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  1. Hi AliPat, I wish I had had your post as a resource when I was researching Kaiser So. Sac's program! Very thorough. You are right that the team does not mess around with the requirements of this program. Either you follow it to the letter, or you do not advance. I actually started the program with the 4 hour orientation in December 2016. I had my appointment with Dr. Y that same day where I was given a goal to lose 12 lbs. With this program, you are only limited by yourself. If you lose the weight quickly, you advance quickly. I had to get out of my own way and that took a while. I kept telling myself I could lose the weight doing what I always did (i.e., starve myself and exercise). Shockingly, it didn't work. Finally, in June 2017, I realized I needed to get with the program, literally, and once I did, the weight came off quickly. Instead of losing the 12 pounds required, I lost 28. I had my RNY surgery on 9/11/17 with Dr. Y. He was absolutely wonderful and I have had zero, absolutely zero, complications. His incisions are tiny and mine have healed nicely. I was able to get all of my protein and water requirements in from the beginning and progressed through each of the post-op stages without any trouble. I'm almost 5 months out and I am losing consistently each week. I could not be happier. One tip I'd offer to you: take a probiotic starting 10 days before your surgery and continue after your surgery. I got that bit of info from another member here and I really believe it is what helped heal my gut so that I didn't have gas problems after surgery (only the first two weeks from the gas they inflate your abdomen with which was eased with GasX strips - do walk as much as possible after surgery. It really does help move the gas out of your body) and has helped me not have any bathroom issues. Best of luck to you on your surgery coming up very soon! Dr. Y is amazing!
  2. Monday, 11/27 was my 11th week post-op and I have been doing tremendously well! So far, I am down a total of 60 lbs. since June 23 when I started trying to reach my pre-op weight goal my surgeon set. Since my surgery on 9/11, I have lost 32 lbs. I'm not losing vast amounts every week, but I am very happy with my results! It all adds up in the end! I am 1 lb. away from the goal I set for myself to reach by the end of 2017. Once I reach that goal, I'm 30 lbs. away from the ultimate weight goal I have never been able to reach. I've not had any complications resulting from surgery, with one exception. Not a complication from the surgery exactly, but I am experiencing weakness, dizziness and fatigue. Especially whenever I try to exercise, but other times too. As far as exercise, the only thing I can do is walk. That doesn't trouble me at all (the hard part is finding the energy to go do it!). My concern is I know I'm losing muscle and that worries me. I know eventually this low energy will pass. Right? I can put the muscle back on later. But each time I weigh myself and see that percentage of muscle drop, I cannot help but feel bummed. As far as nutrition, I meet my protein and fluid goals daily and I am religious about my vitamins. I'm averaging around 650-750 calories depending on the day. Some days I can get 3-4 oz. of protein-rich food and maybe a bite or two of veggies in, and some days I get one bite of protein in and I'm done. For that reason, I do still rely on my Premier protein shakes to make sure I'm meeting my protein goal. My plan requires B12 only 3x week. I wonder if I should start taking that daily? Would that make a difference in my energy levels? I did also wonder if I should stop taking the blood pressure medicine as I read that a low blood pressure can cause my symptoms. I saw my PCP about the problem, but she said my BP is perfect and doesn't see any reason to stop the medicine. I asked about my lower weight's affect on the dosage, but, again, was told the dosage is low enough that that shouldn't be the cause of the dizziness I experience (I was originally prescribed the medicine not for high BP, but for migraine control, thus the low dosage). I feel as if I'm not really getting anywhere with my PCP, and my surgeon just refers me back to my PCP. So, the cycle continues. Anyway, overall I'm doing swell and am very happy I did this for myself. I actually feel like and resemble the me I know that I am. If that makes sense. I'd just like my backside to not be so squishy from loss of muscle. I may have been fat, but my backside was firm as a melon. Hope you are all doing well and enjoying the holiday season. Best wishes.
