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    Gastric Bypass
  1. Am I ready for this surgery???

    Wow, thanks again to all the added comments from everyone. It is so cool that I can truly say that I relate to something each and every one you have said. The one thing I noticed as a common denominator in what every one wrote was that no one has regretted having the surgery!!!!! That just re-assures me I am doing the right thing. I have always been a very active "bigger" person, but I think because of that, it has been tough on my body in respect to the added weight on my back and joints. This is a big reason for wanting to lose weight, decrease the stress on my joints, I already have some osteoarthritis in my knees and lower back. I did have a L4-L5 fusion on my back a year ago and you would think having the surgeon tell me that my longevity of the surgery success would motivate me to lose the weight. Nope, it didn't. I now have a pretty good/painless back but now my "good" knee is acting up and has some osteoarthritis in it. I feel like I am breaking down slowly and I know that my excess 100lbs is playing havoc on my body. This may sound funny, but another reason I would like to lose weight is to be comfortable sitting on a plane. Just like you said @Stephtay it would be so nice to sit in the middle seat just because you can and be comfortable too. To be able to cross my leg or not hold my arms in across my chest so I don't touch the person beside me. I am very seriously excited about that. Also to not have to think twice about whether I am going to be over the weight limit for specific amusement park rides. That must feel so awesome!!!! It has been so encouraging to hear other peoples stories, so keep them coming and share more. Thanks!!!!
  2. Am I ready for this surgery???

    Wow, thank you to @TP1210, @Jen581791, @BurgundyBoy, @Readytobeme, @Res Ipsa, and @Kio. I truly appreciate the time you guys took to respond to my post and all the valuable insight, personal experiences, and tips you gave me. There was something from everyone of you that hit a "awe ha" with me and I am going to take those insights and tips and put them to use. I like how you worded it @TP1210 about the "special meals" and are those special meals more important than my life/health and my daughter because when you put it that way, "HECK NO"!!! I need to remind myself of that constantly. And I love how you said J581791 that you had to draw hard lines in the sand. That is what it is going to take, and like Kio said, white knuckle dieting. I laughed when you call it a "food funeral" but that is how it feels like!!! So true, Burgundyboy, none of us are perfect and I don't know why I expect myself to be perfect. I know that the first 3 days are usually the hardest when we cut things out and I will try the Ketogenic diet. The funny thing is that I know how to lose weight, just like the rest of you, the question is - how long will it last? That is why I am choosing the have the gastric bypass because it increases my odds of keeping off the weight. Thanks for sharing Readytobeme, it is funny how our minds work isn't it. Eating things that we haven't eaten in a while only because we think we may not be able to eat it again. I know that this is a lifelong journey and like many have said on this forum, we need to work on changing our old habits with new healthy ones. It was on one of your posts that I read earlier Res Ipsa that made me decide to get the surgery in Mexico vs waiting 2-5 years to have it covered in my province. You said you have never regretted having the surgery, the only thing that you regret is that you didn't have it done sooner. That is how I feel, life is too short to live on the sidelines. And it is probably a "normal" feeling to wonder if I will get this one right, unlike the many other times I have lost a lot of weight to gain it back again, to lose again, and to gain again. Kio, I could totally relate to everything you said and I it is so helpful to hear how everyone is dealing with their own challenges and triumphs. From everyone that replied to my post, would all of you say that you definitely don't "feel" as hungry as before? Do you all suffer from the "head hunger" that is common? My sister had gastric bypass 1.5yrs ago and is doing great. It has been fun to hear all the things that are better when you are skinnier. One thing she just mentioned was that when you are skinnier, you have smaller clothes and can pack more into a suitcase! lol. I never even thought of that bonus. Does anyone want to share a few things about their weight loss that is beneficial that you never knew would be? Again I truly appreciate the time everyone put into writing back to me and I hope I will be able to be as helpful to others in a year or so. Cheers
  3. Hi everyone, I have been reading a lot of the posts and really appreciate everyones time they put into responding to people. I have surgery for gastric bypass booked for April 4/18 in Mexico. After much research I have decided to go to Mexico for the surgery and pay out of pocket because the wait time where I live to have it covered under our medical is 2-5years and I am not getting any younger. I was on the fence for a long time in whether to get the surgery or not but made the decision one day to get it when I couldn't participate in my daughters "Bring A Parent" day in gymnastics because of my bad osteoarthritic knee. I know my excess 100lbs on my body has played havoc on my physical health. Once I booked the surgery I thought that would be enough motivation to start losing the 10%body weight before the surgery which I have 3 months to lose. Well the first week has gone by and I find myself wanting to eat all those "special" meals that I feel I won't be able to eat again in a long time if not at all. I know this is not the right mindset to go into this with and that everyone I have talked to said the biggest thing that needs to change for this surgery is our mindset. I am scarred that if I can't change now, will I be ready for this major life altering process? Maybe I am not ready enough, will I ever be ready? I was wondering if anyone else has gone through this "On the fence, off the fence" situation in regards to getting the surgery? Also any advice on how to get into the right mindset, what worked for you. Any advice or words of wisdom would be greatly appreciate. Cheers Pam