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MPETERSON2311
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11/23/12 9:32 A

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LOTTTRACY
Posts: 4
11/23/12 9:23 A

Thank you to everyone. :) And I will definitely join one of the groups.

I do realize that the recovery time is lengthy and has different stages; and i'm doing my best to keep that in check as I struggle my way through. The few people I know that have had this same surgery (including my sister) claim to have been happy from the moment they woke up. :)

I guess my biggest problem is introducing food back in and taking the vitamins. OMG - they are soooooo sweet and with my mouth as dry as it is ... not pleasant. lol And eating anything, so far, has been very uncomfortable - and I chew very well and very small. I have only thrown up once - beef stew. I figured ground beef was tolerable (chili) - why not beef... I guess not. :)

Anyway, time will tell. Thank you for all the advice. I appreciate it. :)

Tracy
And I do have a spark page ... not sure how to link it though. :)





LYNNWILK2
Posts: 2,608
11/23/12 3:26 A

Hi Lotttracy... and Welcome to Spark People.
Gastric bypass is a tool, a major life style change and it can get rather complicated, especially at the stage you are at right now where you are eating soft food and you feel like you're eating all the time.
ANGRITTER gave you some great information and links ... use them.

To get through the current stage, remember a few things...
1) you're recovering from major surgery and it is common to experience some depression for a short time.
2) you've made a change to how you body processes the nutrients you eat, so remember food is for feeding the body that which is needed. If you are missing some of your comfort foods, that is understandable, but you're going to be alright, this will pass and you will be feeling better soon.
3) there are a lot of hormones, toxins, and even residual medications you've taken stored in fat cells, you're body is now using your fat to feet itself and in so doing it is releasing these things back into your blood stream. There is really nothing to worry about here except to acknowledge that for a little bit of time you are going to dealing with all the "residue" loading back into your system and it will be filtered by your liver and kidneys and completely removed from you body this time as there will be less fat cells for it hide in again. DRINK a lot of water, it helps to flush these and the fat cells out of your body.
4) MOVE, you have to get moving, the endorphins you will feel as a result of your exercises will improve the way you feel and will help you get refocused on the reasons you had the surgery in the first place.
and a suggestion... when you are feeling good and are able to remember all the reason (or most of them) for having this procedure done... write yourself a rain day letter so that on the bad days you can read that letter to yourself and hopefully find comfort, inspiration, and renewed conviction to your journey in the words you wrote.

Good luck and set up a spark page, it will help you to track your goals and follow your progress and also will allow other sparks members to send you messages and support and goodies to cheer you on.

If you are having medical issues talk to your doctor or his/her nurse or assistant and make sure that you are alright and doing the right thing... but do join a group for Gastric bypass individuals. You will be able to gauge how other people are doing at your stage and just what you can look forward to.

Good luck, take comfort in the fact that you've made a huge decision to live a healthy life... and food is for nourishing the body so you can do the great things in life with the energy you need to get it all done.



PROUD-GRANDMA
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Posts: 4,225
11/23/12 12:34 A

Welcome to SP! Your at the right place.



1BEACHWALKER
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Posts: 13,203
11/22/12 9:36 P

Angela gave you some good advice...Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support. You're off to a great start already, just by posting here!
The key is perseverance and consistency-take it one day at a time and you will see results! It will be hard at times, but just keep at it, you will win this battle and become a healthier you!  Hope you feel better soon. emoticon emoticon



ANGRITTER
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Posts: 2,888
11/22/12 3:25 P

Hello and emoticon !! My name is Angela and I have been on this site since June. Congratulations on taking your first steps to a brand new you and a new weight loss experience where you are supported by en entire community of like-minded people. This website is dedicated to helping people who want a healthier lifestyle including issues with eating healthy and exercising, as well as support forums where we talk about specific issues.

I do believe there is a team of people who have all had gastric bypass surgery. There are several actually, so try these links to start:
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individ
ual.asp?gid=686

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individ
ual.asp?gid=1654

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individ
ual.asp?gid=2573


So welcome and enjoy! If you have questions, you can always reach out and send me a SparkMail, or stop by my SparkPage at the link below. We can do this together, with encouragement and support from others, and SparkPeople has really great resources for any kind of workout or condition!

Welcome, Welcome, Welcome, and Enjoy!
Angela
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=ANGRIT
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Sparker since 06/18/12
Co-leader of RA Fit Chick Club
Co-leader of Guns for Self Defense Give Us a Fighting Chance



LOTTTRACY
Posts: 4
11/21/12 7:59 P

I just had gastric bypass surgery 5 weeks ago and I'm struggling: physically, mentally and emotionally. I would love to hear from anyone going through the same - or having been through it.



 
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