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About Zyia

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  • Birthday 04/07/1982

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    Gastric Bypass
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    Dr. Patrick Coates

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  1. You'll stall. Almost everyone does. Don't worry, you'll lose the weight. I lost almost 40lbs the first month from surgery, I went on to lose an additional 155lbs. But yeah that first stall is brutal. I remember wondering if I even had the surgery done, as I wasn't in any pain, and I was thoroughly nervous. Don't worry, you'll get there!
  2. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01H6DGBZG/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I wear that.. Every day.
  3. I try to make sure I am under 50g of Carbs a day, combined with whatever I eat. Calories are irrelevant to me. I draw the line at 7g of sugar for all of the portions combined. But it depends on where the sugar is, for example, I eat very very little fruit, but if I am eating something that has fruit in it, I know that the sugar content is coming from the fruit, which changes what I will allow. I try to only do sugar free things, but I watch my sugar alcohols. So if something says it's 3g of sugar, but 19g of sugar alcohol then I will leave that alone also. Or if I am drinking say a Sugar free whole milk latte with a shot of sugar-free cinnamon dulce, I know that the milk is where the sugar is coming from on that, and I believe the venti size from Starbucks as 14g of sugar, that's my one indulgence. For reference, I have been 'maintaining' for about 8 months. I hover between 154lbs and 158lbs. So for example. One of my favorite cheeses is 0g of sugar, 9g of protein, 3g of carbs, per 1oz serving. I always look at sugar first. If I eat something with sugar by mistake, my heart beat increases, I break out in sweating, I get dizzy, and I get really uncomfortable. So for me it goes Sugar, Sugar Alcohol, Carbs.
  4. Zyia

    An update..

    Hi everyone. Wow it's been a wild month, and I've kind of lost track of time and coming on here. So, a quick update on me, (Hopefully it's quick, we'll see!) Two months ago, the house that I rented was sold. My old landlord told me two days after he sold it "So, I sold the place, take care!". We had lived there for almost 10 years. 10 years of life happened at that house. My son went from Kindergarten to 8th grade in that house, my youngest came home from the hospital to that house. Lots of memories. Well, the new landlord came by and served me with a new lease, and a "You have 60 days to get out" notice. It is hard to find a place to live, especially when you have a zoo of pets and kids. It's hard to find a place you can afford. In fact, the stress of that was crazy. First, we tried to buy a house, and I paid off our credit cards in an attempt to boost our credit score. It worked, but not fast enough. It took almost a month of my 60 days for the credit to update and 30 days is not enough time to find a house that fits our needs, and close on it. I called the new landlord and begged him to stay, I even offered double our rent, and he was "Well, you are not the quality type of people I want living here, and I doubt you'd pass our application process". Wow. Just wow. Really, not the quality of people, I pay rent in advance, we don't party, we don't do drugs, not the type of people. In a dark hour, I found myself at the local food bank, scouring through rentals, trying to find anything, anyone, anywhere we could go that would not put my kids out. I came across a newspaper (Yes they still exist), with a number on it, for a 3 bedroom house, with lots of storage and an option to rent to own. So, I called and left a message. About 30 minutes later I was called back, and a week later I signed a year lease for the new place, and with a bonus, we could keep all of our animals. So, the past month has been moving houses, which is hard to do, and moving my mother in law in with us. As she was also evicted. It's been a heck of a process, that I find myself with little time to do anything else. I've had to change addresses for three kids in three different schools, in order to get my middle child on board with it, we had to do an inter-district transfer for her to remain at her current school. We now are paying for water, and sewer, and garbage. But I am not complaining, it's a house, it's a house that will feel like a home, and the location is great, I have no neighbors I have to worry about, literally, I am tucked away from a main road, with easy access but unless you were looking for my place you couldn't find it. I am thrilled. But, that's not quite all that has been going on. First the negative. My sister in law, Michelle, passed away, two weeks ago, stage 4 breast cancer. She was my husbands favorite sister, and of course my mother in law is grieving from losing her daughter. It's hard to squabble about the petty things when something else happens that is devastating. The positive is that we were able to bring home another pet that was promised to my children if we ever had to move. His name is Marley, named after Michelle's favorite dog. But again life is full of checks and balances. Outside of my personal life, my work life is happening. My manager had retired, which left an opening for his position. Out of three people, I was given it, however, yesterday news came down that his father passed away, which was his reason for retiring, so yay I was granted the position, but yay the position may not be available. Will have to wait and see which puts me in flux. It's difficult to be in flux, I am someone who likes to know what is going on. But, to balance that out, August 1st was a year from when I had my surgery done. This past year has been amazing, the ups and the downs. I am thankful for it all. For the negatives for showing me what I can get through and do, and the positives showing me what the rewards can be. A year and a month ago, I was obese, depressed, frustrated. I had no sex drive, no drive really to do anything. I was tricking myself into thinking I was happy when I was not, and I made a change for the better. I took a plunge and I am so glad that I did. At my highest I was a little over 290lbs, As of this morning, I weigh 154lbs. I fit into size 8 in pants, and small in shirts. My Progression : Day before surgery - Two months after surgery - Four months after surgery - 6 months - Seven months - Nine months - Today - I am thrilled with how I look. I am so glad that I had my surgery done. I have excitement for a future in which I didn't even know could exist a few years ago. I am excited and happy for whatever lies my way. (Thanks for reading :D)
  5. Zyia

