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About athenarose

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  • Birthday July 24

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  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    California
  • Age
    39

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  • Surgeon
    Farida Bounoua
  • Hospital
    Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-07
  • Start Weight
    265
  • Current Weight
    135
  • Goal Weight
    135
  • Surgery Date
    02/17/2016
  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. I'm a little over four years post-op bypass and I've never had this issue. Maybe there's hardly any threads because it's not really a common problem?
  2. Same at the Costco near me. They had tons of all the different flavors. Also, glutamine can help if you're having a hard time with sugar/carb cravings.
  3. If I remember correctly, my surgeon used the lowest weight I'd been as an adult as my goal weight (I had gotten down to 135 lbs when I was 19)- that's a BMI of 21.1, for reference. It ended up being roughly a good weight for me. I prefer myself a bit smaller (about 125 lbs, so BMI of 19.6), but the collective opinion is that I look healthier at around 130-135 lb. I found that my body naturally showed me a good, healthy weight. My weight loss slowly tapered off and my body stays around 135 with relative ease. If I watch my diet more closely and exercise consistently, then I'll go down to (my pe
  4. All of this. My surgeon encourages her patients not to eat bread, pasta or rice for the entire first year. Right now is the time to completely revamp your eating habits and create new normals. I understand the desire to experiment, but I'd really encourage you to use this time to nail down healthy eating habits that will promote weight loss and help with maintenance down the road. Carbs are such a Pandora's box- I really wish I'd kept my diet as strict as it was for my first few years after surgery. Even loosening the reins a couple years out has been a bad idea; I definitely would discourage
  5. Welcome! I would definitely encourage you to read the guide Res Ipsa posted above and really focus on developing healthy eating habits. You mentioned not being able to exercise and wondering if this will affect your weight loss; personally, I focused solely on getting my eating & nutrition under control during my weight loss period. I didn't exercise at all until after I had hit my goal weight (which was exactly 50 weeks to the day I had surgery). My reasons were different than yours- I knew I had a finite amount of willpower and energy to put towards my weight loss efforts and figured I'd
  6. Welcome! I didn't have any problems post-op. I remember being in pain when I first woke up and I wanted ALL the drugs, but I was honestly fine by about 10 hours post-op. It really felt more like a hard core ab workout. I was up and walking the next morning and discharged from the hospital about 24 hours after surgery. I used Tylenol with codeine for maybe three days after that and then didn't need any pain meds. Having gastric bypass was the best decision ever. I lost 130 pounds (half my starting weight) in the first 12 months, have maintained within 10 pounds of that for almost 4 years now. I
  7. x1000 This post is spot on in every regard.
  8. I barely made my insurance's cutoff to qualify for surgery so my surgeon didn't want me to lose weight until after I was approved for surgery. Then, I had to lose 5% of my starting weight, which was easy peasy. I just went low carb and easily dropped 15 pounds in about two weeks. It was mostly water weight, but I didn't have any co-morbidities and minimal abdominal fat (I was super pear shaped pre-op), so my surgeon was fine with it.
  9. WLS is definitely not the easy way out. To be frank, you have practically no chance of losing the weight and keeping it off without surgery (that goes for anyone who is morbidly obese, including me when I was heavy). And it's not because you're weak or have no willpower. There are powerful chemical, physiological and psychological factors at play that put you at a major disadvantage. Weight loss surgery is a powerful tool that can help you combat those factors, but you still have to be willing to make the changes and do the work. You have to confront your demons, figure out why you overeat, an
  10. Great job! You'll get there. Just keep that goal in mind and stay the course.
  11. Welcome! It sounds like you've been through quite the ringer. If it's just a particular flavor of shake you're burnt out on, maybe put those aside and try a different flavor or brand? Personally, I can't stand protein shakes (the texture grosses me out), so I had to figure out other ways to get in protein. During the liquid stage, my solution was to eat yogurt and mix in unjury unflavored protein powder (my program allowed smooth yogurts in the liquid phase). And I'd make it in very small quantities (like 2 ounces of yogurt and maybe a teaspoon of protein powder) because, you're right, drinki
  12. I will say, my kids did notice how much I ate (because it was so little) and how much my diet changed. Suddenly, we weren't eating fast food, there wasn't candy in the house, etc. Plus, I would forget to eat because I was never hungry, so they would have to remind me to make meals sometimes. That said, my kids were homeschooled so they were with me 24/7, so maybe they had more opportunities to notice all the changes, but it was definitely a topic of conversation around here. And I was exhausted all the time, which they definitely noticed. They totally didn't notice me losing weight though. Lol
  13. Mine were 9, 7, 6 and 4 when I had surgery. I just told them that I was having surgery to make me healthier. I didn't go into too many details pre-op. Afterwards, they knew I had surgery on my stomach and I could only eat certain foods in limited amounts. I discussed the actual surgical procedure in depth with my then 6 year old after I had the surgery, but she's weird like me and literally watches necropsies and surgeries for fun, so that discussion was just like one we'd had many times before. My kids who are more squeamish still don't know most of the details and I don't think saying more t
  14. Sending you all the good vibes. I'm sure you'll do amazing. Isn't it crazy how different life is now than it was a couple years ago?!
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