  3. I'm so grateful for the replies! Thank you! I do feel reassured that I didn't do any damage. My program teaches us about possible pouch irritation and ulcers and really scares us into avoiding it forever. However, not having caffeine is just not reasonable to me. I'm two weeks out and have had zero complications. So, based on the helpful replies and information given here, I've felt it safe enough to use a little unsweetened cold brew to cut the sweetness of my Premier protein and it really helps. I can drink them without gagging now. Oh, and the unwanted water weight dropped off! Whew! Thank you all so much!
  4. I am two weeks post-op and had to travel by air this past week for family stuff. As a result, I gained 4.5 lbs. of water. This morning, without even thinking, I took one water pill that contains caffeine to help release the water weight. I didn't even think about it at the time. As I was preparing my dinner this evening, it finally dawned on me that the pill contained caffeine which is an absolute no-no on my plan. So, I am now panicking about it. Do you think I could have done any damage to my new pouch with my stupid mindlessness? The other day I also found myself sipping from a straw before I realized what I was doing. That is also a no-no. I did remove it from my cup and finished my beverage without it, but I have to remember there are things I can no longer do/have. I don't want my mindlessness to hurt anything. Thank you.
  5. Thank you all for your replies! I was prepared for the worst, so I will count my blessings. I just told my husband last night that I'm feeling well enough to go back to work. I'm already bored and it's only the first week! I took four off. I've been increasing my walking because I need to get out of the house. The weather has turned more Fall-like and is terrific! My dear husband has been a bit of a mother hen and won't let me do too much too soon. I appreciate that, but I feel good and want to get out there and get this weight off! Thank you all, I'm so grateful to have a place to go to with my thoughts and questions.
  6. Hello. I am one week post-op RNY tomorrow, 9/18. After a very rough night in the hospital (I got a migraine, so I had terrible nausea), I was released Tuesday around Noon. I slept most of the day at home, but made sure I got my fluids in. By Friday I was off all pain meds and started my stage 2 liquids diet. I have been able to get all my required fluids in (I can drink more than a sip at a time) plus 1/4 - 1/2 c. of soup, Greek yogurt, etc. for my three meals. I'm also getting my required protein in. I don't feel a restriction, I'm not hungry (I do feel an "empty" feeling which prompts me to have my next "meal"), and I don't feel full (I just have this feeling I should stop). Overall, I feel good. My stomach is gurgly and makes noise constantly. I've had some bloating and gas, but am managing with Gas X strips. I'm also having a BM every other day. As of this morning I am down four pounds for the week for a total loss of 32.6 pounds since June (when I got my rear in gear to lose my required pre-op weight). I feel thankful as I've read so many stories and watched so many videos where WLS patients have had a much different experience. Any others have a relatively easy first week? Thanks in advance.
  7. Hi Sally, We'll be surgery twins as I'll have my RNY on 9/11 too! Our stats are similar, so I will definitely follow your journey. Best of luck to you!
  8. Hello! I had my psych evaluation yesterday and it was fine. I was a little worked up because I didn't know what to expect, but it was a waste of my energy. I had to fill out a questionnaire and then the doctor just went over my answers. Took about 30 minutes. Next step is to complete labs/EKG then I get to meet with the case manager to schedule my date. I was told they are scheduling surgeries for mid-August so my choice of a September 11 surgery date is guaranteed to be available. Yay! I can now visualize all of this.
  9. Thanks, all, for the warm welcome! My mindset is pretty focused right now and I plan for it to remain that way. After this Thursday things should move pretty quickly and I'll be in surgery before I know it. I've read through so many of your posts and taken your advice to heart. I'm really trying to eat as though I'm post-op already (i.e., protein first!, 64+ oz. of water daily, no sugar or white carbs, observing the 30/30 rule, small bites and chewing thoroughly). I'm even doing full liquids a couple times a week so I can get used to it. It's really not too bad. I even quit drinking coffee which was very, very hard for me to do. I didn't want to go through withdrawal from caffeine as I'm trying to recover from surgery. That would be miserable. I've been so angry at myself for allowing myself to gain weight again. It's just exhausting doing this yo-yo thing. I now know my limitations and deal breakers. This is the last time I'll ever have to lose this weight. I'm so inspired by all of your successes and I hope to follow in your footsteps. Thank you!