    I'm scared

    A few weeks ago was my year surgiversary. (Sure that's a word!), I've had a year since my surgery. Today I currently weigh half of what I used to weigh. That's a trip, to really think about. I am half the person I was. There are con's about the surgery. - My hair is still falling out, not noticeable to anyone but me, but it's there. - I have loose skin. Like, Watch it jiggle. - I have to take vitamins every day for the rest of my life - I get awfully thirsty and can't drink until 30 minutes has passed at the very least even if I've just had a nibble of something. - My muscles are not what they were when I was larger, I can't lift the same amount. But, they definitely do not outweigh the benefits to the surgery. - I am healthier. - I can walk for miles without getting winded, I can go up and down the stairs, repeatedly, without being sore (I just moved, and talk about 30+ trips up and down my old stairs) - I am no longer taking any medications beyond birth control (I had to have an IUD put in, due to how your body absorbs birth control after the surgery). Previously I was on metformin for Diabetes, and Labetalol for High Blood Pressure, prompting my then GP to ask me how I was even conscious with the doses I had to take. - I can shop in the 'cute section' of clothes - People respond to me, a lot more positive than before. - I feel fantastic. Like, fantastic. My body doesn't ache like before - I only have a BM once in the day, previously, I was going every few hours. (Yeah yeah I know TMi but it's there). I consider having Gastric Bypass the best decision of my adult life (Bar my kids and husband). I would do it again in a heart beat. The cons to the surgery are minor for me, and they absolutely do not even compare to the benefits of having it done. Previously, I was cautious to look people in the eye. I was scared of my weight, embarrassed due to my size. I didn't even realise how embarrassed I was until I became thin, I didn't even think about all of the excuses, and the bargaining I did with myself to find my weight previously acceptable, sexy, BBW and all that. I can say I am not the person I was before, I am happier, healthier, and I feel amazing. Fear of the unknown is scary, change is scary, but don't let that fear stop you from making a decision that will alter your life for the best.
  6. I don't think so. That they were worried, I got the sense that it didn't really matter to them. But yes I wasn't able to keep any food down that first week, and spent the first two days after surgery vomiting, everything. But it was my understanding that that was pretty normal. Afterwards I went home, and I was wondering if he even did the surgery, I wasn't in any pain, and stalled for a while.
  7. I lost 40lbs the first week. Not kidding. The very first week, home from the hospital, I dropped 40 lbs that quickly. (Then it stalled for a while.)
  8. Hi there! So, I have lost around 130lbs total. I have saggy skin, does it bother me? Not really, my arms, well I feel like Homer Simpson from the Xfiles episode with the "Watch it jiggle", but everything else is just fine. However, I do wear a body shaper every day, and have since my first month home. I wear this one - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01H6DGBZG/ As for hiking etc.. I usually do a 6-10 mile hike once a week. I try to swim and bike, and run. I also walk a heck of a lot, and my skin doesn't bother me one bit. I am quite active and I enjoy it. I don't get tired anymore, my body doesn't hurt anymore, I can run up and down stairs with no issues. I can climb up boulders, and actually go jogging without pain. It is now hard for my 6 year old to keep up with me. I am enjoying the freedom that I have now that I no longer have all of this extra weight to lug around. As for looking thin in clothes well, Yeah, I think I can pull that off. But yes, I do have sagging skin, here is my tummy, just now, 5 minutes ago, without my shaper - Eventually I'll tone it down I hope. But I also was overweight for almost 18 years, and have had three kids. It really, to be honest, doesn't bother me. I would have my surgery done again in a heartbeat, it beats being overweight any day of the week. As for does saggy skin make you look older, I don't think so, I am 35, and people don't believe my age when I tell them that. Here is a comparison shot of my face before and after the weight came off : To be honest I think I look much younger. I feel beautiful, saggy skin and all, and I enjoy showing off my body now. But a lot of that I think has to do with genetics, and age, and that's a gambit. I never lost weight after my first child. I just was rather stuck in this weight for the past decade. So I didn't have bouts of being thin and large, I was just .. fat. This is the first time I've ever seen my adult body thin and again I am thrilled.
