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Two week post-op

Monday, August 16, 2010

I'm two weeks out from gastric bypass surgery and I'm having a good time. Today, I got to eat some real food...non shakes. I had tuna to start off with because it is easier to digest than chicken they say. It was good. Just plain ole tuna and lowfat mayo. I still feel stuffed even though it was only 2.5 oz total for lunch. Protein amazes me.

I have always been supportive of low-carb diets and eating plans. So, this eating / surgery change is good for me. Protein is good for healing. This surgery is already working on healing more than I expected it to. There is alot of healing in my head that needs to go on as well.

I know I'm going to be doing alot of self-talk in the future so that my brain and my new body will be in sync.

My mother keeps bugging me already wanting to know daily how much i've lost. sigh. I told her I do not weigh daily and it's been 2 wks with 12 pounds lost. I'd like to say that my mom was nice but that just isn't the case. She raised 4 girls and we all have issues. Now, I just consider the ignorance and move on.

But it's not about her this time. It's about me. At this stage in my life I feel pretty confident about myself and not so much about what others think of me. Thank God for menopause. Really! It's liberating.

And thank God for gastric bypass and wonderful doctors like Dr. Gregory Barnes! He's the best.

Well, it's the end of my day at work so i'm gonna shut this down.
Tonight is lean ground beef night. yippee.

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ISABELLAH0PE 8/20/2010 8:57PM

    Your story is inspiring!!! I was scheduled for my RYN this summer, but I re-scheduled it to December out of fear...looking forward to following your journey. Keep blogging!

And congratulations :)

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BONNIEELLEN571 8/18/2010 8:41AM

    GREAT attitude! My mother can be very passive-aggressive and I know where you're coming from. Good for you and good luck. Remember... baby steps. Baby steps. "Fall down seven times, get up 8." ~ Japanese proverb emoticon

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BONNIEELLEN571 8/18/2010 8:40AM

    GREAT attitude! My mother can be very passive-aggressive and I know where you're coming from. Good for you and good luck. Remember... baby steps. Baby steps. "Fall down seven times, get up 8." ~ Japanese proverb emoticon

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1KREILEYGIRL 8/17/2010 5:24PM

    Congrats on entering the food phase. It's exciting isn't it? Today people at work were eating a totally unhealthy cake and trying to hide it from me. I said "don't days are done"! lol. Then, I realized.. it's true. My days of feeling compelled to devour unhealthy stuff, as if I had no option... are gone. Thank God... I'm out of that prison.
And, I'm with's MY LIFE NOW! Go on girl, go on! woman ahead!

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POPTART44 8/16/2010 11:03PM

    You are doing great! I can feel your excitement in your writing and it makes me excited for you! I know what you mean about not caring what other people think anymore - that's why I titled my page "my life, my way"!! It's all about us now!!
Woo - Hoo!!!

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DIANNADZ 8/16/2010 9:21PM

    Glad your doing so well. Me too, I am down 49 lbs from what I weighed in April, and down 38 lbs from July 2. I love the protein too. I have actually had to cut back on it as I was getting too much!


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MSWEBB8046 8/16/2010 6:25PM

    Protein-Protein-Protein!!! I still today get atleast 70-80 grams a day! It is very important! Oh and just another important items DO NOT WEIGHT EVERYDAY! I'm addictive to the scales and it is a bad thing! Just some words that have helped me! Keep going girl and another thing I still loved was tuna melt! Put 2 oz of tuna in a small bowl and ad just a pinch of mozz.chesse and put in oven until cheese was melted it i AWESOME! Have a great week!

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APRILSHOWER555 8/16/2010 6:15PM

    I know what you mean about people asking about how many lbs lost!!! It's not instantaneous!!! LOL...Isn't food great??? Wow...we actually "enjoy" our food and appreciate it now!! emoticon

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Mixed Feelings

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Today, my tummy doesn't know if it's hungry, nauseated, or what. I did learn one thing. "Do not talk to mother on phone while *sipping* on chocolate protein shake."