  10. Hello, I’ve been lurking for a while and figured I’d introduce myself. So, hello, my name is Paula and I’m pre-op hoping for a surgery date in September 2017. I’ll be having RNY. My surgeon is Dr. Yenumula at Kaiser in No. California. I’ve done extensive research on both the VSG and the RNY surgeries, and arrived at my decision to have the RNY because of preexisting GERD. I’m terrified of the surgery and the potential complications, but I’m more terrified of not having it done and continuing on this way. I am 5’5” with a starting weight of 246.6 and a starting BMI of 41. I have no other comorbidities. I do have terrible low back pain/sciatica from the additional weight. That is the biggest reason I want to have the surgery. I am in pain all the time, cannot sleep, sitting for long periods of time is very painful (I have a desk job) and even walking for exercise is difficult. My doctor said having WLS and getting the extra 81 lbs. off will do wonders for resolving my back pain. This cannot happen soon enough for me. I’ve been overweight since I hit puberty. At my highest, I was 274 lbs. I’ve tried various programs to lose weight since the age of 16, but wasn’t successful until I joined Kaiser’s Healthy Ways program in 2001. I was able to lose about 50 lbs. with the help of nutritional counseling, exercise and Phentermine to control my appetite. Once I stopped the medication I gained about 20 lbs. back, but maintained a 30 lb. overall loss from my highest weight. After I divorced my first husband in 2012, I decided it was time to really focus on losing the extra weight. I had always been active, lifting weights, and taking Step, spin and yoga classes at the gym. I had also used the Couch to 5K training program to start running and even completed a couple 5Ks. I was still overweight, but was pretty fit. So, I decided I wanted to do more running and began logging 12-15 miles per week to train for my first half marathon. I managed to lose 55 lbs. and completed four half marathons in two years. I was still in the overweight category, but I felt amazing. At 183 lbs., I was the lowest weight I’d ever been as an adult and I felt like I could do anything. Then I met the love of my life in August 2013. I stopped running and allowed processed carbs and sugar back into my life. I gained 64 lbs. in just over a year. I own that 100%. I like to joke that the size of my rear is equal to my level of happiness. I am happy with my life. I’m just not happy being 246.6 lbs. Fast-forward to July 2016. I had finally talked myself into WLS and asked my PCP for a referral to the bariatric program. I must have talked myself into and out of having surgery a dozen or so times. Once I made the choice to go forward however, I truly felt like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders (no pun intended). My argument against the surgery was that it was taking the easy way out. Intellectually, however, I know this is wrong. The surgery is just a tool. I still have to make the right decisions about what to put in my mouth and to exercise. There isn’t anyone doing those things for me. So, for anyone to say this is easy, that is just misinformed. If anything, it’s harder because I will no longer be able to eat any food in any amount that I wish. I’ll have to be disciplined like never before. I’m okay with that. I like rules and structure, so I feel like I’ll be successful. This is the last time I want to lose this weight. I’ve been battling my weight for almost 30 years and I’m ready to be at a healthy weight for the next 50 or so years. God willing. This week I have my psych appointment and then only have an EKG and labs to complete before I can meet with the case manager and get my surgery date. I was told to lose 12 lbs. before I could proceed in the program and I have lost 16 so far and hope to continue losing up to the day of surgery. I will be a success story. Failure just isn’t an option. I remember how invigorating it feels to cross the finish line of a race and I want to feel that way every day. It may sound cliché, but I want to be healthy and fit more than I want to eat junk that is not good for me. Here’s to a successful journey. If you made it this far, thanks for reading and thank you for your support. This forum seems amazing in that regard.