Kio

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About Kio

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  • Birthday April 9

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  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    Boston area
  • Age
    47

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  • Surgeon
    Scott Shikora
  • Hospital
    Brigham & Women's
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-03
  • Start Weight
    355
  • Current Weight
    156
  • Goal Weight
    140
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
    26.8
  • Surgery Date
    9/08/2017
  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. Kio

    The choice

    Hi, @LadyDay and welcome! I hope you find what you're looking for here. I can say that my own choice to have gastric bypass was the best choice I've ever made for my health and my life. I'm not sure how your medications would impact the aftermath, but others here who have been on antidepressants may be able to guide you on that! You might want to check out people's personal blogs - many have shared their stories in detail. I linked you the start of mine below - I kept pretty detailed daily records for quite a while after my surgery. I hope this helps!!!
  2. This is fascinating stuff. As someone heavily invested (through work) in diabetes care and prevention, the impact of WLS vs what we usually do for people with diabetes is amazing. There is simply no comparison. No amount of "eat these foods" or "take these meds" achieves the kinds of results described in this article. And given the difference in cost between WLS + followup and lifetime treatment of a patient for diabetes? I'm kind of amazed WLS isn't the first line of defense for health plans instead of the last thing after all other treatments fail.
  3. Welcome, @margaretmyree I started this about where you are - I was 355 lb. I'm so glad I had RNY. In my experience, the stigma associated with being 200 lb overweight far outweighs any stigma you may find about WLS. For one thing, strangers who saw me at 355 knew immediately that I was vastly overweight; today, strangers who see me have no idea I had WLS! I was thinking about this just today as I sat in an interview with my boss, who knew me at my highest weight and knows I had WLS, and the intern we were interviewing, who had no idea I'd ever been anything other than a normal weight. And - if I were speaking to my two-years-ago self - I would say, who cares about stigma!? I can walk now. I can run. I can climb stairs without touching the railings. I can do all that and still breathe after! I can have walk-and-talk meetings down the hallways at work. I can bike. I can chase the dog! I would put up with any amount of judgment from friends and relatives for the joy of being able to do those things again. But really? I haven't had any judgment to put up with. I tell basically everybody, because it turns out that 200 lbs later I don't care who knows about how I lost it. I'm proud as hell that I did it, that I was willing to do whatever it took to reclaim my life. And anybody who thinks I shouldn't have done it, for whatever reason, is simply not a person who is welcome in my life. All of this just to say - tell people, don't tell people, whatever works best for your situation! But either way, don't let the fear of stigma stop you from getting your life back. People who stigmatize you for having WLS are just trying to hold you down and hold you back. They're not invested in your happiness. Don't let them get in your way!
  4. Hi, @DrCohbi, and welcome! Don't worry too much about your starting weight - what matters is where you end up. I started out around 365 lbs, easily one of the highest starts I've seen for ladies around here - and I've now lost over half my body weight and I'm closing in on a normal BMI. It sounds like you're already learning one of the most important things, too - that success starts loooooong before you reach the end of the journey! Every time something new fits, every time you're able to do something today that you couldn't do last week - that's your success, and it starts right now. Best of luck to you - keep us posted, ask questions, stick around! This is a great place.
  5. Sugar - both in its sweet form and it's savory (potato chip!) form - has always been my problem. If I eat carbs, I will eat more carbs - end of story. I usually find that if i can get a solid day of low carb/keto eating under my belt, the second day is easier, and the third even easier than that. From there it's smooth sailing (until the next time I fall off the sugar wagon). The funny thing is, when I'm not eating sugar, I'm eating things I actually really like. I drink a lot of coffee with milk or cream, eat a lot of yogurt (my current favorite is the less-sugar chobani brand), eat a lot of veggies, a lot of berries, and a LOT of drumsticks and chicken thighs. It's not like my diet is lacking in favorites when I'm keto-ing well. And the stuff I eat when I'm NOT keto-ing well is actually kind of viscerally disgusting to me -- too sweet, too greasy, too rich, too everything. So why do I do it? Bodies are WEIRD. My trick to getting in that first good day is this: I eat as much as I want that day. I will literally binge on anything I want as long as it's not carbs. Granted, since surgery, my "binge" amount is vastly reduced from what it once ways. But I do feel like that getting-back-on-the-wagon day is basically nothing but eating. On the other hand, it's eating healthy, good for me foods, so I don't stress about it, and at the end of the day I have progress to risk - why waste a day of hard work by breaking my streak?! Just not worth it. Exercise does the same thing - it puts me back in the game. It's all too easy to say no to the treadmill when I already said no yesterday. It's got to be a habit for me, or it's not useful. Kristen, I think you've got a great handle on what's going on with your mental and physical status, and being here will only help with that. Yet another thing I've learned - it's a lot easier to disappoint myself than it is to disappoint @CheeringCJ, @BurgundyBoy, @Res Ipsa, @cinwa, @Cheesehead, and the rest of the ThinnerTimes fam! As long as I stick close to this forum, I have those voices in my head cheering me on.
  6. Best of luck! I was pretty scared too - but life is so much better on the other side. Stay in touch on your journey - we'd love to know how you're doing! And this is an excellent place to ask questions and share your challenges and successes.
  7. You look amazing, Rob, great job!
  8. Kio

