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kayak19

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  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    MI
  • Age
    50

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  • Surgeon
    Zeni
  • Hospital
    St. Mary's
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-07
  • Start Weight
    397
  • Current Weight
    181
  • Goal Weight
    170
  • Surgery Date
    07/10/2017
  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. Getting into a kayak again was one of my goals, having had an embarrassing experience prior to WLS, due to my size. This summer my husband and I bought two and have been kayaking quite a bit. It is very fun, especially if someone else is organizing the route and the drop off/pick up of the boats. Then pretty much all you have to do is get in and float, maybe steer a bit here and there. For an event like you're going to they probably would not have double kayaks available, which I would not recommend. I've done both the type where you sit on top and where you sit in the kayaks and both are
  2. to ONEDERLAND!!!!!!! I really appreciate this community being a place where I can celebrate this a bit - thank you!
  3. How awesome! You all look amazing - wish I could be there too!!
  4. Dr. Zeni is my doctor and he is wonderful. They do information sessions regularly at his clinic which helped me feel very confident in his abilities. Then my time in the hospital as well as hearing about other's experiences elsewhere made me realize that at his clinic they are always working on improving the experience for the patients. I thought the care was very patient-centered. They have nutritionists and a psychologist on staff, who only work with WLS patients. Many people on this forum have written about having to work with support professionals who weren't really familiar with the
  5. Thank you! Getting closer...
  6. Hi @Kayla7274! Just over a year ago, I was in the exact same place...on the fence. This forum was where I found people who were serious about changing their habits and making the most of this surgical opportunity. I found the confidence to succeed here. I'm so glad I made the decision to go for it. I'm not at goal yet, but my life has changed in so many ways. I just tried stand-up paddle boarding this week, which I still can't believe! You are making a wonderful, life-changing decision. The pre-op diet and the eating phases after the surgery, along with the recovery, seem like a su
  7. This thread is interesting to me as I've been finding myself "overly interested" in fruit this summer. I've limited the amounts I've had, but have been very tempted recently and did get into some (too many) amazing Traverse City cherries. I've always eaten fruit prior to WLS, but there seems to be a new appeal. I'm wondering if those who posted that they love fruit have always felt that way about it or if it has taken on a new role. Until recently the sweetest thing I've eaten since surgery is some sautéed onion. I'm still in the active losing phase so I think I'm going to use this thread
  8. @CelticGirl Right after surgery, pizza commercials felt like an assault to me. I was a little fearful of the possibility of "wanting" things I had just had surgery to help me stop eating them. I stopped watching tv for awhile because food seemed to be on every channel! I think that was when I started to realize all of the places in my life and thinking that I had allowed food to be a focal point...often socially accepted food-thinking, but way too much thinking about and focus on food. Things like cooking shows, farmers markets, baking, dinner club with friends, scrolling around on ye
  9. That is so awesome, congrats, Tracy!!! I am so happy for you! Love that you tried 3 scales before you believed it. : )
  10. I tried to add foods according to my dr's schedule and definitely had to put some on hold until later. I couldn't believe the difference between a thinner soup and a thicker pureed soup, it was huge. These stages seem like they last a long time, but in retrospect they really don't. Try not to add too many new things at once as this makes it easier to tell what you can tolerate. For me a "meal" would be a 1/4 cup of cottage cheese or a couple ounces of soup. Take a minute between bites and stop as soon as you think you might be full. It only takes one bite to make the difference between f
  11. kayak19

    Swimsuits

    I just ordered the same from Lands End - I love it!
  12. I felt like I was 50/50 going to/not going to go through with it as I scheduled my date and did the pre op testing. My timeline was about the same as yours but last year. I'd read something that made me nervous, like about possible hair loss for example, and think, that's it, not going to do it, and then I'd read some more and see how people managed to get through that particular aspect and come back up to 50/50. Then about 10 days before surgery, I had a dream that I woke up after surgery and my dr said that they weren't able to do the procedure for some reason. I woke up feeling incredib
  13. Hi @Flawed Princess good luck with your decision. I've been very happy with my bypass. Stats are below...
  14. Amazing! You're so close to your goal. That's a great pic!
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