  9. My husband made a comment to me, that if I were to lose my excess skin (Which I have, body shapers I love you!), I would be about 130 probably. However the goal in my head was 160, my surgeon's office doesn't want me to losing anymore weight because they think I would look sickly. 160 is fine, secretly I'd like to get to 150, we'll see if that happens, not because I particularly want to be 150, but I am curious to see how tiny I can get, but with that said, going from size 24 pants to finding size 8 pants sometimes loose on me, is fantastic, going from 3xl to small is a mind boggle. I am happy. I look good, that's what matters to me =) Weight though is always interesting, you can have two people in front of you that weigh exactly the same, and look vastly different, it's all in how we hold weight in, and of course to the ones that used to weigh quite a bit, it's difficult. I still look down and see myself bigger, the other day I was wearing a dress to work, thinking my gosh my calves look huge, only to look in a mirror and realize that was not the case.
  10. 6+ Months. With sashimi I just eat the fish on top, not the rice, with sushi, well if you think about it, half a roll (Which is usually only all I am able to stomach) is not a lot of rice. Regardless, the amount of protein vs the rice is worth it for me.
  11. https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B01EIQ7KVS/ (Or https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EIQ7KVS/?th=1 if you don't use smile for a charity) These are what I take. They are an all-in-one with calcium citrate, a year out and my vitamin count is excellent. I found that Very Berry tastes the best.
  12. It was 105 here the other day. First time in a long time, I felt warm.
  13. Ha! I would hope that we never get used to it, then it would be common place and I could get into an deeper discussion about that! Regardless, that is what the nurses and doctors in my practice stressed that your body/brain catches up to the fact that you changed something, tricked it into losing weight, about a year - year and a half. I am not sure if there is any science behind it, or just an arbitrary number that they tossed out with like a placebo effect. But that is what was drilled into us. I suspect a large reason why people regain weight is that they get lazy, or lax on the "rules". I have found myself thinking about it also, and I am almost a year out. "Oh, subway, I miss sandwiches, I wonder if I just get half a sandwich with wheat bread if that would be okay.. oh I'd better not".."Oh KFC how I miss you, I wonder if it'd be okay if I had just a few bites of coleslaw, there is no protein but I miss it!".. So it's a quagmire that I think we get lost in. I used to joke "I didn't get to be this big without loving food", and while I've not broken my diet, I can admit that I've considered it.
  14. So tossing in my two cents =) I am no longer losing weight, which I suspect I've not been losing weight since February. Other than a pound here and there, (Some days I am 157lbs, other days I am 160lbs..) however, I am still shrinking, and toning. They stressed to me that your body tends to realize it's been tricked about a year to a year and a half after surgery, but I've always been a quick healer (Like the stitches from surgery, my skin grew over them, and it's just because I heal fast), so I am thinking that my body realized that hey, you did something. But as said I am still shrinking, my inches are going down, just not my weight. But that's fine, overall I've lost 130lbs. That's an insane amount. I was at work last night and a little girl came up to me "You're Kira's mommy, right?" .. "Yes, you must be in her class".. "You used to be fat!" .. "Er, Yes I did.." "Wow!" heh. I am fitting into clothes that I never dreamed possible. I had a pair of pants that I kept for over 15 years, and I can fit into one pant leg now. Celebrate the small things, it will come!
  15. I was not, however, I had my gallbladder removed due to issues with reflux and stones about a year before my surgery. So that may be why I wasn't prescribed it, I still have it in my cupboard however,