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  • Birthday 12/28/1986

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  1. That is my plan. To keep incorporating exercise in a way I actually enjoy. The exercise I'm currently getting is walking. And I am making progress. Thanks to getting out every day, I am able to walk further before the pain really sets in (back, knees and calves). I can gradually increase both speed/intensity and distance. Eventually, with less weight to carry around, I figure that can turn into short intervals of jogging, then longer. The sky is the limit. I want to bike too, once I move outside the city center. I take medicine that slows my reaction speed and makes it hard to keep an overview over multiple things at once, so I don't want to bike downtown! I like outdoor exercise. I can build these things up gradually, especially once I lose some of all this weight. But I've already started! I'd like to get addicted to exercise too!
  2. Wow, yeah, that is pretty cold indoor temperatures. Being able to stand and walk for extended periods without pain, even in non-sensible footwear, will be great! And being able to move about better in general. I look up to you for your running. I have a small dream of being able to run someday. Not marathons, but just being able to go for a jog. I think that's a good goal to have. Yeah, it feels weird and wrong to kinda ant a bit of illness, something that would go away with surgery and would guarantee the surgery in the first place. I just really, really ant this surgery so bad. I need this tool to help get my present and future health and life under control, on a lasting basis. Fortunately there's still a decent chance that I'll get approved I think, due to my weight exacerbating my mental health problems significantly and my BMI being over 40. So fingers crossed. Thank you for the support. This forum has really helped me sort things out.
  3. Good news. I don't have sleep apnea. The bad news is I don't even have a tiny bit of sleep apnea to guarantee me an operation. I'm desperate enough to have hoped for a little bit, as crazy as that is. Hopefully I qualify for surgery anyway. I need it.
  4. This is really good to know, in case I turn out to have it to some extend! I get the result of my test tomorrow and am a little nervous. I'd rather not have to sleep with a mask forcing air down my windpipe!
  5. I'll keep my fingers crossed. A side effect of one of my medications is that I sweat a lot from any sort of physical activity (even a short, calm walk - lovely side effect ), so I need a bit extra to keep hydrated, so eventually being able to down a glass of water would be nice.
  6. Keep in mind that this is likely a passing thing, that will last a few months, then get better. It does get better! Either on it's own, with therapy or with medication. Don't worry. I think it's entirely valid to wait a little bit before you jump into medication, giving it some time and getting some therapy first, if you're not completely comfortable with getting medication. There's no rush. The important part is to keep you as comfortable and safe as possible. And we're all here to talk to! But I'd hate for you to miss out on really effective medication out of fear of it though. I don't know about American insurance, but I'd like to echo @athenarose in that generic versions of medications are just as fine as the name brand. The active content is exactly the same. The only difference is in fillers and such. So it's generally not necessary to pay for the name brand (or have your insurance do so).
  7. So, you sit in your office, in the blistering hot Middle East, in a down jacket, because of the AC? Yikes! My boyfriend and I go on a yearly New Year visit with some friends to their cabin by the polar circle. I won't be able to leave the sauna while up there in the Arctic winter!!!
  8. Hi Lisa. I can't help you on the main question, since I haven't had the operation yet, however I do have a lot of experience with anti-depressants (I currently take 6 kinds. That is very, very unusual though. By far most people only need one. And nobody will force you to take more than you're comfortable with.). As with all medication, anti-depressants do come with the potential of side effects, but not many. However serious side effects are very rare (I don't have anything serious despite the crazy amount I take.). These medications can be a huge help and really, really raise quality of life. And remember, if you get side effects that outweigh the positive effects you get from the medication, you can always get off it again. Most people don't take anti-depressants forever, but only for a while until their mood is stabilized again. So it could very well be a good help for you to get through this first time after surgery. I can also highly recommend a bit of therapy, in combination with the medication or on it's own. Talking things through with a professional is a huge relief. There is a lot of stigma around anti-depressants and you'll hear a lot of false rumors about them (like them having a lot of side effects). I definitely suggest you talk to a doctor about the benefits and risks of medication before you make up your mind. I hope you feel better soon.
  9. Haha. Poor melting husband! I might have to move to a warmer country!
  10. @Cheesehead Great idea with the slushy! I'll have to try that. Good you get used to not being able to chug water. I guess it's a case of keeping on top of the drinking so you never get too thirsty? @msmarymac I'm hoping for that result. It take some medication that has the side effect that I easily sweat a lot (lovely, I know) and therefor get really thirsty, so I'd like to eventually be able to satisfy the thirst faster than "sip, sip, sip"!
  11. Congratulations! Super well done!
  12. Hope you like it and feel welcome.
  13. You are speaking in metric units, are you European too? Good job on the 22 kilos! It must be absolutely wonderful to feel the weight melt off like that! Yeah, it would be a bit silly to put on weight to get surgery to lose weight! Good that you were able to pay for it yourself. It is not cheap I bet. But hopefully you feel it's worth it! My BMI is just above 40, so hopefully I can convince them to get the surgery even though I don't have somatic comorbidities (unless it turns out I have sleep apnea. I'll know on the 11th.) "only" mental ones. I hope you're right that they think I meet the conditions. Fingers crossed! Thank you for the well wishes.
  14. Congratulations on the surgery! Thanks for the answer. It's good to know it's eventually possible to drink pretty normally. especially when exercising. Tiny sips when thirsty sounds ineffective! The fluid targets do sound like a challenge. I guess you pretty much have to sip continuously all day, except around meals. Sounds like a bit of a chore! Still, I can't wait to be there myself!
  15. It's 8% of my total weight. I'm also on a bunch of medication that has weight gain as a side effect, so it's a bit of an uphill battle. But I think I can do it. I have to! Were you still on your medication after surgery? Do you think those medications effected your post-op weight loss? I can see you've been very successful. Awesome! Being on a liquid diet before surgery you must be starving! I'm glad I don't have to either. Yeah, I'll use this waiting time in a constructive way. I figure the more good habits I develop now, the easier it will be up to and after surgery. I was just wondering about something you can probably answer by the way. After surgery, do you eventually become able to drink at a normal pace again? Or is it only small sips for life?