kayak19

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About 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
    195.8
  • Goal Weight
    170
  • Surgery Date
    07/10/2017
  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. Congratulations @tracyringo! You look amazing!
  2. kayak19

    Where are the kayakers??

    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 very fun. You can do it for sure!
  3. kayak19

    I finally made it...

    to ONEDERLAND!!!!!!! I really appreciate this community being a place where I can celebrate this a bit - thank you!
  4. kayak19

    Here’s our group photo!

    How awesome! You all look amazing - wish I could be there too!!
  5. kayak19

    Looking for recommendations...

    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 dynamics surrounding this type of surgery. I think their long-term care is very good as well. Let me know if you have other specific questions that I did not address.
  6. kayak19

    Hi everyone

    Thank you! Getting closer...
  7. kayak19

    Hi everyone

    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 such a short time, in retrospect, compared to just living a better, more comfortable, active life now. You can do it too!
  8. kayak19

    How much is too much fruit and whole milk questions.

    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 as a reminder to lay off the fruit. Thanks for posting the question @NerdyToothpick!
  9. kayak19

    10 Day Post-op

    @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 yelp, making huge family meals, collecting cookbooks. Once I was post-op I started to greatly reduce food thinking and activities and replace those with other things, which has been fun as my ability to be more active has increased. It doesn't feel like a loss anymore, like it did right after surgery. Today being knowledgeable and interested about food is very acceptable and even admired but it was not healthy for me and it was a way for me to avoid taking control of my health. Once I had surgery, I really wanted to capitalize on the honeymoon period, so I think I sort of guarded or protected it. So far, a year out, I am still experiencing reduced cravings and am still able to lose weight, but you hear about how that sometimes changes for people so I wanted to make the most of this period of time, using it to make permanent changes. It is not difficult at all for me to not eat bread, pasta and sweets at this point. Salads, apples, yogurt and cheese are still very satisfying to me both from a taste and a fuel standpoint. But I think all of this comes as you evaluate how you are feeling as you encounter different food situations after surgery and process the "why" of those feelings for you personally. I have purposefully changed the role food plays in my life and it is no longer controlling me. This has been very empowering. Like I said above, I used to be afraid of the possibility of wanting something that I maybe was going to choose not to have anymore, but I'm no longer fearful of that. One of the phrases I sometimes tell myself if I start to feel a tiny bit deprived or left out because maybe everyone is eating ice cream and I'm not is, "You've already had more than your share of ice cream for a lifetime; you're done." Does that mean I'll never have it again? I don't know, but I'm not interested in having it any time soon. Bottom line - embrace the mental process that goes along with the physical process. Use it to set a course for yourself for both short and long term success. I didn't mean to write all this, but the mention of pizza commercials caught my attention as I remembered how impacted I was by them right after surgery!
  10. kayak19

    ONDERLAND are you kidding me?

    That is so awesome, congrats, Tracy!!! I am so happy for you! Love that you tried 3 scales before you believed it. : )
  11. kayak19

    5 weeks in and struggling

    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 full and really uncomfortable or experiencing side effects. Also, unexpected foods will be hard for some reason. I get really full on plain scrambled eggs. It is better for me if I add cheese, why? Who knows? I can eat egg salad with no problem too, but plain scrambled eggs are harder for me, just as an example.
  12. kayak19

    Swimsuits

    I just ordered the same from Lands End - I love it!
  13. kayak19

    First Time(r) for Everything

    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 incredibly disappointed even though it was just a dream. I realized that this was maybe my last chance to get healthy and have the more active lifestyle I was wanting. From that point on I was 100% going for it. Best decision ever. What you're feeling is normal - this is a big step, but the results can be amazing if you are ready to make the necessary changes to go along with the procedure. You can do this!
  14. kayak19

    I’m new here

    Hi @Flawed Princess good luck with your decision. I've been very happy with my bypass. Stats are below...
  15. kayak19

    these pants used to fit

    Amazing! You're so close to your goal. That's a great pic!