Jen581791

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About Jen581791

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  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    Muscat, Oman
  • Age
    45

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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Rumbaut
  • Hospital
    Swiss Hospital, Monterrey, Mexico
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-08
  • Start Weight
    290
  • Current Weight
    138
  • Goal Weight
    150
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
    21.0
  • Surgery Date
    02/14/2017
  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. Exactly! When I have gotten down to "thin" previous to my WLS, I have had to spend 100% of my mental energy on avoiding food, pretending like I'm not hungry, eating one thing when I really really really want another, pushing down food thoughts, berating myself for my weakness, and just focusing on not feeling like I'm starving. I was basically starving myself and getting mad at myself for feeling starved while I was starving. And I was only ever able to keep it up for maybe a year max each time, followed by giving up and gaining weight. And feeling self-hatred and regret and embarrassment for not being able to just stick it out (forever). Now, post WLS, I just have to sort of make up my mind not to eat a thing I shouldn't. And then I don't eat it and the moment passes. I don't ever feel like I'm going to tear out my hair with needing food. People who haven't ever been an obese person on a diet really don't know what it's like to feel that way. They may think they do. And they may think they have to work hard at staying thin, but it's all relative. I kind of feel like telling an obese person to just "eat less" is like telling someone who is being deprived of oxygen to just breathe less. Everything in your being is going to fight that.
  2. Welcome and best of luck! It sounds like you've made it through the first few tough weeks OK. It gets better!
  3. This is absolutely how I feel. People who think WLS is like cheating are more interested in "punishing" overweight people for their imagined sins than in seeing overweight people get their health back. When it comes down to it, most thin people feel like they have to work pretty hard to stay thin. They feel like since they are doing it "the right way," everyone else should do it just like them and they'd be OK. They don't understand that hard work isn't the problem - many obese people work very hard and don't see success at weight loss because their bodies don't respond in the same way. They don't need punishment - they need a solution. For most obese people, WLS is simply the best (and possibly the only) solution. If we've got a perfectly good solution, why not use it?
  4. I gave up eating for Lent - that's a good one! I told very few people. Just a few family members and a few close friends. I have since told two people (who asked) that I thought might benefit from WLS. Everyone I told was supportive, particularly after seeing me drop a ton of weight and get healthy. Everyone else I just told that I am on a very low carb low calorie diet and I exercise a lot. I saw a video of CluzieL's on YouTube about how not to let conversations focus on that, and her (hilarious) advice was to get all excited about telling all about your new diet in painstaking detail, like grams of carbs vs. fat vs. protein, and what kinds of things you're avoiding, and how you weigh and measure all your food and track it on My Fitness Pal, etc, etc, etc. Most people's eyes will glaze over in about 30 seconds, and even the stronger ones will slowly back away when you start talking macronutrients and using a food scale. I would LOVE to be an ambassador for WLS, just to help de-stigmatize it, but my insecure inner fat girl could not handle that much focus on my former body size and the reasons for it. I spent 30 years agonizing over my fat, and I'm very happy to not be doing that now. I, too, started a new job a while after surgery, so most people I see every day now do not in the slightest remember I used to be heavier at all. People see stuff on Fb occasionally and are surprised. I'm not in denial, I just don't want my "before" picture to be in everyone's mind every time I talk to them. Some people are really honest, though. I salute them. They are tougher than me.
  5. Welcome! You've made it through the first three weeks, which are the tough ones. You're on the mend now and probably starting to move in the direction of normal-ish types of food, which was a huge relief for me. I wish you the best of luck on your journey.
  6. Welcome! It takes a while to get your mind to remember all the new rules, but it'll happen eventually I chugged a glass of water a few days out before I remembered not to, and it wasn't fun there for a few minutes. I was worried I'd messed something up inside! I was OK, though. Eventually these things will become either second nature or they won't be a problem anymore. I can chug water now as well as take a handful of pills if I need to - but remembering to chew things well and take small bites is a habit now.
  7. Welcome! I wish you the best on your journey!
  8. Congrats on getting your surgery date - what an interesting one! As @msmarymac said, it's worth noting that the normal outcomes for obesity aren't great, whereas the normal outcomes for WLS are excellent, and it's relatively low risk. You're buying yourself a healthier happier future to enjoy with your wife (congrats to her on the recovery). My husband was a bit freaked out by the surgery, but I don't think he'd even consider not encouraging me to go for it if he had to make that choice now. I'm a much happier person, both physically and mentally. It sounds great that you have a dietician to help you through the process. Good support will be really helpful in making the lifestyle and thought-pattern changes that you will need to make to ensure your success. I hope your surgery goes really well. Keep us posted on how you're doing during the liquid diet. You may need some words of encouragement from people here at the forum during that phase - it's a tough one, but essential for reducing the risks of the surgery.
  9. Hi Jay, and welcome. You definitely didn't gain 15 pounds of fat from surgery - it's swelling and water retention from the surgery itself. Many (most?) people report coming home from the hospital heavier than when they went in, but it goes away pretty quickly. There's nothing to worry about there. Just focus on getting the nutrition and water you need to recover well, and your body will take care of itself. Protein shakes and water - your best friends right now!
  10. Oh my goodness, it sounds like you've been through the wringer. I hope you've turned a corner and start feeling better soon. What an awful list of complications you've experienced! Gentle hugs.
  11. Welcome and best of luck to you! Being able to tie your shoes and breathe at the same time is a worthy goal Keep your eyes on the prize and understand that it'll be a lot of work and life changes to get where you're going, but it's so worth it.
  12. Endurance racing is a weird thing. I think it takes a certain kind of brain, and then it sort of takes over your sanity. Fortunately I'm wise enough to not have my eye on the 130km for next year. I think 50km is plenty. It is definitely a different kind of achievement to have taken the long road to get to this point. 99% of ultrarunners have probably never even been slightly overweight, so they'd have no idea, but I've definitely got it in the back of my mind at all times. Three years ago me would have been blown away, for sure.
  13. Thanks, Cindy! I'm soaking up all the pride I can get My injury seems to not be too big a deal (please let these words not come back to haunt me). After three days of complete rest (I have a bad cold, so no desire at all to run, fortunately), my knee feels pretty good. I'm going to go back at it pretty slowly, so I'm hoping it'll just have enough rest to not be a problem.