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Second_Chance_Graham

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About Second_Chance_Graham

  • Birthday 02/20/1975

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Age
    45

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  • Surgeon
    Dr Nimeri
  • Hospital
    Atrium Mercy
  • Height (ft-in)
    6-03
  • Start Weight
    338
  • Current Weight
    193
  • Goal Weight
    185
  • Surgery Date
    11/18/19
  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. I can only speak from my personal experience with this issue. My surgeon's office required clearance from the psychologist prior to scheduling my surgery. The two offices were not in any way connected, but the surgery was put on hold until the psychologist sent an updated report to the surgeon stating that I was cleared for moving forward. Best of luck to you. Keep pushing forward and do not view a two month delay as a road block. The time will pass quickly and perhaps you will be better prepared than you are now, which may lead to better long term success. Stick with the program and it will work out.
  2. Congrats on the milestone of getting a date set. We all wish you the best and nothing but success with your decision to have WLS. It's both exciting and scary, but also the best decision for my health that I have ever made. I hope that you will feel the same in the years to come. Remember that surgery is just the beginning, after that the hard work begins!
  3. Because I love riding my motorcycle: Applies to much in life, more than just a cold wet ride...
  4. This is just one step in a lifelong process in the attempt to get your body to a healthier weight. I know in the moment, it is very stressful to be so close to your goal of having weight loss surgery and then to have this seemingly insurmountable barrier put between you and the goal. I have been there. Two years ago this month, I "failed" the psych evaluation for my own weight loss surgery and the therapist declined to provide approval for me to proceed. While I was never given any formal diagnosis, it was determined that I needed to work through some of my issues with a therapist prior to WLS to ensure the best outcome for me would be within reach. I now, as then, disagree with that delay in my process, but I also know that by following the plan laid out for me (about 12 weeks of therapy sessions) I was able to gain the approval of the therapist and then proceed with my WLS. Now, 2 years later, I am 10 pounds from my "never gonna get there" goal and those 12 weeks of therapy are but a bump in the road to a healthier me. I know it's disappointing and difficult in the moment; but keep yourself focused on the end goal and not on the day to day minutia that gets you there. Stay motivated and always remember that you deserve the best treatment plan available, not the one laid out in your own mind. Work with your weight loss team, they also want you to succeed.
  5. I wear one much like Cinwa but usually only when I am out motorcycling.
  6. In my experience, I am 18 months out, in the normal weight range and I do not miss the sweets I used to crave so badly. Sometimes I do think about a cold soda, but I will not go back to it and I am ok with that. I don't miss anything really, just happy that (so far) the surgery has been a success for me.
  7. Same here. Protein was in short supply in my childhood, so I never really got a taste for meat. Pre-WLS I enjoyed cheap carbs and lots of them...pasta, snack cakes, rice, bread etc. I broke off that relationship about a year prior to WLS and for almost 3 years now follow the very low carb diet. As for my protein intake, I dropped the shakes but I still have a pure protein bar daily as a supplement to my food intake. And congrats on your long term success! I am still 9-10 pounds from my "never gonna get there" goal....but i keep trying.
  8. Very well said and oh so true....if I eat my protein first and alone, i can take about 3.5 ounces. If i allow carbs, veggies or anything else to go first or with the protein, i can swallow much more.
  9. I would caution against the use of Pepto Bismol post gastric surgery. It is an NSAID and, as we all know, all NSAIDS should be avoided post gastric surgery.
  10. Welcome aboard Fred! You will find excellent support and information from the many contributors here. I am 13 months out from my own RNY gastric bypass and have zero regrets about the choice I made. I wish you the same success and peace with your decision, whatever that may be. Beautiful motorbike you have there, I mean, it's no Honda, but it will do
  11. Best of luck as you continue to work towards your goal. I am 13 months out and I can definitely relate to the return of bad habits. For me, it's grazing. I continue to come here for support, ideas and advice; but only I can control what I put in my mouth. Like many have said, surgery doesn't fix the brain.
  12. I would say the loose skin on my arms, chest, abdomen, and thighs started showing up after losing about 60 pounds. Now at 145 pounds lost and 12 months post RNY, it is starting to shrink up a bit. However, I don't let it bother me. I am healthier and happier than I was prior to the loose skin appearing and I will wear it proudly. Whether it stays permanently or continues to shrink, I will continue to be thankful for the life I have regained. For me, loose skin is a small price to pay. Congrats on your weight loss! You are doing great!
  13. Quote: "im bypass but I find if I eat something high in carbs my blood sugar drops drastically, so I stay away from the carbs..a good indication of low blood sugar for me is I start sweating (I don’t sweat normally)" I did not realize this was a side effect of eating carbs. I had a few potato and carrot bites in some beef stew last week, then went for my normal evening walk. It was cool enough that I would normally be freezing, but was sweating and became very dizzy/disoriented. Had to have my wife come pick me up. Very odd feeling and not one I get very often. Maybe it was the carbs? I am usually nearly carb free....
  14. Apples make me sooooo hungry! I rarely eat fruit, but if I do have a few apple slices i try to pair them with a little protein, like all natural peanut butter or a cheese stick. Thanks for the advice, I am trying to drink more (as I know I should!) and it is helping. I have dropped a couple pounds over the last week and continue to inch towards my goal.
  15. So maybe that's the issue....The surgeon told me that nuts would be a good, high protein snack and so that has been my go to option. I typically have a couple ounces twice a day, so that would be 680 calories! Oops! I really need a better solution there. Drinking more is good advice, and I will certainly add that to my tool box
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