Your surgery date is really going to depend on your surgeon’s individual schedule more than anything else. My surgeon, for example, schedules a surgery date as soon as they submit for insurance. They don’t wait for approval (although mine was approved in less than a day). Keep us posted!
  4. athenarose

    Did your immune system change?

    I don’t think you’re crazy. I think that, unless you’re following up each course of antibiotics with a bunch of probiotics to rebuild the healthy bacteria in your gut, you may be making yourself more susceptible to getting sick again. But I’m a crunchy chick from California- my kids’ school has kombucha on tap. So, in my world, we’re all about building gut health & homeopathic remedies.
  5. athenarose

    Did your immune system change?

    That’s not been my personal experience at all. I’ve only gotten seriously sick twice in the 2.5 years since I had surgery and one of those was food poisoning. If you’ve been on antibiotics a bunch, your gut bacteria could be pretty messed up, leaving you more apt to get sick. Personally, I avoid antibiotics as much as possible because they can wreak such havoc on my system. I would suggest adding some probiotics & prebiotics to your diet and see if that helps. And for the UTIs try D-Mannose. It works incredibly well in my experience.
  6. athenarose

    Meal delivery service

    Gosh, I doubt it. Post-op, I eat so little, a meal delivery service would be kind of a waste. But pre-op, maybe you could check out different meal delivery services in your area that offer low carb options. Maybe call around to small, boutique type gyms/CrossFit type places and ask if they know of anyone? Also, if you look in the frozen meal section at the grocery store, there are Atkins meals as well as lean cuisine type meals...just check the carb content. It’s really such a simple diet at it’s core. Lean proteins and vegetables (avoiding more carb heavy stuff like potatoes & corn). So, veg heavy omelets for breakfast, salad with chicken for lunch, fish and steamed broccoli for dinner. And in between meals, snack on deli meat, boiled eggs, etc. Be sure to include some fats to help satiate you. Probably not the answer you’re looking for, but hopefully it helps a bit.
  7. athenarose

    Energy? and transition

    Ditto everything @Jen581791 said. I was exhausted for a solid two months after surgery and, even now, nearly 2.5 years out, there are still days that I come home from the gym and take a nap. I never got some crazy energy boost. Things became easier after surgery as the weight came off, so I can do things that I couldn’t do before, but I definitely didn’t magically become high energy. And like Jen said, go easy as you add foods to your diet. Kind of like when you’re introducing a baby to new foods (not sure if you have kids, but that’s the best analogy I can think of).
  8. athenarose

    13th Month post op

    Also....all of this. Congrats on your amazing loss! And, like @Jen581791 my skin has continued to tighten up over time. I say, keep going until you hit a weight that feels really good. It may surprise you where you end up.
  9. athenarose

    13th Month post op

    This was my understanding as well and I tried to approach things in the same way. I will say, that hasn’t totally been my experience as I hit my goal at a year and haven't had a bounce back yet. But I think it’s super good to be aware because it certainly doesn’t hurt to aim low and have that wiggle room.
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    Welcome! Wow! You’re off to an amazing start!
  11. athenarose

    Having a sleeve in November :-)

    Welcome! All the advice you’ve gotten so far is right on. Comfortable clothes are key. I also brought an exercise bra that didn’t fit too tightly and I could easily pull on and off. I just wore that (and comfy, loose pajama pants) for the majority of my stay in the hospital (I’d put on a hospital gown when I had to walk laps). I found, with all the tubes and wires, the less I was wearing, the easier it made things.
  12. athenarose

    Confession time...

    Ultimately it’s your call. I just know, for me, it’s important that people who are struggling with their weight know that I did have some help. I remember working so hard and the weight just not staying off. I’d probably think about whether she’s likely to keep her mouth shut and, if so, tell her the truth and swear her to secrecy. But that’s just me. You have to do what you’re most comfortable with.
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    Welcome Vanessa!
  14. I’ve maintained my weight loss at 2+ years out (with a couple “my jeans are getting tight, I need to buckle down” moments along the way), but I’m not dealing with a little one and sleepless nights. Great job catching yourself and buckling down to get back to where you were. You can do this!
  15. athenarose

    What Are You Wearing Today?

    @NerdyToothpick I seriously think that one of the best unexpected benefits of this weight loss has been fitting into kids clothes sizes again. It has totally expanded my shopping horizons. I own a couple pairs of XL girls sweatpants from Old Navy, share sweatshirts with my 10 & 12 year olds, and shamelessly steal my 12 year old’s shirts when I’m too lazy to do laundry.