    Reconnecting

    Hi, TT fam! I've been away from the forum for a little bit, life has been crazy in both good and bad ways. Lost my beloved Xander-cat at age 20 - it was just time, we could no longer keep him pain-free with medications, his arthritis was just too bad. I'm not as broken by it as I always expected to be -- I got 20 years with him, my little furry best bud, and I feel like I made the right call at the right time. I miss him like crazy, but I know I gave him a good life, and he gave ME a good life, too. We also got a new dog - well, Leah got a new dog, which makes her my dog, too. A dutch shepherd, one year old, that we got from a rescue organization right after she had puppies. She's adorable, but a LOT of work, and super rambunctious first thing in the morning! And finally, construction/renovation has started at the back end of our house, in preparation for getting Leah's parents moved in with us. A few years before my surgery, it was a giant house renovation that essentially destroyed my success with the paleo diet - I'd lost 100lbs, and then construction de-railed me (we had no fridge, had to eat out basically for 2 months, it was horrible) and I slowly gained it all back over the next year. I'm DETERMINED not to let that happen this time (for one thing we get to keep our fridge this time!) but -- Overall summer has been hectic, but I've managed to stay active. I walk a LOT - a couple of hours a day on the treadmill, and the dog has just added on to that. But I haven't been eating right, and that's just on me and my stress/bad coping mechanisms. I've gained about 5 lbs and I'm feeling bloated and a bit gross, and I figured now was the time to come clean about that instead of you know, 2 years from now when it might be 40 lbs, you know? I feel like all the walking has been a buffer against bad behavior, but it's not ENOUGH of one - as they say, you can't outrun your fork. So I've spent the past week or so re-aligning myself with my program and getting myself back together. I'm also thinking hard about getting a membership for a barre/yoga studio, but it's a bit scary - as I am utterly lacking in things like flexibility, coordination, and rhythm. I'm almost two years out from my surgery, super close to my goal, and still finding new firsts around every corner. It's still kind of weird and mysterious and wonderful to me that I can actually exercise. We went hiking with the dog the other day - yuppie hiking, anyway, on a well-cut trail with a bunch of other people and their dogs. We were out there for almost 2 hours and when we got back to the car I felt really good. Not tired, not worn out, not sore - just like I'd had a good workout. Two years ago I could not have imagined feeling like that; I couldn't have imagined doing that; I couldn't have imagined just standing up without pain for 10 minutes, let alone walking for that long. I have so much gratitude for this place, for helping me to make the decision to have my surgery, and to my doctors for making it happen. It is miserably hot in the Greater Boston area this week and I'm doing most of my exercise inside, surrounded by construction workers. But life is still good! And I just wanted to share that with you guys.
  9. @CheeringCJ got it all right! I had zero problems from my gall bladder removal, and haven’t noticed any differences afterwards - except the lovely lack of pain!!! My doc was really happy with how easy the surgery was. And my weight is still totally stable! I don’t eat any differently (but I was eating really well before, so there’s that. )
  10. Hi, welcome! Congrats on knowing your surgery date! What are you planning to do over the summer while you get ready for it? Just a suggestion, but maybe start a blog here to share how you're feeling about your life and your body right now. It's been almost two years since surgery for me, and now that I'm almost at goal, I find that I sometimes struggle to remember what my life was like back then. I mean, a part of you will never, ever forget. But the details do start to blur, and I wish I'd written more about myself then to make sure I always remember to be grateful for (and vigilant with) my new self.
