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About Second_Chance_Graham

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  • Birthday 02/20/1975

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  • Location
    Charlotte, North Carolina
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  • Surgeon
    Dr Nimeri
  • Hospital
    Atrium Mercy
  • Height (ft-in)
  • Start Weight
  • Current Weight
  • Goal Weight
  • Surgery Date
  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. 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 t
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. Thanks all for the kind and encouraging words. I am confident that I will reach my goals- both the number on the scale and better quality of life going forward. Any tips on avoiding the snacking would be appreciated...My snacks are healthy, GB diet approved, like nuts, cheese sticks, turkey meat sticks, protein bars, but they all have calories and add up. Some of my eating is stress related, some is emotional, some is out right hungry eating. I eat high protein meals three times a day, usually 4-4.5 ounces of lean protein, one or two bites of a vegetable. Not much else. I don't drin
  5. Today is my one year anniversary of gastric bypass surgery. One year ago today I was a nervous wreck, but was determined to change my life for the better. In one year, I have dropped 145 pounds, gone from a size 46 pants to a 31, 3XL shirt to a large, eliminated arthritic pain in my knees, hips, feet, ankle, eliminated sleep apnea, eliminated shortness of breath and improved my mental and emotional health. All in all, I call that a success story. I am still 10 pounds from my goal, which is disappointing; and my weight loss has stopped for the last 3 months. I tell myself that I can st
  6. I was advised to stay away from foods not approved within my post surgical diet plan; so I have done that and have never experienced a dumping episode. The foods I am supposed to avoid are the foods that helped me become morbidly obese, so why would I want to go back to any of them? Seems like doing so just to test the waters is self-sabotaging and not a wise road to travel.
  7. I feel the psychological exam is extremely subjective and studies have proven that the results of it have little bearing on future success of the surgical patient. That said, I "failed" the initial exam and was prescribed 12 weeks of therapy to discuss my issues. I felt it was a total waste of time and very little benefit was gained. That said, I have since had gastric bypass surgery and lost almost 150 pounds in total. Although I did not agree with the results of the psychological exam, I am glad that I stuck with the program. Believe me, it's worth it. Hang in there!
  8. Yes. for about 10 years. Lost about 50 pounds, but could never stand to have the band filled to where it had any effect. Bypass is the way to go from our perspective, but you need to make that decision with your surgeon and for yourself.
  9. My wife had a band to bypass revision earlier this year and has had great success. We follow the plan, take the vitamins and lose the weight. No bariatric procedure is without risk or side effects; but neither is obesity. I recommend you speak with your surgeon, understand the benefits and risks and do what is right for you. Life it short, no sense in waiting around Best wishes to you!
  10. Congratulations! The best suggestion is to follow the instructions provided by your surgeon. Nothing you can receive elsewhere is as applicable to YOU as what your program has provided. Follow the plan you were given and you will have success. That said, welcome to our community and you will find a lot of hints and some great advice as you travel along in your journey.
  11. My advice would be to treat your obesity in both mind and body. Surgery is a wonderful tool to assist you in your journey, but it is not in itself sufficient to resolve your obesity. I would also recommend working with your insurance provider to better understand what options are available to you. Not all insurance plans are created equally and it is better to know what yours says about bariatric treatments prior to setting a plan forward. Best wishes in your journey and welcome to this forum.
  12. Thanks for all the kudos. I hear the last 10% is the hardest to lose, but honestly I feel so much better mentally at this point that I know I can and will lose it. The bypass surgery served it's purpose; gave my relationship with food a hard reboot and I feel much more in control of my eating habits.
  13. So it's my turn to celebrate! After 33 years of carrying 100+ pounds of excess weight, this week I made it to Onederland I am happy to be so close to my goal, now time to start working on toning up.
  14. I take it right before bed. Sometimes it does too much good, if you know what I mean. But i prefer that end of the continuum. Something about washing the food out of the stomach before it is properly digested can cause constipation.
  15. I take Miralax daily. It's the only thing that works for me. Doctor told me it is the same mechanism that causes the weight loss that causes the constipation. Whatever that means. I have also read that the more you separate eating and drinking, the less constipation is a problem. I have not seen the correlation.
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