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The New and Improved Me!

Friday, May 09, 2014

I look back at my pictures of recent years and then at my most recent picture of me in the huge chair and I'm like WOW! I still have all the same physical disabilities; Osteoarthritis, degenerative disk disease, Carpal tunnel syndrome, RA, herniated back disk, loads of painful scar tissue, diverticulitis and numerous other aches & pains. I also now have a pacemaker-Bradycardia. Additionally, as a result of an accident in 2009 I have a dislocated rotator cuff with extensive muscle tears and nerve damage as well as nerve damage in my left leg due to diabetes-pre-surgery. Yet, despite all the ongoing ailments which are quite painful I feel 95% better. I have more energy, can walk further and longer and I am happy. My outlook on my future is more positive.
For anyone considering weight loss surgery..be it the RNY like I had, the sleeve or the pump find a good surgeon you trust and if, like myself you can't seem to loose even an ounce, go for it! You will be glad you did. Try however to get the surgery before your health conditions become irreversible.
God Bless You My SP friends and find your happiness in the new you!


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JIBBIE49 5/12/2014 12:32AM

    Elizabeth, I hope u feel better. Are you a "Leo"? They have a lot of problems with back and heart. (July 22-August 22)

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What I have learned

Monday, August 13, 2012

I joined SP quite a while ago and relapsed a few times, then seriously started working out and religiously watching everything I ate and drank..counting every grain and morsel and drop I put in my mouth..only to notice I was not losing even an ounce of weight! I wasn't gaining either but..
Then I decided to have weight loss surgery..for a number of reasons but mostly because of my numerous health roblems.
The weight loss nutritionist told us that our bodies really only needed a fraction of calories to sustain us, several hundred at best she said. Several hundred? However was a person to survive I wondered? Now I know.
It has been almost 5 months since my weight loss surgery and I have learned the nutritionist was very right.
I have continued to track my calories, carbs and exercise on SP and have discovered that on average-unless I give in to the occasional sugar fix, that I am averaging 400 - 600 calories per day and on average burn about 200 - 400 calories a day and more on days I clean the house really well-twice a week.

The bottom line, I have come to realize that the average moderatly sedentary person needs a much less amount of calories to sustain themselves than I now, and possibly many others may realize.

Life truly is a learning experience and I am so grateful to have made the choice to continue to live it by opting for a surgery that will hopefully allow me to continue along life's journey!

89 pounds to go to reach goal weight! Yippie Skippie!! emoticon

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FLACHILOVER 8/13/2012 11:15PM

    Courtney, My pre-op diet of 1500 calories, then 1200, then 1000 all the way did not net me even one pound lost! You are so fortunate to be losing while on a 1000 calorie a day diet. Honestly, I was so frustrated pre surgery because I followed my diet exactly as instructed but could not lose an ounce. I worked out for 3 hours 3 times a week--still, no pounds, ounces or inches lost..Ziltch, Nada, Zero!

I am now 5 months post surgery!! emoticon

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CORTNEY-LEE 8/13/2012 7:40PM

    Funny you should mention it... I have realized the same thing. I started to realize it when I began my pre-op diet. I was having no luck what-so-ever losing weight on 1500 calories a day. It wasn't until I dropped below 1,000 that the weight started coming off.

Our bodies are very strange machines aren't they?

Best of luck to you on your journey

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SPIRIT42013 8/13/2012 5:47PM

    Best of luck with the surgery and your journey toward optimal health! emoticon

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Walking Buddy Desperatly Wanted!!!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Ok so here's the deal. RNY bypass surgery is showing results but now the skin hangs! I hate exercising alone and need a buddy to walk with..to keep me motivated to get up and MOVE!
Any takers in the N/W Florida area? Age or gender doesn't matter so long as you want to walk with me. Bring the kids, bring the dog..or cat..but lets get together a couple days/evenings a week and move!

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FLACHILOVER 7/26/2012 12:50AM

    I heard that burn hospitals would do the surgery for free as long as the person donates the excess skin. And the walking would be great if I could find a buddy in my area but so far...nothing! ::Sighs::

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SPIRIT42013 7/26/2012 12:15AM

    Your age and genetics weigh heavily on whether the flesh will tighten. So don't get too discouraged if not all the "slack" takes up. Those who can afford, sometimes have cosmetic surgery after their weight is stable for about a year, and the rest of us wear special under-garments (like heavy-duty Spanx) . Ask your bariatric nurse for a referral. And that walking buddy is super , no matter what! Good luck! emoticon

Comment edited on: 7/26/2012 12:17:03 AM

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4 Months 3 weeks Post Gastric Bypass!!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Its been almost 5 months since surgery and I can now say that I am noticing the weight coming off. For the longest time others said they could see that I was losing weight but try as I might I could not see it. Well I am thrilled to say I see it now! I actually have collar bones, and cheek bones and oh but my thighs are sure skinny now! My legs and feet no longer swell although they still hurt at times but I know the pain is from osteoarthritis rather than the excessive weight my legs was carrying. My blood sugar is also going down and I now believe that in a few more months I may no longer have to take insulin shots! My blood pressure too is going down.
When I first joined SP I struggled to keep under the maximun daily caloric intake but also making sure my diet was high fiber, low fat, low carb and low sugar. Now I struggle to eat at all! Since surgery I no longer feel hungry...I have begun to listen to my body and can now recognize the empty feeling as a sign that I need to eat. I struggle daily with trying to get my day's quota (60 grams) of protein. Don't have the problem with the water, it's just the food. Additionally on some days I am so hyped and motivated but then on others I just want to do nothing.
I do not have a scale and can't afford to get one so I do not know how much weight I have lost to date. My clothes have not fallen off me yet although the shirts are very loose! I really can not wait until I have reached my goal weight of 160!!! I will be dancing in the street!!!
Seriously, food for me has become a daily task that I must do to survive, it no longer gives me the pleasure it used to and I could not be more ecstatic!

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FLACHILOVER 7/24/2012 9:04PM

    Spirit, have you had the gastric bypass surgery? My doctor told me he removed the gland that produces a persons feeling of hunger??

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SPIRIT42013 7/24/2012 5:39PM

    That's great! Enjoy your inability to eat, because around 1 year out that will change and appetite will return. God bless you on your journey toward good health!! emoticon

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ELSCO55 7/23/2012 11:13PM

    Congrats on your success. Keep up your tracking to make sure you get the protein you need.

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6 Weeks Post Gastric Bypass

Sunday, April 29, 2012

It has been 6 weeks since surgery and total weight lost is 70 pounds!! Yeah, only 120 more to go! I can hardly wait. I have never weighed a normal healthy weight before.
I do have a question though. Does anyone have the dumping problem> I have it constantly and was wondering what to do about it.
Also, is there such a thing as chewable calcium citrate and if so where can I buy them?

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JAMIELYNNEM 8/13/2012 8:05PM

    It probably doesn't matter now since you can swallow your pills now, but Celebrate Bariatric Supplements makes a Calcium chewable.

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FLACHILOVER 5/1/2012 1:05AM

    Well the dumping problem seems to be resolved from a prescription for Famotidine. Thabk goodness!

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SUZBOISANNE 4/30/2012 6:21AM

    Wow, 70lbs, that's fantastic!! Way to go. I'm so happy for you. I hope the elimination problem is resolved, sorry no advice for that. Take care. emoticonSuzanne

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CORTNEY-LEE 4/29/2012 7:43PM

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DEBBY4576 4/29/2012 6:49PM

    Congrats on weight loss. I want to come back and see what the others tell you for the dumping problem. You can get calcium citrate in liquid drinkable form, I do know that.

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