  11. You look amazing, Trish! Just look at that narrow waist! And you're on your feet! GO YOU! I've broken into the medium size range myself recently, doesn't it feel awesome? I know it's problematic - we really shouldn't let the sizes and numbers on the scale control us the way they always seem to - but after a lifetime of only seeing the big sizes and big numbers, it's just really great to get that validation of being "normal," isn't it? We are middle-range average-type ladies! =D I find that I'm actually embracing the form-fitting factor. I never thought I would, but I tend to go for the fitted look more often than not these days. I bet you'd STILL look amazing in something that conforms along the waist line and down over your hips. Just a thought!
  12. I've been saving some up! For a while I was a little - I don't want to say disheartened, but maybe resigned? Because I felt like my weight had bottomed out, and I wasn't going to lose any more, and I wasn't 100% happy with my clothing sizes. Even though I was wearing a size I hadn't been in since college - at that size in college, I'd already felt like I was overweight. So it has been a super happy surprise to learn that my sizes are still changing! I felt for a while like my pants were getting a bit baggy, and even my smallest shirts were a little shapeless. So I took a risk and ordered a whole bunch of Eddie Bauer long-sleeved t-shirts in Medium, and they FIT ME PERFECTLY. It's actually kind of amazing! They've got a close fitted shape through the waist and make me look really narrow there. I LOVE IT. And I honestly can't remember the last time I wore a medium in ANYTHING. So, that done, I thought I might as well see what was happening in the land of blue jeans... my 14's had been feeling a bit baggie in the butt, too. So I tried on a bunch of stuff at Target the other day, starting at size 12. Which was TOO BIG!!! I actually walked out with three pairs of jeans and one pair of shorts, a mix of size 10 and a couple of size 8s!!! If you'd told me before surgery that I would ever in my life be able to fit into a pair of size 8 pants and a medium t-shirt I would still be laughing today. But here I am, totally comfy in them, and it's just the best feeling in the world. My scale only goes down every now and then these days, but the NSVs keep coming! It's probably related to all the time I'm putting in on the treadmill. We have a treadmill desk, and about 3 weeks ago I started using it really regularly while I'm doing anything I would normally sit down for. Reading, writing, watching TV... I just hop on and go. I don't go very fast at all, because at higher speeds it's hard to type. I usually go 1.5 mph for just hanging out and doing stuff, and around 2.5-2.7 mph for watching tv or seriously working on exercise. Most days, I get in around 2, maybe 3 hours of walking that way. Which is an NSV in itself for a lady who could barely make it to the kitchen and back two years ago!!!
  13. Given the time they went down and the time they came back up, I suspect there was just a glitch on the servers sometime Thursday, and nobody was around until this morning to notice and fix it - thanks to Good Friday.
  14. I'm so glad it's back, I was in withdrawal all weekend! I even went to a few other forums just to read, and it was not a great experience. TTF is the BEST.
  15. Sooooo adorable!!! Can't wait till we get ours, whatever type of mutt she may be - but we're looking at August now, since our reno doesn't start till mid-May. I guess that will just give us a lot of time to make sure we get the right fur kid.