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APRILSHOWER555 8/14/2010 6:19PM

    Thankfully it keeps getting better and better each day. I struggle with getting the protein in...but I'm trying my hardest to get it in! Take it one day at a time and before you know it you will be what you envision yourself! emoticon

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Four days

Friday, August 06, 2010

Today is my 4th day after my gastric bypass surgery. I am so happy that I made that decision. I can't believe the results I'm seeing already.
The surgery was rough and took 3 hours and then they had a hard time waking me after the procedure. Well, I'm no dummy. I knew I was going to wake up in pain so I guess I just wanted to rest while I could. After all the preop nervousness and fear and happiness, I can honestly say that I did the right thing. I am happy I did it and have already lost about 12 lbs. To me, that is a miracle. I am happy and so far, very healthy. I look forward to living a healthy energetic life with my soulmate, Duke. He was amazing through the whole thing and very supportive no matter what I decided. He loved me the way I was but was supportive if it made me happy. I did it for several reasons. The main reason was to help me get my arthritis in my spine under control so that I could walk and exercise better. Well, there are many healthy reasons to do it. It just has to be a personal thing but for me, it was right.

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APRILSHOWER555 8/6/2010 3:26PM

    I'm so glad that all went well!!! Yes, each day it gets even better I believe! Have a super weekend and keep up your positive spark! emoticon

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1st day of preop diet

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Well, today is the first day of my preop diet for RNY (gastric bypass) surgery. I have been on just about all of the diet programs and decided that this tool would be the one to help me finally reach and maintain my goals. I know how to eat healthy. The problem with me has always been the brain/food/emotion connection. It's more complicated that you might think. At least when an alcoholic has to quit drinking, he/she can live without the alcohol. When your addiction is food, you still have to eat to live. That is what I am going to train myself to do . . . Eat to live! OH, and also to love myself so that I will be around for my DH, children, and grandchildren. My goal weight is still 130 so wish me luck on my new journey.

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KMIRANDA2000 7/28/2010 9:51PM

    You'll be fine!

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LILANGELS 7/28/2010 9:00PM

  Please keep us informed on your progress. I am pre-op and I'm seeing the nutritionist Aug 4th. Hope to get my surgery date soon! Good luck ladies! emoticon

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TUBLADY 7/28/2010 6:08PM

    I'm 3 1/2 months post op. Started at 333, lost 20 before the date 4/5/10. Down to 256 as of last Sat. only weigh on Sat's.
2 weeks post op is gets better, then another 2 weeks, as more food is added in and you gets used to the new you. I want to say, having By-pass is no quick fix, its hard work. If you want to lose you have to eat right and exercise. If you want to not gain the weight back you have to eat right and exercise.
I garbed at the chance to have the procedure. I was addicted to food. I was dying. The Doctor gave me maybe 2 years. It has been the best decision I ever made. Knowing I risked a lot to have the surgery and it was my last chance, I will not let myself fail.
I wish you all the best. Get on our By-pass team. In fact check out what NurseClara wrote as a blog about the misguided notions some have about the surgery. It's very good.
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LIFEWITHLOLLI 7/28/2010 3:32PM

    I'm on my second day of the pre-op diet! My surgery is on August 10. I am SOOOOO excited! My goal is 150 and I'm starting at 275. It's a lot of weight to lose but I know I can do it if I stick to the program. I was really struggling yesterday...I'm trying to stick with protein shakes to make it easier and I was starving yesterday but today is better. I'm just trying to take it day by day (and jello shot by jello shot lol). I've started a blog to journal my experience: http://takeajourneywithlolli.blogsp Good luck to you! I'm sure you'll do great!

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Here I am again!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

This time I am determined to make my goal a reality. What I have learned over the years and through sparkpeople and my friends is that each "lifestyle" is not a "one-size-fits-all" program. Each of us are different and we use what tools are available to us to help us reach goals.

I will be posting my journey through weight loss surgery and my doctor's eating program here. Yes, it does seem drastic. Yes, I am a little scared and excited at the same time. YES, the benefits far outweight the complications.
Well, unless I die, but then I won't care. Just kidding. It is a minimally invasive procedure done by laparoscopy.

So that is my new beginning. I know there may be some negative responses to this but just as I said, it's not a "one-size-fits-all" program. I think that is why we have so many awesome support groups here.

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